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Match Preview | Cards looking to continue good form against relegated Linnets

Glen Harrington
8:51pm, Sat 30th Apr 2022
Woking vs King’s Lynn Town
Vanarama National League
Monday 2nd May 2022


Woking will look to inflict more misery on King’s Lynn Town, who had their relegation from the National League confirmed on Saturday after drawing with Eastleigh, whilst nearest challengers Aldershot Town won at home to Notts County.

The Cards have won six of their last ten games, including three of the five matches under new manager Darren Sarll, who last time out masterminded arguably the club’s best performance of the season, a 2-1 home win against title challengers Wrexham. Tyreke Johnson’s own goal gave the National League’s second-place side a first-half lead at the Laithwaite Community Stadium, but Max Kretzschmar pulled one back from the penalty spot, before Jamar Loza struck a dramatic late winner via substitute Jermaine Anderson’s defence-splitting pass.

Woking currently sit 15th in the league table, with 52 points, 21 more than their opponents who have played a game more. They are four points adrift of a top-half finish, with a game in hand on Southend United, who currently occupy 12th place. Four more points from their final three games would also give the Cards their highest National League points tally since the 2015/16 season. Sarll has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game, with Kyran Lofthouse the only long-term absentee, with the full-back out for the rest of the season.

Opposition Watch

King’s Lynn’s relegation was finally confirmed on Saturday after they once again dropped points from a winning position – taking their tally for the season close to 30. Trailing 2-1 with two minutes to go at home to Eastleigh, Ross Barrows equalised, and Gold Omotayo gave the Linnets the lead, only for Michael Kelly to net a leveller from the penalty spot 11 minutes into second-half stoppage time. As it turned out, the result was immaterial, as Aldershot’s win would have sent them down regardless.

Manager Tommy Widdrington, who has been in charge since December, has taken a point per game from his 27 matches in charge, to at least keep his side in with a chance of National League survival until the end of April, but they now find themselves 10 points adrift of safety. They’ve won just one of seven games over the past month, 1-0 at home to Bromley, but they’ve also only lost twice, away to Notts County and at home to Grimsby Town. In fact, Torquay are the only team outside of the top seven to beat the Linnets since Maidenhead United in late February.

Town’s joint top scorers are Omotayo, who has scored six in his last ten to take him to eight for the season, and Wycombe Wanderers loanee Malachi Linton.

Recent Meetings

• King’s Lynn Town 0-0 Woking – 8th March 2022, National League
• 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

Ticket prices are £16 for Adults, Concessions £11, Students and Next Generation £8 and £3 for 16-year-olds and under – click here for more information and to book your tickets online.

This match will be segregated, with King’s Lynn fans being allocated the Chris Lane Terrace and some seats in the Seymours Community LGS.

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