Dover’s four-game National League unbeaten run came to an end on a disappointing night at the Kingfield Stadium on Tuesday.
In what turned out to be a game of two halves, Woking won the three points thanks to Max Kretzschmar’s second half tap-in.
Kretzschmar’s goal , which was Woking’s only effort on target, also ended Dover’s hopes of beating Woking for a fifth consecutive league game.
Despite the set-back, boss Chris Kinnear’s side remain fifth ahead of Saturday’s clash against Solihull Moors at Crabble.
Fresh from Saturday’s 3-0 defeat of Eastleigh, Dover started well and a strong run from Ricky Modeste ended with his cross safely gathered by home goalkeeper Michael Poke.
The hosts first effort on goal saw a shot from Kretzschmar deflected wide before Joe Healy fired high and wide at the other end after being teed up by Nicky Deverdics.
Gozie Ugwu tried his luck from range but the effort from the Cards leading scorer sailed harmlessly over Steve Arnold’s bar.
Ross Lafayette dragged an effort just wide following good work by Healy, Modeste and Sam Magri.
Dover continued to press and it needed a stunning save by Poke to deny Healy in the 34th minute with the keeper tipping the midfielder’s fierce shot onto the bar before the ball bounced clear.
An umarked Modeste should have given Dover the lead just before half-time, but he headed Aswad Thomas’ pin-point cross wide from close range.
Whites continued to dominate after the break and a Lafayette snap shot whistled not far wide a couple of minutes in.
Woking captain Ismail Yakubu headed against his own bar but after weathering the storm, the hosts should have scored.
Defender Terrell Thomas should have put his side ahead from a corner after he climbed high but his free header went over Arnold’s bar.
While Thomas gave Dover a let off – Kretzschmar was not about to in the 66th minute.
Substitute Charlie Carter, who had only been on for three minutes, turned Jake Caprice’s cross into Kretzschmar’s path to leave him with the easiest of tap-ins.
Dover pressed for an equaliser, but the hosts held firm to move two places clear of the bottom four.
Earlier, Kinnear kept faith in his starting side from the win against Eastleigh.
The only change he made was on the bench where Eastleigh loanee Connor Essam replaced Jack Parkinson.
Parkinson has gone out on loan to Maidenhead United.
Woking: Poke, Caprice, Thomas, Jones, Saah, Yakubu, Ugwu, Saraiva (Carter 63mins), Kretzschmar (Bonne 86mins), Ferndinand, Arthur
Subs not used: Hall, Ralph, Lewis
Dover: Arnold, Magri, Thomas, N’Gala, Grimes, Orlu, Modeste (Hurst 78mins), Healy, Deverdics, Miller, Lafayette (Emmanuel 75mins)
Subs not used: Pinnock, Essam, Sterling
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