Cards undone by high flying Gulls

Torquay United continued their impressive run of form by making it five consecutive wins on the bounce to put pressure on leaders Hartlepool after a convincing victory over Woking.

Two first half strikes inside two minutes from Scott Boden and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans was enough to condemn Woking to defeat.

Woking named two changes for the visit of the high-flying Gulls with Jonte Smith back and new loan signing from Milton Keynes 19-year-old John Freeman named in the starting eleven.

Torquay came into the game on the back of four consecutive wins and were on the front foot straight away. After four minutes Craig Ross was on hand to pull of a double save to deny Scott Boden. A cross from the left was met at the near post by Boden, his initial header was saved with the rebound failing to him but once again Ross pulled off another fine save to keep the game goalless.

It wasn’t long before the Gulls opened the scoring after profiting from a Woking defensive mix up. A long ball caused confusion with both Ross and Kyran Lofthouse going for the same ball with the ball falling to Boden who calmly lobbed the ball into an empty net.

Two minutes later another horror show at the back saw a Ben Gerring pass back seized upon by Connor Lemonheigh-Evans who rounded Ross to slot home.

Ross was busy in the Woking goal after being called into action once again, this time pushing away a shot from Jake Andrews.

Woking’s injury concerns intensified when they lost two players in the course of a few minutes. Both Moussa Diarra who felt unwell and Tommy Block had to come off and were replaced by two academy players, Jack Skinner and Leo Hamblin.

Despite Torquay dominating the opening half, Woking had a chance to pull a goal back on the stroke of half time when a corner was met by Jack Cook, but his header was wide of the mark.

In a second half that saw chances few and far between, with Torquay custodian  Lucas Covolan at full stretch  late in the game to deny Paul Hodges, the visitors always looked comfortable despite the Cards finishing the game the stronger of the two sides.

Woking    0   Torquay United  2

Vanarama National League Tuesday 20th April 2021

Peter Moore at the Laithwaite Community Stadium