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Cards start FA Cup campaign against Isthmian side Horsham

Glen Harrington
7:33pm, Thu 14th Oct 2021
Horsham vs Woking
Emirates FA Cup – Fourth Qualifying Round
Saturday 16th October 2021

Woking will be looking to avoid a potential upset when they travel to take on Isthmian League Premier Division side Horsham in the fourth qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday.

The Cards come into the game off the back of a first defeat in four after a narrow 1-0 loss at home to league leader’s Grimsby Town last Saturday, but Alan Dowson’s side will no doubt be full of confidence after another widely praised performance against in-form opposition, who needed a late goal from Harry Clifton to take all three points.

Dowse has promised to name the strongest available team for the game as he aims to secure passage into the first-round proper of the competition for the third time in four seasons – in 2018/19 the Cards famously reached round three and a meeting with Premier League side Watford, whilst last season’s run included a victory at local rivals Aldershot Town and a narrow defeat to League One side Gillingham. The boss could name the same side which started against Grimsby, including midfielder Tarryn Allarakhia, who impressed on his first start for the club in place of the injured Max Kretzschmar, who himself is thought to be close to making a return. George Oakley and Jordan Maguire-Drew remain the only two players currently sidelined.

Opposition Watch

Horsham, known as the Hornets, were promoted to the seventh tier of English football in 2019 after a play-off victory in the Isthmian Division One South East. Whilst their last two campaigns have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, they did finish a respectable sixth and ninth in the two incomplete league tables.

They have found this season more challenging thus far, currently sitting 21st with five points from eight games, but with up to three games in hand on some teams thanks to their excellent cup exploits – beating Haywards Heath Town, Kingstonian and Eastbourne Borough to reach this stage, all via replays. Formed in Sussex in 1881, their best previous FA Cup run came in 2007/08, when they reached round two, losing to Swansea City in a replay.

There are a couple of players in the Horsham squad who Woking fans will be familiar with, most notably goalkeeper Sam Howes, who spent the 2019/20 season with the Cards, predominately as back-up to Craig Ross; midfielder Tom Kavanagh has played for a lot of Surrey-based sides, including Sutton United, Kingstonian and Merstham and has been a regular against the Cards in the Surrey Senior Cup; and forward Shamir Fenelon spent three years with Aldershot from 2016-2019.

On the Day

Horsham’s home ground is Hop Oast Stadium. The postcode is RH13 0AD.

This game is all-ticket, and, at time of writing, there is an extremely limited number of away tickets still available. You can check the latest ticket information here. Further information can also be found on our website regarding matchday information and travel.

The Cards Trust is running a coach to this game. For full details please click here.

Woking knocked out of FA Cup by resolute Horsham

Ben Hardicre
11:08am, Mon 18th Oct 2021
Horsham 1 Woking 0
Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round
16th October 2021

It was a disappointing afternoon for the Cards, as Isthmian Premier side Horsham dumped Dowse’s men out of the FA Cup in a frustrating encounter at The Camping World Community Stadium.

In front of a sell-out crowd of 1,972, Horsham’s Tom Kavanagh scored a late winner in a clash which saw Woking fail to reach the 1st round of the FA Cup.

Despite restricting Horsham to just a handful of chances, it was Woking’s inability to capitalise on a whole host of decent opportunities that ultimately cost them the game.

Manager, Alan Dowson named an unchanged team as Woking looked to bounce back from defeat at Grimsby. Max Kretzschmar was only fit enough for a place on the bench.

Woking started the brightest, with Josh Casey finding plenty of joy down the left wing in the opening exchanges.

But the Hornets soon grew into the tie, as Charlie Harris began creating some good chances for the home side. His cross from the right-hand side found Eddie Dsane, who fired over at the back post. A warning sign for Woking just before the half hour mark.

Rohan Ince then saw Woking’s first real sight at goal with a deflected shot going just wide of the target.

For much of the game there was a midfield struggle for control, but with 10 minutes left of the first half, Woking finally upped the pressure. A great turn from Allarakhia opened up space before slipping in Effiong, who forced Sam Howes into a smart save low to his left. Tahvon Campbell then rushed a shot from distance just seconds later without troubling the keeper.

With Woking in the ascendancy, Allarakhia’s deep corner was missed by Sam Howes, leaving McNerney with a free header at the back post, sending it narrowly wide.

With seconds to go, some slick play from Allarakhia, allowed Campbell to take a shot, which broke to Nwabuokei, but he was unable to sort his feet out with the ball in a good position.

The two sides went in level at the break, after a scrappy first 45 minutes. Woking were unlucky not to be ahead.

Half-time: Horsham 0 Woking 0

Woking started the second half brightly and should have gone 1-0 up as Allarakhia spurned a golden chance within just three minutes of the restart. He broke through the defence, got one on one with the keeper, before slotting the ball wide of the right-hand post.

Although Horsham didn’t offer much in terms of clear-cut chances in the second half, a great last-ditch challenge from McNerney stopped Eddie Dsane having a free run at goal just minutes later.

A double substitution saw the introduction of Thompson-Sommers and Kretzschmar, as Woking looked to take more control in the centre of the pitch just before the hour mark.

Inih Effiong misses out
Inih Effiong misses out
David Holmes

Kretzschmar almost made an immediate impact, as he picked out Lofthouse at the back post, but the full-back could only put his side-footed volley narrowly wide of the target.

Woking’s top scorer, Campbell then had the ball in the net for Woking after great work from Effiong, but the flag was already up for offside. Kretzschmar then failed to test former Woking keeper, Sam Howes from a free-kick, firing the ball straight into the Horsham keeper’s gloves.

Lofthouse and Casey were booked within a minute of each other for Woking as they tried to stop Dsane, who was a constant threat on the break for Horsham.

With just three minutes left of normal time, McNerney pulled down Lee Harding about 25 yards from goal as both teams pushed for a winner. Tom Kavanagh’s sweetly struck free kick nestled into the top left corner of the net, putting Horsham 1-0 up and sending the home fans into dreamland.

This forced Woking into an attacking change. Tyreke Johnson came on for McNerney, as Dowse’s men searched for a late equaliser.

With 5 minutes of added time, Woking still fashioned four more great opportunities to bring Horsham back to Kingfield. First, Diarra headed wide from a floated ball to the back post, before Effiong first curled a deflected shot over from the edge of the box. Lofthouse then headed wide when free at the back post from the resulting corner.

A ball over the top from Kretzschmar was chested down by Effiong in the final minutes of added time, but his acrobatic volley once again found the arms of the Horsham keeper.

It was the story of the game for Woking, lots of great chances, but not enough quality to make them count. A hugely disappointing day all round. Woking will be looking to get back to winning ways next week when they take on Maidenhead United in the Vanarama National League.

Horsham 13 Sam Howes, 2 Tom Day, 3 Harvey Sparks, 4 Steve Metcalf, 5 Charlie Hester-Cook, 6 Will Miles, 7 Jack Brivio, 8 Tom Kavanagh, 9 Eddie Dsane (Laing, 83), 10 Charlie Harris (Lucas Rodrigues 66), 11 Lee Harding

Unused subs: 14 O’Toole, 15 Richards, 17 Smith, 18 Fenelon, 19 Punter

Goals: Tom Kavanagh 87’

Bookings: Harris, 20’ Howes, 85’

Woking: 13 Craig Ross, 2 Kyran Lofthouse, 3 Josh Casey, 4 Tom Champion, 5 Joe McNerney, (Tyreke Johnson 87) 6 Moussa Diarra, 8 Solomon Nwabuokei, (Kane Thompson-Sommers, 56) 9 Inih Effiong, 17 Tarryn Allarakhia (Max Kretzschmar, 56), 19 Tahvon Campbell, 24 Rohan Ince

Unused subs: 1 Smith, 7 Loza, 12 Collier, 21 Block,


Bookings: Effiong, 45’, Lofthouse, 76’, Casey, 77’, McNerney, 86’

Referee: Matthew Russell

Attendance: 1,927

Man of the Match: Inih Effiong – A willing runner all day long, some good hold up play and looked like one of the more likely Woking players to score.
Horsham LINEUP
13Sam Howes
2Tom Day
3Harvey Sparks
4Steve Metcalf
5Charlie Hester-Cook
6Will Miles
7Jack Brivio
8Tom Kavanagh
9Eddie Dsane ('83)
10Charlie Harris ('66)
11Lee Harding
12Alex Laing ('83)
14Rob O'Toole ('90)
15Tom Richards
16Lucas Rodrigues ('66) ('90)
17Chris Smith
18Shamir Fenelon
19Jimmy Punter
13Craig Ross
2Kyran Lofthouse
3Josh Casey
5Joe McNerney ('87)
6Moussa Diarra
4Tom Champion
24Rohan Ince
8Solomon Nwabuokei ('57)
17Tarryn Allarakhia ('57)
19Tahvon Campbell
9Inih Effiong
1Mark Smith
12Nathan Collier
21Tommy Block
22Kane Thompson-Sommers ('57)
10Max Kretzschmar ('57)
11Tyreke Johnson ('87)
7Jamar Loza

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