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Improved Cards face tough test against promotion-chasing Yeovil

Glen Harrington - 6th October 2019

Improved Cards face tough test against promotion-chasing Yeovil Yeovil Town vs Woking
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Tuesday 8th October 2019


It’s third against fourth in the National League on Tuesday evening as Woking make the trip to Huish Park to face Yeovil Town – their first league game against the Glovers in more than 16 years.

Whilst Saturday’s draw with Wrexham made it seven league games without a win for the Cards, it was a much-improved performance from Alan Dowson’s side, following the previous weekend’s disappointment against Boreham Wood. Kane Ferdinand scored his second goal in as many games, cancelling out the opener from James Jennings, whilst Ibrahim Meite looked threatening up front on his return from injury – coming off the bench for the final 25 minutes. Dowse will get a further boost in the shape of Ben Gerring, who returns after completing his three-match ban, meaning that the injured Tyreke Johnson is now the only absentee from the Woking squad.

Opponents Yeovil saw their seven-match winning streak ended by Hartlepool United on Saturday, going down 2-1 in the North East, as they missed the chance to join FC Halifax Town at the top of the table. The Glovers are looking to secure an immediate return to the Football League this season after dropping out of England’s top four divisions for the first time since 2003. It has been a remarkable two decades for Yeovil who rose as high as the Championship in 2013 before suffering three relegations in just six years. Manager Darren Sarll, who was previously in charge of Stevenage from 2016 to 2018, joined the club this summer and has enjoyed a solid start – after a difficult introduction he led his side to seven straight wins throughout late August and September before seeing that run belatedly come to an end at the start of October. He’ll now be determined to get back on track and protect a run of four straight home wins.

It should be a great game, and with a new ground to visit for many Woking fans, please do make the journey if you possibly can and support the team.

Woking Team News

Dowse has been fairly consistent with his selections of late. Craig Ross has been in inspired form in goal, behind a regular back four of Jack Cook, Josh Casey, Moussa Diarra and Manny Parry, who was voted Man of the Match against Wrexham on Saturday. Gerring, one of the standout players for the club during the first part of the season, may well have to wait his turn to force his way back into the team.

Further forward, Ferdinand and Shaun Donnellan were reunited in midfield on Saturday alongside Toby Edser, with Godfrey Poku missing out. Up front, Jamar Loza and Dave Tarpey played either side of Jake Hyde, but with the likes of Meite and Max Kretzschmar now fit, Dowse has plenty of options to rotate his squad.

Yeovil Town Team News

The Glovers lost out to a stoppage time winner on Saturday. They had equalised in the first minute of added time only for Hartlepool to score less than 60 seconds later. During that game, they started with Adam Smith in goal, the former Northampton Town and Bristol Rovers stopper is on loan from Forest Green Rovers.

In defence was the experienced Carl Dickinson, who has played in the Football League for Stoke City, Watford and Port Vale amongst others, captain Lee Collins, who joined this summer from Forest Green Rovers, Luke Wilkinson, formerly of Luton Town and Stevenage, plus Birmingham City loanee Remeao Hutton; in midfield was veteran Jimmy Smith, on loan from Crawley Town, Lawson D’Ath, a summer signing from MK Dons, Myles Hippolyte, who has spent the last few years in Scotland with Livingston, Falkirk and Dunfermline, and Charlie Lee, a promotion winner with Leyton Orient last season.

Up front was Gold Omotayo, who was with Bury last season, and dangerman Rhys Murphy, the top scorer in the National League South for Chelmsford City last season – he’s scored five goals so far this season to add to the 28 he got last term.

Last Time Out

Woking 1-1 Yeovil Town – National League (8th March 2003)


The Cards, battling against relegation, put in a commendable performance against the league leaders – who were midway through an 18-match unbeaten run which lasted until the end of the season. In fact, the Glovers won the four matches before their trip to Kingfield, as well as the seven matches following it. Jon Boardman scored Woking’s goal as the Cards went on to secure survival by a single point, whilst Yeovil were promoted, finishing 17 points clear of nearest challengers Morecambe.

On the Day

The ground can be found on Lufton Way; the postcode is BA22 8YF – a drive of around two hours from the Laithwaite Community Stadium. Yeovil has two railway stations, Yeovil Pen Mill which links with trains from Bristol and Birmingham, and Yeovil Junction which has a regular service from London Waterloo and Exeter. Both stations are about three miles from Huish Park so a taxi is advisable.

There is a supporters’ coach running for the game which leaves from the Laithwaite Community Stadium at 4.00pm. Please arrive by 3.45pm. The price is £30 for adults and £25 for under-16s with a £5 discount for Cards’ Trust members. Those looking to attend should contact Adam Bowyer (adam.bowyer@cardstrust.co.uk) or call the club shop for more information.

Matchday ticket prices are £19 for adults, £17 for concessions, £12 for a young person and £3 for a junior. Discounts can be made by pre-purchasing and by buying online. A full breakdown can be found on the Yeovil website.

Next Up

The Cards are away once again on Saturday as we face Barnet. This will be followed seven days later by our debut in this season’s FA Cup. The draw for the fourth qualifying round is made on Monday afternoon.
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