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KINGFIELD was rocking on Tuesday night as Woking became the first team to fell unbeaten league leaders Forest Green Rovers in a barnstorming 2-1 victory.
Just as Cards gaffer Garry Hill did in the last campaign, Rovers boss Ady Pennock had masterminded a nine-game undefeated start to the new season, which was always guaranteed to crank up the volume down the Kingfield Road.
And the decibel levels were soaring at the end of a breathless first half when playmaker John Goddard – notching his seventh goal in a blistering start to the season – gave the Cards a deserved lead in sensational style two minutes before the interval.
After a superb one-touch passing move with forward Dan Holman, Cards’ top scorer looped home a header on the rebound after his initial shot had been parried by keeper Jonny Maxted.
An almost basketball-esque contest continued after the break, with Cards’ man of the match, Bruno Andrade, providing more fireworks down the flanks. It was Jimmy Keohane who grabbed the all-important next goal 20 minutes from time, crashing the ball home after another break from Andrade.
Green’s Kurtis Guthrie squirmed the ball under Jake Cole to pull a goal back but the Cards held out for a memorable win after Marcus Kelly’s late dismissal.
WOKING: Cole, Caprice, Arthur (Daniel, 29mins), Thomas, Keohane, Murtagh, Saah, Goddard, Holman, Cardwell (Sole, 66mins), Andrade (Poku, 88mins).