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Cards aiming to disrupt title contenders

Glen Harrington
9:25am, Tue 11th May 2021
Sutton United vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 11th May 2021

Woking’s long and challenging end to the season takes another step closer to its conclusion this evening as the Cards travel to promotion-chasing Sutton United in the National League.

Saturday’s 4-1 home loss to Chesterfield was an eighth successive defeat for Alan Dowson’s side, and an eleventh in 12 games in all competitions, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel now with just four games remaining of this incredibly challenging campaign. Woking’s young team will also sense the opportunity to impress tonight, as they take on one of the title-winning candidates in front of the BT Sport cameras, with plenty on the line for the home side.

Sutton have had a tremendous season and know that, if they can win their final four league fixtures, they will seal what many would have seen as the most unlikely of promotions in a league full of significantly bigger-spenders. They are currently in second place, two points behind Torquay with a game in hand, and after facing Woking tonight have a run-in which includes Maidenhead United away, Hartlepool United at home, and finally Barnet away. In-form Stockport County are also in title contention, they currently sit four points behind the U’s, and also have Woking left to play.

Woking – Team News

Dowse was able to welcome back both Nathan Collier and Malachi Napa to his starting line-up against Chesterfield. Napa, in particular, did well, and looked a threat alongside fellow forwards Sam Ashford and Zach Robinson in the first-half. Jack Cook also returned from suspension to play alongside Collier at the back. The Woking boss will be hoping that the injury which forced Ashford off at half-time isn’t too serious and that the on-loan Crawley Town frontman doesn’t miss more game time between now and the end of the season.

Sutton United – The Boss

Matt Gray was appointed as Sutton boss in May 2019 following the resignation of long-time stalwart Paul Doswell. Gray had already been at the club since the previous December as part of Doswell’s coaching team and has done a fine job since stepping into the top job, leading Sutton to a comfortable mid-table finish last season, before kicking on again this campaign. This is Gray’s first managerial position having previously had spells as an assistant manager at Eastleigh, Aldershot Town, and Crawley Town.

One to Watch

Midfielder Harry Beautyman, a former Woking trialist, is always a danger and has scored 11 goals this season. He netted 15 last campaign, including two against the Cards, and was named in the National League team of the season. A two-time England C international, his career has also taken him to the Football League, where he’s featured for the likes of Stevenage, Northampton Town, and Peterborough United, following time with Welling United and a first spell at Sutton.

Last Time Out

Sutton United 0-1 Woking – Buildbase FA Trophy (6th February 2021)

The Cards ended a run of four straight defeats against the U’s and claimed a first win at Gander Green Lane since August 2011. Malachi Napa scored the only goal with what will likely be the club’s ‘Goal of the Season’, scoring a stunning overhead kick on the stroke of half-time, taking Alan Dowson’s side through to the last eight of the competition.

Next Up

The Cards face challenging away games at Solihull Moors and Stockport County, before finishing their season at home to Wealdstone, on the last Saturday in May.

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