6:57pm, Mon 26th Apr 2021
FC Halifax Town vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 27th April 2021
Wokingâ€™s long search for a win will continue on Tuesday as they travel to FC Halifax Town in the Vanarama National League.
The injury-stricken Cards extended their winless run to eight games in all competitions on Saturday, when Maidenhead United inflicted a fourth straight defeat on Alan Dowsonâ€™s side. An improved second-half performance almost saw the visitors earn a point, but ultimately Kane Ferdinandâ€™s header was not enough to overcome Danilo Orsi-Dadomoâ€™s first-half double. The Cards remain in 19th place with eight league games remaining, still four points clear of the now academic relegation places, which remains occupied by long-time strugglers Kingâ€™s Lynn Town and Barnet.
Halifax have enjoyed a strong season so far and remain firmly in the race for a play-off place. They have accumulated 56 points from their 35 games, putting them in fifth place, with a three point cushion on eighth place, albeit with games in hand for the chasing pack. Their recent form is mixed, with four wins and two defeats so far this month, including a 4-0 home thrashing by Wrexham and a narrow 2-1 loss to Bromley, also at the Shay, but away wins at Chesterfield and Altrincham have kept them firmly in the hunt for a top seven finish.
Woking â€“ Team News
Moussa Diarra was a surprise inclusion against Maidenhead on Saturday, but the towering defender is expected to miss Tuesdayâ€™s trip north, as he returns home to France. Dowse will be hoping for more positive news on strike duo Sam Ashford and Zach Robinson, who are the closest to escaping the clubâ€™s lengthy injury list, but the manager does at least appear to have no fresh injury concerns following last weekendâ€™s outing. Midfielder Jack Skinner will be hoping to continue to impress after making his first National League start against the Magpies, whilst winger Joe Leslie will be aiming to add to his first-team debut from the bench.
FC Halifax Town â€“ The Boss
Pete Wild took over at Halifax in July of 2019, replacing Jamie Fullarton, and enjoyed an excellent first season with the club. Still only his 30s, Wild has always been a coach rather than being a former professional footballer like so many of his counterparts. He coached at Oldham Athletic in a number of positions, remaining with his boyhood club for more than a decade, before twice being appointed as caretaker manager and eventually the permanent boss for a brief spell in 2019. He left the club that summer before joining the Shaymen two months later.
One to Watch
Striker Jake Hyde will need little in the way of introduction to the Woking supporters. The 30-year-old forward, who scored 30 goals in all competitions during his two years with the club, has been in fine form for the Shaymen of late. After being forced to wait until December for his first goal, mostly due to an injury which disrupted the first-part of his season, he has since netted nine times in the last 17 outings, including two in the last three games.
Last Time Out
Woking 0-0 FC Halifax Town â€“ National League (17th October 2020)
A familiar scoreline for Woking this season, this was the first of five National League goalless draws to date, and another with very few chances to speak of. Dowse and his team will have happier memories of their last trip to the Shay, winning 2-0, with Max Kretzschmar and Jake Hyde scoring the goals in the penultimate game before the start of the pandemic.
The Cards start their final month of fixtures by hosting Weymouth on Saturday. Thatâ€™s followed by a trip to Dagenham & Redbridge on the Easter Monday Bank Holiday.
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