Cards move to top of the table after victory over Moors. 25th August 2019
Woking 2 Solihull Moors 0
Vanarama National League Saturday 24th August 2019
Peter Moore at the Laithwaite Community Stadium
Woking moved to the top of the Vanarama National League after two first half strikes from Jake Hyde and Manny Parry ensured victory over previously unbeaten Solihull Moors at the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Saturday.
Two goal hero Jake Hyde who starred in Woking’s impressive 4-1 win at AFC Fylde last weekend, was named in the starting line up as the only change for the Cards.
In conditions more akin to the cricket season, with the temperatures nudging 28% in the battle of the top two in the table it was the Cards who drew first blood in the 12th minute when a ball over the top was seized upon by Hyde who slotted home for his third goal in a week. Five minutes later Woking doubled their advantage when a corner from Toby Edser was whipped into the area and there was Manny Parry to get the final touch for his first goal in a Woking shirt.
Dave Tarpey tested Ryan Boot from distance as the Cards dominated the opening fourty minutes. The visitors were forced into a change late in the half when Danny Wright was taken off injured and replaced by the experienced Nathan Blissett.
The Moors suffered another blow before the break when they lost Jamie Osbourne due to an injury, with Terry Hawkridge coming on. The Cards had to survive a nervous final few minutes of the half but were well worth their lead at the break.
Tarpey was back in the action soon after the restart when he held of his man to send a cross come shot a whisker away. The Moors first real chance of the match came in the 50th minute and fell to Paul McCallum who rounded Craig Ross only to fire into the side netting.
In the 63rd minute it was the turn of Hawkridge to come close to pulling a goal back for the visitors, with his shot from 25 yards rattling the post with Ross beaten. The visitors were well on top now, with substitute Mitch Hancox finding himself one on one with Ross but fired over from eight yards out.
There was still time for Moors to squander another chance when Hancox shot wide deep into added time, to sum up Moors day. The victory meant that Woking had ended Solihull Moors unbeaten start to the season and the Cards have made it five wins out of six in their fairy tale start to life back at the top flight of non-league football.