A tired and very leggy Woking side managed to steal a point thanks to an injury time stunner from Padraig Amond. The Cards were not at their best today but dug deep to take a point towards their playoff push.
Woking got settled on the ball early on with some fine moves down either side. A shot was blocked by Lewis Baines which saw penalty shouts around the ground, but the referee wavedplay on.
The first big chance went the way of the home side when Kyran Lofthouse fired the ball across to the back stick and Reece Grego-Cox was within inches of poking it home but couldn’t get any contact.
Around the 20-minute mark, The Robins started going for more of a long ball approach. The intense start by Woking started to fade as the game became slightly levelled.
Elliott Newby had a left footed shot blocked from close rangeresulting in a half volley from distance by Toby Mullarkey going just over the bar.
Jimm Kellermann was forced off early due to an injury he sustained and from this moment, the game really changed in the visitor’s favour. Rhys Browne entered the field in a change of formation from Darren Sarll.
Altrincham had a great effort when Ryan Colclough cut inside and his shot hit the face of the crossbar via a deflection.
Both Lofthouse and Colclough were the driving force for either side, but the former created the better chances, however on this occasion Connor Jennings couldn’t convert.
Altrincham came out with all guns blazing in the second half when, you guessed it, Colclough cut inside and forced a stunning save from Craig Ross.
However, Ross couldn’t create that same outcome for much longer as The Robins took the lead when a fantastic, clippedball by Colclough found the head of Newby who timed his header to loop it over and into the net. Definitely deserved.
The visitors had all the momentum and chances were coming thick and fast afterwards. Chris Conn-Clarke used his tricky feet to get a shot off and test Ross, but he made another great save.
Substitute Amond was introduced shortly after and once again flipped the game back into Woking’s favour. They finally had a chance on the hour mark, when Jermaine Anderson shot from range and forced a save from Oliver Byrne.
Byrne was at it again after another strike from range, this time it was Grego-Cox trying the level the score.
The fourth official indicated six additional minutes and after Anderson was brought down, The Cards won a free kick, around 20 yards out. Up stepped Amond who beautifully curled the ball outside the wall and it went directly into the top right-hand corner to send the stadium into ruptures. An absolute pearler from the Irishman who saved his side in injury time.
Thanks to the late equaliser, Woking are now seven league games unbeaten and still find themselves in fourth position. Due to defeats from both Southend and Solihull respectively, not only do The Cards keep an eight-point gap to eighth, but they also have four-point gap to fifth.
It shows great resilience to get a last-minute point and Cardsfans can be dreaming big once again tonight. Sarll said at the end of last season that if you can't win, then make sure you don't lose. Therefore, I take today's point and am encouraged by them team’s determination. #COYCards
Woking Starting XI: Ross, Moss, Cuthbert, McNerney, Casey, Ince (75), Anderson, Kellermann (25), Lofthouse (55), Daly, Grego-Cox
Subs: Vokins, Roles (75), Johnson, Browne (25), Amond (55)
Altrincham Starting XI: Byrne, E. Jones, Marriott, Mullarkey, Baines, Lundstram, Colclough, Conn-Clarke (69), J. Jones, Newby, Jennings
Subs: Hulme, Osborne (69), Jackson, Cooper, Dinanga
Man of the Match: Padraig Amond