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Pools Fall To Defeat At Woking

7 December 2019

Match Reports

Pools Fall To Defeat At Woking

7 December 2019

Dave Challinor suffered his first defeat as Pools boss as Wokingcame from behind to claim three points at Kingfield Stadium on Saturday.

When Gime Toure stroked home a penalty midway through the first

half, Pools looked in control and on course for another way win but the hosts

stuck to their task and found a route back in to the game after the break.

Challinor opted to name an unchanged starting eleven for the

trip to Surrey, though new loan signing Tyler Hamilton was included on the bench

after joining from Hull City on Friday.

After a scrappy start to the game it was Pools who began to

get on the front foot and Gus Mafuta had the first effort on goal only to see

his shot deflected wide.

At the other end Max Kretzshmar tried his luck with a curling

effort from twenty yards but it never looked like troubling Ben Killip and it

flew well off-target.

Pools strung together a good move to open up some space for

Josh Hawkes on the edge of the area but the midfield man dragged his shot past

the post.

The key moment arrived midway through the first half when

Hawkes played a lovely ball in behind the Woking defence for Luke James and he

got goal side of the defender before being brought down in the area. The referee

pointed to the spot and Toure did the rest with a confident penalty.

There was a chance for Nicky Featherstone to try and

recreate his spectacular strike at Exeter when Mafuta's drive was blocked in to

his path twenty-five yards out but this time the midfielder sliced across his

effort and it flew well wide.

Hawkes stung the gloves of Woking keeper Craig Ross three

minutes before the break after he sharply turned inside from the left to hit a

low drive on goal.

The Cards thought they had levelled things up in first half

injury time when Josh Casey's free-kick was nodded in by Kane Ferdinand but the

celebrations were cut short by an offside flag and Pools took their lead in to

the break.

Challinor's side began the second half on the front foot and

could have doubled their lead when Ryan Donaldson found space to shoot but his

effort was charged down.

Pools continued to press and Mark Kitching got forward well

on the left to let fly with two efforts in quick succession which were both blocked

by some determined defending.

Woking then began to build some momentum of their own and

they were level on 65 minutes when a long throw from the right was only half-cleared

and the hosts kept it alive inside the box for top scorer Jake Hyde to sweep home

from six yards.

Home substitute Paul Hodges was having a real impact and he

tested Killip with a drive from the edge of the area which the Pools keeper

held comfortably.

However, Killip was powerless to stop a wonderful shot from

Dave Tarpey 12 minutes from time – the Woking front man drove inside from the right

before despatching a brilliant curling effort in to the top corner.

Challinor threw Hamilton on for his debut and also introduced

Nicke Kabamba in search of an equaliser but the home side managed the closing stages

well for the most part.

Kenton Richardson came agonisingly close to nicking a point

for Pools with the final act of the game when he met a left-wing corner with his

head but it crashed back off the cross bar as the full-time whistle sounded.

Full Time: Woking 2 Pools 1

Woking: Ross, Cook, Casey, Collier, Gerring, Donnellan (Hodges 65), Ferdinand, Poku, Kretzschmar, Tarpey (Gray 87), Hyde.
Subs not used: Paulat-Brigg, Parry, Meite.

Booked: Cook, Poku, Casey.

Pools: Killip, Richardson, Raynes, Kerr, Kitching, Mafuta (Hamilton 81), Featherstone, Hawkes (Kabamba 86), Donaldson, James, Toure.
Subs not used: Crichlow-Noble, Kennedy, Muir.

Booked: Mafuta, Hawkes.

Attendance: 2,127 (205 Poolies).

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