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Report: Swindon Town 0-1 Woking

2 December 2018

Swindon were knocked out of the 2018/19 FA Cup by Woking at a wet and windy Energy Check County Ground on Sunday afternoon.

In a game where clear cut chances were at a premium, Jake Hyde’s 56th minute goal was enough to seal the win for the visitors.

The Reds showed early promise as James Dunne’s smart turn opened up an opportunity for Ellis Iandolo, but his shot was turned round the post.

Barring the opening exchanges, the first 25 minutes of action was largely uneventful - with Max Kretzschmar’s penalty shout for the visitors the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock.

Swindon responded with a spell of sustained pressure, and a slick passing move just after the half-hour mark saw Michael Doughty have a shot blocked, and Dunne saw his rebound whistle over the bar.

Smart work down the left flank from Jak McCourt nearly saw the Reds breakthrough once more, but Craig Ross in the Woking goal raced off his to punch the danger clear.

Ross was then made to dive full stretch to his left to keep out a McCourt piledriver, meaning the teams went into the break level.

At the start of the second half, the pattern continued - the Reds heaping pressure on the Woking back line, but not quite managing to carve out an opening.

The corner count mounted for Swindon, but they were hit with a counter and found themselves behind just before the hour mark.

Cardinals skipper, John Casey drove down the left and managed to find Jake Hyde with his cross, who glanced a header past Luke McCormick and into the far corner to give the away side the lead.

The Reds made a double substitution in a bid to respond, with Keshi Anderson and Elijah Adebayo coming on, but Woking’s Armani Little was the next man to have a clear cut chance - his strike fizzing just wide of the mark.

Scott Twine found himself free in the middle, after Elijah Adebayo had found him, the ball looked destined to find the net - but for a Jack Cook block.

With just under ten minutes to go, Ross in the Woking goal made another good save to deny Doughty’s effort on the half-turn from 18-yards out.

Woking did their best to wind the clock down, and managed to kill the final few minutes to end the Reds’ cup interest in the 2018/19 season.


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