Despite conceding an early goal, Godalming fought back to run out 4-1 winners over Uxbridge, to maintain their position at the top of the league.
Mark Smith fired the hosts into the lead after 5 minutes, his run and fine finish beating Jake Somerville. A fragmented following 20 minutes saw both sides struggle to create chances, although Somerville did well to tip a long range effort from Smith around the post. On 24 minutes, a clearance from an Uxbridge corner fell to Darren Wheeler who ran from the halfway line, beating two Uxbridge players on the way, before sliding the ball keeper Zaki Oualah, only to be denied by the post. 30 seconds later the ball was in the net, after Dan Read struck a bouncing ball from outside the area, which left Oualah no chance as the ball flew into the top corner. 70 seconds later, the ball was in the net again and Godalming were 2-1 up. Warren Harris’ through ball was missed by Dan Read, wrong-footing the the keeper and rolling casually into the net. The Gs extended their lead on 38 minutes, when Wheeler was clipped in the area, and he converted the resulting penalty low into the corner. Uxbridge were lucky to finish the half with 11 men after Kev Warner’s two footed lunge on Jamie McClurg was only punished with a yellow card.
Scott Harris added Godalming’s fourth early in the second half, after a Wheeler free kick wasn’t held by Oualah, and Harris pounced bravely on the rebound. Both teams had chances after this, with Uxbridge being denied by the post (twice), some good saves from Somerville and some brave defending. Warren Harris went close for Godalming late on, with the ball being cleared off the line from the rebound.
Godalming travel to Sussex Division One side Dorking Wanderers in the Surrey Senior Cup on Wednesday, and then welcome Barton Rovers to Wey Court on Saturday.
Gs XI: Somerville, Broome (Simeone), Hollis, Foulser, Harrison, Edwards (Cooper), McClurg, W.Harris, Wheeler, S.Harris (Palmer), Read.
Subs not used: Short