Cards fall to defeat against the Rebels. 24th March 2019
Woking 0 Slough Town 1
Vanarama National League South Saturday 23rd March 2019
Peter Moore at the Laithwaite Community Stadium
Woking were knocked of the top of the table, after a first half strike from Francis Amartey was enough to secure the points for the Rebels.
In a game of few chances and littered with fouls, Woking were looking to make it five consecutive wins at home, but on the day lacked creativity.
The Cards were on the front foot as early as the first minute when Kieran Glynn- on loan from National League side Salford City- sent in an inviting cross inside the area with Jake Hyde’s glancing header wide of the mark.
The Rebels looked to have broken the deadlock in the 19th minute when a powerful header from Mark Nisbet was acrobatically turned away for a corner by Craig Ross. The Cards were saved on that occasion, but within a minute a long throw in to the box wasn’t dealt with by the hosts and Francis Amartey nipped in to roll the ball in off the post into the net.
Just like the first half, Woking started the second brightly with a Max Kretzschmar corner met with the head of Ben Gerring, but his downward header went wide. Slough really should off doubled their advantage when a free kick into the area found an unmarked George Wells, but the defender sent his header wide of the goal.
With the bulk of the second half becoming very scrappy, the Cards tried to get past a resolute Rebels defence who blocked everything that was thrown at them.
With ten minutes remaining a Slough breakaway ended up with Manny Williams blasting over from inside the six-yard box. As much as Woking huffed and puffed, they still couldn’t blow down the Slough door, as the Rebels wrapped up their first victory at Woking since 1993.
Rebels Joint Manager Jon Underwood was understandably delighted. “ I thought we were fantastic today. They are top of the league, in 94 minutes Jack’s not had to make a save of note. In terms of them breaking us down I didn’t feel they did. We were solid, looked good on the break. Some fantastic performances today”.
A disappointed Woking Manager Alan Dowson said “We didn’t compete, they did. We didn’t win second balls and they did. We missed Armani today with his presence. Dowson was also unhappy about the goal. “It was a foul, clear foul”. “But overall we have got to compete, we had over two and a half thousand people here and you want to compete. Dowson also was amazed how Hyde didn’t score early on. “It was a sitter, how he missed that I will never know”. But we have got to compete, if we don’t we won’t get nowhere”.
Woking: 4-2-1-2-1 Ross6; Collier5 (69 Diarra5 ), Cook5, Gerring5, Casey8; Durojaiye6, Glynn5 (61 Bradbury 5); Kretzschmar6; Hodges5, Allassani5; Hyde5
Subs not used: Jolley, Wheeler, Mason
Slough Town 4-4-2: Turner7; Jackman7, Hollis7, Nisbet7, Wells7; Clifford7 (86 Soares6 ), S. Togwell7, L. Togwell7, Lench7; Amartey8 (84 Roberts6 ), Williams7 (82 Fraser6 );
Subs not used: Dunn, Phillips
Slough Town: 1
Referee: Matthew Russell 3/5
Star Man: Francis Amartey
Match rating:3 /5
Shots On/ Off Goal
Woking: 0 / 3
Slough Town: 1 / 2
Slough Town: 0
Slough Town: 1
Woking: 0 / 0
Slough Town: 0 / 3