Ashford marks debut with a goal in Cards win over Lynn
Woking 3 King’s Lynn Town 0
Vanarama National League Saturday 6th March 2021
By Peter Moore
Jamar Loza was the star of the show as Woking returned back to winning ways. The former Linnet man scored, assisted and put on a show which tortured his former employers all afternoon.
On Friday Woking manager Alan Dowson bolstered his attacking options by adding Sam Ashford and Niko Muir to his squad. Ashford- on loan from Crawley Town until the end of the season and Muir on loan from Hampton & Richmond- both were named in the starting eleven.
King’s Lynn- who earlier this week had to furlough six players including their two leading scorers Adam Marriott and Dayle Southwell- created the first chance of the match when Michael Gash’s header hit the bar with the ball coming out to Cameron King with his effort blocked.
The Cards debutants combined to create the hosts first chance on goal when Ashford’s flick on to Muir saw the strikers shot saved by Archie Mair.
The deadlock was broken in the 28th minute when excellent work from Loza down the right-hand side turned his man inside out before sending in a deep cross with an unmarked Ashford producing a powerful downward header into the net.
Loza was causing all sorts of problems to Lynn in the opening half and almost doubled Woking’s advantage shortly before half time when he turned two players inside out inside the area before sending in a curling shot which was inches away.
The Linnets were on the front foot after the restart with Craig Ross called into action for the first time to save from Kairo Mitchell, but it was that man Loza who came within a whisper of giving Woking a second goal. He cut inside the area and unleashed a thunderous shot which cannoned of the post with Mair beaten.
Woking were aggrieved by a decision in the 66th minute from a corner a Ben Gerring header hit the woodwork with the rebound falling to Jayden Wareham who appeared to stab the ball home, only for the assistant referee to rule the ball hadn’t crossed the line.
The visitors responded with their best chance of the half when Chris Smith should off done better with a header six yards out.
The Cards doubled their advantage late on when Wareham forced an error in the Linnets back line with the youngster squaring the ball for Loza who tapped in to round of a magnificent all round game.
With seconds remaining it was 3-0 following a Charlie Copper free kick which was parried away with Gerring slotting home to complete a thoroughly professional performance from the Cards.