Woking denied all three points after stoppage time penalty salvages a point for Robins

A stoppage time spot kick from Josh Hancock earned Altrincham a share of the points at the Laithwaite on Tuesday.

Woking went into the break holding a 1-0 lead through Kyran Lofthouse, but the Cards couldn’t get the crucial second goal thanks to a superb goalkeeping performance from Robins captain Tony Thompson.

The visitors created the first chance of the game as early as the sixth minute when a ball over the top fell to Joe Piggott who was through on goal but lacked composure in front of goal as his shot ballooned over the top.

Matt Jarvis was causing the visitors trouble down the left hand side and put in some more than useful crosses, bit it was from a corner that the deadlock was broken with Woking taking the lead after 18 minutes. A corner from Charlie Cooper came of the far post, with Lofthouse claiming the final touch to pick up his first goal in a Woking shirt.

The Cards almost had a second when Jamar Loza had a burst of pace which unsettled the Robins back line. His shot across goal saw Thompson at full stretch to keep the ball out.

Craig Ross was rarely troubled in the Woking goal but had to be alert to deny Ryan Colclough’s curling shot shortly before half time.

But it was that man Thompson who came to Altrincham’s rescue once again after Sam Ashford had brushed aside two Robins defenders before sending a low shot goal bound, only to see the visitors stopper save his effort.

In a frantic finish to the end of the half, the last piece of action fell to Colclough who was bearing down on goal but shot into the side netting.

The Robins looked a better side in the second half- a stat that shows them to be one of best sides to pick up goals in the final 45 minutes. Hancock shot over the bar shortly after the restart and Colclough was a whisker away from levelling the score when he tried his luck from 25 yards out.

Cards manager Alan Dowson freshened the side up by making a double substitution with ten minutes remaining by bringing on Max Kretzschmar and Jayden Wareham.

However, it was the visitors who salved a point deep into time added on when Ben Gerring bought down Hancock in the box. The regular penalty taker for Altrincham made no mistake from the spot by slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

There was still time for Woking to retake the lead, but once again the home side were foiled by Thompson. Following a corner, a powerful header from Moussa Diarra was somehow pushed away by the Robins skipper.

Overall Woking will feel this was a game that amounted to two points dropped, whilst the Robins will be more than happy with the point they have taken away.

Woking   1   Altrincham   1

Vanarama National League Tuesday 16th March 2021

By Peter Moore