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Cards looking to surprise another promotion hopeful and continue great start

Glen Harrington - 12th August 2019

Cards looking to surprise another promotion hopeful and continue great start Chesterfield vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 13th August 2019


The Cards will be aiming to make it back-to-back away wins and a third win in four league games to start the season on Tuesday evening as they make the lengthy trip to Chesterfield.

Last week’s unfortunate defeat to local rivals Aldershot aside, Woking fans could not have dreamt of a better start upon the club’s return to the fifth tier of English football. Hard-fought wins at Dagenham and Redbridge and, this past Saturday, at home to last season’s sixth-placed finishers, Harrogate Town, have given the players and supporters alike a renewed sense of confidence. Whilst it has been backs to the wall stuff at times, manager Alan Dowson will no doubt be delighted with his side’s resilience, with just one goal conceded in the first three games. Whilst there was more than a sense of good fortune about Shaun Donnellan’s heavily deflected winner against Harrogate, it was in many ways exactly what Dowse and co deserved, particularly after the disappointment of four days earlier.

Chesterfield were many pundit’s pick for the National League title this summer, particularly after a strong second-half to last season and some impressive recruitment over the mid-year break, but if that is to be the case then they’ll need to recover from something of an uninspired start. John Sheridan’s side are still searching for a first win of the season after picking up just two points from their first three games. Two late goals from Alfie Pavey condemned the Spireites to a 2-1 home defeat against Dover Athletic on opening day, which has been followed by consecutive draws, away to Maidenhead United (1-1) and at Boreham Wood (2-2). Those results are far from a disaster, and with so many games to come they will no doubt be confident of a renewed promotion push, but the Cards will be hoping that they can at least stretch Sheridan’s winless start by one more game.

Your travelling support at Dagenham was fantastic and a real difference maker. We appreciate that this is a long trip, particularly in mid-week, but the club would really appreciate as many fans as possible making the journey to cheer on the team!

Woking Team News

Dowse got his team selection spot on against Harrogate – bringing in Godfrey Poku to add some extra physicality to midfield, as well as the pace and power of Ibrahim Meite up front, which helped Dave Tarpey hold the ball up and bring teammates into play.

However, the Cards could be without Moussa Diarra, after he was forced off against Harrogate, whilst Max Kretzschmar is also nursing a slight injury and missed Saturday’s game. The boss will be hoping that he has a couple of new signings to add to his squad on Tuesday – and potentially they could be two like-for-like swaps. If those deals don’t come off then Nathan Collier is the natural replacement for Diarra, potentially coming in at right-back, with Jack Cook moving inside; Dowse might then choose to stick with Poku alongside Donnellan and Kane Ferdinand, but he’ll also have Paul Hodges and Jack Skinner available should he want a more advanced option behind the front two.

Chesterfield Team News

Chesterfield have a hugely experienced squad with a number of familiar names. Against Boreham Wood they lined up with Shwan Jalal, who spent three years with the Cards more than a decade ago, in goal; in defence was Joseph Yarney, who signed permanently from Premier League Newcastle United this summer after a loan spell last season, Haydn Hollis, another former loan player who made his move from Forest Green Rovers permanent this year, veteran full-back David Buchanan, who has played close to 600 games for the likes of Bury, Preston North End and Northampton Town, Will Evans, who spent two years with neighbours Aldershot before moving north last summer, and England C international Laurence Maguire – who was sent-off in this game and will presumably be unavailable.

In midfield were former Forest Green and Wrexham man Sam Wedgbury, captain Jonathan Smith, who has previously been with Stevenage and Luton Town, and another England C international in Joe Rowley; up front were Liam Mandeville, signed from Doncaster Rovers this summer, and the dangerous Scott Boden, with two goals already this season, having scored 21 for Gateshead and Chesterfield last season – moving clubs in January.

The Spireites had two former Woking players in their squad last season but both moved on this summer – midfielder Charlie Carter joined Stevenage as he made the step up into the Football League, whilst striker Gozie Ugwu joined former manager Garry Hill at Ebbsfleet United. Former Woking loanee Tom Denton remains in their squad.

On the Day

The ground can be found on Sheffield Road; the postcode is S41 8NZ – a drive of around three hours and 20 minutes from the Laithwaite Community Stadium. The nearest train station is Chesterfield which is around a 30-minute walk from the ground.

Supporters can also book a place on the travelling club coach which departs at 2.30pm. The cost is £30 for adults and £25 for under-16s with a £5 discount for Cards Trust members. To book your place please contact Adam Bowyer (adam.bowyer@cardstrust.co.uk) or call the club shop.

Ticket prices vary depending on the stand you choose to sit in with an adult ticket priced between £18 and £22. There are further price brackets for concessions, young adults (17-21), juveniles, and in certain places for those under the age of seven.

Next Up

The Cards are on the road once again on Saturday as we travel to AFC Fylde. Our next home game comes seven days later as we host Solihull Moors as the first part of a Bank Holiday double header.
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