11:39am, Fri 20th Dec 2019
Ebbsfleet United vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Saturday 21st December 2019
Woking will meet Ebbsfleet United for the fourth time this season on Saturday as the Cards look to finally break their duck, both by registering their first win against the Fleet this campaign, but also by claiming a first three points at Stonebridge Road in the clubâ€™s history.
Itâ€™s been almost two weeks since the Cardsâ€™ win over Hartlepool United elevated Alan Dowsonâ€™s side back to fourth in the National League table â€“ making it 13 points out of a possible 18 across the last six league games. So, whilst there was disappointment in last weekendâ€™s defeat at Kingstonian in the FA Trophy, eyes remain firmly on a potential play-off tilt as we move into the second-half of the league season. Whilst few expected to see Woking in the top seven come Christmas â€“ and even fewer probably expect the Cards to stay there â€“ a big three points this weekend will ensure that the clubâ€™s fate is very much in itsâ€™ own hands as we enter 2020.
Itâ€™s been a highly challenging season for Ebbsfleet. Off the back of widely publicised financial problems that impacted upon their previous campaign, as well as their recruitment this summer, they now appear to have been stabilised at least by manager Kevin Watson who replaced Garry Hill in October. Whilst they remain in the relegation zone, with 23 points from their 25 games, their recent form has been better with only one defeat in the last eight league games â€“ albeit with four of those games ending in a draw. They are currently three points adrift of safety in a congested bottom-half of the table, where only four points separate the bottom seven.
Please get along if you can for this relatively local festive fixture and cheer on the team!
Woking Team News
The Cards have limited options for rotation following the recent departures of several loan players. In defence, Dowse will be hoping for a positive update on the fitness of Moussa Diarra, with either Nathan Collier or Manny Parry available to play alongside Ben Gerring should the Frenchman not make it. Further forward, Shaun Donnellan was absent last weekend, but will surely return to a starting role if heâ€™s available, whilst Jamar Loza is also available again after suspension.
Ebbsfleet United Team News
In their last league outing, a 1-1 draw with Eastleigh, the Fleet started with Jordan Holmes in goal. The former Bournemouth academy player and Australia Under-23 international took the gloves from long-time number one Nathan Ashmore earlier this season. In defence was Marvel Ekpiteta, on loan from Newport County and part of the Hungerford Town team last season, Jack King, part of Wokingâ€™s promotion winning team in 2012, Tyler Cordner, on loan from Bournemouth, plus Jamie Grimes, a recent addition from Macclesfield Town.
In midfield was Alfie Egan, a summer signing from AFC Wimbledon, the dangerous Myles Weston who always offers a threat from set-pieces, plus another two former Woking men, Josh Payne and Frankie Sutherland. Yet another familiar face, Gozie Ugwu, started up front alongside Stevenage loanee Alex Reid.
On the Day
The ground can be found on Stonebridge Road; the postcode is DA11 9GN â€“ a drive of around one hour from the Laithwaite Community Stadium. The nearest railway stations are Northfleet (take Gravesend service from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge) and Ebbsfleet International (direct train from London St Pancras). Both are within walking distance of the ground.
There is a supportersâ€™ coach running for the game which leaves from the Laithwaite Community Stadium at 12.00pm. Please arrive by 11.45am. The price for members is Â£10 for adults and Â£5 for under-16s, and Â£25/Â£20 for non-members. Those looking to attend should contact Adam Bowyer (email@example.com) or call the club shop for more information.
Ticket prices are Â£17 for adults, Â£14 for concessions (aged 60+ or carrying a student ID), Â£9 for juniors (aged 12-16) and Â£1 for under-12s.
Woking are at home on Boxing Day when Sutton United will be the visitors to the Laithwaite Community Stadium. Thatâ€™s followed by a trip to Torquay United on Saturday for what is our final fixture of 2019.
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