Cards leapfrog Torquay to go top of League after victory over Hemel. 20th February 2019
19th February 2019
Woking 3 Hemel Hempstead Town 1
Vanarama National League South Tuesday 19th February 2019
Woking leapfrogged Torquay to go top of the table after an early goal from Paul Hodges and a late one from Harvey Bradbury, alongside a penalty from Dave Tarpey saw of Hemel Hempstead Town.
Manager Alan Dowson made just one change to the side that defeated Weston Super Mare on Saturday, with Ben Gerring returning to the starting line up after serving a one match suspension.
The Cards were looking to make it nine points from a possible 12 after their fourth consecutive home game.
It was the visitors who had the first shot on target when Craig Ross was tested from long distance inside the opening minute. Within three minutes the Cards had opened the scoring thanks to excellent work from Dave Tarpey. The experienced loanee from Barnet delivered an outstanding cross from the left byline into the area where Paul Hodges had the simple task of nodding home at the far post.
Woking doubled their advantage in the 12th minute when Tarpey took the ball around The Tudors keeper Laurie Walker, a challenge from Oliver Swain saw the defender trip Tarpey up, who then dusted himself down to roll the spot kick into the bottom corner.
Constant pressure from the hosts almost amounted to a third goal, following a corner an Ian Gayle header dropped inches wide. Hodges then tested Walker with a powerful shot on the volley which the Hemel Hempstead keeper dealt with by producing a fine save as the home side continued their dominance of the first half.
The Tudors Manager Joe Deeney made an immediate change at the start of the second half by bringing on Arel Amu, and within three minutes of the restart the visitors had pulled a goal back when his shot from the edge of the box trickled into the corner.
Hodges almost found himself on the scoresheet again but was denied by an outstanding save from Walker. The Tudors stopper somehow managed to get a finger tip to a shot from Hodges, which was heading for the corner of the net.
Substitute Jake Hyde had a glorious chance to seal the game for the Cards with almost ten minutes remaining when Tarpey fed Hyde, but his dink over the keeper went over the top of the goal.
With three minutes left substitute Harvey Bradbury made the game safe for the hosts after an error from the Tudors Darren Ward who tried to head the ball back to Walker. The header was weak and was seized upon by Bradbury who had the composure to take the ball around the keeper to slot home and send the Cards top of the table.