Updated: Nov 11, 2022
Woking made it six games without defeat, which has not happened since September 2019, thanks to second-half goals from substitutes Reece Grego-Cox and Rhys Browne. The Cards beat Bromley in a league game at Hayes Lane for the first time in their history.
The hosts had the first chance of the game when a fantastic through ball from Chris Bush was met by Michael Cheek but he just poked it wide. The Ravens were on the front foot again after fantastic link-up play by Billy Bingham, Cheek and Ethan Coleman but it ended with Harry Forster blasting narrowly wide.
Woking’s first chance came after a quarter of an hour when Padraig Amond had a half-volleyed effort from a tight-angle cannon off the crossbar. He is yet to score away from home in all competitions so far this season.
Jermaine Anderson was up next with a chance for the visitors, as he struck the ball hard and low towards the bottom corner with an on-the-turn effort, but it went just wide.On the half-hour mark, Bromley had a golden chance as Forster did really well to keep a loose ball in play before finding Bingham who fired over the bar.
On the stroke of half-time, Amond had a header brilliantly saved from close range after a good cross from Josh Casey.
The second half got underway and a quick change was made for The Cards, as Ricky Korboa made way for the returning Reece Grego-Cox. Just ten minutes later, he chased the ball down the channel and managed to win a corner, in which Casey's eventual cross fell to him kindly in the box and he tucked it home, right in front of the travelling supporters. This is now his eighth goal in 14 games since returning to the club in the summer.
After the hour mark, Rhys Browne also made a welcoming return and Amond made way for him. Once play restarted, Cheek had a great chance to get his side back on level terms but his downward header was well saved by Craig Ross.
Ross was at it again when Cheek had a low effort saved well before Adam Marriott couldn't beat him either from a tight angle.
With ten minutes left on the clock, Grego-Cox raced in behind the Bromley defence and got to the ball before the oncoming Tom Smith, squaring it to Browne who beat his man to finish. This saw the game off and once again the 175 away supporters were singing from the top of their lungs to celebrate The Cards first-ever three points at Hayes Lane.
It must be mentioned how good this Woking side is right now. They are up to fourth in the league, five points clear in the playoff spots and as previously stated, now find themselves six games unbeaten in all competitions.
The sub’s bench going into this game screamed quality and it shows how good the squad depth is, as long as this side can stay injury free. All three substitutions that were made saw Grego-Cox, Browne and Kyran Lofthouse all return and it was clear that this Darren Sarll team have clicked already and fully complement one another.
This is one of the best Woking sides since the 90’s but as Sarll and co make clear, this is a brutally long season and the longer you spend towards the top, the harder the opposition becomes as you are seen as their cup final.
Woking are on the road again on Saturday as they will take on fellow playoff contenders Boreham Wood in what could be the game of the day. Players like Grego-Cox, Browne and Lofthouse will hope to get as many minutes as possible before the rescheduled FA Cup tie against League One side Oxford United the following Wednesday.
Bromley Starting XI: Smith, Hannam (61), Bingham, Bush, Sowunmi, Coleman, Cheek, Webster, Whitely, Forster (68), Vennings
Subs: Clayden (68), Marriott (61), Dennis, Bloomfield, Arthurs
Woking Starting XI: Ross, Moss, Cuthbert, McNerney, Casey, Kellermann (86), Ince, Anderson, Korboa (48), Amond (65), Daly
Subs: Lofthouse (86), Grego-Cox (48), Browne (65), Roles, Vokins
Man of the Match: Jim Kellermann