Woking ended their dismal run of ten consecutive defeats with a hard earned and deserved point against play-off contenders Stockport County at Edgley Park on Saturday.
The Cards took the lead with half time approaching through Max Kretzschmar, only for the lead to be immediately cancelled out deep into first half stoppage time with a Ben Gerring own goal.
Cards stopper Craig Ross was called into action in the fifth minute by spreading himself to block Southam-Hales effort. It took Woking until the 25th minute of the game to create their opening chance when a ball over the top found Sam Ashford one on one with Hatters keeper Ben Hinchcliffe sticking out a leg to deny the striker.
County responded when Elliott Newby should have given the hosts the lead but headed over from close range. From a short corner Tom Walker was denied by Ross diving to his left as the hosts looked the likely of the sides to break the deadlock.
Despite constant chances and most of the possession it was Woking who opened the scoring in the 44th minute when Jack Cook’s shot was deflected into the path of Kretzschmar- returning back into the side after injury- who rifled the ball into the roof of the net.
Woking’s joy was short lived as Stockport responded immediately when John Rooney’s shot came of the crossbar with Alex Reid following up, with his shot deflected of the back of Gerring’s foot into the net.
The hosts were on the front foot from the first whistle of the second half with Walker shooting wide.
In the 65th minute Stockport were denied by the woodwork after a cross found an unmarked Richie Bennett who sent a bullet header goal bound, his effort cannoned of the upright and bounced down, much to the relief of the visitors.
Seconds later County hit the wood work again, this time from a Rooney corner. The Hatters continued to threaten with a times the Woking goal seemed like the Alamo as County pushed for the winner.
Ross produced a brilliant save from Ash Palmer’s header as it was beginning to look more and more likely that it wasn’t going to be Stockport’s afternoon.
With six minutes of added time the hosts hit the frame of the upright for the third time in the half. Alex Reid looked to have grabbed the winner, but again lady luck shone on Woking as the cards came away with a point. For Stockport it was yet another draw for the draw specialists in the division, but a game they really required three points from just wasn’t to be for the Hatters.
Stockport County 1 Woking 1
Vanarama National League Saturday 23rd May 2021
By Peter Moore