The Harriers manager, Mark Yates, kept the team behind, around the centre circle of Woking's Kingfield Stadium, following yet another poor performance. He laid into all of them but made sure that Gavin Hurren became the scapegoat for all that was wrong with the finger pointed mainly at him. Coming after a storming game against Weymouth on Saturday this lack lustre, mistake strewn excuse for a team deserved all they got although it's debatable if the team alone are the reason for this defeat.
For reasons known only to himself, and Neil Howarth, the manager more or less dis-mantled the team that had played so well two days ago and dropped Jeff Kenna, Luke Reynolds, Jake Sedgemore and Brian Smikle to bring in Gavin Hurren, Andy White, Dean Sturridge and Simon Russell to form a two man attack. This is totally at odds with the rational thinking of the man in the street who would rather play two up front at home and sometimes one away.
Reynolds could have been dropped because he was getting too tired after playing the lone striker róle for the third game in a row, Kenna might have had a twinge from his troubled groin but the loss of Smikle must come as a big surprise considering that he had a good game against Weymouth. Dwaine Lee still played though?
We had started the game the stronger with two shots from Simon Russell that went over the bar. This was in answer to a shot from Sole for Woking a minute earlier that Scott Bevan saved easily.
It was a Bevan mistake that was to lead to the first Woking goal just prior to thirty minutes. Bevan had executed yet another poor goal kick, something that is looking to be a weak aspect of his play, the ball fell to Goma Lambu and played back into the area where it took a deflection off Steve Evans hand to then hit the unsuspecting Craig McAllister in the face and from there into the net past a stranded Bevan.
Their second goal came soon after and this time it was a Gavin Cowan mistake that did the damage. He was robbed while in possession by Lambu who then played the ball across the goal for Sole who wasted no time in sticking it past Bevan from eighteen yards out.
We didn't give up though and Russ Penn sent in a speculative shot in that was blocked by Gary MacDonald and another chance fell for him a few minutes before the end of the half when he tried a similar shot that was saved by Shwan Jalal in goal for the home side.