Cards Extend Winning Streak
9:56am, Wed 2nd Apr 2014
Woking 2 Forest Green Rovers 1
The Skrill Premier
1st April 2014
Goals in the last half-hour from Scott Rendell and Jack Marriott were enough to turn around a one goal deficit after Lee Hughes had put Forest Green Rovers in front at the Kingfield Stadium.
Woking started the brighter of the two sides and it was Kevin Betsy (pictured) pulling the strings on the right wing, turning Chris Stokes inside out before delivering a dangerous cross. On fourteen minutes, Woking were close to going behind, however, when Danny Wright managed to get to a long ball before Sam Beasant in the Woking goal and poke it past him. Beasant had Joe McNerney to thank as he was on hand to put it behind for a corner.
McNerney was then involved at the other end when his goal-bound header from a John Goddard corner was cleared off the line at the post. Keiran Murtagh was the next to come close. After hitting a volley into the ground the ball span viciously, meaning that Rovers' 'keeper Sam Russell was unable to gather it cleanly. Luckily for Russell, his fumble narrowly evaded Scott Rendell who was following in.
On thirty-nine minutes, a deep Paul Green cross from the right was heading for an unmarked Stokes, but, fortunately for the Cards' defence, Wright heard no call and glanced it on, taking it past the Rovers' full-back. Two minutes later Woking should have taken the lead. Rovers failed to clear a Goddard free kick from the right wing and it sat up nicely for Rendell, who smashed it over the bar from six yards.
Half-time: Woking 0 Forest Green Rovers 0
Early in the second half, it was Beasant in the Woking goal who was able to gather the ball at the second attempt after a devilish cross. A few minutes later, Marriott was denied a clear one-on-one when Aarran Racine flicked it away for a corner but injured himself in the process. Minutes later the injured Racine, still on the pitch, stopped playing when Marriott brought the ball down in the centre circle. The Ipswich loanee continued playing, as he was entitled to do, and fed Rendell on the left, but his shot was weak and easily saved by Russell.
In the sixty-third minute, Rovers were to punish Woking for their missed chances. Veteran Lee Hughes showed his class as his first touch inside the Woking box set himself up for a volley from the angle which he smashed into the far corner of the net for an excellent finish.
Rovers were ahead for just four minutes, however, after substitute Eddie Oshodi was adjudged to have handled when bringing the ball down inside the box. This was a good break for the Cards, as any neutral watching may have considered the decision a little harsh as the assistant referee drew the referee's attention to the infringement, the latter being quite close to the action himself. Not wishing to look a gift horse in the mouth, Rendell stepped up to the spot and waited for the 'keeper to move before coolly slotting the ball down the middle to level.
Woking could now taste blood and attacked again and again looking to take the lead. First to test the hands of Russell was John Nutter with a dipping volley from the left wing. Next, after a brilliant Goddard cross was Marriott, whose downward header forced a save from the very top drawer from Russell. In the eighty-first minute, it was Marriott again who found some room to hit one with his left foot which Russell again got the better of.
Just a minute later, Russell was trumped as a lobbed pass from John Goddard found Marriott in the box. The youngster showed great composure to hit it first time on the half-volley low into the far corner of the net for a fine goal.
Betsy then went very close to wrapping it up for the hosts when Jamie Turley missed his clearance and the veteran midfielder strode on to crash a great strike against the underside of the crossbar.
The home team were nearly made to pay for their missed chances late into stoppage time when a deep Green cross was met with a looping header by Hughes. Sighs of relief spread across Kingfield when the header dropped just inches wide of the post.
Woking saw out the remaining minutes of injury time to notch their fifth successive win in the Skrill Premier and put themselves within just a point of Forest Green Rovers in mid-table. Skrill Premier Manager of the Month for March Garry Hill was no doubt a very contented man after the match, but will now be turning his attention to Edgar Street on Saturday when the Cards travel to take on financially troubled Hereford United.
Woking: Sam Beasant, Adam Newton (Mike Cestor 90), John Nutter, Mark Ricketts (c), Joe McNerney, Kevin Betsy, Keiran Murtagh, Scott Rendell, John Goddard, Jack Marriott (Brett Johnson 88), Joey Jones
Unused Subs: Reece Beckles, Giuseppe Sole, Andy Little
Goals: Scott Rendell 68 (pen), Jack Marriott 82
Wrexham: Sam Russell, Chris Stokes (Alhassan Bangura 76), Jamie Turley, James Norwood, Yan Klukowski, Danny Wright (Luke Rodgers 86), Aarron Racine (Eddie Oshodi 53), Paul Green, Luke Oliver, Lee Hughes, Bradley Jordan
Unused Subs: Matt Taylor, Paul White
Goal: Lee Hughes 63
Caution: Eddie Oshodi 67
Sponsorâ€™s MOTM: Kevin Betsy - a constant threat throughout, creating chances for the Cards from start to finish.