Woking make it three from three after seeing of nine man City.
11th August 2018
WOKING 3 vs OXFORD CITY 2
Vanarama National League Saturday 11th August 2018
Peter Moore at the Laithwaite Stadium
Woking continued their unbeaten one hundred per cent start to the season after coming from behind to beat nine man Oxford City. Despite falling behind early on to Matt Paterson’s strike, The Cards dug deep to level through a Max Kretzschmar penalty and took the lead when Jake Hyde poked home. The City levelled immediately courtesy of Paterson’s spot kick, before the visitors lost two men to red cards sandwiched in between a goal from Paul Hodges coming off the bench.
The Cards went in search of their third win in a row, whilst today’s visitors had started their campaign with just a single point. Woking made just a single change to the side that defeated St. Albans City on Tuesday, with Reggie Young in for Nicholas Wheeler, who dropped to the bench.
With a quiet opening to the match, the visitors had the first effort in the match when Udoka Godwin- Malife’s shot from 25 yards out was gathered by Herbert Schotteri. A few minutes later the visitors claimed their first goal in this seasons League campaign in the 17th minute when a through ball found Matt Paterson who shot inside the area, Cards keeper Schotteri got a hand to it, but couldn’t prevent the ball from going into the bottom of the net. The visitors had another chance when Reece Fleet planted a looping header just over the bar.
The Cards gradually got themselves back into the game with half chances falling to Nathan Collier and Kane Ferdinand before Woking drew level when they were awarded a penalty after Gregory Luer’s shot hit the hand of Josh Ashby in the area. Referee Dean Skipper immediately awarded a penalty. Up stepped Kretzschmar to send the spot kick straight down the middle in the 43rd minute of the game.
The Cards took the lead for the first time in the game in the 60th minute when the ball was laid of to Young with a shot that was looking to cross the line before Jake Hyde got the final touch. The lead lasted only two minutes when Hyde gave away a penalty after tripping Godwin-Malife in the box. Paterson’s spot kick straight down the middle gave Schotteri no chance.
Oxford City were reduced to ten men when Ben Jefford was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in succession. The first for a late challenge followed by a second yellow for bad language. Woking immediately took advantage one minute later when a cross found substitute Paul Hodges who lofted the ball over Craig King’s head. Oxford where then reduced to nine men when Luke Ruddick hauled down Hyde outside the area to receive his second yellow of the afternoon.
With time running out Woking always looked comfortable seeing out the game, which they duly did to secure another three points and make it three wins out of three in the National League South this season.