September 20, 2014
‘It’s been a hard week’ says Cards boss after second Vanarama Conference reverse in the West Country inside four days. Philosophical Garry Hill refused to be downbeat, despite watching his Woking FC side suffer back-to-back West Country defeats inside four days.
A cracking finish by Adam Cunnington after just three minutes propelled improving Bristol Rovers to a deserved 2-0 Vanarama Conference victory at the Memorial Ground on Saturday September 20th. Manager Hill, whose side lost to Torquay in midweek after an unbeaten start to the campaign, commented: “I’ve no complaints, it’s been a hard week.
We’ve had 11 games now and got 21 points out of 33, we are part-time and have done very well.” He insisted: “I haven’t seen any team in those 11 games who I look at and say to myself ‘they are a distance above us’ or anything like that. It’s a very thin dividing line.”
Reflecting on Cunnington’s strike, an accurate volley which found the top right corner of Ross Worner’s net and followed early Rovers pressure, Hill remarked: “We started sloppy. They got on the front foot straight away and before we realised it we were one down.
“It was a ideal start for them. They were on top after that goal for 10 or 15 minutes and we didn’t go then until about 20 minutes, but from then on until half time we had a lot of possession and there wasn’t much between the sides.”
Hill made tactical changes at the break, going three at the back, but the Cards were caught on the counter-attack with four minutes left.
From a free kick, Lee Mansell bent a superb shot with pace and power past Worner to seal the points, the Woking chief describing the set-piece as “great execution”.
The visitors had a penalty shout for handball against the excellent Stuart Sinclair waved away by referee Adam Bromley, but generally failed to create clear scoring chances.
The result, in front of a crowd of more than 6,000, saw the Cards slip a place to fourth following FC Halifax Town’s 5-0 home win over AFC Telford, while Rovers up now up to seventh having now won four matches on the spin.
(Adapted from the Surrey News with many thanks).