Woking v Sutton United
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 1 April 2017
The loss at home to Maidstone United last Saturday was a bitter blow in the fight against relegation but, with 18 points still to play for, the battle isn’t over yet. Needless to say, a win this Saturday would be a huge boost to survival hopes. Come down to Kingfield to cheer on Garry Hill’s side!
Other results on Saturday could have been more painful but the chickens came home to roost on Tuesday evening when the two teams immediately below Woking, Torquay United and York City, both had fine away wins. In consequence, Torquay, now on 43 points, moved above Woking by two points, pushing the Cards down into the final relegation place. York City, meanwhile, moved within two points of Woking, with a game in hand. Braintree Town must also be considered to be in the relegation ‘mix’, with 45 points, one place and one point above Maidstone, who, however, have two games in hand.
Garry Hill was very critical of the way in which the Cards’ defence “melted” under the second-half pressure from Maidstone on Saturday but his options for changing things around look limited.
He can at least take comfort from the fact that his side still seem to be capable of scoring goals, with a rejuvenated Delano Sam-Yorke on target again and the impressive Jamie Lucas also getting on the score sheet.
Other critical games on Saturday include: Maidstone United v Barrow, Torquay United v Chester and York City v Braintree Town. On Tuesday night York City play their game in hand, at home to Bromley.
The U’s have had a very memorable first season back in the top tier of non-League football. The highlight has undoubtedly been a wonderful FA Cup run, which saw them reach the 5th Round, losing out to Arsenal, having beaten Cheltenham Town, AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United along the way. In the league Sutton sit in 14th place after Tuesday night’s commendable 1-1 home draw with league leaders Lincoln City, with 49 points from 39 games: virtually safe from any lingering relegation worries. A glimmer of hope for the Cards is that Sutton have a poor away record, winning only two league games, drawing five and losing 12, scoring 15 goals and conceding 31.
Manager Paul Doswell has assembled a very useful squad, including ex-Woking favourite, keeper... [ Read More