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Cards battle league leaders in crucial clash

Glen Harrington
12:00am, Wed 28th Mar 2018
Woking vs Macclesfield Town
Vanarama National League
Friday 30th March 2018

There will be plenty of interest in this Friday’s game between the Cards and high-flying Macclesfield, with implications at both ends of the table and the BT Sport cameras in attendance, this could arguably be viewed as one of the biggest matches of the season thus far for both teams.

It’s been an unsettling fall from grace for the hosts – sitting comfortably in the play-off places in October last year – but now just four points and two places clear of the relegation zone after only three wins in 24 league outings. A combination of injuries, bad luck and poor form have left Anthony Limbrick’s side sweating on their National League survival, and they will now be desperate to break a run of seven games without a win and edge closer to that safety line in front of a strong home crowd on this Bank Holiday weekend.

The Silkmen have had a fantastic season, defying the bookmakers and reported financial issues off the field to be leading the chasing pack heading into the final month of the season, with Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Gateshead putting them back above second-placed Sutton. That victory, which came courtesy of a last-gasp winner from Nathan Blissett, ended a slight hiccup in form for John Askey’s side who had drawn at Maidstone and lost at Dover in their previous two games. With only a three point cushion at the top of the table the pressure will be on them not to slip-up again. Despite being at opposite ends of the form table the Cards will be boosted by the knowledge that they have won their last two games against Macclesfield – 1-0 at home in April 2017 when a Gozie Ugwu penalty scored the hosts a crucial win; and 3-1 at Moss Rose earlier this season.

Remember that you can buy your tickets in advance online and that all Under-16s will have free entry for the match. The games don’t get much bigger than this so please come down and lend your support to the team if you possibly can!

Woking Team News

There could be more changes from the Cards after their 3-0 defeat at Leyton Orient last weekend. Jordan Wynter came through unscathed during his 45 minute appearance and he could make his first start since Boxing Day alongside Josh Staunton. Louis Ramsay is also back from injury and could take the place of either Matt Young or Nathan Ralph.

The Cards have been struggling in midfield of late with Damon Lathrope out permanently and Chez Isaac and Declan Appau also both absent from recent match-day squads. With Regan Charles-Cook having gone off with an injury against Orient, Limbrick could be struggling for options, with Joey Jones possibly set to be moved into midfield alongside Kane Ferdinand and Charlie Carter.

There will be a boost for Woking up front with Reece Grego-Cox returning from international duty with the Republic of Ireland Under-21 side. He will likely come in for one of Jason Banton or Louie Theophanous, while Anthony Cook could return in place of Fabio Saraiva, who he replaced from the substitutes’ bench on Saturday.

Macclesfield Team News

The Silkmen have a squad packed with experience and, clearly, are in fine form after an excellent season so far. They will undoubtedly prove a huge test for the Cards in the game ahead.

Against Gateshead, they started with former Woking favourite Shwan Jalal in goal; a back-four of former Forest Green and Kidderminster full-back Jared Hodgkiss, ex-Port Vale and Luton stalwart George Pilkington, another former Harriers defender Keith Lowe, and David Fitzpatrick; in midfield was veteran Danny Whitaker – who has made over 300 league appearances in two spells with the club – and his namesake Danny Whitehead, who re-joined the club from Wigan Athletic last summer; out wide were Elliott Durrell and ex-Birmingham City prodigy Mitch Hancox; whilst up front was Blissett, on loan from Plymouth Argyle, and Tyrone Marsh.

Their options from the bench include former England youth international Kieran Kennedy, young midfielder Scott Burgess, on loan from Bury, defensive midfielder Callum Evans and striker Scott Wilson. Their reserve goalkeeper is Sam Ramsbottom.

What the Boss Said

Anthony Limbrick on the upcoming game…

“Macclesfield will be an extremely hard game as they have regained top spot with their win mid-week over Gateshead. The pressure is on them in this match and that will allow us to go and be positive and give everything towards pushing for the win.�

Last Time Out

Macclesfield Town 1-3 Woking (Saturday 02 September 2017 – Vanarama National League)

The Cards backed-up an impressive 4-1 win over Torquay the previous Monday with a rare victory at traditional bogey ground Moss Road. Elliott Durrell had given the Silkmen the lead before Jason Banton capitalised on a goalkeeping error to give the visitors the lead. Joe Ward put the Cards in front with a fine finish before Inih Effiong finished the job a minute from time to seal the win. Nathan Ralph was the standout performer with several fantastic goal-saving blocks and clearances.

Admission Prices

• Adults £18
• Over 65s £13
• Disabled (Including carer) £13
• Students (U19) £5
• U16s FREE

Our matchday programme, ‘Cardinals’, will be on sale for £3. Don’t forget to grab your copy on the way in! You’ll also be able to visit the club shop for more great offers.

Next Up

The Cards are back in action on Bank Holiday Monday as they travel to Torquay United in another big match in the fight against relegation. Successive away games follow at Dagenham and Maidenhead before our next home fixture, the penultimate game at the Laithwaite Community Stadium this season, against Bromley.

Grego-Cox equaliser not enough as league leaders prevail

Nathan Thomas
12:00am, Fri 30th Mar 2018
Woking 2 Macclesfield Town 3
Vanarama National League
30th March 2018

Danny Whitehead’s late winner cancelled out Reece Grego-Cox’s 83rd minute equaliser as National League leaders Macclesfield Town won a pulsating game 3-2 on Good Friday.

Charlie Carter opened the scoring for The Cards in the 20th minute before Blissett headed an equaliser a quarter of an hour later. Blissett was involved again, setting up an excellent volley from Tyrone Marsh early in the second half. Whitehead then grabbed a fortunate but crucial goal for the visitors to snatch the game in the dying moments of a cruel afternoon for The Cards.

The Cards welcomed their visitors to the Laithwaite Community Stadium with the home side looking to earn their first win in seven games. Goals from Joe Ward, Jason Banton and Inih Effiong earned an impressive 3-1 win for The Cards in the reverse fixture in early September.

Woking had the first effort on goal in the 7th minute after Anthony Cook cushioned a header in the path of Reece Grego-Cox, The Cards striker then fired a powerful volley from 20 yards over the bar. Woking started the game well, maintaining the ball comfortably in the awful conditions. Josh Staunton then gifted the visitors a clear sight of goal in the 15th minute after his misjudged header fell into the path Mitch Hancox. However, Hancox fired a poor effort tamely wide of Nathan Baxter’s goal.

An industrious run by Carter a minute later then allowed Grego-Cox to force Shawn Jalal into a fumble inside the box, the ball trickled to Anthony Cook, but Jalal recovered well to smother at the second attempt.

The Cards strong start was finally rewarded as Charlie Carter scored from close range in the 20th minute. Jalal fumbled once again in the slippery conditions to allow the Woking top scorer to fire home. A good curling cross from Charles-Cook from the right found Carter’s head and the midfielder looked to have spurned a golden opportunity as he guided a close range header straight into Jalal’s hands; however, Jalal fumbled under pressure from Anthony Cook and Carter was there to fire in the rebound from six yards.

Cook nearly doubled Woking’s lead three minutes following the goal as he bent a free-kick just wide of Jalal’s left post. Despite The Cards dominant start, the away side’s biggest threat was the home side’s undoing 15 minutes after Carter’s breakthrough. 6’ 5� Nathan Blissett stooped to fire a guided header back across Baxter to restore parity for the visitors. Mitch Hancox provided an accurate cross from the left for Blissett to beat a combination of Jones and Staunton just outside the six-yard-box.

The Cards had, in general, been more than a match for their table-topping visitors in the first half and went into the break deservedly level.

Half-time: Woking 1 Macclesfield 1

The visitors dominated the early stages of the second half and eventually their dominance prevailed as Tyrone Marsh fired an excellent volley into the top corner. The dangerous Blissett flicked on another cross to the unmarked Marsh in the 54th minute and Marsh made no mistake rifling his volley into the top right corner. The visitors clinical nature was Woking’s undoing, but the home side was unfortunate to be behind.

The Silkmen were buoyed by having the lead for the first time in the game and were finding their feet after a shaky start. Anthony Limbrick opted to take off Chez Isaac and bring on striker Louie Theophanous just past the hour to enforce some attacking intent for the home side. The visitors effectively slowed the tempo of the game, disrupted any momentum that Woking tried to build.

Woking’s growing pressure in the final ten minutes earned themselves an equaliser. Reece Grego-Cox provided the final touch to Charles-Cook’s driven corner in the 83rd minute. Macclesfield failed to assert their early second half dominance, allowing Grego-Cox to tap home at the back post. The visitor’s manager John Askey was sent to the stands for dissent following the equaliser.

The league leaders did have the final say though on a cruel afternoon for The Cards in agonising fashion. Blissett looked set to win the game for The Silkmen as he guided a one-on-one effort past Baxter, but the ball stopped up in the muddy goalmouth. Unfortunately for the home side, Whitehead was first to the static ball and scored late in injury time – a depressing end to a brave fightback from the home side.

Woking: Nathan Baxter, Jordan Wynter, Josh Staunton, Joey Jones, Louis Ramsey (Matt Young 75’), Kane Ferdinand, Chez Isaac (Louie Theophanus 63’), Charlie Carter, Regan Charles-Cook, Anthony Cook, Reece Grego-Cox

Goals: Carter 20’, Grego-Cox 84’

Subs not used: Sam Mason, Fabio Saraiva, Jason Banton

Macclesfield Town: Shawn Jalal, Jared Hodgkiss, Keith Lowe, George Pilkington, David Fitzpatrick, Callum Evans, Danny Whitehead, Danny Whitaker, Mitch Hancox, Tyrone Marsh, Nathan Blissett.

Goals: Blissett 35’, Marsh 54’, Whitehead 90+4’

Bookings: Marsh 52’

Subs not used: Sam Ramsbottom, Kieran Kennedy, Scott Burgess, Scott Wilson, Diego De Girolamoe.

Attendance: 2,158

Referee: Alan Young

Sponsors MOTM: Charlie Carter, The Woking top scorer scored the opener and worked well as always in the middle.

1Nathan Baxter
15Jordan Wynter
2Louis Ramsay ('77)
5Josh Staunton
4Joey Jones
8Chez Isaac ('62)
22Kane Ferdinand
12Charlie Carter
23Anthony Cook
11Regan Charles-Cook
20Reece Grego-Cox
18Sam Mason
21Matt Young ('77)
14Fabio Saraiva
10Jason Banton
9Louie Theophanous ('62)
Macclesfield Town LINEUP
1Shwan Jalal
2Jared Hodgkiss
3David Fitzpatrick
4Keith Lowe
5George Pilkington
18Danny Whitehead
23Danny Whitaker
17Callum Evans
16Mitch Hancox
8Tyrone Marsh
13Nathan Blissett
12Sam Ramsbottom
15Kieran Kennedy
20Scott Burgess
19Diego De Girolamo
9Scott Wilson

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