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Cards face tough test against promotion chasing Yeovil

Glen Harrington
7:39pm, Thu 23rd Jan 2020
Woking vs Yeovil Town
Vanarama National League
Saturday 25th January 2020


Woking will look to reignite their play-off ambitions on Saturday as they take on promotion-chasing Yeovil Town at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

It’s been a challenging spell for the Cards, with a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Wrexham last weekend their fourth in the last five league games. It was a result which has seen Alan Dowson’s side fall to tenth in the National League table, two points adrift of the top seven, with the prospect of a challenging home game against the league’s third-place side next up. A morale boosting mid-week win over Kingstonian in the Surrey Senior Cup, courtesy of Max Kretzschmar’s fourth goal of the season, will give the Cards some hope of a return to form, as will an encouraging record of just one defeat on home soil since October, a run of seven matches in all competitions.

Yeovil are looking to make an immediate return to the Football League following their relegation at the end of last season. They have 53 points from their 31 games so far, five fewer than leaders Barrow, who also have two games in hand – but they have a seven-point cushion on eighth-place Stockport. Their recent form is very good, they’ve lost just once in all competitions since mid-November, winning six and drawing six of the last 13 matches, with the only defeat coming at Sutton United at the end of December. Since then, they’ve beaten Torquay (2-0) and Hampton & Richmond (4-0, in the FA Trophy), and drawn with Solihull (0-0) and Hartlepool (2-2). Star striker Rhys Murphy, who has 20 goals in all competitions this season including two in the reverse fixture, was sent off in the game against the Pools, but that red card has since been rescinded.

The team really needs your support this weekend so please come along and cheer them on!

Woking Team News

Dowse should have a near full-strength team to pick from. The boss rotated his squad against Kingstonian, handing opportunities to the likes of Sam Howes, Nathan Collier, Manny Parry, Max Kretzschmar, Paul Hodges, plus new signings Alex Wall and Josh Neufville, with the latter duo set to make their home league debuts this weekend. Jamar Loza will be the only enforced absentee as he starts a two-match ban for his red card in Wales.

Yeovil Town Team News

Against Hartlepool, manager Darren Sarll selected Ted Cann in goal, on loan from West Bromwich Albion; in defence was Birmingham City loanee Remeao Hutton, the experienced Carl Dickinson, formerly of Watford and Port Vale, captain Lee Collins, another former Vale man who has also been with Northampton, Mansfield and Forest Green Rovers, and Luke Wilkinson, ex-Dagenham, Luton and Stevenage.

In midfield was Charlie Lee, part of the promoted Leyton Orient team last season, who has also spent time at Peterborough, Gillingham and Stevenage; Matt Worthington, a one-time Premier League appearance-maker with AFC Bournemouth, Myles Hippolyte, who has spent time in Scotland with Livingston, Falkirk and Dunfermline amongst others, and Albanian Albi Skendi, who signed in the summer from Stratford Town. Up front was veteran Marc Richards, previously with Northampton, Barnsley, Port Vale, Chesterfield and Swindon, alongside top scorer Murphy, who also shone for Chelmsford City in the National League South last season.

Last Time Out

Yeovil Town 3-1 Woking – National League (8th October 2019)


The Cards were well beaten at Huish Park despite, arguably, the goal of the season from Ibrahim Meite. The Glovers bagged three before half-time courtesy of Murphy (2) and James Smith, but an improved second-half performance from the Cards followed, and Meite gave the travelling fans something to cheer with a stunning 25-yard effort.

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Next Up

The Cards are back in action on Tuesday evening for the rearranged game at Ebbsfleet. That’s followed by another away trip on Saturday, this time at Eastleigh. Our next home match is on the 8th February against Barnet.


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Donnellan delights to see Woking outbox the Glovers

Haydn Cobb
8:01pm, Sat 25th Jan 2020
Woking 1 Yeovil Town 0
Vanarama National League
Saturday 25th January 2020

Shaun Donnellan’s superb strike midway through the first half secured Woking victory over Yeovil Town to return to within touching distance of the Vanarama National League play-offs.

Woking came into the game as underdogs against opponents who had only lost once since mid-November in the league, but a robust defensive display laid the foundations to keep hold of an early lead provided by Donnellan’s third goal of the season.

Donnellan, an ex-Yeovil Town player who slotted into right back in Woking’s defence, cut inside the right wing to unleash a curling effort which nestled into the bottom-left corner after 22 minutes.

In a game of high quality but few chances, Woking stood firm against the league’s second-highest goal scorers to keep a clean sheet and with it all three points. The win lifts the Cards to eighth place in the league and level on points with Notts County directly above them.

Alan Dowson made three changes to the starting line-up which fell to defeat at Wrexham last weekend, with new loan signing Jayden Harris slotting into midfield as Shaun Donnellan moved to right back in place of the absent Jack Cook. Manny Parry replaced Ben Gerring in central defence and Josh Neufville came in for the suspended Jamar Loza to play on the right side of midfield diamond.

Despite the contrasting form of the two sides coming into the game, the teams looked evenly match for the opening quarter of an hour with Woking showing a steeliness in the tackle to demonstrate they wouldn’t be pushovers for their high-flying opponents.

Following a competitive but uneventful start, the game sparked into life on 22 minutes as Donnellan scored with Woking’s first effort on target. The stand-in right back played a smart one-two with Neufville on the wing before cutting inside and unopposed he unleashed a left-foot curling effort which nestled in the bottom-left corner of Ted Cann’s net.

The intense midfield battle continued as Yeovil’s players grew visibly frustrated at the solid Woking backline. It meant opportunities were few and far between with Jimmy Smith’s 20-yard effort blocked by Manny Parry before a foul was called to relieve the pressure.

Half-time: Woking 1 Yeovil Town 0

The Glovers, still venting frustrations at the referee over first half decisions, came at Woking with a more direct approach at the start of the second half. An accidental handball by Godfrey Poku resulted in a freekick 25 yards out which Luke Wilkinson curled towards the top-right corner of the goal only to see Craig Ross push the effort away from danger.

But the pressure continued to grow on the Woking defence as Yeovil Town began to dominate possession, with top scorer Rhys Murphy getting his first sighting of goal with an edge of the area shot which was off target.

Dowse triggered changes to Woking’s attack with Alex Wall and Max Kretzschmar coming on for Dave Tarpey and Harris respectively. The Cards had the chance to make the game safe as Hyde’s charge down the channel and cross found Poku but his shot was blocked on the line.

With the match stretching in the final 15 minutes, Woking continued to have opportunities to double their lead. Neufville found himself in space on the edge of Yeovil Town’s box but his powerful strike kept rising over the crossbar.

Yeovil Town pressed on for an equaliser but couldn’t create a clear chance let alone a test for Ross in goal as Woking put in one of their best defensive performances of the season.

Woking are in league action again on Tuesday night with a trip to Ebbsfleet United.

Woking: 13 Craig Ross; 3 Joshua Casey ©, 4 Manny Parry, 6 Moussa Diarra, 16 Shaun Donnellan; 14 Godfrey Poku (90’ Nathan Collier), 8 Kane Ferdinand, 19 Jayden Harris (79’ Max Kretzschmar); 20 Josh Neufville, 7 Dave Tarpey (67’ Alex Wall), 9 Jake Hyde

Unused subs: 1 Sam Howes, 5 Ben Gerring

Goals: Donnellan 22’

Bookings: Poku 65’, Hyde 73’, Wall 90+4’

Yeovil Town 25 Ted Cann, 3 Carl Dickinson, 4 Lee Collins ©, 5 Jimmy Smith, 6 Luke Wilkinson; 9 Rhys Murphy, 11 Myles Hippolyte (65’ Chris Dagnall), 14 Courtney Duffus (59’ Marc Richards), 18 Albi Skendi; 24 Remeao Hutton (75’ Matt Worthington), 25 Charlie Lee

Unused subs: 27 Liam O’Brien, 19 Tom Bradbury

Bookings: Matt Worthington 90’, Marc Richards 90+2’

Referee: Gary Parsons

Attendance: 2,642 – including 878 travelling Yeovil Town supporters.

Sponsor's Man of the Match: Moussa Diarra – a rock in Woking’s superb defensive performance.
WOKING LINEUP
13Craig Ross
16Shaun Donnellan
3Josh Casey
4Manny Parry
6Moussa Diarra
14Godfrey Poku ('90)
19Jayden Harris ('79)
8Kane Ferdinand
20Josh Neufville
7Dave Tarpey ('69)
9Jake Hyde
BENCH
1Sam Howes
5Ben Gerring
12Nathan Collier ('90)
10Max Kretzschmar ('79)
27Alex Wall ('69)
Yeovil Town LINEUP
25Ted Cann
24Remeao Hutton ('77)
3Carl Dickinson
4Lee Collins
6Luke Wilkinson
5Jimmy Smith
11Myles Hippolyte ('67)
26Charlie Lee
18Albi Skendi
9Rhys Murphy
14Courtney Duffus ('59)
BENCH
27Liam OBrien
19Tom Bradbury
7Matt Worthington ('77)
17Marc Richards ('59)
33Chris Dagnall ('67)

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