Brian Caffarey
12:00am, Wed 23rd Jul 2008

Woking 1 Colchester United 6

Pre-season friendly

22 July 2008

The scoreline may look rather alarming to Cards fans but the game was not quite
as one-sided as it suggests. The U?s were much sharper up front but were helped
by a fit of absent-mindedness that came over the Woking defence early in the
second half when three goals were shipped in quick succession. For most of the
rest of the game Kim Grant?s side competed quite well.

Kim fielded a mix of familiar and less familiar faces. Among the latter were
Darren Behcet in goal, Patrice Konan at right back, Colin Miles (briefly) at
centre back, Kunle in midfield and Wilfred Droumond, the scorer of the goal at
Farnborough, up front.

If anything, the Cards had the better of the first 20 minutes, passing the ball
pleasingly much of the time. Abdou El Kholti (pictured) showed again that he
has a sweet left foot and Wilfred Droumond worked the line industriously. There
was applause for a break out of defence by Liam Marum and for a decent effort
from Abdou. Patrice Konan too broke forward purposefully.

Colchester, though, then picked their game up and began to stretch the Cards?
defence. A free-kick out on the right was headed onto the bar by Wasiu and then
nodded home by Heath. A couple of minutes later a through ball fell between
Behcet and Paul Lorraine with Izzet lifting it over the bar. On the half-hour
mark the second goal followed. Poor tackling allowed Yeates to work his way
into the box and hit a low shot past Behcet. Wasiu then spurned a third, hitting
the ball high into the LGS.

Liam Marum had a respectable effort from distance, whilst Heath?s header was
scrambled away at the other end. On the stroke of half-time Droumond sent a
glorious pass across the face of goal but Goma Lambu mis-controlled the ball
and the chance was wasted. Immediately, though, Goma compensated with a fine
cross to the far post, where the on-rushing Droumond poked home.

Half-time: Woking 1 Colchester United 2

The only change at the break was Nick Gindre in goal for Behcet. Nick probably
wished he?d stayed on the bench as the defence in front of him suddenly
disintegrated. A deft through ball left Matt Ruby trailing and Wordsworth
flicked over the Cards keeper to make it 3-1. In the 50th minute it became 4-1
as a Woking attack broke down; the ball was played quickly forward and Izzet
hit a deflected effort past Gindre. And, two minutes later, it was 5-1, as a
poor pass by Kunle was intercepted and Izzet slotted home comfortably.

The game then became very bitty as Woking made a series of substitutions and
Colchester changed the whole of their side in two quick shuffles. For Woking
Matt Gray came on at right back in place of Konan; El Kholti moved to left back
instead of Danny Bunce, with Delano Sam-Yorke going ahead of him; Manny Williams
replaced Goma on the other flank; and Jerome Maledon came on for Kunle in
midfield. Later moves saw Wes Daly come on for Liam Marum; Phil Gilchrist
replace Paul Lorraine; Kim Grant come on for Droumond and, finally, Carlos
Talbot replace the injured Quamina.

The balance of play evened out rather more. Wes Daly seemed to see quite a lot
of the ball and instigated a number of attacking moves. The Cards? best spell
came in the last ten minutes as Delano Sam-Yorke, picking up a lay-off from
Manny Williams, curled a shot just wide of the post, and Manny Williams had two
decent attempts on goal. Nick Gindre, though, had to stretch out a hand to
prevent a cross shot going in but conceded a sixth goal just before full-time.
A long cross to the far post was headed back to Jackson, who drilled home.

There was just time for Kim Grant to come very close to opening his account for
Woking, with a header from a Sam-Yorke cross, before the referee blew for full

Kim will no doubt be disappointed to have conceded some soft goals but there
were promising signs from several players this evening, including Konan, who
has now signed for the Club, El Kholti, Droumond and Daly.

Woking (first half): Behcet, Konan, Lorraine, Miles (Ruby), Bunce, Lambu,
Kunle, Quamina, El Kholti, Marum, Droumond

Woking (second half): Gindre, Konan (Gray), Lorraine (Gilchrist), Ruby, Bunce
(Sam-Yorke), Lambu (Williams), Kunle (Maledon), Quamina (Talbot), El Kholti,
Marum (Daly), Droumond (Grant).

Attendance: 514


The remaining pre-season games are:

July 24th Godalming Town away 7.45pm

July 26th Maidenhead Utd away 3pm

July 30th Oxford City away 7.45pm




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