Maidenhead United 0 Woking 1
GIUSEPPE SOLE ended Woking’s
20-year wait for a league title as the Cards clinched promotion to the Conference Premier on an emotional day at York Road.
Sole netted for the NINTH consecutive league game to smash Jackie Kyle’s 104-year old record and send Woking back into the top tier of non-league football after a three-year absence.
The oldest ground in the world played host to a scrappy game of football which ended in Woking clinching the Blue Square South title with a slender victory over lowly Maidenhead.
And it was man-of-the-moment Sole who sent Woking fans into dreamland with the only goal in the 23rd minute.
Mike Cestor burst past Mark Nisbet and Bobby Behzadi down the left before finding Sole in the area.
It’s unbelievable to win this league. I’ve just been doing my thing up front and I’m part of a wonderful team
The red-hot striker, who now has 13 goals in his last nine outings, was hauled down in the box but missed the resulting spot-kick.
Billy Lumley flung himself brilliantly to his right to keep out the initial effort, but Sole was quickest to react to squeeze home the only goal of an ugly game.
Cards boss Garry Hill said: “I’m pleased for everyone at the club – they’ve been waiting a long time to get back into the National Conference league.
“Everyone behind the scenes works very hard and probably doesn’t get the credit they deserve but I’m very happy for them today.
“The players and the management at the club have been absolutely different class – I’m very proud for them all.”
An ecstatic Sole added: “It’s unbelievable to win this league. I’ve just been doing my thing up front and I’m part of a wonderful team.”
Closest rivals Dartford picked up an impressive three points away to Sutton to keep the gap at the top to seven points, but Woking secured the title with two games remaining.