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WOKING (2) 2

Vanarama National League match
played on Saturday, 12 August, 2023 at 3pm.


Altrincham seized an early lead as Kosylo got forward up the left and his cross was converted by Linney with a low shot across the keeper (6 mins).

The lead was shortlived. After a foul by James Jones, Boateng's freekick was relayed by Taylor for Cuthbert to drive home to make it 1-1 (16 mins).

With Woking now well on top, it got worse for Altrincham when, following a throw, a cross from the left was impressively flick-headed across goal and into the far corner by Greg-Cox (29 mins) to make it 2-1 to The Cards.

But Altrincham soon equalised when Linney did well on the left to lay on a goal for Kosylo whose sidefooted effort found the upper reaches of the net to make it 2-2 (38 mins).

So the interval score was 2-2.

Alty started the second half well and regained the lead in the 48th minute. Kosylo fed Eddy Jones on the left and he in turn fed Linney, who cut in and smashed the ball into the far corner to make it 2-3.

The visitors hung on reasonably comfortably until the end to secure a fine win.


  • 6 mins: Regan LINNEY (Woking 0 ALTRINCHAM 1)
  • 16 mins: Scott CUTHBERT (Woking 1 ALTRINCHAM 1)
  • 29 mins: Reece GREGO-COX (Woking 1 ALTRINCHAM 2)
  • 38 mins: Matty KOSYLO (Woking 2 ALTRINCHAM 2)
  • 48 mins: Regan LINNEY (Woking 2 ALTRINCHAM 3)

REFEREE: Mr Jason Richardson

ATTENDANCE: 2,401 (68 in away section)


Alty's only change saw Jake Cooper replace Justin Donawa on the bench.

For Woking, Tunji Akinola and Nana Boateng made their debuts in place of the injured Josh Casey and Padraig Amond, who moved to the bench.


WOKING (Red & white shirts, black shorts, white socks): 22 Will Jääskeläinen, 2 Dan Moss, 4 Scott Cuthbert, 5 Greg Taylor, 9 Reece Grego-Cox, 12 Matt Robinson, 14 Rhys Browne, 15 Nana Boateng, 16 Tunji Akinola, 17 Jim Kellermann, 24 Rohan Ince. Subs: 1. Joe Day, 8 Robbie Willmott, 10 Pádraig Amond, 19 Charlie Wakefield, 28 Sam Habergham.

ALTRINCHAM (All dark blue with yellow sash on shirts): 29. Ethan Ross, 2. Lewis Banks, 3. Eddy Jones, 8. Isaac Marriott, 5. James Jones (c), 4. Lewis Baines, 7. Matty Kosylo, 6. Elliot Osborne, 9. Regan Linney, 10. Chris Conn-Clarke, 11. Justin Amaluzor. Subs: 14. Dior Angus, 15. Jake Cooper, 16. Sam Roscoe, 20. George Wilson, 22. Joey Jones


This was the second match of the season with both sides having drawn their opening fixture, last week.


After a minute's silence in memory of a local ten year-old found dead in a house near Woking, Altrincham kicked off with a blustery wind behind them.

Woking's Boateng soon showed his prowess on the left, as he got the better of Banks, but any threat ended with Ince's poor ball (2 mins).

Then Brown advanced and got in a shot which Ross saved comfortably to his right. At the other end, Amaluzor set up Conn-Clarke but the Northern Irishman fired wide (5 mins). However, Altrincham soon did better as Kosylo got up the left and he fed the advancing Linney who turned smartly as Cuthbert attempted to cover, and swept the ball into the far corner of the net (6mins).

Woking responded with some pressure but a cross from Grego-Cox which went to Ross was the nearest effort to a goal threat (13 mins). However, a freekick for the hosts was awarded for a James Jones foul, some 25 yards from goal. Boateng floated the ball into the box where Taylor relayed it for Cuthbert to drive it home from close range to make it 1-1 (16 mins).

Buoyed by their equaliser, Woking won two corners in succession, taken by Boateng but Alty saw them off (19 mins). With Woking still on top, James Jones did well to block a Boateng effort, the Woking man looking his side's main danger.

For Alty Amaluzor was giving Akinola a difficult afternoon and he now won a freekick for Altrincham. But, from the right, Eddy Jones's freekick was overhit poorly (26 mins).

The Cards' pressure got its reward in the 29th minute when Akinola's cross was met by an astute glancing header from Grego-Cox which found the far corner of Ross's net to give his side a 2-1 lead.

When Ince lunged at Kosylo the home player did himself an injury and was unable to continue with a leg injury. After treatment, his substitute replacement was the veteran Wilmott (33 mins). Next, Eddy Jones's freekick gave Conn-Clarke a chance but he dragged his effort wide as Alty again made poor use of a promising freekick position.

Although Woking had been on top, after Marriott had won the ball, Amaluzor now got past Akinola again but, using his right foot, he put his shot wide (37 mins).

The disappointment was short as Altrincham almost immediately levelled the score. The goal came as Linney advanced on the left and pulled the ball back for Kosylo to sidefoot the ball into the upper part of the net, reversing their roles of scorer and assist provider compared with the opening goal (38 mins).

Things did not improve for the hosts when Akinola felled Amaluzor again and was duly booked (41 mins). However, for the third time in the match Alty wasted a promising freekick position. Alty did better when Linney chased down the home keeper before a Conn-Clarke angled shot forced a save which gave Altrincham a corner (44 mins).

As five added minutes were announced, Kosylo was fouled by Boateng and when, moments later, Kosylo was felled by Kellerman, the frustrated winger pushed the offender who went down as if poleaxed. His antics induced the referee to book the Alty man (45+2 mins).

Once again, Altrincham failed to make good use of the freekick. The half ended as the lively Boateng fed Robinson whose shot was only narrowly wide (45+5 mins).

Half-Time: WOKING 2

Now playing into the wind, it took Alty barely three minutes to retake the lead. Via Eddy Jones and Kosylo, on the left, the ball came to Linney who cut in from the left before firing across the keeper into the far corner to make the score 2-3 (48 mins).

Woking almost hit back straightaway as a cross was headed goalwards by Kellerman but Ross made a good save (49 mins). The hosts now changed their left-back as Habergham replaced Akinola who had a difficult afternoon (50 mins).

The new left-back was powerless to halt the rampaging Amaluzor but Robinson got across to cover at the cost of a corner (52 mins). Another Alty freekick came and went before Kosylo and Conn-Clarke combined to win a corner (56 mins).

For unclear reasons Eddy Jones was cautioned (58 mins) before another foul on Amaluzor, taken by Osborne gave Conn-Clarke a volley which was going wide but which the keeper saved anyway.

The experienced Amond came on to try and save the game, replacing Grego-Cox (66 mins). Woking soon won a corner as Kosylo got back to defend before the game was interrupted for treatment to James Jones and a double change as Altrincham withdrew the attacking duo of Kosylo and Amaluzor in favour of defender Roscoe and midfielder Joey Jones (71 mins).

After another Alty freekick, Dior Angus replaced Conn-Clarke (77 mins) but the Alty forward was booked barely twenty seconds into his appearance for apparent dissent (78 mins).

Having weathered home pressure, Alty arguably should have extended their lead when Elliot Osborne fed Linney but his hesitation allowed Cuthbert to cover (80 mins).

Banks now got forward to win a corner, which Osborne overhit (85 mins). Next, Ross was booked for timewasting (86 mins) as his side defended deeply. Into the six added minutes the hosts earned three corners in four minutes, the latter two of the trio coming when Osborne conceded a freekick in a threatening position just as he had done to costly effect when these two sides had last met at Kingfield.

This time the goal remained secure as Ross made a fine save from Amond and Alty went on to manage the closing stages well to secure an impressive three points (90+6 mins).

Full-Time: WOKING 2