Godalming Town left Middlesex with a first league draw of the season after being unlucky not to take all three points in a game which saw the Gs produce some of the fine passing football seen earlier in the season.
With Andy Hunt not travelling due to the recent birth of his child Neil Selby and Paul Dale took charge and the same eleven that won dramatically on Saturday was named, though Graeme Purdy returned to the squad along with new signing from Slough Town, George Frith.
Godalming took the game to the Woods from the off and Will Hutton twice had efforts in the opening 6 minutes, the first flying straight into the arms of Berkley Laurencin before another long-range strike whistled over the bar.
Despite the early attempts the game struggled to get going although Sam Byfield registered the home sides first shot on target just before the quarter hour mark.
Two minute later Northwood took the lead after a mistake by Chris Musgrove. The defender lost the ball about 30 yards out and Nana Asamoah pounced, waltzing into the box before curling a great finish beyond Richard Ossai into the bottom corner for his 5th goal of the season.
The Gs were being let down by their final ball and were struggling to create any clear openings, and at the other end Ismael Ehui skewed an effort wide.
Godalming’s best chance of what was becoming a scrappy half came in the 40th minute when Darren Wheeler won a free kick. Will Hutton took it, but his strike was deflected a few inches over Laurencin’s bar.
With the visitors looking like they were going into the break a goal down they were handed a lifeline in the 45th minute when Jack Mazzone took on Perry Dicker, only to be tripped by the defender.
Referee Craig Pullen didn’t point to the spot, initially, and assistant Mike Chisholm gave what was the correct decision of a penalty kick. Mazzone stepped up to confidently drill home his 10th goal of the season, just 3 off his entire total for 2013-14, with Laurencin given no chance.
The second half turned out to be the opposite of the first with an open game, dominated by the Gs, resulting in good chances for both sides.
Godalming came out much brighter and in the 49th minute Antonio Simeone’s excellent pass found Wheeler, and the winger attempted an audacious effort from the corner of the box forcing Laurencin to tip the ball over the bar.
Simeone then blasted a shot over before, in the 54th minute, Laurencin again denied Wheeler. This good spell of pressure created another opening shortly after, this time Mazzone heading a deep Liam Roberts cross wide.
With the Gs firmly camped in the Northwood half, inevitably, space opened up at the back and Ismael Ehui almost took advantage of this in the 59th minute but his deflected effort was cleared away by Musgrove.
From the resulting corner Godalming broke and after Steve Brown picked out Roberts with a fine pass the former Badshot Lea man curled a left-footed strike wide of Laurencin’s near post.
At the other end Musgrove was again to the rescue, and again denying Ismael Ehui, as the defender deflected the former Fulham trainee’s shot behind for a corner after a good flick on by Micahael Murray.
Ehui was beginning to cause problems for the Godalming defence and Richard Ossai was forced into a typically smart save to deny him in the 65th minute before Ashley Lloyd produced an excellent headed clearance from another goalbound effort from the striker.
Minutes later Simeone nodded a Wheeler corner just wide before Wheeler went close, and in the 71st minute Murray bent a free kick narrowly over for the hosts.
The game was becoming more and more end to end and with 15 minutes to go Will Hutton’s pass found Wheeler, following a slip from Nick Turner, but Andy Lomas was on hand to deflect the eventual effort wide.
In the 80th minute another Northwood break nearly undid Godalming as Joakim Ehui managed to wind his was past several players before shooting at Ossai, when he should have done better.
Selby and Dale had sent on Piers Oldland and Purdy as Godalming looked to find a winning goal and with 3 minutes to go the Gs were denied what seemed a certain penalty. Wheeler’s pace had beaten Turner and with he was through on goal but the defender clearly pulled the winger’s shirt, and consequently him to the ground, but referee Pullen ignored the appeals.
Godalming had spent the last 20 minutes or so producing some intricate, swift passing in the middle of the park without testing Laurencin too much. The dominance saw the management look for the win with time running out but it ended up being the hosts who finished stronger.
Indeed, with 1 minute to play, Ismael Ehui missed his final chance of the night and undoubtedly his best opportunity. Substitute Rob Hastings hung the ball into the box and Joakim Ehui picked out his brother, but the striker somehow shot wide from 6 yards out.
The final action of the game saw Will Hutton curl a free kick harmlessly out of play and the referee brought an end to what had been a pulsating second period.
Godalming travel to Leighton Town on Saturday before Northwood are again the opposition on Tuesday 14th, this time hosting the Woods in the first round of the Southern league Red Insure Cup.
Scorers: Asamoah 16′; Mazzone 45′ (p)
Godalming Town XI: Ossai; C. Hutton, Hutchings, Musgrove, Lloyd; Brown (Frith), Simeone; W. Hutton; Roberts (Oldland), Mazzone (Purdy), Wheeler.
Subs not used: Palladino, Ryan.
Attendance: 103 (19 away).