7:55am, Tue 9th Mar 2021
Woking vs Boreham Wood
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 9th March 2021
Woking will look to make it five wins from the last seven games on Tuesday evening when they take on familiar foes Boreham Wood in the National League at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.
The Cards were excellent on Saturday when, after a few nervy moments early on, took the lead through new signing Sam Ashford, who scored on his debut with a close-range header after good work from Jamar Loza. The former Kingâ€™s Lynn player then netted himself against the Linnets after substitute Jayden Wareham squared for him to tap home, before Ben Gerring completed a comfortable win, as he bundled home from close range after another crucial touch from Wareham. Alan Dowsonâ€™s side will now be looking to grow the six point gap to the bottom three with victory over the Wood, who the Cards havenâ€™t beaten in nine league meetings, in a run stretching back to January 2012.
Itâ€™s been a mixed season for Boreham Wood, who many would have tipped for at least a play-off place, but currently sit in 10th place with 36 points from 26 games â€“ seven ahead of the Cards having played three games more and two adrift of seventh place. They have only won one of their last seven league games and are without a win in their last four, albeit with three of those games ending in draws. The one defeat came away to Wealdstone. Last time out they drew 2-2 at Dagenham & Redbridge, who came from two goals behind to claim a point, thanks to two late goals from their former player, Angelo Balanta.
Woking â€“ Team News
Dowse will be tempted to stick with the same starting eleven after good first impressions from new signings Sam Ashford and Niko Muir last time out. Captain Josh Casey is still awaiting his first appearance since mid-January, having been an unused substitute for the last three games, but must wait to take his place in a back four which has kept four clean sheets in the last six games and only conceded three goals since the disaster at home to Stockport at the end of January.
Boreham Wood â€“ The Boss
The long-serving Luke Garrard has been in charge at Boreham Wood since 2015. Still only 35, the former AFC Wimbledon and Boreham Wood player has enjoyed great success as a manager thus far, guiding the club to safety from relegation in his first season in charge before taking them to two play-off campaigns. Heâ€™s also picked up silverware with the club, winning the Herts Senior Cup on two occasions, most recently in 2019.
One to Watch
Ex-Cards Mark Ricketts and Keiran Murtagh could both feature, but itâ€™s striker Kabongo Tshimanga, whoâ€™s really the one to watch. He has 13 goals already this season, including three in his last six, and has been a thorn in Wokingâ€™s side over the past two seasons. He scored twice against the Cards last season and also found the net against us for Oxford City during the 2018/19 promotion winning campaign. He scored 19 goals in total last season.
Last Time Out
Boreham Wood 1-0 Woking â€“ National League (27th October 2020)
The Cards came into this game with confidence after winning four and drawing one of their first six league games, but were ultimately left disappointed, as Wood midfielder Gus Mustafa scored the only goal just after the half-hour mark. Woking did threaten, particularly through Matt Jarvis, but could not find a way back into the game and the three points went the way of the hosts.
Woking face a challenging trip to Yeovil Town on Saturday before a chance for revenge at home to Altrincham three days later. Back-to-back away games at Hartlepool United and Wealdstone proceed our FA Trophy semi-final at Hereford in our final game of March.
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