Cards draw a blank against Magpies in low key contest



Woking and Maidenhead United had to settle for a point apiece after a poor game of very few changes finished goalless at the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Saturday.

After a scrappy start to the game, it was Woking who created the first chance of the game following a delicate chip from Jonny Goddard, Bulgarian youngster Slavi Spasov sent a glancing header wide of the mark.

The youngster was back in the thick of the action a couple of minutes later when he cut inside the area and dragged his shot wide, when a little more composure was required.

The Magpies- who were playing their first match since Boxing Day- created their only effort of the opening half when leading scorer Sam Barratt volleyed over at the far post.

The hosts started the second half the brighter of the two sides and had a good chance to break the deadlock following a set piece free kick which saw Ben Gerring- featuring in his first league game of the season- plant a downward header that was saved by Magpies stopper Taye Ashby-Hammond.

The visitors went close themselves when Orsi Dadamo was through on goal but dragged his effort wide of the mark.

The best chance of the match fell to Woking when a mistake from the visitors let in Ben Gerring, but his shiot was smothered by Hammond.

With twenty-five minutes remaining Cards gaffer Alan Dowson brought on new signing Jonte Smith. The Bermudian International was signed on Friday after being released by football league two side Cheltenham Town. Smith has also spent time with Crawley Town and Non-League side Lewes.

Despite both managers making double changes with ten minutes to go the closest anybody came to grabbing the winner fell to the visitors deep into stoppage time when Nathan Blissett off balance sent a header inches away from the net.

Overall, a draw was the fairest result for both sides as both defences dominated throughout the afternoon. Maidenhead proved once again what a tough side they are to crack, whilst Woking’s problem continues to remain in front of goal where they have failed to hit the net in their last four league games.

Woking   0      Maidenhead United 0

                  Vanarama National League Saturday 23rd January 2021