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Cards aiming to make it five on the spin at the Laithwaite

Glen Harrington
8:04am, Fri 22nd Mar 2019
Woking vs Slough Town
Vanarama National League South
Saturday 23rd March 2019

The Cards will look to make it five consecutive home victories on Saturday when they host Slough Town at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Alan Dowson’s side have been in fine form on home turf of late, scoring consecutive victories over East Thurrock, Weston-super-Mare, Hemel Hempstead and Chippenham Town, netting 10 goals in the process. And after back-to-back late goals on the road last week at Oxford City and Welling United saw the Cards take four points instead of one, Dowse and co will no doubt be hoping that those home comforts bring with them a somewhat less nervy afternoon, as well as three crucial points in the title race. Woking currently sit a point ahead of rivals Torquay with seven games to go and, whilst the Gulls do have a game in hand, the players know that with the Devon-based side still to visit Kingfield this season their fate is very much in their own hands.

Slough have had a commendable first season back in the sixth tier of English football following their promotion via the play-offs from the Southern Premier League last season. They currently sit in twelfth place, with 48 points from their 35 games, which have included 13 wins and nine draws. They are 10 points off the last play-off place but a comfortable 17 clear of relegation and know that a result this weekend will mathematically confirm their place at this level for another year. They also proved earlier this season that they are no pushovers – Ben Gerring scoring the only goal in a narrow 1-0 win for the Cards back in November. The Rebels’ recent form is decent too with eight points from their last five games, including last weekend’s surprise 2-1 win over Billericay Town, as well as draws with Concord Rangers and Dartford. They are typically stronger at home however, with 29 of their points coming at Arbour Park.

Once again, the team really need your support this weekend as this exciting season nears its conclusion. Please come along if you can and cheer on the boys!

Woking Team News

Dowse will have at least one new option available to him this weekend after promising young midfielder Kieran Glynn joined on loan from Salford City on Thursday. The former FC United of Manchester player, who has also spent time with National League North leaders Chorley this season, has signed a deal until the end of the season. His arrival comes after the Cards went with a three-man midfield against Welling, with Olu Durojaiye, Armani Little and Christian Jolley now facing plenty of competition for places.

Further forward, Reise Allassani will no doubt be hoping to start after his match-saving cameo against Welling last weekend, which included two fantastic goals. The Coventry City loanee will be battling with the likes of Max Kretzschmar, Greg Luer and Harvey Bradbury for a starting spot – whilst Jake Hyde should also be fit after missing the Oxford game last Tuesday.

At the back, Jack Cook will no doubt be in contention after the Cards’ shipped three-goals against an albeit formidable Welling frontline, with Moussa Diarra potentially the man set to miss out.

Slough Town Team News

Last time out, joint-managers Neil Baker and Jon Underwood selected former Staines Town regular Jack Turner in goal; a defence of Josh Jackman, George Wells, Guy Hollis and Mark Nisbet – with captain Sean Fraser on the bench; a midfield of brothers Lee and Sam Togwell, the latter well known for his time with Scunthorpe, Barnet and Eastleigh amongst others, as well as Matthew Lench; up front were Ben Harris, Francis Amartey and former Card, Manny Williams.

One player to look out for from the bench is veteran midfielder Louie Soares. The two-time Barbados international has had a lengthy career with the likes of Aldershot Town, as well as Southend, Grimsby, and more recently Basingstoke and Hungerford.

Admission Prices

• Adults £15
• Over 65s £10
• Disabled (Including carer) £10
• Students (Under 19) £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.

Remember, this is voucher number 18 for season ticket holders.

Next Up

The Cards face a hugely challenging few weeks with trips to likely play-off contenders Bath City and Chelmsford City sandwiched either side of that hugely anticipated game with Torquay. Please note that one will be all ticket – although season ticket holders can turn up on the day as normal.

Woking fall to defeat against resolute Slough Town

Haydn Cobb
12:00am, Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Woking 0 Slough Town 1
Vanarama National League South
23rd March 2019

Woking suffered a frustrating home defeat against Slough Town to see their hopes dented in the Vanarama National League South title race.

A solitary goal from Francis Amartey in the first half settled the tie with Woking shut out against a team who had pulled off surprise victories against Hemel Hempstead and Billericay Town coming into the match.

The defeat, coupled with Torquay United’s win against Concord Rangers, sees the Cards moved off the top of the league and now sit two points behind, while their title rivals also have one game extra to play.

Cards boss Alan Dowson made three changes to the starting line-up which earned a dramatic draw at Welling United last week, with loan signing Kieran Glynn slotting straight into midfield in place of Armani Little, while Reise Allassani’s two goals last weekend gained him a place at the expense of Christian Jolley. The final change saw Jack Cook (pictured) return to defence to replace Moussa Diarra.

A healthy Kingfield crowd, bolster by a good showing of support from the travelling Slough Town fans, produced a sense of expectation with Woking’s campaign getting down to the sharp end in the fight for the league title and automatic promotion.

Woking came close to opening the scoring inside 60 seconds when smart wing play between Paul Hodges and debutant Glynn saw the loan signing provide a perfect cross to Jake Hyde who headed inches wide of the far post.

Despite positive early play by Woking, the visiting side took the lead with their first period of sustained pressure. After an earlier header from Mark Nisbet from a long throw was palmed away by Craig Ross, a deep cross dropped to Francis Amartey at the back post and he poked the ball past Ross which went in off the post.

Woking appealed for a foul on Ben Gerring, who appeared to be pulled down by Slough Town captain Sam Togwell when the cross came in, but referee Matthew Russell waved away the protests.

The goal stalled Woking’s fluidity in attack while the Rebels remained dangerous from their long throw routines.

In the closing stages of the first half Hodges had a strong case for a penalty after being tripped over in the box by an outstretched leg from Nesbit but once again the referee was unmoved.

Half-time: Woking 0 Slough Town 1

In a copy of the start of the first half, Woking had an almost instant opportunity to score when Gerring headed wide from a corner. That gave the Cards the early momentum hunting an equaliser as Slough Town looked content to counter attack.

But with no breakthrough by the hour mark Dowson turned to Harvey Bradbury to bolster the forward line next to Hyde. The Oxford United loan player almost made the perfect impact as he won the ball in the box with his low strike blocked out.

As the second half wore on Woking cranked up the pressure on the Slough Town defence which triggered the visitors into timewasting tactics, while goalkeeper Jack Turner took a turn of the amateur dramatics.

Despite Woking’s best efforts, Slough Town’s defence stood resolute and offered limited opportunities. In the last minute of normal time Jack Cook had a header saved by Turner but a late Woking goal didn’t come having found breakthroughs in the last two games against Oxford City and Welling United.

Woking will look to kickstart their title charge with a tricky away game at Bath City next weekend before the crunch tie at Kingfield against Torquay United in two weeks.

Woking: 1 Craig Ross, 2 Nathan Collier (2 Moussa Diarra 69’), 3 Josh Casey ©, 4 Jack Cook, 5 Ben Gerring, 6 Olu Durojaiye, 7 Paul Hodges, 8 Kieran Glynn (1 Harvey Bradbury 62’), 9 Jake Hyde, 10 Max Kretzschmar, 11 Reise Allassani

Unused subs: 15 Christian Jolley, 16 Nicky Wheeler, 18 Sam Mason

Slough Town 1 Jack Tuner, 2 Josh Jackman, 3 George Wells, 4 Guy Hollis, 5 Mark Nisbet, 6 Lee Togwell, 7 Sam Togwell ©, 8 Matt Lench, 9 Manny Williams (1 Sean Fraser 83’), 10 Francis Amartey (2 Dan Roberts 84’), 11 Billy Clifford (3 Simon Dunn 87’)

Unused subs: 14 Simon Dunn, 15 Louie Soares, 17 Trent Phillips

Goals: Amartey 20’

Bookings: Clifford 45’, Williams 69’, Hollis 71’

Referee: Matthew Russell

Attendance: 2543

Man of the Match: Olu Durojaiye – A tireless performance marshalling the Woking midfield.
1Craig Ross
2Nathan Collier ('69)
3Josh Casey
4Jack Cook
5Ben Gerring
6Olu Durojaiye
7Paul Hodges
8Kieran Glynn ('62)
9Jake Hyde
10Max Kretzschmar
11Reise Allassani
12Moussa Diarra ('69)
14Harvey Bradbury ('62)
15Christian Jolley
16Nicky Wheeler
18Sam Mason
Slough Town LINEUP
1Jack Tuner
2Josh Jackman
3George Wells
4Guy Hollis
5Mark Nisbet
6Lee Togwell
7Sam Togwell
8Matt Lench
9Manny Williams ('83)
10Francis Amartey ('84)
11Billy Clifford ('87)
12Sean Fraser ('83)
14Simon Dunn ('87)
15Louie Soares
16Dan Roberts ('84)
17Trent Phillips

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