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Match Preview | Cards aiming to recapture early season form against Daggers

Glen Harrington
10:53am, Sun 20th Feb 2022
Dagenham & Redbridge vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 22nd February 2022


The Cards will be seeking a first win in five league games when they travel to Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday evening in National League action.

Woking, who have lost just one of their last seven meetings with the Daggers, will have fond memories of the two club’s last meeting, when Max Kretzschmar’s penalty secured a third successive win, coming after impressive victories over Chesterfield and Notts County. The story of the Cards’ season has been one of struggle ever since, with 15 defeats in the last 22 games in all competitions, including just one victory since the turn of the year – which came at home to Wealdstone last month. You have to go back to late November, against Weymouth, for the club’s last three points away from home.

Nonetheless, manager Alan Dowson was quick to take the positives from a gutsy performance away to league leaders Stockport County on Saturday, with the visitors shading much of the game before Ash Palmer’s second-half header proved decisive for the home side. The match saw the return to the starting line-up of Craig Ross, Tom Champion, Jermaine Anderson, and Tarryn Allarakhia, whilst George Oakley made his long-awaited return after a five-month injury lay-off as a late substitute. Dowse could shuffle his pack again on Tuesday as he seeks a winning formula.

Opposition Watch

Much like Woking, Dagenham started this season in fine form, but have seen a potential promotion challenge fade over recent months. After winning six of their first eight matches up to the end of September, they’ve won only seven of their last 19 league outings, including just two of six since the turn of the year – with those successes coming against relegation-threatened Dover and Weymouth.

They currently sit tenth in the league standings, with 42 points from 27 games, seven adrift of the play-off places. Last time out they beat Spennymoor Town 2-0 to progress to the last eight of the FA Trophy. Their last league game was a 2-1 defeat at Chesterfield two weeks ago. Their game at Yeovil Town on Saturday was postponed.

Manager Daryl McMahon, who has been in charge since 2020, has a squad which boasts the talents of star striker Paul McCallum, although his tally of seven goals this season is only third in the squad, behind Josh Walker (9) and Angelo Balanta (8). Former Woking loanee Matt Robinson has also chipped in with six from midfield. Joey Jones completes the former Cards’ contingent at Victoria Road.

Recent Meetings

• Woking 1-0 Dagenham & Redbridge – 5th October 2021, National League (Kretzschmar)
• Dagenham & Redbridge 3-1 Woking – 3rd May 2021, National League (Ashford)
• Woking 2-0 Dagenham & Redbridge – 13th October 2020, National League (Cook, Napa)
• Dagenham & Redbridge 0-2 Woking – 3rd August 2019, National League (Ferdinand, Diarra)
• Dagenham & Redbridge 1-1 Woking – 7th April 2018, National League (Staunton)

On the Day

Dagenham’s home ground is the Chigwell Construction Stadium. The postcode is RM10 7XL.

Ticket information can be found here. Ticket prices are £21 for Adults, Concessions £15, Junior (10–16-year-olds) £12, and £2 for children under-10.

Ten-man Cards leave it late to stab Daggers in the back

William Bewsey
11:59pm, Wed 23rd Feb 2022
Dagenham and Redbridge 1-1 Woking
Vanarama National League
22nd February 2022

Woking responded to an early setback by weathering the Dagenham storm and punishing the home side late on in East London.

Alan Dowson’s Cards were shuffled from Saturday’s narrow defeat at Stockport, with captain Josh Casey and Jermaine Anderson making way for Tyreke Johnson and Solomon Nwabuokei. Daryl McMahon’s Daggers included a start for former Woking loanee Matt Robinson, and Joey Jones made the bench.

Woking started the game very brightly, with almost an immediate opening for Nicke Kabamba. A ball lofted over the top found Kabamba steaming in from the wing, but his attempted shot was blocked away by Daggers ‘keeper Justham. The Cards continued to attack the Daggers goal for the opening ten minutes, but they were faced with an uphill battle after 16 minutes.

Rohan Ince lunged in on Josh Hare, with the Daggers’ new signing coming off worse, and after a long consultation between the referee, fourth official, and linesman, Ince was given his marching orders.

Another Dagenham player was down after 30 minutes, after Matt Robinson appeared to bang his head against the pitch after attempting to win the ball from Tyreke Johnson. He was taken off the pitch with a suspected concussion, and replaced by Mo Sagaf.

Woking’s early attacking signs were a distant memory in the past as they looked to get into half time at 0-0, and Dagenham started to put pressure on Craig Ross in goal. Paul McCallum tried to get a shot off, but was closed down by two Woking defenders.

Brandon Comley took Inih Effiong down by the corner flag, but Woking failed to make anything from the resulting free kick. Hare forced Ross into a save with half time approaching, his header at the back post being pushed behind by the Woking stopper.

But after defending successive corners, Woking’s resolve was broken. Will Wright’s corner was headed back across goal by Hare, and Paul McCallum controlled the ball well, before turning and firing past Ross to give Dagenham the lead.

Half time came shortly after with the Cards in a tough position at 1-0 down and a man down.

Half-time: Dagenham and Redbridge 1 Woking 0

Dagenham started the second half on the front foot, with Josh Walker playing McCallum through on goal, but he could only drag his shot wide. McCallum was found again a few minutes later, but his header from Hare’s cross flew over the bar.

Woking were struggling to get up the pitch, almost adopting a 5-4-0 formation at times, but they were holding onto a one goal deficit. Josh Walker almost found himself in on goal, but great work from Moussa Diarra forced him to run the ball out of play.

Tom Champion was booked for a poor tackle on Comley as Woking frustrations were looking evident, but Dagenham still couldn’t create the goal to kill the game off. A good move saw the ball reach substitute Myles Weston on the edge of the box, who shot wide of the Woking goal.

Woking brought Kabamba off for Jamar Loza, who was looking to cause the full backs some problems, but it was the introduction of Max Kretzschmar for Champion which brought some excitement to the Woking fans. His return from injury was good to see, and immediately, Woking were getting up the pitch a lot more, and pressurising the Dagenham defence.

But Dagenham had probably their best chance of the half shortly after the substitutions were made. A cross from Weston evaded the Woking defence, before bouncing onto the head of McCallum, but he could only direct his header over the bar.

Inih Effiong equalises for the Cards
Inih Effiong equalises for the Cards
Phil Fiddes


With eight minutes of normal time, Woking created their only chance of the second half. Kyran Lofthouse turned and found Kretzschmar, who turned past his defender inside the box before finding Effiong. His first time finish found the top corner, and Woking were level again.

Dagenham looked to respond, and there were a few nerves in the Woking end when the Daggers were awarded a free kick just outside the box after a foul by Tarryn Allarakhia. Wright’s effort curled wide of the Woking net, and allowed some respite for the Cards.

A late corner was punched away by Ross, and the whistle blew shortly after. This was a gutsy performance from the ten men, and the impact off the bench from Kretzschmar was rewarded with an equaliser. Alan Dowson will hope that his side can take some momentum from this result into the weekend, when they host Notts County at the Laithwaite.

Woking: 13 Craig Ross, 2 Kyran Lofthouse, 4 Tom Champion © (Max Kretzschmar 76’), 6 Moussa Diarra, 8 Solomon Nwabuokei, 9 Inih Effiong, 11 Tyreke Johnson, 16 Louie Annesley, 17 Tarryn Allarakhia, 18 Nicke Kabamba (Jamar Loza 65’), 24 Rohan Ince

Unused subs: Mark Smith, Josh Casey, George Oakley

Bookings: Tom Champion 62’, Tarryn Allarakhia 86’

Sent off: Rohan Ince 16’

Goals: Inih Effiong 82’

Dagenham and Redbridge Elliot Justham, Will Wright, Kenny Clark, Callum Reynolds, Josh Hare (Myles Weston, 73’), Matt Robinson (Mo Sagaf, 34’), Dean Rance, Mauro Vilhete, Brandon Comley, Josh Walker (Junior Morias, 76’), Paul McCallum

Unused subs: Ibby Akanbi, Joey Jones

Goals: Paul McCallum 45+3

Bookings: Brandon Comley 55’, Mo Sagaf 90’

Referee: Scott Tallis

Attendance: 1,358 (135 Woking fans)

Man of the Match: Solomon Nwabuokei has had to battle through fitness issues to make it back into the starting 11, but he put in a great shift, as recognised by Martin Tyler as the players were coming off the pitch.
Dagenham & Redbridge LINEUP
1Elliot Justham
2Callum Reynolds
31Josh Hare ('73)
5Will Wright
6Kenny Clark
4Dean Rance
30Brandon Comley
12Matt Robinson ('34)
20Mauro Vilhete
7Josh Walker ('76)
9Paul McCallum
BENCH
26Joey Jones
8Mohammed Sagaf ('34)
11Myles Weston ('73)
21Ibby Akanbi
24Junior Morias ('76)
WOKING LINEUP
13Craig Ross
2Kyran Lofthouse
11Tyreke Johnson
4Tom Champion ('74)
6Moussa Diarra
16Louie Annesley
24Rohan Ince
8Solomon Nwabuokei
17Tarryn Allarakhia
18Nicke Kabamba ('65)
9Inih Effiong
BENCH
1Mark Smith
3Josh Casey
10Max Kretzschmar ('74)
14George Oakley
7Jamar Loza ('65)

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