Cards aiming to make it back-to-back home victories against league strugglers
9:27am, Fri 15th Feb 2019
Woking vs Weston-super-Mare
Vanarama National League South
Saturday 16th February
The Cards enjoyed a much-needed return to form last weekend as they beat relegation threatened East Thurrock United for what was a first win in four league games. This Saturday, Alan Dowsonâ€™s side will attempt to put another three points on the board as they take on the leagueâ€™s bottom club, Weston-super-Mare.
Despite East Thurrock travelling to the Laithwaite in good form, and creating a handful of chances, it was ultimately a relatively comfortable victory for the home side as goals from Dave Tarpey, Greg Luer and the returning Jake Hyde secured a 3-0 success. It was particularly pleasing to see three strikers on the scoresheet with Tarpey scoring his first goal since joining on loan from National League side Barnet earlier this month, Luer finding the net for the first time since the win over Welling in early January, and Hyde coming off the bench to wrap up the game after three weeks out injured.
Meanwhile, itâ€™s been a difficult season for Weston, who after finishing comfortably in mid-table last season are currently six points adrift of safety in last place. Theyâ€™ve managed just 20 points this season with four wins and eight draws from their 28 games. Despite that indifferent record they have somewhat turned a corner since the turn of the year, defeating fellow strugglers Gloucester City (3-1) and Slough Town (2-0), whilst also holding Eastbourne and Truro to draws away from home. Their only defeat in the last five came in a narrow 3-2 home reverse against Billericay Town.
Remember, to kick-off half-term week all those under the age of 12 accompanied by a full paying adult go FREE this weekend, so why not bring all the family along and cheer on the team!
Woking Team News
Dowse and co have quite a selection headache on their hands this weekend with both Ben Gerring and Armani Little suspended â€“ the latter serving the first of his three-match ban.
Ian Gayle, who has come off the bench in each of the last two games, will be the obvious replacement for Gerring â€“ assuming, of course, that Jack Cook is fit to return after limping off early in the second-half against East Thurrock. If not, utility man Nathan Collier could move across to reform the centre-back partnership from the start of the season, with Daniel Spence coming in at right-back.
Midfield will be the bigger dilemma and much could rest on the fitness of top scorer Max Kretzschmar. If heâ€™s unavailable then Dowse could instead look to academy prospect Charlie Hester-Cook to partner Christian Jolley or, as he has a couple of times before, push Collier forward into the defensive shield in front of the back four.
Up front, the forward quartet of Tarpey, Luer, Paul Hodges and Bradley Hudson-Odoi will be hoping to continue, particularly after an impressive showing last timeout, although the likes of Hyde, Harvey Bradbury and Rhys Murrell-Williamson will provide alternative options.
Weston-super-Mare Team News
Last time out, when the Seagulls won 2-0 at home to Slough, they lined up with academy graduate and England C international Luke Purnell in goal; in defence was former Exeter City man Alex Byrne, and a trio of loanees from Bristol City, George Nurse, Aaron Parsons and Tom Harrison; in midfield was captain and star player Jacob Cane alongside Naby Diallo, who has also had spells with Aldershot, Bath and Dover; out wide were former Cardiff and Colchester youngster Eli Phipps and veteran Jennison Myrie-Williams; up front was ex-Newport man Marlon Jackson and the dangerous Gethyn Hill who scored 24 goals in 53 games prior to this season.
Thereâ€™s one former Woking connection in the Weston squad, Jamie Lucas, who scored a couple of goals for the Cards during a brief loan spell in 2017.
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The Cards have one more game in their run of four successive home matches â€“ weâ€™re back at Kingfield on Tuesday evening to take on Hemel Hempstead Town. Our next away game is the return match at Dartford the following Saturday.