Luke Young scored his second goal of the season but the Gulls were unable to find more goals, or see out a victory as the FA Cup came to Plainmoor.
Young struck in the 5th minute with a trademark goal from distance and United impressed in parts looking to add to their lead. Woking struck back in the 80th minute when substitute Anthony Edgar broke through United’s back line and slotted the ball inside the near corner of the net.
United striker Brett Williams was brought back into the starting line-up to replace Jamie Reid who wasn’t given permission to play by parent club Exeter City. Aman Verma also came into the first eleven having recovered sufficiently from a hamstring injury. Torquay Academy player Connor Stewart joined Joel Ambalu, Joe Ward, Jamie Chamberlain, Jamie Robba, and player-manager Kevin Nicholson on the bench.
The Gulls started brightly. Sam Chaney fired just over 25 yards out and then the game sprung to life in the 5th minute when Luke Young caught out Woking goalkeeper Brandon Hall when he fired one on goal quickly after taking possession.
It was long overdue for the midfielder and he didn’t stop impressing in the first half.
Sam Chaney was trying to score a goal of his own not soon after. He found himself with some time on the edge of Woking’s penalty box but couldn’t get his effort on target after having to use his left foot.
Throughout the first half there were moments when United got the ball on the floor and played attractive football.
Brett Williams nearly put Nathan Blissett in on goal with a delicious scooped ball over Woking’s back line. Blissett was only just harried out of the ball by a covering defender.
Wokng then threatened when Charlie Carter sent a goal-bound header his way. Moore was able to acrobatically tip the ball away for a corner.
Giancarlo Gallifuoco was unfortunate not to do better when he tussled with a defender when trying to get on the end of a Luke Young corner. Unfortunately he couldn’t get a header on target.
Luke Young had the chance to put the Gulls 2-0 ahead in the 37th minute when a neat move placed him on the edge of the box looking at goal. His low right-footed shot wasn’t quite in the corner and Hall got down to put the ball out for a corner.
Woking came back into the match near the end of the first half.
The Cards had a chance to go into the break on even terms when they had two players stretching to connect to a ball across the box. Neither could get any contact and United went into the break a goal to the good.
Woking pushed further up the pitch in the second half and although United had chances of their own, Woking were more dangerous.
Woking succeeded in catching United on the break a few times early in the second half. If they showed a little more composure then they would have equalized a lot sooner.
Woking created chances in the 51st, 56th, and 63rd and they were all ones that United could have averted. Whether it was losing possession cheaply, or not playing the percentages, they were guilty of allowing Woking to build up momentum.
In the 71st minute Sean McGinty came up with a goal-saving tackle on substitute Gozie Ugwu. The striker was about to pull the trigger when McGinty slid in to perfectly time a sliding tackle. It was a highlight of the match and helped him earn the Man of the Match award.
Substitute Anthony Edgar had been causing problems since his introduction in the 56th minute.
Edgar struck in the 80th minute. He had been causing problems for United’s back line since his introduction in the 56th minute.
Ugwu pressured Gallifuoco and the ball spilled into the path of Edgar who faked one shot, and then fired it inside the near post.
Brett Williams nearly fired a winner in the dying minutes. His shot brought the best out of Hall who tipped the ball wide for a corner.
The replay will take place on Tuesday, October 18th, kick-off 7:45pm. If you can make the match then please come and support the team. Thank you to the 1,348 (48 away) fans that turned out today.
UNITED: 1 Moore; 3 Rowe-Turner; 4 Damon Lathrope; 5 Giancarlo Gallifuoco; 7 Chaney; 8 Young; 9 Blissett; 10 Richards; 12 Verma [19 Ward 65’]; 14 Williams [29 Chamberlain 88’], 15 Sean McGinty
Subs Not Used: 22 Ambalu; 24 Stewart; 26 Robba; 33 Nicholson
WOKING: 18 Hall; 2 Caprice; 5 Saah; 6 Yakubu; 8 Murtagh; 11 Ralph; 12 Carter; 14 Saraiva [23 Sutherland 56’]; 16 Lewis; 17 Sam-Yorke [9 Ugwu 64’]; 21 Kandi [19 Edgar 56’]
Subs Not Used: [No number] Terry; 4 Jones; 15 Kretchzmar
Attendance: 1,348 (48 away)