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Cards looking to overcome Tuesday night woes

Glen Harrington
3:21pm, Sun 24th Nov 2019
Woking vs Bromley
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 24th November 2019

The Cards will look to break a bizarre run of four successive defeats on a Tuesday evening when they take on Bromley at the Laithwaite Community Stadium early next week.

Woking have lost just once on a Saturday afternoon so far this season and that, combined with their excellent form away from home, meant that this weekend’s well-deserved victory over Maidenhead United came as little surprise. Goals from Moussa Diarra, Jamar Loza and Jake Hyde gave the Cards a 3-2 win, and whilst a touch of gloss was taken off the three points by Danny Whitehall’s brace, manager Alan Dowson will no doubt be pleased with the vast majority of his side’s performance. What will concern him most now is building on that result against another side currently occupying a National League play-off place. The Cards face a tough test, particularly when you consider that they are without a home win in eight games, a run stretching back to the start of August, whilst they’ve won just once in seven mid-week outings so far this campaign. However, a narrow 1-0 defeat at Bromley back in October, when the visitors were missing a number of key players, will give Dowse and co confidence that they could get a positive result this time around.

Bromley have enjoyed an excellent season so far. They currently sit in second place, level on points with leaders Barrow, albeit having played a game more. They’ve accumulated 40 points from their 22 matches, five more than the Cards, with a league-low of just four defeats and the joint-best attacking record with 39 goals scored – level with Barrow and Torquay United. Recent results have been mixed however, with Saturday’s 2-0 win at Sutton their first in any competition since a 5-0 thrashing of FC Halifax Town near the end of October, breaking a run of five games without success. Of course, it’s worth noting that two of those matches were against League One outfit Bristol Rovers, who edged past Neil Smith’s side in a replay to advance to the second round of the FA Cup.

The team really needs your support on Tuesday in what should be another close-fought game. Please come along if you can and get behind the boys!

Woking Team News

Dowse is likely to be without Kane Ferdinand after he sustained a hamstring injury in the warm-up against Maidenhead. Thankfully, the boss will have been encouraged by the performance of Godfrey Poku, who was excellent on his first appearance in well over a month. He could well start again alongside Shaun Donnellan and Glen Rea, equally dominant at York Road, for whom this could be a last appearance for the club as he reaches the end of his one-month loan from Luton Town.

The rest of the team looks likely to remain settled barring any fresh fitness or injury concerns. It will be interesting to see if Jake Gray gets more time to impress after making a late debut at the weekend.

Bromley Team News

The Ravens handed a debut to Ben Williamson against Sutton, with the former Eastleigh striker scoring within a quarter of an hour of his first appearance for the club. He’ll be one to look out for again on Tuesday alongside the dangerous Michael Cheek, the former Braintree, Dagenham and Ebbsfleet player who has scored plenty of goals at this level.

On Saturday, Bromley started with Ryan Huddart, a recent acquisition from Boreham Wood, in goal; in defence was Joe Kizzi, part of the Billericay Town team last year, former Woking loanee Chris Bush, club captain Jack Holland and Huddersfield Town loanee Rarmani Edmonds-Green. In midfield was Josh Rees, in his second spell with the club following a year at Gillingham, Luke Coulson, another former Ebbsfleet player, Billy Bingham, a second summer arrival from Gillingham, plus the former Tranmere Rovers man Adam Mekki. Williamson and Cheek were up front.

Last Time Out

Bromley 1-0 Woking – National League (24th September 2019)

Bromley are the first team Woking have faced twice in the league this season. Their first meeting came in September when the Cards, unbeaten in ten at the time, endured a tough evening on the artificial surface at Hayes Lane. Strikers Dave Tarpey and Jake Hyde weren’t risked, whilst the impressive Tyreke Johnson had just been sidelined at Chorley, leaving Dowse with a makeshift side with an unavoidably defensive setup. The visitors battled hard but were eventually beaten by Cheek’s first-half winner. Not for the last time, goalkeeper Craig Ross was the star, keeping his team in it right until the end.

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 Boreham Wood on Saturday. Our next home game is the following Tuesday evening against Chertsey Town in the Surrey Senior Cup. That’s followed by the visit of Hartlepool United four days later.

Hyde strikes to see Woking come from behind to beat Bromley

Haydn Cobb
12:00am, Tue 26th Nov 2019
Woking 2 Bromley 1
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 26th November 2019

Woking broke their poor Tuesday night run with one of their best performances of the season to beat high-flyers Bromley thanks to goals from Dave Tarpey (pictured right) and Jake Hyde.

Despite falling behind to an early Luke Coulson goal for the visitors, Woking rallied to beat the joint-top league leaders coming into the match with Tarpey and Hyde in either half to clinch the three points.

The win lifts Woking up to fourth place in the Vanarama National League at the halfway stage of the season, level on points with FC Halifax Town but ahead with a superior goal difference, with a useful run of form heading into the Christmas period thanks to three wins and a draw from the last four games.

Alan Dowson picked an unchanged starting line-up from the team which won in front of the BT Sport cameras at Maidenhead United on Saturday evening.

Despite Woking starting the brighter side, they were hit by a sucker punch from Coulson who drove at the Cards’ backline unopposed before unleashing a 20-yard effort which kept low to nestle in the bottom left-hand corner.

A competitive but fair game became spikey midway through the first half following a tough tackle by Moussa Diarra which earned the Woking defender a yellow card with the entire Bromley bench remonstrating on the pitch.

Moments later Bromley conceded a freekick which saw Josh Casey float a cross to Diarra whose powerful header was volleyed off the goal line by Ramani Edmonds-Green with the resulting goalmouth melee seeing Jack Holland go down with a head injury.

With the Kingfield Road Terrace in fine voice, Woking’s efforts were rewarded with Tarpey’s fifth goal of the season drawing them level two minutes before halftime. Woking’s driving midfield produced a perfectly weighted through ball for the Woking striker to finish with a powerful shot past Ryan Huddart in goal.

Half-time: Woking 1 Bromley 1

In a subdued start to the second half neither side carved out a clear-cut chance with Bromley relying on a barrage of long throws from Chris Bush which were comfortably headed clear by Diarra and Ben Gerring.

It took until the 67th minute until an attack of note when the visitors put together some slick passes to find Michael Cheek in space 15 yards out but the forward could only shank his shot wide.

With Woking holding firm against Bromley’s attacks, the Cards struck again with their first genuine attack of the half.

Craig Ross produced an excellent long pass to find Jamar Loza in space on the left flank. Following up his man of the match performance from Saturday, Loza carved out an in-swinging cross which was nodded past Huddart by Hyde for his 11th goal of the season to give Woking the lead with 15 minutes to go.

Despite a few nervy moments defending against the Bromley attacks the Cards held firm to secure the victory, breaking the Tuesday night curse having lost four and drawn one match so far this season, and move up to fourth in the league table.

Woking will look to continue their fine form heading to Boreham Wood on Saturday aiming to keep pace with the leaders at the top of the table.

Woking: 13 Craig Ross; 3 Joshua Casey ©, 5 Ben Gerring, 6 Moussa Diarra, 2 Jack Cook; 16 Shaun Donnellan, 14 Godfrey Poku (Sub 1: Nathan Collier 85’), 23 Glen Rea; 22 Jamar Loza (Sub 2: Max Kretzschmar 90+1), 7 Davey Tarpey; 9 Jake Hyde

Unused subs: 25 Sam Mason, 20 Jake Gray, 11 Paul Hodges

Goals: Tarpey 43’, Hyde 75’

Bookings: Poku 23’, Diarra 29’, Gerring 37’, Rea 57’

Bromley 23 Ryan Huddart, 2 Joe Kizzi, 6 Jack Holland ©, 7 Luke Coulson (Sub 3: Ollie Tanner 80’) , 9 Michael Cheek, 10 Billy Bingham, 11 Adam Mekki (Sub 1: Frankie Raymond 62’), 13 Chris Bush, 18 Ben Williamson, 25 Josh Rees (Sub 2: Michael Klass), 26 Ramani Edmonds-Green

Unused subs: 28 Tarek Najia, 29 Jayden Onen

Goals: Coulson 15’

Bookings: Bingham 85’

Referee: Savvas Yianni

Attendance: 1769 – including 72 travelling supporters from Bromley.

Man of the Match: Jamar Loza – Had a hand in creating both goals and continues to star in the front three alongside Tarpey and Hyde.
13Craig Ross
2Jack Cook
3Josh Casey
5Ben Gerring
6Moussa Diarra
23Glen Rea
16Shaun Donnellan
14Godfrey Poku ('89)
11Jamar Loza ('90)
7Dave Tarpey
9Jake Hyde
25Sam Mason
12Nathan Collier ('89)
24Jake Gray
11Paul Hodges
10Max Kretzschmar ('90)
Bromley LINEUP
23Ryan Huddart
2Joe Kizzi
13Chris Bush
6Jack Holland
26Rarmani Edmonds-Green
25Josh Rees ('78)
7Luke Coulson ('80)
10Billy Bingham
11Adam Mekki ('62)
18Ben Williamson
9Michael Cheek
28Tarek Najia
8Frankie Raymond ('62)
14Ollie Tanner ('80)
15Michael Klass ('78)
29Jayden Onen

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