12:14pm, Fri 7th Jan 2022
King’s Lynn Town vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Saturday 8th January 2022
Woking will be looking to put their latest derby day disappointment behind them as they travel to take on King’s Lynn Town on Saturday in National League action.
The Cards have taken just 13 points from their last 14 league fixtures, as well as being knocked out of both the FA Cup and FA Trophy, in a horror run stretching back to early October. Their latest capitulation came on Sunday when they once again conceded late on, twice, to go down 3-2 at home to local rivals Aldershot Town – extending the club’s winless league run against the Shots to nine matches. The result leaves Alan Dowson’s side 14th in the league table at the halfway point in the club’s fixture list, 10 points adrift of the top seven and 13 clear of the bottom three, albeit with many other teams having games in hand.
The few successes for Dowse and co over the last two months have come against clubs in the bottom four – wins over Southend United, Weymouth, and Dover Athletic have at least prevented the club from drifting into a relegation battle, and the Card will be hoping to add second-bottom King’s Lynn to that list this weekend. They will need to do so without midfielder Solomon Nwabuokei, who will be suspended after picking up his fifth league yellow card of the season last time out, but fellow midfielder Rohan Ince and on-loan defender Louie Annesley are expected to be available.
Things is King’s Lynn’s second season in the National League following promotion from National League North as champions in the shortened 2019/20 campaign. Last season they finished in 21st place, scoring just 31 points, but were reprieved from relegation due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. This season was expected to be a truer representation of their abilities to compete in the fifth tier, but once again it has been a struggle, with just 11 points won from their first 20 games.
Manager Ian Culverhouse paid the price for the Linnets’ struggles, departing in late November, and was replaced by former Southampton midfielder Tommy Widdrington. The ex-Eastbourne Borough boss won his first game in charge, 2-1 verses bottom of the table Dover Athletic, but has since lost at Halifax and Chesterfield. They did progress in the FA Trophy however, beating Nantwich Town 2-1.
Widdrington’s squad doesn’t include many household names. Midfielder and club captain Michael Clunan is top scorer with three; striker Gold Omotayo, who netted against Woking for Wrexham last season, is yet to get off the mark, although recent signee Josh Barrett, formerly of Reading, is one to watch, with the midfielder netting a brace against Dover. He has 10 Championship appearances to his name for the Royals, as well as two goals in the League Cup.
• Woking 3-0
King’s Lynn Town – 6th March 2021, National League (Ashford, Loza, Gerring)
• King’s Lynn Town 3-2
Woking – 31st October 2020, National League (Ferdinand, Davison)
On the Day
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. Terrace ticket prices are £18 for Adults, Concessions £16, and £5 for Under 16s and Juniors. Seat ticket prices are £20 for Adults, Concessions £18, and £5 for Under 16s and Juniors.