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Match Preview | Cards looking to end mixed season on a high at Chesterfield

Glen Harrington
2:36pm, Thu 12th May 2022
Chesterfield vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Sunday 15th May 2022

Woking’s season will come to an end on Sunday as they travel to play-off chasing Chesterfield for the final weekend of the regular National League season.

It’s been a challenging season for the Cards – one that promised much, highlighted by the early successes at Torquay, Notts County, and at home to Sunday’s opponents Chesterfield, but tailed off either side of Christmas. Ian Dyer and new manager Darren Sarll, who was appointed as Alan Dowson’s successor at the end of March, have comfortably guided the club to safety, meaning supporters have a fourth successive season of National League football to look forward to, and the managerial duo have used recent games to experiment with their team ahead of the summer break.

But after successive home defeats, against King’s Lynn Town and Eastleigh, Sarll and his players will no doubt be determined to end the campaign with another memorable away day. Indeed, the Cards have enjoyed plenty of success on their travels this season, picking up 28 points compared to just 24 at home, and they’ll be hoping to finish the season by taking another major scalp in the shape of Chesterfield. Jamar Loza is unavailable following his late sending off at Eastleigh, whilst Kyran Lofthouse remains sidelined through injury, but Sarll should otherwise have a full squad to choose from.

Opposition Watch

The Spireites, who have been in promotion contention all season, still need a point to be certain of participating in the end of season play-offs, having lost six of their last ten games. It’s been quite the collapse from a side who were top of the National League as recently as New Year’s Day, but now sit 18 points adrift of league leaders Stockport County, having only won eight out of 23 games since losing to Premier League giants Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup.

The two biggest contributing factors to their relative demise have been the departure of manager James Rowe, who left the club by mutual consent at the start of February following allegations of misconduct, and the injury to star striker Kabongo Tshimanga, who has been out of action since mid-February after scoring 25 goals in his first 30 games of the season – including a run of seven successive games in October and November.

Rowe was replaced by former manager Paul Cook, who was last at the club between 2012 and 2015, and has since had spells with Portsmouth, Wigan Athletic, and Ipswich Town. He has won the League Two title twice, with Chesterfield in 2014 and Portsmouth three years later, as well as the League One title with Wigan in 2018. But thus far his win percentage in his second spell with the Spireites is his lowest as a manager since winning 8 of his 33 games with Accrington Stanley in 2012.

Despite the absence of Tshimanga, who remains 18 goals clear in Chesterfield’s top scorer rankings, Cook still has a talented squad at his disposal, including a litany of strikers – former Woking loanees Joe Quigley and Tom Denton, the dangerous Akwasi Asante, as well as the veteran Danny Rowe.

They will reach the play-offs provided they avoid defeat or match Dagenham & Redbridge’s result against Wrexham, who themselves are in a straight shoot-out for the league title with Stockport.

Recent Meetings

• Woking 3-1 Chesterfield – 28th September 2021, National League (Campbell 2, Effiong)
• Woking 1-4 Chesterfield – 8th May 2021, National League (Cooper)
• Chesterfield 4-0 Woking – 10th October 2020, National League
• Chesterfield 1-2 Woking – 13th August 2019, National League (Meite, Tarpey)

On the Day

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Cards finish season with commendable result at play-off finishing Spireites

William Bewsey
12:02pm, Mon 16th May 2022
Chesterfield 0 Woking 0
Vanarama National League
15th May 2022

Woking finished off a topsy-turvy season at a packed Technique Stadium looking to spoil Chesterfield’s play-off party.

Over 9,000 took their seats in North Derbyshire as the home side looked to put their poor form to one side and extend their season.

Darren Sarll continued his rotation of ‘giving everyone a go’ before he makes the difficult decisions about their futures. Louie Annesley made the starting 11 for the first time under Sarll, as he replaced Tom Champion, whilst Jack Roles made way for Jermaine Anderson in the midfield.

Woking kicked off towards the raucous North Stand, and looked to make a quick start. A fantastic tackle from Max Kretzschmar down Woking’s left hand side gave him the chance to run at the Chesterfield defence, and he picked out Nicke Kabamba. His acrobatic effort was goal-bound, but was blocked behind for a corner.

Both sides were struggling to retain possession. A very scrappy fifteen minutes saw the understandably nervous home side trying to find Tom Denton up front, but Annesley, Moussa Diarra and, in particular, David Longe-King, were doing a good job at isolating the target man.

Jim Kellerman found himself through on goal momentarily, but his shot was blocked by Longe-King. Shortly after, Danny Rowe lined up one of his trademark free-kicks following a foul about 30 yards out, but his effort went horribly wide.

After a largely uneventful opening 35 minutes, the best chance of the game went to the home side. Jeff King’s pinpoint cross was met by the head of Saidou Khan, but his header clipped the top of the crossbar and went over the bar.

Manager’s mid-match pep talk
Manager’s mid-match pep talk
David Holmes

Four minutes later, Woking threatened. Kretzschmar played in Effiong, but he was denied by a fantastic save from Scott Loach.

Both sides walked off the pitch at half time having momentarily threatened the others’ goal, but not being able to retain possession for long periods.

Half-time: Chesterfield 0 Woking 0

The first fifteen minutes of the second half were similar to the start of the first half in that nothing of note really happened.

Following a tussle with Tyrone Williams, Effiong found himself through on goal once again, and placed the ball into the net. However, he was unaware that the referee had given a free kick in favour of Williams for the preceding incident

Ten minutes later, the Cards came close to a breakthrough. Tyreke Johnson delivered an inch-perfect cross into the box, and Effiong came so close to getting the killer touch.

The introduction of Nathan Tyson for the home side in place of Denton gave Chesterfield something different up front, and almost immediately paid dividends. A long ball found Tyson, and just as he was about to turn and face Craig Ross 1 on 1, he slipped and the opportunity went to waste.

After barely being tested all game, the ever dependable Ross produced an excellent double save, as Rowe’s low drive was parried away, before Liam Mandeville was denied from close range.

The two Woking substitutes, Tarryn Allarakhia and Solomon Nwabuokei combined with ten minutes to go, as good work by the former down the wing teed up Nwabuokei, but his shot was blocked behind for a corner.

Full time came after no further chances of note, with relief felt around the stadium from the home side and their fans, who secured a playoff eliminator at the Shay against FC Halifax Town. Meanwhile, from a Woking point of view, this was a pleasing way to finish off a season of change, as Darren Sarll and his players thanked the travelling fans.

Woking: 13 Craig Ross, 3 Josh Casey ©, 6 Moussa Diarra, 9 Inih Effiong (George Oakley 72’), 10 Max Kretzschmar (Solomon Nwabuokei 80’) 11 Tyreke Johnson ( Tarryn Allarakhia 72’ ), 16 Louie Annesley, 18 Nicke Kabamba, 22 David Longe-King, 23 Jermaine Anderson, 24 Rohan Ince

Unused subs: Mark Smith, Tom Champion

Chesterfield Scott Loach, Jeff King, Tyrone Williams, Jamie Grimes ©, Alex Whittle, Curtis Weston (Jak McCourt 65’), Jim Kellermann, Saidou Khan, Liam Mandeville, Tom Denton (Nathan Tyson 68’), Danny Rowe

Unused subs: Laurence Maguire, Calvin Miller, Tom Whelan

Bookings: Jak McCourt 69’, Jim Kellerman 84’

Referee: Thomas Parsons

Attendance:9,013 (187 Woking fans)

Man of the Match: David Longe-King finished off a good loan spell with a solid performance and a deserved clean sheet.
Chesterfield LINEUP
1Scott Loach
12Tyrone Williams
29Alex Whittle
20Jeff King
22Jamie Grimes
16James Kellermann
8Curtis Weston ('65)
28Saidou Khan
10Liam Mandeville
7Danny Rowe
24Tom Denton ('68)
3Calvin Miller
6Laurence Maguire
17Jak McCourt ('65)
18Nathan Tyson ('68)
30Tom Whelan
13Craig Ross
22David Longe-King
3Josh Casey
16Louie Annesley
6Moussa Diarra
24Rohan Ince
23Jermaine Anderson
10Max Kretzschmar ('80)
11Tyreke Johnson ('72)
18Nicke Kabamba
9Inih Effiong ('72)
1Mark Smith
4Tom Champion
8Solomon Nwabuokei ('80)
17Tarryn Allarakhia ('72)
14George Oakley ('72)

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