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Men's 1s - Match centre

Woking
London Academicals
Sat 1 Dec 14:30 - South Hockey League - Premier - Division 2 Start time 14:30

Woking v London Academicals

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Battle to the bitter end

Heading into the Christmas break, Woking were desperate to get more points on the board when London academicals visited. It started well for the hosts with new centre back pairing of Mainwaring and Barticorn controlling the game. However, Woking couldn’t produce anything from their dominance and were made to pay via a deflection at the back post. Captain McLean put everything on the line for his team when a short corner didn’t quite go to plan and he tried to force the ball towards goal using his face. An even first half saw chances for both sides to net with Andy Pike and Alex Curry going closest. Despite the tenacious work rate of Ewen Macdonald, Mat Cockerham and Robbie ‘I’ve only had 2 beers I swear’ Faulkner, the visitors issued a sucker punch just before half time when they caught Woking on the break twice to extend their lead. The visitors helped themselves to another just after half time to quash any chance of a comeback after a string of good saves from Lewis W Ankers. Man of the match Mainwaring carved open the opposition defence with national league level distribution but Woking couldn’t find a way past the behemoth in goal. Tempers flared when James ‘I can’t go a game without getting in a fight’ Furness tangled with his opposition number leaving Academicals down to 10. Although the advantage quickly switched when a tired Faulkner was sent for a rest for a dodgy stick tackle. Relentless pressure from Woking creates numerous chances for the forwards but no one could make one count. Once again the visitors scored from a counter attack to make an already flattering score line even more so. Woking finally found the net when a slick short corner routine was stopped unfairly, giving McLean the chance to score from a penalty flick. A cooly dispatched flick sent the keeper the wrong way but was merely a consolation goal in a game where Woking came away feeling like they could have secured some points.

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Guildford 4 10
2. Horsham 4 9
3. West Hampstead 4 9
4. Wycombe 4 8
5. Woking 19 8
6. Trojans 3 7
7. Tulse Hill & Dulwich 4 7

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