Notts County and Woking shared the points in an end-to-end draw to take the Magpies back into the Vanarama National League playoff places.

Max Kretzschmar’s header at the start of the second half was cancelled out by Kristian Dennis halfway through it as most games in the fifth tier were postponed.

The performance of referee Samuel Barrott was called into question by the Magpies supporters as he seemed to favour the visitors on several occasions throughout the game.

Ben Geering was booked for the Cards on 14 minutes for stopping Jim O’Brien’s run out of his own box on the halfway line.

Notts had to weather the storm from 20 minutes onwards as they got into good positions but Joe McDonnell was equal to each effort.

The Cards had successive corners but were unable to capitalise as Moussa Diarra’s effort went wide of the left post and Notts survived.

The wind caused McDonnell some issues when Notts were defending set pieces, and Woking had plenty of opportunities to go ahead from corners in the first period.

Neal Ardley’s men stayed true to their philosophy of playing out from the back and it served them well as the wind continued to whip around the ground.

Jim O’Brien nearly put Notts ahead on 43 minutes but the Scot fired over in the box after a loose ball fell to him from about 12 yards.


Alan Dowson’s side came out of the blocks firing in the second half and MAX KRETZSCHMAR put them ahead on 51 minutes with a brilliant flicked header which went in off the far post. Notts 0 – 1 Woking.

Notts began to grow back into the game and Kyle Wootton nearly got them level but his header bounced nicely for Craig Ross who made a brilliant save to keep the ball out of the top corner.

Meadow Lane grew frustrated at Ardley’s possession style of football but it won them a corner on 66 minutes which Brindley delivered back into the box but it was eventually worked back to McDonnell.

Notts equalised on 69 minutes as KRISTIAN DENNIS followed up on a spilled shot to fire home. Notts 1 – 1 Woking.

Referee Samuel Barrott was the least popular man in Nottingham for much of proceedings as the home supporters felt he had given Woking some generous decisions throughout the game.

McDonnell made a stunning save to deny Woking another goal on 78 minutes as he tipped a low shot wide of the post with a fingertip and the corner delivery was flicked just wide by Ben Geering.

He was called into action again just minutes later as he tipped a Kretzschmar corner away and was untroubled by the second cross from the Woking right.

Man of the Match Cal Roberts looked to be fouled in the Woking penalty area on 85 minutes but referee Samuel Barrott was unmoved, much to the disgust of Notts manager Neal Ardley.


Notts travel to Victoria Park on Saturday February 22 as they visit Hartlepool United in the Vanarama National League.

A Wes Thomas brace secured a point for the Magpies in November’s reverse fixture after Luke James and Gavan Holohan put the visitors ahead.

Notts County: McDonnell, Rose, O’Brien, Dennis, Boldewijn, Rawlinson, Wootton, Kelly-Evans, Bird, Brindley, Roberts.

Unused subs: Kean, Crawford, Osborne, Shields, Bagan.

Goals: Dennis 69′.

Woking: Ross, Cook, Casey, Gerring, Diarra, Tarpey (Donnellan 80′), Ferdinand, Kretzschmar, Dempsey, Loza, Wall (Neufville 80′).

Unused subs: Howes, Hodges, Poku.

Goals: Kretzschmar 51′.


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