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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 29th DecemberDec 2018
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 2024

Woking
Woking
2 - 0

Eastbourne Borough
Eastbourne Borough

Cards looking to make it six in a row to end year on a high

Glen Harrington
1:49pm, Fri 28th Dec 2018
Woking vs Eastbourne Borough
Vanarama National League South
Saturday 29th December


Eastbourne Borough are the visitors to the Laithwaite Community Stadium tomorrow as they take on a Woking side going in search of a sixth successive league victory.

To coin an old cliché it’s been a year of highs and lows for the Cards. Just three wins in 21 games between January and April saw the club relegated from the National League but, eight months on, Alan Dowson’s new-look side have gone a long way to repairing the damage of that miserable run and now sit on the verge of matching our best run of league results for almost five years. It was April 2014 when the Cards last managed six consecutive positive results in the then Skrill Premier, a run that included that iconic win at Luton, but with Dowse looking to return the club to non-league’s top table at the first time of asking it’s imperative that this team is able to match that tomorrow and end 2018 on a high.

It’s coming up to eight years since Eastbourne last played in the top tier of non-league football and despite starting this season strongly their run of seven consecutive seasons outside of the National League South play-off places doesn’t look likely to come to an end anytime soon. They currently sit in sixteenth place, with 27 points from 21 games, six points adrift of the top seven and 13 behind the Cards after two games more. In fact, after starting the season with a six-game unbeaten run which was eventually ended by Woking back in August, they’ve picked up just 15 points out of a possible 45. They’ve also lost their last four games in all competitions including a 4-0 thrashing by Steve Thompson’s Dorchester Town in the FA Trophy.

Despite all of that, the Sports should not be underestimated, especially as they have a habit of picking up results against the Cards. They were just one of five teams to beat us during our 2011/12 promotion season whilst they also won 4-0 at Kingfield back in January 2009.

We hope to see you there on Saturday to support the team!

Woking Team News

Understandably, Dowse named an unchanged team on Boxing Day from the side that thrashed Billericay Town last Saturday, and was rewarded with a 3-1 win over former side Hampton & Richmond Borough. However, a tired looking second-half performance suggested that the Woking management team might consider changes for this game, particularly with the return game against Hampton and the Emirates FA Cup tie with Premier League Watford on the horizon.

The Woking boss has a number of strong options to call upon should he wish. Paul Hodges and Greg Luer both made an excellent impact from the bench on Wednesday with the latter scoring the decisive third goal in stoppage time to make the game safe. Loan signings Aaron Eyoma and Noel Leighton have also been used sparingly so far and could be given their chance whilst the likes of Ian Gayle, Charlie Hester-Cook, Nicky Wheeler and Duane Ofori-Acheampong will no doubt be keen to state their case for a place in the squad when the BT Sport cameras come to town next week.

Eastbourne Borough Team News

Jamie Howell’s last league outing ended in a 2-1 defeat to Dulwich Hamlet meaning they are now without a win in the league since the 1st December when they beat Wealdstone. It could mean changes are in order for the Sports who will be keen to end their losing run.
Last time out they named former Aldershot Town keeper Mark Smith in goal; a back four of Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Tom Gardiner, Harry Ransom and Kristian Campbell; in midfield was Reading-loanee Joel Rollinson, vice-captain Kane Wills, skipper and former Crawley Town favourite Sergio Torres and former Southend United regular Ryan Hall; while up front were ex-Leyton Orient dangerman Dean Cox supporting Lloyd Dawes.

In terms of ex-Woking connections, veteran defender Ian Simpemba remains a squad player, whilst striker Yemi Odubade is currently on loan at Weymouth.

Admission Prices

• Adults £15
• Over 65s £10
• Disabled (Including carer) £10
• Students (U19) £5
• U16s £5

Our matchday programme 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

Woking travel to Hampton on New Year’s Day in a 1pm kick-off. Please remember that the game is segregated and tickets must be bought in advance. Watford are then the visitors on Sunday 6th January.

Woking too strong for Eastbourne and continue winning run

Haydn Cobb
12:00am, Sat 29th Dec 2018
Woking 2 Eastbourne Borough 0
Vanarama National League South
29th December 2018

Woking have stretched their winning run in the Vanarama National League South to six straight games thanks to a goal in either half against a struggling Eastbourne Borough for a perfect end to 2018.

A second-minute Toby Edser goal gave the Cards the early advantage, with a fortunate own goal midway through the second half making the game comfortable, to see Alan Dowson guide his team to six consecutive league victories – the first time Woking have achieved the feat since April 2014.

Dowson made one change to his starting line-up which secured the Boxing Day home win against Hampton and Richmond Borough with loan signing Aaron Eyoma coming in for Max Kretzschmar on the right side of the attack.

Mild and dry conditions greeted a strong Kingfield crowd, with the FA Cup also in attendance before kick off ahead the Cards’ next home match against Watford in the 3rd round of the famous competition.

FA Cup distractions aside, Woking continued their strong league momentum by taking the lead inside two minutes through Edser’s close-range finish for his fourth goal of the season. After quick interplay on the left wing, Jake Hyde’s cross found Edser whose control and shot inside the six-yard box gave goalkeeper Mark Smith no chance.


Toby Edser strikes early in the game, following a perfect cross; pic: David Holmes


Despite being on a run of four consecutive defeats in all competitions, the Sports showed glimpses of their good form from the start of the season after going behind.

The visiting team found space with Joel Rollison’s link-up play with the forwards and on 20 minutes had their first clear-cut chance to equalise as Rollison cutback smartly to Dean Cox only for the striker to blaze his shot over the crossbar from 12 yards.

Woking threatened a second as Edser evaded an offside trap to sprint clear only for his cute lay-off to be sliced wide by Harry Taylor’s shot. The Cards ended the first half the stronger, going closest through a Ben Gerring header which darted wide, but did take a deserved lead into the interval.

Half-time: Woking 1 Eastbourne Borough 0

With Woking attacking a vocal Kingfield Road Terrace, the home side kept on the front foot with Ryan Hall being caught in possession to see the ball fall to Loza who fed Jake Hyde but on his left foot the forward fired just over the crossbar from 12 yards out.

Woking’s second goal duly came, albeit in unlikely circumstances, as a long punt forward from Craig Ross was allowed to bounce over the Eastbourne defenders. Tom Gardiner rushed a header to see the ball loop over his onrushing goalkeeper Smith, who was caught in no-man’s land, allowing the ball to find the net.

Credit to the visitors was due as the second goal failed to deflate their intent and continued to ask questions of Woking’s backline which remained resolute with cover from Jolley and Taylor.

With Eastbourne pushing to get back into the contest it provided more space for counterattacks with Hyde having two efforts; the first blocked out and the second flashed wide despite substitute Paul Hodges’ best attempt to divert it into the goal.

Entering the final 15 minutes Woking’s other two substitutes also went close to a third as Nicky Wheeler cut on to his right to produce a curling effort which could only be palmed out to Noel Leighton but the youngster didn’t adjust his fee to poke the ball on target.

Persistent work down the left flank by Wheeler continued to offer Woking the chance for a third goal, with the best effort seeing Gerring head just past the far post. Despite not finding a third Woking ended the game comfortable winners to round out a happy end to the year.

Woking: 1 Craig Ross, 2 Nathan Collier, 3 Josh Casey, 4 Jack Cook, 5 Ben Gerring, 6 Christian Jolley, 7 Toby Edser, 8 Harry Taylor, 9 Jake Hyde (Noel Leighton 75’), 10 Aaron Eyoma (Paul Hodges 66’), 11 Jamar Loza (Nicky Wheeler 56’)

Unused subs: 16 Greg Luer, 17 Berti Schotterl

Goals: Edser 2’, Gardiner (OG) 57’

Eastbourne Borough 1 Mark Smith, 2 Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, 3 Kristian Campbell, 4 Kane Willis ©, 5 Emmanuel Adebowale, 6 Tom Gardiner, 7 Dean Cox, 8 Harry Ransom, 9 Lloyd Dawes (Charlie Walker 60’), 10 Ryan Hall (Andrew Briggs 72’), 11 Joel Rollison (Adam Liddle 66’)

Unused subs: 12 Sergio Torres, 17 Daniel Blackmore

Bookings: Campbell 90’

Referee: Wayne Cartmel

Attendance: 2024

Man of the Match: Toby Edser for his early goal and control of the midfield throughout the match.
WOKING LINEUP
1Craig Ross
2Nathan Collier
3Josh Casey
4Jack Cook
5Ben Gerring
6Christian Jolley
7Toby Edser
8Harry Taylor
9Jake Hyde ('75)
10Aaron Eyonma ('66)
11Jamar Loza ('56)
BENCH
12Noel Leighton ('75)
14Nicky Wheeler ('56)
15Paul Hodges ('66)
16Greg Luer
18Berti Schotterl
Eastbourne Borough LINEUP
1Mark Smith
2Tobi Adebayo-Rowling
3Kristian Campbell
4Kane Wills
5Emmanuel Adebowale
6Tom Gardiner
7Dean Cox
8Harry Ransom
9Lloyd Dawes ('60)
10Ryan Hall ('72)
11Joel Rollinson ('66)
BENCH
12Sergio Torres
14Adam Liddle ('66)
15Charlie Walker ('60)
16Andrew Briggs ('72)
17Daniel Blackmore

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