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Woking 3 Harriers 0

Date: 26-10-08 Venue: Kingfield Stadium att: 2310 away fans: ?
Harriers taste their own medicine
The Harriers ended the season with a disappointing defeat at Woking.  With Woking having had a poor season and only winning just one of their last six games we should really have been looking at all the points by the end of the game but it was not to be with the team going through the motions and never getting out of second gear.

The line-up was a repeat of the one that had turned up trumps against Burton in midweek with Andy Ferrell continuing at full back in place of Alex Jeannin.  Jeannin was on the bench after returning from illness and so was Michael Wylde.

The Harriers started the game well by going straight on the offensive to earn a corner through Matt Barnes-Homer but it came to nothing.  Chris MacKenzie was called into action to stop a header from Guiseppe Sole entering the net in the sixth minute.

The game was pretty even but then it exploded into drama when Matt Pattison crudely bought down Simon Russell leaving the nippy winger in agony on the ground.  Pattison was let off lightly with just a yellow card and that refereeing decision was to come back to haunt us soon after.

In the eleventh minute we should have taken the lead, twice.  First Russ Penn sent in a low shot, after being gifted the ball by the Woking captain Danny Bunce, but Nick Gindre managed to push it away but only as far as Iyseden Christie.  His shot was charged down on the line by Jerry Maledon.

Dean Bennett then sent a thirty yard pile driver over the bar and then Darryl Knights chased a ball into the area but Gindre got to it just in the nick of time.

In the twenty fourth minute Woking took the lead against the run of play and the goal came from the player who was leniently given a yellow card earlier in the game.

A mistake from Christie let Pattison in to take the ball forward into the area with our defenders backing off.  Christie gave chase to try to correct his mistake but he couldn't reach him before he fired the ball low into the net.

We scored ourselves just a few minutes later when a Christie header hit the underside of the bar and went in.  The keeper, who was the other side of the post, punched his fist against the netting to punch the ball back out into play but the referee ruled the goal out saying it hadn't crossed the line.  After being pounced on by angry Harriers players, and consulting the linesman, he refused to change his mind and ruled the goal out.

Since the Woking goal and the goal that got disallowed the Harriers have gone into a shell and don't seem to be up for the game anymore.

The home side should have increased the lead when Marvin Morgan robbed Penn in the area and played it on for Pattison but his shot was blocked by Penn after made amends for his mistake and in the final seconds of the half Gavin Hurren did well to deny Damien Batt a chance to score.
HT: 1 - 0
There was no real improvement from us in the second half as Woking were soon on the attack again.  Sole opened the proceedings by sending in a shot that MacKenzie did well to stop.

It took a further ten minutes for Woking to increase their lead just after our best move of the game.  Simon Russell surged through the Woking midfield to set up a MBH/Knights one two for Christie to wastefully blast his shot over the bar.

From the goal kick Morgan swept down the field to cross the ball to Brad Quamina who then volleyed into the back of the net for the second goal of the game.

Immediately Mark Yates made a change to the line-up with Alex Jeannin coming on for Paul Bignot and swapping Andy Ferrell and Dean Bennett around in an effort to provide some midfield bite.

It was all to no avail though because seconds later Woking had gone into an un-assailable 3-0 lead when Pattison grabbed his second goal of the day after again waltzing through the defence to score from long range.

Again Yates responded with a change by taking off MBH to bring on Brian Smikle.

There was still no improvement to the game, from our point of view, and we hardly got another look in.  Woking continued to pepper Chris MacKenzies goal without really troubling him and only Pattison came close to grabbing his hat trick when his low drive went just the right side of the post.

The final chance on goal fell to Darryl Knights but his downward header was well saved by the home keeper.

It was a disappointment to not win our final game of the season and even more disappointing to end up in thirteenth place.  Three places lower than last season but winning nineteen games compared to seventeen in last years campaign.

Just doesn't make sense, does it?
FT: 3 - 0

 Goals for Woking: Pattinson 24, 60, Quamina 55

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Woking  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Gindre     MacKenzie  
Lorraine     Ferrell  
Bunce     Bignot  
Quamina     Hurren  
Lambu     Creighton  
Gasson     Bennett  
Maledon     Russell  
Morgan     Barnes-Homer  
Sole     Christie  
Batt     Penn  
Pattison gif   Knights  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Worner     Coleman  
Gray     Jeannin  
Marum     Wylde  
Ruby     Smikle  
Sam-Yorke     McGrath gif

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