National League

Chester 2-3 Woking

Josh Payne
Josh Payne's thunderbolt volley was his fifth of the campaign

Josh Payne's late thunderbolt boosted Woking's Conference play-off chances as they won at Chester.

Scott Rendell fired Woking into the lead when he buried John Goddard's pass into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

Craig Mahon steered past Michael Crowe to equalise before Rendell struck his second to restore the visitors' lead.

Chester's Ben Heneghan headed in another leveller to make it 2-2 before Payne struck a sweet long-range effort to wrap up the points.

Woking are now just a single point behind Forest Green, who occupy fifth place, while Chester slip to 12th and look destined for a mid-table finish.

Speaking about Josh Payne's winning goal, Woking manager Garry Hill told BBC Surrey:

"We've seen a goal of real quality. It was very, very special from Josh Payne, a cracking strike and I can't believe the way he struck it with so much power that it ended up in the top corner.

"It was worthy of winning any match.

"They're all tough games and it was tough coming here but we got the three points and we roll onto the final five league games."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Worsnop
  • 23HigginsSubstituted forKayat 76'minutes
  • 5Brown
  • 18AbbottSubstituted forHobsonat 59'minutes
  • 6CharnockBooked at 61mins
  • 22Heneghan
  • 7Mahon
  • 8James
  • 10Rooney
  • 27HughesSubstituted forRobertsat 63'minutes
  • 16McConville


  • 3Roberts
  • 4Kay
  • 13Viscosi
  • 19Hobson
  • 21Peers


Formation 4-4-2

  • 30Crowe
  • 21JonesBooked at 36mins
  • 24Saah
  • 7PayneBooked at 58mins
  • 32ArthurBooked at 78mins
  • 4Ricketts
  • 22GoddardBooked at 52minsSubstituted forBanyaat 67'minutes
  • 8Murtagh
  • 11Betsy
  • 9Rendell
  • 17OdubadeSubstituted forSoleat 74'minutes


  • 10Sole
  • 12Banya
  • 15Nutter
  • 29Oyeleke
  • 31Little
Richard Wigglesworth

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamWoking
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chester FC 2, Woking 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chester FC 2, Woking 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).

  4. Post update

    Chris Arthur (Woking) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Scott Rendell (Woking).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

  7. Post update

    Keiran Murtagh (Woking) wins a free kick.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Payne (Woking) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Chester FC 2, Woking 3. Josh Payne (Woking) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Chester FC. Craig Hobson tries a through ball, but Craig Hobson is caught offside.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Chester FC 2, Woking 2. Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sean McConville.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Chester FC.

  13. Booking

    Chris Arthur (Woking) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Chris Arthur (Woking).

  15. Post update

    Craig Hobson (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Michael Kay replaces Ryan Higgins.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Woking. Giuseppe Sole replaces Yemi Odubade.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Scott Rendell (Woking).

  19. Post update

    Jon Worsnop (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).