Woking Wake Up Call for Mongooses
By Matt Sabben-Clare
Mongooses 0 - 2 Woking Wasps
Woking delivered a sharp wake-up call to the Mongooses on Saturday as we suffered our first loss since early in the season, going down 2-0. If it wasn’t already clear, we now know we can’t afford to let up in the second half of the season if we want to stay in the promotion zone. There was no lack of effort on the part of the Mongooses – but we were up against a well-organised outfit and in the end industry and heart wasn’t enough to see us through.
We started brightly enough and in the early part of the game created the better chances. But our failure to put these away was to prove costly… although it didn’t help our cause that the Woking’s keeper played a blinder. We were solid at the back as usual, with our back four snuffing out most of Woking’s first half incursions. We went into the break at 0-0 and it was still anyone’s game.
Woking scored early in the second half after a skirmish in the D and the goal seemed to change the momentum of the game. We ran our legs off to get back into it, but we struggled to keep our structure as the game wore on and we didn’t get the ball out wide often enough to trouble their defence. When we conceded a second goal we’d left ourselves too much to do to get back into it.
There were plenty of good individual performances as ever, including POM James Evans, and we stuck to the task well.
This weekend the wounded Mongooses will have the chance to get back to winning ways!
Dirk and Ray umpired the game skilfully – many thanks. The match was played in a good spirit with a decent turnout from both teams in the clubhouse for a typically sustaining lunch / tea.
POM: James Evans