Woking L 1’s began their season with a new coach and, bar a few old faithfuls, a brand new team. Two thirds of the team had never played at this level before. So, facing a well drilled Guildford L 1’s was always going to be a tough challenge.
Guildford quickly showed their intent by starting the brighter of the two teams. Some swift passing and excellent movement meant, very quickly, they were penetrating Woking’s D. Their brightness also extended to their shooting and within 5 minutes Woking were 1-0 down.
Woking appeared stunned, Guildford ruthlessly capitalised on this. A successful D entry led to the award of a short corner, which they dispatched with clinical precision. 20 minutes gone and Woking were 3-0 down.
Woking began to respond. Burton-Brown was pulling the strings and making some sensational passes. Pepall was also linking excellently with the forwards. These efforts paid off as Woking won a penalty corner. They went for a sling shot pass by Nannery, across the face of the D but Guildford were alive to it.
As the first half drew to a close Woking continued to pile on the pressure but were continually thwarted by Guildford.
A stern half time talk by Camps gave the team some clear objectives for the second half. One was to not concede another goal. Guildford had other ideas. Their swift attacking play led Woking to fail on their objective - Guildford scored again and again.
Woking tried hard to shorten the deficit and spare their blushes. Blythe had a sensational shot at the top of the D forcing the keeper to make a fabulous save. But Guildford kept piling on the pressure and with that the goals. 8-0 down, Woking continued to fight. They won a penalty corner 5 minutes from the end. Cashmore struck from the top of the D, saved, but the rebound was buried by Burton-Brown.
Guildford are a well drilled team and based on today’s performance will do very well in this league. Woking need to take heart that they are a team in transition, bedding in future stars like youngster Smith. Whilst todays result was hard to swallow, if they continue to train hard and fight to the end, their performances should improve.