Cards looking to build on encouraging home draw

Glen Harrington
12:00am, Thu 22nd Mar 2018
Leyton Orient vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Saturday 24th March 2018

The Cards will be looking to build on an encouraging draw with promotion-chasing Wrexham when they take on Leyton Orient this weekend. In this mouth-watering encounter, both teams will be desperate to secure the three points, with the winners likely to take a huge step towards National League safety.

Whilst Joey Jones equaliser against the Dragons will no doubt have come as a huge morale-booster for a Woking team already without a win in five games before kick-off, the reality is that wins for Hartlepool and Solihull in mid-week have left Anthony Limbrick’s side closer than ever to the bottom four, with five points now the gap – whilst Barrow still have two games in hand. On a more positive note, the Cards’ fate remains firmly in their own hands, and Anthony and his team will know that a couple of wins from the final eight games is likely to be enough. With fellow strugglers Orient to come on Saturday there is no better place to start picking up those remaining points.

Orient have endured a miserable season, one few would have predicted when they brushed past the Cards at the Laithwaite Community Stadium back in August, a result which put them just outside the play-off places at the time. The O’s, relegated from the Football League last season after a string of off the field issues, eventually sacked their much-maligned manager Steve Davis in November with the team three points above the relegation zone and replaced him with Justin Edinburgh – who had a short spell as Woking’s assistant in 2008 alongside caretaker manager Colin Lippiatt. He has overseen a steady upturn in fortunes but has not yet managed to steer the team clear of relegation worries; they currently sit in 17th place with 44 points, above the Cards on goal difference. They are without a win in six games in all competitions – losing to Gateshead in an FA Trophy replay and falling to defeat against Dover and Torquay. Last time out they drew 0-0 with Eastleigh.

Orient are offering reduced ticket prices for this huge game (see below) so we would encourage as many Woking fans as possible to make the journey and cheer the team on!

Woking Team News

The Cards opted to once again rotate their centre-back pairing for the game with Wrexham, selecting Jones alongside Josh Staunton, with both players scoring. Richard Orlu dropped to the bench for that game whilst Jordan Wynter, who returned to the bench against Halifax, was once again missing. However, with Josh having played for England C in Wales in mid-week, Limbrick could look to make another change with players waiting in the wings. Louis Ramsay also returned from injury last weekend and will be competing with Matt Young for the right-back spot.

After naming an attacking midfield three of Kane Ferdinand, Charlie Carter and Regan Charles-Cook against Wrexham, the Cards could continue to push ahead with their more aggressive setup, particularly with Chez Isaac having missed the last couple of games. The other option is for Jones to push forward from defence and allow either Orlu or Wynter to take his place.

Anthony Cook was the most notable absentee from the Cards’ squad which took on Wrexham, with Jason Banton and Reece Grego-Cox starting alongside Louie Theophanous. Fabio Saraiva could be pushing for a rare start after impressing from the bench last week, whilst Jonny Edwards will also be hoping for a recall to the starting line-up.

Leyton Orient Team News

Despite their indifferent form, Orient have a strong squad on paper, and one that should undoubtedly be performing more consistently than they have this season.

For their last game they started with the experienced Dean Brill, most well-known for his time at Luton, in goal; a back-four of Sam Ling, now in favour ahead of former Card Jack Caprice, Joe Widdowson, ex-Cambridge United centre-back Josh Coulson and former Premier League defender George Elokobi; in midfield was one-time England C international Craig Clay alongside Norwich City loanee Ebou Adams; out wide was veteran captain Jobi McAnuff and former Swindon player James Brophy; the front two was former Woking favourite Dan Holman and ex-Bristol Rovers and Crawley frontman Matt Harrold.

Their options from the bench include another familiar face, ex-Card Macauley Bonne, who scored both the goals at Kingfield earlier in the season; the exciting teenage prospect Josh Koroma, experienced striker Dave Mooney, defender Marvin Ekpiteta and young goalkeeper Charlie Grainger.

What the Boss Said

Anthony Limbrick on the upcoming game…

“After a good draw against one of the top sides, Wrexham, last week it has given us confidence going into this game. Orient is a tough place to go, but we'll be going there looking for the win.�

Last Time Out

Woking 0-2 Leyton Orient (Saturday 19 August 2017 – Vanarama National League)

The Cards dropped points at home for the first time this season with a second-half brace from Bonne enough to give the O’s all three points. Nathan Ralph was the Cards’ man-of-the-match.

On the Day

The Cards Trust will be running a coach to this game, departing the ground at 12pm, with prices set at £13 for members and £19 for non-members. Under-16s are priced at £7 and £9 respectively. For those travelling directly, the ground is located on Brisbane Road, postcode E10 5NF. The nearest London Underground station is Leyton, about a quarter of a mile from the ground, and can be reached in about 25 from London Waterloo via the Waterloo and City and Central lines. Ticket prices for the game are £5 for Adults and £1 for Concessions and Under-16s.

Next Up

The Cards entertain league leaders Macclesfield Town on Good Friday, a game which will also be live on BT Sport. Tickets can be bought in advance online via our website. That is followed swiftly by our trip to Torquay United on Bank Holiday Monday.

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