Cards slip up against impressive Stones.27th January 2019
26th January 2019
Woking 0 Wealdstone 2
Vanarama National League South
Saturday 26th January 2019
Peter Moore at the Laithwaite Community Stadium
Wealdstone inflicted Woking’s first league defeat since October after first half strikes from Tarryn Allarakhia and David Pratt in the space of 11 minutes secured all three points.
Woking welcomed back Max Kretzchmar from injury and included new signing Rhys Murrell-Williamson- ex Billericay Town- into their starting line-up. The Cards- who lost narrowly down at Grosvener Vale back at the start of the season- were almost caught napping inside the opening minute when the ball fell to David Pratt, with his shot blocked by Craig Ross. On a heavily sanded and bumpy pitch, Wealdstone adapted better in the early exchanges and again it was Pratt who had another chance to break the deadlock when a through ball found the striker one on one with Ross but was denied by the Cards stopper. It was no surprise when the visitors took the lead when Allarakhia slotted home after a defence splitting pass from Christian Smith.
The Stones doubled their advantage when Simon Mensah’s shot was parried by Ross with Jake Sheppard’s header falling to Pratt who sent an overhead kick into the net. Almost straight from the kick off Woking went close when Paul Hodge’s shot was a whisker away from going in. Despite Hodge’s chance, it was the visitors who went into the break with a two-goal cushion against a Woking side who had been second best in the opening 45 minutes.
Cards Manager Alan Dowson brought on Harvey Bradbury at the start of the second half and the striker’s presence started to unsettle the visitors. The Cards were beginning to slowly get themselves back into the contest before Wealdstone almost added a third when a free kick 30 yards out from Mensah came crashing of the bar with Ross rooted to the spot. The Stones had to play out the final twenty minutes with ten men when Jake Sheppard picked up his second yellow card of the day.
Woking almost pulled a goal back following a corner with Ben Gearing’s towering header cleared of the line by Ramarni Medford- Smith. With time running out Stones keeper Jonathan North- who had very little to do all afternoon- pulled of a stunning save to deny Gearing. There was still time for Pratt to almost grab his second of the match but was denied by Ross, as the Stones completed the double over Woking.
A delighted Wealdstone Coach Mike Percival said “First half they couldn’t live with our movement. It helps when you have such a powerful midfield behind you”. “From start to finish we were excellent”
A subdued Dowson said” We just wasn’t good enough, they were miles better. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ve been battered today”.
Woking: 4-2-1-3 Ross6; Collier5,Gerring5, Cook5, Casey5; Little6, Jolley5; Hodges5; Kretzchmar6 (59 Wheeler6 ) , Luer5, Murrell-Williamson5 (45 Bradbury6 );
Subs not used: Spence, Gayle, Dunn
Wealdstone: 4-3-3 North8; Sheppard6, Stevens7, Okimo8, Medford-Smith8; Poku7, Mensah8, Smith7; Allarakhia8 (79 Mitchell7 ), Pratt 9(90 Azeez6 ), Green;
Subs not used: Monakana, McKeown, Paterson
Wealdstone: 2 Allarakhia 11 Pratt 22
Referee: David Spain 2 /5
Star Man: David Pratt
Match rating: 3 /5
Shots On/ Off Goal
Verdict: Woking were never at the races today. Never recovered from a poor first half and struggled to get a foothold in the game. The Stones always looked comfortable in a game they controlled.