Three clinical finishes helped Godalming Town ease to victory against AFC Hayes at Wey Court as the G’s kept up their early season form on Tuesday night.
With George Hardy and Steve Brown both absent manager Andy Hunt had to reshuffle his side but the hosts seemed unerred and Piers Oldland came close as he tested visiting ‘keeper Ryan Court early on. The G’s were setting the tempo and Hayes fell behind after just 5th minutes. Graeme Purdy played in Oldland and the youngster beat Dan Bourne before effortlessly gliding round Court and placing the ball into the back of the net.
The visitors, something of a bogey team for Godalming in recent times, couldn’t deal with the attacking pressure and Jack Mazzone shot wide before Marco Micaletto dropped a shoulder to lose his man, firing narrowly off target. Purdy drew a save from Court in the 16th minute and, 7 minutes later, Will Hutton drove an effort over after some fine build-up play between Oldland, Micaletto and Mazzone. The home fans were waiting for the second goal to go in and Purdy went close again, his neat touch and consequent strike forcing Court into a smart stop.
In the 28th minute Micaletto was next to have an opportunity to add to the scoreline but he headed over when well-placed and after the intesity of the opening half-hour the G’s began to fade somewhat as Hayes sensed an opportunity to pounce. That moment came 7 minutes before the break when Lee McManus picked up a throw-in on the left and sent in a deep cross which Tobi Akinjirin nodded past Richard Ossai, via the post, for his third goal of the season. The equaliser was the visitors first effort on target but Godalming came out much improved after the break and Chris Musgrove headed a Hutton freekick over before Purdy again went close in the 52nd minute.
In the 57th minute the G’s re-took the lead with a wonderful goal. Hutton played the ball out to Micaletto and the attacker produced a masterly feint to peel away from Bourne before, with his one touch of the ball, hitting a wonderful left-footed effort across Court and into the bottom corner. The goal forced a change in shape from Hayes who began to push men forward. In the 70th minute Max Walcott was played in by Lee Clarke and the forward rounded Ossai but his effort was cleared off the line by Nick Hutchings. From the resulting corner Ossai produced a spectacular save to deny James Walters as the visitors threatened, but Godalming were soon down the other end and Hutton sent a free kick wide.
The G’s made sure of the three points in the 76th minute. Hutchings long ball was excellently brought down by Purdy who showed great audacity to flick the ball past Ryan King with one touch before dispatching a calm finish beyond Court with his second. The goal rounded off a thoroughly deserved win for Godalming who kept up the attacking promise of previous games in front of a fine Tuesday night crowd of 131. A trip to Chalfont St Peter on Saturday is followed by a Bank Holiday derby date at Egham Town.
Goals: Oldland 5′, Micaletto 57′, Purdy 76′; Akinjirin 37′
Godalming XI: Ossai; Musgrove, Hutchings, Simeone, Lloyd; Binns, Hutton (Wales 82′), Micaletto; Oldland, Purdy, Mazzone (Crossley 77′).