Delano Sam-Yorke pounced in the last minute to give Woking a dramatic 3-2 win at play-off chasing AFC Barrow yesterday – or so they thought.
When fighting at the wrong end of the table, it always seems that luck goes against you – and that felt particularly accurate for the hapless Cards yesterday, who were denied a late win following a calamitous refereeing decision.
Sam-Yorke smashed the ball home late on to give Woking’s survival hopes a huge boost.
But referee Andrew Miller spotted his linesman’s flag was raised for offside despite the fact Sam-Yorke had scored after he controlled Keiran Murtagh’s corner, with no other Woking player involved.
Woking fans will remember the decision that cost them at home to Braintree Town earlier in the season, when Gozie Ugwu latched on to a wayward back pass from one of the Iron players, rounded the goalkeeper to score, only to be adjudged offside. It would have given the Cards a 3-1 lead at the time, they went on to lose 3-2.
Garry Hill’s men had to settle for a point, which they would have taken before play, although they had led ten-man Barrow twice.
Jamie Lucas struck from the penalty spot when Paul Turnbull was sent off but Jordan Williams equalised with an excellent free-kick. Murtagh restored the visitors’ lead only for Ritchie Bennett to bundle the ball in, nine minutes from time.
A fuming Hill said: “We’ve seen a fiasco at the end. We had a situation against Braintree which cost us that night and now we’ve had a situation today.
“I’ve been in to see the match referee with his permission and his assistants. It was openly said that the ball came in from a Keiran Murtagh corner, the goalkeeper’s missed it, he didn’t know who the player was, which was Delano Sam-Yorke, it’s hit him in the midriff, fell in front of him and he’s put it into the net.
“He thinks it was someone else. He’s made a terrible, terrible error, it’s cost us two points. One point is a good point at Barrow but we should be going home with three and that could be the difference over the last four league games. It is a major, major blow to have a goal disallowed like that.”
Video footage of the incident can be seen here: https://youtu.be/qP2X3NQzggI?t=5m6s