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Cards hoping to beat the cold in Wales

Glen Harrington
7:30pm, Mon 15th Feb 2021
Wrexham vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 16th February 2021

Woking will be hoping to return to National League action against Wrexham on Tuesday evening, after seeing matches at Sutton United and at home to Torquay United fall foul of the weather last week.

The Cards lack of league action – with no game since last month – has seen them slide down the table. They currently sit 16th, five points clear of the relegation places, and nine adrift of the play-off places, although only one of the current top seven have fulfilled less of their fixtures than Woking.

Wrexham currently sit in seventh place. Their recent form is excellent, with only one defeat in seven since the turn of the year, and a five-game unbeaten run prior to Saturday’s postponement against Notts County. Recent results have seen them win away at Altrincham, draw at home to Dagenham & Redbridge, and pick up a point at Eastleigh. Their last home defeat came against Altrincham back at the start of December. The Red Dragons have also hit the headlines this season after the completion of a takeover deal led by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, which was finalised earlier this month.

Woking – Team News

Dowse will definitely be without striker Slavi Spasov, who has returned to Oxford United, but should otherwise have a full strength squad to pick from. That could mean that the likes of Jamar Loza and John Goddard will be aiming for a spot in the starting line-up, although the boss could be tempted to stick with the same team which performed so well against Sutton United in the FA Trophy.

Wrexham – The Boss

Dean Keates is in his second spell with the club. The former midfielder, who also played for Wrexham between 2010 and 2015, became manager for the first time in 2016. He remained in charge until March 2018, winning 25 of his 73 games, before joining Walsall. After just over a year with the Saddlers, whom he also played for in two spells across his career, he returned to Wrexham in October 2019. They finished last season 19th, but stayed up relatively comfortably on the PPG method, and have been much improved this campaign.

One to Watch

Wrexham have recently lost top scorer Adi Yussuf, who has joined Chesterfield, but still have plenty of firepower through the likes of Kwame Thomas and Elliott Durell. But one to watch is experienced midfielder Luke Young, who Woking fans may be familiar with from his Torquay days, having scored the winner against the Cards in a 1-0 victory for the Gulls back in September 2014. He made almost 150 appearances in four years at Plainmoor, having previously been a regular for their Devon neighbours Plymouth Argyle in League Two.

Last Time Out

Wrexham 3-0 Woking – National League (18th January 2020)

The Cards were in the midst of their mid-season blip and were comfortably beaten at the Racecourse Ground, where Luke Summerfield (2) and Dan Jarvis scored the goals in a 3-0 win. In the reverse fixture Kane Ferdinand scored a late equaliser as the match finished 1-1. The Cards last won at Wrexham in January 2016 when Joe Quigley and Bruno Andrade found the net in a 3-1 victory.

Next Up

The Cards are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Barnet. That’s followed by a home game with Barnet’s fellow strugglers Dover Athletic on Tuesday evening.

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