Godalming Town lost for the fourth game in a row as a first ever meeting with Ware was decided by a Kieran Bishop goal that sent the Gs into the bottom half of the table.
The hosts struck first in Hertfordshire via Liam Griffin but a deflected Will Hutton goal gave the visitors hope before half time. However, Bishops’s goal proved to be checkmate for Andy Hunt’s men, who are now winless in 6 matches.
With Richard Ossai and Kallum Lunn still unavailable David Blackmore again started in goal, and Tom McGarry made his debut in defence following a move from Egham Town.
Rod Young curled over early as the in-form hosts created the first chance, and they took the lead with 21 minutes on the clock. After some Ware pressure a long throw from Young was met by the head of Griffin, and he nodded home at the near post.
Murat Karagul volleyed wide for Ware shortly after but the Gs began to do the majority of the pressing as the half wore on, and only a superb tackle by Paul Cooper prevented George Frith from levelling in the 31st minute. From the resulting corner Louis Hutton saw his header cleared off the line by Griffin but Godalming got a deserved leveller just 3 minutes after. Will Hutton’s drive from distance took a hefty deflection off Ben Crilley and flew past Glenn Williamson for his first goal of the season.
Tom Willment drew a fine save from Williamson just before the break, and Blackmore had to pull off a similar stop at the start of the second half to keep Khale DaCosta at bay. Ware were on top in the second half and Bishop had a goal ruled out before Willment headed onto his own bar, before the hosts took the lead in the 64th minute. Young got a cross in at the second attempt and Bishop found space between the two centre halves to flick home from close range.
Andy Hunt, accompanied in the dugout by Trevor Norris following Paul Dale’s departure, responded with a double change and one of substitutes Jack Mazzone went close to levelling, but Williamson did well to smother the ball at his feet. Bishop then had another goal ruled out before a final chance of an increasingly tempestuous game came and went for the Gs, a goalmouth scramble resulting in Mazzone and Louis Hutton seeing efforts scrambled away.
Godalming hope to reverse their form when Burnham visit in the league cup on Tuesday night, before Barton Rovers travel to Wey Court on Saturday.
Scorers: Griffin 21’, Bishop 64’; W. Hutton 34’
Gs XI: Blackmore, Wales (Roberts 70’), Hutchings, McGarry, Willment, Frith, W. Hutton, Laidler, Wheeler (Purdy 80’), Cornell (Mazzone 70’), L. Hutton.
Subs not used: C. Hutton, Beswick.