Cards looking to maintain strong start to the season
12:00am, Thu 23rd Aug 2018
Woking vs Truro City
National League South
Saturday 25th August
Alan Dowsonâ€™s Woking side will look to make it five wins from six matches on Saturday and keep pace with early pacesetters Billericay Town and Concord Rangers at the top of the National League South table.
The Cards returned to winning ways on Saturday, having seen their winning streak ended by Wealdstone the previous Monday, as goals from Max Kretzschmar â€“ his third of the season â€“ and Duane Ofori-Acheampong gave Dowse and his side a 2-0 win over the previously undefeated Hemel Hempstead Town.
Itâ€™s Truro City next up; like Hemel, the Cornish side finished in the play-off places last season, but in contrast to the Tudors theyâ€™ve endured a tough few weeks since the campaign got underway â€“ forced into a late groundshare with league rivals Torquay United on the eve of the season, followed soon after by the departure of their manager Lee Hodges after just two games, and three fixtures later they are still without a win and without a manager â€“ midfielder Ben Harding in interim charge.
Despite their difficulties the core of the team which finished seventh last season still remains and thus shouldnâ€™t be underestimated. A late comeback draw with Welling United last weekend, a result which earned the White Tigers their third point of the season, was further proof of their ability. So come along to Kingfield if you can and enjoy what should be a great game!
Woking Team News
The Cards made five changes last weekend from the side beaten 1-0 at Wealdstone â€“ in came Ofori-Acheampong, replacing Jake Hyde, for his first start of the season; both wingers were changed with Reggie Young and Greg Luer replacing Nicky Wheeler and Paul Hodges; at the back Jack Cook made his Woking debut in place of Kiran Khinda-John; whilst Nathan Collier moved to right-back, Daniel Spence dropping out, allowing new loan signing Armani Little to start in midfield.
Spence is set to miss out again, with his suspension from his red card at Wealdstone kicking in, whilst Fabio Saraiva has moved to Merstham on loan, but otherwise Dowse could have a near full squad to pick from. It remains to be seen whether the likes of Hyde, Christian Jolley and Charlie Wassmer â€“ still without an appearance this season â€“ are fit in time to make the squad, but Dowse suggested after the Hemel game that all three were close to returning. Indeed, Wassmer started for the Under 23s on Thursday evening alongside teammates Sam Mason and Declan Appau.
Truro City Team News
Ben Hardingâ€™s side was set-up defensively against Welling. In goal was former Woking loanee Jojo Wollacott playing behind a back five of Austen Booth, Jamie Richards, Edward Palmer, Alex Hartridge and Connor Riley-Lowe, in midfield was Lloyd Gardner and William Palfrey, whilst the forward line included Niall Thompson, Tyler Harvey and veteran Jon Paul-Pittman, currently on loan from Torquay, but perhaps best known for his time with Crawley Town and Grimsby Town.
Against Welling, Truroâ€™s goals came from Thompson and substitute Jared Lewington who scored a 90th minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw.
Last Time Out
Woking 3-3 Truro City (National League South â€“ Saturday 21st April 2012)
With the Cards having already clinched the league title away at Maidenhead Untied seven days earlier they were always likely to have one eye on the upcoming trophy presentation and so it proved as the final home game of the season became a prelude to celebratory end-of-season scenes. Paris Cowan-Hall and Giuseppe Sole, towards the end of his record-braking scoring run, gave the hosts an early advantage but Truro fought back through Andy Watkins. Cowan-Hall restored the two goal lead before Arran Pugh and, four minutes from time, Les Afful snatched a point for the visitors.
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â€¢ Over 65s Â£10
â€¢ Disabled (Including carer) Â£10
â€¢ Students (U19) Â£5
â€¢ U16s Â£5
Our matchday programme will be on sale for Â£3. Donâ€™t forget to grab your copy on the way in! Youâ€™ll also be able to visit the club shop for more great offers.
The Cards travel to Eastbourne Borough on Bank Holiday Monday. Our next home game is then against league leaders Billericay Town the following Saturday. A trip to second-placed Concord Rangers follows a week later.