WOKING 1 WEYMOUTH 1
12:00am, Wed 5th Sep 2007
Woking 1-1 Weymouth
4 September 2007
Another home game, another poor first half followed by an explosive second half, another point. Woking welcomed Weymouth on Tuesday evening in what
proved to be an interesting encounter. The Woking fans 'welcomed' back Jefferson Louis, and strove to urge the boys to their first home win of the season. Woking lined up with the same team, and same formation, that was employed against Forest Green Rovers last weekend. After an exciting game
then, the Woking fans would have liked much of the same. However, this was not delivered instantly.
Woking started slowly, with Weymouth knocking the ball around nicely. And it was not long before Weymouth registered their first attempt on goal. With a little over four minutes on the clock, Conal Platt collected the ball and shot high over the KRE. After a half-chance for Carl Gibbs, it was ex-Card Louis who was next to try his luck. With defenders standing off him, he took the opportunity to test Gindre, and the Woking number one was more than
equal to it. After this initial 10 minutes, the visitors stepped it up a gear and dominated.
Weymouth had another half-chance through Platt, but it was not long before Weymouth threw away a golden opportunity. With about 17 minutes gone, Stuart Beavon had a good effort tipped round the post. It was from the resulting corner that the score should have become 0-1. The ball was delivered to the front post, where Louis flicked it on; the ball was scrambled to the penalty spot,
where Weymouth?s Jom Barti was standing. With 0-1 looking certain, he put the ball wide, much to the relief of all of the home fans and players.
After a flurry of chances, Frank decided, in a Mourinho-esque manner, that things needed to be changed, and Jerome Maledon came on for Goma Lambu. Woking looked a little more solid and started to try to play the ball around. That
was short-lived, as Weymouth created another chance. After an awful header over the bar from Louis, he looked to make amends. He cut through and drew the last defender, but Gindre made a superb save to keep the game all square. With the home faithful beginning to vent their frustrations, Marvin Morgan registered the Cards? first attempt on goal. Marvin twisted his way through the defence and shot from a tight angle but keeper Jason Matthews saved comfortably. Moments later Louis had another shot blocked, and the Cards were, fortunately, all level at the break.
Half Time - Woking 0-0 Weymouth
After the break, things began a bit more positively, with the ball being knocked around by both sides, but it was the visitors who deservedly took
the lead. An extremely dubious-looking free-kick was awarded, and ex-Gunner Paolo Vernazza ran over to take it. His delivery was pinpoint and Jefferson Louis headed home gleefully into the top corner of the net.
At last this seemed to spur the Cards into life, and Woking started to dominate. Marvin went on the kind of run he is fast becoming famous for, but on this occasion he failed to shoot in time. However, he made up for this moments later. With 56 minutes gone, Marvin broke. He rounded the keeper and looked up. I thought the chance had
gone, but he slotted the ball to Sole, who smashed the ball into the roof of the net, to the sheer delight of the Woking faithful. This was the turning
point, as the home side took control. Five minutes later, and it could have been 2-1. As Sole looked to repay Marv the favour, the tall striker from
Yeading saw his effort saved by Matthews in the visiting goal. You could sense that Woking were possibly close to that elusive second goal that they had yet to score this season.
However, it was Weymouth who had the next chance, but Vernazza blazed the ball over the bar. With fifteen minutes to go, Matt Gray came on for the hard -working, but absolutely knackered, Carl Gibbs. The game started to peter out, with no real efforts to note, other than Pattison?s speculative effort straight into the arms of Matthews. Disaster struck in injury time as Quamina, our most consistent player so far, went down in what looked like a great deal of pain. Quite what the extent of the injury is remains to be seen, but Cards fans won't want to see him out for too long.
There were several positives to take from the game. The passing in the second half looked good, and was some of the most attacking stuff seen for
years. However, we cannot afford to not start playing until the second half. Had we been playing one of the top teams, we could well have been out of the game before the break.
Woking: Nick Gindre, Matt Ruby, Paul Lorraine, Jay Gasson, Danny Bunce; Goma Lambu (Jerome Maledon,19), Matt Pattison, Bradley Quamina (Adam Green, 90), Giuseppe Sole; Carl Gibbs (Matt Gray, 76), Marvin Morgan
Subs not used: Ross Worner, David Shin
Booked: Giuseppe Sole, Bradley Quamina, Matt Ruby
Sponsor?s MOTM: Giuseppe Sole (pictured)