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Falcons win a tight and hard fought game against 2nd place Woking

25 January 2020, 11:30, Banbury Road North (Top)

Falcons 2 - 1 Woking Pitts

Woking last seasons league champions sent a good team north to Oxford to take on the current league leaders who were only a draw better off than the visitors who had everything to play for.

Falcons who lost Andy Sumser to a broken collarbone on Friday (get well soon Andy) were buoyed by the return from lay-off of Gary Mahon and were able to replace Andy with Paul Scragg, so all things considered the Falcons were in good shape!

The game began with Falcons enjoying marginally more possession and managed to build up play to a couple of short corners that unfortunately weren't converted.  Woking clearly came for the win and were also pushing forward but the Hawks midfield of Warner, Burrell and Hutton were edging the defensive duties and anything that broke through was being dealt with by the defensive five rotation of Heinrich, Billington, Jones, Blomley and Mahon.  That was until midway through the half when a harshly awarded short corner led to an excellent play by the visitors and Woking found themselves 1-0 up, which despite continued good play by the Falcons attack of Doggett, Scragg and Dunnill that was how it stayed through to half-time.

The half-time team talk was about remaining positive and that opportunities would present themselves and the team came back out determined to play their expansive wide game and Wilsdon in goal promised to keep the visitors at bay.

Falcons continued to edge possession and after ten minutes of good play won another short corner.  Buzz's injection was good but with Woking breaking fast, Warner had little time to pick his spot, so instead he dummied and moved inside creating a better angle which he took full advantage of scoring the equaliser Falcons probably deserved.

As the game moved toward its final quarter another Falcons attack led to Warner picking out Scragg up front and he was able to pick his spot and finish well for a 2-1 lead.

Woking were trying to get more ball and had moved their Welsh International from forward to midfield to try and exert more dominance but with Mahon having now swapped position with Warner and joined Buzz and Hutts in midfield and with Dutch Heinrich mopping up behind them, Falcons were able to maintain their edge.

The game continued to be a battle with both sides determined to leave everything on the pitch, the final whistle was probably a relief after such exertions, but Falcons ran out 2-1 winners and increased their lead at the top of the WSFA league table.

 
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