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3:00pm - FridayFri 19th AprilApr 2019
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Concord Rangers
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Cards look to cement second place and play-off advantage

Glen Harrington
7:52pm, Wed 17th Apr 2019
Woking vs Concord Rangers
Vanarama National League South
Friday 19th April 2019


Concord Rangers will be the visitors to the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Good Friday as an Easter double-header kicks-off with our penultimate home game of the regular season.

Despite Saturday’s disappointing 2-0 defeat at fellow play-off chasers Chelmsford City, a result which extended the Cards’ winless run to five league games, Alan Dowson’s side are still very much in pole position when it comes to securing a second-place finish and home advantage for throughout the play-offs. With other results going in our favour last weekend, most notably a surprise defeat for third-place Welling United at Slough Town, we now need a maximum of just five points from our last three games to guarantee finishing second, whilst four points will ensure at least third and a bye through the first play-off eliminators which involve the sides finishing between fourth and seventh.

The Beachboys still have play-off ambitions of their own. They currently sit in seventh place with 61 points from their 39 games – albeit with a three-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player. They are only above eighth place St Albans City on goal difference and with the likes of Dartford, Wealdstone and Slough also within a point of the top seven, they know they need to continue their recent good form. After a mid-season blip Sammy Moore’s side have lost just two of their last 14 league games, at home to both Torquay and Oxford City, whilst they’ve recently enjoyed positive results against the likes of Hampton and Richmond (4-1), Weston-super-Mare (3-0) and this past Tuesday evening in Cornwall against Truro City where they won 3-1.

It was certainly a close-fought encounter earlier this season when Concord scored in the dying seconds to claim a 1-1 draw, and after two equally tight FA Cup games last season this promises to be another exciting match-up, so please come along if you can and support the team!

Woking Team News

Changes are likely to be limited for Alan Dowson’s side. Ben Gerring will complete the second of his two-match ban picked up for his red card against former side Torquay, meaning Jack Cook and Moussa Diarra are likely to continue at centre-back, with Nathan Collier and Josh Casey completing the quartet in front of Craig Ross.

In midfield, Kieran Glynn has been used sparingly since his move from Salford City and could bring some fresh legs to the team, whilst Kane Ferdinand is now seemingly fit after returning to action in a friendly match last week. Paul Hodges should also be back in contention after being unavailable for personal reasons against Chelmsford.

Concord Rangers Team News

During their victory over Truro, Concord lined-up with former Woking goalkeeper Sam Beasant between the posts, plus a defence of former Dover and Bromley full-back Tyrone Sterling, Jed Smith, Tosan Popo and ex-Woking loanee Conner Essam.

In midfield was veteran Lee Minshull, part of Moore’s setup at Leatherhead last season but better known for his time with Newport County, alongside Charlton Athletic loanee Taylor Maloney and Sam Blackman. Up front were arguably the league’s deadliest strike duo, Alex Wall and Jack Midson, who have 35 league goals between them – 19 and 16 respectively – supported by Sam Ashford. All three players scored in the win over Truro.

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 20 for season ticket holders.

Next Up

The Cards are back in action on Easter Monday when we travel to Dulwich Hamlet. This game is all-ticket and thus tickets must be purchased in advance – more details are available on our website. Our final game of the regular season then takes place the following Saturday against Gloucester City.

Woking's promotion hopes take another nosedive against Concord

Alex Wright
12:00am, Fri 19th Apr 2019
Woking 1 Concord Rangers 2
Vanarama National League South​​​
19th April 2019
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Woking were left clinging on to second place after another demoralising home defeat to Concord Rangers on a sunny Good Friday afternoon.

With Welling United having closed the gap to two points courtesy of a 2-0 victory over promotion rivals Chelmsford City, the Cards have hit bad form at the wrong time and are now looking anxiously over their shoulders with just two games remaining.

Concord, themselves going for a play-off place, rocked Woking with two quickfire first-half goals by Alex Wall and Joan Luque from which they never recovered despite a Max Kretzschmar penalty after the break.

The Cards were looking to arrest an alarming run of form going into the play-offs, having failed to win a game in over a month since beating Oxford City 2-1 thanks to Harvey Bradbury’s last gasp winner. Their last outing ended in disappointment too, losing 2-0 at Chelmsford.

Rangers have been in similarly inconsistent form after champions Torquay United ended their 10-match unbeaten run with a 1-0 victory at Thames Road, before thrashing rock bottom Weston-Super-Mare 3-0 and then losing 1-0 to Oxford City. But they climbed back into the play-off places on goal difference after a 3-1 win at Truro City in midweek.

The last time the two sides met in Essex back in September, former Woking loanee Billy Knott snatched a late leveller for The Beach Boys after Greg Luer had handed the Cards a first-half lead.

Woking boss Alan Dowson kept the same starting XI but welcomed back Paul Hodges to the bench after missing last Saturday’s defeat to Chelmsford. Ben Gerring was absent again, serving the second game of his two-match suspension after his sending-off against former side Torquay.

Concord’s side included former Woking players goalkeeper Sam Beasant and centre back Connor Essam, on loan from Dover Athletic.

The first incident of any note came on 12 minutes when Craig Ross cannoned an attempted clearance into the back of Olu Durojaiye but fortunately the ball was eventually scrambled away to safety.

Then Kretzschmar fell awkwardly after leaping to flick on a ball and colliding with a Concord player but was soon on his feet again to the relief of the Woking faithful.

Kieron Cadogan then found his way into the referee’s book after hauling down Luque in full flight on 21 minutes.

Moments later after a scramble in the Woking area the ball fell to Wall on the edge of the box and he thundered a shot against the bar and it ricocheted straight back onto Ross’ head but thankfully went behind for a corner.

Luque was next to try his luck after going on a mazy run but his shot from the left side of the box was easily dealt with by Ross.

The Cards failed to heed the warning signs and Wall made no mistake on 31 minutes with his 20th goal of the season when his low drive from a tight angle on the right was fumbled over the line by Ross.

Rangers doubled their advantage on 37 minutes when Luque smashed a strike from 30 yards that sailed into the top left hand corner with Ross beaten.

James Ferry then saw yellow after bringing down Sam Blackman as the first 45 minutes drew to a close with Woking struggling to get a foothold and going off to a chorus of boos.

Half-time: Woking 0 Concord Rangers 2

The Cards needed to respond quickly and they did when Armani Little dispossessed Tosan Popo down the right and tore into the Concord box but was tackled by Essam with a last ditch tackle.

Then Josh Casey floated in a cross from the left which Cadogan headed down but Kretzchmar’s snapshot through a crowd was straight at Beasant. Shortly afterwards Durojaiye picked up the next booking for a cynical challenge.

Dowson had seen enough and brought on Bradbury for Luer and Hodges for Ferry on 58 minutes.

Concord then received their first booking when Sam Blackman shoved Casey over with the Woking skipper racing down the flank.

But Woking got the goal they desperately needed when Popo bundled Hodges over in the box and Kretzschmar stepped up to fire the resulting penalty past Beasant on 64 minutes.

The Cards, now with the wind at their backs, attacked in waves with Little trying his luck from the left with a lofted shot but it was comfortably caught by Beasant.

With the game entering the final phases Jack Cook then played a perfectly weighted through ball to Hodges who drove it across the box but neither Bradbury nor Allassani could get on the end of it with the goal begging. Little was then booked for a high challenge on substitute Lee Minshull.

After a rare Concord break Joe Gardner then crossed the ball for Blackman but somehow he managed to put his header wide with the match drawing to a close.

While the buck stops with Dowson, the players need to take a long hard look at themselves and decide whether they have the fight to win the play-offs with some tough sides in the mix.

Woking have only won two games against the top seven and mathematically both Welling and Chelmsford could overtake the Cards, meaning that they have to play an extra game even to qualify for the play-offs.

After the match Dowson was putting a brave face on it but the harsh reality is that Woking have now gone six games without a win – the worst run in the top seven - and must now pick themselves up and find some much-needed form when they travel to Dulwich Hamlet on Bank Holiday Monday before their final fixture at home to Gloucester City at Kingfield.

Woking: 1 Craig Ross, 2 Nathan Collier, 3 Josh Casey (c), 4 Jack Cook, 5 Moussa Diarra, 6 Olu Durojaiye, 7 James Ferry (14 Paul Hodges 58’), 8 Armani Little, 9 Greg Luer (12 Harvey Bradbury 58’), 10 Max Kretzschmar, 11 Kieron Cadogan (16 Reise Allassani 64’)

Unused subs: Mason, Hodges

Goal: Kretzschmar pen 64’

Bookings: Cadogan 21’, Ferry 44’, Durojaiye 53’, Little 85’

Concord Rangers 1 Sam Beasant, 2 Tosan Popo, 3 Jed Smith, 4 Taylor Maloney, 5 Connor Essam, 6 Tyrone Sterling (c), 7 Sam Ashford (14 Adulla Ahmed 90+2’), 8 Sam Blackman, 9 Alex Wall (16 Joe Gardner 71’), 10 Jack Midson, 11 Joan Luque (12 Lee Minshull 76’)

Unused subs: Green, Kennedy

Goals: Wall 31’, Luque 37’

Booking: Blackman 3’

Referee: Jason Richardson

Attendance: 1,819

Man of the Match: Armani Little – the best of a bad bunch, he stepped up in the second half to drive Woking forward in what was ultimately a fruitless cause.
WOKING LINEUP
1Craig Ross
2Nathan Collier
3Josh Casey
4Jack Cook
5Moussa Diarra
6Olu Durojaiye
7James Ferry ('57)
8Armani Little
9Greg Luer
10Max Kretzschmar ('65)
11Kieron Cadogan ('57)
BENCH
12Harvey Bradbury ('57)
14Paul Hodges ('57)
15Ian Gayle
16Reise Allassani ('65)
18Sam Mason
Concord Rangers LINEUP
1Sam Beasant
2Tosan Popo
3Jed Smith
4Conner Essam
5Juan Prados
6Tyrone Sterling
7Taylor Maloney
8Sam Blackman
9Alex Wall ('70)
10Jack Midson
11Sam Ashford
BENCH
14Dan Green
15Mikhail Kennedy
16Joe Gardner ('70)
17Sammy Moore

Woking 1 - 2 Concord Rangers | Dowse Interview

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