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Match Preview and Guide | York City (H)

William Bewsey
11:53am, Wed 20th Sep 2023
Woking vs. York City
Vanarama National League
Saturday 23rd September 2023
12:30 Kick-Off

Woking will welcome the TNT Sports cameras to the Laithwaite for the first time this season when they welcome York City for an early 12:30 kick off.

After Tuesday night's eventful draw with Ebbsfleet United, it's now six unbeaten for the Cards, but of course all eyes will be on whether any injured players, in particular forwards, will be available for Saturday after Woking's lack of cutting edge costed them dearly against the Fleet.

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Opposition Watch
Promoted through the National League North play offs in 2021/22, last season saw York narrowly avoid relegation in a season of turmoil off the pitch, with new owner Glen Henderson sacking popular manager John Askey in November 2022, which was followed by protests and a terrible run of form under manager David Webb, before Michael Morton eventually guided the club to a 19th placed finish.

Former Yeovil investor Matt Uggla bought the club in the summer and gave Morton an increased budget, with which City have signed too many players to list in this preview, but notable additions include creative midfielder Quevin Castro from West Brom, prolific striker Dipo Akinyemi from Ayr United and centre back Tyler Cordner from Aldershot, the latter two both commanding six figure fees for their services.

However, Morton's days were numbered after no wins in York's first seven, and he has been replaced by the experienced Neal Ardley, who himself departed Solihull in the summer. Ardley's three games in charge so far have seen a win, a draw and a loss, with a 2-0 defeat to Oldham at Boundary Park on Tuesday meaning York will be expecting a reaction coming to the Laithwaite.

Akinyemi's four goals and numerous assists so far mean he's a key threat for the Minstermen, with York currently sitting 21st with 7 points from 10 games, winning once, drawing four times and losing five.

Last Time Out
Woking were beaten twice by City last year, both by the same 2-0 scoreline, with a 2-0 win in December 2022 at the Laithwaite coming despite the Minstermen going down to 10 men when Fraser Kerr was sent off just after the hour. Second half goals from Sam Sanders and Lenell John-Lewis were enough to defeat the Cards.

Woking fans won't need reminding of the reverse fixture last year, with the first game of the season seeing a comfortable 2-0 win for York in August 2022. In fact, you have to go back to April 2008 for the last time Woking were victorious in this fixture, with a 3-2 win at Bootham Crescent.

The Cards have only won one of the eight games between the sides, with one draw and six York wins meaning that City could very much be considered a bogey team.

Match Report | Cards stunned at the death by City

William Bewsey
2:33pm, Sat 23rd Sep 2023
Woking 1-2 York City
Vanarama National League
23rd September 2023

Woking welcomed the TNT Sports cameras to the Laithwaite for the first time this season when they hosted York City. For the early 12:30 kick off, Darren Sarll made three changes to his side, two in the centre of defence. Luke Wilkinson and Scott Cuthbert came in for Greg Taylor and Timi Odusina, who both took their places on the bench. Meanwhile Matt Robinson came in for Tunji Akinola, suspended after picking up five yellow cards.

Interestingly, both sides lined up with four on the bench, despite Neal Ardley’s men having a squad size of over 30. Woking were sporting their brand new black and grey third kit, with City in their white away kit, as the away side kicked off towards the KRE in the beautiful sunshine.

The opening ten minutes were tight, as both teams tried to create, but the Woking offside trap was frustrating York’s attackers, whilst their defenders were keeping tight to Padraig Amond and Ricky Korboa.

However, the best chance of the game thus far came on 20 minutes when a great through ball from Zak Bradshaw found Amond through on goal after breaching the offside trap, but his low finish bounced back off the inside of the post and was cleared away.

On 24 minutes, York took the lead when Lenell John-Lewis’s shot took a wicked deflection and looped over Will Jaaskelainen, and Woking immediately sought to find a response.

Dangerous crosses from Dan Moss and Josh Casey forced the York defence into action, as it just seemed Woking needed some luck to fall their way. On 41 minutes, a great cross from Moss was met by Korboa, but he directed his header wide with space at the back post.

Woking went into half time having dominated yet still lacking that cutting edge up front, with work to be done in the second half.

Half-time: Woking 0-1 York City
Woking had their equaliser on 58 minutes when an interception led to Casey crossing for Amond, whose header was well saved by Whitley, but Korboa tapped home the rebound.

A huge chance for York to retake the lead went begging in the 72nd minute, when a great cross from the right was met by John-Lewis, but his header cannoned back off the bar, before a superb save from Jaaskelainen from Dan Batty denied the follow up.

Woking then hit the bar moments later as great play from Korboa saw him take the ball from the edge of the box and curl a superb strike back off the inside of the woodwork, so close to a memorable second.

After the Cards’ press worked well, Robbie Willmott carried the ball towards goal, but a miscommunication between Amond and Korboa prevented what would have been a golden chance, before good link up between Willmott and Korboa saw the latter head over the bar.

Greg Taylor’s cross then somehow was diverted wide by a York defender, with the ball trickling perilously past his own post. However on 98 minutes, York had a winner when a cross from the right was hit towards goal, Casey headed off the line, but the ball bounced off the bar and into the path of Ryan Fallowfield, who sent the travelling faithful wild.
That was how it finished, with Woking once again being made to pay for missed chances, however this time, it cost them all three points.

Woking: Will Jaaskelainen, Dan Moss, Josh Casey, Luke Wilkinson (Odusina 92’), Scott Cuthbert, Padraig Amond, Jermaine Anderson (Taylor 77’), Ricky Korboa, Matt Robinson (Willmott 74’), Jim Kellermann, Zak Bradshaw.

Unused subs: Andre

Goals: Korboa 59’

Bookings: Anderson 68’

York City: Ryan Whitley, Ryan Fallowfield, Adam Crookes (Latty-Fairweather 65’), Tyler Cordner, Dipo Akinyemi, Maziar Kouhyar (Marsh 79’), Lenell John-Lewis, Callum Howe, Daniel Batty, Zanda Siziba (McLaughlin 70’), Alex Woodyard

Unused subs: Watson

Goals: John-Lewis 24’

Bookings: Fallowfield 68’

Referee: Gary Parsons

Attendance: 2806

Man of the Match: Scott Cuthbert
22Will Jaaskelainen
2Dan Moss
3Josh Casey
6Luke Wilkinson ('90)
4Scott Cuthbert
12Matt Robinson ('74)
17Jim Kellermann
20Zak Bradshaw
23Jermaine Anderson ('76)
7Ricky Korboa
10Padraig Amond
1Alexis Andre Jr.
5Greg Taylor ('76)
21Timi Odusina ('90)
8Robbie Willmott ('74)
York City LINEUP
1Ryan Whitley
2Ryan Fallowfield
3Adam Crookes ('65)
5Tyler Cordner
15Callum Howe
18Dan Batty
23Zanda Siziba ('70)
30Alex Woodyard
11Maziar Kouhyar ('78)
14Lenell John-Lewis
9Dipo Akinyemi
35Rory Watson
36Thierry Latty-Fairweather ('65)
6Paddy McLaughlin ('70)
19Aiden Marsh ('78)

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