Godalming dent FC’s title hopes

Aston Goss on the ball for Aylesbury FC. Picture by Marc Keinch
Aston Goss on the ball for Aylesbury FC. Picture by Marc Keinch
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Division One Central leaders Aylesbury FC slumped to just their third home defeat of the season on Saturday when they were beaten 3-1 by a resolute Godalming Town.

With rivals Kettering Town not playing, Aylesbury had the chance to open up a four-point lead at the top of the table, but two well-taken goals and an opportunistic strike earned the visitors all three points.

The Moles had gone top last Tuesday when Davis Haule’s 79th minute strike sealed a 1-0 victory over Daventry, but although FC remain at the summit, Kettering are just one point behind with three games in hand.

Aylesbury were first to go close on Saturday when Ben Bateman shot over in the opening minute before Gareth Price’s deflected shotwas collected by Richard Ossai to collect, while at the other end, James Weatherill had to save from George Firth’s volley.

The FC stopper was called into action again moments later as Godalming pushed for the opener, but Weatherill brilliantly denied Darren Wheeler.

The visitors continued to threaten and they deservedly took the lead on 19 minutes when Adam Cornell smashed home a low shot, and the home side needed Weatherill to again come to the rescue as he saved from Firth.

FC attempted to drag themselves back into the game with Jeanmal Proper’s header from a Daniel Murphy corner well saved before Kyle Anthony headed straight at Ossai.

Darren Wheeler then broke the offside trap for the fourth time as the visitors ended the half on top, however his lofted shot cleared the bar.

FC introduced Adam Logie in the second half as they looked to find a route back into the game and immediately the hosts posed more of a threat with Anthony, Wadkins, Logie and Terry Dixons all having chances to level the scores.

An equaliser seemed inevitable with Wadkins then wasting a glorious chance to score when clean through, but the home side’s failure to turn pressure in goals proved costly as Wheeler doubled the away side’s lead when his cross floated over Weatherill and into the top corner.

The goal knocked the stuffing out of the home team and a third quickly followed with Adam Cornell’s sweet strike giving Weatherill no chance.

Logie claimed a goal back for FC with a well-struck volley before Sonny French’s 45-yard pile-driver cannoned back off the post, but it was too little too late as Godalming held on to claim all three points.

Aylesbury travel to bottom side AFC Hayes this weekend.