Woking squander two goal lead at the hands of Fleet. 16th September 2019
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Peter Moore at the Laithwaite Community Stadium
Leaders Woking squandered a two-goal advantage after conceding two late goals to Fleet. Despite the defeat, the Cards still remain top of the table.
Gary Hill returned back to the club he led to Conference South promotion back in 2012, and saw his side continue their impressive form of late by grabbing two late goals to rescue a hard-earned point.
Woking took the lead as early as the eighth minute when Southampton loanee Tyreke Johnson won the ball 35 yards out from goal, took a couple of touches and sent an unstoppable shot past Jordan Holmes into the corner of the net for an early candidate for the Woking goal of the season. The Cards almost doubled their advantage when Holmes tipped over the bar a shot from Dave Tarpey.
Holmes was once again called into action when he brilliantly clawed away a Jake Hyde header as the Cards dominated the opening half hour.
The difference of 22 places that separated the two sides before kick off was much in evidence with Fleet struggling to get a foothold into the game as the home side continued to dominate proceedings as Woking looked comfortable at the break and well worth their lead in the September Surrey Sunshine.
After a lacklustre first half performance from Ebbsfleet, Manager Gary Hill brought on former Woking player Gozie Ugwu who seemed to give the visitors more impetus, but it was the Cards who had a glorious chance to double their lead when Holmes upended Johnson in the box. Hyde stepped up to take the spot kick, but his effort crashed against the crossbar. That reprieve seemed to galvanise Fleet who started to get a firm grip into the game as Tyler Cordiner was denied by Ross’s feet with James Ball side footing into the side netting and Josh Umerah glancing a header wide.
Woking were thankful for Ross who produced a fine save to deny Frankie Sutherland as Ebbsfleet continued to worry Woking. The Cards responded with a towering header from Moussa Diarra inches away from the target before Hyde sent a header wide of the post.
The Cards doubled their advantage in the 76th minute when a breakaway was finished of by Hyde who slotted home for his seventh of the season. With time running out Fleet pulled a goal back when Alex Reid netted from close range.
Deep into added time Ebbsfleet salvaged a point when Myles Weston’s curling free kick beat Ross to cap a fine comeback for the visitors and send Hill home a happy man.