AFC Wimbledon 0 Woking 2
Suburban Premier A Division
Saturday 21st Jan 2012
This was one of those pivotal games in a season which always get the adrenaline pumping.
With Wimbledon top of the table and Woking just one point behind, this was a top of the table clash that Wimbledon were determined to win, particularly as Woking had won the previous encounter 1-0; however, a well-organised Woking Academy squad had other ideas, having been galvanised into action and self-belief by manager Matt Howard.
Wimbledon were given no time on the ball from the first minute to the last by a collective display of energy and determination by the Woking youngsters and a goal in each half by 'goal machine' Jack Mazzone was enough to secure all three points.
The fact that Wimbledon were restricted to perhaps two or three opportunities during the entire 90 minutes is testament to the work rate of the entire Woking squad who defended from the front to a man.
Doing the double over a League Two Reserve side, whilst at the same time keeping two clean sheets, is a record the lads can be very proud of, however the rest of the season pans out.
The back five of Pegler, Meech, Close, Coussens and Taylor were solid throughout; the midfield of Junior Smith, Borode, Bicknell and 1st team trialist Miguel-Panzo, marshalled by 'creative magician' Frith, closed down quickly and were quick on the break; whilst striker Mazzone did what he does best by adding another brace to his goal tally.
Moore, Richards and Watkins all came on as subs and managed to instantly step up to the pace of the game, the closing down of the Wimbledon defence by Phil Moore being particularly worthy of mention.
Woking striker Jack Mazzone tops the Premier A Division goal scorer list with 14 goals in as many games and the clinical manner in which he took his goals this week was very impressive; as was the power and pace of Barkley Miguel-Panzo, who was a threat throughout. However, the Man of the Match Award must go to the exciting, combative and creative display from George Frith.
MOTM: George Frith
Squad: Matt Pegler, Louie Meech, Connor Close, Jonny Coussens, Timmy Taylor, Barkley Miguel-Panzo, Adam Bicknell, Victor Borode, Jordan Junior Smith, George Frith, Jack Mazzone.
Subs used: Phil Moore, Chris Richards, Josh Watkins.
Subs not used: Jordan Kennedy, Ade Joshua.