3:00pm - SaturdaySat 16th DecemberDec 2023
Meadowbank | Att: 2617

Dorking Wanderers
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Match Preview and Guide | Dorking Wanderers (A)

William Bewsey
9:41am, Thu 14th Dec 2023
Dorking Wanderers v Woking
Vanarama National League
Saturday 16th December 2023
15:00 Kick-Off

Woking make the short journey to Dorking on Saturday in need of a first three points since October.

After blowing a 2-0 lead in the FA Trophy at Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday night to go out of the competition, Ian Dyer may look to change up his squad, with the likes of Scott Cuthbert and Rohan Ince potential options to come back into the squad.

Despite the result, there were some positives, as Jim Kellermann, Manny Oyeleke and Dennon Lewis returned from injury, with the former two starting. This will be food for Dyer's thoughts on Saturday, as Wanderers' 3G pitch could provide a conundrum as to whether to risk players coming back from injury. Another positive was two goals for Rhys Browne, who now has three in two games after getting off the mark at Boreham Wood.

Opposition Watch
Since the last time the sides met, Dorking's form (and luck with injuries) has been mixed. Marc White has chopped and changed as we've seen during the Wanderers' time in the National League, with the likes of Ryan Seager, sold to Havant and Waterlooville, being replaced by players such as former Card Charlie Carter. Injuries to attacking players such as Matt Briggs and Jason Prior have seen White having to switch back to James McShane up front, although Prior is still Wanderers' top scorer with eight in 17 games.

Alfie Rutherford made a much anticipated return to action in early November against Dagenham, and got his first goal since returning from an ACL injury in a 2-1 win over Boreham Wood last month. Despite a mixed record, Dorking's home form is strong, and included three wins in their last four home games, including a 3-0 win over Maidenhead in the FA Trophy last weekend. They fared badly in the FA Cup, losing 2-0 at Horsham at the first hurdle, which resulted in a damning Marc White interview going viral on social media.

The Wanderers currently sit 17th, with seven wins, four draws and ten defeats from 21 games, having scored 26 and conceded 37. Their overall home record is four wins, two draws and five defeats from 11 games at Meadowbank, giving them 14 points from 11 games.

Last Time Out
Goals from Ricky Korboa and Dennon Lewis sealed a 2-0 win for the Cards in the reverse fixture on August Bank Holiday, in a game where Woking were completely dominant. Last season, two thrilling games saw the large crowds thoroughly entertained, as an October Tuesday night at the Laithwaite saw the sides draw 3-3, with Padraig Amond scoring twice along with Rhys Browne's first goal for the club.

The reverse fixture, also a Bank Holiday in April saw Jason Prior's penalty cancelled out by a superb long range strike from Rohan Ince, before a header from close range completed a memorable turnaround in front of 1300 Cards fans.

Around the Ground

Tickets will not be available on the gate, but are still available here.

The Cards Trust is running a coach, information is available here.

Dorking is served by two main stations, Dorking and Dorking Deepdene. Trains go from Guildford to Dorking Deepdene, and from London Waterloo to Dorking. Both are about a 15 minute walk to the ground.

There will be a bar area at the ground, but Dorking has several pubs and restaurants in the town centre next to the ground.

Match Report | Osew magic fires Cards to big three points

William Bewsey
5:08pm, Sat 16th Dec 2023
Dorking Wanderers 1-2 Woking
Vanarama National League
16th December 2023

Woking returned to league action following a three week absence by making the short trip to Meadowbank to take on Dorking Wanderers. Ian Dyer made four changes to the side beaten by Weston-super-Mare in midweek, with returns to the side for Alexis Andre Jr, Scott Cuthbert, Tunji Akinola and Dennon Lewis. Out came Will Jaaskelainen, Timi Odusina, Rhys Browne and Morgan Williams, with Odusina and Browne dropping to the bench.

Marc White’s Wanderers lined up with a familiar face making his debut, former Woking academy product Charlie Carter with his first appearance since joining from Eastleigh in October.

Woking got the game underway, with the Cards shooting towards the packed home end. Much of the opening ten minutes was spent in the Woking half, but the Cards had the first real moment of note in the 12th minute when Paul Osew’s low cross was fired just over by Dennon Lewis on the turn. Manny Oyeleke’s free kick was turned just over the bar by Akinola a couple of minutes later as the Cards began to impose themselves on the game.

Woking took the lead on 35 minutes when a superb delivery from Josh Casey’s free kick was powered home by the head of Tunji Akinola, beating Harrison Male and giving the Cards what their pressure had deserved.

However, their lead was short lived when a run from Carter down the right hand side saw him square for James McShane, who tapped home on 41 minutes. That was to be that for the first half, with Woking pegged back by a Dorking side who looked dangerous in behind the Cards’ defence.

Half-time: Dorking 1-1 Woking

Big shouts for handball from the bank of Woking fans behind the goal were waved away by the referee on 53 minutes after Jim Kellermann’s shot was blocked, before Alexis Andre was forced into a superb save minutes later when Dan Gallagher’s swerving shot from distance was brilliantly parried over the bar by the French stopper.

Great work from Dennon Lewis down the left hand side saw his clip into the six yard box narrowly evading Kellermann at the back post, before good movement from substitute Alfie Rutherford saw him test Andre Jr at his near post. A superb run from substitute Jimmy Muitt on 63 minutes saw him fire a shot across goal, which was almost met by a couple of Wanderers players.

A rather unusual break in play was instigated due to an injury to the linesman, before Woking retook the lead in some style. Superb play from Amond on the turn played through Paul Osew, who showed composure way beyond his years to drive through and finish brilliantly on his right foot to spark jubilation behind the goal.

Osew had another chance just a couple of minutes later when great work from Lewis found him unmarked in the box, but he couldn’t quite head home. Another big Woking chance went begging when Osew’s ball into the box was met by Akinola, but not well enough to force the ball past Harrison Male.

Ten painstaking minutes of added time were seen off, before jubilant scenes as Woking ended their barren run, completing the double over Dorking and getting back to that winning feeling.

A word for Ian Dyer, who looked overjoyed at the final whistle after getting the win he and his players fought so hard for.

Woking: Alexis Andre Jr, Dan Moss, Josh Casey, Scott Cuthbert, Luke Wilkinson, Manny Oyeleke (Ince 75’), Jim Kellermann, Tunji Akinola, Padraig Amond, Dennon Lewis, Paul Osew

Unused subs: Browne, Bradshaw, Odusina, Pavey

Bookings: Wilkinson 40’, Akinola 94’

Goals: Akinola 35’, Osew 85’

Dorking Wanderers: Harrison Male, Barry Fuller, Haydn Hollis, Tony Craig, George Francomb, Charlie Carter (Ottaway 70’), Josh Taylor, Dan Gallagher, Luke Moore (Rutherford 45’), Bobby-Joe Taylor (Muitt 45’), James McShane

Unused subs: Philpot, Brown

Goals: McShane 41’

Bookings: Muitt 61’

Attendance: 2617

Man of the Match: Paul Osew announced himself to the Woking faithful with a superb performance and goal.

Dorking Wanderers LINEUP
1Harrison Male
22Barry Fuller
3Bobby-Joe Taylor ('46)
5Tony Craig
19Haydn Hollis
20Dan Gallagher
18Luke Moore ('46)
37George Francomb
16Charlie Carter ('70)
17Josh Taylor
11James McShane
2Isaac Philpott
7Jimmy Muitt ('46)
10Alfie Rutherford ('46)
24Harry Ottaway ('70)

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