Thomas Pool
12:00am, Wed 31st Jan 2007
7.45pm on Tuesday 23 January 2007
Nationwide Conference

After a hard earned victory against Altrincham, Woking welcomed out of form Oxford to Kingfield.

The cards only made one change to the starting line up, with Goma starting on the right. Both teams were in need of the points for different reasons! Us to clamber away from danger and Oxford to keep up the pace with Dagenham.

The opening exchanges were fairly even, with both teams looking to play the ball on the deck. The first half chance of the game fell to the visitors. Daniel Rose picked the ball up, had a good run and flashed his long range effort over the top of the bar. This seemed to spark the Cards into life and we saw glimpses of the team from September. 12 minutes in and we were one up. Adam Green flighted an inch perfect cross onto the head of captain marvel, Smudger and his header was too accurate and powerful for keeper Turley to keep out.

What a start and things so nearly got even better 5 minutes later. Craig managed to get up first and flick the ball into the path of Jamie Taylor. He composed himself, but his shot was not a good one and the ball was sent wide of the post. Oxford looked a bit shaken up and responded with Gavin Johnson sending a low drive just wide of Bittner's far post.

Oxford were getting more into the game and had the majority of possession, however, despite this they failed to make any sort of chance, as Rob Duffy also went wide. Chris Hargreaves and Carl Pettefer seemed intent on shooting from range and this suited the cards, as most of the efforts ended up half way up the Bellway stand.

Woking almost went into the break 2 up, but after an excellent run by Goma which saw him set up Taylor, his shot was sent high and wide and into the KRE.

Half Time - Woking 1 Oxford United 0

Oxford were quick out of the blocks, making a substitution at half time. Yemi Odubade came on and played out on the right. He spent his Boxing Day terrorising the Cards defence and Jim Smith was looking for him to do the same tonight. Woking continued to have to play on the break, as Oxford went in search of the equaliser and if the posts had been any further apart, Hargreaves would have given it to the visitors. Fortunately they are not and the ball went wide.

Craig then went past his man on the right, crossed the ball in, but Taylor was not quite big enough to connect properly and the danger was cleared. Taylor had two more chances in the space of a few minutes half way through the half. Picking up on a loose ball in midfield he sped forward into the right side of area before sending his shot wide of Turley's post. Next he sent another shot wide of the post after being set up by Smith.

With 90 minutes fast approaching it seemed as if Woking were playing 10 at the back. Much like Boxing Day, 6 minutes were signalled for stoppages and the Cards had to do a bit more. Sam Cockerill could have made it game over, but he shot woefully high. Odubade gave most of the home support a scary moment when he drove a shot towards goal, but Bittner was down quick enough to thwart it and time was up.

Woking had recorded a superb victory and fully deserved the 3 points. Green whipped the ball in excellently, Goma caused trouble all night and Murray was a rock at the back. Bunce performed well at right back. Although Smudger was awarded the man of the match, my vote goes to Karl. He was playing out of position and looked more than comfortable all night. Hopes were high to take this good performance into Saturday's game at Cambridge.

Woking: Bittner, Bunce, Pearce, Murray, Green, Smith (S Cockerill 89), Lambu (Berquez 82), Barrett, Sole, McAllister, Taylor (Marum 76).

Subs Not Used: Gindre, Sankoh.

Booked: Pearce, Lambu.

Att: 2,228

Sponsor's MoTM: Neil Smith

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