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Weston super Mare v Woking United

Weston super Mare 2 - 4 Woking United
08 Dec 2018 - 15:00Woodspring Stadium

Weston faced an in-form Woking side, and the organised visitors won the contest deservedly despite Weston putting up a fight late on in the day.

Woking took an early lead when Jake Hyde slipped in Jamar Loza down the left, and the winger could control before firing across Luke Purnell and into the far corner for 0 – 1.

Max Kretschmar’s lay off for Toby Edser led to the midfielder curling just wide from 18 yards on his left foot, before the visitors got a second.

Armani Little picked the ball up outside the area while on the wing and managed to skip past Jason Pope and Jake Lee, before firing past Purnell from an angle to double the Cards’ advantage.

Hyde almost got a third for Woking when the No.9 was knocked in behind and shooting on sight, his effort was stopped low to Purnell’s right before the keeper gathered the ball at the second attempt.

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Woking got a third when Purnell’s pass forward to Lee was intercepted by Loza, and the former Yeovil Town player fired into the roof of the net from 20 yards out with Purnell stranded to get Woking a third before the half hour mark.

Marlon Jackson fired straight into Craig Ross’ arms after Matt Bower’s clipped pass had been laid into the frontman via Gethyn Hill, before Jackson fed Alex Byrne into the box and the midfielder’s drive on his left foot was deflected out for a corner by Christian Jolley.

From the corner, Weston pulled a goal back when Byrne’s delivery was met by Lee, and the defensive midfielder powered a header into the back of the net, thanks to the help of right-back Nathan Collier on the line.

After the interval, Edser’s low drive from 18 yards hit the post and rebounded to safety.

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Following that, a minute of madness came. A free-kick hoofed forward by Purnell put Cane in on goal, but Ross stood strong and kicked the ball away when Weston’s skipper took aim inside the box. Woking went straight down the other end, and Luer was fouled inside the Weston area. Up stepped Loza for his hat-trick, and he dispatched his penalty confidently to give Woking more breathing space.

A Nurse free-kick from 25 yards was deflected inches wide of the post, and Hill curled narrowly wide from 18 yards after dazzling his marker.

Weston pulled a goal back when the ball found Nurse on the wing. The left-back whipped the ball into the box and Byrne arrived on cue to power a header in for his first goal in a Weston shirt.

Nurse came close again in second half injury time when Hill’s shot was blocked and the ball rolled to the loanee 25 yards out. On the half-turn, he fired just wide of the post with Ross stranded as the referee brought the game to a close.

FT: Weston 2 – 4 Woking (Lee 43, Byrne 81 – Loza 10, 27, 66 pen, Little 17)

Weston XI: Purnell, McGrory (Llewellyn 66), Nurse, Cane (C), Pope, Bower, Lee (Lucas 81), Byrne, Jackson, Myrie-Williams, Hill. Unused substitutes: Swallow, Phipps, Thomas-Barker.

MOTM: Alex Byrne – The central midfielder grabbed a goal and an assist in today’s loss, and the player played some neat passes forward during the 90 minutes.