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Cards looking to put on strong performance in front of home crowd

Glen Harrington - 8th February 2019

Cards looking to put on strong performance in front of home crowd Woking vs East Thurrock United
Vanarama National League South
Saturday 9th February


After back-to-back home defeats the Cards will look to start putting things right on Saturday when they host East Thurrock United at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

It’s been a difficult few weeks for Woking who, after a run of eight successive league victories, have now taken just one point from the last three games. That misery was compounded on Tuesday evening when Dartford’s Ronnie Vint struck deep into second-half stoppage time to secure his team a controversial 1-0 win over the nine-man Cards, who had both Ben Gerring and Armani Little sent off. Whilst both players are available for Saturday’s game, it leaves manager Alan Dowson with something of a selection headache for next week, when the likes of Ian Gayle and Daniel Spence likely to have to step in. One other worrying factor that Dowse and co may have in mind, and will no doubt be keen to start turning around this weekend, is our home record – with four defeats at Kingfield now this season it will be vital for the club to start changing those fortunes soon if they are to get back in the promotion hunt.

Our opponents this weekend, East Thurrock, were themselves the victim of a late, late winner back in August when, on the opening day of the season, Reggie Young won a stoppage time penalty which was then dispatched by Max Kretzschmar. For the most part, the two clubs have had contrasting fortunes ever since, with Woking battling for promotion and the Rocks fighting hard against relegation. However, recent form suggests that this won’t be as simple a game as league positions might have you believe. John Coventry’s side may only be outside of the bottom three on goal difference, but they have only lost one of their last six games, scoring promising victories in that time over Gloucester City and Eastbourne Borough, whilst their previously leaky defence has only conceded one in the last four. Draws against Dartford and Concord Rangers either side of New Year’s Day are proof that they can also hold their own against those in and around the play-off places.

The team really needs your support this weekend so come along if you can and cheer them on! Remember, this week all students will be admitted for £5 with a valid Student ID card.

Woking Team News

With the suspensions for Gerring and Little not kicking in until next week, a week after their respective red cards, Dowse could well name an unchanged team from that which started brightly against Dartford – with new loan signing Dave Tarpey just in behind Harvey Bradbury.

Should he wish to mix things up, he could look to bring in another defender in either Gayle or Spence, with Nathan Collier then allowed to move further forward into midfield. Alternatively, and with one eye on Little’s upcoming three match ban, he could recall academy players Charlie Hester-Cook or Jack Skinner, who have both performed well given a chance this season, and look to familiarise them with the rest of the first-team. Unfortunately, arguably the most experienced alternative would be Declan Appau, but having limped off against Egham in the Surrey Senior Cup last week, this would seem unlikely.

East Thurrock Team News

Last time out, when the Rocks won 2-0 at Eastbourne, they lined up with Jack Giddens in goal; a back four of Jonathan Nzengo, Ibrahim Diallo, Ryan Scott and Steve Sheehan; in midfield was Ben Marlow alongside the experienced Reece Prestedge, who has played for the likes of Maidstone, Bromley and Dagenham amongst others, while out wide were Amos Nasha, currently on loan from Chelmsford, and Sam Ashford; Danny Harris was then supporting star striker Sam Higgins, who was the league’s golden boot winner last season with 25.

Former Liverpool, Fulham and England defender Paul Konchesky, who made a distinct impression against the Cards earlier this season, has since left the club.

Admission Prices

• Adults £15
• Over 65s £10
• Disabled (Including carer) £10
• Students £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 14 for season ticket holders.

Next Up

Woking still have another two home games to come before they head back out on the road. Those games take place next Saturday, against Weston-super-Mare, and the following Tuesday evening against Hemel Hempstead Town.
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