FOOTBALL: WOKING were forced into a belated transfer-trolley dash last week to keep their unbeaten league start in the shop window. A record season-opening ninth unbeaten game for Cards came with a helping hand from man of the match loan signing Ross Worner.
Ex-Cards’ youth Worner, now 24, headed straight for the drinks aisle, as he picked up the plonk for a shut-out against Steve Burr’s challenging Chester.
A goalkeeper may not have topped Garry Hill’s shopping list before his side’s watershed first away win at Aldershot, but the gaffer had to think fast to fetch in Worner last week, after the club confirmed that Aaron Howe had sustained a broken pelvis at The Rec.
Having seemingly put his injury problems of the past 18 months behind him, No.1 Howe’s early prognosis suggests that the rejuvenated stopper could miss at least three months of a season he had begun in assured style.
With Plymouth-signing Jake Cole also still crocked with an ankle injury, veteran Andy Little – who kept a clean-sheet in his hour at Aldershot – win remained as Hill’s only first-team stopper available, before Worner’s arrival.
At the other end, in-form forward Gez Sole capped off a stellar week for him and his team-mates to grab another winner in a third hard-fought solitary goal victory of the week, as he flicked past onrushing keeper James Worksop from the edge of the box.
But this was Worner’s big reunion, and as he accepted his bubbly, said he was keen to use his month helping out familiar faces to refresh his undoubted talents between the sticks.
“I just wanted to get out Wimbledon and get play games and when I heard I could come here I was thrilled.”