The first double-header of the season ended with all six points going to York, as their second 2-0 victory against The Cards, was sealed on a frosty afternoon in Surrey. Two second-half goals from Sam Sanders and Lenell John-Lewis were enough to sink Woking to their first league defeat since early October.
Luke James had the first effort of the game, as he narrowly fired wide from the left-hand post, on the edge of the area.Woking’s first chance came through a whipped corner into the area which the York ‘keeper tipped away, but the second ball was then crossed back in towards the goal but went over everyone’s head.
The hosts went close again when James Daly drove wide past the post after being played through by Jack Roles.
In the second half, The Cards nearly took the lead as Ethan Ross couldn’t claim a cross and Daly’s shot was blocked by Duckworth.
The visitors took the lead on the hour mark though when Sanders headed home at the back post from a free kick routine. Just moments later, however, Fraser Kerr was shown a red card by the referee after taking down Rhys Browne, who broke through the York defence. Woking has a history of not playing well against ten men and that carried over into this game, despite a new manager and squad.
An equaliser looked likely when Browne managed to turn in a tight space and find Padraig Amond, but his dinked effort hit the post.
Right at the death though, Hancox played through John-Lewis on the counterattack, who raced clear before finishing across goal and into the bottom left corner to seal the game and three points.
For the first time this season, a team sat back in their own half to defend Woking and tire them out. If anything, that is a real compliment to how far they have come. No one could have predicted that this would be the way York approached the game, especially due to David Webb, who should have been in the York dugout for the first time, being hospitalised with a lung infection after contracting Covid-19. His assistant Michael Morton took the reins in his absence.
Woking will have the chance to put things right in just 72 hours, when they face bottom-of-the-league Scunthorpe United, away from home.
Woking Starting XI: Ross, Moss (82), Cuthbert, McNerney (79), Vokins, Ince, Anderson, Daly, Roles (73), Amond, Browne
Subs: Wady, O’Connell (82), Johnson (79), Casey, Korboa (73)
York Starting XI: Ross, Kouogun, Kerr, Dyson, Whittle (56), John-Lewis, Hancox, Sanders, Pybus, James, Duckworth
Subs: Whitley, Hurst, Thomas (56) (90+8), Burgess, Duku (90+8)
Man of the Match: Rhys Browne