12:57pm, Thu 16th Nov 2023
Woking vs Oldham Athletic
Vanarama National League
Saturday 18th November 2023
Woking will hope to finally end their winless run at home when they welcome Oldham Athletic to the Laithwaite on Saturday.
After the news that Darren Sarll was relieved of his duties as manager on Monday, Ian Dyer will take charge of the team to take on the Latics, the first time he's been the main man in the dugout since March 2022. His record as caretaker was impressive, registering three wins, a draw and two losses with four clean sheets, and he'll be hoping that more of that is to come.
Reece Grego-Cox returned to the squad defeated by Oxford City, and came off the bench in a positive sign, whilst other injury news will be eagerly awaited ahead of Saturday.
Around the Ground
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After an excellent second half to last season under David Unsworth saw Oldham finish in a comfortable 12th position, hopes were high going into the new season, with the Latics considered title challengers following some impressive signings such as the prolific James Norwood from Barnsley, centre half Shaun Hobson from Southend and midfielders Josh Lundstram and Dan Ward from Altrincham and Gateshead respectively.
However, after just one win in nine games, and following a 3-0 hammering at Bromley, Unsworth departed, and in came another big appointment in Micky Mellon. But since the successful former Tranmere manager arrived at Boundary Park, the Latics have just one league win in four games, also being eliminated by Newport County in the FA Cup. Norwood so far this season has scored 7 in 18 games, scoring two in Mellon's first four, whilst experienced midfielder Brennan Dickenson has 5 in 15 games; the former Carlisle man has already registered a couple of goal of the season contenders as well.
All of this ultimately means that the Latics sit two points and four places above the Cards in 10th, having won five, lost five and drawn nine thus far. They've scored 27 but conceded 28, with 10 scored away from home and 18 conceded, picking up 10 points from their 9 away games.
Last Time Out
A dramatic Nathan Sheron injury time winner gave Oldham all three points at Boundary Park on a freezing cold Tuesday night in March, as the Latics were 1-0 victors. Before that, the reverse fixture saw Woking win 3-0 at the Laithwaite in September, two goals for Tyreke Johnson either side of a goal for Luke Wilkinson, in what was to prove to be his last game in charge of the Latics before he got sacked.
Before last season, the two sides had never met, so at present the head to head is one win for each side.