07:45PM, Monday 26 April 2021
Photo: George Tewkesbury
Cards boss Alan Dowson admitted he was counting down the days till the end of the season after watching his side’s committed, if fruitless, attempts at a fightback against Maidenhead United on Saturday.
Woking have been without 13 first teamers in recent weeks, with the likes of former United striker Dave Tarpey and others placed on furlough as the club seeks to get through the next few weeks of the season with its finances intact.
Five academy players took to the field against the Magpies at York Road and they gave Alan Devonshire’s men a hell of a scare, battling back in the second half and laying siege to Maidenhead’s goalmouth area – albeit without creating too much of note – in the final stages. Ultimately they didn’t have the experience or ingenuity to break down the Magpies defence a second time.
Danilo Orsi-Dadomo’s first half double proved enough for the home side who faded after the break due to a combination of weariness from their trips to Stockport and Wealdstone and the energy-sapping heat of the day.
“Dev came to us straight away after the game and said it was a game of two halves,” said Dowson. “I think that’s fair.
“They were better in the first half and we keep giving away the worst goals and we have done for the past five weeks.
“To be fair, I’ve got academy lads out there giving it a go, and I did think we were the better side second half, but you can’t give team 2-0 head starts.
“If you do that in this league, and against a good strong football side which Dev’s got, you’re not going to win many football matches.
“The lesson we’ve got to learn, especially for the academy lads, is that we’ve got to come out of the traps a bit better.”
Dowson added: “I’ve got five academy lads and 13 players on furlough, so I think everyone knows where we are. It’s a difficult time and you’re counting down the days until the end of the season. I think it’s five weeks today. The quicker it finishes the better, and you’ll see a better version of Woking next season, 100 per cent.”