Woking v Guildford
By Tom McLean
Woking fight to the very end
Despite being the clear underdogs, Woking arrived at Guilford's club with determined eyes. Now being joint bottom of the table, points were in desperate need.
Woking started strong with some good intermediary play, however, it was Guildford's who were controlling the game with endless waves of attack. Despite this Woking's defence held strong with the likes of big Barton and wily Will Mainwaring putting in some ferocious tackles. Another key component of the defensive quattro was Kai Rohde who, by not having a half pint before the game, proved coordinated enough to protect the goal line for once. However, Woking weren't prepared to sit back and run, counter attacks from the likes of Andrew Pike and Stef Von Fickmeister rattled the Guildford team. An unlucky foot in the D (given by the omniscient umpire Mani) and Guildford had a short corner. The huge crowd waited in anticipation, only to be let down by a goal against Woking.
With that the first half came to a 1-0 close. Guildford were on the ropes and Woking were looking well in the match. Half time also drew out Andrew Pike's inner politician, establishing the important fact that Woking were indeed a team...some say his cries could be heard miles away, even in Woking.
With their fires’ relit Woking stepped back onto the pitch with high hopes. It seemed, however, that Guildford had done their fair amount of debating, and the once impregnable Woking defence suffered a devastating blow in the first moments. Although amounting to nothing, this was a foreshadowing of events to come, as Guildford piled on pressure without stopping. Short corners came one by one and Woking were slowly conceding their chances of victory. Down to 3-0, Woking was desperate, and a rhino charge from James Furness saw him walking off the pitch much like the last week. Upon one of the next short corners, a deflection sent the ball hurtling towards the star defender Barton who decided to wear it on his thigh. As he stood back up wiping a manly tear from his eye whilst hobbling, some may say he resembled an angry pirate, arghhhh! Despite the obvious call, the umpires weren't hearing it and so the game played on from a long corner? #bringbackManiforumps. With the Guildford attacks beginning to take their toll on Woking's stamina, the pressure all but increased. Despite some great saves by Lewis,it wasn't enough for Woking to stop the fourth goal coming. Jamie Hutch decided, in a desperate attempt to establish dominance, to plough straight through a Guildford player. This only got him as far as the sin bin as he took a well earned rest with our cameraman, Tom Leggett. With the game at a close, all players stopped and congratulated each other for the hard fought match. A 4-0 defeat didn't serve Woking justice as everyone put in a mighty effort.
Motm = a 4 way tie between Robbie Faulkner, Kai Rohde, Tom Leggett (cameraman) and Mani K.
Dotd = Stefan Von hellsing,