"I haven't watched as good a game as that for a long time" said the Woking supporter in the bar after the game.
And at the time it didn't quite feel that good for the defeated Falcons. However, upon reflection the game was definitely end to end with numerous chances and five goals, there was some very skilful play at times and aside from some verbals very little foul play - so maybe he was right, it was just a shame the result went against us.
The game got off to a good start and actually Falcons enjoyed a lot of possession not just at the start but throughout the game. The team were moving the ball around and using the width but Woking, last years league winners, have a team full of experienced and capable heads and were defending resolutely and were clearly looking to hit Hawks on the break with a very capable midfield and wily forward line.
Hawks, as appears to be there way this season had several short corners, but unlike in previous weeks and despite having the usual sharp shooting capability of James Finlayson to hand, they were unable to break down the much more experienced defensive unit with a very capable goalkeeper, so after 20 minutes of hard work the game remained nil-nil. Hawks were undeterred and keen to press home their early advantage, some good build up play led to Nigel Doggett being found in the D and he was able to flick the ball into the corner and give Falcons the lead their play had probably deserved.
That served as a catalyst to the home team and shortly after they were able to equalise with Hawks unable to clear their lines. Worse was to come as shortly before half time a mix up led to Woking taking a 2-1 lead, which both sides later agreed was a lucky half time score for Woking who didn't deserve to go in ahead.
The second half was mostly played in the Woking half and it appeared that lady luck was on the home teams side as several more short corners were wasted by the visitors and then Woking broke away with Richard Candy formerly of Tulse Hill ripping through the Falcons defensive line and when he then slipped the ball beyond Richard Wilsdon in goal there was nothing he or anyone could do to stop the Woking centre forward tapping the ball into an empty net for 3-1.
Falcons really had the bit between their teeth and pushed hard but the skill and experience of the Woking defence and midfield was frustrating the travelling Falcons side. But with ten minutes to go hope prevailed against lady luck when their efforts were rewarded following a move down the left side where Billington, Warner, Burrell and Dunnill all combined in a slick flowing move that led to them again finding Doggett in the D and he smashed a second giving the visitors a glint of taking something from the game.
Woking tried to run down the clock by retaining possession, playing wide and forcing Hawks into tackles inevitably resulting in sideline possession and despite a couple more attacks Woking saw the game out to win 3-2. Both teams showed great respect for each others performance, discussing up coming fixtures, having a friendly beer and Falcons left for the journey home with lots of talk of looking forward to the return fixture.
Falcons now have a week off to lick their wounds and regroup for the away fixtures against Oxted and then league new boys and also unbeaten team this season Haselmere Masters.