VEALLY SATISFYING TROPHY WIN
Two goals from Craig Veal helped the Peacocks defeat Godalming Town 4-1 in the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy at Wordsworth Drive yesterday afternoon (3rd October). In the end it proved to be a conclusive victory for Town who recovered from conceding another early goal to build a 3-1 lead by the interval and added one more for good measure in the second half as they rubberstamped their passage to the next round and a home tie with Ryman League South club Dorking Wanderers. The game hadn't begun well for the home side though as Godalming snatched the lead with only three minutes on the clock when Adam Cornell headed home a left wing free kick from Nick Hutchings. Town took some time to settle as the visitors threatened again through George Frith and Liam Roberts. However Veal hauled Town level on 18 minutes when Godalming made a defensive hash of things, a poor clearance cannoning off a teammate to leave Veal with the simplest of conversions into an empty net (pictured). A pacy break down the left by Ryan Broom set up Josh Klein-Davies but his close range effort was kept out by a reflex save from Godalming keeper David Blackmore before Taunton went 2-1 up on 28 minutes, Klein-Davies receiving Ben Carter’s pass and outwitting his man to run on and steer his finish past the keeper’s right hand. There were further chances for Veal and Klein-Davies whilst Irish dived to catch a Darren Wheeler free kick. Town put daylight between the sides when they scored again two minutes before half time, Carter finding Veal in space down the right and from his centre Broom slotted a precise first time shot into the bottom corner for his first Taunton goal. Broom nearly added another straight after but Blackmore just got a hand to his chip. Jak Martin placed a decent chance the wrong side of the post early in the second half before the Surrey side had a good opening themselves, keeper Irish foiling Wheeler who was in the clear on the left side of the area. After Broom’s superb volley had been clutched out the air by Blackmore, Town completed the scoring on 73 minutes through Veal who bundled in Klein-Davies’ pass across from beyond the right post. With the game won, Veal saw a couple of attempts miss the target as he searched for his treble whilst Klein-Davies’ snap shot was fumbled by Blackmore and cleared. The last of the action saw Wheeler loft over the bar following a Godalming break but it was Town who advanced and secured the £2,500 prize. Match report can be viewed HERE and match photos from club photographer Tim Norbury can be viewed HERE.
Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson commented:"It was a good job done today. A few people were wondering how we'd get on up front without Jordan but I thought we ticked that box and scored some good goals. JKD and Ryan's goals were very good finishes. It's more prize money in the bank which is great for the club and we now look forward to another home tie in a few weeks. This team still isn't quite at the level that Meaks and I aspire to but we're getting there and winning games in the process which can only be positive."