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WOKING 1 DROYLSDEN 1

Brian Caffarey - 4th November 2007

Woking 1 Droylsden 1
3 November 2007

Any hopes that the Cards would bounce back convincingly from last week?s Cup exit were dashed as a lacklustre Woking side struggled to create chances against a team who had previously gained only one point away from home this season.

The Cards, missing Marvin Morgan up front, and with Matt Gray in midfield in place of Bradley Quamina, shared a scrappy opening period with the visitors. The Bloods tested Nick Gindre with some early crosses, which drew a couple of uncertain punched clearances, and a decent shot from Terry Fearns, which Nick tipped over the bar. For Woking the main threat seemed to lie with Kevin James, providing the few moments of quality, who surged through the midfield but could not quite find Goma Lambu on a rare foray forward on the right flank.

The Cards managed a bit of sustained pressure around the quarter of an hour mark and it produced a goal. Droylsden dealt poorly with a couple of corners, with Ged Murphy coming within a whisker of heading into his own goal. An attempted clearance fell kindly to Gez Sole where he is at his most dangerous: on the edge of the box. His shot wasn?t clean but it found the far corner past a possibly unsighted keeper, who did not move.

The Cards should have doubled their lead five minutes later. Following another decisive break from Kevin James, the ball rebounded to Joe Gatting and Gez Sole about five yards out, near the far post. Unfortunately, but almost comically, Gez appeared to catch Joe?s standing foot as the latter prepared to shoot and the chance went begging.

Droylsden increasingly threatened, with Kevin Lynch getting in a couple of decent sighting shots and Jody Banim getting behind the left of Woking?s defence a bit too frequently for comfort. At the other end, another break out of defence by Danny Bunce and Kevin James saw the Bloods? keeper head clear way out of his area.

The Bloods? equaliser came in the 38th minute from Kevin Lynch. Matt Gray lost the ball in midfield, Goma Lambu?s tackle merely succeeded in pushing it into Lynch?s path and he made no mistake from the edge of the box with a fine, low shot just inside the post.

The first half petered out, with any Woking attacking threat nullified as Gez Sole wandered offside.

Half-time: Woking 1 Droylsden 1

The second half started with a rash of silly bookings, followed by a number of substitutions, including Jerome Maledon for Matt Gray, and the quality of the football continued to be poor. Matt Pattison sprang to life with an incisive run down the left after Paul Lorraine had pressed well in midfield but the Droylsden keeper remained untested. Terry Fearns came closest for the Bloods when Nick Gindre saved at the second attempt in the 60th minute.

Liam Marum came on as a substitute for Gez Sole in the 70th minute and his pace perhaps enabled the Cards to up the tempo a little. This was helped too by Goma Lambu popping up on the left flank and Tom Hutchinson increasingly acting as an auxiliary forward. Matt Pattison had another decent run, and a rare flowing move involving Danny Bunce and Goma Lambu saw a cut-back scrambled away. Liam Marum had a great chance to steal all three points in the 81st minute when he pounced on a ball threaded through by Jerome Maledon. Liam slipped the ball over the advancing keeper with the outside of his foot but it went wide.

As the minutes ticked down, Liam Marum got in a fine whipped cross from near the bye-line but there was no one there to take advantage of it, and Joe Gatting produced a snap shot, which the keeper could only parry but not to the lurking Marum. In injury time Liam Marum lashed a volley wide from the edge of the area before the referee brought a poor game to its conclusion.

Woking: Nick Gindre, Paul Lorraine, Tom Hutchinson, Jay Gasson, Goma Lambu, Matt Pattison, Kevin James, Matt Gray (Jerome Maledon, 58), Danny Bunce, Joe Gatting, Giuseppe Sole (Liam Marum, 70)

Subs not used: Ross Worner, Matt Ruby, Izedin Harusha

Booked: Tom Hutchinson, Danny Bunce, Matt Pattison

Attendance: 1284

Sponsor?s MOTM: Kevin James (pictured)

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