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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 17th MarchMar 2018
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 1458

Woking
Woking
2 - 2

Wrexham
Wrexham

Cards desperate to return to winning ways

Glen Harrington
12:00am, Fri 16th Mar 2018
Woking vs Wrexham
Vanarama National League
Saturday 17th March 2018


This weekend’s game promises to be a hugely intriguing match-up with implications at both ends of the table. An out-of-sort Woking, without a win in five, desperately need all three points to steer clear of trouble, whilst promotion-chasing Wrexham will be looking to cement a play-off place.

The Cards, who were moving back up the table after back-to-back home wins over AFC Fylde and Chester last month, are now nervously looking over their shoulders again after taking just one point from five games. Whilst that doesn’t quite tell the whole story, as that run included challenging away trips to Ebbsfleet and Sutton, last Saturday’s defeat at home to Halifax – our first defeat at the Laithwaite Community Stadium since mid-January – has certainly set alarm bells ringing. That defeat, coupled with other teams picking up points in mid-week, means we’re now just eight points clear of the bottom four whilst many of the teams below us still have games in hand. Anthony Limbrick and co will no doubt be keen to set things straight with a much needed win this weekend.

This is Wrexham’s tenth straight season in non-league football after being relegated from the Football League in 2008. Promotion looked like it would only be a matter of time after three consecutive top five finishes between 2011-2013 coupled with an FA Trophy win, but they have fallen down the table in recent years, and last season’s 13th place finish was considered far from satisfactory. This year has been much better as, despite a lack of goals, they have made a habit of grounding out results. Their record of just six defeats from 37 games is the best in the division and they currently sit in fourth place, level on points with our neighbours Aldershot Town. Sadly for the Dragons, their form has attracted the attention of League One side Walsall, who according to media reports appear poised to poach manager Dean Keates, possibly even before Saturday’s game.

With so much riding on this match for both sides please come along if you can and cheer on your team. Tickets can be bought in advance through our website or on the gate as normal.

Woking Team News

The Cards could welcome back Jordan Wynter for the first time since Boxing Day. The defender, who was a key factor in our early season form, returned to the bench last weekend and was an unused substitute against Halifax. He will be looking to take the place of either Josh Staunton or Richard Orlu who have partnered each other at the back for the last two games. With Louis Ramsay still sidelined, Matt Young and Nathan Ralph are likely to continue at full-back.

Midfield could prove a more challenging decision for Limbrick and his team. Joey Jones played just seven minutes against Halifax and has to be considered a doubt for the match with Wrexham. Charlie Carter will be looking to return to the starting line-up after scoring from the bench against the Shaymen whilst Declan Appau and Chez Isaac, neither of whom made the squad that day, could provide alternate options if fit. Kane Ferdinand, who has started every league game since October, is likely to continue alongside Regan Charles-Cook.

The front three could also be rotated again. Anthony Cook, Jason Banton and Reece Grego-Cox, recently named in the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad, got the nod last time out but Jonny Edwards, Fabio Saraiva and Louie Theophanous should be competing for those attacking spots.

Wrexham Team News

Whilst Wrexham’s managerial situation might be up in the air they have a very strong squad which will likely prove a huge test for the Cards.

For their last game, a 2-0 win over rivals Chester, they named former Cambridge and Northampton stopper Chris Dunn in goal; a back four of the experienced Kevin Roberts, who has played over 400 games in club football, Manny Smith, who returned to the club after a season with Gateshead last year, experienced captain Shaun Pearson, who joined the Dragons from Grimsby in the summer, and former Liverpool trainee David Raven; in midfield was Sam Wedgebury and Marcus Kelly, who were both promoted with Forest Green last season, whilst out wide were Paul Rutherford and Nicky Deverdics, who recently joined the club from Hartlepool; up front were Scott Quigley, on loan from Blackpool, and Chris Holroyd who 13 league goals this season after joining from Macclesfield.

Their options from the bench include the versatile Simon Ainge, who scored 13 goals in 15 games for Harrogate Town earlier this season after netting 23 the year before, vice-captain Mark Carrington who has been with the club since 2013, experienced forward Scott Boden, midfielder Akil Wright and another addition from Hartlepool, Jonathan Franks.

What the Boss Said

Anthony Limbrick on the upcoming game…

“Wrexham are very strong side who have been on a good run of form having not been beaten since December. It will be a tough game but one we will look to attack and work hard to get a result.�

Last Time Out

Wrexham 1-0 Woking (Saturday 26 August 2017 – Vanarama National League)

The Cards went into this game with two wins and three defeats from their first five games of the season, including two away defeats at Tranmere and Barrow, and whilst they fared better at the Racecourse Ground they were still unable to come away with anything to show for their efforts. James Jennings scored the only goal on the stroke of half-time and the hosts duly held out to take the win. Jason Banton impressed for the visitors after coming off the bench but didn’t have enough time to force an equaliser.

Admission Prices

• Adults £18
• Over 65s £13
• Disabled (Including carer) £13
• Students (U19) £5
• U16s £5

Our matchday programme, ‘Cardinals’, will be on sale for £3. Don’t forget to grab your copy on the way in! You’ll also be able to visit the club shop for more great offers.

Next Up

The Cards travel to Leyton Orient next Saturday for what should be a fantastic game at Brisbane Road. The O’s are putting on reduced admission prices that day at just £5 for adults and £1 for Under-16s and concessions. Fans can also purchase their tickets in advance from our club shop at the same price – so why not pop in this weekend and pick them up! Our next home game is on Good Friday when we entertain league leaders Macclesfield Town.

Jones rescues point for Woking against Wrexham

Haydn Cobb
12:00am, Sat 17th Mar 2018
Woking 2 Wrexham 2
Vanarama National League
17th March 2018

Joey Jones secured a much-needed point for Woking against the in-form Wrexham to reclaim vital momentum going into the final games of the Vanarama National League season.

Josh Staunton gave Woking an early lead with a terrific header from a corner before Wrexham equalised through a deflected Marcus Kelly cross to see the sides level at halftime. Play-off contenders Wrexham took the lead early in the second half with Kelly grabbing his second of the game before the Cards rallied back with Jones heading in an equaliser 10 minutes from the end.

Woking had a late penalty call turned down as Reece Grego-Cox appeared to be hauled down in the area while through on goal which meant the points would be shared at Kingfield.

The Cards’ first point since drawing at home to Boreham Wood sees Anthony Limbrick’s side edge closer towards safety despite dropping down a spot in the league table to 18th place while remaining eight points clear of the relegation zone as all 11 teams at the bottom end of the table picked up points.

Woking boss Limbrick made two changes to the starting line-up which lost against Halifax seven days ago with Louie Theophanous adding strength to the attack at the expense of Anthony Cook, while Jones recovered from injury to slot into defence in place of Richard Orlu with Charlie Carter coming into the midfield.

Despite the pre-match statistics making the visitors heavy favourites, it was Woking who took an early lead on 12 minutes through a Staunton header. After smart work between Theophanous and Grego-Cox forced Woking’s first corner, Staunton found himself unmarked at the back post to power his header past goalkeeper Chris Dunn for his second goal for the club.

Play-off chasing Wrexham responded well after going behind with Sam Wedgbury seeing a deflected long-range effort saved by Nathan Baxter.

Woking’s reconfigured attack of Theophanous supported by Regan Charles-Cook with Grego-Cox and Banton supporting on either wing gave Limbrick’s side a cutting edge which had been lacking in recent games. Theophanous wriggled free on the edge of the box but saw his snapshot blocked by a yellow wall of Wrexham defenders.

Despite a positive opening half an hour Wrexham drew level in unfortunate circumstances as a Kelly cross bobbled in front of Staunton and a deflection took the ball past Baxter into the bottom corner.

After weathering further Wrexham pressure, Limbrick’s side ended the half with the best opportunity to score again thanks to quick give-and-go passes between Carter and Theophanous which allowed the striker to break through but his right-footed effort from a tight angle was palmed away by Dunn.

Half time: Woking 1 Wrexham 1

With light snow swirling around Kingfield, Wrexham started the second half brightly with Baxter producing an eye-catching save from a long-range Kelly effort.

Jones picked up a booking for a foul on the left wing with the resulting set play headed goalward by Pearson that was tipped away by Baxter who quickly got up to stop the follow up shot from David Raven. But the visiting side’s pressure paid off from a corner as Kelly collected the ball on the right-hand corner of the box to curl an effort past Baxter.

The goal triggered Woking’s first change with Fabio Saraiva coming on for Banton with 25 minutes remaining. Having rallied through further Wrexham pressure Woking rediscovered their rhythm to turn the tide on the visitors.

Woking’s encouraging play was boosted by the Kingfield faithful finding their voices in the search of an equaliser going into the closing quarter of the match, while Baxter produced another wonderful stop blocking out a one-on-one with Chris Holroyd.

The home side found their equalising goal through Jones just seconds after Reece Grego-Cox smashed a shot off on to the crossbar. Wrexham could only clear the ball by conceding a corner and the resulting set play found Jones at the back post, and he jumped highest to head the ball across Dunn into the net.

Woking’s equaliser saw both sides push forward for a late winner which stretched the game into a frantic finale. The tireless Theophanous fired a powerful effort which hit goalkeeper Dunn in the face and away for a corner but Woking could not pull off a third set piece goal of the afternoon.

In stoppage time Woking had an appeal for a penalty turned down with Grego-Cox battling for a through ball and despite being tugged down referee Richard Hulme waved away the Woking striker’s appeal in which he picked up a booking for his frustration.

With Woking having to settle for a draw, Limbrick’s team will head into the key clash at Leyton Orient next weekend with an encouraging display to lean upon with the focus of securing safety in the Vanarama National League.

Woking: Nathan Baxter; Nathan Ralph, Joey Jones, Josh Staunton, Matt Young (Louis Ramsay 77’); Jason Banton (Fabio Saraiva 65’), Kane Ferdinand, Charlie Carter, Regan Charles-Cook, Reece Grego-Cox; Louie Theophanous

Unused subs: Jonny Edwards, Richard Orlu, Sam Mason

Goals: Staunton 12’, Jones 80’

Bookings: Jones 58’, Grego-Cox 90’

Wrexham: Chris Dunn; Shaun Pearson, David Raven, Sam Wedgbury, Paul Rutherford; Marcus Kelly (Simon Ainge 86’), Kevin Roberts, Scott Quigley (Scott Boden 77’), Chris Holroyd, Nicky Deverdics (Akil Wright 86’), Mark Carrington

Unused subs: Jack Mackreth, Jonathan Franks

Goals: Own Goal (Staunton) 32’, 60’

Referee: Richard Hulme

Sponsors’ MOTM: Nathan Baxter

Attendance: 1458
WOKING LINEUP
1Nathan Baxter
21Matt Young ('77)
3Nathan Ralph
5Josh Staunton
4Joey Jones
12Charlie Carter
22Kane Ferdinand
11Regan Charles-Cook
20Reece Grego-Cox
10Jason Banton ('65)
9Louie Theophanous
BENCH
18Sam Mason
2Louis Ramsay ('77)
6Richard Orlu
14Fabio Saraiva ('65)
29Jonny Edwards
Wrexham LINEUP
1Chris Dunn
18Kevin Roberts
6David Raven
5Shaun Pearson
13Mark Carrington
8Sam Wedgbury
16Marcus Kelly ('86)
14Paul Rutherford
11Nicky Deverdics ('86)
9Scott Quigley ('77)
10Chris Holroyd
BENCH
29Simon Ainge ('86)
20Akil Wright ('86)
7Jack Mackreth
12Jonathan Franks
19Scott Boden ('77)

Woking 2 - 2 Wrexham (Anthony Limbrick Interview)

Woking 2 - 2 Wrexham (Nathan Baxter Interview)

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