Wooton makes up for his earlier miss to edge cards out in tight affair
Notts County 1 Woking 0
Vanarama National League Saturday 5th December 2020
County’s Kyle Wooton went from villain to hero to secure a narrow 1-0 victory against Woking at Meadow Lane on Saturday.
The striker missed a chance to give the Magpies the lead from the spot, but his effort was saved by Woking custodian Craig Ross. However, with eleven minutes remaining he made amends for his earlier miss by slotting home the winner.
With some fans being allowed back into grounds this weekend, at Meadow Lane none were present due to Nottingham being in tier 3.
The fans who couldn’t attend certainly didn’t miss much in a poor game with very few chances.
The Cards started the brighter of the sides and had an early chance when Max Kretzschmar fired over the bar. County’s first real chance stemmed from a patient build up that saw Tom Walker’s shot almost shave the post.
Woking lost the servicers of the influential Kane Ferdinand in the first half due to injury and was replaced by Dave Tarpey. In a poor and scrappy first half devoid of entertainment Wooton had a shot deflected for a corner late in the half, but the visitors almost had the last word of the half following a long throw into the back post with Tarpey heading over unmarked.
The deadlock was broken in the 54th minute when Jack Cook brought down Wooton in the box. The striker dusted himself down, but his spot kick was straight at Ross down the middle with the Cards stopper pulling of a fine stop.
With the game looking like finishing goalless, it was the Magpies who broke the deadlock in the 79th minute. Excellent work from Enzio Baldwin who held the ball up to thread an inch perfect pass into Wooton who made up for his penalty miss by tapping in from six yards out.
With little time remaining County comfortable saw out the remaining time to make it five games unbeaten and send Woking to their second successive defeat of the week.