WOKING were left out in the cold by Braintree Town on Tuesday night as second-half goals either side of a Keiran Murtagh strike warmed the cockles of Essex hearts.
A quiet opening 45 minutes at the usually boisterous Cressing Road proved No Good for either side with clear-cut chances at a premium – Woking playmaker John Goddard going closest with a cross-shot in the early stages.
Town’s new boss Danny Cowley sent his side out with renewed purpose for the second period having seen forward Taylor Miles clip the top of Jake Cole’s crossbar on the stroke of half-time.
In the opposite dugout, Cards boss Garry Hill perhaps knew it was a bad Omen for the visitors as his counterpart sent on forward Dan Sparkes at the switch of ends – although Woking did now have the benefit of the Cressing Road slope in their favour.
Having struck the woodwork again through Michael Cheek, the hosts did break the deadlock courtesy of striker Sim Akinola on the hour mark – who took full advantage of a Terell Thomas slip.
Cards’ captain for the night Murtagh – in his 100th Woking game – pulled his men level, nodding in a Bruno Andrade corner five minutes later.
But parity only lasted until the 74th minute as Woking’s players switched off from a free-kick: Cheek racing past a static defence to slot home the winner.
WOKING: Cole, Braham-Barrett, Thomas, Saah, Jones (Pattie, 81mins), Poku (Daniel, 72mins), Murtagh (MOTM), Goddard, Andrade (Keohane, 72mins), Sole, Holman.