It’s third time unlucky as Godalming cruise to victory

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Eastbourne Town’s five match unbeaten run was ended on Tuesday night by a strong Godalming Town side.

The game was the third attempt to complete the fixture after floodlight failure and then bad weather had caused postponements.

Town made two changes from the side that beat Chipstead on Saturday, with Owen Kessack coming in to replace Luke Denton and there was a starting place for debutant Ross Treleavan after he joined on loan from neighbours Eastbourne Borough.

He came in for Matt Geard who dropped to the bench.

Town struggled to have any effect in the first half, managing just the one shot from Treleavan.

Kieron Thorp in the home goal however was far busier, making several decent saves before Godalming eventually took the lead in the 36th minute.

Godalming winger Darren Wheeler crossed from the left to find striker Scott Harris who had got goal side of his marker, Owen Kessack.

As Kessack tried desperately to get back in front of his man it appeared the final touch came off the defender, leaving Thorp with no chance.

Just four minutes later and things went from bad to worse for Danny Bloor’s men as the away side doubled their advantage.

Another good passing move on the edge of the Eastbourne Town box resulted in Jamie McClurg playing in Scott Harris who once again found himself the wrong side of the defence and this time there was no doubting it was his goal as he calmly lifted the ball over Thorp.

The half time interval saw the introduction of striker Kai Bichard in place of Kessack as the home side looked to get themselves back in the game and it appeared to work with Town looking much more brighter in the early minutes of the second half.

In fact they were very unfortunate not to pull a goal back when Treleavan thundered a header against the bar, the ball then appeared to come down over the line but the linesmen was unmoved.

Unbelievably as the game continued Bichard’s follow-up header also hit the bar, before central defender Tom Graves smashed over.

With players and managers in disbelief their moods were worsened by confessions from several Godalming subs and even their keeper that the ball had crossed the line.

After that the game descended into an aggravated affair with tackles flying in and several off the ball clashes, which saw players from both sides booked.

The game was dead and buried with three minutes to go. Wheeler getting his name on the score sheet for the away side by rifling an unstoppable left foot shot past Thorp.

There was one more piece of drama to follow as one final off the ball melee was sparked by Bichard and a Godalming player and in amongst the chaos that ensued Bichard was shown the red card. His second sending off in little over a month.