Godalming Town - Away / Ryman League Div 1 South

Final Score: Godalming Town 1 Sittingbourne 2

Played 12th November 2016

That’s the second time in a few weeks that Sittingbourne have scored a dramatic late winner away to a team struggling at the foot of the league.

And both goals, funnily enough, were created by substitutes getting to the byline for their accurate crosses to be headed home.

But, of course, it’s been better late than never both times – the other last gasp goal was in the 1-0 win at Three Bridges - and clinching it so late on proves Sittingbourne battle hard for all 90 minutes. And beyond in this case.

You can forgive a team losing because they lack quality or make a mistake, but not when they haven’t tried hard enough.

On this occasion, in the drizzle of leafy Surrey, Sittingbourne worked very hard and with great determination throughout and were more than good value for – unbelievably – their first win on a Saturday afternoon for eight weeks.

Despite that weird record, the win lifted them into the league’s top 10 at the end of the first three months of what’s been an inconsistent season lit up by quite a few decent performances.

Sittingbourne made four changes from the team that lost disappointingly at Herne Bay in midweek, Ricky Gundry, Tom Brunt and Danny Rumbol returning with Dan Parkinson making his full debut in midfield.

Unluckily, though, he only lasted just on half-an-hour before hobbling off.

Sittingbourne dominated the first half and were more than good value for their half-time lead.

The goal came in the 17th minute after Tom Carlse chased a long clearance and set up Conrad Lee who passed it square to Steven Ita just inside the area. He coolly curled a left-foot shot into the top far corner, making the art of scoring goals look so easy.

With Godalming, whose results have improved a little bit recently after a terrible start to the season, playing a high line in defence, Sittingbourne kept getting in behind them in the first half.

Using good speed and anticipation, Carlse got into great positions but missed a couple of chances, once shooting wide and the other time overrunning the ball.

The effervescent Gundry also got in a couple of shots on the turn, one of which forced the keeper into a full-length save.

At the other end Simon Overland was untroubled until the 45th minute when he had to use his long legs to keep out a low shot.

But he was beaten soon after half-time when a rare Godalming corner was well won in the air by Wales, who glanced his header into the far corner.

That Sittingbourne weren’t comfortably winning a game they’d clearly dominated became more and more of a surprise as the second half went on without a breakthrough.

They finally got it in injury time when sub Jordan Gallacher beat his full-back on the outside and crossed to find another sub, Jake Embery, diving forward to head in his first goal of the season from close range.

It was only a year ago that Harry Smith was playing for Sittingbourne and now he’s made a goalscoring breakthrough into the Millwall first team as a full-time pro. Who knows what the future holds for bright youngsters like goal hero Embery, and others like him?

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Score Summary

Godalming Town
Chris Wales 52 mins

Steven Ita 17 mins
Jake Embery 90

Att: 116

Match Officials

Referee: Edward Turner
Assistants: Robert King
Nick Blogg


Sittingbourne FC

Simon Overland
Sam Welch (yellow)
Conrad Lee
Danny Rumbol (Yellow)
Jono Richardson (C)
Joe Loft
Tom Brunt
Dan Parkinson (Hicham Akhazzan 35 mins)
Steven Ita (Jake Embery 79 mins)
Ricky Gundry (
Tom Carlse (Jordan Gallacher 82 mins)

Subs not used: Josh Wisson, Dan Tanner.

Godalming Town

Oneal Garnes
Karembo Camevon (Jack Battie 57 mins)
Nick Hutchings
Kyle Bailey
Graeme Purdy
Chris Wales
Joshua Andrew
Ryan Zidyana
Jack Mazzone
Darren Wheeler
Hicham Abdellah

Subs not used: Jack Warburton, Mathew Males, Chris Musgrove, Mclean Chevron

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