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Woking 1 Lincoln City 1

CARDS failed to build on Brett Johnson’s second-minute opener and were forced to share the spoils with Lincoln City.

Johnson got Woking off to a flying start, meeting ex-Imp John Nutter’s cross to head home.

But Cards didn’t have it all their own way and City got back on terms through Vadaine Oliver in the 25th minute.

ON YER 'ED - Cards celebrate taking the lead

ON YER ‘ED – Cards celebrate taking the lead

A share of the points means Woking now only need two more to reach Garry Hill’s magic 50 target.

But they’ll have to wait until Wednesday’s game with Mansfield for another bite at the cherry.

Hill had no complaints about the result, he said: “It was a point won today. I thought we did enough to win it but when you look at the week, we’ve taken four points out of six against Forest Green and Lincoln City which is a good return.”

“It is disappointing not to have won but managers, players and supporters get greedy when you’ve been on a good run.”

Former Lincoln skipper Nutter revealed his frustration at full time.

He said: “They’re fighting for their lives but it wasn’t to be.  They made it hard for us but once we got the ball down and started playing we looked the better side.”

“We’ve been on a decent run and we’ve had a draw today which isn’t something we’ve had much this season. Sometimes a point is good to pick up and we’ll see how many points we can now get.”

Bradley Bubb’s spectacular acrobatic was as close as Woking came to finding a winner but Paul Farman was a match with an equally good save.

Good news for the Cards came at the end of the week as Hill secured the services of Billy Knott for a further month from Sunderland.

It is hoped that he will be returning to the action soon following a hamstring injury.

WOKING: Brown, Newton, Cestor, Ricketts, McNerney, Parkinson, Bubb, Betsy, Johnson (McCallum 45mins), Stockley, Nutter.

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Woking 2

WOKING were held to their first draw of the season after failing to capitalise on a dominant 45 minutes of football at Stonebridge Road.

It was a major disappointment for the Cards who had recovered from the early setback of falling behind to Joe Howe’s piledriver to lead at the break through Jack ­Parkinson and Brett ­Johnson strikes.

But that hard work was undone 15 minutes from time when Fleet snatched a share of the spoils through Phil Walsh’s headed effort from Ben ­Greenhalgh’s corner.

EQUALISER - Jack Parkinson smashes home to make it 1-1

EQUALISER – Jack Parkinson smashes home to make it 1-1

Boss Garry Hill admitted his players were guilty of switching off in a sub-par second-half.

He said: “We didn’t play at all after the break – it feels like a defeat and I’m very disappointed.

“We were cruising at half-time and against a very average side we were cruising.

“We could have wrapped the game up and if we had found a third goal the game would have been over.

“We gave the ball away far too cheaply, lacked discipline, invited pressure and as a result they grew in confidence as the game went on.

“Ten points from the last 12 is a good run and we haven’t been beaten but this feels like a loss.

“We should be beating teams like Ebbsfleet comfortably – this is two points dropped.”

And there was further woe for Hill who will be without Lee Sawyer after the midfield ace picked up his fifth booking of the season.

The manager raged: “It doesn’t help when you are working with such a small squad to see your players needlessly suspended.

“I’m a bit disappointed with Lee and I’ve told him how I feel about the booking. It gives the opposition a lift, gets their tails up and limits the influence Lee can have on the game.”

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DELIGHTED  - Brett Johnson is looking forward to a successful future with Woking

DELIGHTED – Brett Johnson is looking forward to a successful future with Woking

BRETT JOHNSON wasted little time talking up his new club after he become Garry Hill’s third signing of the summer.

The former AFC Wimbledon and Brentford defender signed a pre-contract agreement with the Cards on Friday, and will join the champions on August 1.

The 26-year-old can play either at a centre-half or left full-back and offers Hill and assistant Steve Thompson a wealth of Blue Square Premier experience.

He made 77 appearances for AFC in a four year spell and helped the club to a dramatic play-off final win in 2011 securing Terry Brown’s side a place in the Football League.

There’s no point staying in the same place and becoming stagnant

Johnson played 45 minutes in Woking’s first pre-season game of the summer which ended in a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Combined Counties Premier Division outfit Windsor.

But he remains adamant the Cards are moving in the right direction.

He said: “I know Garry Hill and I know what he has done previously for non-league clubs.

“He’s got a great history on that front with winning promotion and I always want to be part of squad that is progressing – there’s no point staying in the same place and becoming stagnant.

“I wanted to join a club that was looking to progress and Woking have a good platform to build from coming off the back of a title-winning season in the Blue Square South.

“The majority of the boys here have been kept on and there is a good feeling around the place, I’m looking to progress with Woking.

“After I spoke to Garry the decision became very simple. Other clubs made offers but I’ve played against Woking before and I’ve always enjoyed playing at Kingfield so I was pleased to take on this new challenge.”

Johnson is also looking forward to a reunion with a handful of former team-mates now scattered across the Blue Square Premier.

He insists the opportunity to get one over on old friends will help drive him toward success in the coming season.

“There are a few ex-Wimbledon players in the league so I’m looking out for the games with Grimsby, Cambridge, Newport and Macclesfield.

“There will be quite a few familiar faces in those fixtures so I’ll have to make sure we win those.”

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