Kretzschmar at the double for Cards, who seal win over Ricay. 2nd Sep.2018
WOKING 2 BILLERICAY TOWN 1
Vanarama National League South
Saturday 1st September 2018
Peter Moore at the Laithwaite Community Stadium
A brace from Max Kretzschmar, after the Cards fell behind early saw the hosts extend their lead at the top of the table to five points.
On a glorious Saturday afternoon in Surrey, both sides came into this top of the table clash having suffered just a single defeat in the early stages of the campaign.
Billericay opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Kane Ferdinand bought down Ricky Modeste inside the area. Referee James Durkin had no hesitation and immediately pointed to the spot. Up stepped Town’s leading marksman Jake Robinson, who calmly slotted the spot kick into the corner of the net for his tenth goal of the season.
Billericay’s joy was short lived as The Cards responded quickly. The lead lasted just three minutes when Ferdinand made amends for his error by earning a penalty after being bundled over in the box. Max Kretzschmar made no mistake from the spot by drilling his effort into the corner for his fifth goal of the campaign.
Ricay were reduced to ten men in the 58th minute when Tambeson Eyong picked up his second yellow of the afternoon after upending Paul Hodges surging run outside the box. With the man advantage Woking went for the kill with Greg Luer’s glancing header dropping wide from a corner.
Woking took the lead for the first time in the match in the 73rd minute following a shot from Nicky Wheeler which was parried by Town’s keeper Julian into the path of Kretzschmar who had a simple tap in for his second of the afternoon. The visitors were furious that the goal stood, claiming that Kretzschmar was in an off side position, but despite protests from the Essex side, the goal stood.
With time running out Ricay had a glorious chance to level when Adam Coombes found himself six yards out but sent a soft header straight into the hands of Herbert Schotteri. There was still time for Woking to make the game safe when Kretzschmar almost grabbed his hat trick when his stinging shot was steered away for a corner.
With the game into the fourth minute of injury time Town’s best chance of salvaging a point fell to Coombes, but his shot was deflected for a corner, as Woking held on to record a valuable win.
Dowson said after the game: The’ve got better players in their team, but workmanlike we’ve done well well”.
An angry Glenn Tamplin said: “ I need to see the penalty and their second goal. I need to go and see the Referee and ask him why he was speaking to my players like he was.”
Kretzschmar pen 15, 73
Billericay Town: 1
Robinson pen 12,
Half Time: 1-1
Star Man: Nicky Wheeler
Ref rating: James Durkin (7/10)
Woking: (4-2-3-1) Schotterl7; Collier7,Cook7, Casey7, Khinda-John7(89 Spence); Ferdinand6, Little6; Kretzschmar8, Hodges8 (86Young6 ), Wheeler; 9 Luer6 (69 Ofori-Acheampong5)
Subs not used: Hyde, Mason
Billericay Town: (3-4-2-1) Julian7; Eyong5, Doe6, Inman6(64 Potter6); Modeste5 (45Coombes5) , O’Hara6(58Walton6), Waldren6, Kennedy6; Deering6, Howells6; Robinson7
Subs not used: Cunnington, Hayles
Shots on- Woking 4 Billericay 1
Shots off- Woking 1 Billericay 1
Corners- Woking 4 Billericay 2
Offsides- Woking 2 Billericay 0
Fouls- Woking 7 Billericay 10
Yellows- Woking 2 Billericay 4
Reds- Woking 0 Billericay 1