Cards look to build on recent success
8:49am, Thu 15th Sep 2016
Woking v Wrexham
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 17 September 2016
Garry Hillâ€™s side face another tough test on Saturday when Wrexham are the visitors. However, Tuesdayâ€™s second win of the season and their very encouraging performance should give the Cards plenty of confidence. Come down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium to cheer on the Cards!
Despite Wokingâ€™s midweek win the Cards still remain in the drop zone with four of the five teams sitting just above us also winning on the night. This made the three points even more important as Woking still remain in touch and a couple of good results should see them move up the table.
Presumably with Ismail Yakubu and Zak Ansah as the only injury concerns it looks unlikely that Garry will tinker with the side that performed so well against Torquay. Apart from set pieces the defence looked relatively untroubled with Connor Essam adding a calm and authoritative presence at the back alongside Brian Saah and Joey Jones. Delano Sam-Yorkeâ€™s midweek brace is also encouraging, as the big striker and his partnership with Gozie Ugwu appear to be developing well. Goals from Dennon Lewis, the Cards leading scorer with three so far, will also add a potential threat alongside skipper Keiran Murtagh himself in a rich vein of form.
Itâ€™s important that Woking now build on their last home success and with the returning confidence of the last win should approach this next home fixture with no fear.
The Reds have begun their 9th season in the Conference and the early signs are that, while they are unlikely to be contenders for the automatic promotion place, they may well challenge for a play-off slot. They presently sit in 11th place in the table, having won four, drawn three and lost two. Wrexhamâ€™s midweek game at Macclesfield was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch following a heavy storm just before kick off. Their away record isnâ€™t particularly impressive, with a win at Guiseley, defeats at Aldershot Town and Dagenham and Redbridge and a draw at Maidstone United.
Manager Gary Mills conducted the usual extensive summer overhaul of his squad. New faces include ex-Card Shwan Jalal in goal, moving from Macclesfield Town; attacking midfielder John Rooney, younger brother of Wayne, signed from Chester; centre half Hamza Bencherif, joining from FC Halifax Town but with experience at a number of other clubs; ex-Burton Albion striker, Shaun Harrad, now 31; Michael Bakare, a midfielder who was with Welling United last season but who has also turned out for Dover and Braintree amongst other clubs; another Welling recruit, right back Nortei Nortey; Curtis Tilt, a highly regarded centre back from AFC Telford; Jordan White, a striker from Livingston; and Chris Dunn, back-up keeper and coach from Cambridge United.
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The Cards are away to high-flying Tranmere Rovers on Saturday 24 September. Donâ€™t forget to book your place on the Cards Trust coach. Wokingâ€™s next home game is on Saturday 1st October when Eastleigh make the short trip to the Laithwaite Community Stadium.
Come on, you Cards!