Boreham Wood 1 Woking 1
29 August 2015
The thinness of Garry Hill’s squad was all too apparent in the closing stages of this game as Keiran Murtagh, who had been switched to central defence to partner Brian Saah following injuries to Joey Jones, Mark Ricketts and Ismail Yakubu, strove manfully to prevent the home side from grabbing all three points in a game which, at half-time, had looked fairly comfortably in Woking’s grasp. Kadell Daniel’s superb free-kick had given the Cards a 1-0 lead at the break but substitute Junior Morias eventually levelled for the Wood in the 83rd minute.
The Cards lined up as expected in an unchanged side from that which had started the game against Chester a week ago. For the Wood, Charlie MacDonald made his first appearance of the season after recovering from injury.
On a warmish, calm late summer afternoon the Cards started brightly, with a ‘sighter’ from the influential Murtagh, followed by a clever through ball from the hard-working Dan Holman which nearly put Daniel through. John Goddard, not looking entirely comfortable right out on the left flank, then found himself in the left of the area but was dispossessed as he tried to jink past a defender.
The Wood responded in the 11th minute with a well-directed effort from Graeme Montgomery which looked destined for the top corner had not Jones managed to deflect it away from goal.
Daniel and Holman both looked determined to shoot on sight, with the former cutting in on his favoured left foot a couple of times but too far out to trouble keeper Preston Edwards.
By the quarter of an hour mark Woking had assumed a measure of control in midfield and a ‘purple’ passage of attacking play saw the Cards put the Wood defence under some pressure, with a blocked Goddard effort and an audacious looping snap shot from Holman from all of thirty yards.
Woking continued to look the more likely side to score, with Daniel firing at the keeper from close range after working his way to the near post, with Holman free inside him. But the Wood also had a good spell around the 25-minute mark, prompted largely by Billy Clifford, ending with Luke Howell firing over the bar. Danny Woodards also made a fine run down the Woking right, his cross zipping right across the Woking area.
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