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Match Preview and Guide | Chesterfield (H)

William Bewsey
11:40am, Mon 20th Nov 2023
Woking vs Chesterfield
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 21st November 2023
19:45 Kick-Off

Woking face the toughest challenge of their season yet when they welcome runaway leaders Chesterfield to the Laithwaite.

After disappointment against Oldham on Saturday, hosting the Spireites, who also lost on Saturday at Southend, is set to be a tall order for Ian Dyer and his squad, who have just two wins in their last ten league games and no home win since August Bank Holiday.

However, one positive was the debut for Alexis Andre Jr in goal on Saturday after Will Jaaskelainen was ruled out with illness, so he will be looking to back up an excellent performance with another one against the league's most potent attack, whilst Dyer might mix up the squad following the return of Sam Habergham and Timi Odusina to the bench against the Latics.

Woking Hospice Raffle, with McLaren and Seymours
Seymours Estate Agents will be hosting fundraising acitivies for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices at tonight's match.

Supporters can get contribute to their Christmas raffle and get tickets for their annual Christmas Carol Concert.

McLaren will also be our guests this evening, with two supercars placed by the Westfield Avenue for supporters to take photographs alongside when supporting the fundraising.

Around the Ground
Ticket pricing and other details are available here.

The Club reminds supporters, in light of the forecasted weather, that pointed umbrellas are not permitted in the ground. Smaller, non-pointed umbrellas are.

Opposition Watch
Following playoff heartbreak at Wembley, losing on penalties in the final to Notts County, the Spireites sought out to make the title theirs this season with a number of big signings. Tom Naylor joined from Wigan and the infamous Will Grigg came from MK Dons, and Naylor from midfield already has six goals, with Grigg having scored ten. Other signings included loanee Everton keeper Harry Tyrer, Ryan Boot from Solihull Moors, James Berry from Macclesfield for a six figure fee and Michael Jacobs from Portsmouth.

However, their player of the season thus far is arguably Liam Mandeville, with the right winger also being deployed at right back by Paul Cook and scoring five so far this season whilst providing countless assists. No one has scored more than Chesterfield's 48 goals, and with eight players having contributed three or more, it's no wonder this team is flying at the top.

Before Saturday's 2-1 loss at Southend, Chesterfield hadn't lost since the 26th August, and they've won 15 of their 19 league games, drawing two. They have the best away form in the league with 22 points from 10 away games so far, so it will be a tall order for the Cards to break their own duck at home.

Last Time Out
A penalty from Ollie Banks gave the Spireites all three points at the Laithwaite in March, as they would eventually pip Woking to third place. However, the reverse fixture in early February was a memorable one for the Cards, as goals from Padraig Amond, James Daly and Jim Kellermann secured a 3-1 win in Derbyshire.

The sides have played each other seven times, with Woking winning three, Chesterfield winning three and one draw.

Match Report | Cards well beaten by Spireites

William Bewsey
9:37pm, Tue 21st Nov 2023
Woking 0-2 Chesterfield
Vanarama National League
21st November 2023

Woking returned to action on Tuesday night by welcoming league leaders Chesterfield to the Laithwaite. Caretaker manager Ian Dyer made two changes to the side beaten by Oldham on the weekend, with Reece Grego-Cox dropping to the bench in place of Morgan Williams, whilst Dennon Lewis missed out after coming off injured on Saturday, replaced by Charlie Wakefield.

The visitors made six changes from defeat at Southend, meaning places on the bench for the likes of dangerous winger Ryan Colclough and talisman Will Grigg. Woking kicked off towards the LGS, but it was the visitors who dominated possession in the opening five minutes. Some good play from the Cards developed shortly after, most notably seeing Williams have a cross aimed for Padraig Amond well cleared away by a Chesterfield defender on 14 minutes.

A quiet 20 minute spell was ended on 34 minutes when good play from Armando Dobra teed up James Berry, who forced a good save from Andre Jr to tip over the bar. However, on 38 minutes, the Cards switched off and Tom Naylor played in Joe Quigley, who finished cooly past Andre Jr and into the roof of the net.

Woking sought to put things right immediately and upped the pressure when good work from Tunji Akinola played in Wakefield, whose shot was well blocked by Ash Palmer. However, the Spireites went into the break one goal to the good, with Woking shooting themselves in the foot as has so often been the case this season.

Half-time: Woking 0-1 Chesterfield

Not much happened in the first fifteen minutes of the second half, although a very vocal Paul Cook was finally booked by the referee, before a last ditch tackle was needed to deny an advancing Alfie Pavey inside the box.

A sliced clearance from a Chesterfield man on 61 minutes saw Padraig Amond given an opportunity to test Harry Tyrer, but his half volley was straight at the ‘keeper. Minutes later, good build up play from the Spireites saw Quigley well denied by Andre Jr, before substitute Ryan Colclough’s follow up was well blocked.

Colclough was at it again on 79 minutes, his superb run down the left hand side seeing a low shot go narrowly wide of the far post. But the Spireites had a second when intricate play found Dobra, who turned the ball home from inside the six yard box.

Such is the firepower of the league leaders that they could bring on Michael Jacobs and Will Grigg in the final stages, and the latter turned his defender well on 86 minutes before firing wide from a great opportunity. In injury time, an excellent save from Andre Jr was needed to deny Colclough's piledriver, but that was it for the Cards.

A comfortable win for the runaway league leaders, and a sign of how far apart the two sides have drifted since the Spireites edged out Woking to third place last season. They will hope to put things right when they visit struggling Boreham Wood on Saturday.

Woking: Alexis Andre Jr, Dan Moss, Josh Casey, Scott Cuthbert, Greg Taylor, Tunji Akinola (Bradshaw 76’), Morgan Williams, Rohan Ince, Padraig Amond, Charlie Wakefield (Habergham 80’), Alfie Pavey (Grego-Cox 75’)

Unused subs: Jaaskelainen, Odusina

Bookings: Moss 28’

Chesterfield: Harry Tyrer, Ryheem Sheckleford, Ash Palmer, Jamie Grimes, Miguel Freckleton, Mike Jones, Tom Naylor, Armando Dobra, Liam Mandeville (Jacobs 86’), James Berry (Colclough 62’), Joe Quigley (Grigg 84’)

Unused subs: Horton, Banks

Goals: Quigley 38’, Dobra 80’

Attendance: 2169
1Alexis Andre Jr.
2Dan Moss
3Josh Casey
4Scott Cuthbert
5Greg Taylor
24Rohan Ince
16Tunji Akinola ('76)
25Morgan Williams
19Charlie Wakefield ('80)
29Alfie Pavey ('75)
10Padraig Amond
22Will Jaaskelainen
21Timi Odusina
28Sam Habergham ('80)
20Zak Bradshaw ('76)
9Reece Grego-Cox ('75)
Chesterfield LINEUP
1Harry Tyrer
22Ryheem Sheckleford
16Miguel Freckleton
21Ash Palmer
5Jamie Grimes
4Tom Naylor
35Mike Jones
7Liam Mandeville ('86)
17Armando Dobra
18James Berry ('61)
27Joe Quigley ('84)
3Branden Horton
10Michael Jacobs ('86)
11Ryan Colclough ('61)
28Ollie Banks
9Will Grigg ('84)

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