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Smith keen to build on momentum following spirited fightback in draw

On the ball: Jonte Smith retains posession for Woking

Jonté Smith believes Woking are heading in the “right direction” on the back of their hard fought 2-2 draw away to Bromley on Tuesday.

The visitors trailed 2-0 in the Vanarama National League encounter, but hit back through substitute Jayden Wareham’s late brace to rescue a point at Hayes Lane.

“Great fighting spirit from the boys last night,” Smith wrote on social media site Twitter. “We’re heading in the right direction.”

Alan Dowson’s team are presently sixteenth in the league standings, four points adrift of the play-offs.

Smith signed for Woking on January 15 after agreeing to the terms of a deal keeping him at Kingfield Stadium at least until the end of the season.

He made his club debut after coming on as a 65th-minute substitute in Woking’s goalless draw at home to Maidenhead United in the league last Saturday.

It was Smith’s first taste of competitive football since he was hurt in what proved to be his final appearance for Sky Bet League Two side Cheltenham Town in the first half of the play-off, semi-final second leg against eventual winners Northampton Town last June.

“It’s nice to be back on the pitch after nearly seven months out injured,” Smith, who was released by Cheltenham after his contract expired the following day after the club’s promotion hopes ended, told The Royal Gazette. “It’s been very tough physically and mentally, but I’ve had great support around me.

“Now it’s about continuing the hard work, getting sharper, fitter and getting among the goals in a pretty intensive season.

“There’s about two games a week for the foreseeable future, so it’ll be physically demanding and exciting. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

The 26-year-old was handed his first start in his second club appearance in four days in Tuesday’s draw away to Bromley, playing 66 minutes before being replaced.

Woking return to action on Saturday when they host Stockport Port County in the National League.

Meanwhile, Smith’s Bermuda team-mate, Justin Donawa, was not part of the Solihull Moors squad that suffered a 2-0 defeat away to Notts County in the National League yesterday.

The defeat leaves Solihull in ninth place, two points adrift of the play-off places. They will aim to make amends on Saturday when they host Wealdstone at Damson Park.

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Published January 28, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated January 27, 2021 at 10:45 pm)

Smith keen to build on momentum following spirited fightback in draw

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