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Cards hoping for home comforts at the Laithwaite

Glen Harrington
3:06pm, Thu 20th Feb 2020
Woking vs Stockport County
Vanarama National League
Saturday 22nd February 2020

Woking will play their first home league game in four weeks on Saturday as they entertain Stockport County at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

It’s been a challenging month for the Cards who have picked up just one point from their last three away league outings, albeit with that point coming last time out, when Max Kretzschmar’s first league goal of the season earned a hard-fought draw at Notts County. Alan Dowson’s team have been much stronger at the Laithwaite in recent months however, winning four and losing just one of their least six league matches on home soil, and the boss will no doubt be hoping that trend continues this weekend. Indeed, Dowse will surely be targeting an upcoming run of four home games in just a three-week period to reignite a potential play-off push, with the Cards currently three points adrift of the top seven with 12 games to play.

Stockport, who like the Cards were promoted from the sixth tier of English football at the end of last season – going up as champions of National League North, also find themselves in the play-off hunt. They’re currently one place and two points better off than Woking having played one game more – acquiring 50 points from their 35 games, with 14 wins, eight draws and 13 defeats. Their form since the turn of the year has been distinctly mixed, with last Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bromley their first victory in the league since December, ending a run of six games without a maximum. Earlier this month they drew 1-1 at Dagenham & Redbridge and lost 2-0 at home to Dover Athletic.

This has all the makings of an entertaining game. Your support made all the difference at Notts County last weekend so please come along again if you can and cheer on the team!

Woking Team News

The Cards have no reported fresh injury worries ahead of this one with striker Jake Hyde, who missed the game at Meadow Lane, the only player Dowse will be waiting on. That means that the Cards could line up with a very similar team to the one that played in Nottingham, with loanee Ben Dempsey continuing in midfield alongside Kretzschmar and Kane Ferdinand, Ben Gerring alongside Moussa Diarra at the back, and Alex Wall up front supported by Dave Tarpey and Jamar Loza.

Stockport County Team News

Against Bromley, manager Jim Gannon selected Ben Hinchliffe in goal, the experience keeper who has been with the Hatters since 2016. In defence was Sam Minihan and Dan Cowan, both also long-serving players well established in this side, Ashley Palmer, who was signed from Guiseley in 2018, and Liam Hogan, a more recent addition from League 2 side Salford City.

In midfield was Jordan Keane, signed ahead of the club’s promotion winning season from Boston United, Sam Walker, another former Salford player who has also won the FA Trophy during his time with FC Halifax Town, Adam Thomas, a graduate of Everton’s academy who was signed from Hednesford Town back in 2016, Elliott Osborne, signed after an initial loan spell from Southport in 2018, and finally Danny Lloyd, who has recently returned to the club on loan after time with Peterborough United and Salford City. Up front was Liam McAlinden, who has first-team experience for Wolverhampton Wanderers and also played in the Football League for Exeter City, he’s recently joined from FC Halifax Town.

Last Time Out

Stockport County 1-3 Woking – National League (2nd November 2019)

The Cards came into this game off the back of a remarkable 13-game run without a win in all competitions, with eight draws and five defeats, including an FA Cup exit at the hands of Ebbsfleet Untied. Woking never looked like losing this one though, taking the lead through Jake Hyde in the first-half, before extending that advantage through Dave Tarpey and Hyde once more. Frank Mulhern scored the late consolation for the home side. In fact, the Cards have a very good record against the Hatters, winning all four meetings between the two teams since 2012.

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 back in action next Saturday afternoon when we will entertain Maidenhead Untied at the Laithwaite Community Stadium. Our next away trip is at FC Halifax Town on the first Saturday in March.

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