Ashford Town (Middlesex) 1

Godalming Town

Godalming Town 5

Evo-Stik League Southern, Division One Central
Robert Parker Stadium
17th November 2012

Ashford Town (Middlesex) hoped a fine midweek win at league leaders Guildford City would set them in motion following three losses against Slough Town, Uxbridge and Thatcham Town.

However, they struggled to contain Godalming Town – in particular forward Johnnie Dyer – who were incisive in attack and won comfortably.

Godalming were the sharper side immediately from kick-off and were fired ahead through Dyer after only ten minutes. Darren Wheeler crossed from the left and Dyer, in considerable space, guided the ball beyond the reaches of Kyle Merson.

Godalming's threat was greatest from corners and headed chances. The problem may have lied in it being only the second game of the Canderton-Conteh partnership in central defence since the latter returned from injury.

They were kept busy all match, though. Conteh showed his athleticism with a solid clearing header and, later, a spectacular bicycle kick straight off the laces of Godalming's Dyer.

Ashford's first serious attempt on the Godalming goal came through a stinging shot from Alex Duffy. Jake Somerville, the Godalming keeper, was equal to it though; tracking the ball and making a good save.

Kofi Lockhart-Adams and Dan Brown endured a tough time up-front for Ashford. Godalming's centre-backs were invariably getting to the ball first and giving the duo little time on the ball.

But Ashford will rue a moment at the end of the half when, somehow, the ball refused to go in. Canderton headed against the crossbar from a corner, Conteh poked at the ball and Somerville saved incredibly from Lockhart-Adams' three-yard shot.

Dyer doubled his tally and the away team's lead ten minutes into the second half, meeting the ball with a firm header from an accurate cross.

Ashford remained in the match until goals starting to flow for Godalming late on. Samad Kazi collected a throw and deserted his markers, but he crashed the ball against the near post. 

However, after a moment of excellence from Kazi, Ashford were trailing by just one. Kazi made a superb sliding tackle and was quickly up to poke the ball to Joe Bennett. The substitute aimed a cross at the far post which found its way past Somerville.

It was an awkward cross to deal with and unfortunate for Somerville, who was having a superb game up until the error.

Godalming soon reaffirmed their domination, however, when Dyer completed his hat-trick. He fired in when Merson, under pressure, had spilled the ball.

The result could have been very different had Ashford's three strikes at the woodwork found their way in. The last was a long-range free-kick that had Somerville beaten. 

But Godalming showed why they are challenging at the top of the table. Wheeler and Warren Harris added late goals to change the nature of the win from a routine victory to somewhat of a rout.