Woking 1 Nuneaton Town 0
Tuesday 30th September, 2014
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
A classy free-kick from Woking substitute Giuseppe Sole on 90 minutes broke Boro’s hearts at Kingfield.
His curling strike from a central position after Anton Brown’s clumsy foul settled an encounter that the hosts bossed.
But Boro had some fantastic chances in a resurgent second half, with Craig Curran twice going close and James Armson shooting over from a wonderful position.
Without the services of the injured Andy Brown, Ben Hutchinson started up front and the visitors started brightly when a slip from Mike Cestor allowed Leon McSweeney to race into the box but his pull back was deflected behind for a corner.
Woking top goalscorer Scott Rendell flashed a header wide from Dean Morgan’s cross.
Space was located along Connor Franklin’s right channel as John Goddard fired a low shot across Reice Charles-Cook but the Coventry City loanee saved well low to his right.
He was called into action again minutes later to bravely intercept Ipswich loanee Jack Marriott’s low cross after a surging run from Chris Arthur through the heart of Boro’s midfield.
Lee Fowler found himself in an advanced position from his holding role and stood up an inviting central ball that Ben Hutchinson glanced wide at full stretch.
Marriott had a glorious opportunity to open the scoring when Arthur’s surging left-wing run and low cross located the midfielder, but he blazed over with the goal at his mercy.
Possession was a rare commodity for Boro as the game reached the half-hour mark and Woking looked dangerous on the break.
Anton Brown was booked for bringing down Goddard on halfway, and from the resulting free-kick Charles-Cook fumbled under no pressure. Fortunately the ball was hooked to safety.
Hearty penalty appeals from the home support were turned down by referee Mark Pottage despite the ball striking Theo Streete’s forearm from close range.
Nine minutes before the break Cards’ captain Joe McNerney hooked a corner wide and Charles-Cook was caught in no-man’s land after racing off his line but Woking couldn’t capitalise.
Morgan sliced a shot wide and the lively Marriott fired just over from a probing diagonal run in the last action of the half.
Home goalkeeper Ross Worner was called into action early in the second half to punch clear Walker’s left wing cross after a lovely ball from Armson.
Big handball appeals sounded for a second time, this time it was Connor Franklin looking sheepishly towards the officials who waved play on.
Arthur pounced on Streete’s lapse in concentration to surge beyond Franklin, his pull back found Goddard but Boro piled bodies in front of him to divert the strike over.
From the corner, Charles-Cook clawed away a loose ball following a manic goalmouth scramble.
Anton Brown shot tamely wide from 30 yards – Boro’s only attempt in the quarter of an hour that ensued after the restart.
Charles-Cook’s evening combined great shot-stopping but also some nervous incidents as he danced around the ball on the edge of the box before collecting, and soon afterwards he Cruyff-turned a clearance when ten yards outside his box.
Woking had another great opportunity from a counter-attack as Marriott pulled back to Rendell.
Surprisingly the striker attempted a first-time shot that was scuffed wide via Morgan’s outstretched boot.
The momentum of the game swung as Boro created three opportunities.
Curran headed Walker’s glorious left-wing cross, after good work from Armson, just over and soon afterwards Curran pulled the ball back onto his right foot and forced a good diving stop from Worner.
Hutchinson also had a close-range over-head kick zip just over. Rendell blazed over at the other end as the game became wide open.
Kevin Betsy entered the game to the adulation of the Woking faithful and was immediately in the thick of the action with 15 minutes to go when McSweeney wrestled him to the ground inside the box.
Pottage pointed towards the spot but the linesman’s flag was raised for an initial offside decision.
With ten minutes to go Armson pounced on a slip to race through one-on-one, the midfielder pulled back onto his left foot inside the box but curled tamely over.
Boro rallied in the last ten minutes and put two balls into the Woking box but Worner’s rapid work off the line snuffed out the danger.
Sole lunged into a collision with Charles-Cook and the goalkeeper reacted poorly squaring up to the Woking man, both were booked.
But Sole was back in the last minute of normal time to curl a free-kick beyond Charles-Cook’s despairing dive.
BORO: Charles Cook, Franklin, Dean, Walker, Armson, Hutchinson, Streete, Anton Brown, Curran (John 75), Fowler, McSweeney. Subs: Starosta, John, Gordon, Wren, Quinn.