Local bragging rights belong to the Cards in FA Cup contest


On the same day as El Classico in the La Liga saw Real Madrid and Barcelona lock horns, the classico between local rivals Aldershot and Woking faced off against each other in the FA Cup 4th round qualifying round, with Woking coming out on top.

Max Kretzschmar came of the bench to grab the winner to send Woking into the first round proper. The Shots opened the scoring through Mo Bettamer, only for Woking to draw level thanks to Josh Davison, before Kretzschmar popped up with the winner.

Woking made four changes from the side that drew with FC Halifax Town a week ago. Into the side came two new faces, goalkeeper Mark Smith from Dartford on the bench and Davidson who was signed on loan from Charlton Athletic- who was named in the starting eleven.

Matt Jarvis was also named in the starting line-up for his first start of the season, with Tyler Reid making his first start in a Woking shirt.

For the Shots, prolific and experienced striker Ross McCormack was named in the starting line-up.

Despite no fans allowed in the ground, the intensity level was still fierce on the pitch.

First blood in this local derby played in difficult windy conditions went to the Shots when a cross from the left-hand side was steered home by Bettamer in the seventh minute.  

Malachi Napa who was returning to the side after an injury suffered another blow when he was helped off the pitch with another injury.

The Shots almost doubled their advantage when a Craig Tanner free kick was superbly turned away by Craig Ross.

With just a minute remaining of the half, Woking levelled through Davison. The forward was played through on goal and kept his composure to finish in the corner.

Withing three minutes of the restart the hosts fought they had retaken the lead when Kodi Lyons-Foster headed into the net from a set piece, only to find the assistant referee raise his flag.

Jack Cook headed over for the visitors, but it was down to substitute Kretzschmar to give the visiting side the lead. He seized on a ball played through to him and one on one with Walker, who slipped when coming out, he slotted the ball past the Shots keeper to book Woking’s place in the first rounds of the FA Cup.

After the final whistle had been blown a melee ensued which saw players and officials from both sides get involved. Woking’s Josh Casey celebrated after the whistle which then saw Shots Manager Danny Searle take exception to the Woking skippers celebration.

After a few minutes’ tempers calmed down with both managers playing down the incident after the game.

Aldershot Town   1      Woking   2 

Emirates FA Cup 4th qualifying round Saturday 24th October 2020

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