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Woking 3 Harriers 0

Date: 28-08-06 Venue: Kingfield Stadium att: 1544 away fans: ?
Harriers poor form continues
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.
HT: 2 - 0
The second half started with Cowan being replaced with Jonny Harkness.    Punishment?

It was Harkness who was to have the first chance for us in this half when he tried a shot from thirty yards out but missed by a similar distance.    With nothing else happening for us after that Mark Yates made a couple of changes with Andy White going off to be replaced by Luke Reynolds and soon after Dwaine Lee coming off for Brian Smikle.    Now there's a turn up for the book!

Soon after the substitutions Stuart Whitehead picked up his third booking of the season when he clattered into Evans and was lucky to stay on the pitch.

On sixty eight minutes Woking made their first substitution and bought on Steve Ferguson in exchange for Jon Nurse and soon they had gone an un-beatable three goals up.    The ball had been played in to McAllister who then headed the ball on to Ferguson who drilled a left footed shot through the crowded defence and into the net.

We had one more shot on goal from Luke Reynolds but the heart had gone out of the Harriers and their fans by then and with a couple more subs on for Woking the home team swept to their first victory of the season and leapfrogged over us to send us down to eighteenth place in the table and looking like early relegation candidates.
FT: 3 - 0

 Goals for Woking: McAllister 27, Sole 32, Ferguson 77

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Woking  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Jalal     Bevan  
Smith     Hurren  
Bunce     Cowan  
MacDonald     Penn  
Hutchinson     Creighton  
Lambu     Whitehead gif
Murray gif   Russell  
Evans     Lee  
Sole     White  
McAllister     Sturridge  
Nurse     Blackwood  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Howe     Taylor  
Berquez     Sedgemore  
Ferguson     Harkness  
El-Salahi     Smikle  
Sankoh     Reynolds  

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