Woking 1 Aldershot Town 2 (21st April 2014)
A picture tells a thousand words, and I’ve probably already written 1000 words about Woking’s Kingfield ground in a previous write-up, so this is mainly pictures.
Aldershot made the short trip to Woking knowing a win would all but secure survival, whatever happened at Hereford and elsewhere later in the afternoon. A good turn-out of visiting fans helped boost the crowd to a season best – by a long margin – 4728. However how much Woking might have enjoyed nudging their noisy neighbours towards the trapdoor, they’ll certainly welcome the extra £50,000 or so this fixture can bring in.
With a pitch that still looked decidedly dodgy in places, Woking kicked off their 9th game in a month looking like fatigue was starting to get the better of them. Against a team with he finishing tape in sight, it would always be hard.
Without being dull, not too much happened in the first half. Ex-Woking striker Brett Williams drew the biggest cheer for getting booked for obstructing a goalkeeper’s kick for the second time. He may well have really had to tie up his laces, but the ref didn’t buy his excuse for having to do it right in front of the Woking keeper.
He had the last laugh though, tucking in a 2nd half penalty to give Aldershot the lead. Celebrations in front of the Aldershot fans caused a retaining wall to give way at the front of the away enclosure, but luckily nobody seemed hurt by it.
Woking did equalise, scoring from close range, but parity didn’t last with Aldershot again going in front with a deflected shot across the keeper.
With Woking’s very poor record against Aldershot, this prompted anger in some quarters, although it was difficult to take this anger seriously, mainly because the angry young man next to me had such a high voice it permanently sounded like he was doing an impression of someone who’d be kicked in the nuts.
Aldershot held out with only one real scare. Any decent connection on one low ball into the 6 yard box would surely have been a goal. Instead it just bounced to the very grateful keeper.
All that was left was for Aldershot to celebrate staying up, seemingly taking it for granted that the minuscule risk of a seven goal defeat at home to Hereford next weekend isn’t worth worrying about. With the Woking PA announcer inexplicably reminding them every 5 minutes of the 2nd half that they should leave through Gate 3, they at least knew the direction they were taking both on and off the pitch now.