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Woking looking to rejuvenate play-off hopes at Eastleigh

Glen Harrington
6:57pm, Fri 31st Jan 2020
Eastleigh vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Saturday 1st February 2020

The Cards make the trip to Eastleigh on Saturday, looking to record an overdue win away from home, whilst also aiming to win back a place in the National League’s top seven.

Manager Alan Dowson and his team will be looking to recapture some of their form from the Laithwaite Community Stadium, where the Cards have won six out of their last seven games, when they travel to neighbouring Hampshire this weekend. Woking turned in an improved away performance on Tuesday evening at Ebbsfleet United, but still fell to a late 2-1 defeat after Jake Hyde had earlier given the visitors a second-half lead from the penalty spot, making it six successive away defeats in all competitions. The Cards currently sit ninth in the league table after the mid-week results, but remain outside of the play-off places on goal difference alone, whilst they’re only three points behind Bromley in fifth in a congested top-half of the table.

It’s been a challenging season for Eastleigh who, after qualifying for the play-offs last season, find themselves on the periphery of a relegation battle this time around. They are currently in 18th place with 38 points from their 31 games, four points clear of the bottom four, whilst they’re nine points adrift of the Cards. Their recent form is not good with six winless league matches dating back to late December, including four defeats at Aldershot, Hartlepool, Maidenhead and at home to Chesterfield; last time out they drew 0-0 in the reverse fixture against the Shots which took place on Tuesday night.

Please note that there is an early pitch inspection planned tomorrow morning along with the previously reported travel disruption. If the game does, hopefully, go ahead, your support will be very much appreciated by the team!

Woking Team News

Jamar Loza will be available for selection once again following his return from a two-match suspension. It will be interesting to see if Dowse slots the winger, whose loan from Chelmsford City has been extended until the end of the season, straight back into his starting line-up which has been altered from 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 diamond for the last two games – removing a natural place for him. Of course, the boss could instead revert to his tried and tested 4-3-3, with the likes of Jake Hyde, Dave Tarpey, Alex Wall and Josh Neufville also competing for an attacking berth.

Eastleigh Team News

Against Aldershot, manager Ben Strevens selected Max Stryjek in goal, a Polish youth international previously a part of the Sunderland setup. In defence was Joe Partington, back with the Spitfires after two years at Bristol Rovers, Andrew Boyce, who has Football League experience for Scunthorpe and Grimsby, Rob Atkinson, a recent signing from Fulham who was previously with Basingstoke Town, and Alex Wynter, an England C international who was last with Maidstone United.

In midfield was the experienced Danny Hollands, a veteran of spells with AFC Bournemouth and Portsmouth, Cavaghn Miley, who was signed from St. Pauls in Jersey, plus Jack Payne, a summer addition from Ebbsfleet Untied who was previously with Blackpool, Peterborough and Gillingham. The forward-line consisted of former Woking striker Scott Rendell, James Alabi, best known for his goalscoring exploits at Chester but more recently of Tranmere Rovers, and recent loan signing Jake Scrimshaw, who joined from AFC Bournemouth.

Last Time Out

Woking 1-1 Eastleigh – National League (26th October 2019)

This game will arguably be best remembered for the injury to Rob Atkinson which delayed the game for over a quarter of an hour – thankfully the defender is now back playing for the Spitfires. Jamar Loza looked to have grabbed the winner for Woking late on, only for Rendell, as he has a habit of doing against the Cards, to strike a late equaliser.

On the Day

Fans looking to make the trip to Eastleigh should read the relevant travel advice page on our website due to the problems in the area this week. Remember to also keep an eye on the club website and/or social media platforms for any updates on the pitch which we’ll bring you as soon as possible.

There is a supporters’ coach running for the game which leaves from the Laithwaite Community Stadium at 12.00pm. Please arrive by 11.45pm. The price for members is £20 for adults and £15 for under-16s, and £25/£20 for non-members. Those looking to attend should contact Adam Bowyer (adam.bowyer@cardstrust.co.uk) or call the club shop for more information.

Ticket prices are £15 for adults, £10 for concessions (aged 60+), £5 for students (aged 17-21), £2 for juniors (aged 12-16) and free for under-11s.

Next Up

The Cards next scheduled game was due to be against Barnet on Saturday but this has now had to be rearranged due to the Bees’ FA Trophy commitments. Instead, we will face Dorking Wanderers at home in the next round of the Surrey Senior Cup a week on Tuesday, with our next league game the following Saturday (15th February) away to Notts County.

Cards defeated by struggling Eastleigh

Conor Faherty
12:00am, Sat 1st Feb 2020
Eastleigh 2 Woking 0
Vanarama National League
Saturday 1st February 2020

Woking fell to another defeat on the road as they were beaten 2-0 by Eastleigh.

Goals from Jack Payne and Tyrone Barnett in the first half were enough to see off the visitors who have now lost six away league games in a row.

The Cards came into the match off a very mixed week after beating Yeovil the Saturday prior but looking to avenge the loss away at Ebbsfleet on Tuesday night.

The sun was shining at the Silverlake stadium as Woking made only one change from Tuesday, Jamar Loza coming back into the team after suspension at the expense of Alex Wall.

The question of whether or not the pitch was playable was answered when the referee passed the pitch inspection earlier in the morning. However, issues with the pitch were clear to see.

Although it was not the start Woking were looking for as the Spitfires began to control the early stages and were knocking the ball around nicely.

The 152 Woking fans were making lots of noise as always tucked away in the corner.

The pressure was beginning to tell as Eastleigh were racking up the corners with Woking so far doing their job.

However, on 10 minutes Eastleigh were rewarded for their pressure. Woking switch off as Eastleigh switch the play with a cross field ball to the back post and there is midfielder Jack Payne totally unmarked who fires back across Craig Ross into the corner. 1-0 Eastleigh!

Manny Parry had the Cards first chance with two snapshots from a Woking corner with the second being smartly saved.

Although Eastleigh were always dangerous and Danny Hollands was played in but the ref adjudged him to have fouled Moussa Diarra.

But on 20 minutes the Cards were punished again for their slow start as the home side made it 2-0. An Eastleigh corner which found Tyrone Barnett completely unmarked in the six-yard box, and his free header arrowed past Ross - 2-0 Eastleigh and another horrible goal for Woking to concede.

Woking continued to look dangerous from set pieces; Josh Casey’s in-swinging corner was scrambled away by the home keeper Max Stryjek.

Half Time Eastleigh 2 Woking 0

The second half started a lot brighter for the Cards with an instant attack that saw Josh Neufville break down the right and put in a dangerous cross which Jake Hyde just couldn’t get proper connection with; better from Woking.

Woking continued to come forward and this time it was Loza down the left, breezing past his man before cutting the ball back across the box to Neufville but his shot was comfortably.

In the 58th minute Woking looked to keep up the intensity with a double sub, Alex Wall and Max Kretzschmar replacing Jake Hyde and Jayden Harris.

Then came the best chance for Woking. A slick counter attack with Loza picking up the ball at speed, running past blue shirts before being one on one but as he went to shoot the ball hit a bobble and just went wide. So unlucky!

Eastleigh then managed to get more of a foothold and were becoming very difficult to break down.

Dave Tarpey replaced Godfrey Poku in the 72nd minute.

It wasn’t over just yet for the Cards with a couple more chances coming their way.

Max Kretzschmar (pictured above) saw his header go just over and Dave Tarpey had the ball fall to him but his shot was high and not very handsome.

Scott Rendell came on for Eastleigh to a chorus of boos and chants from the Woking fans and his only shot was comfortably saved by Ross.

The two early goals did it for Woking who will rue their slow start and sloppy defending. It was a much better second half performance from which to take some positives, but the damage was already done.

The result leaves Woking in 10th three points of the play-offs; the win for Eastleigh sees them in 16th.

Next up for the Cards is Notts County away on the 15th February.

Eastleigh: 1 Max Stryjek, 2 Joe Partington, 4 Rob Atkinson (Michael Green 42’), 6 Andrew Boyce, 8 Jack Payne, 10 Tyrone Barnett (Scott Rendell 79’), 15 Alex Wynter, 17 Cavaghn Miley, 19 Danny Hollands ©, 22 Jake Scrimshaw (James Alabi 67’), 23 Udoka Godwin-Malife

Unused subs: Sam Smart, Thomas Bearwish

Goals: Payne 10’, Barnett 20’

Bookings: Miley, Hollands

Woking: 13 Craig Ross, 3 Josh Casey ©, 4 Manny Parry, 6 Moussa Diarra, 16 Shaun Donnellan, 8 Kane Ferdinand, 14 Godfrey Poku (Dave Tarpey 72’), 19 Jayden Harris (Max Kretzschmar 58’), 20 Josh Neufville, 9 Jake Hyde (Alex Wall 58’), 22 Jamar Loza

Unused subs: Ben Gerring, Christian Paulat Brigg

Bookings: Diarra

Referee: Samuel Allison

Attendance: 1885 (152 away fans)

My MOTM: Jamar Loza. Continued to be full of energy all game. Maybe should have scored but he was always looking to create and gave everything
Eastleigh LINEUP
1Max Stryjek
2Joe Partington
15Alex Wynter
4Rob Atkinson ('42)
6Andrew Boyce
8Jack Payne
17Cavaghn Miley
19Danny Hollands
22Jake Scrimshaw ('67)
23Udoka Godwin-Malife
10Tyrone Barnett ('77)
3Michael Green ('42)
11Sam Smart
14Tom Bearwish
18James Alabi ('67)
9Scott Rendell ('77)
13Craig Ross
16Shaun Donnellan
3Josh Casey
4Manny Parry
6Moussa Diarra
14Godfrey Poku ('72)
19Jayden Harris ('58)
8Kane Ferdinand
20Josh Neufville
22Jamar Loza
9Jake Hyde ('58)
21Christian Paulat-Brigg
5Ben Gerring
10Max Kretzschmar ('58)
7Dave Tarpey ('72)
27Alex Wall ('58)

Eastleigh 2-0 Woking | Dowse Interview

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