Hereford United 2 Woking 1
Blue Square Bet Premier
4th September 2012
Two first half goals were enough to secure a win for Hereford and see Woking’s away days blues continue as they lost their fourth game in ten days.
After conceding an early goal on Saturday, Woking were looking to keep things tight as they went in search of their first away points of the season against Hereford.
However, Woking started poorly again and after only five minutes Joe McNerney was tackled whilst trying to clear the ball to safety and as the Cards tried to get the ball out the box it fell to Ashley Sammons, who looked up and smashed it across Howe and into the bottom corner to score the opening goal.
Hereford were looking dangerous and could have doubled their lead when Ryan Bowan latched on to a diagonal cross-field ball and found Smikle in the box, who could only find Howe from the edge of the six-yard box.
After this scare Woking did come back into the game when a McCallum corner dipped and landed at the feet of Jack Parkinson, who saw his low shot cleared off the line. Five minutes later the Cards came close again, this time as McCallum broke into the box at speed and crossed the ball to Pires, who had his weak shot saved by the keeper.
Woking’s 'achilles heel' so far this season has been conceding goals just before the break and when Mike Cestor was caught in possession by Sam Clucas in the Cards' penalty area they were guilty again as he stroked the ball past Howe to make it 2-0 to the home side on the stroke of half-time.
Half-Time: Hereford United 2 Woking 0
Woking started the second half well and came close when Betsy ran at the Hereford defence. He played the ball to Pires, who could only produce a weak shot straight at Dan Hanford.
With Woking looking to pull a goal back, Sawyer (pictured) played a good one-two with Betsy ending in a hard and low shot by Sawyer,which was saved at the ‘keeper's near post.
With fifteen minutes remaining the game was still in the balance and Hereford nearly extended their lead when Clucas had a shot from long range, with Howe tipping the ball round the post.
The Cards found themselves back in the game soon after. Joe McNerney met a header, which caused the Hereford keeper to miss the ball and allowed Betsy to head in at the back post in the 81st minute.
McCullum came close moments later to equalising for Woking when Joe McNerney flicked on a long ball and McCallum had a snap-shot which Hanford tipped behind for a corner.
Hereford again came close to extending the lead in the dying moments when Nichols latched on to a through-ball and sent the ball crashing against Howe’s far post.
Despite throwing everything at Hereford and with the clock ticking down the Cards failed to earn a point and so recorded their fourth consecutive loss on the road this season. The Cards will be hoping they can get back to winning ways when they face Nuneaton at Kingfield this Saturday.
Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor (Adam Doyle 45), Mark Ricketts (George Frith 80), Joe McNerney, Loick Pires (Dean Sinclair 60), Jack Parkinson, Kevin Betsy, Lee Sawyer, Brett Johnson, Gavin McCallum
Sam Beasant, Bradley Bubb
Dan Hanford, Andy Gallinagh, Harry Pell, Luke Graham, Chris Carruthers, Sean Canham, Stefan Stam, Sam Clucas, Ryan Bowman (Tom Nicholls 83), Ashley Sammons (Will Evans 67), Brian Smikle (Tristan Plummer 85)
Joe Heath, Simon Clist
Harry Pell 32
MOTM: Lee Sawyer – worked hard all night both in defensive midfield and creating opportunities going forward.