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WOKING 0 GRAYS ATHLETIC 1

Tom Pool - 13th November 2007

Woking 0 Grays Athletic 1
10 November 2007

On Saturday, Woking welcomed Grays Athletic to Kingfield. In the corresponding fixture last season, the Cards managed to get a narrow 1-0 victory which, in my opinion, kept us up. Woking also welcomed back Karl Murray to Kingfield, and he received the reception that he deserved for the three seasons? hard work he put in for the Club. The Cards saw Marvin Morgan return from his groin problem, and Bradley Quamina was back in the middle of the park. There was no place for Giuseppe Sole in the starting X1 as he returned to the bench, with Joe Gatting being the preferred choice. Ross Worner also made his first full debut for the club in goal, replacing the injured Nick Gindre.

The game started brightly, with both sides looking to play slick passing football, and with less than one minute on the clock it looked as if the Cards would be starting with a mountain to climb. Danny Kedwell collected the ball in midfield and was allowed to run to the edge of the area before powering his shot towards goal. Ross Worner guessed the right way and, although he was beaten, fortunately the ball cannoned off the post and out for a goal kick.

I, like many others in the ground, began to think this could be a very long afternoon.
Three minutes later saw Grays have a half-chance, but Ernie Cooksey sent his shot high and wide. This seemingly sparked Woking into life, and they started to put pressure on the shaky-looking Grays defence. Marvin Morgan, whom Grays simply could not cope with all afternoon, managed to get to the ball first and flick the ball to his strike partner Gatting, whose shot was well saved by Ross Flitney and out for a corner. The resulting corner almost provided the first goal, but Simon Downes managed to keep Tom Hutchinson?s effort out, and the danger was cleared.

After 15 minutes, the referee lost the game with an absolutely atrocious decision. Marvin was clean through and, like he did in the game at Grays back in August, rounded the keeper and was brought down. This time the referee gave nothing. If he thought that Marv was diving, which he clearly must have done as he failed to give the blatant foul, he ought to have booked him. Unfortunately, this was the first of many ridiculous decisions that he made all day.

After several half-chances from both sides, Danny Kedwell had the best opportunity he will have all season. The Grays front man was put through clean on goal and was one-on-one with Worner. As he lifted his foot to put the ball into the net, Tom Hutchinson executed one of the most perfectly-timed tackles one will ever see on the football pitch to take the ball and clear danger.

HALF-TIME ? WOKING 0-0 GRAYS ATHLETIC

Grays started the second half well and had the early pressure but Matt Pattison had the first chance of the second half 10 minutes in. Quamina slid him through excellently. However, his shot lacked the power needed to beat Flitney, and the danger was easily averted. Grays replied when Ben Watson set up Aaron O'Connor in the 60th minute but his attempt was rash and bounced away from goal.

Woking's best chance arrived just after the hour when Hutchinson found himself with a free header at the back post from a corner but his effort was deflected over by a combination of keeper and defender. Aside from the goal, there were no real chances. The goal arrived with five minutes left to play. Paul Lorraine made a mistake, and Karl Murray took full advantage in slipping Ben Watson through. He gave debutant keeper Worner no chance, and the game was won. That?s five games and only one goal scored for the Cards. While they may not concede many goals, they certainly aren?t scoring many either.

Woking: Worner, Gasson, Hutchinson, Pattison, Lorraine, Quamina (Maledon 77), James, Bunce, Lambu, Gatting, Morgan (Marum 80).

Subs Not Used: Gray, Ruby, Sole.

Booked: Bunce, Quamina.

Attendance: 1188.

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