Cards slip up against the in form Romans at the Laithwaite. 28thOct
27th OCTOBER 2018
WOKING 1 BATH CITY 3
Vanarama National League Saturday 27th October 2018
Peter Moore at the Laithwaite Community Stadium
Woking’s poor League form continued on Saturday after the Cards slumped to a 3-1 defeat against in for Bath City.
The Cards never recovered from an early setback after conceding an early goal. The visitors doubled their advantage shortly afterwards and despite Max Kretzschmar’s spot kick, the visitors added a third before the break.
Both sides went into today’s game with contrasting League form. Woking were looking for their first win in five where as Bath City were in better form, having won three times from their last four.
Woking made two changes to the side that booked an away tie against Torquay in the FA Cup 1st Round after defeating Welling last week. Donavan Makoma and Paul Hodges coming in for the injured Jamar Loza and Charles Hester-Cook.
Within the opening minute Referee Robert Whitton was the centre of attention when he produced a yellow card early on to Bath’s Jack Batten for a poor challenge on Paul Hodges, which on another occasion could have warranted a Red. For the seventh consecutive home league game the Cards fell behind with the visitors taking the lead in the sixth minute when Joe Raynes stunning thirty-yard shot rattled the cross bar with the rebound falling to Adam Mann who pocked home.
The Romans doubled their advantage in the 22nd minute when a header from Mann came off the bar with Robbie Cundy the first to react for a simple tap in. Woking were given a lifeline in the 30th minute when Paul Hodges was brought down in the box. Max Kretzschmar converted from the spot sending his curling penalty shot into the bottom corner. It wasn’t long before the visitors restored their two goal advantage when Makoma brought down Stearn in the box. Former Aldershot Player and Skipper Anthony Straker stepped up and sent his spot kick into the corner of the net to give the visitors a comfortable 3-1 lead at the break.
Woking were sent out early for the second half, after a lacklustre first half performance. Duane Ofori-Acheampong was introduced into the fray at the start of the second half for the Cards as they looked for an early goal. Alan Dowsen made a double substitution in the 65th minute when Hester-Cook and Greg Luer were thrown on in place of Wheeler and Hyde. Woking went close to getting a goal back in the 73rd minute when Luer played in Kretzschmar, but his shot came of the post.
The remaining part of the match saw the visitors comfortably see out time to record their fourth win in the last five, with Woking still searching for their first League victory since the beginning of September.