The Non-League Football Paper - - VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE - By Craig Dray­cott

TWO teams with plenty to play for at ei­ther end of the ta­ble bat­tled out a goal­less draw in a match marred by a se­ri­ous in­jury to Wok­ing’s Da­mon Lathrope.

The Cards mid­fielder was taken away in an am­bu­lance mid­way through the sec­ond half fol­low­ing a col­li­sion with Bore­ham Wood’s Danny Woodards.

It brought a rather sub­dued end to an oth­er­wise lively af­fair which saw much-im­proved Wok­ing and pro­mo­tion chasers Wood both carve out enough chances to win the game.

Luke Gar­rard’s team – on a run of four wins in a row in the league – went clos­est early on, thanks to a sump­tu­ous vol­ley from for­mer Wok­ing man Bruno An­drade, but it was pushed over the cross­bar by Nathan Bax­ter.

The vis­i­tors con­tin­ued to look for the spec­tac­u­lar and An­gelo Balanta met a cross on the edge of the area, but he lashed his pow­er­ful vol­ley inches over the wood­work.

It took half an hour for Wok­ing to earn their first chance at goal, but An­thony Cook fired his ef­fort into the hands of Grant Smith.

With just two first half min­utes re­main­ing, Alex Davey spurned the best chance of the game. Michael Fo­livi had worked his way into the box from the left-wing and flashed his ef­fort across goal, but Davey was un­able to con­vert from close-range. The Cards grew into the game in the sec­ond half but, like Wood, they couldn’t make their chances pay. A pow­er­ful cross from Nathan Ralph skimmed the head of Louie Theo­phanous, but Smith made the save. Cards chief An­thony Lim­brick praised his side’s per­for­mance in the win­tery con­di­tions, say­ing: “The weather played its part to­day, we didn’t re­alise just how windy it was go­ing to be, and we had to deal with a lot of pres­sure in that first half. “They are a good side, they have got good at­tack­ing threat and they are very ex­pe­ri­enced, with good old heads in there and they played the con­di­tions quite well.” Gar­rard ex­plained why he be­lieves that this could turn out to be an im­por­tant re­sult in the com­ing weeks: “I thought that first half we were okay, we pinned them in and we didn’t let them counter. “We locked them in good ar­eas and we had good chances, Alex Davey be­ing one, but we weren’t ruth­less enough in front of goal. “Would it have been bet­ter to have taken a win and con­tinue our mo­men­tum? Of course. But, we can back up to­day’s per­for­mance on Tues­day, if we can get a pos­i­tive re­sult against Maiden­head at home.”

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