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Cards aiming for back-to-back home victories in challenging match-up

Glen Harrington
7:25pm, Mon 1st Nov 2021
Woking vs Bromley
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 2nd November 2021

Woking will be aiming to make it six points out of six when they entertain Bromley on Tuesday evening in the second-half of a National League double header at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

The Cards got back to winning ways on Saturday but were made to work hard for the result against an understrength, but nonetheless stubborn and resilient Altrincham side. Goals from Max Kretzschmar and Inih Effiong saw the hosts come from a goal down to lead midway through the second-half, before Tahvon Campbell struck a late winner, after the visitors had pegged one back. Assistant manager Ian Dyer was full of praise for the performance as the Cards moved back into the top-half of the league table and ended a run of four straight defeats in all competitions.

Tuesday evening’s rearranged tie sees Alan Dowson’s side take on a Bromley side who look a strong bet for a play-off place after an excellent start to the season, amassing 24 points from their first 12 games to sit seventh, just six points off the league leaders Boreham Wood and still with two games in hand on each of the teams above them. However, the home side will be going all out for a result. With the Cards knocked out early from this year’s FA Cup, it means no game for Dowse and his squad next Saturday, with the next game not until the following weekend away to Southend United. Remember, you can still get your football fix, with Woking hosting Brentford B on Friday 05 November.

Opposition Watch

Bromley raised a few eyebrows last season when they sacked long-serving manager and former Woking favourite Neil Smith, after five years in charge and more than a decade at the club, but new manager Andy Woodman has enjoyed a brilliant start to life at Hayes Lane. He led the Lilywhites to a seventh-place finish last season, losing out in the end of season play-offs to eventual winners Hartlepool United, and looks well placed to challenge again this campaign.

The former Arsenal goalkeeping coach has an excellent squad at his disposal. The ever-dangerous Michael Cheek has 10 goals in 12 games this season, whilst James Alabi and Corey Whitley have chipped in with three apiece. Their summer signings include defenders Joe Partington (Eastleigh) and Omar Sowunmi (Colchester United), Millwall duo Sam Skeffington and George Alexander, plus the returning Louis Dennis who re-joins from Leyton Orient.

Defender Chris Bush is the one ex-Woking connection in the squad, although back-up goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook is the younger brother of former Cards, Regan Charles-Cook, and Anthony Cook.

Recent Meetings

• Woking 3-4 Bromley – 13th April 2021, National League (Diarra, Cook, Dalby)
• Bromley 2-2 Woking – 26th January 2021, National League (Wareham 2)
• Bromley 1-1 Woking (Woking won 7-6 on penalties) – 19th January 2021, FA Trophy (Kretzschmar)
• Woking 2-1 Bromley – 26th November 2019, National League (Tarpey, Hyde)
• Bromley 1-0 Woking – 24th September 2019, National League

On the Day

Ticket prices are £18 for Adults, Concessions £13, Students and Next Generation £10 and £5 for 16-year-olds and under – click here for more information and to book your tickets online.

This match will be segregated, with Bromley fans being allocated the Chris Lane Terrace and some seats in the Seymours Community LGS.

Cards switch off too early as Bromley light up Kingfield

William Bewsey
3:55pm, Wed 3rd Nov 2021
Woking 0 Bromley 2
Vanarama National League
2nd November 2021

Woking fell to a disappointing defeat in a game in which the main talking points happened mostly off the pitch.

Alan Dowson kept an unchanged side from Saturday’s hard fought win against Altrincham, with several attacking options on the bench, one being Jordan Maguire-Drew, who was looking to get his first minutes for over a month. Andy Woodman’s Bromley side came into this one unbeaten in their last nine games, with Michael Cheek (as always) the one to watch with 10 goals in his first 12 games.

Woking started the game well, pinning Bromley back into their own half, without creating anything really clear cut. It felt like the Cards were just looking to really get into their groove when one of the floodlights went out. The referee took the players off the pitch whilst the issue was sorted.

Ten minutes of uncertainty followed which involved the PA system playing tongue-in-cheek songs such as “Leave a Light On” and “Electric Avenue”, whilst the KRE looked more like a Take That concert than a football match, with phone torches being used in a rather optimistic attempt to get the game on. The referee brought the players out with the issue solved (for now).

There were just three minutes of play before the same floodlight went out again. This time it took twenty minutes to resolve the issue, and it felt like deja vu seeing Craig Ross run back to his goal and clap the fans for the third time already, when only eighteen minutes of the match had been played.

As expected with all the delays, the game failed to get going for much of the first half, with Bromley resorting to Chris Bush’s long throws to try and break the deadlock. George Alexander hit a dipping shot which Ross had to parry out for a throw in.

Craig Ross was called into action for the first time when James Alabi found space and aimed for the near post, but Ross made a smart save. Then it was Woking’s chance to come forward, as Tahvon Campbell did well to enter the box, but his shot could only find the side netting.

Billy Bingham lunged into Tahvon Campbell just outside the Bromley box in what looked like a nasty tackle which left the Woking forward needing treatment. Bingham picked up the first yellow card of the evening. Half time came shortly after, a game that had failed to ignite after the issues with the floodlight.

Half-time: Woking 0 Bromley 0

Woking began the second half much like they had started the first, on the front foot. Josh Casey managed to put a perfect cross into Max Kretzschmar, but his header was comfortably saved by Mark Cousins.

Woking’s best move of the match was to follow, with Tahvon Campbell playing a perfect through ball to Rohan Ince, who delayed his shot until Omar Sowumni could get in and block it. It was a chance that Woking had to take - the crowd knew it was a massive missed opportunity in such a tight game.

James Alabi almost scored a fluke goal when his deflected shot dropped just over the bar and onto the roof of the net, before Max Kretzschmar hit a free kick in a dangerous position just over the bar.

Jamar Loza came on for the ineffective Inih Effiong, who just couldn’t get into the game, as Bromley took off Luke Coulson and Billy Bingham for Haji Mnoga and Jack Cawley.

Loza had a rare chance to shoot but hit a tame effort straight at Cousins, before Bromley worked the ball down the right hand side, with Moussa Diarra losing out to James Alabi, who squared for George Alexander to tap home from close range. A disappointing goal for the Cards to concede.

Immediately, the tireless Kretzschmar and Josh Casey made way for Jordan Maguire-Drew and Tyreke Johnson as Woking looked to rescue the game, but minutes later it was game over. A flat corner from Chris Bush was met by substitute Cawley who was unmarked, 2-0 Bromley and game over.

Woking created some of their best chances of the match afterwards, Campbell getting a header on goal which Cousins had to tip over the bar. Maguire-Drew put in some teasing corners, something Woking have been lacking recently, and Solomon Nwabuokei, imperious all night, finally had a shot on goal, which Cousins had to tip over.

Woking’s captain rises to meet the ball
Woking’s captain rises to meet the ball
David Holmes

The Cards will feel like the game was a missed opportunity to climb further up the table, but a professional job was done by Bromley and Andy Woodman’s side look like real promotion contenders. Woking have ten days to recover before a trip to struggling Southend, as they look to finally find some consistency after six wins and seven losses in thirteen games

Woking: 13 Craig Ross, 2 Kyran Lofthouse, 3 Josh Casey (Tyreke Johnson 80’), 4 Tom Champion, 6 Moussa Diarra, 8 Solomon Nwabuokei, 9 Inih Effiong (Jamar Loza 63’), 10 Max Kretzschmar (Jordan Maguire-Drew 80’), 16 Louis Annesley, 19 Tahvon Campbell, 24 Rohan Ince

Unused subs: Tarryn Allarakhia, Kane Thompson-Sommers

Bookings:Max Kretzschmar 75’

Bromley Mark Cousins, Billy Bingham (Jack Cawley 73’), Chris Bush, Omar Sowumni, Luke Coulson (Haji Mnoga 63’), Michael Cheek, James Alabi, Liam Trotter, Byron Webster, Harry Forster, George Alexander (Jude Arthurs 82’)

Unused subs:Reice Charles-Cook, Louis Dennis

Goals: Alexander 78’, Cawley 86’

Bookings: Bingham 40’

Referee:: Scott Tallis

Attendance: 1,885

Sponsor’s Man of the Match: Solomon Nwabuokei once again put in an excellent performance in midfield.

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13Craig Ross
2Kyran Lofthouse
3Josh Casey ('80)
4Tom Champion
6Moussa Diarra
16Louie Annesley
24Rohan Ince
8Solomon Nwabuokei
10Max Kretzschmar ('80)
19Tahvon Campbell
9Inih Effiong ('64)
17Tarryn Allarakhia
22Kane Thompson-Sommers
18Jordan Maguire-Drew ('80)
11Tyreke Johnson ('80)
7Jamar Loza ('64)
Bromley LINEUP
1Mark Cousins
17Byron Webster
6Omar Sowunmi
5Chris Bush
4Billy Bingham ('73)
16Liam Trotter
19Harry Forster
7Luke Coulson ('63)
22George Alexander ('82)
10James Alabi
9Michael Cheek
13Reice Charles-Cook
34Jack Cawley ('73)
37Haji Mnoga ('63)
8Jude Arthurs ('82)
11Louis Dennis

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