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Wrexham next up for Dowse's Woking side

Nick Shaw
10:18pm, Thu 3rd Oct 2019
Woking vs Wrexham
MANarama National League
Saturday 5th October 2019

The Cards will be looking to put September’s winless run behind them on Saturday, with Wrexham, the visitors to The Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Despite having enough chances to comfortably win the game against Boreham Wood last weekend, Woking suffered their second successive defeat, but remain near the top of the table, only four points off leaders Bromley. Ben Gerring will be serving the final match of his suspension after he got sent off at Chorley, and Tyreke Johnson remains out through injury.

Wrexham, who finished fourth in last season’s National League, have yet to win away this season, and go into the match on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Solihull Moors.

Woking Team News

Other than Gerring and Johnson, Dowse should have a full squad to choose from. It’s unfortunate that Tuesday’s friendly against Westfield was postponed, due to the weather, as it would have given much needed game time to those on the fringes, and those coming back from injury who could do with getting some match fitness.

Wrexham Team News

Caretaker manager Brian Flynn will be without his captain, Shaun Pearson, who is suspended after he picked up his fifth yellow card during the week. Their top scorer, Bobby Grant, got their only goal on Tuesday and is in fine goal scoring form. Last year’s Player of the Season, Rob Lainton, is currently out injured so Christian Dibble is likely to be in goal for the visitors. Experienced centre-back Manny Smith is also out injured.

Last Time Out

Woking 2 - 2 Wrexham - National League (17th March 2018)

Josh Staunton opened the scoring last time out, scoring with a header from a corner, with the visitors taking the lead early in the second half with both goals coming from Marcus Kelly. Joey Jones rescued a point for the Cards, but they could have had all three when Reece Grego-Cox was hauled to the ground in the box but no penalty was given.

Admission Prices

• Adults £18
• Over 65s £13
• Disabled (Including carer) £13
• Students (Under 19) £5
• U16s £5

Tickets are available on the turnstiles or in advance online. Remember, our matchday programme will also be on sale for £3. Don’t forget to grab your copy on the way in! You’ll then be able to visit the club shop for more great offers.

Next Up

The Cards travel to Yeovil Town on Tuesday, with the next scheduled match at The Laithwaite Community Stadium taking place on Saturday 26th October when Eastleigh are the visitors. The draw for the Fourth Qualifying Round of The Emirates FA Cup takes place on Monday, where Woking will find out who they will face on Saturday 19th October.

Cards Battle Back to Earn Point Against Dragons

William Bewsey
12:00am, Sat 5th Oct 2019
Woking 1 Wrexham 1
Vanarama National League
5th October 2019

The Cards went into this match after suffering back-to-back defeats to Bromley and Boreham Wood, but their opponents also tasted defeat on Tuesday night at Solihull Moors. Wrexham were some people’s promotion favourites, but have been disappointing and sat 19th going into their clash at Kingfield.

Manager Alan Dowson made one change to the team that lost to Boreham Wood, with Shaun Donnellan coming in for Godfrey Poku. Wrexham made two changes after their midweek defeat, with captain Shaun Pearson out through suspension, and replaced by Michael Chambers, whilst Jazzi Barnum-Bobb was replaced by Adam Barton.

The Cards kicked off at Kingfield, and in the opening few minutes, Wrexham were moving the ball nicely without really troubling Craig Ross in goal. After four minutes, a long kick from Ross caused a miscommunication between Wrexham keeper and defence, and Jamar Loza was able to get in behind, but his driven shot was blocked by Dibble from a tight angle. Wrexham continued to get balls into the box, but it was Woking who were having the majority of chances. After 16 minutes, some brilliant football from Woking saw the ball find Dave Tarpey on the edge of the box, and his shot was deflected just over the bar.

But after 23 minutes, Ross was called into action. A cross in from Carrington found Luke Young, who hit a fierce volley which was heading towards the top corner, but a flying save by Ross saw him tip the ball over the bar. Just over 10 minutes later, the opposition keeper was also needed. Moussa Diarra headed down to Shaun Donnellan, and his strike towards goal was well parried by Christian Dibble, who hurt himself in the process.

Just before half time, Jennings found Oswell with a pullback, but his point blank shot was well saved by Woking keeper Ross. This was to be the last notable action of the half. Both sides had chances to take a lead, but both keepers appeared to stand out in the first half.

Half-time: Woking 0 Wrexham 0

Wrexham came flying out of the blocks straight after half time, and the deadlock was broken just two minutes after kick off for the second half. Some neat Wrexham play, along with some questionable Woking defending, saw James Jennings given space to fire the ball past the helpless Ross. Wrexham continued this pressure, and a few minutes after the goal, Rutherford found Luke Summerfield on the edge of the box, but he curled over the bar.

For the next 15 minutes, Wrexham continued to keep the Cards frustrated, whilst creating more chances of their own, with Oswell having a header saved by Ross, before Rutherford put a ball into the box which just missed everyone. Oswell then sent Jennings through inside the area, but another brilliant save by Ross kept it at 1-0.

Dowson decided to bring Jake Hyde and Toby Edser off, and they were replaced by Ibrahim Meite and Paul Hodges, whereas Wrexham took off Carrington for Mark Harris. The Cards started to have more influence up front, and Dave Tarpey put a low ball into the box, and it was just inches away from a Meite touch which would’ve levelled the game.

Loza found space on the edge of the box, and curled an attempt towards the roof of the net, but Dibble was able to tip it over. On 76 minutes, a great ball in from Donnellan took a touch and nestled into the back of the net. It looked like either Ferdinand, Meite or a Wrexham defender touched the ball in, but more importantly, the Cards had levelled the match.

The substitute Harris almost put Wrexham back in front with a header that struck the post, but it was Woking who looked to push for a winner, as impressive pressing from Meite saw him snatch the ball and curl a shot just over the bar. Woking had free kicks and corners that didn’t trouble the Wrexham defence, who comfortably saw out the remainder of the game.

The Cards will feel that this is a positive result, especially considering the chances that Wrexham had to double their lead, and will be grateful to Ross, who continues to impress in goal for Woking, making some superb saves to keep them in the game. Credit has to be given to the substitutes Hodges and Meite, who changed the game and caused problems for Wrexham’s defence. Despite now being 7 games without a win, Dowson has installed a never say die attitude into the players, and he will be happy with his team’s effort in this match.

Woking: 13 Craig Ross, 2 Jack Cook, 3 Josh Casey, 4 Manny Parry, 6 Moussa Diarra, 7 Dave Tarpey (10 Max Kretzschmar 86’), 8 Kane Ferdinand, 9 Jake Hyde (18 Ibrahim Meite 63’), 16 Shaun Donnellan, 20 Toby Edser(11 Paul Hodges 63’) 22 Jamar Loza

Unused subs: 1 Sam Howes, 12 Nathan Collier

Goals: Ferdinand 76’

Bookings: Jamar Loza 90+2’

Wrexham 21 Christian Dibble, 3 James Jennings, 6 Luke Lawlor, 7 Luke Summerfield, 8 Luke Young, 11 Bobby Grant, 12 Jason Oswell, 13 Mark Carrington (Mark Harris 64’), 14 Paul Rutherford, 15 Adam Barton, 23 Michael Chambers

Unused subs: 31 Dawid Szczepaniak, 9 Ben Tollitt, 10 Devonte Redmond, 20 Akil Wright

Goals: Jennings 47’

Bookings: Jennings 45’, Oswell 92’

Referee: Garreth Rhodes

Attendance: 2061

Sponsor’s Man of the Match: Manny Parry
13Craig Ross
2Jack Cook
3Josh Casey
4Manny Parry
6Moussa Diarra
8Kane Ferdinand
16Shaun Donnellan
20Toby Edser ('64)
22Jamar Loza
7Dave Tarpey ('86)
9Jake Hyde ('64)
1Sam Howes
12Nathan Collier
10Max Kretzschmar ('86)
11Paul Hodges ('64)
18Ibrahim Meite ('64)
Wrexham LINEUP
21Christian Dibble
13Mark Carrington ('65)
3James Jennings
23Michael Chambers
6Jake Lawlor
7Luke Summerfield
8Luke Young
15Adam Barton
14Paul Rutherford
11Bobby Grant
12Jason Oswell
31Dawid Szczepaniak
20Akil Wright
10Devonte Redmond
9Ben Tollitt
29Mark Harris ('65)

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