A first half goal from George Bowerman was not enough for Godalming to get anything out of Tuesday’s trip to Tiverton, despite an impressive battling performance.
A strong start from Godalming was nearly rewarded when Chris Musgrove’s header was palmed out by Tiverton keeper Mike Searle. Godalming took the lead on 12 minutes, when Graeme Purdy headed the ball into the path of George Bowerman, who cut the ball across the keeper and into the far corner. Jack Mazzone fired narrowly wide soon after, whilst Searle was called into action as he acrobatically tipped over a dipping Darren Wheeler free kick. Tiverton levelled on shortly before half time, when Ryan Richards 35 yard free kick took a deflection off the wall, wrong footing Zaki Oualah.
The second half proved to be a more one sided affair, with Tiverton putting the Godalming defence under large amounts of pressure. Ed Palmer headed narrowly wide, whilst Dan Smith had a volley superbly blocked by Zaki Oualah. Tiverton took the lead on 71 minutes, when substitute Michael Naridello fired low and hard past Oualah. Godalming made a late push for an equaliser, with Darren Wheeler coming close to latching on to a through ball, however Tiverton held firm for a valuable three points as they look to chase down league leaders Merthyr Town.
Godalming travel to Evesham United this Saturday, a coach will depart Wey Court at 10:00am. As usual, tickets are £12 for members and £15 for non-members.
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