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Woking 2 Solihull Moors 1
No Win on the Cards at Woking
PUBLISHED: 13th Sep 17

After Saturday’s disappointing result by a solitary goal in favour of Macclesfield, it was off to Woking on Tuesday night for a  Moors squad already stretched by a growing number of injuries., There was a starting place for Saturday’s man of the match Ben Fox but Nathan Vaughan dropped to the bench as he became unwell on the journey down, giving loanee Connal Trueman another outing.

Two ex Moors players turned out for the hosts in the shape of  Nathan Baxter between the sticks and  Regan Charles - Cook , a player considered by many as one of the reasons Solihull survived in the National league last season

It was a worrying start for Moors as the Cardinals opened up the defence in the opening phase and within two minutes Effiong smashed the ball against the post from point blank range. Charles – Cook outpaced the defence on a run down the right flank but his low shot was well saved by Trueman. It was then Isaac’s turn to force the Moors keeper into another reaction save as Woking piled on the pressure and all this in the opening 10 minutes.

 

A long low free kick from Darren Carter was cleared and catching Woking on the break at the half way stage of the half, Carter again put Oladapo Afolayan through but the Moors striker skied the shot.

Charles Cook linked well with Effiong but his rasping shot just cleared the bar before Woking took the lead on 30 minutes when Banton got on the end of a strong break from defence and with Moors defence on the back foot , he stroked it home unchallenged.

 Carter curled a free kick into the box but Baxter was there before the incoming Liam Daly.  As half time beckoned it was clear that Ben Fox had picked up an injury and he made way for Kalern Thomas. 

 

Early in the second half Tahvon Campbell was hacked down but having reacted badly he received the yellow card and Woking got the free kick! Afolayan’s effort on 56 minutes was diverted for a corner and a peach of a curler from Carter was met by Daly but somehow Baxter got a hand to it.

Paul Green was creating opportunities from the middle of the park but surprisingly Charles Cook was replaced on 65 minutes by Charlie Carter which was to prove disasterous for the visitors.

 

Dunkley, on for Campbell, cleared the bar before Moors equalised with 15 minutes of the match remaining; With Joel Kettle foraging up front, he was fouled in the box and Carter converted the penalty with a shot into the far corner of the net. 1 – 1

 

Woking reacted with a pulsating run down the right flank and when the ball was played back to the unmarked Charlie Carter he gave Trueman no chance as the home side took the lead again.

 

Moors, to their credit, threw everything forward and could have snatched a point at the death when Kettle put Afolayan through for a one on one with Baxter but the shot was wide. Then in the second of four minutes added time Dapo again almost equalised with a forcefully driven angled shot from the edge of the box but it was deflected for a corner

 

Woking deserved their win but there were positives for Moors to build on. The injury to Fox only serves to underline Liam McDonald’s dilemma.

 

Seven One Zero                   Man of the Match                  Darren Carter


Trueman, Green (K), Carter ©, Kettle, Murombedzi, Liburd, Afolayan, Green (P) (Kelleher), Daly, Campbell (Dunkley), Fox (Thomas)

 

 Report by John Clothier                                        Pictures Courtesy of Tom King

 

 

 
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