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Cards looking to continue league improvement after brilliant cup efforts

Glen Harrington - 13th November 2018

Cards looking to continue league improvement after brilliant cup efforts Gloucester City vs Woking
Vanarama National League South
Wednesday 14th November


Fresh off the back of a superb 1-0 win away to Torquay United in the first round of the FA Cup, and with a second-round tie at League 2 strugglers Swindon Town on the horizon, the Cards must attempt to put a potential future glamour tie to one side and focus on improving their recent patchy league form away to Gloucester City on Wednesday evening.

Alan Dowson’s side have only managed one league win in the last seven games and haven’t won away in the league since the end of August. Nonetheless, there’s plenty of reasons to be positive, with the Cards still in third place (at the time of writing) and only three points behind league leaders Billericay Town. A strong final quarter last time out against Chippenham Town also saw them come from two goals behind to draw 2-2 with the play-off chasing side. That, added to the obvious momentum gained during a superb FA Cup run, should have the team in a good place heading into this game.

Our opponents, Gloucester, have had a trickier season and currently sit in 19th place, just one spot and three points above the final relegation place, with 14 points from their 16 games so far. The Tigers, managed by Chris Todd, finished 14th last season. They have lost their last six games in all competitions and haven’t won a league match since the start of September – the most recent of their four victories so far this season. Their two home wins came against Oxford City and East Thurrock United both by a score of 1-0.

Gloucester, who have been unable to play at their home ground of Meadow Park since severe floods hit the area in 2007, currently play their football at Jubilee Stadium in Evesham. Please make the journey if you can to support the team!

Woking Team News

The Cards made two changes against Torquay from the team that drew with Chippenham – also tweaking the system from 4-2-3-1 to a slightly more traditional 4-3-3, with Oxford United loanee Armani Little returning to sure up the midfield alongside Charlie Hester-Cook and Toby Edser, whilst Max Kretzschmar joined the attack along with Jake Hyde and Jamar Loza; both Greg Luer and Duane Ofori-Acheampong dropped to the bench.

Dowse, who now has close to a fully fit squad to pick from, has plenty of options should he want to change up the team for what is a second away game in five days. As well has the two forwards, Ian Gayle is available again after illness, whilst Nicky Wheeler has recovered from an ankle injury. However, Donovan Makoma’s one-month loan deal expired at the end of last week and looks unlikely to be renewed whilst Harvey Bradbury has returned to Oxford.

Gloucester City Team News

There aren’t a huge number of familiar names in the Gloucester squad. In their last game, a 2-1 defeat at Hemel Hempstead Town, they started with West Brom loanee Adam Pzrybek in goal, a defence of Joe Hanks, Noah Smerdon, Sam Avery and Jack Deaman, who has played in the Football League for Cheltenham Town. In midfield was Chris Knowles and Odin Bailey with the dangerous Joe Parker, scorer of seven goals this season, and Harry Williams, formerly of American side Sacramento Republic, out wide. Up front was Harry Warwick, on loan from Bristol Rovers, and ex-West Brom youth player Andre Wright.

One player to look out for, should he make the squad, is French midfielder Fabien Robert. The 29-year-old spent the majority of last season on loan at our neighbours Aldershot Town from current club Forest Green Rovers and joined Gloucester for another temporary move this summer. He has previously played in the Championship for Doncaster Rovers and with Swindon in League 1. Midfielder Tyler Weir could also feature after re-joining the club on Tuesday.

On the Day

Jubilee Stadium, home of Evesham United, can be found on Cheltenham Road; the postcode is WR11 2LZ – a drive of just over two hours from the Laithwaite Community Stadium. The nearest station is Evesham which is just under two miles away. Supporters can also book a place on the travelling club coach which departs at 3.30pm. The cost for trust members is £15 for adults and £10 for under-16s – with a £5 increase for non-members. To book your place please contact Adam Bowyer (adam.bowyer@cardstrust.co.uk) or call the club shop. Matchday ticket prices are £13 for adults, £7 for concessions and those aged between 13-17, and free for all those under the age of 12. There is no additional charge for a seat in the stand.

Next Up

The Cards now have four competitions to keep them busy with fixtures in the FA Cup, FA Trophy and Surrey Senior Cup to come by the start of December. However, our next game is away to newly promoted Slough Town on Saturday. Our next home game is now the following Saturday when we entertain Folkestone Invicta in the Trophy.
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