With a new and exciting season ahead, the men's second team played their last friendly before the start of the new league season. It was a fiercely contested first 20 minutes, with Strode’s having most of the possession and creating a number of chances, which could have seen them take the lead. After soaking up this early pressure, Godalming started to find their feet and played some good football, which resulted in Strode’s conceding a weak penalty due to some ill-discipline and poor marking. The penalty was initially saved by Adrian Malkowksi, only to be deflected into the top corner by one of our own defenders, resulting in Strode's being 1-0 down having had most of the early play. Strode’s then found themselves 2-0 down after a poor back pass to the goal keeper resulted in Godalming's centre forward chipping the ball over the out coming goalkeeper.
Strode's College, having played the better football for most of the first half, increased the pressure on Godalming's goal, resulting in them winning a corner minutes before halftime. From the resulting corner the ball found the back of the net when Ben Fernando skilfully slotted past the keeper through a crowd of players.
This pressure continued into the second half with Strode's dominating the play and pressing Godalming deep into their own half. Aaron Joel had a chance to draw the game level but was unlucky as he rose above the defenders, only to be denied by the crossbar. Strode's kept up the intensity and were unlucky not to break down the resolute Godalming defence, which played superbly throughout the game. However with time running out the breakthrough eventually came when Strode's Dan Bevan hit a 35 yard wonder goal which found the top right corner of the net and resulted in the game being drawn. Both coaches felt that 2-2 was a fair result given how both sides had played over the 90 minutes.