Spot-king Giuseppe Sole makes Garry Hill a merry soul

SLAM - Keiran Murtagh smacks home Woking's opening goal

Woking 4 Dorchester 1

GIUSEPPE SOLE scored two penalties in as many second-half minutes as Woking thumped Dorchester Town at Kingfield.

Sole was coolness personified as he struck twice from the spot to add to Keiran Murtagh’s vicious first-half strike to move Cards eight points clear at the top of the table.

Joe McNerney headed home a fourth 15 minutes from time before Tom Nichols grabbed a consolation for the visitors.

The one-sided scoreline was made all the more impressive by the fact Dorchester had only lost twice in their last 17 Blue Square South fixtures.

And when the final whistle blew table-toppers Woking were boosted by the news that ­nearest rivals Dartford had been held to a 1-1 draw at ­Maidenhead.

Woking boss Garry Hill could not hide his delight on the night’s results and said: “We’ve stepped up to the mark.

[pullquote]We’re getting into gear at the right time of the season.  We could have had five or six tonight but the boys have done ­extremely well out there[/pullquote]“We know we had to step up to the mark and I think we’ve responded very well over the last week, that’s for sure.

“If we play with the hunger, desire and tempo that we’ve been playing in the last couple of games we’re going to be hard to stop.”

Hill’s sentiments were echoed by the players with on-loan star Kevin Betsey ­looking beyond the three points gained against Dorchester.

He is already looking at Saturday’s game against Welling as the next big step towards securing the Blue Square South title.

He said: “Saturday is a massive game for us. If we win that game then we are on course for what we want to achieve.

“The gaffer has assembled a great squad with a good team spirit and hopefully we can kick on again on Saturday.

“We’re getting into gear at the right time of the season.  We could have had five or six tonight but the boys have done ­extremely well out there.

“All the players that performed tonight, including those that came off the bench, put in a good shift.

“We can’t affect anything ­elsewhere, it’s all about our own form and how we get on ourselves – that is all that matters at the moment.”

To prove the point former Fulham star Betsy was on top of his game against Dorchester.

The only thing missing was a goal as he squandered two good chances early on, crashing a volley wide following after a well worked move, before sending a tame header straight at the keeper from six yards.

Sole came closest to opening the scoring soon after when turning smartly to catch Dorchester keeper Alan Walker-Harris on his heels, but his low effort flew inches wide.

Murtagh gave Woking the lead after half an hour, evading two challenges on the edge of the box before blasting low into the corner of the net.

Sole doubled the advantage from the spot four minutes into the second half after Betsy was wiped out by  Walker-Harris, before the same player won another penalty two minutes later.

This time Sole sent his effort to the keeper’s right to net his fourth goal in three games.

There was a let off for Cards when Sam Malsom wasted a great chance.

The Town striker flashed an effort high over the bar from close range.

It was not a move that ruffled Woking as they stormed up the other end of the pitch and forced a  corner.

Derek Duncan swung it across and McNerney rose highest to head home.

Dorchester restored some pride when Nichols escaped his man to turn home Kyle Critchell’s cross but  Woking were good value for the win.

WOKING: Howe, Newton, Duncan, Murtagh, Inns, Doyle (McNerney, 55mins), Cowan-Hall (Hammond, 71mins), Davis, Ademola, Sole (Binns, 65mins), Betsy.
Attendance: 1,268

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