Alexandro Antzara reports on a narrow but spirited victory for The Cards.
Josh Staunton’s scrappy own goal helped 10-man Woking earn a hard-fought 1-0 home victory over a struggling Chester in the National League.
Staunton made the headlines after he handed Woking a goal midway into the first half, before Matt Young was shown a harsh red card.
The visitors responded very well after going down and were pushing for the equaliser as Ross Hannah striking the crossbar from 20 yards out but Marcus Bignot’s side couldn’t find a leveller.
The Magpies had started vibrantly. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner had a brilliant start down the left flank where everything was happening for the visitors; James Akintunde’s solo run inside forced Orlu into blocking his shot.
Reece Grego-Cox was denied for an offside goal after Anthony Cooks whipped free kick into the box.
The Cards weren’t to be denied the next time they went forward as they broke through the Magpies. Staunton met Cook’s corner and the ball found its way beyond Hornby for an unfortunate own goal.
The Blues nearly responded minutes after going down but Woking keeper Baxter was equal to Ryan Astles header from Gary Roberts’s free kick.
Woking had plenty of chances after they took the lead to make it two before the break. Charlie Carter’s header ended up being a straightforward save for Hornby, but he had a more challenging save to make when Grego-Cox had a thunderbolt of a shot which was parried away by the keeper.
The second half got under way and the momentum shifted once more to Chester 58 minutes into the game when referee Christopher O’Donnell handed Matt Young a straight red card after deciding his challenge as dangerous on Akintunde.
The visitors had a lot of the possession to their advantage but the struggle for them was to create any clear-cut chances, though they had a counter attack on the right flank which led to a Jason Banton strike which just went wide.
The chances didn’t stop there for the Blues as Bignot made the introduction of Ross Hannah who had a tremendous impact to the game. He met Shaun Hobson’s clipped a ball forward, but his shot trimmed the top of the crossbar with Baxter beaten.
Woking scrambled to maintain their lead when the visitors had a corner as Roberts flicked it on, but Hannah couldn’t take the shot away in stoppage time.
The Cards has a chance to kill the game off when Grego-Cox went down the other end and struck the crossbar in added time, but they held on for all the three points.