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Match Preview and Guide | Wealdstone (H)

William Bewsey
9:39am, Thu 22nd Feb 2024
Woking vs Wealdstone
Vanarama National League
Saturday 24th February 2024
15:00 Kick-Off

Woking start a run of three consecutive home matches by facing Wealdstone at the Laithwaite on Saturday.

After defeat at Ebbsfleet, Michael Doyle will be looking for a reaction to stop the Cards from getting dragged further away from the safety mark.

There may be chances for players who have not started regularly with Woking looking to try and find form in any way possible, against a Stones side with a few familiar faces.

Opposition Watch
Stuart Maynard moved upwards to Notts County last month, taking his assistant and first team coaches Matt and Craig Saunders with him. The Stones wasted no time in poaching David Noble from National League South side St Albans City, but his transition to life at Grosvenor Vale has not been as smooth as he would have hoped.

Wealdstone’s much discussed pitch problems have left them lingering behind the rest of the league in terms of games played, with the Stones having four games in hand on the Cards and five in hand on various teams.

This has no doubt had an impact on recent form, with the Stones winless in four league games since Noble took over, but having beaten Hendon emphatically in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night, he will be hoping that this result can carry over into the league.

With top scorer Sean Adarkwa out injured, Wealdstone’s players to watch are former Woking trio Jack Cook, Max Kretzschmar and Tarryn Allarakhia. In particular, Allarakhia was called up and started once at AFCON last month following impressive form under Maynard.

Currently sitting on 38 points from 30 games, the Stones sit 19th, four points above the Cards having scored 42 and conceded 45.

Last Time Out
Sam Bowen’s first half goal was enough for all three points in September as the Stones were 1-0 victors at the Vale.

Last season, the sides shared the points on both occasions, with two Kretzschmar penalties across both games adding up to two 1-1 score lines.

Across 10 meetings between the sides, the Stones have won four, Woking have won four and there have been two draws.

Around the Ground
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Live Six Nations rugby between Scotland and England will be shown in Cardinals Bar from 16:45, with Happy Hour pricing running until close.

Match Report | Cards share spoils with Stones

William Bewsey
4:56pm, Sat 24th Feb 2024
Woking Wealdstone
Vanarama National League
24th February 2024

Michael Doyle made three changes to the side beaten at Ebbsfleet in midweek, with Will Jaaskelainen making his first start since November in place of Alexis Andre Jr. Also making way were Luke Wikinson and Dennon Lewis, who both missed out on the squad in place of Scott Cuthbert and Rohan Ince.

Their visitors Wealdstone had two ex-Cards in the starting lineup in the form of Jack Cook and Tarryn Allarakhia, whilst Max Kretzschmar was on their bench.

Wealdstone kicked the game off towards the KRE, and they dominated the early proceedings. A free kick from Aaron Henry flew just wide of Jaaskelainen’s far post as the Stones looked to start quickly. A few nice openings from Wealdstone courtesy of intricate play from their midfield meant the Cards had to be alert; on one occasion, good defending from Scott Cuthbert and Josh Casey prevented Corie Andrews from a one-on-one opportunity.

After the ball rebounded favourably for Allarakhia to run in behind on 29 minutes, Jaaskelainen had to be alert to come out and make a good save with his body. After 36 minutes, Woking finally had their first real attack of the game, with Casey picking up the ball down the left, driving towards goal after beating Charlie Seaman, but Marcus Dewhurst was able to collect his attempted cross.

A long ball from Jaaskelainen on the stroke of half time was beautifully taken down by Jayden Luker, and his shot was well saved by Dewhurst to his left. From the following corner, Scott Cuthbert’s free header went wide when he should have done better, a good end to a half in which Woking barely had the ball.

Half-time: Woking 0-0 Wealdstone

After more constant Stones pressure, the first shot of the second half came when Allarakhia cut inside onto his right foot and unleashed a curler from the edge of the box, but the ball flew wide of the top right-hand corner.

On 58 minutes, good link up between Cook and Allarakhia saw the latter fire an effort towards goal from his left foot, but Jaaskelainen did push to tip the ball behind for a corner. On 66 minutes, Wealdstone took the lead, when Jaydn Mundle-Smith’s low cross was poked home at the back post by Nathan Ferguson.

Woking aimed to respond immediately, and when Curtis Edwards’ low drive cannonned back off the post, it was almost the perfect response.

The equaliser came on 78 minutes when a peach of a cross from substitute Manny Oyeleke was met by fellow sub Charley Kendall, whose header flew into the top corner and gave the Cards a lift.

As the Cards went for the win, Walker’s free kick had to be parried away by Dewhurst, before a Cuthbert header from another Oyeleke delivery was almost met by a touch at the far post.

In stoppage time, a Casey cross deflected into the path of Oyeleke, whose low volley went just wide of the bottom corner, before a superb Edwards delivery found Moss at the back post, but he couldn't keep his volley down. A point a fair reflection on the game, and Woking will hope to take all three when they host Gateshead on Tuesday night.

Woking: Will Jaaskelainen, Josh Casey, Scott Cuthbert, Lewis Walker, Rohan Ince (Oyeleke 68’), Tunji Akinola (Kendall 77’), Curtis Edwards, Ricky Korboa, Dion Kelly-Evans, Jayden Luker (Moss 64’), Max Dyche

Unused subs: Anderson, Osew

Bookings: Edwards 54’, Kelly-Evans 78’

Goals: Kendall 78’

Wealdstone: Marcus Dewhurst, Jack Cook, Charlie Barker, Tarryn Allarakhia (Bowen 93’), Nathan Ferguson (Dyer 82’), Corie Andrews (Cook-Appiah 74’), Charlie Seaman, Jack Young, Jaydn Mundle-Smith, Aaron Henry, Brandon Mason

Unused subs: Woodman, Kretzschmar

Bookings: Barker 89’, Dewhurst 90’

Goals: Ferguson 66’

Attendance: 2221
Wealdstone LINEUP
31Marcus Dewhurst
12Charlie Seaman
23Jaydn Mundle-Smith
2Jack Cook
3Charlie Barker
32Brandon Mason
15Jack Young
26Aaron Henry
8Nathan Ferguson ('82)
7Tarryn Allarakhia ('90)
11Corie Andrews ('75)
4Deon Woodman
5Alex Dyer ('82)
10Max Kretzschmar
22Sam Bowen ('90)
29Trae Cook-Appiah ('75)

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