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Cards play title challengers Torquay United tonight

Nick Shaw
10:19am, Tue 20th Apr 2021
Woking v Torquay United
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 20th April 2021

Torquay United are the visitors to The Laithwaite Community Stadium this evening, hot on the heels of 2nd placed Sutton United, only three points behind with the same number of matches played. Gary Johnson's team are on a four match winning streak, which began with Torquay's narrow victory at home to Woking at the beginning of the month.

At the other end of the table, Alan Dowson's injury-hit Cards sit in 19th place, a draw or victory tonight could see the home side overtake Wealdstone in 18th place.

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Woking - Team News

The Cards injury list grew longer on Saturday, with both Max Kretzschmar and Wimbledon loanee Zach Robinson limping off after picking up knocks against Wrexham. They join Sam Ashford, Josh Casey, Nathan Collier, Ben Dempsey, John Goddard, Matt Jarvis, Jamar Loza and Malachi Napa on the out list. Alan Dowson welcomed back Ben Gerring to the side on Saturday following his three game absence due to injury, so the Cards could line up with an unchanged back four this evening.

Torquay United – The Boss

The hugely experienced Gary Johnson, who masterminded the Gulls’ promotion to this level alongside the Cards in 2019, is now eyeing another promotion to the Football League, having won the same title with both Yeovil Town and Cheltenham Town during his career. The 65-year-old has also managed in the Football League with the likes of Bristol City, Peterborough United, and Northampton Town.

One to Watch

With two goals in the last month, left-sided midfielder Jake Andrews is one to watch this evening. The 23-year-old first joined Torquay on loan from Bristol City in 2018, scoring 10 goals in their Vanarama National League South title winning campaign. Jake signed permanently for the Gulls in June 2019.

Last Time Out

Torquay United 1-0 Woking - National League (2nd April 2021)

A late winner from striker Danny Wright gave the home side all three points in this match which was lacking in chances for both sides.


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Next Up

Woking play the first of two games on the road on Saturday, with a short trip to Maidenhead United, followed by a longer one next Tuesday when they face FC Halifax Town.

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Woking suffer further injuries in Torquay United defeat

Haydn Cobb
12:00am, Tue 20th Apr 2021
Woking 0 Torquay United 2
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 20th April 2021

Two early goals and two injuries saw Woking fall to defeat against Vanarama National League title contenders Torquay United.

Two strikes in the space of two minutes, first from Scott Boden profiting from a defensive mix-up before Connor Lemonheigh-Evans found similar fortune through a Woking mistake, saw the Gulls race into an early lead in the opening 20 minutes.

The Cards were then dealt a double injury blow midway through the first half, with both Moussa Diarra and Tommy Block going off to add to Woking’s worrying injury list, but fought back well to ensure the game remained competitive throughout.

Woking remain 19th in the league, one point below Wealdstone, with nine games left to play this season.

Dowson made two changes to his starting line-up from the game against Wrexham, both injury-enforced, as Jonte Smith came in for Max Kretzschmar in attack and John Freeman made his debut on loan from Milton Keynes in the place of Zach Robinson.

The high-flying Gulls enjoyed the brighter start on a pleasant spring evening at Kingfield, with Scott Boden seeing a header and a rebounded effort excellently saved by Craig Ross.

After keeping Torquay United at bay for the opening phases, Woking only had themselves to blame for the opener as a defensive mix-up between Kyran Lofthouse and Ross saw the ball fall kindly to Boden who chipped it into the net over a scrambling Ben Gerring.

Woking’s evening became even tougher two minutes later when another defensive error led to Torquay United’s second goal. Gerring’s misplaced back pass directed to Ross fell to Lemonheigh-Evans who took it around an exposed the goalkeeper and slotted it home.

A shell-shocked home team showed good fight after the second goal, with Jack Cook’s deep cross headed wide by Sam Dalby.

Woking came back into the game and produced some positive patterns of play until their momentum was stalled by yet more injuries.

Having come into the game with 10 players out of action, Diarra came off a little over half an hour into the game, replaced by Jack Skinner (picture above), and five minutes later Tommy Block pulled up and needed substituting with Leo Hamblin coming on.

Despite being two goals down and having seen two players go off injured, Woking finished the half the stronger with smart passing play and probing crosses – with Cook producing the best effort with a header that went just over the bar.

Half-time: Woking 0 Torquay United 2

With a chance for Dowson to provide instructions to a heavily reshaped line-up, Woking initially defended resolutely against early attacks from Torquay United, before asking questions themselves with Skinner having a decent long-range shot go wide.

The positive start to the second half gave Woking confidence with Skinner impressing with direct dribbling and linking up well with his fellow attackers. The attacking effort resulted in the first shot on goal of the half with Lofthouse cutting inside – now playing right-back with Cook in central defence – and unleashing a long range effort that goalkeeper Lucas Covolan did well to hold on to.

Woking also added some fight to their play in the second half showing far stronger resolution with Cook and Gerring disrupting the visitor’s build-up play against a team fighting for the league title. Looking to find a new spark up front, Dowson also called on Paul Hodges for Smith as the final substitution for the Cards with 15 minutes to go.

The quick interplay continued between Woking’s forwards, with one smart exchange at a corner seeing Hodges unleash a powerful low effort that was pushed out by Covolan.

The game became stretched in the closing stages, with Kane Ferdinand providing an timely clearance from a dangerous Torquay United free kick, to end a respectable second half display by Woking to provide encouragement for the games to come.

Woking’s unrelenting schedule continues on Saturday in the Vanarama National League with a trip to Maidenhead United.

Woking: 13 Craig Ross ©; 16 Kyran Lofthouse, 5 Ben Gerring , 6 Moussa Diarra (15 Jack Skinner 32’), 2 Jack Cook; 4 Charlie Cooper, 21 Tommy Block (24 Leo Hamblin 39’), 8 Kane Ferdinand, 14 John Freeman; 9 Jonte Smith (32 Paul Hodges 73’), 30 Sam Dalby

Unused subs: 17 Sam Evans, 27 Joe Leslie

Bookings: Cooper 75’, Cook 88’

Torquay United 32 Lucas Covolan; 2 Ben Wynter, 7 Connor Lemonheigh-Evans, 8 Asa Hall ©, 11 Jake Andrews (25 Billy Waters 59’), 12 Adam Randall, 15 Matt Buse, 16 Sam Sherring, 19 Scott Boden (35 Josh Umerah 73’), 21 Dean Moxey (6 Gary Warren 69’), 31 Joe Lewis

Unused subs: 1 Shaun MacDonald, 18 Olaf Koszela

Bookings: Buse 89’

Goals: Boden 14’, Lemonheigh-Evans 16’

Referee: Lloyd Wood

Man of the Match: Kyran Lofthouse - Battling performance throughout and showed his quality and versatility playing two different positions during the game
13Craig Ross
2Jack Cook
16Kyran Lofthouse
5Ben Gerring
6Moussa Diarra ('32)
21Tommy Block ('39)
4Charlie Cooper
8Kane Ferdinand
14John Freeman
9Jonté Smith ('73)
30Sam Dalby
24Leo Hamblin ('39)
15Jack Skinner ('32)
27Joe Leslie
32Paul Hodges ('73)
17Sam Evans
Torquay United LINEUP
33Lucas Covolan Cavagnari
2Ben Wynter
21Dean Moxey ('69)
31Joe Lewis
16Sam Sherring
12Adam Randell
8Asa Hall
15Matt Buse
7Connor Lemonheigh-Evans
11Jake Andrews ('55)
19Scott Boden ('73)
1Shaun MacDonald
6Gary Warren ('69)
18Olaf Koszela
25Billy Waters ('55)
35Josh Umerah ('73)

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