11:59am, Mon 2nd Oct 2023
Woking vs FC Halifax Town
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 3rd October 2023
Woking will hope to climb back into the National League top seven when they host FC Halifax Town at the Laithwaite on Tuesday.
Saturday's 2-0 win at AFC Fylde was much needed; not just because it got the Cards their first win in four, but also because Dennon Lewis, Sam Habergham and Reece Grego-Cox made returns to the matchday squad, with the former two both getting valuable minutes. And with the news that Rohan Ince could be back for Tuesday, Woking will hope this means players can be rotated ahead of another home game on Saturday.
Around the Ground
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This is the second game of the 'Two for Tuesday' promotion, meaning anyone who bought tickets to the Ebbsfleet home game online will be able to use that ticket for this fixture.
FA Trophy winners last season, the Shaymen lost top scorer Mani Dieseruvwe in the summer to Hartlepool United, and he's proved hard to replace. Only Kidderminster and Maidenhead have scored less than Halifax this season, with just 12 goals scored; they've failed to score on five occasions so far. Rob Harker with three goals scored is the Shaymen's top scorer.
However, just two teams (Solihull Moors and Bromley) have conceded less goals (13) than Chris Millington's side, landing them the joint third best defensive record in the league, along with the Cards. Following the loss of captain Jack Senior to League Two side Doncaster Rovers, Halifax landed former Bolton loanee Adam Senior on a permanent deal, and there's a familiar face in midfield in former Woking loanee Kane Thompson-Sommers, signed from Hereford in the summer.
The Shaymen have won three, drawn six and lost four of their opening 13 games, meaning they currently sit 16th with a points return of 15. Away from home, they've won two, drawn two and lost two, with both wins coming against Greater Manchester sides in Oldham and Rochdale.
Last Time Out
Rob Harker's goal was enough to effectively end Woking's hopes of a third placed finish last season, as despite Mani Dieseruvwe's second half red card, the Shaymen were 1-0 victors at the Laithwaite in late April.
This was in complete contrast to the demolition job inflicted on Halifax at the Shay in October 2022, as two goals from Reece Grego-Cox, a James Daly opener and a Kian Spence own goal saw the Cards run out 4-0 victors.
Since Woking were promoted back into the division in 2019, they've won two of the eight matchups with the Shaymen, losing four and drawing two. Their last win at the Laithwaite against Halifax was in April 2015, when two stoppage time goals saw the ten man Cards win 3-2 in the last game of the 2014/15 season.