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Dagenham the visitors as Cards look to maintain play-off chances

Glen Harrington - 13th March 2020

Dagenham the visitors as Cards look to maintain play-off chances Woking vs Dagenham & Redbridge
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Saturday 14th March 2020

Woking’s match against Dagenham & Redbridge is currently set to go ahead tomorrow afternoon at the Laithwaite Community Stadium – although, as per the updates posted on our website and elsewhere this week, we would urge all supporters planning on coming to the game to put both their own and others’ health and wellbeing first.

For the Cards, this game offers an opportunity to immediately bounce back from Tuesday evening’s disappointing defeat against Barnet, where the home side were largely unlucky to fall to a 3-1 defeat. Jack Cook’s first goal of the season, setup by a Matt Jarvis cross, ensured Alan Dowson’s side were well and truly in the game until deep into second-half stoppage time when the Bees clinched all three points. Woking remain ninth in the National League table, behind Stockport County and Solihull Moors on goal difference alone, although Barnet are now just one point behind with three games in hand. Indeed, a congested top-half of the table sees positions 3-11 separated by just six points as we approach the final few weeks of the campaign. It’s still all to play for so let’s get behind the team!

It’s been a challenging season for Dagenham who were expected by many to be at least challenging for a play-off place this season. Instead, they’ve found themselves on the fringes of a relegation battle, culminating in the departure of manager Peter Taylor late last year, who has subsequently been replaced by former Ebbsfleet United and Macclesfield Town boss Daryl McMahon. McMahon, who won promotion to this level with Ebbsfleet in 2017, has won three of his first nine games in charge. The Daggers currently sit 18th in the league table with 44 points from their first 37 matches, three points clear of the bottom four. Recent successes have come against Notts County, Solihull Moors (both 2-0) and Aldershot Town (1-0), whilst they’ve only been beaten by more than one goal once since mid-November, a 3-0 loss at Bromley just before the turn of the year. Last time out they were beaten 2-1 at home by AFC Fylde.

If you feel comfortable coming along this weekend, we hope you enjoy the game and get behind the two teams!

Woking Team News

The Cards have enjoyed having a very settled team across the last month or so – Craig Ross in goal, a back four of Cook, Josh Casey, Ben Gerring and Moussa Diarra, a midfield of Ben Dempsey, Kane Ferdinand and Max Kretzschmar, with Jamar Loza and Dave Tarpey supporting Jake Hyde up front. In terms of alternatives, Jarvis, who made it one goal and two assists in his first two appearances on Tuesday, will potentially be eyeing his first start, whilst Dowse will be checking in on the fitness of Godfrey Poku and Alex Wall who have both missed the last couple of games.

Dagenham & Redbridge Team News

Against Fylde, the Daggers started with regular goalkeeper Elliot Justham, who joined the club from Luton Town back in 2016 and has made well in excess of 100 league appearances. In defence was Liam Gordon, a Guyana international recently returned from a successful loan spell at Dartford, Manny Onariase, who joined the club permanently last year after a loan spell from Rotherham United, Luke Croll, a summer addition from Exeter City, and Kenny Clark, who played under McMahon at Ebbsfleet.

In midfield was Myles Weston, another ex-Ebbsfleet player who joined the club earlier this year, former Woking loanee Matt Robinson, who enjoyed a successful period with the Cards in 2015/16, the highly rated Mitch Brundle, known for spells with Gateshead and Dover Athletic, plus Sam Deering, who has spent the last couple of years with Billericay Town. Up front was Angelo Balanta, previously with Boreham Wood, and Ben House, a Scottish youth international on loan from Reading.

Two other former Woking connections in the squad are strikers Chike Kandi and Joe Quigley. Kandi was on the bench against Fylde, replacing House just after the hour mark, whilst Quigley hasn’t featured since mid-January and has recently been loaned to Billericay.

Last Time Out

Dagenham & Redbridge 0-2 Woking – National League (3rd August 2019)

The Cards returned to the National League after a one-year absence by taking all three points at Victoria Road. Kane Ferdinand opened the scoring after just seven minutes whilst Moussa Diarra added a second early in the second-half. The Cards also won the last time these two teams met at the Laithwaite Community Stadium back in October 2017 when Regan Charles-Cook scored a late winner.

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 next game is away to rivals Aldershot Town next Saturday. Our next home match is seven days later as we take on Chesterfield.
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