Maidenhead hand Woking their FA Trophy Cards
United in a hurry in Surrey
Maidenhead swept aside cup specialists Woking on their own patch and advanced to the Second Round of the FA Trophy at the expense of the three-times winners. The result was a small measure of revenge for a 6-1 humbling at the Laithwaite Community Stadium in the same competition just under two years ago.
Alan Devonshire made full use of his striking options by restoring Sean Marks and Moses Emmanuel to the starting line up, the latter having recently extended his loan spell from Sutton United. The pair linked up well throughout in a match that United dominated from start to finish. Woking themselves made five changes from the side which led but ultimately lost at League One outfit Peterborough United in an FA Cup Second Round replay in midweek and the Cardinals performance on the day in this tie was perhaps a reflection on the disappointing outcome to their fruitless exertions at London Road.
Maidenhead were on the front foot from the off. Harry Pritchard was passed fit shortly before kick off and enjoyed a fine game, from the first of a string of United first half corners Sean Marks flicked on and Kilman's fine first time strike whistled wide. Christian Smith was first to test Cardinals debutant 'keeper Jojo Woollacott with a fine effort from a freekick. The Bristol City loanee pulled off a hat-trick of first half saves to keep the scoreline blank at the interval. Sean Marks was next to be denied with a flying header palmed away after good work by Moses Emmanuel who himself was to be thwarted by Woollacott with a fine low save at the end of some great work by Pritchard. Between times Charles-Cook curled over Pentney's crossbar and that man Emmanuel raced on to a flick on and stroked the ball agonisingly wide of the far post from a tight angle. His time would come.
Indeed, the former Woking man opened his Maidenhead account only five minutes into the second half as United attacked the impressive Leslie Godsen Stand. Racing on to a slide-rule pass from the energetic Odametey, Emmanuel coolly slotted past the advancing Woollacott and his team mates enjoyed celebrating a first Maidenhead goal with him. The strike was richly deserved reward for a committed performance.
Woking thereafter enjoyed their best spell in this tie as the under-employed Pentney was called in to action to palm a fine strike from substitute Banton over the crossbar and from the resultant corner captain Massey was forced to clear from his own goal line. In truth though this was a brief period of danger for Maidenhead who finally sewed the match up as we ticked into injury time. Substitute Jake Hyde twisted and turned in the Woking box to fire emphatically inside Wollacott's near post. Harry Pritchard had chances to really stamp Maidenhead's authority on this tie in time added on, firstly rolling the ball past both Woollacott and the far post when chasing on to a through ball before being denied by the near post in the very next attack.
The final whistled sounded shortly thereafter, bringing a very satisfying afternoon's work to its conclusion, inflicting only a second home defeat since August on Woking and ensuring that Maidenhead will have a Second Round date on January 13th.
MAGPIES: Pentney, Clerima, Steer, Odametey, Massey, Emmanuel (Sub Clifton, 85), Marks (Sub Hyde, 85), Pritchard, Kilman, (Sub Mulley, 81), Goodman, Smith
Subs not used: Owusu, Peters.
Goals: Emmanuel (50), Hyde (90).
CARDS: Wollacott, Orlu, Wynter, Staunton (Sub Banton, 58), Young, Isaac (Sub Carter, 79), Ferdinand, Ralph, Charles-Cook, Ward (Sub Philpot, 73), Effiong.
Subs not used: Jones, Mason.