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Cards looking to surprise another promotion hopeful and continue great start

Glen Harrington
3:11pm, Mon 12th Aug 2019
Chesterfield vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 13th August 2019

The Cards will be aiming to make it back-to-back away wins and a third win in four league games to start the season on Tuesday evening as they make the lengthy trip to Chesterfield.

Last week’s unfortunate defeat to local rivals Aldershot aside, Woking fans could not have dreamt of a better start upon the club’s return to the fifth tier of English football. Hard-fought wins at Dagenham and Redbridge and, this past Saturday, at home to last season’s sixth-placed finishers, Harrogate Town, have given the players and supporters alike a renewed sense of confidence. Whilst it has been backs to the wall stuff at times, manager Alan Dowson will no doubt be delighted with his side’s resilience, with just one goal conceded in the first three games. Whilst there was more than a sense of good fortune about Shaun Donnellan’s heavily deflected winner against Harrogate, it was in many ways exactly what Dowse and co deserved, particularly after the disappointment of four days earlier.

Chesterfield were many pundit’s pick for the National League title this summer, particularly after a strong second-half to last season and some impressive recruitment over the mid-year break, but if that is to be the case then they’ll need to recover from something of an uninspired start. John Sheridan’s side are still searching for a first win of the season after picking up just two points from their first three games. Two late goals from Alfie Pavey condemned the Spireites to a 2-1 home defeat against Dover Athletic on opening day, which has been followed by consecutive draws, away to Maidenhead United (1-1) and at Boreham Wood (2-2). Those results are far from a disaster, and with so many games to come they will no doubt be confident of a renewed promotion push, but the Cards will be hoping that they can at least stretch Sheridan’s winless start by one more game.

Your travelling support at Dagenham was fantastic and a real difference maker. We appreciate that this is a long trip, particularly in mid-week, but the club would really appreciate as many fans as possible making the journey to cheer on the team!

Woking Team News

Dowse got his team selection spot on against Harrogate – bringing in Godfrey Poku to add some extra physicality to midfield, as well as the pace and power of Ibrahim Meite up front, which helped Dave Tarpey hold the ball up and bring teammates into play.

However, the Cards could be without Moussa Diarra, after he was forced off against Harrogate, whilst Max Kretzschmar is also nursing a slight injury and missed Saturday’s game. The boss will be hoping that he has a couple of new signings to add to his squad on Tuesday – and potentially they could be two like-for-like swaps. If those deals don’t come off then Nathan Collier is the natural replacement for Diarra, potentially coming in at right-back, with Jack Cook moving inside; Dowse might then choose to stick with Poku alongside Donnellan and Kane Ferdinand, but he’ll also have Paul Hodges and Jack Skinner available should he want a more advanced option behind the front two.

Chesterfield Team News

Chesterfield have a hugely experienced squad with a number of familiar names. Against Boreham Wood they lined up with Shwan Jalal, who spent three years with the Cards more than a decade ago, in goal; in defence was Joseph Yarney, who signed permanently from Premier League Newcastle United this summer after a loan spell last season, Haydn Hollis, another former loan player who made his move from Forest Green Rovers permanent this year, veteran full-back David Buchanan, who has played close to 600 games for the likes of Bury, Preston North End and Northampton Town, Will Evans, who spent two years with neighbours Aldershot before moving north last summer, and England C international Laurence Maguire – who was sent-off in this game and will presumably be unavailable.

In midfield were former Forest Green and Wrexham man Sam Wedgbury, captain Jonathan Smith, who has previously been with Stevenage and Luton Town, and another England C international in Joe Rowley; up front were Liam Mandeville, signed from Doncaster Rovers this summer, and the dangerous Scott Boden, with two goals already this season, having scored 21 for Gateshead and Chesterfield last season – moving clubs in January.

The Spireites had two former Woking players in their squad last season but both moved on this summer – midfielder Charlie Carter joined Stevenage as he made the step up into the Football League, whilst striker Gozie Ugwu joined former manager Garry Hill at Ebbsfleet United. Former Woking loanee Tom Denton remains in their squad.

On the Day

The ground can be found on Sheffield Road; the postcode is S41 8NZ – a drive of around three hours and 20 minutes from the Laithwaite Community Stadium. The nearest train station is Chesterfield which is around a 30-minute walk from the ground.

Supporters can also book a place on the travelling club coach which departs at 2.30pm. The cost is £30 for adults and £25 for under-16s with a £5 discount for Cards Trust members. To book your place please contact Adam Bowyer ( or call the club shop.

Ticket prices vary depending on the stand you choose to sit in with an adult ticket priced between £18 and £22. There are further price brackets for concessions, young adults (17-21), juveniles, and in certain places for those under the age of seven.

Next Up

The Cards are on the road once again on Saturday as we travel to AFC Fylde. Our next home game comes seven days later as we host Solihull Moors as the first part of a Bank Holiday double header.

Tarpey stunner sinks Spireites

Andrew Webb
12:00am, Tue 13th Aug 2019
Chesterfield 1 Woking 2
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 13th August 2019

Dave Tarpey’s sublime free-kick proved decisive as Woking continued their bright start to the National League season with a fantastic victory over promotion favourites Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium.

On a night which offered several positives, Ibrahim Meite opened the scoring just minutes into the second half, before Tarpey’s classy finish on the hour mark had the travelling faithful dreaming of all three points.

Scott Boden broke Woking’s stubborn resilience to halve the deficit in the dying minutes, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Alan Dowson’s men recording a memorable win.

Dowson made two changes to his starting xi - opting to go with a 4-5-1 formation for the Cards' first ever clash with Chesterfield as Moussa Diarra and Godfrey Poku made way in favour of Toby Edser and Tyreke Johnson, respectively.

Spireites chief John Sheridan made one enforced change to his line-up on the back of Saturday's draw at Boreham Wood with the suspended Laurence Maguire being replaced by Robbie Weir.

The visitors got proceedings underway on a lovely, pleasant summer evening in North Derbyshire, though Chesterfield created the first opportunity with Liam Mandeville's speculative shot-on-the-turn in the sixth minute being gathered quite comfortably by Craig Ross.

Despite the Spireites seeing more of the ball early on, Meite had a deflected effort hit the side-netting in Woking's first foray forward after 10 minutes.

Chesterfield then had the next chance midway through the first period. The lively Mandeville latched onto a long ball over the top and weaved inside from the left channel, but his subsequent attempt was wayward and straight at Boden who diverted the ball harmlessly over the woodwork.

The Spireites continued to press and Joe Rowley had a shot blocked by Ben Gerring, whilst Boden saw a low 25-yard effort saved by Ross in a separate move.

Sandwiched between those two attempts, Ibrahim Meite became the first player to be cautioned following a challenge on Will Evans midway inside the hosts' own half.

On 41 minutes, with most of the home crowd already frustrated, Woking went within a whisker of an opener as Johnson's dangerous cross towards the far-post just eluded a fully-stretched Jack Cook.

The Cards ended the half on top and just prior to one added minute, Chesterfield's Evans had to perfectly time his last-ditch challenge to prevent Meite from unleashing a shot away on goal.

Half-time: Chesterfield 0 Woking 0

Now attacking towards their own supporters, the hosts squandered a golden chance within three minutes of the re-start as Haydn Hollis' low ball into the box picked out an unmarked Boden who blazed over from a central position.

Jonathan Smith then fired harmlessly wide moments later as noise levels began to rise amongst home fans who sensed an opener might be close!

Nevertheless, Woking still looked strong on the counter-attack and would have gone ahead had anyone been able to connect when Meite flashed a ball across the six-yard box on 50 minutes following some terrific work on the byline.

Meite posed a constant threat and in the next attack, under a minute later, he bagged the opener to send the 97 travelling fans into raptures.

Johnson delivered a teasing ball towards the back-post area which caused panic in the Spireites' defence and it was knocked down by Cook before Meite somehow directed it past Shwan Jalal and into the empty net.

The goal stunned most folk inside the Proact Stadium into silence, and despite replacing Sam Wedgbury with Jack McKay in their first change, things soon got a whole lot worse for Sheridan's struggling side, but much better for Woking!

After Johnson was felled on the edge of the box by Jonathan Smith, who was cautioned as a result, Tarpey took charge with the subsequent set-piece and unleashed a sumptuous, curling, right-footed strike which floated over the wall and nestled beautifully in the top corner of Jalal's goal.

Dave Tarpey’s free kick curls towards the corner of Jalal’s goal; pic: David Holmes

The Cards were well on top by this stage and went close again as Johnson worked his way into the box but saw his low drive saved.

On 66 minutes, Chesterfield introduced Curtis Weston and Jay Sheridan in favour of Jonathan Smith and Robbie Weir, respectively, as they sought to breathe a new lease of life into their attempts to get back into the game.

Meanwhile, Meite was replaced by Jake Hyde at the same time in the Cards' first change.

The visitors continued to defend resolutely as the Spireites found chances hard to come by and when Mandeville let fly with a 25-yard drive on 73 minutes, Ross watched it all the way to make a routine stop.

A minute later, Dowson chose to shuffle his pack again as Paul Hodges replaced Tarpey, before Poku came on for Edser in the final 10 minutes.

Chesterfield continued to see more of the ball as the minutes ticked by, but struggled to create any meaningful openings and when Mandeville let fly with another long-range effort, it sailed harmlessly into the stand.

However, with five minutes remaining, Boden set-up a grandstand finale when he rose highest and nodded into an empty net from close-range after a fortuitous flick on from Rowley's set-piece fell kindly for him.

The Cards were camped in their own half as the fourth official indicated that there would be five nail-biting minutes of injury-time. Mandeville and Ross were both cautioned during added time, whilst the Cards' backline had to doggedly defend two corners in quick succession.

The final whistle was greeted with joyous celebrations in the visitors section and the whole team went over to share the successful nights work.

From the defensive resilience to the clinical finishing, this was a fine performance with a game-plan that was executed to absolute perfection.

With the Cards now third in the National League table, there's every reason to be positive ahead of Saturday's long trip north to AFC Fylde.

Woking: Craig Ross, Joshua Casey (c), Jack Cook, Immanuel Parry, Ben Gerring, Toby Edser (Godfrey Poku 83), Kane Ferdinand, Shaun Donnellan, Dave Tarpey (Paul Hodges 74), Tyreke Johnson, Ibrahim Meite (Jake Hyde 66).

Unused subs: Sam Howes, Nathan Collier.

Goals: Meite 52, Tarpey 60.

Bookings: Meite 29, Johnson 85, Ross 90.

Chesterfield: Shwan Jalal, David Buchanan, Josef Yarney, Will Evans, Joe Rowley, Liam Mandeville, Robbie Weir (Curtis Weston 66), Scott Boden, Sam Wedgbury (Jack McKay 56), Jonathan Smith (c) (Jay Sheridan 66), Haydn Hollis.

Unused subs: Luke Coddington, Charlie Wakefield.

Goals: Boden 85.

Bookings: Smith 59, Mandeville 90.

Referee: Samuel Barrott.

Attendance: 3,927 (97 away supporters).

Man of the Match: Dave Tarpey. There were plenty of strong contenders, but his winning goal was of the highest quality.
Chesterfield LINEUP
1Shwan Jalal
23Jonathan Smith ('65)
3David Buchanan
4Josef Yarney
5Will Evans
26Haydn Hollis
7Joe Rowley
15Robbie Weir ('65)
20Sam Wedgbury ('56)
10Liam Mandeville
19Scott Boden
12Luke Coddington
33Jay Sheridan ('65)
8Curtis Weston ('65)
22Charlie Wakefield
21Jack McKay ('56)
13Craig Ross
2Jack Cook
3Josh Casey
4Manny Parry
5Ben Gerring
8Kane Ferdinand
16Shaun Donnellan
20Toby Edser ('83)
17Tyreke Johnson
7Dave Tarpey ('74)
18Ibrahim Meite ('66)
1Sam Howes
12Nathan Collier
14Godfrey Poku ('83)
11Paul Hodges ('74)
9Jake Hyde ('66)

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