Cards get back to winning ways against Chorley. 4th January 2020
Woking 1 Chorley 0
Vanarama National League Saturday 4th January 2020
Peter Moore at the Laithwaite Community Stadium
Dave Tarpey’s second half strike was enough to secure victory for Woking against basement boys Chorley.
After successive defeats to Sutton, Cards Manager Alan Dowson rung the changes with Craig Ross, Dave Tarpey, Jake Hyde, Godfrey Poku- back from suspension- and Jamar Loza all returning to the starting eleven.
In a tepid first half which saw Courtney Meppen-Walters long range shot well saved by Ross and a free kick for the hosts which was headed down by Moussa Diarra into the path of Tarpey, but the striker sliced his effort over the bar.
With half time approaching the Cards had three chances to break the deadlock. The first fell to Tarpey after a fine ball from Loza found the striker outside the area, with his shot pushed away by Matt Urwin. Tarpey had another chance seconds later, but he fired over. It was then the turn of Loza who should have done better, but his effort went over the top.
With the last action of the half Ben Gerring’s towering header from a corner was easily gathered by Urwin.
Woking continued in the same manner as they finished the first half and were rewarded by taking the lead in the 51st minute following some fine work from Loza down the left flank. He beat his man for the first time in the afternoon and saw his inch perfect cross slamed home by Tarpey for his eighth goal of the season.
The Magpies almost levelled in the 66th minute when Elliot Newby’s shot took a wicked deflection and went just wide of the post. Woking responded with Kane Ferdinand’s header a whisker away with twenty minutes remaining.
Despite Chorley using all their three substitutes to try and salvage a point, Woking held firm to record their first victory in five games in all competitions.
Interview with Woking’s Godfrey Poku after the game