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Match Preview and Guide | Wealdstone (A)

William Bewsey
12:20pm, Mon 25th Sep 2023
Wealdstone v Woking
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 26th September 2023
19:45 Kick-Off

Woking will look to get back to winning ways when they make the short trip to North West London to take on Wealdstone at Grosvenor Vale.

After their six game unbeaten streak was ended by York City in the dying seconds of Saturday's game, Darren Sarll's side will hope that their impressive away record can continue against a familiar foe in the Stones. With goalscoring being the main problem, Woking will hope that they can finally start converting their chances following two disappointing outcomes at the Laithwaite.

Opposition Watch
Wealdstone, having been promoted as National League South champions in 2019/20 on points per game, have somewhat established themselves in the fifth tier over recent years, with 19th, 16th and 13th placed finishes over the last three seasons under the guidance of Stuart Maynard.

Maynard has earned plaudits from many in the division for his side's bravery in possession and giving players a chance to move on to the EFL and beyond, with the most recent example of this being Sam Howes, of course two time former Woking keeper, who moved to League One Leyton Orient in the summer after being picked up from Horsham in summer 2022. After keeping many of their squad from last season, the Stones have only had to make a few additions to bolster their ranks, with Millwall pair Kyle Smith and Abdul Abdulmalik both on loan from the Championship side, as well as 'keeper Jed Ward from Bristol Rovers.

There is a strong ex Woking contingent at the Stones, but with Max Kretzschmar only making the bench on Saturday following injury, as well as Tarryn Allarakhia still being sidelined, the only ex Card likely to start will be popular centre back Jack Cook, as former Stones Rhys Browne, Charlie Wakefield, Sam Habergham and Dennon Lewis look set to be sidelined as well.

Nonetheless, it's been a mixed start to the season for Wealdstone, with three wins, three draws and five defeats in their eleven games so far; two of those defeats having been in the last two matches. However, all three wins have come at home, where the Stones have also drawn once and lost once, so it's going to be a tough task for Woking to take all three points at the Vale.

Last Time Out
Woking saw Max Kretzschmar come back to haunt them with an equaliser from the spot after Marcus Dackers opened the scoring with a header in a 1-1 draw at the Laithwaite in February, as the same scoreline was shared in the reverse fixture in September 2022 at Grosvenor Vale in front of the TV cameras. Kretzschmar's penalty was quickly cancelled out by a superb Jermaine Anderson strike, with both games ending with a point a piece.

Since Wealdstone were promoted into the fifth tier, Woking have won three of the six games, with two draws and a solitary Wealdstone win. Of course, no fan of either side needs to be reminded of the memorable 3-2 comeback win for the Cards in May 2019 to see them progress to the National League South playoff final, in a season where the Stones completed the double over the Cards in the regular season.

Around the Ground
Grosvenor Vale is served by a number of London Underground stations, with Ruislip Manor and Ruislip both on the Metropolitan and Piccadilly Lines, whilst Ruislip Gardens is on the Central line, with all stations no more than a 15 minute walk from the ground.

There are a number of pubs, including a Wetherspoons (JJ Moons) next to Ruislip Manor station, or Woking fans are welcomed into the Grosvenor Vale clubhouse, where there are a number of beers and ales on tap, and Cards fans can be assured of a friendly and warm welcome.

Woking fans will be allocated the MODU stand and the Hawthorne Terrace behind the goal, which offers seating and standing, and there will be catering provided. Woking fans must enter the stadium through the away turnstiles which are clearly signposted at the entrance to Grosvenor Vale.

All fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance but any Woking supporters who wish to purchase a ticket at the ground should purchase one at the ticket box at the entrance to Grosvenor Vale where cash and cards are accepted.

Car parking is available at Grosvenor Vale for a fee of £5 and the car park will be open from 5. Access to the Grosvenor Vale Car Park for all vehicles will cease at 7.20 with the entire area becoming pedestrianised to allow fans on foot to arrive safely to the stadium.

Fans planning to drive are reminded that Grosvenor Vale sits within the newly expanded ULEZ zone.

Ticket details are available here.

Match Report | Cards blunt against tenacious Stones

William Bewsey
9:41pm, Tue 26th Sep 2023
Wealdstone 1-0 Woking
Vanarama National League
26th September 2023

Woking made the trip to North West London to take on a Wealdstone side experiencing a similar injury problem to the Cards. Darren Sarll made several changes to the side defeated against York City on Saturday, with Timi Odusina, Greg Taylor, Tunji Akinola and new signing Alfie Pavey starting instead of Luke Wilkinson, Jermaine Anderson, Ricky Korboa and Matt Robinson, with Wilkinson and Robinson taking places on the bench.

For the hosts, a relatively busy ex-Woking cohort was reduced to just Jack Cook, with former Card Max Kretzschmar sidelined; whilst Tarryn Allarakhia took a place on the bench. It was quite a hectic start at Grosvenor Vale, with busy play from both sides forcing each opposition keeper into some action; Scott Cuthbert’s header from a Josh Casey free kick took a deflection and looped into the grateful hands of Jed Ward.

Wealdstone took the lead after 17 minutes when a long throw wasn’t cleared, and the ball fell to Sam Bowen just inside the box. His low strike was drilled into the bottom corner, past the outstretched dive of Will Jaaskelainen.

The Stones continued to dominate after scoring, and after Bowen’s curler sailed over the bar, a low drive from the tenacious Abdul Abdulmalik flew into the side netting, with Jaaskelainen hardly troubled.

Woking’s first real chance came when a low drive from Jim Kellermann was well saved by Ward down to his right, and a first real glimpse of Pavey came on 40 minutes when Dan Moss’s left footed cross was well met by the new striker’s head, but just crept wide of the far post.

Half time followed with Wealdstone deserving of their lead; the Cards with serious work to do in the second half.

Half-time: Wealdstone 1-0 Woking

As Woking continued their hunt for an equaliser, space began to open up in behind the Cards’ defence, and Abdulmalik fired a shot straight into the palms of Jaaskelainen, but ten minutes into the second half, a Casey corner was met by Akinola, but Ward made a good low save, before parrying away Pavey’s follow up from a tight angle.

The Cards began to dominate the ball, but their back five, despite pushing high, were finding opportunities hard to come by, with Wealdstone defending well.

In the 73rd minute, a big chance for Wealdstone to double their advantage went begging when a ball over the top found Corie Andrews in on goal, but he was well denied by the outstretched Jaaskelainen.

Wealdstone managed the game well, defending deep when needed and using their outlets on the break to create. They saw out the remaining four minutes of injury time without a fuss, meaning it's back to back defeats for Woking. This time, not much was created, and it was a relatively clean sheet for the home side.

Woking: Will Jaaskelainen, Dan Moss, Josh Casey, Timi Odusina, Scott Cuthbert (Willmott 67’), Padraig Amond, Greg Taylor, Tunji Akinola, Alfie Pavey (Dickson-Peters 74’), Jim Kellermann (Robinson 67’), Zak Bradshaw.

Unused subs: Andre, Wilkinson

Wealdstone: Jed Ward, Jack Cook, Ashley Charles (Dyer 83’), Mason Barrett, Micah Obiero, Kyle Smith, Charles Clayden, Abdul Abdulmalik (Olomola 54’), Sam Bowen, Jaydn Mundle-Smith, Sean Adarkwa (Andrews 63’)

Unused subs: Allarakhia, Ferguson

Goals: Bowen 17’

Bookings: Barrett 21’, Smith 84’

Attendance: 1310

Man of the Match: Timi Odusina had a good game in the heart of defence, providing good recovery pace and winning plenty of duals.
Wealdstone LINEUP
13Jed Ward
19Charles Clayden
23Jaydn Mundle-Smith
2Jack Cook
6Mason Barrett
18Kyle Smith
4Ashley Charles ('84)
22Sam Bowen
14Micah Obiero
20Abdulsadur Abdulmalik ('55)
27Sean Adarkwa ('64)
5Alex Dyer ('84)
7Tarryn Allarakhia
8Nathan Ferguson
9Olufela Olomola ('55)
11Corie Andrews ('64)
22Will Jaaskelainen
2Dan Moss
3Josh Casey
4Scott Cuthbert ('65)
21Timi Odusina
5Greg Taylor
16Tunji Akinola
17Jim Kellermann ('65)
20Zak Bradshaw
29Alfie Pavey ('73)
10Padraig Amond
1Alexis Andre Jr.
6Luke Wilkinson
12Matt Robinson ('65)
8Robbie Willmott ('65)
30Thomas Dickson-Peters ('73)

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