Cards take on local rivals in penultimate pre-season friendly
7:35am, Fri 26th Jul 2019
Farnborough vs Woking
Saturday 27th July
The Cards enjoyed the highlight of their pre-season campaign last Friday evening as Alan Dowsonâ€™s side beat League Two newcomers Salford City 3-1 â€“ with goals from Ben Gerring, Dave Tarpey and Paul Hodges securing a surprise but, by all accounts, well deserved victory.
Dunston UTS then played host to part two of the Cardsâ€™ northern double header on Saturday afternoon, with a much-changed Woking team being held to a 1-1 draw, a trialist with the only goal for the visitors.
Dowse has three more games to get his team right for the August kick-off against Dagenham and Redbridge, starting with a behind closed doors game against Premier League Watford, before this weekendâ€™s trip to neighbours Farnborough. Our final pre-season game is at home against League One side Portsmouth next Tuesday evening.
The Cards used three trialists over the course of last weekend. Speaking this Thursday, Dowse confirmed that none of those players had been added to his squad thus far, with the Cardsâ€™ boss keen to ensure that any late additions to his current 16-man crop are going to add significant quality.
Dowse experimented with a 3-4-3 formation against Salford, lining up with Gerring, Manny Parry and Moussa Diarra in defence in front of impressive new goalkeeper Sam Howes; Jack Cook and Josh Casey then played as wing-backs either side of Kane Ferdinand and Shaun Donnellan, with a front three of Tarpey, Jake Hyde and a trialist.
He reverted to a more traditional 4-4-2 against Dunston; Craig Ross returned in goal; in defence was academy prospect Joe Morrison and Nathan Collier, along with Parry and Diarra; in midfield was Godfrey Poku, Hodges, Max Kretzschmar and Jack Skinner, whilst two trialists started up front.
The Woking boss has already confirmed that he expects to mix and match his team for this weekendâ€™s pair of fixtures â€“ although the majority of the squad are likely to feature in both games.
The Yellows are currently in the Southern League Premier Division South, the seventh tier of English football, two divisions below the Cards. They finished in ninth place last season in what was their second season in the division following promotion in 2017 â€“ marking a significant improvement on their 20th place finish the previous year. One of the keys to their success was the performances of winger Reggie Young, on loan from Woking, who scored 10 goals last term.
Manager Spencer Day has been in charge at the club since November 2011, at which time both Boro and the Cards were in National League South, with Woking earning promotion to the National league at the end of that season under the management of Garry Hill. Day has since overseen several years of battling against financial trouble, including relegation and an enforced demotion to the eighth tier, before promotion and the start of a steady rise back up the leagues.
The club plays at The Rushmoor Community Stadium (Cherrywood Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 8UU). Ticket prices on the day are Â£10 for adults and free for under-16s.