3:12pm, Mon 26th Jul 2021
Woking vs AFC Wimbledon
Tuesday 27th July 2021
Woking face a tough test on Tuesday evening as they host League One side AFC Wimbledon in a pre-season friendly game at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.
The Cards will be looking to build on an already solid start to their preparations for the new campaign. On Saturday, Max Kretzschmar and new signing George Oakley scored in a 3-0 away win at Sheerwater, with a second-half trialist scoring the third goal. Winger Tahvon Campbell, who has featured in both pre-season games thus far, completed a successful weekend for Alan Dowson by putting pen to paper on a full-time contract. The former Forest Green Rovers and Cheltenham Town player spent the second-half of last season on loan at FC Halifax Town. The only dampener was an injury to Tyreke Johnson who limped off midway through the second-half.
AFC Wimbledon are entering a sixth season in England’s third tier. Last season was another season of struggle for the Dons, although a 19th place finish still represented an improvement on the previous two campaigns, when they finished in 20th position. They are managed by Mark Robinson, who was initially appointed on an interim basis in January and was rewarded with the job on a permanent basis after losing just six of his 21 games in charge, having previously been with the club in various academy roles since 2004. Striker Joe Pigott’s 20 league goals was crucial to his team’s survival and his efforts were rewarded with a transfer to Ipswich Town.
Their current squad includes former Woking academy graduate Ollie Palmer, who scored twice in 20 first-team appearances, and has since enjoyed a career with the likes of Mansfield Town, Leyton Orient, Lincoln City and Crawley Town. Now 29, he scored five times for the Dons last season. Other players to look out for are 22-year-old midfielder Ethan Chislett, previously with the Metropolitan Police and Aldershot Town, fellow midfielder Luke McCormick, a new signing from Chelsea, and former Woking loanee Zach Robinson.
So far this month Wimbledon have lost to Brentford, Kingstonian and Dartford, drawn with Hampton & Richmond Borough, and beaten the Metropolitan Police. They play their final pre-season game on Saturday against Scunthorpe before starting their league season the following week at Doncaster.
Tickets are available here: https://wokingfc.ktckts.com/event/wok2122f2/woking-v-afc-wimbledon
and will remain on sale until 4.00pm.
Kick-off is at 7.30pm, and tickets are priced at £12 for Adults and £6 for 16-year-olds and under.
As a reminder, we ask that all supporters wear face coverings when entering the ground, moving about the ground and when queuing for food and drinks. Please queue sensibly and try to keep a safe distance between the person in front of you.