Woking v Chester
Vanarama National League
3pm on Monday 29 August 2016
Garry Hillâ€™s side face another tough assignment tomorrow (Monday) afternoon when they take on a Chester side full of confidence after their 4-0 hammering of Sutton United on Saturday. In spite of the Cardsâ€™ poor start Garry and Steve Thompson firmly believe that they can turn the clubâ€™s fortunes round. Come down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium if you can and show your support.
The 4-1 defeat at York City on Saturday exposed once again the recent fragility of the Cardsâ€™ defence, still missing Ismail Yakubu, and the lack of sufficient defensive cover from midfield. Once again, the Cards took the lead, through Gozie Ugwu, but were then blitzed by four goals in 19 minutes â€“ very reminiscent of the first-half onslaught in the last home game v Dagenham and Redbridge.
With only one point from the first six games, and only saved from being bottom of the table by Guiseleyâ€™s misfortunes, Garry knows that, while the season is still young, he canâ€™t afford to let the club become too far adrift if he is to achieve his over-riding objective of keeping Woking in the National League.
Manager Jon McCarthy was given a one-year deal at the end of last season after having steered the club to safety with three wins in four games while in temporary charge. Some well-known names have moved on, in particular striker John Rooney to Wrexham and Ross Hannah to Barrow, while Ben Heneghan joined Motherwell. Seven new faces have arrived: 21 year-old keeper Liam Roberts on a season-long loan from Walsall, challenging Jon Worsnop for the number one slot; defender Ross Killock, who had a season at Chester on loan from Leeds United in 2013-14; imposing central defender Blaine Hudson, who started his career at Cambridge United but who has now switched to the Blues after two seasons at Wrexham; attacking midfielder Elliot Durrell, top scorer at Tamworth last season and previously at Wrexham; Theo Vassell on loan from Walsall; Ryan Lloyd, a midfielder joining for another loan spell from Port Vale; and 20 year-old striker James Akintunde, who was with Cambridge United.
Chesterâ€™s results so far have been a bit mixed but they will have been heartened by a comprehensive win on Saturday over a Sutton United side which had started the season promisingly:
Gateshead 3 Chester 0
Chester 3 Dagenham and Redbridge 0
Chester 1 Maidstone United 3
Barrow 3 Chester 2
Boreham Wood 1 Chester 1
Chester 4 Sutton United 0
They currently sit in 16th place in the table with seven points.
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The Cards follow Mondayâ€™s game with two away fixtures: Macclesfield on Saturday 3 September and Guiseley on Saturday 10 September. Their next home game is on Tuesday 13 September when they take on Torquay United.
Come on, you Cards!
P.S. Donâ€™t forget the open meeting on Monday 5 September, starting at 8pm in the Legends Bar. See the news item of 25 August for further details.