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Football: Cooper joy as Cards' hoodoo ends; NATIONWIDE CONFERENCE NON-LEAGUE.

Byline: by COLIN STONER

Mark Cooper was delighted to end his Woking hoodoo after admitting Tamworth's impressive 3-1 victory over the Londoners had been a "must-win" encounter.

The Lambs player-manager was able to enjoy his first win over the Cards, courtesy of goals from John McGrath, Darryl Taylor and Steve Burton.

It allowed his side to jump out of the bottom four in the Nationwide Conference table.

"We said before the game that this was a must-win match for us, given that we have a tough few games coming up," said Cooper.

"We tried to impress that on the players and we got the result. I would take that all day long.

"We gave away a poor first goal but we played some good stuff after getting back into the game."

The Lambs, however, had been stunned when Steve Ferguson gave visitors Woking a third-minute lead.

But McGrath's deflected lob flew over Shwan Jalal to level on 17 minutes following Simon Heslop winning possession and Taylor headed home four minutes later from a Taiwo Atieno cross.

Atieno also earned an assist for the third goal a minute from time with his pass allowing Burton to sprint free and slot past Jalal.

Kidderminster Harriers manager Mark Yates will tell striker Reuben Reid to learn from his mistakes after his red card at Exeter City.

The on-loan Plymouth Argyle forward will face a three-match ban after being dismissed for putting his head into the face of Grecians captain Chris Todd on 67 minutes.

Yates did not excuse the sending-off but felt Exeter's gamesmanship had contributed to the decision.

"You cannot put your head in someone's face but I think he was taunted," said Yates.

"Their gamesmanship got him sent off and Reuben's out for three games which is disappointing but he has got to learn from that.

"Reuben knows that he had let his team-mates down and that he is being sucked in by their gamesmanship."

Harriers had raced into the lead after 99 seconds with on-loan Rob Davies' first touch in his debut setting up Russ Penn to slot home.

Exeter levelled through former Harrier Billy Jones on 28 minutes but he missed a penalty just before half time when keeper Scott Bevan saved with his feet.

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 20, 2006
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