9:40am, Fri 1st Oct 2021
Notts County vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Saturday 2nd October 2021
Woking will look to make it two National League giant killings in the space of a week as they travel to Notts County this coming Saturday.
The Cards have certainly given returning supporters value for money so far this season, with 22 goals in six games, including another four-goal thriller on Tuesday evening. After coming out on the wrong end of a 3-2 defeat at Eastleigh last Saturday, Woking fans could have been forgiven for fearing the worst against unbeaten second-place Chesterfield, a feeling exasperated by Saidou Khan’s fluke first-half opener – a well-struck clearance from inside his own half catching Craig Ross by surprise and dropping into the net. But once again the Cards rocked their more-fancied opponents with their physicality and tenacity, exemplified by Tahvon Campbell, who’s persistence led to him scoring the equaliser and making the third goal for substitute Inih Effiong. He also had time to turn in Kyran Lofthouse’s cross to make it six goals and three assists for him this season.
Campbell will undoubtedly be the first name on the teamsheet for manager Alan Dowson against one of the forward’s former clubs, Notts County, who are of course another of the league’s growing list of fallen Football League giants with significant pedigree and stature. Dowse certainly won’t be phased after seeing his team score at least twice in five out of six games so far – something the Cards only managed in 14 of 43 league games last season – and with seven different scorers as well. George Oakley is the only fresh injury concern for the Woking boss. The striker limped off after a heavy challenge on Tuesday evening and may not be risked from the start.
Notts County are in their third season in non-league football following relegations in 2015 and 2019. They have finished third and fifth in their first two seasons in the National League, losing a play-off final to Harrogate Town and a play-off semi-final to Torquay United. They have also lost successive FA Trophy semi-finals, against Harrogate and AFC Hornchurch, who both went onto win the competition.
Despite their relative success, manager Neil Ardley was dismissed in March of this year and replaced by Ian Burchnall, who has previously managed in Scandinavia with Viking of Norway and Sweden’s Ostersunds. He has endured a mixed start to his first full season in charge of the club with four wins, three draws and one defeat from the first eight league matches, placing them sixth in the early table. After a 5-0 thrashing of Barnet on the opening day, things have proved more challenging, with draws against Torquay, Wrexham and Weymouth, narrow wins over Aldershot, Wealdstone and Maidenhead, and last time out defeat at Altrincham.
Their signings over the summer break included Kyle Cameron and Aaron Nemane, both with Torquay last season, defender Ed Francis from Harrogate, midfielder Matt Palmer from Swindon, and forward Kairo Mitchell from Chesterfield. Notable departures included Enzio Boldewijn, to Sutton United, and Jake Reeves to Stevenage. Their key man is Callum Roberts who has now recovered from a long-term injury. Striker Kyle Wootton is aiming for a third successive year as the club’s top scorer.
• Woking 2-4
Notts County – 5th April 2021, National League (Kretzschmar, Ashford)
• Notts County 1-0
Woking – 5th December 2020, National League
• Notts Count 1-1
Woking – 15th February 2020, National League (Kretzschmar)
• Woking 0-4
Notts County – 29th October 2019, National League
On the Day
Notts County’s home ground is Meadow Lane. The postcode is NG2 3HJ.
Tickets can be purchased online here
. The cost is £20 for adults, £14 for concessions and students, and between £1 and £7 for those under 18. Tickets can be bought on the day and the ticket office is only selling to Woking fans after 2pm to ease queues.
The Cards Trust is running a coach to this game. For full details please click here