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Cards win again to boost play-off hopes

Brian Caffarey - 5th April 2010

Cards win again to boost play-off hopes Eastleigh 0 Woking 2
5 April 2010

The Cards significantly boosted their play-off chances this afternoon with their fourth win in five games. Gez Sole opened the scoring four minutes before half-time, with Nathaniel Pinney (pictured), playing his last game for the Cards, scoring from the penalty spot in the second half as the Spitfires went down to nine men.

Graham Baker started with the same side that lined up at home to Lewes on Saturday. Harry Arter returned to the bench after his recent injury.

Woking had the best of the early play, with Moses Ademola making two fine breaks down the right but not picking out Craig Faulconbridge in space in the middle. Eastleigh threatened around the half hour mark but Woking responded with a break from Pinney. It was the on-loan Palace player who created Woking’s lead with a run down the flank and a cross into Nicky Nicolau. The latter’s shot was saved by the Eastleigh keeper but Gez Sole drove the ball home.

Half-time: Eastleigh 0 Woking 1

Shortly after half-time Pinney should have extended Woking’s lead after a terrific run from the Woking half. But, having rounded the Spitfires keeper, he blasted the ball over the bar.

Graham Baker made three substitutions around the 60 minute mark, bringing on Matthew Wright, Harry Arter and Jon Boardman for Craig Faulconbridge, Gez Sole and Ricky Anane.

Almost immediately the Eastleigh captain, Tom Jordan, picked up a second booking for a foul on Arter, reducing the Spitfires to ten men.

Shortly afterwards the Cards made the game safe with their second goal. Arter slipped the ball through to Wright, who was brought down by the Eastleigh keeper, Matthews, who was sent off for his troubles, reducing the home side to nine men.

Pinney sent the substitute keeper the wrong way to make it 2-0.

In the last ten minutes Ross Worner tipped a corner onto his own crossbar but the Cards had several opportunities to add to their lead, with Nicolau shooting wildly and Arter going it alone when he might have played in a team mate.

Woking’s next game is on Saturday 10 April, when they are at home to Bromley.

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