Woking 3 - 1 Marlow
New season begins
Woking started their preseason campaign with a friendly against old advisories Marlow.
A new season always brings change. Mani Kuchar took the reigns for the first time and his team talk was simple: carry on doing what was successful last year.
Familiar faces were matched with some new ones, with Lewis Ankers and Kasper Kuijpers making their debuts.
In the tropical heat that bathes Goldsworth Park every weekend, what with being God's favourite team, Woking made a strong start. The new motto of "eyes down" being bellowed by new captain Tom McLean (apparently pronounced like the guy from Die Hard) was reaping rewards, as Marlow kept turning the ball over under the relentless press.
The first real chance of note, however, fell to the Buckinghamshire side. Their counter attacking style providing an opening down the right hand side, a well weighted ball was deflected near post but was expertly dealt with by Ankers.
Woking finally were rewarded for the efforts in the sun. James Furness with a driving run down the right wing cut the ball back to Richard "Vamps" Smith who cross for Tom "Silverback" Wood, who beautifully bobbled home.
Woking asserted more dominance in the second half, with the 12 man squad of Marlow becoming jaded.
Dutch wizard Kuijpers almost gave Woking the perfect start to the second half with a mazy run, but couldn't convert what would have probably been goal of the season.
The lead was doubled, however, when the Woking press again paid off and Wood found himself 1-on-1 with a stranded keeper. The OAP rounded the man in the pads before neatly tomahawking home.
Marlow briefly threatened a comeback after a sublime reverse finish past second-half keeper, Max Deeley, but after patient build-up from full backs Tom Leggett and Andrew Barton (we had finally had enough of Robbie Faulkner's hangover), the ball was transferred through the the lines before being cut back from Max Whitfield for Kuijpers to score a well deserved debut goal. Brexit still means Brexit though, Kasper.
There was still time for some sin-binning. After Andrew Barton made a heroic last ditch tackle, he used some classic defensive dark arts to draw a foul and earn the Marlow forward a yellow card, before Andrew Pike - who else - decided he needed an early bath when, unlike the French, he didn't retreat.
Full time: Wonder 1s 3-1 Marlow.
Goals: Christian Grey Wood x2, Ruud van Kuijpersrooy x1
MoM : Andrew Barton (because Mat Cockerham didn't do the match report)
DoD : Tom "Welcome to the party, pal" McLean.