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On This Day: Woking 2 v 3 Macclesfield Town

30 March 2020

Two years ago John Askey took his Silkmen side down to Surrey, as we took on Woking for what proved to be one of the most enthralling games of our National League title-winning season.
 
With torrential downpours characterising the build-up to the match, some questions had been asked about whether or not it would go ahead. Yet, the referee gave the green light and an army of blue and white descended behind the goal in order to will their side on.
 
In front of the live BT Sport cameras, it was the hosts who arguably made the better start - with Regan Charles-Cook and Reece Grego-Cox looking particularly menacing during the opening exchanges.
 
Indeed, it was The Cards who opened the scoring in the 20th minute when a cross was spilled into the path of Charlie Carter and he made no mistake from close-range.
 
Sitting three points clear at the National League summit, Askey's side were sparked into life as they attempted to restore parity in the quickest time possible. It would ultimately take just fifteen minutes for this to be achieved, as Mitch Hancox's tantalising cross was headed home by Nathan Blissett.
 
With news filtering through that Sutton United's game with Maidenhead United had been abandoned, everyone knew that victory at Kingfield would see The Silkmen open up a six point gap at the top of the division.
 
Nine minutes after the interval, Tyrone Marsh put Macc ahead his a sumptuous volley across the face of goal and despite the inclement conditions, Askey's men continued to play the intricate and expansive football for which they were renowned for.
 
Danny Whitehead, Danny Whitaker and Callum Evans all had chances to give the visitors a two goal cushion, yet with time running out it became apparent that the relegation-threatened Cards would look to lay siege at Shwan Jalal's goal in order to claim at least something from the game.
 
However, the trusty pairing of Keith Lowe and George Pilkington repelled pretty much everything that Woking threw at us - until calamity struck six minutes from time.
 
A hotly-dispute corner was awarded to the hosts and from that Grego-Cox was able to pounce at the back post to fire home the equaliser.
 
Boss Askey was so enraged by this that he was dismissed for dissent, yet his players reacted in the best way possible against all the odds.
 
Deep into injury-time, Whitehead sent Marsh clean through on goal and he slid the ball past the advancing Baxter and towards the empty net.
 
The Silkmen fans were delirious, as the former Dover Athletic striker ran over to celebrate with all those who had kept the faith down to the last seconds of the game.
 
Yet the ball had not crossed the line - it had become stuck in the Kingfield mud just inches away. 
 
However, by the time the Macc fans and the BT Sport cameras had recognised this, Whitehead had made up an incredible amount of ground in order to poke the ball home.
 
The goal was as dramatic as that glorious season itself and as the Macc fans made the long journey home, everyone started to believe that the impossible really was possible.
 
Here are the match highlights from that unforgettable afternoon -
 
 
 

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