Cards unlocked

FOOTBALL: INVINCIBLE Woking were finally reminded of their mortality as they lost their fi rst game of the new season 1-0 at Torquay on Tuesday night.

Cards boss Garry Hill had said after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Chester that he fully expected teams to raise their game against his side the longer the immaculate start went on and, despite the run coming to an end, urged his players to kick-on.

OFF TARGET – Scott Rendell fails to fi nd the net with this headed effort against Torquay (Picture by: David Holmes)

OFF TARGET – Scott Rendell fails to fi nd the net with this headed effort against Torquay (Picture by: David Holmes)

“We’ve gone 10 games and it’s our first defeat,” said Hill. “That record was going to come to an end, we know that, but I didn’t think it needed to come to an end the way it did tonight.

“It has certainly put us on the front foot – it’s a great achievement.”

And Hill illustrated just how far his side have come this year by saying that he was disappointed to go away empty handed against a side who were playing in the Football League up until May.

“They’ve been doing very well but it was certainly a first half we dominated for long periods. We didn’t get our just rewards by going in leading at half time.

“Second half they had more possession but we were deep into injury time [when they scored] and could have seen it through. We’ve had an opportunity to clear our lines and haven’t – we’ve given away a free kick and we’ve been punished.”

The Cards have a slightly shorter journey back down the M4 on Saturday to the The Memorial Stadium as they immediately return to the West Country to face the other of last season’s relegated sides, Bristol Rovers, in what midfielder Josh Payne says is a standout fixture of the season.

He said: “There’s no better game to bounce back in. There’ll be six or seven thousand fans there.”

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