Woking won their sixth away game in a row for the first time since 2011, in a game which was delayed for ten minutes due to a Scunthorpe protest. Rhys Browne and Padraig Amond added yet further misery to the hosts, who were served a winding-up petition by HM Revenue and Customs this week over an alleged unpaid tax bill.
The Cards got underway with a quickfire start as Browne latched onto a ball behind the defence and finished beautifully into the far right-hand corner. That now takes his league tally to 14 goals, seven for both Wealdstone and Woking respectively. He has managed to reach that mark in two fewer matches than his previous employer.
Former Barnsley and Derby County player Jacob Butterfield had his new side’s first chance when he received the ball andopened his body up to try his luck, but the shot was just wide of the near post.
The rest of the half was quiet with neither side looking like scoring, but a chance arose when a misplaced pass allowed Cameron Wilson to race through on goal, but Craig Ross just beat him to it.
In the second half, Woking changed to a 4-4-2, bringing on 6’7 striker Marcus Dackers to change their approach to the game. Josh Casey found space down the left-hand side and lashed the ball into the box, which found Joe McNerney who headed towards goal. The ‘keeper was equal to the effort though, as he pushed the ball over the bar.
With just under 15 minutes to play, Scunthorpe supporters invaded the pitch, in protest against their owner Peter Swann.It caused the game to be paused for several minutes. Around 200-300 of the 2,825 attendance made way onto the field, to make their voices heard about their displeasure with how the club is falling apart. Thankfully, they made their way back to the stands before the game had any chance of being abandoned.
Once the game got back underway, it wasn’t long until Amond found the back of the net, to score his first away goal of the season. It was a perfect finish, curling in from the left to right and subsequently killed the game off once and for all.
A game that might have seemed an easy win on paper wasn’t to be, but the lads got over the line, despite distractions getting in the way. This result now sees Woking just a single point behind last season’s total, in 20 fewer games.
The Cards move up to third, although Chesterfield now hasthree games in hand on them. The gap to eighth is a whopping 15 points and supporters have already started to reference the Football League in songs and conversations. Still a long way to go but Darren Sarll’s men have got this small town believing that the EFL is no impossible matter… #COYCards
Scunthorpe United Starting XI: Foster, Ogle, Boyce, Beestin, Lavery, Taft, Butterfield, Wilson, Shrimpton, Daniel, Pugh
Subs: Oxborough, O’Malley, Rowe, Gallimore, Poulter
Woking Starting XI: Ross, Casey, Cuthbert, McNerney, Daly, Amond, Moss, Browne, O’Connell, Nwabuokei, Kellermann
Subs: Lofthouse, Korboa, Johnson, Roles, Dackers
Man of the Match: Rhys Browne