Always believe in your Sole as Gez fires Woking to the brink of promotion

GOLD - Giuseppe Sole nets the dramatic winner at Kingfield Picture by: David Holmes

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GIUSEPPE SOLE equalled a club record of scoring in eight consecutive league games as Woking clipped the wings of 10-man Tonbridge Angels at Kingfield.

Goal-machine Sole tucked past keeper Lee Worgan in the 83rd minute to match Jackie Kyle’s 104-year old record in front of a packed Leslie Gosden Stand.

The result means the Cards will be crowned Blue Square South champions if they beat Maidenhead at York Road on Saturday.

They were forced to come from behind against Tommy Warrilow’s side, however, as Frannie Collin hammered home his 27th goal of the season five minutes before the break.

Moses Ademola applied the finishing touch to a sweeping Woking counter two minutes later to ensure the Cards went in at half time on an even keel.

And even when Lee Browning received a straight red for a crunching tackle on Ademola with 25 minutes to play Woking never really looked like stealing it.

But when Sole burst through the Tonbridge defence with seven minutes to play, boss Garry Hill admitted he would  have put his mortgage on the in-form striker finding the net.

“If there was anybody I was going to have my house on it would be Giuseppe Sole at the moment,” said Hill. “He put it away very well.

“There isn’t a player in a better or richer vein of form than Giuseppe Sole at the moment. He’s now equalled a club record of scoring in eight consecutive league games and it’s a tremendous achievement.

“It’s an unbelievable achievement by any player at any level of football. From there on it’s a case of seeing the game out.

“It’s been a very big Easter in terms of getting maximum points from two tricky games with teams chasing you.”

The Cards were guilty of surrendering possession far too cheaply in the first half and were almost punished when Mikel Suarez’s header came back off the bar.

Keiran Murtagh and Ademola both sent efforts wide of the mark before Paris Cowan-Hall squandered a great chance, poking a lobbed attempt well over the bar when clean through.

Worgan tipped a stunning Sole free kick to keep the game goalless and Ben Judge had to time his tackle perfectly to deny Cowan-Hall a strike at goal.

Joe McNerney should have done much better when he ghosted onto Sole’s clever pass only to blaze wildly over on the hake volley.

And the miss proved costly as moments later Tonbridge took the lead through a goal talisman of their own.

Rory Hill forced a great stop from Aaron Howe but the division’s top marksman was on hand to crash the ball into an empty net.

Kingfield was stunned but the Cards reply was immediate.

Cowan-Hall released Dale Binns down the left and after he sidestepped a challenge from Ollie Schulz, fired across goal for Ademola to tap home.

After the break Collin served up a warning for the Cards with a curling effort but the best chance of the half fell to Cowan-Hall.

Murtagh threaded the forward through on goal only to watch him drag harmlessly wide under a challenge from Schulz.

The turning point came when Browning – who was already on a yellow – was dismissed for a studs-up tackle on Ademola.

Woking didn’t look like they’d be able to make the extra man count but with Tonbridge pressing for an unlikely winner of their own, Sole broke forward.

He knocked the ball past Schulz and after winning the footrace, calmly stroked past Worgan before celebrating in front of an ecstatic horde of Woking fans.

Attention now turns to the trip to Maidenhead, a side that has already done a league and cup double over Woking this term.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s clash, Hill said: “Ninety points is a tremendous total but we’ve got three games to go now and we’ve got three games to win.

“Maidenhead have proved a bogey side this year – they’ve beaten us in the FA Cup up there and beaten us here at home.

“But we’ll take great support up there and it could be a very emotional day for everyone connected Woking football club.

“We pay respect to the way Dartford have chased us but we want to finish it off next week now. It’s something to look forward to.”

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