Weston-Super-Mare 0 Woking 3
BIRTHDAY BOY Kevin Betsy hit his first goal of his second spell at Woking as the Cards romped to a three-goal win in Somerset.
Betsy celebrated his 34th birthday in style when he rounded Lloyd Irish just before half time to add to Giuseppe Sole’s double and edge Woking over the 80-point mark for the season – but victory came at a cost.
Captain Adam Newton was forced off with a suspected groin problem before Adam Doyle picked up his 15th caution of the term which will see him serve a three-match ban.
Quizzed on the extent of the injury to his stand in skipper, Cards boss Garry Hill said: “It’s early days but it’s up to the physio and how well Adam responds to treatment.
“We’ll see what the picture is over the next 24-48 hours and then we’ll prepare for the next game against Eastbourne.
They had a lot of possession in areas but never really hurt us and what Aaron Howe had to do he did very well“It’s a tricky place to come and all credit to Weston they played some good football and we knew it was going to be a tough game.
“We put ourselves in a very strong position at half time. When you are 3-0 up at half time it is really job done, you’ve just got to make sure you keep your discipline in the second half.
“They had a lot of possession in areas but never really hurt us and what Aaron Howe had to do he did very well.”
It was man of the moment Sole who set Woking on their way to a fourth straight league win, opening the scoring inside five minutes.
The in-form striker – who has now hit seven goals in his last five games – tried his luck from long range and, after a wicked deflection that completely wrong footed Irish, watched the ball crash into the net.
Nat Pepperell responded with a glancing header that forced Howe into action but Hill’s side continued to surge forward in ruthless fashion.
Alan Inns wasted a good chance when he failed to connect properly with a Moses Ademola cross and Paris Cowan-Hall should have scored when sent through one-on-one by Keiran Murtagh.
Weston were made to pay for their inability to turn possession in to chances in the 42nd minute when Sole ghosted in to the six-yard box to tap home Cowan-Hall’s low cross.
And the first-half rout was completed two minutes later when Betsy breezed past Irish to fire home.
The introduction of top goalscorer Sahr Kabba gave the hosts a much needed injection of pace but one brilliant save aside, Howe was left with little to do between the posts.
Wayne Gray replaced Cowan-Hall and should have notched a fourth in the final minute only to screw harmlessly wide from six yards.
With second-placed Dartford thrashing Sutton United 6-1, Woking know they cannot afford to take their foot off the gas when they travel to Eastbourne Borough on Saturday.
Woking: Howe, Newton (King, 38mins), Duncan, Murtagh, Inns, Doyle, Cowan-Hall (Gray, 72mins), Davis, Ademola, Sole (Hammond, 80mins), Betsy
WOKING have signed versatile defender Glenn Wilson on loan from Crawley Town.
Wilson will be with the Blue Square South leaders until the end of the season, although there is a recall clause after 28 days of the loan period.
Crawley manager Steve Evans said: “Glenn is an outstanding professional and has played a big part in our progress over the last 20 months.
“He is desperate to play first-team competitive football and joining Woking, who are a team on the way up, will enable him to do this and we wish him all the best.”
Wilson is Crawley’s longest serving player having joined the club in 2007 from Rushden & Diamonds and is just one game short of reaching 150 appearances for the Red Devils.