3:00pm - SaturdaySat 4th JanuaryJan 2020
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 1748

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Recharged Woking looking to bounce back

Glen Harrington
2:17pm, Fri 3rd Jan 2020
Woking vs Chorley
Vanarama National League
Saturday 4th January 2020

Woking will look to break a four-match losing streak on Saturday when they host bottom-of-the-table Chorley at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

It’s been a difficult few weeks for the Cards after losing just one of their previous seven games in all competitions, first going out of the FA Trophy at the hands of Kingstonian, before comprehensive defeats at the hands of Sutton United and Torquay United – a normally reliable defence conceding 15 goals in just four matches. Various problems with injuries and suspensions have not helped matters and no doubt manager Alan Dowson will be relieved to have top performers Jake Hyde, Dave Tarpey and Godfrey Poku available again this weekend, although there are still questions marks around captain Josh Casey, who has missed the last two games. The Cards remain just two points adrift of the top seven, despite their poor run, and will know that all three points here could be a major boost ahead of the start of the end-of-season run-in.

Chorley, who like Woking won promotion to this league last season through a successful play-off campaign, have found things more challenging than their southern rivals, accumulating 24 points, 17 fewer than their hosts this weekend. That doesn’t tell quite the whole story as the Magpies have made themselves difficult to beat this season, losing less games than Torquay, Maidenhead and Chesterfield, but it’s been an inability to turn draws into wins that has cost them – with 12 stalemates, including one against the Cards back in September, and just four victories this campaign. Recent form isn’t good. Their last league win was against Dagenham & Redbridge back in November, since when they’ve taken just one point from five, including three straight defeats – plus a surprise FA Trophy exist at the hands of Matlock Town, who like Kingstonian play in the seventh tier of English football.

Once again, the team really needs your support this weekend to help them out of this slump, so please come along if you can and get behind the boys! Remember, this is our last home league game for three weeks, so why not make the most of the opportunity.

Woking Team News

Dowse will be pleased to at least have options available to him again after only being able to name four substitutes against Sutton. At the back, Craig Ross must be considered likely to return, after Sam Howes conceded 10 goals in his two games, whilst it will likely be two of Ben Gerring, Manny Parry or Moussa Diarra in a back four.

Further forward, Ibrahim Meite did his chances no harm with the two consolation goals at Gander Green Lane, whilst Jamar Loza was also relatively blameless after coming on as a substitute with the score at 4-0. Midfield will be a concern for Dowse and Poku could be a key addition back into the spine of the team.

Chorley Team News

In their last game, a 2-0 home defeat by Wrexham, manager Jamie Vermiglio selected Matt Urwin in goal; a former Fleetwood Town player who signed permanently mid-way through last season after 18 months on loan. In defence was Matt Challoner, Adam Blakeman, who spent time with Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers in his youth, captain Andrew Teague, who has made over 300 league appearances for the club in a nine-year spell, plus Mark Ross and Salford City loanee Martin Smith.

In midfield was Courtney Meppen-Walter, a former England youth international who has Football League experience with Carlisle United, alongside Jake Cottrell, whilst the forward line included twin brothers Elliot and Alex Newby, as well as Marcus Carver, who has four goals so far this season. Amongst those on the bench was Nortei Nortey, who the Cards have previously come across at Dover, Solihull and Wrexham, as well as dangerous midfielder Josh O’Keefe and top scorer Chris Holroyd.

Last Time Out

Chorley 1-1 Woking – National League (21st September 2019)

The Cards came into this game unbeaten in nine, but fresh off the back of the disappointment of a late Ebbsfleet equaliser seven days earlier, which had cost them two points. They found a surprisingly tough challenge in the form of Chorley, who they’d never met in a competitive fixture before, and were forced to come from behind after Chris Holroyd opened the scoring inside 10 minutes. Dave Tarpey levelled things up mid-way through the first-half but the Cards couldn’t force a winner. Ben Gerring was also sent-off in stoppage time to complete a relatively disappointing afternoon.

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

With the Cards’ FA Trophy campaign having ended prematurely there will be no game next week. Our next league outing is in two weeks at Wrexham, which is followed by a Tuesday night home game against Kingstonian in the Surrey Senior Cup.

Cards end three-game losing streak with solid win

Justin Burns
12:00am, Sat 4th Jan 2020
Woking 1 Chorley 0
Vanarama National League
Saturday 4th January 2019

Woking put in a much-improved performance as they ended their three-game losing streak in the Vanarama National League after deservedly beating bottom of the table Chorley 1-0 through a Dave Tarpey goal, taking them up to ninth place, just one point off a play-off spot.

The Cards made five changes from the team that got hammered 6-2 away to Sutton United on New Years Day, as Craig Ross returned in goal, Godfrey Poku came into central midfield and the first choice front trio of Jamar Loza, Jake Hyde and Dave Tarpey formed their front line once again. These changes seemed to have a huge impact and helped Woking produce a vastly improved display.

On a crisp and clear afternoon, Woking kicked-off towards to the Leslie Gosden Stand and both teams were desperate for a win, as Chorley like Woking were also on a three-game losing streak. In the early stages, the Cards and their Lancastrian opponents looked equally devoid of confidence and neither side put together many good patterns of play in the early exchanges.

It was Chorley who had the first shot of the game in the 10th minute, when former Manchester City academy graduate, Courtney Meppen-Walter, who played for England at under-17 and under-18 levels, tested Ross with a left footed drive from the edge of the box.

The Cards took time to get into their stride, the three previous consecutive league defeats clearly impacted their approach and confidence, but had a good shout for a penalty turned down in the 16th minute when Hyde went down just inside the box after being found by Cook, who had made a marauding run on the right from deep.

The first 30 minutes were cagey and lacked any fluidity, but Woking were gradually asserting their authority on the visitors, and nearly took the lead in the 30th minute through Tarpey, who failed to keep a left foot volley down from 12 yards out after Diarra had nodded a header down into his path from a Shaun Donnellan free kick.

Chorley themselves then missed a good chance when Marcus Carver skipped down the left and pulled the ball back for Elliott Newby on the penalty spot, but the midfielder’s well-struck effort was saved by Ross, who superbly spread himself to keep the teams level.

Towards the end of the first half the Cards sprung into life and Tarpey nearly gave them the lead in the 38th minute after being put through one-on-one with Chorley’s keeper Urwin, but his low shot was just kept out and the visitors managed to hack clear.

Woking were rampant towards the end of the half as Tarpey then hit another effort over the bar from the edge of the box after finding some space, before Loza then failed to test Urwin and blazed over on the left after scampering free and Gerring then had a header well saved after rising highest at the back post from a Tarpey corner.

Half-time: Woking 0 Chorley 0

The momentum that the Cards had built up at the end of the first half, led by the impressive Godfrey Poku in central midfield, continued into the second half as they pressured and harried their opponents high up the pitch.

Woking deservedly took the lead in the 51st minute when Jamar Loza, who was lively from the start of the half, skinned his marker down the left after an incisive move by the hosts and crossed for Tarpey, who buried his 8th goal of the season from a few yards out.

Tarpey scores; pic: David Holmes

A second goal looked to be coming, but Urwin saved from Gerring in the 56th minute after he glanced a header towards goal from a few yards out from a Ferdinand header back into the mix following a Tarpey corner.

Chorley tried to get back into the game and nearly found an equaliser in the 66th minute through their most dangerous attacker Elliott Newby, who had a shot deflected wide of the left post by the resolute Cards defence.

The Kingfield faithful were getting a bit nervy and restless and hoping the Cards could find a second goal to wrap up the three points and Ferdinand nearly delivered, after flicking a header wide from a lovely whipped cross by Cook from the right.

Basement club Chorley threw on an extra forward in the shape of Chris Holroyd as they searched for a much-needed leveller and battled hard, but lacked the quality in the final third against a well-drilled and solid Woking defence, which was much welcomed by Cards fans after shipping 10 goals in the previous two games.

Despite all the visitor’s huff and puff, they failed to carve out any clear cut chance in the closing minutes and were limited to a few long-range efforts that flew harmlessly over the bar.

The Cards looked more like adding a second and Hyde nearly secured all three points in the 89th minute after Kretzschmar, who was bright after coming on for Tarpey in the 81st minute, put in a lovely cross from the right after a surging break down the right, but Hyde had his well blocked from a few yards out.

That proved to be the last action of the game as the Cards played out the final few minutes to earn an important three points and end their three-game losing streak in the National League and reignite their promotion ambitions.

Woking’s next fixture is not until the 18th of January when they travel to Wales and play Wrexham, who are 20th in the National League.

The Cards are now in ninth place, only eight points off second with a game in hand and a point off the final play-off place and will be looking to get on a bit of a run in a tightly contested league where a few wins on the bounce could boost their promotion ambitions.

Woking: 13 Craig Ross, 2 Jack Cook, 5 Ben Gerring, 6 Moussa Diarra, 12 Nathan Collier (C), 8 Kane Ferdinand, 16 Shaun Donnellan, 14 Godfrey Poku, 22 Jamar Loza, 9 Jake Hyde (18 Ibrahim Meite 89’), 7 Dave Tarpey (10 Max Kretzschmar 81’)

Unused subs: 1 Sam Howes 4 Manny Parry 11 Paul Hodges

Goals: Tarpey 51’

Chorley: 1 Matt Urwin, 2 Matt Challoner, 3 Adam Blakeman (20 Chris Holroyd 75’), 6 Courtney Meppen-Walter, 7 Alex Newby, 9 Marcus Carver, 11 Elliot Newby, 12 Mark Ross, 13 Jake Cottrell (17 Nortei Nortey 65’), 15 Martin Smith 16 Lewis Baines (8 Josh O’Keefe 84’)

Unused subs: 14 Louis Dodds, 21 Danny Eccles

Goals: None

Booked: Marcus Carver

Attendance: 1748

Referee: Mr Alan Dale

Sponsor’s (MKJ Group) Man of the Match: Godfrey Poku – a combative display in the middle of the park and set the Cards on the front foot winning the ball back and making some surging forward runs to link midfield and attack
13Craig Ross
2Jack Cook
12Nathan Collier
5Ben Gerring
6Moussa Diarra
14Godfrey Poku
16Shaun Donnellan
8Kane Ferdinand
22Jamar Loza
7Dave Tarpey ('81)
9Jake Hyde ('89)
1Sam Howes
4Manny Parry
10Max Kretzschmar ('81)
11Paul Hodges
18Ibrahim Meite ('89)
Chorley LINEUP
1Matt Urwin
2Matt Challoner
3Adam Blakeman ('75)
12Mark Ross
16Lewis Baines ('84)
15Martin Smith
6Courtney Meppen-Walter
13Jake Cottrell ('65)
7Alex Newby
11Elliot Newby
9Marcus Carver
21Danny Eccles
8Josh O Keefe ('84)
17Nortei Nortey ('65)
14Louis Dodds
20Chris Holroyd ('75)

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