City's Trophy challenge falls at first hurdle

Woking 6 (Quilter OG 20, Ademola 44, Anane 47, Frater OG 61, Arter 70, Sole 90) St Albans City 0 James Ronayne at Kingfield ST ALBANS City s FA Trophy campaign ended at the first hurdle as they were hit for six by Woking. It was a more than welcome resu

Woking 6 (Quilter OG 20, Ademola 44, Anane 47, Frater OG 61, Arter 70, Sole 90)

St Albans City 0

James Ronayne at Kingfield

ST ALBANS City's FA Trophy campaign ended at the first hurdle as they were hit for six by Woking.


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It was a more than welcome result for the home side who had only scored four goals at home all season although they were on the receiving end of two huge slices of luck with two of their goals taking hefty deflections off City players.

City dominated the opening 20 minutes and created a glut of chances, none of which were taken, and there was a feeling that this failure to convert chances would come back to haunt the Saints and it certainly proved the case.

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Cards boss Graham Baker made wholesale changes from the team that went down 1-0 to City 11 days previously with six players coming into the team. One of those was former Leicester City striker Trevor Benjamin who was making his debut for the Cards, the 24th club of his career and his fourth different employer of the calendar year.

The first chance came Gary Cohen's way, the striker cutting in from the right before curling in a left-footed shot that Ross Worner did well to hold onto.

Drew Roberts had an effort from a similar angle but his shot flew over the bar and out of the ground.

City were making all the early inroads and should have done better when James Fisher's right wing cross found Jonathan O'Donnell in the middle but the young midfielder couldn't make a good contact and Worner easily picked it up.

Solomon Shields did well to win the ball in midfield before releasing Roberts down the left. Roberts sent over a testing cross that was met by the marauding Shields but he volleyed wide.

City continued to carve out chances. Roberts dinked a free kick from a central position towards Fisher at the far post but the City midfielder powered his header over the bar.

Woking took the lead against the run of play 20 minutes into the game. City failed to clear a corner, Harry Arter volleyed it back towards goal only for the ball to take a massive deflection off James Quilter leaving Michael Emery stranded.

The goal gave the Cards confidence and they should have done better when Giuseppe Sole danced around the City defence before cutting back to Mark Ricketts who screwed his shot wide.

City were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box after O'Donnell got a boot in the face but Roberts' free kick hit the wall.

Emery was called into action in the 35th minute when the 'keeper kept out Sole's long range volley.

Woking scored their second goal of the game after City fell asleep from a goalkick. Worner launched the ball forward and with City's defence failing to react, Moses Ademola raced in and lifted the ball over Emery and into the net.

City made a disastrous start to the second half as Woking added a third in the 47th minute. A marauding run down the right by Ricky Anane presented Jamie Hand with the ball. He struck a fierce shot that Emery pushed away but Anane was on hand to rifle the ball home.

Castle brought City's hero from the league game at Kingfield, Lamine Sagna, on for O'Donnell in a bid to bolster City's attacking threat but it was Woking who carried all the attacking threat in the second 45 minutes.

A free kick into the box caused panic in the Cards defence but Justin Clayton volleyed over the bar.

Nicky Nicolau whipped a cross over from the left which was met acrobatically by Benjamin but his volley easily cleared the bar.

A through ball by Shields put Sagna through on goal. Unfortunately Sagna mis-controlled the ball allowing the defence to recover. The City striker, however, was still able to get a shot away which drifted wide of Worner's left hand post.

Sole had a goal scrubbed out for a push on Quilter but the home side soon had a fourth courtesy of another City own goal.

Ademola whipped a cross in from the right which Benjamin headed onto Frater and into the goal.

City's afternoon went from bad to worse as Woking netted a fifth. It was Ademola again who was the creator down the right drilling ball low into the area for Arter to fire home with aplomb.

Arter went down theatrically under a challenge from Poku but shockingly referee Ben Knight called Shields, already on a booking, over and only the protests from the City players and Arter stopped the referee showing Shields a second yellow card.

Woking should have made it 6-0 two minutes from time but their two strikers contrived to miss allowing Emery to pounce on the ball.

As it was Woking did make it six when Sole fired home after Emery had fantastically kept out Luke Medley's shot to complete a truly miserable day for the Saints.

Woking: Worner; Anane, Sinclair, Hutchinson (Thomas 67), Nicolau; Arter, Hand, Ricketts, Sole; Ademola (Medley 68), Benjamin (Bryant 76).

Subs: Sloma, Pegler.

St Albans City: Emery; Quilter, Frater, Clayton, Smith; Fisher, Poku, Shields, O'Donnell (Sagna 52); Roberts, Cohen.

Subs: Peters, Bailey, Mortimer, McWeeney

Referee: Ben Knight (Waterlooville)

Att: 823

Man of the Match: Peter Smith

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