Cards look to build on Saturday's win
7:55pm, Sun 22nd Nov 2015
Woking v Tranmere Rovers
Vanarama National League
7.45pm on Tuesday 24 November 2015
The Cards will be hoping on Tuesday evening to build on their excellent win away at Chester on Saturday but it will be tough against Tranmere Rovers, who have a very mean defence away from home. Woking fans will be hoping that new loan signing, highly-rated 18 year-old, 6â€™2â€� striker Joe Quigley from AFC Bournemouth, can help unlock it. No doubt â€˜guest of honourâ€™ Matt Le Tissier would have found a way! Come down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium to cheer the Cards on to victory!
By all accounts the Cards performed much more strongly at Chester than they had in recent games, with special plaudits going to Joey Jones in central defence, but honourable mentions to a number of other players, including Bruno Andrade, Chris Arthur and Jake Cole. Joe Quigley, too, impressed on his debut.
Garry Hill will be hoping, of course, that this improved performance can be carried through to Tuesday evening and that it wasnâ€™t another isolated bright spot, like the victory at Halifax, in what has been a very testing spell since the euphoria of the win over Forest Green Rovers on 15 September, the last time the Cards gathered in three points at home.
Rovers seem to be finding it tougher to adapt to life in the National League than league leaders Cheltenham Town, who also came down from League 2 last season. They currently sit in 10th place with 33 points from 21 games, five points and four places above Woking. But they are only six points off the play-off places, so manager Gary Brabin feels that there is still plenty of time to make up ground.
Their away record of three wins, five draws and only two defeats has been built on a very tight defence, with only ten goals conceded. Notable wins have come at Gateshead, Forest Green Rovers and Cheltenham Town. The losses came at Altrincham and at Lincoln City, who also knocked them out of the FA Cup. On Saturday Tranmere beat Guiseley 2-1 at home, with a James Norwood penalty in injury time adding to his earlier strike.
Tranmere have some â€˜big nameâ€™ players in their side in addition to Norwood, including former Luton Town â€˜man mountainâ€™ Steve McNulty in defence, strikers Andy Mangan and Gary Taylor-Fletcher, who was with Leicester City and Millwall (loan) last season. Ex-Shot Adam Mekki was apparently one of Roversâ€™ stars in their win over Guiseley. Mangan is top scorer with seven league goals.
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LAST TIME WE MET
Tranmere Rovers 1 Woking 0
8 August 2015
This was a tough opening fixture for the new-look Cards but it got a lot harder â€“ as did our prospects for the season â€“ when top scorer Scott Rendell went down just before half-time, suffering what turned out to be a season-ending cruciate injury.
If anything the Cards looked the brighter of the two sides till the break, with John Goddard having a strike cleared off the line but they were undone in the 58th minute by a superb free-kick from Jay Harris. Thereafter Woking didnâ€™t seriously trouble a pretty solid home defence.
Tranmere: Scott Davies, Ritchie Sutton, Liam Ridehalgh, Steven Jennings (c), Liam Hogan, Jay Harris, James Norwood (Adam Mekki 64), Lois Maynard, Michael Ihiekwe, Matt Hill, Cole Stockton
Subs not used: Iain Turner, Andy Mangan, Martin Riley, Jonny Margetts
Goal: Jay Harris (58)
Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice (Reece Beckles 79), Chris Arthur, Mark Ricketts (c), Brian Saah, Ismail Yakubu, Joey Jones, Keiran Murtagh, Scott Rendell (Giuseppe Sole 41), John Goddard, Bruno Andrade (Kadel Daniel 67)
Subs not used: Godfrey Poku, Nick Hamann
Attendance: 5,583 (170 from Woking)
The Cards make the long trip to Barrow next Saturday. Their next home game is on Saturday 5 December when promotion-chasing Lincoln City are the visitors.
Come on, you Cards!