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Woking 1 Harriers 5


Date: 01-04-09gif Venue: Kingfieldgif att: 751gif away fans: 60
Harriers make fools of Woking
This will be an All Fools Day to remember for the Harriers fans with this emphatic win at Woking.  A win that takes us back into the play-offs after temporarily dropping down to sixth place last night when Stevenage beat York City 2-0 away.  On Saturday these two sides will clash at Aggborough and we look to have the psychological upper hand with this amazing win.

The impressive 5-1 scoreline came without the services of Martin Riley who was out with a hamstring injury.  Luke Jones stepped in for him and Lee Baker returned at the expense of Craig Armstrong after he had missed the York game.

We had already beaten our hosts 3-0 at Aggborough earlier last month and with them now in desperate trouble near the foot of the League it was, on paper, going to be a tough game.  No worries in that department though after we took the lead through Keith Lowe's stunning free kick in the eighteenth minute of the game after Chris McPhee was brought down by Paul Lorraine on the edge of the box.  The big defender curled his free kick around the wall and also around Danny Knowles in the Woking goal.

Ten minutes later and the second goal arrived thanks to some sweet finishing by Matt Barnes-Homer.  A cross from Lowe was poorly cleared by the Woking defence and MBH didn't need asking twice to rifle the ball into the back of the net.

The Harriers were now fully in control of the game and making the home side look even poorer than they were first thought to be.  Darryl Knights and Chris McPhee were both carving them open like a knife through butter and Woking had no answer apart from using rough house tactics on us.  Earlier Daniel Sintim had been booked for a monstrous tackle from behind on Justin Richards and now they were resorting to more lunging tackles to try and stop us.

I don't know what was going on but all our goals seemed to be coming at ten minute intervals and that's just what happened when MBH grabbed his brace and took the scoreline up to three.  He was given the ball by Darryl Knights and Bradley Quamina tried his best to bring him down but he managed to get away and slid the ball home from close range.

The goals weren't about to dry up and we weren't about to sit back on our lead either.  First Keith Lowe directed a header straight at Danny Knowles then MBH almost completed his hat trick when he fired in a shot that Knowles had to punch away and then Chris McPhee decided it was high time he got in on the act and on the stroke of half time he headed in our fourth goal from Lee Bakers cross.

Woking were so bad they fully deserved the round of booing they got from their fans, the one's that had bothered to turn up that is.
HT: 0 - 4
The fur must have been flying in the Woking dressing room during the break because when they re-emerged the manager made two substitutions straight away by taking off Matt Pattinson and Gome Lambu and replacing them with Rob Elvins and Joel Ledgister.

We continued as we left off and Russ Penn tried to get in on the action when he narrowly headed over from McPhee's cross.  Woking also started where they left of too because within a few minutes of the re-start Michael Kamara found himself in the referee's notebook after a tackle on the half way line sent Russ Penn to the ground.

Ten minutes into the half and as expected Mark Yates decided to start taking players off to give them a bit more rest before the crucial Stevenage game.  Justin Richards was the first to come off and made way for Stefan Moore.  A few minutes later it was Russ Penn's turn to make way for Michael Carr.

Apart from doing well last month we had also been doing well in the goals conceded department.  Until this evening we had gone well past 750 minutes of football without conceding a goal and we were within minutes of bettering the Conference record held by Colchester Utd and Stevenage.  Sadly Woking went and scored against the run of play and we never quite made that record.

Oliver Bozanic saw a half chance from distance and sent a shot in that was rising all the way.  Adam Bartlett had no chance of stopping it as it screamed past him into the net.

That minor lifeline for the home side meant for nothing a few minutes later.  Brian Smikle had come on in place of Barnes-Homer and with almost his first touch of the ball he fired in a rather weak shot from twenty five yards out that wrong footed Knowles and the ball swerved past him on it's way into the net.  There had been a slight impression of handball in the build up to the goal but the referee hadn't blown his whistle so the goal stood.

The Harriers sat back after that goal knowing that Woking could offer no more.  They were a well beaten side and looking relegation firmly in the eyes.

The final whistle soon came to bring down the curtain on a fine performance from the Harriers and this superb win should set them up nicely for the visit of sixth placed Stevenage on Saturday for what should be the most important game for quite some time for us.

Since we played Stevenage once before, in fact.
FT: 1 - 5

 Goals for Woking: Bozanic 66
 Goals for Harriers: Lowe 18, Barnes-Homer 28, 38, McPhee 45, Smikle 72

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Woking  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Knowles     Bartlett  
Lorraine     Lowe  
Kamara   Baker  
Quamina   McPhee  
Sintim   Creighton  
Anderson     Jones  
Lambu gif     Bennett  
Bozanic     Knights  
Domoraud gif     Barnes-Homer gif  
Marum     Penn gif  
Pattison gif     Richards gif  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Worner     Moore gif  
Miles     Carr gif
Vernazza gif     Smikle gif  
Elvins gif     Brittain  
Ledgister gif     Armstrong  

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