MKJ Group
3:00pm - SaturdaySat 30th SeptemberSep 2023
Mill Farm | Att: 1053

AFC Fylde
AFC Fylde
0 - 2

Woking
Woking

Match Preview and Guide | AFC Fylde (A)

William Bewsey
12:03pm, Thu 28th Sep 2023
AFC Fylde v Woking
Vanarama National League
Saturday 30th September 2023
15:00 Kick-Off


Woking will hope to bounce back from consecutive defeats when they make the trip to Lancashire to take on AFC Fylde.

After a disappointing performance and result on Tuesday night, Darren Sarll indicated that Dennon Lewis and Sam Habergham should be back for the trip to Mill Farm, as new signings Alfie Pavey and Thomas Dickson-Peters begin to be integrated further into the squad following their debuts on Tuesday night.

Opposition Watch
Promoted as National League North champions last season, Fylde have mainly recruited from the league they came from, with the signings of dangerous winger Jonathan Ustabasi and striker Gold Omotayo getting five goals between them, having signed from Chorley and Kings Lynn respectively. Other signings included Theo Richardson, a keeper from Buxton, former one time Woking loanee Kieran Glynn from Scarborough, and previous National League winner Josh Kay from Barrow.

Despite this, it's been a slow start out of the blocks for Fylde, with two wins, three draws and seven defeats from their first 12 games, meaning they currently sit in 22nd. However, they've picked up four points in their last two games, with a 2-1 away win at Southend followed by a 2-2 draw at home to Boreham Wood showing signs of improvement under former Besiktas assistant Adam Murray.

The former Premier League midfielder was appointed manager of the Coasters in November 2022 with their promotion hopes languishing, and after winning the manager of the month award for January, his side picking up 95 points from 46 games in the end to pip Kings Lynn Town to the title on the final day.

Last Time Out
Woking continued what was a seriously impressive start to the National League season in 2019/20 by beating Fylde 4-1 at Mill Farm, with a Dave Tarpey free kick added to by two Jake Hyde goals and a Kane Ferdinand header, as the Coasters would actually be relegated on points per game due to COVID.

The Cards have actually won all three meetings with their opponents, with the side that eventually went down in 2017-18 getting six points from their play-off bound rivals; a Lazar Stojsavljevic header taking all three points at Kingfield in January 2018, with goals from Joe Ward and Jamie Philpot enough for a 2-1 win at Mill Farm in September 2017.

Around the Ground
As a newly built ground, Mill Farm is not close to many pubs or restaurants, but does offer an excellent sports bar on site, as well as an ALDI, KFC and Greggs. There are some pubs in Wesham, which are about a 20 minute walk or 3 minute drive from the ground.

Woking fans will be located in the South Stand terrace and offered some seats in the West Stand, and there are food and drink options available in the concourse.

The Cards Trust are running a supporters coach to the game, details are available here.

Ticket details are available here.

Match Report | Cards coast to victory at Fylde

William Bewsey
5:08pm, Sat 30th Sep 2023
AFC Fylde 0-2 Woking
Vanarama National League
30th September 2023

Woking travelled up to Mill Farm to take on AFC Fylde on the back of consecutive defeats. Darren Sarll made two changes to the side defeated at Wealdstone on Tuesday night; Luke Wilkinson and Dennon Lewis replaced Greg Taylor and Timi Odusina, whilst there was a return to the bench for Sam Habergham and Reece Grego-Cox after their recoveries from injury, along with new signing Lewis Walker, the striker who joined on loan from Gillingham on Friday.

The hosts kicked off towards the away end, and for the first ten minutes, most of the action came in the middle of the park, until a couple of Woking corners first saw Fylde striker Gold Omotayo head precariously over his own bar, before Scott Cuthbert couldn’t keep his header down after good work from Zak Bradshaw.

After Dennon Lewis was fouled around 25 to 30 yards out, a free kick was given and Padraig Amond hit the ball into the top corner, beating the outstretched dive of Theo Richardson and giving Woking the lead after 14 minutes. A memorable strike, and his first free kick goal since last November against Altrincham.

A bizarre incident saw the linesman unable to continue following an injury, which disrupted the game for about nine minutes, as 13 minutes of first half injury time were signalled. Woking continued to dominate play, and after good link up between Jim Kellermann and Dan Moss, Bradshaw couldn’t quite get on the end of the defender’s low cross.

There was still time for Bradshaw to force a good low save out of Richardson, before Omotayo did the same to Jaaskelainen and then half time eventually came, with Woking deservedly leading thanks to Amond’s superb free kick.

Half-time: AFC Fylde 0-1 Woking
Lewis Walker replaced Pavey at half time for his first appearance in a Woking shirt, as Danny Whitehead fired over for the hosts straight from kick off following good play from Jon Ustabasi, with the hosts coming out of the blocks quickly.

Josh Kay’s run past several Woking players saw him fire a shot at Jaaskelainen before Woking broke down the left-hand side. Casey gave Lewis the ball out wide, and his cross was met by Walker to give him his first Woking goal, heading in from close range.

With 74 minutes gone, good play from Ustabasi and Omotayo gave Kay a chance to shoot, but Jaaskelainen comfortably parried the ball behind for a corner. Fylde had claims for a penalty waved away when Tunji Akinola’s seemingly mistimed challenge brought down Kyron Gordon, but referee Aaron Jackson waved the claims away.

With four minutes to go, a Woking corner caused chaos in the Fylde box, and Amond’s header looped off the crossbar not once, but twice with the Cards looking to put the seal on things. Six minutes of injury time were seen out comfortably and the Cards were back to winning ways. A great performance, dominant throughout and rewarded with a clean sheet, as Darren Sarll's side will look forward to Tuesday night's game against FC Halifax Town at the Laithwaite.

Woking: Will Jaaskelainen, Dan Moss, Josh Casey (Habergham 69’), Scott Cuthbert, Luke Wilkinson, Padraig Amond, Dennon Lewis (Taylor 77’), Tunji Akinola, Alfie Pavey (Walker 45’), Jim Kellermann, Zak Bradshaw.

Unused subs: RGC, Odusina

Goals: Amond 14’, Walker 52’

Bookings: Lewis 27’, Wilkinson 53’

AFC Fylde: Theo Richardson, Kyron Gordon, Luke Conlan, Emeka Obi (Whitmore 45’ (Glynn 62’)), Gold Omotayo, Josh Kay, Sam Graham, Connor Barrett (Haughton 41’), Jon Ustabasi, Danny Whitehead, Taelor O’Kane

Unused subs: Philliskirk, Charman

Bookings: O’Kane 57’

Referee: Aaron Jackson

Attendance: 1053

Man of the Match: A number of excellent performances, but Dennon Lewis was excellent in his first start since returning from injury, getting an assist and tormenting the Fylde back line for 77 minutes.
AFC Fylde LINEUP
25Theo Richardson
2Kyron Gordon
3Luke Conlan
5Emeka Obi ('46)
15Sam Graham
17Connor Barrett ('41)
19Jon Ustabasi
14Josh Kay
23Danny Whitehead
34Taelor O'Kane
11Gold Omotayo
BENCH
6Alex Whitmore ('46) ('63)
8Danny Philliskirk
16Kieran Glynn ('63)
10Nick Haughton ('41)
9Luke Charman
WOKING LINEUP
22Will Jaaskelainen
2Dan Moss
3Josh Casey ('69)
6Luke Wilkinson
4Scott Cuthbert
16Tunji Akinola
17Jim Kellermann
20Zak Bradshaw
11Dennon Lewis ('78)
29Alfie Pavey ('46)
10Padraig Amond
BENCH
5Greg Taylor ('78)
21Timi Odusina
28Sam Habergham ('69)
9Reece Grego-Cox
34Lewis Walker ('46)

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