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Cards looking to finally find form as regular season draws to a close

Glen Harrington
2:47pm, Sat 20th Apr 2019
Dulwich Hamlet vs Woking
Vanarama National League South
Monday 22nd April 2019


Woking look set to enter the end of the season play-offs under a cloud, with our worst run of results this season continuing on Friday, after a home defeat to Concord Rangers extended our winless run to six games. The Cards now have just two games left to clinch second-place and home advantage for throughout the play-offs – starting at Dulwich Hamlet on Easter Monday.

It’s been a miserable few weeks for the Cards who have now drawn three and lost three of their last six games, including both of the last two away to fellow play-off chasers Chelmsford City and at home to Concord. An unusually inconsistent defence has been a big part of the problem with 12 goals conceded in that time, although goals are now also seemingly hard to come by, with Max Kretzschmar’s consolation penalty the sole strike for Alan Dowson’s side in the last three hours of football. Perspective, however, is needed at times like this with the Cards still sitting in a strong position in the table and with their fate very much in their own hands when it comes to securing the best possible chance of promotion. Two wins against mid-table Dulwich and strugglers Gloucester will be enough to guarantee second place, with four points also likely to be enough, provided third-place Welling don’t enjoy big back-to-back wins. A solitary point will ensure third place and a bye through the first play-off round following Chelmsford’s defeat on Friday.

It’s been a solid season for Dulwich Hamlet, their first in the sixth tier of English football following promotion through the play-offs last season, and they currently sit in 15th place with 45 points from their 39 games, eight points clear of the relegation places. Dulwich, who play at Wealdstone this afternoon, will be backed by a huge home support on Monday in what is their final match at Champion Hill this season. The Hamlet will also be aiming to complete a double over the Cards after an impressive 2-1 win at the Laithwaite back in September. Their recent form is good with four wins and a draw from their last seven games, prior to this weekend, including victories over Hungerford, Chippenham, Truro and Dartford, as well as a 2-2 draw at home to Billericay.

This could be the Cards’ final away game of the season, and with a big crowd, it promises to be a good one! Please book your tickets if you can – remember none will be available on the day – and come and support the team. Further details of ticketing options are available on our website.

Woking Team News

Ben Gerring will be available again after serving his two-match ban and the defender is likely to go straight back into the team after back-to-back defeats in his absence. Dowse may well look to his bench to see what other options he has to mix up his team. Paul Hodges made an impact off the bench on Saturday, winning the penalty scored by Kretzschmar, whilst he also has the likes of Harvey Bradbury, Reise Allassani and Ian Gayle available. Experienced lieutenant Christian Jolley could also offer a different option and some fresh legs.

Dulwich Hamlet Team News

In a 3-1 win over Hungerford last Saturday, manager Gavin Rose selected long-time Ebbsfleet goalkeeper and former England C international Preston Edwards; a defence which included Crystal Palace academy graduate Quade Taylor, Charlton Athletic loanee Jamie Mascoll, the experienced Magnus Okuonghae, who played almost 200 Football League games for Colchester United, and Michael Chambers.

In midfield was Aryan Tajbakhsh, who played against the Cards in the FA Trophy for Maidstone United earlier this season, Nathan Ferguson and Billericay Town loanee Connor Hunte; out wide were former Woking midfielder Anthony Cook and the dangerous Dipo Akinyemi, while up front was Dan Thompson, who played under Dowse during his time at Hampton and Richmond.

On the Day

The ground can be found on Edgar Kail Way; the postcode is SE22 8BD – a drive of around one hour and 10 minutes from the Laithwaite Community Stadium. The nearest station is East Dulwich which is a short walk from the ground.

Supporters can also book a place on the travelling club coach which departs at 12pm. The cost is £15 for adults and £10 for under-16s with a £5 discount for Cards Trust members. To book your place please contact Adam Bowyer (adam.bowyer@cardstrust.co.uk) or call the club shop.

This game is strictly all-ticket. Tickets must be purchased from the Laithwaite Community Stadium on either Saturday or Sunday ahead of the game. Times and prices are available on our website.

Next Up

The Cards final game of the regular season is at home to Gloucester City next Saturday. This will be followed by either a play-off eliminator game or, as is more likely, a home semi-final against one of the qualifiers from this first round of fixtures.

Cards Turn on the Style to Take Second Place

Bob Raikes
12:00am, Mon 22nd Apr 2019
Dulwich Hamlet 1 Woking FC 3
Vanarama National League South
22nd April 2019

The sky was blue with just a few puffy white clouds as the Cards arrived at Champion Hill, the home of Dulwich Hamlet FC. The grass was being watered, so there was hope of some quick football. The ground, set in South London and the subject of a long running controversy over planning and development (check here for a great article on the topic).

After a weak performance and disappointing result on Good Friday, Woking fans were looking to see something a much more positive approach from the team. Ben Gerring was back after the end of his suspension with Cook moving to right back again. Allassani also returned to the starting line up at the ground where he had played a big part in the home team’s promotion and earned his move to Coventry City. Ferry dropped to the bench, to which Jake Hyde returned.

For Dulwich, Anthony Cook was the 'returning player' as he played 17 games for Woking last season.

Woking set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Kretzschmar in the middle behind Luer and with Cadogan and Allassani on the right and left wings, although the front four were interchanging and exchanging passes all through the match.

Both sides started brightly with Allassani immediately attacking for the cards down the left. Very early on, Edwards made a save at the far post from a header by Gerring after a corner from Kretzschmar. Allassani created another good attack on the left. There was plenty of action with few chances or incidents but with both teams moving the ball quickly.

Luer was being manhandled each time he went to take the ball on the head with his back to goal, but eventually won a free kick 25 yards from the corner. Little got a shot in but it was very high. Kretzschmar put over an early cross to Allassani who got the ball back to Cadogan who shot firmly, but put the ball too close to the keeper.

Kretzschmar won the ball in a tackle and gave it to Allassani who went on a run and put a through ball up Luer on the left hand side. The striker got the ball back to Allassani whose shot just went just over the top corner of the goal - the best chance so far.

Connor Hunte beat Casey too easily on the right in a dangerous position and put in a great shot that Ross just managed to palm onto the post and in the scramble that followed the ball went out for a goal kick - clearly Ross had no hangover from the game on Friday - the high class save kept the cards from going behind.

On 20 minutes, Cadogan, who was lively throughout the match, then got into the box and put the ball back to Kretzschmar whose shot looked as though it had gone in when seen from the press box, but was inches wide at the far post. Both teams were trying hard to make the breakthrough and there was lots of end-to-end play.

The Cards won a throw-in in the attacking third and for the first time used Luer's long throw. Diarra got a head to the ball, but it looped into the keeper's arms.

Hamlet made a dangerous passing move from Cook to Akinyemi to Hunte who was clumsily tackled by Diarra on the edge of the area. Diarra was booked, but Hunter was, sadly, stretchered off after 25 minutes to be replaced by Allen. The resulting free kick from the edge of the area went over the bar.

Woking threatened several times, but the finish just wouldn't come.

An attack by Dulwich but was stopped by good defending from Cadogan who got a counter attack away with Luer. He got a pass to Kretzschmar, but again the shot was just over.

In defence, Gerring got the ball to Cook, who attacked all afternoon and who got the ball out to Cadogan who was taken out, bringing a yellow card for Allen. From the resulting free kick, Diarra got in a header that flashed across the goal but went out just wide of the far post.

Diarra was in action at the other end and made the tackle of the match when Akinyemi started a counter attack and got the ball to Allen. He got in the box, heading for goal, but a world class tackle from Diarra came in as he went to pull the trigger. The ball went out for a corner, and Diarra was hugged by Ross in gratitude.

Hamlet were trying to counter and neat work again by Anthony Cook down the right was a reminder of his time at Woking last season.

A slick passing move involved Kretzschmar, Cadogan, Luer, Little and, finally, Allassani, but his shot just missed. From the resulting corner, a shot by Cadogan flew over the bar.

Just as we waited to see how long the referee would add to the first half, Kretzschmar was fouled by the corner flag on the left hand side. Diarra got a flashing header on to the free kick to get the ball firmly into the net making it 1-0 to the Cards, just seconds from half time.

The referee added three minutes of extra time - extending an enjoyable half of football and a complete contrast to the first half on Friday.

The sprinklers were on again a half time (which caused some players to slip in the second half)

Half-time: Dulwich Hamlet 0 Woking 1

The Cards started the second half in the mood to finish the game off and with high intensity.
Allassani beat his full back to pull a cross back to Little, but his shot went wide. Kretzschmar and Allassani combined well to threaten, but Hamlet defended well. They were looking for chances to counter attack and when Gerring slipped, Akinyemi almost got through.

An amazing run down the right by Cook (another MotM candidate) saw him get into the area where he got a pass to Kretzschmar, but his shot was well wide. Luer and Little were combining well and Cook threatened again, although this time the ball was put out for a corner.

Another attack by the Cards saw the Hamlet defence get in a tangle and Allassani was credited with a tap-in goal, making it 2-0 to the Cards

Hamlet hadn't given up and Ferguson effected a strong counter-attack, beating Ross only to slip as he shot just inches wide.

Another attack by Cadogan produced a pass to Luer who got the ball to Allassani on the right hand side and he hammered the ball home. That made it 3-0 and the Cards were in control.

Dulwich made a change bringing on Vose for Thompson.

Woking were pushing Hamlet back. A mistake in the defence gave the ball to Luer who ran across the edge of the area looking for space for a shot but his shot was eventually blocked. A counter-attack was well defended with Woking defenders blocking shots

Dowse made his first changes them with Hyde on for Luer and Hodges for Kretzschmar. Dulwich swapped Wanadio for Rich-Baghuelou.

On 76 minutes, Little made a strong forward run and beat several Hamlet players, but Hodges, the recipient for his pass, was offside. Cook made another marauding run into the box and thought he was taken out by a blow to the face, but the referee did not agree. Allassani came off for Ferry at 80 minutes, to the generous applause of both Woking and Dulwich fans.

Although down, Hamlet were not out and tried to get back a consolation goal. Just as three minutes of extra time were awarded, a fierce shot from outside the area by Tajbakhsh gave Ross no chance and meant no clean sheet for the Cards as the score became 3-1

The healthy attendance of 2648 ensured a very good atmosphere to the game.

It was hard to believe that this was almost the same team that played so poorly on Good Friday. Today, they were quick and aggressive from the start and maintained the intensity for pretty well the whole match. There was good interplay and passing, especially between the front players and in the second half, Woking controlled the midfield much better. The whole team played well and choosing a Man of the Match was hard - there were candidates all over the pitch and nobody had a bad match.

Woking:Craig Ross, Jack Cook, Josh Casey, Olu Durojaiye, Ben Gerring, Moussa Diarra, Reise Allassani (James Ferry 80’), Armani Little, Greg Luer (Jake Hyde 72’), Kretzschmar (Paul Hodges 73’), Kieron Cadogan

Unused subs: Nathan Collier, Sam Mason

Goals: Diarra (46’), Allassani (57’,61’)

Bookings: Diarra

Dulwich Hamlet Preston Edwards, Quade Taylor, Jamie Mascoll, Aryan Tajbakhsh, Magnus Okuonghae, Jay Rich-Baghuelou (Luke Wanadio 72’), Anthony Cook, Nathan Ferguson, Dan Thompson (Dominic Vose 64’), Connor Hunte (Charlie Allen 28’), Dipo Akinyemi

Unused subs: George Essuman, Caio Vale-Guimaraes

Goals: Tajbakhsh 91’

Bookings: Allen

Referee: Alex Blake

Attendance: 2,648

Man of the Match: In the end, the man of the match award had to go to Allassani for his attacking threat from the very first minute and, of course, two goals.
Dulwich Hamlet LINEUP
1Preston Edwards
2Quade Taylor
3Jamie Mascoll
4Aryan Tajbakhsh
5Magnus Okuonghae
6Jay Rich-Baghuelou ('72)
7Anthony Cook
8Nathan Ferguson
9Daniel Thompson ('64)
10Connor Hunte ('28)
11Dipo Akinyemi
BENCH
12Charlie Allen ('28)
14Dominic Vose ('64)
15George Essuman
16Luke Wanadio ('72)
18Caio Vale-Guimaraes
WOKING LINEUP
1Craig Ross
2Jack Cook
3Josh Casey
4Moussa Diarra
5Ben Gerring
6Olu Durojaiye
7Reise Allassani ('70)
8Armani Little
9Greg Luer ('64)
10Max Kretzschmar ('64)
11Kieron Cadogan
BENCH
12James Ferry ('70)
14Nathan Collier
15Paul Hodges ('64)
16Jake Hyde ('64)
18Sam Mason

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