Woking vs Tooting & Mitcham United
Emirates FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
Saturday 22nd September
After two disappointing results the Cards receive a welcome break from league action in the form of the second qualifying round of the FA Cup â€“ with eighth tier Tooting & Mitcham United the visitors to the Laithwaite Community Stadium this Saturday.
Woking were looking to bounce back last weekend after letting a one goal lead slip in the final moments of the match against Concord Rangers seven days earlier. Unfortunately, it wasnâ€™t to be, as former Aldershot midfielder Iffy Allen came off the bench to score a well-taken second goal for Dulwich Hamlet, complete a 2-1 victory for the visitors, and bring an end to the Cardsâ€™ one-hundred percent home record.
One positive to come out of the game for Alan Dowsonâ€™s side however was the performance of new signing, striker Harvey Bradbury, who put in a man-of-the-match performance which included the goal which briefly drew the Cards level in the match. It remains to be seen whether either Bradbury or fellow Oxford United loanee Armani Little will be permitted to feature by their parent club this weekend â€“ with clubâ€™s often unwilling to purposefully cup-tie their own players.
The Cards have quite a reasonable record in the FA Cup over the last couple of years having reached the second round twice â€“ only going out to Football League sides Accrington and Peterborough â€“ and of course memorably defeating League One Bury 3-0 at Gigg Lane last season in what was undoubtedly the highlight of Anthony Limbrickâ€™s time in charge. No doubt Dowse and his team will be hoping for more of the same starting this weekend!
Woking Team News
There will be some concerns over Wokingâ€™s options in defence. Captain Josh Casey missed the game against Dulwich through injury and his leadership, as well as his industry at left-back, was sorely missed. Dowse also lost centre-back Kiran Khinda-John mid-way through the game and if both remain out then he could be left short of options â€“ particularly with Charlie Wassmer also now on loan at the Metropolitan Police and, presumably, unavailable for selection. That leaves Nathan Collier, Jack Cook, Ian Gayle and Daniel Spence as the obvious back four, whilst goalkeeper Nick Hayes could make his debut in place of Berti Schotterl.
In midfield, much will depend on the availability of Armani Little, but with Christian Jolley still absent through injury and Fabio Saraiva signing a permanent deal with Merstham on Thursday the options are once again relatively limited. Kane Ferdinand, who was also thought to be struggling with injury during the Dulwich game, will at least hope to be available. Up front, Dowse has Jake Hyde to call upon again after his return from injury whilst Duane Ofori-Acheampong will also be available after completing his one-match suspension.
Tooting & Mitcham Team News
The Terrors endured a troubled season last year, finishing bottom of the Isthmian Premier League â€“ which included the likes of Billericay and Dulwich â€“ picking up just 36 points from their 46 games and conceding more than 100 goals. Their new campaign hasnâ€™t started that much better with just four points from their first five games, leaving them in 15th place, behind the likes of Hayes & Yeading United and our neighbours Westfield. In the first qualifying round of the competition they defeated Horsham YMCA 2-1.
One player to look out for is striker Razzaq Coleman De-Graft who scored in both a 3-2 defeat to Ashford Town (Middx) and a 2-0 win over Margate this month.
â€¢ Adults Â£10
â€¢ Over 65s Â£5
â€¢ Disabled (Including carer) Â£5
â€¢ Students (U19) Â£5
â€¢ U16s Â£1
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.
Presuming that no replay is required our next match will be away to Torquay United next Saturday â€“ the Gulls are now managed by former Cheltenham boss Gary Johnson and should provide a stern test. Our next home league game is on the 13th October against Chelmsford City.