An inspired substitution secured us a magnificent away win in our previous fixture. Hopefully, we wont require a change to see us to victory. But we’re up against the team that knocked us out of the FA Cup, so I’m not holding my breath…
Chippenham Town Lineup:
Odds: Chippenham Town=6/4, Draw=2/1, Woking=13/8
Referee: Mr. Rob Whitton
The pre-match briefing identifies Woking’s main weakness is on their left hand side. Therefore, I tell the team to focus attacks down the right. Jack Compton is playing in his preferred role as an inside forward on the right, so I encourage George Rigg to get forward at every opportunity and hopefully we can overload and exploit their weakness to our advantage. Something we didn’t do in the FA Cup tie.
4 minutes in and it’s clear that Rigg has been listening to my instructions. He’s in an advanced position and sends in a cross from the right. Hussein Mohammed meets the ball with his head 6 yards out and sends it goalwards. It’s close to Schotterl and he’s able to keep the ball out, but from that range he’s unable to hold on and the ball is loose.
Mohammed reacts quickest and pokes the ball into the net from 2 yards. It’s his 8th goal of the season and a classic poacher’s finish. Others may score more spectacular goals, but finishes like that are crucial. Especially in games like this and we’re off to a flying start.
Woking aren’t 5th in the league without reason though and look to hit back immediately. Gayle plays a long ball in the 7th minute and Hyde expertly brings the ball down. Once under control, he shoots from 18 yards and Brad House catches the ball to preserve the lead.
It’s an end-to-end game and in the 10th minute, Curtis McDonald plays a long ball forwards. Mohammed collects, runs into the area and shoots from 12 yards. Schotterl gets down quickly and puts the ball behind for a corner, denying us and Mohammed a doubling of the tally.
Five minutes later, we win a free kick 25 yards out. Yan Klukowski steps up and strikes it over the wall. The ball hits the join between the post and the crossbar and falls to the 6 yard box line. Where Kieran Parselle is. He wouldn’t be my first choice for a ball falling to a player…
He might not be my first choice, but goodness me, there was no stopping that. He lashes a volley into the net for his first ever goal for the club. It’s certainly an eye-catching way to open his account for the club and we’ve built on our good start.
The action quietens down until the 31st minute, when Jordan Adekunle sends in a cross from the left. It’s a low cross that’s pulled back to the edge of the area. Mohammed hits it first time.
Mohammed guides it into the bottom left corner from 18 yards for his 2nd goal of the game and 9th of the season. I doubt even our most optimistic fans were expecting us to be 3-0 up in half an hour. Alright, in 31 minutes.
Klukowski is on the edge of the area on the right in the 33rd minute. He sends in a cross to the far post and Adekunle volleys goalwards from 6 yards. It’s a smart stop from Schotterl, but he’s unable to push the rebound away from the goal.
It’s almost a replica of our first goal in that the initial effort from 6 yards has been saved and the rebound poked in from 2 yards. The only difference is that this time it’s Adekunle and not Mohammed. It’s Adekunle’s 5th goal of the season and we’ve scored twice in a couple of minutes. If 3-0 was unexpected then how do we describe 4-0? Actually, lets not try and describe it and just look to enjoy it instead. Or hope it’s the platform for even more!
The half comes to an end and it’s an easy team talk – carry on doing what you’re doing lads! We’ve done well before, but this is arguably the most impressive. I know we managed the same against Slough, but that was right at the start of the season when teams are still looking to get fully up to speed.
Jolley enters Mr. Whitton’s book in the 48th minute. In the same minute, Klukowski dispossesses Wood. It’s a perfectly timed sliding tackle, but it only succeeds in playing in Hyde. If Hyde is unable to believe his luck, he hides it well and fires in from 18 yards. Surely we’re not going to throw away a four-goal lead. We couldn’t. Could we?
Tendai Matinyadze comes on for Klukowski in the 62nd minute as I look for a fresh pair of legs in the middle of the park. Ten minutes later, Terrique Anderson replaces Adekunle. Anderson plays on the right, with Compton moving across to the left.
Anderson’s first job is to help defend a free kick. Casey sends in a free kick from the left and Collier climbs highest. His header goes across the face of House’s goal and wide for a goal kick.
Five minutes later, Casey has a free kick in a better position. He’s 25 yards out and is able to go for goal. Casey’s free kick is on target, but House is able to keep it out and Matinyadze completes the clearance.
The final action of note comes in the 81st minute, when Seika Jatta comes on for two-goal hero Mohammed. We close out a surprisingly comfortable victory with the minimum of fuss.
Chippenham Town Ratings:
Klukowski 8.0, Adekunle 8.2, Mohammed 8.8
Collier 6.3, Kretzschmar 6.5, Jolley 6.5
We entered the match as narrow favourites, but I doubt many (if any) would have put money on such a comfortable victory. Whilst we did little in the second half (to be critical), we didn’t have to after having blown Woking away in the first half. The only problem a win like that might bring is getting the players focused on the mid-week match we have.
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