Cards draw a blank
7:25pm, Sat 31st Oct 2009
Josh Rankine has kindly supplied this report of this afternoonâ€™s game.
Woking 0-0 Braintree Town
31 October 2009
3 points for the Cards today looked a tantalising prize, as they would have moved Woking up into 3rd place above Thurrock, and kept them close to front runners Newport County. Unfortunately, all the Cards could muster was a draw, in a scrappy game lacking clear-cut opportunities.
The game started slowly, and the two sides made little in the way of attacking play throughout the first 20 minutes. The first goalmouth action of note occurred in the 24th minute, with a Braintree striker having a penalty appeal turned down inside the Woking box, keeper Ross Worner (pictured) clearing his lines following a strong challenge.
The Cards then began to get into the game for the first time, with a sustained period of pressure on the Braintree penalty area. In the 31st minute Woking centre back Hutchinson forced an excellent save from Blackmore after a well-aimed volley from outside the box. Blackmore was in action again seconds later, with a good save from a Hutchinson header after a Woking corner. Cards frontman Sole felt aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty in the 42nd minute, after going down in the Braintree area after what looked like a foul.
The last effort on goal of the first half forced an incredible save from Woking stopper Worner. An excellent cross sent into the Woking area was met by a header from which looked to be heading for the top corner, but for Wornerâ€™s lightning fast reactions.
The Cards started the second half brightly with good possession and threatening attacking play, but were unable to create a clear opportunity to take the lead. In the 60th minute Braintree were awarded a penalty after Ricketts was adjudged to have tripped a Braintree forward. But Worner once again shone, with a fantastic save low to his right to keep the sides level.
In the 68th minute the Cards were awarded a free kick in a promising position outside of the Braintree box. Sole stepped up to take it and put in a great effort just over the bar. Going into the last 20 minutes the two sides shared possession and swift attacks in a somewhat end-to-end fashion. In the 70th minute Worner was again required to make a sharp save from a header after a Braintree corner.
Wokingâ€™s best opportunity then came in the 84th minute, as the Cards closed in on the Braintree half, heaping the pressure on the away defence. Hutchinson nodded the ball down to new loan signing Mitchell Bryant to put him clear in front of the keeper, but he couldnâ€™t convert and his effort went just wide. The Cards were camped in the Braintree half for most of the dying minutes, the last effort coming from Sloma, a shot from outside the box going inches wide of the post, agonisingly for Cards fans in the Kingfield Road End. But Braintree also threatened on the break and might have snatched a winner.
Woking: Worner, Anane, Thomas, Ricketts, Hutchinson, Boardman, Hand, Arter (Sinclair), Sam-Yorke (Bryant), Sole, Nicolau (Sloma)
Unused subs: Medley, Maledon
Sponsorsâ€™ MOTM: Ross Worner