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Match Preview and Guide | AFC Fylde (H)

William Bewsey
12:49pm, Thu 18th Apr 2024
Woking v AFC Fylde
Vanarama National League
Saturday 20th April 2024
12:15 Kick-Off

Woking play Fylde on Saturday knowing that their National League status is in their own hands.

Following last Saturday’s defeat to York, results elsewhere have seen the Cards sitting in 20th spot before the final weekend, but the crunch match between 19th placed Ebbsfleet United and 21st placed Boreham Wood means a point will be enough.

However, Michael Doyle will no doubt want to finish the season on a high regardless and claim all three points to finish what has been a good spell of home form. His side have lost just one of their last eight home games, which was also the only home game they failed to score in.

He will also have some decisions to make based on selection; with names such as Rhys Browne, Tunji Akinola and Timi Odusina now back, some players will have to miss out on the squad entirely.

Opposition Watch
AFC Fylde were dead and buried at Christmas time. Six points off safety and sitting rock bottom of the National League table, improvements were being noticed by the Fylde board, who gave former Carlisle manager Chris Beech the permanent job as manager after previously being interim. What followed has been an outstanding turnaround. A run of 37 points from 22 games has seen the Coasters secure safety with a game to spare.

Key to this run of form have been attacking duo Nick Haughton and Jon Ustabasi. Haughton was well known before this season; the 29-year-old forward attracted interest from higher up the pyramid after his 26 goal season in the National League North last season, but stayed at the Coasters and has scored 18 in 43 games. 30-year-old winger Ustabasi, signed from Chorley in the summer has 12 goals to his name, and keep an eye out for Danny Ormerod: the youngster has lit up the National League and has 7 goals to his name.

Although safe, Fylde will want to finish their first season back in non-league’s top flight on a high, after an indifferent end to the season. In their last eight, the Coasters have picked up 10 points, losing four times.

Last Time Out
Goals from Padraig Amond and Lewis Walker sealed all three points at Mill Farm back in September, as the Cards ran out 2-0 winners.

Previously, the sides have met three other times, with the Cards victorious on all occasions, but they haven't met at the Laithwaite since January 2018, when a Lazar Stojsavilejvic goal was enough for a 1-0 win.

Around the Ground
There will be live music after the game from Doubting Thomas.

Gates open at 10:30am.

The Cardinals Bar closes at 21:00pm with a happy hour from straight after the game until close.

The FA Cup semi final between Chelsea and Manchester City will also be shown in the bar.

Ticket Information

Ticket information is available here.

Please note that migration restrictions are in place for this fixture.

Arrive at the stadium in good time to avoid queues, follow signage for the Colour entry on your ticket and have your tickets downloaded and ready before you arrive.

You can find your eTickets in Your Ticket Delivery email from when you purchased your ticket(s). Tickets can either be scanned on a smartphone or physically printed.

Please also note the ground regulations, which can be found here.

REMINDER: For the safety of our players, staff, and supporters, please do not enter the field of play after the final whistle. The players will be doing a lap of appreciation after the game and we’d like to ensure that this can be done safely.

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