Giuseppe Sole the hero at Woking see-off promotion rivals Welling

SOLE MAN - Giuseppe Sole celebrates his stunning strike against Welling

Woking 2 Welling United 1

GIUSEPPE SOLE kept up his stunning recent form as Woking made it three wins in a row to turn up the heat on title rivals Dartford and inflict a potentially fatal blow on Welling’s hopes of automatic promotion.

Sole struck just eight seconds after the restart to complete a memorable Cards’ turnaround after Welling’s 17th-minute opener from Jack Parkinson.

Adam Newton pumped Keiran Murtagh’s pass from the centre-spot forward and  Sole turned his marker as the ball bounced and volleyed it beyond the diving Craig Holloway from 25 yards.

Woking battled back to cancel out Parkinson’s strike with a 36th-minute leveller from new recruit Tom Davis.

Newton and Paris Cowan-Hall combined to play the ball towards Moses Ademola. His back-heel was collected by Sole, who found Kevin Betsy on the left corner of the Welling box.

I thought at half time we would go on and win the game. I felt confident if we stepped the work-rate up in the second half our quality would come through but I didn’t expect it as quick as it didBetsy then teased the defence before playing the ball into the path of Davis, whose shot deflected past Holloway for his first Woking goal.

Woking boss Garry Hill beamed:  “It was a massive result, we knew the Welling game would be tough.

“They’ve done very well recently, certainly away from home, with good wins down at Dover and at Chelmsford last week, so we knew we would have to be at our best and would have to work very hard.

“We started very brightly in the first 15 minutes and could have been in front. Moses Ademola was very unlucky, the goalkeeper got off the line well and made a point-blank save.

“But all of a sudden and we know Welling are very dangerous and very good on set-plays and the warning signs were there. We gave a cheap free-kick away and cleared our lines but four minutes later we gave another cheap free-kick away and they punished us.

“Certainly it was going to be a big test then. In the next 10 or 15 minutes after Welling scored they played with a lot of confidence and it was a case of us making sure we hung in there.

“We did that and got the goal at an important time through Tom Davis. He’s come in and done very well and I’m pleased for him.

“I thought at half time we would go on and win the game. I felt confident if we stepped the work-rate up in the second half our quality would come through but I didn’t expect it as quick as it did.

“There’s no secret about Giuseppe Sole, what quality he’s got, and it was a quality goal from a player who’s gone out on loan and come back to the club and done very, very well.

“We beat a very, very good side today there’s no doubt about that.”

Cards travel to Weston-Super-Mare on Tuesday with the title firmly in their sights.

In fact, the day could have been even better as rivals Dartford trailed Havant & Waterlooville 1-0 with the south-coast side also missing a penalty to go 2-0 up before sucumbing to a 3-1 defeat thanks to a couple of late strikes.

Woking: Howe, Newton, Duncan, Murtagh, Inns, Doyle, Cowan-Hall (Gray, 77mins), Davis,  Ademola, Sole (Hammond, 82mins), Betsy. Attendance: 1,926

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