3:00pm - SaturdaySat 16th FebruaryFeb 2019
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Cards aiming to make it back-to-back home victories against league strugglers

Glen Harrington
9:27am, Fri 15th Feb 2019
Woking vs Weston-super-Mare
Vanarama National League South
Saturday 16th February

The Cards enjoyed a much-needed return to form last weekend as they beat relegation threatened East Thurrock United for what was a first win in four league games. This Saturday, Alan Dowson’s side will attempt to put another three points on the board as they take on the league’s bottom club, Weston-super-Mare.

Despite East Thurrock travelling to the Laithwaite in good form, and creating a handful of chances, it was ultimately a relatively comfortable victory for the home side as goals from Dave Tarpey, Greg Luer and the returning Jake Hyde secured a 3-0 success. It was particularly pleasing to see three strikers on the scoresheet with Tarpey scoring his first goal since joining on loan from National League side Barnet earlier this month, Luer finding the net for the first time since the win over Welling in early January, and Hyde coming off the bench to wrap up the game after three weeks out injured.

Meanwhile, it’s been a difficult season for Weston, who after finishing comfortably in mid-table last season are currently six points adrift of safety in last place. They’ve managed just 20 points this season with four wins and eight draws from their 28 games. Despite that indifferent record they have somewhat turned a corner since the turn of the year, defeating fellow strugglers Gloucester City (3-1) and Slough Town (2-0), whilst also holding Eastbourne and Truro to draws away from home. Their only defeat in the last five came in a narrow 3-2 home reverse against Billericay Town.

Remember, to kick-off half-term week all those under the age of 12 accompanied by a full paying adult go FREE this weekend, so why not bring all the family along and cheer on the team!

Woking Team News

Dowse and co have quite a selection headache on their hands this weekend with both Ben Gerring and Armani Little suspended – the latter serving the first of his three-match ban.

Ian Gayle, who has come off the bench in each of the last two games, will be the obvious replacement for Gerring – assuming, of course, that Jack Cook is fit to return after limping off early in the second-half against East Thurrock. If not, utility man Nathan Collier could move across to reform the centre-back partnership from the start of the season, with Daniel Spence coming in at right-back.

Midfield will be the bigger dilemma and much could rest on the fitness of top scorer Max Kretzschmar. If he’s unavailable then Dowse could instead look to academy prospect Charlie Hester-Cook to partner Christian Jolley or, as he has a couple of times before, push Collier forward into the defensive shield in front of the back four.

Up front, the forward quartet of Tarpey, Luer, Paul Hodges and Bradley Hudson-Odoi will be hoping to continue, particularly after an impressive showing last timeout, although the likes of Hyde, Harvey Bradbury and Rhys Murrell-Williamson will provide alternative options.

Weston-super-Mare Team News

Last time out, when the Seagulls won 2-0 at home to Slough, they lined up with academy graduate and England C international Luke Purnell in goal; in defence was former Exeter City man Alex Byrne, and a trio of loanees from Bristol City, George Nurse, Aaron Parsons and Tom Harrison; in midfield was captain and star player Jacob Cane alongside Naby Diallo, who has also had spells with Aldershot, Bath and Dover; out wide were former Cardiff and Colchester youngster Eli Phipps and veteran Jennison Myrie-Williams; up front was ex-Newport man Marlon Jackson and the dangerous Gethyn Hill who scored 24 goals in 53 games prior to this season.

There’s one former Woking connection in the Weston squad, Jamie Lucas, who scored a couple of goals for the Cards during a brief loan spell in 2017.

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• U16s £5
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Next Up

The Cards have one more game in their run of four successive home matches – we’re back at Kingfield on Tuesday evening to take on Hemel Hempstead Town. Our next away game is the return match at Dartford the following Saturday.

Woking see off Weston-super-Mare to close gap on Torquay United

Haydn Cobb
6:07pm, Sat 16th Feb 2019
Woking 2 Weston-super-Mare 1
Vanarama National League South
16th January 2019

Woking have moved one point off Vanarama National League leaders Torquay United thanks to a well-fought victory over bottom team Weston-super-Mare.

Goals from loan duo Dave Tarpey and Reise Allassani ensured Woking secured consecutive league wins for the first time since the Christmas period, while Weston grabbed a late consolation goal.

The win, combined with Torquay losing away to Welling United, sees the Cards close up to one point behind the leaders with one game in hand. Woking host Hemel Hempstead Town at Kingfield this Tuesday night (19th February) with the opportunity to go top of the league.

Woking manager Alan Dowson saw his loan signings make the key breakthroughs again as Tarpey tucked in a rebound after his penalty was saved by goalkeeper Luke Parnell, while Allassani scored on his club debut to make the game safe in the second half.

Despite their lowly league position, Weston-super-Mare have shown signs of revival and played impressively in patches but couldn’t match Woking’s quality in the final third with Jarrad Welch’s late effort not enough to take points back to Somerset.

The Cards boss made three changes to the starting line-up which beat East Thurrock seven days ago, two enforced due to suspensions to Ben Gerring and Armani Little, with Ian Gayle slotting into central defence alongside Jack Cook while Dan Spence covered at right back with Nathan Collier promoted to midfield alongside Christian Jolley. New loan signing Allassani replaced Bradley Hudson-Odoi on the left of midfield of a traditional 4-4-2 formation.

Woking had a strong appeal for a penalty inside 90 seconds when Paul Hodges was pushed on the back by Aaron Parsons contesting for a header but the calls were waved away by referee Jason Richardson.

But Hodges stuck to his task tormenting the Seagulls’ backline and less than 10 minutes later got his reward when he was taken down in the box to see the referee point to the penalty spot.

Tarpey stepped up but his well-hit penalty was blocked by the legs of Parnell to see the Woking striker get to the loose ball first to poke in the rebound for his second goal for the club.

Dave Tarpey taps the ball home after his penalty was saved; pic: David Holmes

Despite only joining up with the squad this week, Allassani linked smartly with Greg Luer and Tarpey to see the winger have a fierce shot deflected wide.

The Somerset side didn’t play like a side struggling at the bottom of the league table and carved their first clear-cut chance on the half-hour mark when a powerful run from left back George Nurse allowed him to unleash a low shot inside the box which Craig Ross got down to before Cook cleared the ball.

Hodges had his third penalty shout of the first half on 32 minutes after being taken down by Nurse but the referee ruled in the favour of the visiting team and gave a free-kick.

The away side rallied by applying their own pressure on the Woking defence resulting in Jennison Myrie-Williams unleashing a rocket from 25 yards for Ross to block out.

Woking had chances of their own before half time, one shot by Allassani and two efforts by Luer, but none of them forced Purnell into action.

Half-time: Woking 1 Weston-super-Mare 0

In a relatively subdued start to the second half, both sides failed to carve out good chances leading to Dowson freshening up his side with Jake Hyde coming on for goal-scorer Tarpey.

The second period sparked into life through two dramatic chances in the space of two minutes. Gayle made a goal line clearance after Ross parried a dangerous flick-on header from Marlon Jackson that triggered a Woking counter attack.

An initial effort fizzled out but the Cards recycled the ball well and an excellent through ball by Luer put debutant Allassani one-on-one and he kept his cool to guide the ball past Purnell.

The second goal calmed any nerves bubbling at Kingfield, while the suspended Gerring gave the Kingfield Road End something extra to cheer by joining the fans in the stand briefly, as Woking looked to keep hold of a clean sheet.

But the shutout wasn’t to be for Woking as Weston-super-Mare got their goal in added time through Welch. Spence failed to stop Nurse crossing the ball which Josh Casey headed out to the edge of the box and fell kindly to Welch who slotted the ball into the bottom right corner of the net.

Despite the late scare, Woking held on to claim a deserved victory and crank up the pressure on league leaders Torquay.

Woking: 1 Craig Ross, 2 Dan Spence, 3 Josh Casey ©, 4 Ian Gayle, 5 Jack Cook, 6 Christian Jolley, 7 Paul Hodges (Harvey Bradbury 84’), 8 Nathan Collier, 9 David Tarpey (Jake Hyde 64’), 10 Greg Luer, 11 Reise Allassani (Bradley Hudson-Odoi 80’)

Unused subs: 14 Michael Kamara, 18 James Dunn

Goals: Tarpey 9’, Allassani 76’

Bookings: Spence 74’

Weston-super-Mare 1 Luke Purnell, 2 Jason Pope, 3 George Nurse, 4 Jacob Cane (Alex Byrne 48’), 5 Aaron Parsons, 6 Tom Harrison, 7 Alex Bray (Eli Phipps 87’), 8 Jake Lee (Jarrad Welch 64’), 9 Marlon Jackson, 10 Jennison Myrie-Williams, 11 Gethyn Hill

Unused subs: 14 Naby Diallo, 17 Jamie Lucas

Goals: Welch 94’

Bookings: Cane 38’

Referee: Jason Richardson

Attendance: 1,624

Man of the Match: Paul Hodges – A terror to the Weston-super-Mare defence all afternoon and won the penalty which resulted in the opening goal.
1Craig Ross
2Daniel Spence
3Josh Casey
4Ian Gayle
5Jack Cook
6Christian Jolley
7Paul Hodges ('84)
8Nathan Collier
9Dave Tarpey ('64)
10Greg Luer
11Reise Allassani ('80)
12Harvey Bradbury ('84)
14Michael Kamara
15Jake Hyde ('64)
16Bradley Hudson-Odoi ('80)
18James Dunn
Weston-super-Mare LINEUP
1Luke Purnell
2Jason Pope
3George Nurse
4Jacob Cane ('48)
5Aaron Parsons
6Tom Harrison
7Alex Bray ('88)
8Jake Lee ('64)
9Marlon Jackson
10Jennison Myrie-Williams
11Gethyn Hill
12Eli Phipps ('88)
14Naby Diallo
15Alex Byrne ('48)
16Jarrad Welch ('64)
17Jamie Lucas

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