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Thomas Pool - 1st January 2007

3.00pm on Friday 29 January 2006
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Woking travelled to York in good spirit after a very well deserved point away to Oxford on Boxing Day. One change was made to the line-up as Matt Ruby replaced Gary MacDonald in partnering Tom Hutchinson in the middle of defence. As Woking went in search of their first victory on the road in 9 outings some 70 cards fans made the long trip to York to cheer on the side and the result certainly should be a boost to all those associated with the club.

The opening exchanges very even with both Donaldson and Woolford going close for the home side. Goma Lambu caused problems for the home side on numerous occasions throughout the night and this was typified in the first 12 minutes, when his cross was just a little too long for Craig to get his head to. After this it was York that always looked the more likely to score as Woking's attacks were few and far between.

23 minutes in and the first clear cut chance fell to York's top scorer, Clayton Donaldson. A free-kick was awarded when Danny Bunce pulled down his opponent when through on goal and he was fortunate to only receive yellow.
From the free kick, the ball was brilliantly whipped in and Donaldson was left unmarked and his powerful header was wonderfully tipped over the bar by Jalal.

York's attacks became more frequent and more dangerous and, when on 35 minutes, Craig Farrell missed a glorious chance the home side would have been forgiven fro thinking it just was not going to be their night. A long ball was put in behind the last line of defence; Farrell sprinted away and was one-on-one with Shwan. The first rule for a striker is to always make the keeper work and on this occasion Farrell failed. His shot from about 5 yards out was put wide and Woking had been let off the hook in a big way. This seemed to spark them into life and Woking started to look a bit better and more potent going forward.

However, we seemed to be unable to make it count in the last third and the score remained goalless at the interval.

Half-time: York City 0 Woking 0

Glenn would have been relieved to have been on level terms at the break.
After a good talking to the lads came out refreshed and ready to do battle. The rain set in and when York had a chance after only 3 minutes, you got the feeling it would be a long half.

After weathering the almost literal storm, Woking started to get forward more, with most attacks being instrumented through Goma Lambu. His neat turn and cross was blocked out for a corner and Tommy Hutchinson almost made it count when his header was sent inches wide of the post. The game was becoming more open and end-to-end and it would have been 1-0 to the hosts had Shwan not pulled off a terrific save to deny the in-form Donaldson.

Taylor never stopped running up front and his persistence almost paid off when his snap-shot was saved by Evans in the York goal. But again, York hit back, with Woolford almost scoring after he was put through by captain Emmanuel Panther. As the rain really came down hard most cards fans, except a die-hard few, took cover under the stand. And with 10 minutes left, Woking took the lead.

Craig received the ball and seemed to delay the pass too long as Taylor ran into an offside position. Cue the York defence to stop, but the linesman?s flag was never raised and Taylor duly chipped the ball over the keeper to cue mass relief amongst the travelling support. The home side had every right to be angry with the linesman but they were guilty of not playing to the whistle.

With frustration setting in for the home side tempers boiled over with a mass brawl on the touchline. This resulted in a red card being shown to 4 players, 2 from each bench. Quite what went on, none of the fans are really sure. And the linesman almost gifted Woking another goal as Sole raced clear down the line. His cross was a poor one and the ball was cleared.

With the clock showing the time to be 9.45, the whistle was blown and Woking had won. 4 points from two very tough away games is an excellent return from an under fire Woking side. Let?s hope this is the turning point and we can push on make a real go at the playoffs. My man of the match has got to go to Shwan. He kept us in the game at times and really looks in good form since returning from Sheffield Wednesday.

Woking: Jalal, Murray, Hutchinson, Ruby, Bunce, Lambu, Evans, Smith (Oyedele 89), Sole, Taylor (Sharpling 90), McAllister

Subs Not Used: Bittner, Jackson, Ferguson

Booked: Bunce, Evans, Murray, Jalal

Sent off: Crossley

Goals: Taylor 81

Att: 3,173

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