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Match Preview and Guide | Eastleigh (A)

William Bewsey
1:32pm, Mon 23rd Oct 2023
Eastleigh v Woking
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 24th October 2023
19:45 Kick-Off

Woking will look to bounce back from injury time defeat at Dagenham on Saturday when they make the trip down the M3 to Eastleigh.

With two wins in their last ten league games, Darren Sarll will hope for a change in fortune at a venue where Woking have had little to shout about in recent years, but he will have many players to choose from to take to Hampshire. Omitted from the squad on Saturday included Charlie O'Connell and Charlie Wakefield, whilst Alfie Pavey and Timi Odusina were unused subs, so there is room for changes to be made if the manager deems it necessary.

Opposition Watch
Eastleigh started the season off with Lee Bradbury as their manager and Woking academy product Charlie Carter as their star man. Funny how football works, as neither are at the club anymore; Bradbury didn't even make it out of August before the trigger was pulled, and Carter moved to Dorking last week. The Spitfires saw huge change in the summer, as Stewart Donald became owner once again, whilst players such as Danny Whitehall, Vincent Harper and Christian Maghoma all moved on.

Summer signings included former Notts wide man Enzio Boldewijn, and former Barrow and Stockport talisman Scott Quigley, as Donald once again flexed his financial muscle, whilst these marquee additions were complimented by the experienced Jake Taylor, former Woking midfield man Solomon Nwabuokei, and the return of Paul McCallum up front, to name a few, with McCallum scoring 12 in 12 games thus far, including 9 in his last 5 matches.

Eastleigh have won three of their last four, with Richard Hill now permanently at the helm, and have won six overall, drawing five and losing five, putting them in 9th place in the table. They've lost just once at home, but that was a 6-0 demolition by Gateshead on the 9th September.

Last Time Out
A frustrating trip to Hampshire saw Woking beaten 1-0 by a Vincent Harper goal in February, whilst the reverse fixture was a 1-0 win for the Cards at the Laithwaite in October courtesy of Reading loanee Jahmari Clarke. Sandwiched in between the two fixtures was a 2-0 Eastleigh win in the FA Trophy in December, also at the Laithwaite, whilst the last time Woking won this fixture at the Silverlake Stadium was under Garry Hill in 2017.

Around the Ground

Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults (21-64): £19
Concession (65+) and Student (17-20): £13.50
Junior (7-16): £6
Under 7s: £3

Please note that ticket prices increase from 23:59 tonight, so it is cheaper to buy in advance.

Woking fans will be allocated South Stand seating, details are available here.

Southampton Airport Parkway train station is a 20 minute walk from the stadium and is served by trains from Waterloo.

The Cards Trust are running a supporters coach, you can book here.

Match Report | Cards in gritty win at Spitfires

William Bewsey
9:43pm, Tue 24th Oct 2023
Eastleigh 0-1 Woking
Vanarama National League
24th October 2023

Woking travelled to an Eastleigh side who had won their last three games looking to get back on track in the league following Saturday’s devastating late defeat at Dagenham. With Tunji Akinola suspended, Darren Sarll was forced into replacing him with Zak Bradshaw in midfield, whilst Greg Taylor, Padraig Amond and Reece Grego-Cox made way for Timi Odusina, Morgan Williams and Rhys Browne, the latter making his first league start since August.

After an impeccably observed minutes silence in memory of Sir Bobby Charlton, Woking kicked off from right to left, and it was the Cards who squandered a big chance after four minutes. A Lewis Walker flick on was met by Browne, who played in Williams, but he fired narrowly across goal from a tight angle.

On 16 minutes, some superb build up play down the right-hand side saw a cross from Dan Moss nearly met by Bradshaw inside the box, with Rohan Ince and Browne heavily involved. This ignited a response from the Spitfires, and after good work down Woking’s left side saw a cross cleared, a Chris Maguire effort sailed over the bar.

Eastleigh then had a huge chance to take the lead on 29 minutes when the offside trap was broken by Enzio Boldewijn, and his cross was headed wide by Paul McCallum when he ought to have done better. Just before half time, a shot from Walker found the side netting after yet more patient Woking build up before a deserved goal for the Cards came straight after. Superb play from Browne saw him feed Dennon Lewis one on one, and he dispatched the ball into the back of the net, lifting over Joe McDonnell with composure.

Half-time: Eastleigh 0-1 Woking

Woking made an excellent start to the second half, creating their first opening inside two minutes of the restart. Good work from Williams down the right saw him cut back for Browne, and after his first attempt was blocked, his second was scuffed straight at McDonnell.

A warning was fired by the hosts on 58 minutes when substitute Luca Chalwell rounded Will Jaaskelainen but went too far and ran the ball out of play, before Boldewijn’s shot was well blocked after he danced past Josh Casey.

A few half chances to the hosts followed before good work from Browne saw him force another McDonnell save on 80 minutes, before the Eastleigh stopper made a good save to his left to deny Lewis his second of the game a few minutes later.

With eight minutes of stoppage time to survive, a free header for Scott Quigley from an Eastleigh corner went a whisker wide of the bottom corner, but that was to be that, as Woking got a huge three points at an in-form side.

This was much more like the Woking of last season, determination, quality and nouse to see it out to the end. They will hope for more success when Bromley visit the Laithwaite on Saturday.

Woking: Will Jaaskelainen, Dan Moss, Josh Casey, Scott Cuthbert, Timi Odusina, Zak Bradshaw, Morgan Williams (Amond 86’), Rohan Ince, Lewis Walker (Taylor 71’), Rhys Browne (Wakefield 82’), Dennon Lewis

Unused subs: O’Connell, Pavey

Goals: Lewis 45+1

Bookings: Cuthbert 14’, Jaaskelainen 73’, Ince 89’

Eastleigh: Joe McDonnell, Ludwig Francillette, Jake Taylor, Paul McCallum (Atangana 52’), Enzio Boldewijn, George Langston, Chris Maguire, Bailey Clements (Rutherford 81’), Corey Panter (Chalwell 55’), Scott Quigley, Jayden Harris

Unused subs: Scott, Yang



Referee: Farai Hallam

Attendance: 1944 (289 Woking fans)

Man of the Match: Morgan Williams was electric down the right hand side, giving the Cards an outlet throughout.
Eastleigh LINEUP
1Joe McDonnell
6Ludwig Francillette
12George Langston
18Bailey Clements ('81)
19Corey Panter ('55)
11Enzio Boldewijn
8Jake Taylor
23Jayden Harris
20Scott Quigley
9Paul McCallum ('52)
17Chris Maguire
13Tommy Scott
21Oscar Rutherford ('81)
4Nigel Atangana ('52)
26Luka Chalwell ('55)
27Yang Seung-woo
22Will Jaaskelainen
2Dan Moss
3Josh Casey
21Timi Odusina
4Scott Cuthbert
24Rohan Ince
25Morgan Williams ('85)
20Zak Bradshaw
11Dennon Lewis
34Lewis Walker ('72)
14Rhys Browne ('82)
5Greg Taylor ('72)
27Charlie O'Connell
19Charlie Wakefield ('82)
10Padraig Amond ('85)
29Alfie Pavey

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