Young Cards draw at Westfield

5:21am, Wed 5th Aug 2009
Alan Worth has kindly filed this report of last night’s game at Westfield.

Tuesday 4th August 2009

Westfield: Allum pen (79 min); Pummel (86 min)
Woking: Moone (4 min); Adetunji (68 min)
Attendance (not available)

Woking finished their pre-season campaign at Westfield on Tuesday evening, taking on the Combined Counties Division One side. Graham Baker fielded an Academy/Reserve team with a number of players who had featured the evening before against Southampton and one or two who had also played on Saturday against Aldershot. This proved to be a tough work-out on a pitch where the grass had been kept long and as a result made a short passing game difficult. On a number of occasions the young Cards side played themselves into trouble when a short pass, held up in the grass, was intercepted by an eager Westfield forward.

Woking started with Kinsella in goal, Boateng, Sintim, Clayton and Lumley as a back four, Cann, Baker, Ferdinando and Cousins across the middle and Moone and Powell up front.

Woking immediately took the upper hand with a fine goal in the 4th minute. A diagonal cross-field ball from Sintim picked out Charlie Moone (pictured), who hit a sensational volley past Gallent into the net. The lead was almost doubled 5 minutes later. This time it was Moone who was fouled outside the box and from the resulting free-kick Ferdinando hit the bar. Even the watching Gez Sole was impressed! Charlie Moone just failed to turn in the ball from the rebound as Westfield scrambled to clear.

On 24 minutes Westfield had their first real chance. Cachia got clear on the left but his shot was saved by Kinsella, diving to his left. On 35 minutes Westfield had another chance to draw level but this time Roissetter’s snap shot flew just past the right-hand post.

Just before half-time, Matt Powell controlled Justin Clayton’s long ball but his neat chip was tipped over the bar by the Westfield keeper.

HALF-TIME: Westfield 0 Woking 1

This friendly game proved to be little different from other pre-season encounters as the regular substituting of players on both sides resulted in a much more disjointed second half.

Woking should have doubled their lead in the 52nd minute. An electric run down the right flank by Matt Powell resulted in his dangerous low cross, which was turned over the bar. But in the 68th minute the Cards finally doubled their lead. Adetunji, on for Boateng at right back, smashed another fabulous volley from at least thirty yards into the Westfield net.

Woking would have hoped to have hung on to this two-goal lead for the last twenty minutes. Tiredness, an unfortunate penalty and a Westfield side who finished stronger contributed to the Cards’ advantage being quickly cancelled out.

On 79 minutes Westfield were awarded a penalty after Sintim was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area. It looked a harsh decision. Nevertheless, captain Lee Allum stepped up and made no mistake from the spot. Six minutes later the game was all square. A long free-kick from Harding was headed on and collected by substitute Pummel. He took his opportunity well, volleying the ball emphatically into the net.

And so a very full pre-season campaign has finally come to an end and it’s time for the serious stuff. Let’s hope that by this time next week the Cards will have produced two good performances and that we have points on the board. Roll on Saturday!

Kinsella; Boateng (Mullen 65); Sintim; Clayton; Lumley (Adetunji 63); Cann (Groombridge 55); Baker (Aldridge 57); Ferdinando (Ellis 57); Cousins (Carr 60); Moone (Miller 53); Powell

Gallent (Smyrk 45); Sales (Harding 80); Tasker (Dickson 63); Bartlett; Thompson (Robson 45); Roissetter (Robson 63); Hartlebury; Allum; Jones (Pummel 45); Beale; Cachia

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