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Bob Cumming - 23rd July 2008

Youthful Cards ride the bumps

Woking took the opportunity to run the eye over two new trialists and a host of Academy lads in this pre-season friendly on a firm and bumpy Weycourt pitch. Rangy centre forward Daniel Bocanele played the full match and bagged a 75th minute goal whilst Zane Mehr travelled down from the Leicester area to support the front runners from midfield. Carlos Talbot, Joe McNerny and Daniel Sintim joined Delano Sam-Yorke from the Academy squad in the starting line-up.

The first half saw several full-blooded and mistimed challenges with players crashing onto the hard surface. Ross Worner survived a crunching challenge way out on the touchline and stayed down for some time whilst a concerned bench rushed to his aid. Thankfully, he recovered to finish the half. Wes Daly was upended by an outstretched leg, sent airborne and thumped heavily onto the baked ground, but he too quickly ran off the effects.

The youngsters, to their credit, largely held their own against the G?s, who will be plying their trade in Ryman League Division One South this season, and whilst Ross Worner made several athletic stops the Cards did create several useful openings.

Delano Sam-Yorke was prepared to run at defenders, although it did not always come off for him, and after one such foray in the eighth minute his crossed ball bagatelled around the box and Manny Williams (pictured) was able to take advantage of a hesitant defence to slot home a half-chance.

Matt Gray, who had a quiet first half, produced flurry of quality crosses in a ten minute spell before being substituted. This started a clutch of replacements and Charlie Moon, who came on for Manny Williams, prompted the Cards? best spell with some energetic and positive attacking play. Persistent pressure paid off on 75 minutes when a looping through ball over the defence was chased and calmly lobbed over the stranded keeper by Daniel Bocanele.

A late rally by Godalming forced a corner which was headed home at the far post for a consolation headed goal from Metwali four minutes from time.

Phil Gilchrist prompted several players to play roles that were new and challenging for them, whilst Kim Grant considered the evening a useful exercise and a chance to see the youngsters (Matt Gray was arguably the oldest player at 24 years) against more senior opposition.

Woking: Ross Worner; Matt Gray, Daniel Sintim, Joe McNerny, Carlos Talbot; Delano Sam-Yorke, Zane Mehr, Wes Daly, Jerome Maledon; Manny Williams, Daniel Bocanele. Subs: Nick Gindre for Worner at half-time, Charlie Moon for Williams, Adam Gatcum and a further three Academy lads.

Attendance: around the 250 mark.

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