Cards looking to get back into the action at the Laithwaite

Glen Harrington
3:24pm, Sun 3rd Feb 2019
Woking vs Dartford
Vanarama National League South
Tuesday 5th February

The Cards start a run of four home games in 14 days on Tuesday evening as they host play-off chasing Dartford at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Woking fans will be very familiar with the Darts having enjoyed a fiercely competitive rivalry with the Kent-based club during Garry Hill’s time in charge – culminating in the Cards pipping the Darts to the National League South title in 2012. Despite there being little change in the league table over the weekend, with the majority of games called off along with Woking’s trip to Oxford City, manager Alan Dowson and co will know that with an increasingly busy fixture list still to come it will be vital to get three points on the board in mid-week.

Dartford returned to regional football in 2015 after two successive relegations, the first of which was expunged due to the financial issues of Hereford and Salisbury, and have since finished in eighth, third and second place. Last season they were seconds away from promotion before a late Havant and Waterlooville goal saw the Hawks promoted instead on goal difference. The Darts were then beaten in the play-off semi-final by eventual winners Braintree. This season has proved more of a challenge and they currently sit in ninth place with 43 points from 27 games – a point adrift of the final play-off spot with a game in hand. Their record since the turn of the year has been mixed with wins over Welling and St Albans, coupled with draws against Wealdstone and Concord Rangers, as well as a narrow defeat at Chelmsford City.

The team would really appreciate your support and with reduced ticket prices for adults in operation we hope to see as many fans as possible at Kingfield for what should be a great game. Remember, Woking Football Club will be designating this match in support of the Football v Homophobia campaign. This is an opportunity for our supporters to also get behind the campaign and show everyone that Woking is no place for hate or bigotry.

Woking Team News

The Cards will hope that the extra couple of days rest will help the recoveries of those on the injury list – most notably top scorers Jake Hyde and Max Kretzschmar.

Meanwhile, Dowse hinted on Friday that he was aiming to have another striker signed in time for the game on Tuesday. This could mean that he has a host of attacking options available to him with fellow new signings Rhys Murrell-Williamson and Bradley Hudson-Odoi also hoping for the opportunity to make a good impression.

Dartford Team News

Last time out, when the Darts were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Concord, joint-managers Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle selected Colchester United loanee Bailey Vose in goal; a defence of ex-Card Jordan Wynter, on loan from Maidstone, Ronnie Vint, the experienced Tom Bonner and Daniel Johnson; in midfield was Ben Greenhalgh, Lee Noble and veteran captain Elliot Bradbrook; up front was Phil Roberts, another Maidstone loanee in Andre Coker, and Charlie Sheringham – who has been a regular scorer since moving from Hemel Hempstead earlier in the season.

There were a number of former Woking players in the Dartford squad at the start of the season but the majority have since moved on – Jamie Philpot has recently joined Maidstone, Chez Isaac is now at Chelmsford and Delano Sam-Yorke has recently spent time on loan at Kingstonian after falling out of favour – although he was back on the bench and an unused substitute last time out.

Admission Prices

• Adults £10
• Over 65s £10
• Disabled (Including carer) £10
• Students (U19) £5
• U16s £5

Our matchday programme will be on sale for £3. Don’t forget to grab your copy on the way in! You’ll also be able to visit the club shop for more great offers.

Remember, this is voucher number 13 for season ticket holders.

Next Up

Woking have three more home games coming up in quick succession, taking on East Thurrock United on Saturday, followed by Weston-super-Mare one week later and Hemel Hempstead the following Tuesday evening.

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