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Match Preview | Cards looking to continue good form against relegated Linnets

Glen Harrington
8:51pm, Sat 30th Apr 2022
Woking vs King’s Lynn Town
Vanarama National League
Monday 2nd May 2022

Woking will look to inflict more misery on King’s Lynn Town, who had their relegation from the National League confirmed on Saturday after drawing with Eastleigh, whilst nearest challengers Aldershot Town won at home to Notts County.

The Cards have won six of their last ten games, including three of the five matches under new manager Darren Sarll, who last time out masterminded arguably the club’s best performance of the season, a 2-1 home win against title challengers Wrexham. Tyreke Johnson’s own goal gave the National League’s second-place side a first-half lead at the Laithwaite Community Stadium, but Max Kretzschmar pulled one back from the penalty spot, before Jamar Loza struck a dramatic late winner via substitute Jermaine Anderson’s defence-splitting pass.

Woking currently sit 15th in the league table, with 52 points, 21 more than their opponents who have played a game more. They are four points adrift of a top-half finish, with a game in hand on Southend United, who currently occupy 12th place. Four more points from their final three games would also give the Cards their highest National League points tally since the 2015/16 season. Sarll has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game, with Kyran Lofthouse the only long-term absentee, with the full-back out for the rest of the season.

Opposition Watch

King’s Lynn’s relegation was finally confirmed on Saturday after they once again dropped points from a winning position – taking their tally for the season close to 30. Trailing 2-1 with two minutes to go at home to Eastleigh, Ross Barrows equalised, and Gold Omotayo gave the Linnets the lead, only for Michael Kelly to net a leveller from the penalty spot 11 minutes into second-half stoppage time. As it turned out, the result was immaterial, as Aldershot’s win would have sent them down regardless.

Manager Tommy Widdrington, who has been in charge since December, has taken a point per game from his 27 matches in charge, to at least keep his side in with a chance of National League survival until the end of April, but they now find themselves 10 points adrift of safety. They’ve won just one of seven games over the past month, 1-0 at home to Bromley, but they’ve also only lost twice, away to Notts County and at home to Grimsby Town. In fact, Torquay are the only team outside of the top seven to beat the Linnets since Maidenhead United in late February.

Town’s joint top scorers are Omotayo, who has scored six in his last ten to take him to eight for the season, and Wycombe Wanderers loanee Malachi Linton.

Recent Meetings

• King’s Lynn Town 0-0 Woking – 8th March 2022, National League
• Woking 3-0 King’s Lynn Town – 6th March 2021, National League (Ashford, Loza, Gerring)
• King’s Lynn Town 3-2 Woking – 31st October 2020, National League (Ferdinand, Davison)

On the Day

Ticket prices are £16 for Adults, Concessions £11, Students and Next Generation £8 and £3 for 16-year-olds and under – click here for more information and to book your tickets online.

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

Woking fall to defeat against King's Lynn Town

Haydn Cobb
12:05pm, Tue 3rd May 2022
Woking 0 King’s Lynn Town 3
Vanarama National League
2nd May 2022

Woking suffered their heaviest defeat of the season against already relegated King’s Lynn Town on a disappointing afternoon for the Cards in the Vanarama National League.

Following Woking’s win against Wrexham, arguably their best game of the season, the Cards conceded two cheap goals in either half through defensive errors, plus a decisive second goal which decided the match in the visitor’s favour.

Gold Omotayo opened the scoring from a Woking defensive mix-up moments before halftime and despite a spirited fightback in the second half Tyler Denton made the game safe with five minutes to go with King’s Lynn Town’s second goal. Substitute Ken Charles added a third goal in extra time after another mistake at the back to commit Woking to their biggest loss of the season.

Woking remain 15th in the league table, two points behind Altrincham and four points ahead of Maidenhead United.

Sarll made six changes to the starting line-up from the win against Wrexham, with Mark Smith in goal, Tom Champion slotting into defence, a fresh central midfield duo of Solomon Nwabuokei and Jermaine Anderson plus a new striker pairing of Nicke Kabamba and George Oakley.

In a low-key opening 20 minutes, King’s Lynn had the best chance to open the scoring when Omotayo ballooned his shot over the bar when he had a clear sight of goal.

With Woking looking to attack through wide areas, Jamar Loza carved out the Cards first genuine chance with a low cross to George Oakley but his effort deflected off Joshua Coulson and into goalkeeper Paul Jones’ hands.

The first effort on target took until the 38th minute when Omotayo had a free header from eight yards out but could only fire it straight at Smith.

The first half sparked into life when both sides created best chances, Woking first hitting the post when Anderson’s free-kick evaded everyone and rebounded off the far post.

King’s Lynn Town immediately went up the other end and pressured Woking into a defensive mistake which Omotayo latched on to slot home. 0-1

Half-time: Woking 0 King’s Lynn Town 1

After a 15-minute delay to the start of the second half for a medical emergency in the crowd, Woking manager Sarll made two changes, with Inih Effiong and Rohan Ince coming on for Oakley and Tyreke Johnson. The substitutions also tweaked Woking’s formation, with Kabamba going to the right wing and Ince adding an extra man into midfield.

Effiong instantly gave Woking’s attack a focal point, with the forward going close with a header 10 minutes into the second half. The Cards stayed on the front foot but struggled to carve out a clear opportunity for an equaliser.

Woking were getting more joy down the right-hand side with smart link-up play between Nwabuokei and Kabamba, as the Woking striker had a goal ruled out in a tight offside call.

Effiong then had another excellent chance to equalise, latching on to a flick on from Nwabuokei, but his effort was well saved by Jones.

Just like the opening goal, King’s Lynn Town went straight up the other end to punish Woking’s missed chances, as Cameron Hargreaves beat the offside trap and laid it off to Denton to tap into an empty net to make the game safe with five minutes to go. 0-2

The second goal killed Woking’s momentum, despite good chances falling to Loza and Nwabuokei, on a disappointing afternoon for the Cards.

Woking gifted King’s Lynn Town a third goal in injury time through another defensive error, as Diarra’s backpass was intercepted by substitute Ken Charles who rounded goalkeeper Smith and slotted in from a tight angle. 0-3.

The Cards will look to end the season on a high with a final home game on Saturday against Eastleigh before the season ends with a trip to Chesterfield.

Not a game for the scrapbook
Not a game for the scrapbook
David Holmes

Woking:1 Mark Smith, 3 Josh Casey ©, 6 Moussa Diarra, 4 Tom Champion, 22 David Longe-King, 7 Jamar Loza, 8 Solomon Nwabuokei, 23 Jermaine Anderson (20 Jack Roles 61’), 11 Tyreke Johnson (24 Rohan Ince 46’), 18 Nicke Kabamba, 14 George Oakley (9 Inih Effiong 46’)

Unused subs: 16 Louie Annesley, 17 Tarryn Allarakhia

Bookings: Casey 58’

King’s Lynn Town 1 Paul Jones, 30 Joshua Coulson, 22 Ross Barrows, 17 Aaron Jones, 3 Tyler Denton, 24 Oliver Scott (6 Daniel Boway 69’), 7 Michael Clunan ©, 16 Brett McGavin (8 Jak Hickman 81’), 26 Cameron Hargreaves, 9 Gold Omotayo, 20 Joshua Barrett (19 Ken Charles 90’)

Unused subs: 18 Munashe Sunbire, 28 Zain Walker

Goals: Omotayo 45’, Denton 85’, Charles 90’

Bookings: Barrett 45’, Clunan 90’

Referee: Tom Bishop

Attendance: 2,484

Man of the Match: Moussa Diarra

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1Mark Smith
22David Longe-King
3Josh Casey
4Tom Champion
6Moussa Diarra
23Jermaine Anderson ('61)
8Solomon Nwabuokei
7Jamar Loza
11Tyreke Johnson ('46)
18Nicke Kabamba
14George Oakley ('46)
16Louie Annesley
24Rohan Ince ('46)
17Tarryn Allarakhia
20Jack Roles ('61)
9Inih Effiong ('46)
King's Lynn Town LINEUP
1Paul Jones
24Olly Scott ('70)
3Tyler Denton
22Ross Barrows
30Josh Coulson
17Aaron Jones
16Brett McGavin ('81)
26Cameron Hargreaves
7Michael Clunan
20Josh Barrett ('90)
9Gold Omotayo
6Daniel Bowry ('70)
8Jak Hickman ('81)
18Munashe Sundire
19Ken Charles ('90)
28Zain Walker

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