9:07am, Fri 11th Feb 2022
Woking vs Southend United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 12th February 2022
Woking will be looking to secure a first win in four league matches on Saturday when the host Southend United at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.
Not for the first time this season, the Cards were victim of a second-half comeback last time out, as Altrincham came from two goals down to claim a point against Alan Dowson’s side. The visitors had been excellent for the first 45 minutes, scoring twice through Inih Effiong and a goal-of-the-season contender from Kyran Lofthouse, but Ryan Colclough’s second-half double sent Dowse and co home disappointed. The result leaves Woking 14th in the league table, three points behind Southend.
Woking could hand a first start to midfielder Jack Roles, who came off the bench as a late substitute against Altrincham, whilst Dowse will be hoping for good news on the likes of Max Kretzschmar, Tom Champion, and George Oakley, who have been sidelined through injury.
This game will be shown live on BT Sport and is a 5:20pm kick-off.
Southend are one of the divisions in form teams – they are second only to league leaders Stockport County over the last six games, having taken an impressive 16 points, with five wins and a draw. Their recent run has lifted them clear of the bottom three and, after successive relegations in the last two years, has given the club’s supporters some much needed optimism. Since the turn of the year they’ve beaten Weymouth, Yeovil Town, King’s Lynn Town, Dover Athletic, Barnet, and Bromley.
The Shrimpers are managed by Kevin Maher, who replaced Phil Brown in October, having previously played for the club between 1998 and 2008, and coached the club’s Under-23 side between 2015 and 2019. He is supported by veteran Head of Football John Still, formerly manager at the likes of Dagenham & Redbridge and Luton Town, and the pair have spearheaded the recruitment of a raft of talented players from lower divisions.
Their current squad includes former Woking loanee Harry Cardwell, signed after impressing for National League North side Chorley, talented ex-Dartford midfielder Noor Husin, and ex-Concord Rangers defender Ollie Kensdale. More established players include former Chelmsford and Yeovil striker Rhys Murphy and veteran Cyprus international Jason Demetriou. Their ex-Woking contingent also includes Nathan Ralph and Sam Dalby. On loan Norwich City midfielder Matthew Dennis has six goals in 15 games this season and with Murphy out injured is the main dangerman.
• Southend United 0-2
Woking – 13th November 2021, National League (Campbell, Kretzschmar)
On the Day
Ticket prices are £20 for Adults, Concessions £15, Students and Next Generation £12 and £7 for 16-year-olds and under – click here
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This match will be segregated, with Southend fans being allocated the Chris Lane Terrace and some seats in the Seymours Community LGS.