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All or nothing Cards looking for another win

Glen Harrington
6:43pm, Mon 22nd Nov 2021
Weymouth vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 23rd November 2021

The Cards will look to get back to winning ways when they make the trip to Weymouth on Tuesday evening for National League action.

Woking have enjoyed a remarkable start to the season – a record of seven wins and eight defeats from 15 games makes the Cards the only team in England’s top seven divisions yet to record a draw inside 90 minutes this season and Alan Dowson’s side will be aiming to restore parity in their will-loss record at the Terras expense. Saturday’s game at home to Stockport County incapsulated the Cards’ inconsistencies this season, with a poor first-half display seeing the hosts go into the break with a two-goal deficit, before a much-improved second-half effort and yet another goal from top scorer Tahvon Campbell came close to inspiring a first draw of the season.

As always, it will be interesting to see how Dowse approaches the Weymouth game, having initially named an unchanged side against County, only to reap the rewards of introducing Louie Annesley and Inih Effiong at half-time. Jordan Maguire-Drew also gave the boss food for thought with an impressive late cameo, although Max Kretzschmar’s continued good form in the attacking midfield role has made him one of the first names on the teamsheet, and consigned Maguire-Drew to the bench since his return from injury late last month.

Opposition Watch

Weymouth are enjoying their second season back at National League level after successive promotions in 2019 and 2020. Despite being many pundits’ tip for relegation last season, they steered themselves well clear of trouble, even before it was confirmed that there would be no movement between the fifth and sixth tiers because of the pandemic. They finished the year in 18th place, with 39 points from 42 games, six points better off than the Cards.

This season, they find themselves in the same position in the league after 16 games but remain a healthy five points clear of the bottom three. They have lost their last two games at Chesterfield and at home to Altrincham, conceding four goals in each, but had previously gone five games without defeat in 90 minutes in all competitions, including consecutive draws with Yeovil Town in the FA Cup which ended in defeat via penalties. However, their only wins since the start of September have come against teams currently in the bottom three: Aldershot Town and King’s Lynn Town.

There are a couple of relatively well-known names in manager Brian Stock’s squad, including striker Brandon Goodship, who is back at the club after two years with Southend United, having scored 77 goals in all competitions during his first two-year spell with the club; goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons has Football League experience with Notts County, and veteran winger Sean Shields spent six years with Ebbsfleet United at either National or National South level.

Recent Meetings

• Woking 2-4 Weymouth – 1st May 2021, National League (Cooper, Ashford)
• Weymouth 0-1 Woking – 6th October 2020, National League (Spasov)
• Woking 4-0 Weymouth – 24th April 2010, National League South (Faulconbridge, Sole, Nicolau, Ademola)
• Weymouth 0-0 Woking – 17th November 2009, National League South
• Weymouth 1-1 Woking – 18th November 2008, National League (Lorraine)

On the Day

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All or nothing Cards get over the line at the Bob Lucas Stadium

William Bewsey
2:38pm, Wed 24th Nov 2021
Weymouth 2 Woking 3
Vanarama National League
23rd November 2021

Tahvon Campbell’s twelfth and thirteenth goals of the season either side of a rare Rohan Ince strike helped the Cards condemn Weymouth to three straight defeats in a row, despite a late fightback from the Terras.

On a baltic Tuesday night by the Dorset coast, manager Alan Dowson made three changes from the side narrowly defeated by Stockport, with one enforced, as the unwell Craig Ross made way for Mark Smith to make his first start of the season. Tyreke Johnson made way for Inih Effiong, and Joe McNerney was back for his first game since being sent off at Maidenhead, replacing Tom Champion.

The Cards started well, a speculative effort from Max Kretzschmar flying just wide of Ross Fitzsimons in the Weymouth goal. Weymouth were looking to exploit the left flank of Woking’s defence, with a link up developing between right back Josh Leslie-Smith and busy winger Sean Shields. Shields forced the first save from Smith, an inch-perfect ball met by the ex-Ebbsfleet man, who volleyed straight at Woking’s ‘keeper, who was able to get his body behind the ball.

Excellent work from Effiong and Kretzschmar found Campbell inside the box, his effort skilfully blocked away. Jamar Loza’s shot was almost turned in by Campbell when he diverted it narrowly wide, before the two wingers were combining again moments later, brilliant work from Loza finding Campbell inside the box, producing a great save by Fitzsimons in goal.

The Cards continued to put the pressure on, and had their reward after thirty four minutes. A dangerous corner from Kretzschmar was bundled over the line by Campbell, who was off celebrating after the referee and linesman gave the goal with no hesitation.

A melee in the Terras goalmouth but Campbell tucks the ball away
A melee in the Terras goalmouth but Campbell tucks the ball away
David Holmes

Smith was back in action, producing an instinctive save to stop Taofiq Olomowewe’s header squirming underneath him. Ince almost got Woking’s second on the stroke of half time, his low curled effort from outside the box left Fitzsimons stranded as it glanced off the post and behind.

Half Time: Weymouth 0 Woking 1

Weymouth started the second half on the front foot after the introduction of new signing Tom Blair for Leslie-Smith. Shields continued to get down the wing and put dangerous crosses into the box, as Woking were pushed back. Omar Mussa in particular was a strong outlet for the Terras, keeping the ball well and distributing to the wide men,

But just after the hour mark, Woking made it two against the run of play. A long free kick was flicked on by Effiong into the path of Ince. He showed magnificent composure to turn his defender, before firing the ball past Fitzsimons.

Woking’s two goal cushion would last a mere four minutes. An excellent corner from Mussa was met by a towering header by Tyler Cordner, game on.

Both teams made two changes shortly after, with Loza and Solomon Nwabuokei making way for Tom Champion and Tarryn Allarakhia. Weymouth replaced dangerman Shields and Bradley Ash with Brandon Goodship and Martell Taylor-Crossdale.

As Weymouth started throwing men forward, Woking looked to hit them on the counter, with Allarakhia finding space to run with the ball and feed Effiong, but Fitzsimons saved comfortably. The Cards put together the move of the match shortly after, with a counter from a Weymouth free kick ending with a perfect through ball from Kretzschmar finding Campbell, and he finished calmly past the Terras keeper to surely put the game to bed.

Kretzschmar made way for Louie Annesley straight after, but as the clock ticked into injury time, sloppy Woking defending from a corner allowed Andy Robinson the time and space to lash the ball past a helpless Smith into the far corner.

Campbell finished the game on the sidelines after feeling his calf, but Woking held on to claim a crucial away win, delighting the excellent travelling support. This result leaves the Cards with eight wins and eight losses so far this season, and with the second top scorer in the National League in Tahvon Campbell. Alan Dowson will be desperate for his side to pull off back to back wins when they host Barnet on Saturday.

Woking: 1 Mark Smith, 2 Kyran Lofthouse, 3 Josh Casey, 5 Joe McNerney, 6 Moussa Diarra, 8 Solomon Nwabuokei (Tom Champion 71’), 24 Rohan Ince, 10 Max Kretzschmar (Louie Annesley 82’), 7 Jamar Loza (Tarryn Allarakhia 71’), 19 Tahvon Campbell, 9 Inih Effiong

Unused subs: Tyreke Johnson, Jordan Maguire-Drew

Goals: Campbell 34’, 81’, Ince 61’

Weymouth Ross Fitzsimons, Ben Morgan, Tyler Cordner, Omar Mussa, Josh McQuoid, Bradley Ash (Martell Taylor-Crossdale 71’), Josh Leslie-Smith (Tom Blair 45’), Ollie Harfield, Andy Robinson, Taofiq Olomowewe, Sean Shields (Brandon Goodship 71’)

Unused subs: Cameron Murray, Ahkeem Rose

Goals: Cordner 66’, Robinson 90’

Attendance: 789

Referee: Adrian Quelch

Man of the Match: Tahvon Campbell made the difference with two goals, he has been on fire for Woking this season.
Weymouth LINEUP
1Ross Fitzsimons
26Ollie Harfield
15Josh Leslie-Smith ('46)
5Ben Morgan
6Tyler Cordner
30Taofiq Olomowewe
16Andy Robinson
8Omar Mussa
10Josh McQuoid
32Sean Shields ('62)
11Bradley Ash ('62)
23Cameron Murray
27Ahkeem Rose
7Brandon Goodship ('62)
19Martell Taylor-Crossdale ('62)
20Tom Blair ('46)
1Mark Smith
2Kyran Lofthouse
3Josh Casey
5Joe McNerney
6Moussa Diarra
24Rohan Ince
8Solomon Nwabuokei ('70)
10Max Kretzschmar ('82)
7Jamar Loza ('70)
19Tahvon Campbell
9Inih Effiong
16Louie Annesley ('82)
4Tom Champion ('70)
17Tarryn Allarakhia ('70)
18Jordan Maguire-Drew
11Tyreke Johnson

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