Woking 1 Crawley Town 2
FA Youth Cup 2nd Round
4th December 2013
The young Cards faced their stiffest test in the competition to date with the visit of league club Crawley Town, who were being watched by new club manager John Gregory.
With a heavy ground frost forming on the pitch, the first fifteen minutes of the match were fairly even and uneventful. Twenty minutes into the game, however, Woking created a couple of chances but were unable to capitalise on either opportunity.
Five minutes later Crawley took the lead when a good run down the right and an accurate cross into the six-yard area was met by a firm header from Richefond. The visitors' direct style of play caused problems throughout the night for the home side and they would have scored again had Melville not been blocked on the edge of the area.
Half-time: Woking 0 Crawley Town 1
Crawley extended their lead ten minutes after the break when a corner on the right was only half- cleared. The ball was knocked into the six-yard area and Melville turned sharply to prod home. Woking then had their best spell of the game with Matt Connor being denied a shooting chance by two defenders blocking his run into the box.
The visitors always looked dangerous and one four-man move ended with a wild shot when they might have done better. For the home team, Jake Gill had a good run but the visiting defence were well-drilled and cut out the danger.
Woking continued to persevere and finally reduced the deficit. A good break down the right by Reece Placio culminated in a cross which was met by Carlos Anderson who scored low to the 'keeper's right. The young Cards did all they could in the time remaining to find an equaliser but Crawley held firm and now go through to face Watford at home in the third round.
Woking: Alex Harris, Warren Gibson, Mason Turner, George Mills, Bradley Breech, Ed Young, Charlie Carter (Aaron Myles-Joseph 46), Jay Bradley (Aaron Bray60), Matt Connor, Jake Gill, Reece Placio.