8:20am, Sat 31st Oct 2020
Kingâ€™s Lynn Town vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Saturday 31st October 2020
Woking extended their winless run in the league to nine games against Boreham Wood on Tuesday evening. They aim to put that right on Saturday when they make the trip to newly promoted Kingâ€™s Lynn Town.
The Cards had their chances on Tuesday, most notably with captain Josh Casey hitting the crossbar, but last seasonâ€™s play-off semi-finalists otherwise proved a hard nut to crack and took the points courtesy of Gus Mustafaâ€™s first-half opener. Alan Dowsonâ€™s side are still in a strong position, occupying seventh place and the last of the play-off places, but Dowse will know the importance of getting another three points on the board after two league matches without a win and without a goal.
Itâ€™s been a challenging start to the season for Kingâ€™s Lynn, promoted as champions of National League North last season, who have conceded a league-high 17 goals already this season. However, they do carry a threat at the other end, scoring eight times and picking up four points from their first six fixtures. Their season started with a commendable draw against Yeovil Town and a win at Maidenhead United, before four straight defeats, losing to Solihull Moors, Boreham Wood, as well as fellow promoted duo Weymouth and Wealdstone. Theyâ€™ve conceded at least twice in each of their games so far. They advanced in the FA Cup by default after Notts Countyâ€™s withdrawal.
Woking â€“ Team News
Dowse has confirmed that Malachi Napa will be out for 4-5 weeks following the injury sustained at Aldershot in the FA Cup. On Tuesday, his place was taken by fellow Oxford United academy graduate Kyran Lofthouse, who had a fruitful loan spell with Oxford City last season. The boss also took the opportunity to rotate his midfield options with Tommy Block coming in for Charlie Cooper. Meanwhile, Matt Jarvis notably completed a first full 90 minutes in a Woking shirt. There has been one other piece of transfer business this week with Connor Hall returning to Chorley on loan, leaving loanees Josh Davison and Slavi Spasov to battle it out for that starting role up front.
Kingâ€™s Lynn Town â€“ The Boss
The Linnets are coached by Ian Culverhouse who is in his second spell with the club. Culverhouse is perhaps best known for his career as a player with Norwich City, whom he joined from Tottenham Hotspur in 1985, and the defender went onto spend close to a decade at Carrow Road. He finished his playing career with spells at Swindon Town and Brighton & Hove Albion before moving into coaching. He enjoyed assistant manager roles at Colchester United, Norwich, and Aston Villa, before stepping into management with Kingâ€™s Lynn for the first time in 2017. After a brief spell with Grantham Town he returned to the Linnets in 2018 and guided them to promotion to the National League.
One to Watch
Former Woking loan player Jamar Loza is amongst the Kingâ€™s Lynn ranks and could play on Saturday. But itâ€™s striker Adam Marriott whoâ€™s the one to watch. The former Cambridge United, Cambridge City, Stevenage and Lincoln City man has scored more than 50 goals for the Linnets over the last two seasons, including a league high 28 last season, as the club defied expectations to sit atop of the pile. Heâ€™s only got two so far this season, but heâ€™s still definitely a threat to any National League defence.
Woking are back in FA Cup action next Saturday when they travel to League One side Gillingham. Thatâ€™s followed by a home match against Yeovil Town one week later.
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