A week on from picking up their first point of the season, Woking registered their first win of the campaign away at bottom side Slough.
Woking were without Andy Barton, Garth Pollock - the former attending the latter’s poorly timed wedding - and James Fookes. Tim Ming however, returned to the side, after a couple of weeks out with man flu, most likely caused by the careless loss of his single chest hair.
Woking we’re down a man early on, when Graham Garrett-Lang suffered a collapsed lung in a collision, but Ming slotted in alongside Tom Leggett to create a formidable partnership at the back that restricted Slough’s chances all game.
The game could have been out of sight at half time, Woking wasting a number of guilt-edged chances, but they took the lead through Captain Tom McLean, hammering in the rebound from his initial shot.
Slough remained dangerous on the counter and created three clear chances of their own, but Max Deeley was on hand to snuff out the danger on each occasion.
It could have been 2-0 just before the break, but the Slough keeper Lennart Bobzien made a series of excellent saves as Mclean and James Furness tried to hammer the ball through his pads.
In the second half, Slough presses more aggressively, meaning Eoking had to work incredibly hard to get the ball out, but Craig Sutherland and Will DiBiase were proving to be excellent outlets on the flanks.
Woking’s improvement in form has coincided with Matt Cockerham’s return to the side, having broken his finger in the first game of the season. He was a hive of activity again in the middle of the park, breaking up play and instigated numerous counter attacks, as Woking pressed for a second to secure the points.
At one end, Bobzien was keeping Slough in the game; at the other, Deeley keeping Slough at arms reach.
But with five minutes to go, Woking settled matters, top goal scorer Andy Pike slotting home after an excellent break down the left wing by Furness. The young forward fed the veteran striker in the circle, who executed a trademark spinning finish to outfox Bobzien.
Slough had nothing in the tank, electing to spend the last few minutes of the game trying to whack Woking off the ball; Ming receiving a slap across the chops (unseen by the umpires), hitting the deck like a sack of spuds.
Coach Ryan Casson said after the game, “The team put in a solid performance today, making the right choices earlier meant we controlled the game. We out-played Slough, but there is more to come out of this group.”
Man of the Match Deeley added, “it’s encouraging to see such a young group of players thrive in such a physical game. The discipline was excellent today, we never dived in, played on the front foot and read the game well - intercepting more often than we ever needed to make a tackle,”
Woking climb up to tenth in the table, after Richmond’s 4-0 loss against high flying Staines, and take on Tulse Hill & Dulwich at home next week, who beat Henley 4-2 this week.