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Cards looking to build on Stockport win after two-week break

Glen Harrington - 15th November 2019

Cards looking to build on Stockport win after two-week break Woking vs FC Halifax Town
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Saturday 16th November 2019


The Cards will look to make it back-to-back league wins this weekend when FC Halifax Town will be the visitors to the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Jake Hyde was the star of the show against Stockport County last time out as Woking’s leading scorer bagged at least two, arguably all three, of the goals in a much-needed 3-1 win – although rumour has it that Dave Tarpey is still refusing to speak to him over ‘that’ second goal! Joking aside, it was a win that Alan Dowson’s side sorely needed, putting to an end a run of two months without a victory in any competition – a streak of 13 games stretching back to the start of September. Despite the bad run of form, the Cards remain well-placed in the National League table, just outside of the play-off places on goal difference and still only five points adrift of league leaders Bromley – albeit both Yeovil and Barrow could go top by winning their respective games in hand.

Like Woking, Halifax’s fine start to the season came as something as a surprise, with the Shaymen sitting at the top of the table for much of the early part of the season. Their form has deteriorated slightly as of late, but they remain in third place with 35 points from their first 20 matches – one point behind Bromley. After being tipped by many as one of the favourites for relegation, particularly after the departure of manager Jamie Fullarton on the eve of the season, they stunned fans and bookmakers alike by picking up 22 points from their first nine games under new boss Pete Wild. Results have been harder to come by more recently with just two wins since the start of October – 1-0 wins at Maidenhead and Sutton – along with four defeats and a draw, but they remain firmly in the promotion conversation. Last time out they were beaten 4-2 by Torquay. Also like Woking, Halifax are coming into this game off the back of a two-week break, after being knocked out the FA Cup at the first hurdle by Harrogate Town last month.

This is our only Saturday home game this month so please do take the opportunity to come along if you possibly can and cheer on the team!

Woking Team News

There was plenty of speculation amongst supporters that Dowse might use the recent break to shake up his squad ahead of the festive fixtures but, at the time of writing, changes have remained minimal – reserve goalkeeper Sam Howes has departed on a temporary basis, joining National League South side Chelmsford City on loan, whilst midfielders Toby Edser and Mark Shelton have returned to their parent clubs after completing their loan spells with the Cards. We wish both players well for the future.

This means that Saturday’s line-up could remain similar to the one that faced Stockport a fortnight ago – Craig Ross in goal, a back four of Jack Cook, Josh Casey, Ben Gerring and Moussa Diarra, a midfield of Glen Rea, Shaun Donnellan and Kane Ferdinand, with Tarpey and Hyde joined by Jamar Loza in a front three.

Halifax Team News

In their defeat to Torquay the Shaymen lined up with Sam Johnson, signed from Port Vale after two loan spells with the club, in goal; in defence was Michael Duckworth, who has Football League experience with Hartlepool, the hugely experienced Nathan Clarke who’s best known for his time at Huddersfield and Leyton Orient, Jacob Hanson, signed in the summer from Bradford City, plus former Woking captain Josh Staunton.

In midfield was Liam Nolan, another recent addition, this time from Accrington Stanley, Jack Earing, a youngster previously with Bolton Wanderers, former Middlesbrough trainee Josh MacDonald, who’s been with the club since 2015, and new signing Charlie Cooper, who was previously with Forest Green Rovers. Up front was Tobi Sho-Silva, who has previously impressed at this level for Bromley, and the dangerous Liam McAlinden who has accumulated Football League experience with Wolves, Shrewsbury, Fleetwood and Exeter amongst others.

Admission Prices

• Adults £18
• Over 65s £13
• Disabled (Including carer) £13
• Students (Under 19) £5
• U16s £5

Tickets are available on the turnstiles or in advance online. Remember, our matchday programme will also be on sale for £3. Don’t forget to grab your copy on the way in! You’ll then be able to visit the club shop for more great offers.

Next Up

The Cards are away to Maidenhead United next Saturday before a Tuesday evening game at home to current table toppers Bromley three days later. Our November fixture list concludes at Boreham Wood in two weeks’ time.
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