BY NICK WILSON
Basingstoke hosted National League opposition for the second time in preseason as Woking visited the Camrose in a match cut short by thunderstorms and torrential rain.
Woking started the stronger of the two sides as they did their best to hold onto possession in the difficult conditions without creating many chances in the early stages. The game began to open up as the first half wore on and Basingstoke keeper Zaki Oualah made a good save with his feet after Charlie Carter jinked into space inside the box. Soon afterwards Carter sent a long range effort skidding wide before Fabio Saraiva sent a low shot flying across goal.
Basingstoke’s first chance came after that as a neat move ended in Sam Deadfield pulling the ball back from the byline to Aaron Jarvis who was unable to force the ball home. It wasn’t long before Woking took the lead though after Inih Effiong curled the ball over the bar, he got on the end of a right wing cross at the near post to guide a header in off the woodwork ten minutes before half time.
Effiong could’ve doubled his tally after going through on goal but Oualah made a good save from the striker before getting two hands on a curling Saraiva effort to push it wide. At the other end, Callum Collins sliced high and wide from 25 yards.
That turned out to be the last action of the match as referee James Robinson decided the pitch had taken on too much water and called the game off at half time.
MATCH ABANDONED AT HALF TIME, WOKING LEADING 1-0.
BASINGSTOKE TEAM: Oualah; Johnson-Schuster, Aghasite, Ray, Bayliss, Bennett; Kennedy, Deadfield; Artwell, Jarvis, Collins.
WOKING TEAM: Baxter; Young, Jones, Orlu, Ralph; Saraiva, Isaac, Carter; Bawling, Effiong, Ward.