Godalming maintained the pressure at the top of the table with a 3-2 win over Slough Town, in an entertaining match. An open start to the match in wet conditions saw Jamie McClurg fire wide, before Adam Martin tested Jake Somerville in the Gs goal with a long range effort. It was the home side who made the breakthrough after 13 minutes, when Kyle Anthony finished from close range after a scramble from a corner. Four minutes later a poor kick from Slough keeper Jamie Jackson when straight to Johnnie Dyer, who through on goal was clumsily pushed over by Slough captain Dave Woozley, who was then sent off due to being the last man. Darren Wheeler stepped up to take the free kick, and fired it against the post, and Johnnie Dyer was on hand to scuff home the rebound. Godalming then took the lead ten minutes later with a stunning strike from Guy Hollis – his first goal for the club. The ball bounced out to him 25 yards out, and he struck across the ball, which flew just inside the upright, leaving Jackson no chance. Despite some further Godalming pressure, it was Slough who grabbed the next goal, just before half time. A ball over the top found Ryan O’Toole, who finished well past Somerville.
Jamie McClurg went close to giving Godalming the lead early in the second half, his effort coming back off the post. Slough were then reduced to 9 men when Ryan O’Toole received his second yellow card after a late sliding challenge. It took just five minutes for Godalming to capitalise, when a deep Warren Harris cross found Johnnie Dyer at the far post, who headed down past Jackson to make it 3-2 to Godalming. Dyer nearly put the game to bed soon after when he slid in at the far post, but could only turn Wheeler’s cross wide. The 9 men of Slough battled on, but bar a few set pieces didn’t really test Somerville.
The win moves Godalming up to second, above Rugby lost at Fleet. Godalming host Slough this Tuesday, kick off 7.45pm.
Godalming XI: Somerville, Harrison, Hollis, Foulser, Lake (Edwards), McClurg, Short, W.Harris, Wheeler, Dyer, S.Harris (Read).
Subs not used: Palmer, Baker.