A long journey to Whitstable was was made even longer after the M25 was temporarily closed yesterday evening. After arriving around 8 o’clock, the game eventually kicked off at the delayed time of 8:20. The game got off to a scrappy start, with neither side managing to stamp their authority on the match. A few half chance from Warren Harris and an effort from Jon Palmer were the closest that the Gs came to breaking the deadlock. Whitstable opened the scoring after a surging run from Scott Heard through the middle, set up Dane Luchford who curled the ball past Jake Somerville.
The second half started much like the first, with Godalming failing to really test the host’s keeper, and Whitstable seeming content on sitting on their 1-0 lead. Godalming did finally level after 70 minutes, when a Darren Wheeler corner bypassed everyone and found Jamie McClurg on the edge of the area, who fired a thumping volley into the roof of the net. Godalming were now pushing for the winner, but continued to have difficulty in breaking through the Whitstable defence. With only minutes left, another darting run from Scott Heard set up substitute Stuart Vahid, who finished past Somerville to give Whitstable all three points.
Godalming XI: Somerville, Cooper, Hollis, Simeone, Palmer (Harrison), Edwards, McClurg, Short (Lake), Wheeler, W.Harris, Read. Subs not used: Foulser.