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Baxter’s heroics not enough to prevent defeat

Ian Toft - 13th January 2018

Baxter’s heroics not enough to prevent defeat
Woking 0 Tranmere Rovers 1
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13th January 2018

Woking fell narrowly short of a late equaliser against ten-man Tranmere Rovers at Kingfield to fall to a 1-0 defeat. A top class display from Cards goalkeeper Nathan Baxter kept the score to a single goal until the visitors lost striker Andy Cook for a second yellow card late in the second half; although this led to a late Woking onslaught, the Rovers held out for all three points.

With many National League teams in FA Trophy action this afternoon Woking missed the opportunity to climb up the league table, with this encounter perceived as a game in hand over many of our rivals; as such, the Cards remain in 15th place on 35 points.

It has been an active week for Anthony Limbrick in the transfer market having seen the departure of popular winger Joe Ward to Peterborough United. In turn the Cards manager moved quickly to recruit winger Anthony Cook and forward Reece Grego-Cox to his squad. Cook was given a place in the starting eleven on the left side previously occupied by Ward with Grego-Cox ready to make an impact from the bench. Fabio Saraiva and Declan Appau were also recalled to the team in place of Richard Orlu and Jason Banton – a late omission from the squad, possibly due to a fitness concern. On a cool and overcast afternoon the Cards attacked the Leslie Gosden Stand in the first half.

Immediately from kick-off there was a feisty opening to the game. A late sliding tackle from Declan Appau on Steve McNulty incensed some of the opposing players and many visiting supporters. McNulty remained down receiving treatment for some time whilst referee Quelch took the decision to book the Cards midfielder. Despite efforts to make his return Rovers manager Micky Mellon decided to replace McNulty with fellow defender Liam Ridehalgh soon after.

Once the game started to settle down Anthony Cook began to find space on the left side. A cross was read by Saraiva who advanced forward from the centre. Unfortunately he failed to get enough of a connection with his head to redivert the ball towards goal.

The visitors first threatened soon after. A cross from the right arrowed towards Andy Cook. Baxter read the flight and came out to punch but was beaten to it by Cook who headed narrowly wide.

Woking responded with Ferdinand who collected the ball and advanced forward to feed Appau through... [ Read More ]
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