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Woking 0-2 Notts

Rodrigues and Sam on target in win

26 February 2022

Goals either side of the break from Ruben Rodrigues and Elisha Sam earned us a comfortable victory over Woking.

The visitors barely threatened on an afternoon when we had to wait patiently for the breakthrough, Rodrigues putting us ahead shortly before the break.

It was more open in the second period but one-way traffic in terms of chances, with Sam adding a deserved second to make sure of the points.

Ian Burchnall was forced to make one change to the side that drew with Halifax in midweek as the injured Cal Roberts made way for Aaron Nemane in a like-for-like switch down the right.

The first half transpired to be a very quiet affair, with the first notable incident coming on 18 minutes when Kyran Lofthouse was forced off with an injury and replaced by Joe McNerney.

We had to wait until the 25th minute for our first shot, Kyle Wootton’s deflected effort being pushed away by Craig Ross in a rare flurry of goalmouth action.

There was another lengthy wait for the game’s next chance but it was so nearly worth it as Kyle Cameron played a raking ball over the top to reward Rodrigues’ forward run. The Portuguese tried to volley the ball over the onrushing keeper but sent the ball just off-target.

Not to be denied, however, Rodrigues had the ball in the net two minutes later following industrious work for Nemane, who supplied the playmaker in the area and watched on as he switched the ball on to his right foot and found the bottom corner with a fine finish.

Jayden Richardson sent an effort just wide of the far post as we sought a second before the break but the referee called time on the first half shortly afterwards.

There were no changes at the break and we had two half-chances to double the lead in quick succession shortly after the restart when both Wootton and Rordrigues couldn’t generate enough power on acrobatic efforts inside the area.

Wootton went closer a minute later, spinning on the edge of the area and seeing his low, left-footed effort superbly pushed wide of the post by Ross.

And the keeper made another excellent save after the hour when superb hold-up play from Wootton released Nemane down the right. His searing pace took him into the box, where he produced a fierce shot which was pushed away from goal by Ross.

Our second goal was to follow however as, on 76 minutes, Nemane once again forced the opening for Sam, who took his time before firing a low shot into the bottom corner.

A lengthy stoppage in play, during which the referee was replaced by the fourth official, left 10 minutes’ added time to play at the end.

But they passed without incident as we recorded our third win in four games.

STARTING XI: Jaros; Chicksen, Cameron, Brindley, Richardson; Francis (Mitchell 87'), Palmer, Rodrigues; Sam, Nemane (Vincent 86'), Wootton

UNUSED SUBS: Rawlinson, Lacey, Brunt

BOOKINGS: Sam 31', Wootton 90'

ATTENDANCE: 3,141 (517)


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