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Cards hoping for home comforts at the Laithwaite

Glen Harrington
3:06pm, Thu 20th Feb 2020
Woking vs Stockport County
Vanarama National League
Saturday 22nd February 2020

Woking will play their first home league game in four weeks on Saturday as they entertain Stockport County at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

It’s been a challenging month for the Cards who have picked up just one point from their last three away league outings, albeit with that point coming last time out, when Max Kretzschmar’s first league goal of the season earned a hard-fought draw at Notts County. Alan Dowson’s team have been much stronger at the Laithwaite in recent months however, winning four and losing just one of their least six league matches on home soil, and the boss will no doubt be hoping that trend continues this weekend. Indeed, Dowse will surely be targeting an upcoming run of four home games in just a three-week period to reignite a potential play-off push, with the Cards currently three points adrift of the top seven with 12 games to play.

Stockport, who like the Cards were promoted from the sixth tier of English football at the end of last season – going up as champions of National League North, also find themselves in the play-off hunt. They’re currently one place and two points better off than Woking having played one game more – acquiring 50 points from their 35 games, with 14 wins, eight draws and 13 defeats. Their form since the turn of the year has been distinctly mixed, with last Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bromley their first victory in the league since December, ending a run of six games without a maximum. Earlier this month they drew 1-1 at Dagenham & Redbridge and lost 2-0 at home to Dover Athletic.

This has all the makings of an entertaining game. Your support made all the difference at Notts County last weekend so please come along again if you can and cheer on the team!

Woking Team News

The Cards have no reported fresh injury worries ahead of this one with striker Jake Hyde, who missed the game at Meadow Lane, the only player Dowse will be waiting on. That means that the Cards could line up with a very similar team to the one that played in Nottingham, with loanee Ben Dempsey continuing in midfield alongside Kretzschmar and Kane Ferdinand, Ben Gerring alongside Moussa Diarra at the back, and Alex Wall up front supported by Dave Tarpey and Jamar Loza.

Stockport County Team News

Against Bromley, manager Jim Gannon selected Ben Hinchliffe in goal, the experience keeper who has been with the Hatters since 2016. In defence was Sam Minihan and Dan Cowan, both also long-serving players well established in this side, Ashley Palmer, who was signed from Guiseley in 2018, and Liam Hogan, a more recent addition from League 2 side Salford City.

In midfield was Jordan Keane, signed ahead of the club’s promotion winning season from Boston United, Sam Walker, another former Salford player who has also won the FA Trophy during his time with FC Halifax Town, Adam Thomas, a graduate of Everton’s academy who was signed from Hednesford Town back in 2016, Elliott Osborne, signed after an initial loan spell from Southport in 2018, and finally Danny Lloyd, who has recently returned to the club on loan after time with Peterborough United and Salford City. Up front was Liam McAlinden, who has first-team experience for Wolverhampton Wanderers and also played in the Football League for Exeter City, he’s recently joined from FC Halifax Town.

Last Time Out

Stockport County 1-3 Woking – National League (2nd November 2019)

The Cards came into this game off the back of a remarkable 13-game run without a win in all competitions, with eight draws and five defeats, including an FA Cup exit at the hands of Ebbsfleet Untied. Woking never looked like losing this one though, taking the lead through Jake Hyde in the first-half, before extending that advantage through Dave Tarpey and Hyde once more. Frank Mulhern scored the late consolation for the home side. In fact, the Cards have a very good record against the Hatters, winning all four meetings between the two teams since 2012.

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 are back in action next Saturday afternoon when we will entertain Maidenhead Untied at the Laithwaite Community Stadium. Our next away trip is at FC Halifax Town on the first Saturday in March.

Cards denied winning hand by stubborn Stockport

Luke Hammond
12:00am, Sat 22nd Feb 2020
Woking 1 Stockport United 1
Vanarama National League
Saturday 22nd February 2020

Woking fought to a stalemate at the Laithwaite Stadium narrowly missing their opportunity to leapfrog Stockport.

It was a cold and bitter afternoon but the wind was less strong than in recent weeks which made for a more dynamic game. In contrast, Dowson made no changes to the team from the draw against Notts County last week.

There is always good support for Woking and none less on Saturday with a healthy 2,189 Cards fans in attendance with 310 travelling Hatters on the opposition terrace. Despite the storms in recent weeks, the pitch looked immaculate on the day.

The start of the game saw both teams battling hard with a few cold-blooded tackles flying in. Specifically, Woking’s Dave Tarpey and Kane Ferdinand’s early challenges set the tone for the game.

In the 4th minute, Woking nearly had a breakthrough. Tarpey found space outside of the box and was fouled, setting up a great position for the set piece. Max Kretzschmar floated the ball into a dangerous area where Woking striker Alex Wall won the header and sent it skywards. The ball landed in the goalmouth untouched but the ref called a foul on a flapping Stockport keeper.

The deadlock was broken in the 5th minute by Stockport’s Danny Lloyd. The ball was delivered into the box from a corner by Sam Walker. It ricocheted off a Woking player and fell to the feet of Lloyd who placed the ball in the bottom corner to give County the lead.

Stockport’s early lead gave them confidence as they mounted more and more pressure in the Woking half.

This was cancelled out when Woking equalised in the 10th minute. Jack Cook (pictured above) launched an inviting long throw into the box. Wall proved too strong for his man as the ball landed at the feet of the striker who guided it into the bottom corner, leaving Ben Hinchcliffe rooted to the spot.

Alex Wall taps home; pic: David Holmes

Woking’s equaliser gave them a surge of energy and momentum while Wall was proving tough to handle by the Stockport defence.

Tarpey and Jamar Loza were vital in creating space and chances for the home side. Tarpey managed to create space for himself outside the box and had a driven shot well blocked by the Stockport defence. The ball then came out to Loza who again used his trickery to make space and look for Tarpey, but the ball had too much on it.

However, Stockport managed to weather Woking’s storm after the first goal and started to look more dangerous in open play and specifically at set pieces. But Woking’s defence were rigid and stood firm.

In the 21st minute, the ball was played into the box from a corner by Stockport’s Sam Walker. The ball was flicked into the air by a Stockport defender while players closed in on Craig Ross. No Woking player managed to clear the bouncing ball when it landed and eventually it was stabbed off the line and away by Jack Cook.

Kretzschmar had a growing influence on proceedings. Kretzschmar managed to find himself in space behind the Stockport midfield and played a delightfully weighted pass in between the Stockport centre backs. The ball rolled into the path of an on-running Tarpey; but the Stockport keeper was out to gather.

Half way through the first half Woking’s pressing became harder and harder to deal with by County, as the Stockport midfield were struggling to play forward which gave goalkeeper Ben Hinchcliffe too many touches for Stockport’s liking.

The 30th minute saw Jordan Keane go down under the challenge of Wall which caused outrage to the travelling Stockport fans who were adamant it should have been a red card for an elbow on their defender. The ref gave no punishment and called to play on.

This controversy sparked a heated period in the game where players were tackling with greater ferocity the before.

7 minutes before the break, Woking had their best chance of the half outside of the goal. Again, Kretzschmar delivered a lovely floated ball into the box which Stockport failed to clear at the first attempt. The ball bounced around the box then landed at the feet of Loza who’s low shot was saved. The ball bounced back out and into the path of Wall who stabbed it goalwards from 4 yards out. The ball was saved again by Hinchcliffe and cleared by Stockport’s Liam Hogan.

Woking continued to pile on pressure going into the break. Loza received the ball on the right-hand side of the penalty box. With a few brilliant step overs, he created space for a left-footed shot which was deflected onto the crossbar and out for a corner.

Half time: Woking 1 Stockport County 1

The first half started brightest for the Cards. Tarpey gathered the ball and drove towards the Stockport defence. He played a slick one-two with Wall which opened up a shooting chance which was well saved by Hinchcliffe.

Stockport continued to try and slide through balls over the top and in-between the Woking defence which nearly proved effective. A ball was volleyed through by a Stockport Midfielder which wasn’t picked up by the Woking defence who had to rely on a last-ditch challenge from Moussa Diarra to prevent Danny Lloyd from running through.

Stockport again provided another scare for the Cards defence in the 55th minute. Danny Lloyd dropped deep to receive the ball and threaded a pass in-between the Woking defence into the path of Liam McAlinden who looked to be through on goal, but Diarra came flying in to make an expertly timed challenge once again and stop a shot on goal.

After nearly scoring twice, Stockport had a small period to which the Cards looked to be under the cosh. Woking were struggling to move the ball up the pitch against a sturdy Stockport defence.

Nonetheless, Woking reacted well to mounting pressure and created another good opportunity. Kretzschmar again played a lofted ball into the box where Diarra was waiting to flick the ball goalwards. The ball landed at the feet of Dempsey who was 5 yards out with his back to goal, but with not enough space to shoot the ball was cleared.

The Cards saw another chance go begging in the 71st minute when a ball was played in between the two County central defenders. Both defenders failed to take charge and clear the ball which meant Wall latched onto the pass and found himself with only the keeper to beat. Wall rushed the shot and dragged the ball wide of the right-hand post.

With 20 minutes to go, the game became stagnated and seemed to be slowing down before County nearly administered another blow to the Woking defence. Jordan Keane floated a ball towards the back post which caught the Woking defence by surprise. It arrived on the head of Danny Lloyd who beat Josh Casey to the ball but the ball was cleared.

Dowson decided to roll the dice in the 75th minute by making a double substitution. Josh Neufville came on for Tarpey and Godfrey Poku came on for Dempsey.

Moving into the final 10 minutes, the Cards managed to find a second win inspired by Kretzschmar. His deliveries into the box had caused a number of problems throughout the game and this was no different. The midfielder floated another generous ball into the box which found Cook’s head perfectly, but he failed to convert.

Stockport had a chance to win it in the 91st minute when substitute Nyal Bell latched onto a stray ball from a Woking throw-in. He drove the ball goalwards and it flew centimetres outside of the right-hand post.

This was another frustrating result for the Cards as they now sit on 49 points, 4 points of the playoff position in 13th place. Stockport are on 51 points in 10th position. Woking next face Maidenhead at the Laithwaite stadium next Saturday 29th February.

Woking: 13. Craig Ross, 2. Jack Cook, 3. Josh Casey, 5. Ben Gerring, 6. Moussa Diarra, 7. Dave Tarpey (Josh Neufville 75’) 8. Kane Ferdinand, 10. Max Kretzschmar, 18. Ben Dempsey (Godfrey Poku 75’) 22. Jamar Loza, 27. Alex wall.

Unused subs: 1. Sam Howes, 12. Nathan Collier, 16. Shaun Donnellan

Goals: Wall 10’

Bookings: Wall 72’, Ferdinand 90’

Stockport County: 1. Ben Hinchcliffe, 2. Sam Minihan, 3. Dan Cowan (Ben Jackson 46’) 5. Ash Palmer. 6. Jordan Keane. 7. Adam Thomas ( Nyal Bell 46’) 8. Sam Walker, 10. Elliot Osborne, 25. Liam McAlinden (Festus Arthur 69’) 26. Danny Lloyd, 29.Liam Hogan.

Unused subs: 13. Ian Ormson, 17. Connor Dimaio.

Goals: Lloyd, 5’

Bookings: Bell 81’, Lloyd 90’

Referee: Alan Dale

Attendance: 2,189

Sponsor's Man of the Match: Alex Wall

13Craig Ross
2Jack Cook
3Josh Casey
5Ben Gerring
6Moussa Diarra
18Ben Dempsey ('75)
8Kane Ferdinand
10Max Kretzschmar
22Jamar Loza
7Dave Tarpey ('75)
27Alex Wall
1Sam Howes
12Nathan Collier
16Shaun Donnellan
14Godfrey Poku ('75)
20Josh Neufville ('75)
Stockport County LINEUP
1Ben Hinchliffe
2Sam Minihan
3Dan Cowan ('45)
5Ashley Palmer
6Jordan Keane
29Liam Hogan
8Sam Walker
10Elliot Osborne
7Adam Thomas ('45)
26Danny Lloyd
25Liam McAlinden ('69)
13Ian Ormson
11Ben Jackson ('45)
18Festus Arthur ('69)
17Connor Dimaio
16Nyal Bell ('45)

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