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Cards and Ebbsfleet try again in rearranged fixture

Glen Harrington - 26th January 2020

Cards and Ebbsfleet try again in rearranged fixture Ebbsfleet United vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 28th January 2020


Woking will travel to Stonebridge Road on Tuesday evening to face Ebbsfleet United in a rearranged National League fixture – after the original tie scheduled for late December was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

It will be the fourth time these two teams have met this season, with the Cards looking to win for the first time after a 2-2 draw at home in the league, followed by a 1-1 draw and a 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup. Alan Dowson’s side will be coming into the game full of confidence however after, arguably, their most impressive result of the season on Saturday afternoon, when Shaun Donnellan’s goal against his former club secured a 1-0 home win over high-flying Yeovil Town. Dowse will now be keen to address the Cards’ stuttering away form, which has seen five successive defeats in all competitions, dating back to a win over Maidenhead in mid-November. Despite their struggles on the road, Woking remain within touching distance of the play-off places following Saturday’s win, with only goal difference separating the club from the top seven. A first ever win at Stonebridge Road on Tuesday night could see the Cards move well and truly back into the promotion hunt with over two-thirds of the season gone, whilst importantly, it would also see the ‘magical’ 50-point safety barrier surpassed.

It’s been a tough season for Ebbsfleet who, despite an improved run of results under manager Kevin Watson, who replaced former Woking boss Garry Hill in October, still sit marred in a relegation battle. The Fleet are currently 10 points from safety, above only Chorley, with 26 points from their 31 league matches so far. They are without a National League win since the end of November, when they won 2-1 at home to Wrexham, and have since drawn four and lost three of their last seven games, including a 7-0 thrashing by league leaders Barrow at the start of January. On Saturday they drew 0-0 away to Torquay United – a result which made it three league matches without a goal.

The team really deserve a strong travelling support after their efforts at the weekend, so please make the relatively short journey if you can and cheer on the boys!

Woking Team News

Jamar Loza will be the only absentee from the Woking squad as he completes a two-match suspension following his red card at Wrexham. That means that Dowse could name an unchanged side from the team which played so well against Yeovil – with Donnellan shifted to right-back, Manny Parry restored at centre-half alongside Moussa Diarra, and new loan signings Jayden Harris and Josh Neufville in midfield supporting Dave Tarpey and Jake Hyde up front.

Ebbsfleet United Team News

Against Torquay, the Fleet lined up with David Gregory in goal, the former Bromley keeper currently on loan from Boreham Wood. In defence was Ayo Obileye, formerly of Eastleigh and Maidenhead, the experienced Lawrie Wilson, best-known for his time with Stevenage, Jamie Grimes, most recently with Macclesfield Town, and Newport Town loanee Marvel Ekpiteta, who was with Hungerford Town last season.

In midfield were two former Cards, Jack King and John Goddard, who lined up alongside Bromley loanee Adam Mekki and former Cheltenham, Gillingham, Southend and Swindon winger Jermaine McGlashan. Up front was another ex-Woking player, Gozie Ugwu, alongside Joshua Umerah. Striker Alex Reid, who has scored against Woking in all three of the meetings between these two teams this season, has left following the completion of his loan spell, subsequently joining Dagenham & Redbridge on another short-term deal.

Last Time Out

Woking 0-1 Ebbsfleet United – Emirates FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round Replay (22nd October 2019)


The Cards came into this game hopeful of progressing after Max Kretzschmar’s stoppage time penalty at Stonebridge Road had earned his side a replay. It wasn’t to be however, as Alex Reid’s solitary goal mid-way through the first-half proved decisive, with Woking falling at the first hurdle.

On the Day

The ground can be found on Stonebridge Road; the postcode is DA11 9GN – 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 supporters’ coach running for the game which leaves from the Laithwaite Community Stadium at 4.30pm. Please arrive by 4.15pm. The price for members is £15 for adults and £10 for under-16s, and £20/£15 for non-members. Those looking to attend should contact Adam Bowyer (adam.bowyer@cardstrust.co.uk) or call the club shop for more information.

Ticket prices are £17 for adults, £14 for concessions (aged 60+ or carrying a student ID), £9 for juniors (aged 12-16) and £1 for under-12s.

Next Up

The Cards are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Eastleigh. The next scheduled home game is seven days later when Barnet will be the visitors to the Laithwaite Community Stadium – although that’s dependent on whether or not the Bees remain in the FA Trophy.


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