When the astro was eventually unlocked, the boys got into formation after a quick warm up, which was much needed on a breezy, cold day. Our passing started strongly and we were playing with some width, pressing them well from their 22 and applying good pressure.
However, we were also playing quite high and not marking closely enough their deep centre forward. We were then duly caught on the break and Woking scored from a long ball through the middle.
After even more exhortations from the sideline, we improved our marking and continued pressing down the wings. With 10 minutes to go before the end of the half, a good lifted strike from Ollie G was craftily deflected past their strong, Surrey-rated keeper by Louie D and it was game on, 1-1.
The second half continued in the same vein, with even better distribution and plenty of pressure around the D. We gained a number of short corners and, although we lacked some penetration, we forced a number of good saves from their keeper. Louie D unfortunately and inadvertently tried to head into goal an undercut shot and crumpled to the ground. He was extremely brave and quickly developed an egg-shaped bruise on the side of his head, but we had no more subs and we did tire.
This led to them attacking more and again some slightly loose defending resulted in their right wing getting a shot squeezed into the corner of the goal. We fought hard in the last 10 minutes to level the game, particularly Oscar L at centre forward, but couldn't find a way past their keeper. We lost 2-1.
It was a disappointed and deflated team that trudged off at the end, but the boys should be comforted to an extent with a good structure of play, decent ball speed and fine attacking intent. Our best wishes go to Louie D for a speedy recovery from a very bad headache.