Cards looking to return to winning ways against division newcomers
12:00am, Thu 13th Sep 2018
Woking vs Dulwich Hamlet
National League South
Saturday 14th September
The Cards will be looking to protect a one hundred percent home record on Saturday as they entertain last seasonâ€™s Isthmian League play-off winners Dulwich Hamlet.
It was a case of two points dropped last weekend, Billy Knott scoring a stoppage time equaliser for Concord Rangers after a prolonged spell of pressure, the ten-men of Woking falling just short of a fifth successive win. No doubt Alan Dowsonâ€™s side will be keen to quickly return to winning ways and safeguard their position at the top of the National League South table â€“ particularly with the gap to second place Billericay Town having been closed to three points after the last set of results.
Dulwich have had a more challenging start to life in the sixth tier than the free-spending Essex-side, taking eight points from their first nine games, leaving them in 18th place. Their two wins so far this season have come at Slough and at home to East Thurrock and last time out they gained a respectable 1-1 draw at home to Wealdstone. Itâ€™s also worth noting that Gavin Roseâ€™s side have only twice lost a game by more than one goal this season (both 2-0 defeats) and despite their league position are likely to provide a stern test.
Wokingâ€™s home games have certainly provided plenty of drama and entertainment so far this season, with four come from behind victories, so come along to the Laithwaite if you can and cheer on the team to, hopefully, another three points!
Woking Team News
Jake Hyde, who suffered a slight setback on his recovery from injury ahead of the Billericay game a fortnight ago, is now available for selection again along with defender Ian Gayle. The duo will both be pushing for a spot in Dowseâ€™s squad this weekend whilst the boss has also suggested that Christian Jolley isnâ€™t too far away. Oxford United loanee Armani Little is expected to remain with the club in the interim to continue in the midfielder playmaker role.
One player who definitely wonâ€™t be available this weekend is striker Duane Ofori-Acheampong following his red card against Concord. His enforced absence means that Greg Luer, who scored his first goal of the season last weekend, could be given the opportunity to continue in the â€˜number nineâ€™ role. One possible alternative could come in the form of Harvey Bradbury, another young player from Oxford, whose move was confirmed by the League One side on Thursday. The other slight selection dilemma may come in defence where Charlie Wassmer and Daniel Spence are both available along with Gayle, meaning Dowse will certainly have plenty of options should he wish to shake up the backline.
Dulwich Hamlet Team News
The Hamlet have a number of familiar names in their squad, none more so than former Woking loanee Anthony Cook, who featured regularly for the Cards during the second-half of last season and scored the equaliser against Wealdstone last Saturday.
Their line-up for that game included former Ebbsfleet and England C international goalkeeper Preston Edwards; a back four of Sanchez Ming, Nathan Green, former Colchester United regular Magnus Okuonghae and Michael Chambers; in midfield was Sierra Leone international Ibrahim Kargbo, former Aldershot, Wrexham and Bromley man Iffy Allen, ex-West Ham prospect Dominic Vose, who was a regular scorer for Wrexham a couple of years ago, and Nathan Ferguson; whilst up front was Jay May and Gillingham-loanee Liam Nash.
The bench included Cook, along with the relatively familiar faces of Gavin Tomlin â€“ an experienced striker who has been prolific in non-league but has also had spells with Southend and Crawley amongst others â€“ and Ashley Carew, a set-piece specialist who is probably best remembered by Woking fans for his time with Ebbsfleet, heâ€™s been with the Hamlet since 2014 making over 200 appearances in all competitions and scoring more than 50 goals.
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Our matchday programme will be on sale for Â£3. Donâ€™t forget to grab your copy on the way in! Youâ€™ll also be able to visit the club shop for more great offers.
The Cards are at home again next Saturday in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup with Tooting & Mitcham United the visitors to Kingfield. Thatâ€™s followed by a trip to Torquay United seven days later who are now managed by two-time National League winning boss Gary Johnson.