It wasn’t quite a St Valentine’s Day massacre, but the Surrey side came through a tempestuous tussle with Solihull, as Dharma Bhaglia reports.
A very cold Valentine’s night, saw a surprising 1,000 fans make their way into the Kingfield Stadium for what proved to be a crucial home game, for a Woking side sitting just above the relegation zone.
Having come off of the back of two straight defeats, it was vital for Woking to bounce back and get a win against 15th placed, Solihull – and they did exactly that thanks to goals from both Terell Thomas and in-from Portuguese starlet, Fabio Saraiva.
It didn’t take long for The Cards to take the lead as Thomas headed in a goal for the home side just two minutes into play – his first ever goal for the club. Despite playing a very promising first half of football, Woking struggled to pinback Solihull in the second and as a result paid the consequences via a Regan Charles-Cook goal on the 59th minute.
Fast-forward just 14 minutes on, and in typical style, Saraiva retook the lead for Woking with a controlled blast into the back of the net following a nicely placed ball into the box from Gozie Ugwu.
Woking continued to get pinned into their own half from there onwards, but managed to hold onto the lead until the final whistle, ending the game with a narrow 2-1 win.
After referee Scott Oldham blew for full-time, a brawl between the players took place on the pitch, but was soon separated with no one getting hurt. It is thought to have taken place due to the fact that Solihull players were disappointed with a decision made by the referee earlier on in the game.
The gap between the relegation zone and 20th place, is now separated by just three points, with Woking set to play 22nd placed Southport in a crucial and what could prove to be, relegation-avoiding, battle.