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Leigh RMI 1 Woking 0

Ged Courtney

By Matt Lawton
January 25 2003

A late goal from former Stalybridge striker Ged Courtney gave Leigh a thoroughly deserved victory over fellow strugglers Woking at Hilton Park this afternoon.

RMI started the game full of confidence with a virtually full strength side at the disposal of manager Mark Patterson following last weekend's uplifting victory away against Burton Albion.

Leigh took the game to Woking from the start although good build up play lacked a killer touch from the new look strikeforce of Daniel Bent and Dino Maamria. The RMI defence, marshalled superbly by Neil Fitzhenry and Neil Durkin, looked very solid and a world away from the unorganised mess that conceded three goals away against the same opposition earlier in the season.

Woking only had one first half opportunity when former Yeovil striker Warren Patmore headed into the side netting of Stuart Coburn's goal. At the other end, Ged Kielty, Dino Maamria and Stuart Whittaker all missed chances to give RMI the lead they were looking for. However, RMI couldn't find a way past the resilient defence and they went in at half time scoreless.

There was much the same approach and pattern to the game when the sides took to the pitch in the second half, with RMI putting Woking on the back foot from early on. Former Oldham Athletic midfielder Phil Salt, who has come under criticism from certain quarters for his below par performances this season, almost proved the doubters wrong when he rattled the crossbar with a thirty yard strike.

Daniel Bent also missed a chance along with Dino Maamria, who were both constantly caught offside. Woking's offside trap finally came unstuck when substitute Ged Courtney, on for on loan striker Bent, ran clear of the Woking defence only for him to fire his shot inches wide of the goal.

Courtney and RMI finally got the goal that their pressure deserved when Courtney, despite having shirt pulled by a Woking defender, broke clear and dummied a shot with one foot then fired into the corner with his other foot to give RMI a vital, and deserved, lead.

Woking didn't threaten although they claimed a corner towards the end which prompted the Woking goalkeeper to go into the RMI penalty area to press for a goal. However, they couldn't force a goal and RMI claimed a vital three points as they continue their brave fight against relegation from the Conference.

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