HAVING returned home from Chester with maximum points in their kit bags three days earlier, Woking proceeded to double their North West delight with a shock 4-1 win over Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night.
The coupon-busting win came courtesy of first-half goals from man of the match Dan Holman and John Goddard; both men adding to their strikes against at Chester.
Woking fans will hope Holman is hitting a hot streak of form just as the weather takes a turn, as the in-form striker added his second of the night – his 12th league goal of the campaign – before new strike partner Joe Quigley grabbed his first in the cardinal and white.
The goal of the night was arguably reserved for the last kick of the match when James Norwood gave Rovers’ fans – who to their credit had travelled to Surrey in their numbers for the midweek fixture – something to cheer on the long bus ride back to Merseyside. His stunning run and curling strike, which flew past Jake Cole in the Woking goal, the pick of the bunch of five.
Despite the resounding final scoreline, Cards boss Garry Hill will have watched with a familiar feeling of dread in the first 25 minutes as the visitors flew out of the traps.
Forwards Norwood, Andy Magan and former Premier League scorer for Blackpool Gary Taylor-Fletcher cut through the Woking lines at will in a one-sided opening period, with only the form of keeper Cole keeping the hosts in it.
Having ridden the electrical storm of neon-shirted Tranmere’s attacks, it was the home side who struck the first blow through Holman’s (27th minute) clinical header from eight yards out after a Bruno Andrade centre.
A real smash and grab result was definitely on the cards when Goddard (40) pounced on a rebound off Rovers stopper Scott Davies to make it 2-0 from close range.
As in the first half it was the visitors who started the brighter after the interval but they couldn’t halve the deficit as the excellent Joey Jones – having a renaissance in a new central defensive role – kept out Norwood with a last ditch block.
That intervention was to prove vital as just three minutes later Holman bagged his brace as he raced on to a Matt Robinson slide-rule pass in the left-hand channel to curl home from a tight angle.
There was still time for young Bournemouth loanee Quigley (72) to get a Kingfield roar of his own before Norwood’s injury-time consolation.