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Woking fall to defeat against King's Lynn Town

Haydn Cobb
12:05pm, Tue 3rd May 2022
Woking 0 King’s Lynn Town 3
Vanarama National League
2nd May 2022

Woking suffered their heaviest defeat of the season against already relegated King’s Lynn Town on a disappointing afternoon for the Cards in the Vanarama National League.

Following Woking’s win against Wrexham, arguably their best game of the season, the Cards conceded two cheap goals in either half through defensive errors, plus a decisive second goal which decided the match in the visitor’s favour.

Gold Omotayo opened the scoring from a Woking defensive mix-up moments before halftime and despite a spirited fightback in the second half Tyler Denton made the game safe with five minutes to go with King’s Lynn Town’s second goal. Substitute Ken Charles added a third goal in extra time after another mistake at the back to commit Woking to their biggest loss of the season.

Woking remain 15th in the league table, two points behind Altrincham and four points ahead of Maidenhead United.

Sarll made six changes to the starting line-up from the win against Wrexham, with Mark Smith in goal, Tom Champion slotting into defence, a fresh central midfield duo of Solomon Nwabuokei and Jermaine Anderson plus a new striker pairing of Nicke Kabamba and George Oakley.

In a low-key opening 20 minutes, King’s Lynn had the best chance to open the scoring when Omotayo ballooned his shot over the bar when he had a clear sight of goal.

With Woking looking to attack through wide areas, Jamar Loza carved out the Cards first genuine chance with a low cross to George Oakley but his effort deflected off Joshua Coulson and into goalkeeper Paul Jones’ hands.

The first effort on target took until the 38th minute when Omotayo had a free header from eight yards out but could only fire it straight at Smith.

The first half sparked into life when both sides created best chances, Woking first hitting the post when Anderson’s free-kick evaded everyone and rebounded off the far post.

King’s Lynn Town immediately went up the other end and pressured Woking into a defensive mistake which Omotayo latched on to slot home. 0-1

Half-time: Woking 0 King’s Lynn Town 1

After a 15-minute delay to the start of the second half for a medical emergency in the crowd, Woking manager Sarll made two changes, with Inih Effiong and Rohan Ince coming on for Oakley and Tyreke Johnson. The substitutions also tweaked Woking’s formation, with Kabamba going to the right wing and Ince adding an extra man into midfield.

Effiong instantly gave Woking’s attack a focal point, with the forward going close with a header 10 minutes into the second half. The Cards stayed on the front foot but struggled to carve out a clear opportunity for an equaliser.

Woking were getting more joy down the right-hand side with smart link-up play between Nwabuokei and Kabamba, as the Woking striker had a goal ruled out in a tight offside call.

Effiong then had another excellent chance to equalise, latching on to a flick on from Nwabuokei, but his effort was well saved by Jones.

Just like the opening goal, King’s Lynn Town went straight up the other end to punish Woking’s missed chances, as Cameron Hargreaves beat the offside trap and laid it off to Denton to tap into an empty net to make the game safe with five minutes to go. 0-2

The second goal killed Woking’s momentum, despite good chances falling to Loza and Nwabuokei, on a disappointing afternoon for the Cards.

Woking gifted King’s Lynn Town a third goal in injury time through another defensive error, as Diarra’s backpass was intercepted by substitute Ken Charles who rounded goalkeeper Smith and slotted in from a tight angle. 0-3.

The Cards will look to end the season on a high with a final home game on Saturday against Eastleigh before the season ends with a trip to Chesterfield.

Not a game for the scrapbook
Not a game for the scrapbook
David Holmes

Woking:1 Mark Smith, 3 Josh Casey ©, 6 Moussa Diarra, 4 Tom Champion, 22 David Longe-King, 7 Jamar Loza, 8 Solomon Nwabuokei, 23 Jermaine Anderson (20 Jack Roles 61’), 11 Tyreke Johnson (24 Rohan Ince 46’), 18 Nicke Kabamba, 14 George Oakley (9 Inih Effiong 46’)

Unused subs: 16 Louie Annesley, 17 Tarryn Allarakhia

Bookings: Casey 58’

King’s Lynn Town 1 Paul Jones, 30 Joshua Coulson, 22 Ross Barrows, 17 Aaron Jones, 3 Tyler Denton, 24 Oliver Scott (6 Daniel Boway 69’), 7 Michael Clunan ©, 16 Brett McGavin (8 Jak Hickman 81’), 26 Cameron Hargreaves, 9 Gold Omotayo, 20 Joshua Barrett (19 Ken Charles 90’)

Unused subs: 18 Munashe Sunbire, 28 Zain Walker

Goals: Omotayo 45’, Denton 85’, Charles 90’

Bookings: Barrett 45’, Clunan 90’

Referee: Tom Bishop

Attendance: 2,484

Man of the Match: Moussa Diarra

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