Woking 0 Forest Green Rovers 1

Last updated : 05 October 2004 By Footymad Previewer

Alan Lewer and the Forest Green contingent could not contain their delight after Rovers had stunned Woking by taking all three points at Kingfield.

With ten defeats in their previous 11 matches it was no more than Rovers deserved.

However, they looked to be heading for another reverse in the first half as Woking squandered numerous chances.

But a wonderful goal from Ben Cleverley three minutes before the break gave the visitors a lift and the Cards failed to create a clear-cut chance in the second half as Lewer's side deservedly took the points.

It was a different story in the first half as it was one-way traffic with Woking camping in the Rovers half and wasting chance after chance.

Justin Richards came closest to breaking the deadlock, guiding his shot over the bar after collecting Ian Selley's superb pass that had dissected the visitors' defence.

Scott Canham fired wide and Steve Ferguson had a header from Selley's corner cleared off the line by Darren Davies.

The only time Forest Green looked dangerous was from corners with the excellent Cleverley swinging in superb crosses to the near post.

It was Cleverley that scored the all-important goal, a sublime strike with his right foot from the edge of the box that stunned everybody in the ground.

Lewer's men grew in confidence from that moment and after the break Stuart Roberts forced a brilliant save from Woking keeper Shwan Jalal.

Charlie Griffin could have doubled Rovers' advantage as the visitors carried on pushing forward while Woking got increasingly frustrated as the minutes ticked by to an inevitable conclusion. It ended in embarrassment for Woking, but joy for the visitors.