Cards come from behind to stun Spirites


A late brace from Tahvon Cambell completed a superb turnaround from Woking who fell behind early to a wonder strike from Saidou Khan. But a double from the former Chesterfield striker and a Inih Effiong strike earned a well deserved three points for the Cards.

On a very wet and windy late September evening it was the Spirites who took the lead in the 12th minute with an astonishing goal in treacheries conditions. Saidou Khan hooked the ball away from just inside his own half and somehow found the net with Craig Ross well outside his area having to back peddle and getting a hand to it only to deflect it into the net.

Woking came close to an equaliser in the 22nd minute when a cross from Tahvon Cambell was met by the head of George Oakley, with the strikers header going wide. The Cards thought they had drawn level shortly afterwards from a corner with the ball in the net following a scramble in the box, but referee Ryan Atkin had blown his whistle for a push in the box.

Max Kretzschmar had a shot from a tight angle that hit the side netting with torrential rain falling as the Cards were undeterred by conceding an early goal. Kretzschamr went close once again when a free kick was parried away by Scott Loach.

Still the Cards kept pressing with half time approaching Loach was called into action to produce two superb saves from Campbell and Tom Champion before Joe McNerney’s header came crashing off the bar to conclude a frenzied end to the half. 

Woking were on the front foot straight from the restart with the excellent Loach being called into action once again, this time denying Kyran Lofthouse. The Spirites stopper could do nothing with the next Woking effort on goal after Campbell chased a ball down and wrestled his way in front of a Chesterfield defender before firing past Loach for his third goal in the space of four days after his brace against Eastleigh at the weekend.

The hosts continued to look the likely side to get the next goal in the match with Kretzschmar producing some lovely footwork with a deep cross that found Campbell who saw his header drop agonisingly wide.

The Cards pressure eventually paid off when Campbell grabbed his second of the night, sweeping home into the bottom of the net in the 87th minute. Two minutes later the points were secured when Campbell twisted and turned inside the area with his shot bouncing of a defender into the path of Inih Effiong who slammed the ball into the back of the net to complete the Woking comeback and deny Chesterfield a chance to move to the top of the table.

                                        Woking    3   Chesterfield  1

Attendance: 1,855 (213)

                       Vanarama National League Tuesday 28th September 2021

Peter Moore  at the Laithwaite Community Stadium