time I visit Woking for a Chester match, it’s definitely
a case of “more in hope, than expectation”.
So it was with a doubting mind that I trudged through
the freezing drizzle and into Kingfield via the aptly-named
started better than I’d
seen them in 2018, with James Akintunde having an early
shot after he ran through with the ball from midfield.
It was fairly clear that Woking were nothing special,
and the Blues initially seemed to be more 'up' for the
But the home side started making more
of an impression as the first half went on, and striker
Reece Grego-Cox, on loan from QPR, had the ball in the
net inside the first 15 minutes. His strike was ruled
out for offside, but it seemed to give Woking more confidence.
Their efforts were rewarded on the
23rd minute when they won a corner, which seemed to
take an unlucky bounce for Chester before the ball hit
Woking’s Josh Staunton
and somehow found its way into the net.
One of Chester’s
best chances of the game fell to Ryan Astles who headed
for home from a Gary Roberts’
free kick. But his header was easily held by Woking
goalkeeper Nathan Baxter, who is on loan from Chelsea.
The Cards had a couple more chances
before half-time, but it was the turn of Chester goalkeeper
to be more than a match for the attackers. When referee
blew for half-time there’d
only been one card showed during the game. But there
were another seven cards in the second half, including
a 58th minute red card for Woking's Matt Young for a
late tackle on Akintunde.
The sending-off seemed to spur Chester
into more determined action, but they always seemed
to come off second best when they got close to the Woking
box. Their best chance fell to substitute Ross Hannah
who did manage to beat Baxter, only to see his shot
hit the crossbar. Jordan Archer also won the ball right
in front of goal, but an attempted overhead kick was
perhaps not the best way for him to find the net.
It was all hands on deck in the Chester
attack during the five minutes of added time, but they
still couldn’t threaten the Woking goal. Grego-Cox
actually had another good chance for the hosts in the
final stages, but his shot also hit the woodwork to
keep the score at 1-0 when full-time came.