Woking News & Mail

Cards aiming to complete excellent November

Glen Harrington
9:05pm, Fri 29th Nov 2019
Boreham Wood vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Saturday 30th November 2019

Woking travel to Boreham Wood on Saturday looking to extend the club’s unbeaten run to five National League games and complete a superb run throughout November.

After two months without a win throughout September and October, the Cards bounced back in style with 10 points out of a possible 12, including Tuesday evening’s well-deserved win over high-flying Bromley. Alan Dowson’s side fell behind early on to Luke Coulson’s goal before top scorers Dave Tarpey and Jake Hyde turned the result around in favour of the home side. Woking now sit fourth in the league table, with a four-point buffer on a play-off place, whilst they’re just three points adrift of current leaders Barrow. The Cards will now be looking to complete a near-perfect November against Boreham Wood on Saturday. The Wood won 2-1 at the Laithwaite Community Stadium earlier in the season and Dowse and co will be looking to put things right this time around.

Boreham Wood currently sit in 14th place, with 31 points from their 23 games, six points adrift of the top seven but a comfortable nine points clear of the bottom four. They’ve only won two of their last nine games in all competitions, away at Halifax and at home to Maidenhead, whilst they’ve suffered defeat at the hands of Barrow, Torquay (in the FA Cup) and AFC Fylde. However, they’re also unbeaten in five, with four draws against Aldershot, Yeovil, Hartlepool and Notts County, as well as that win over the Magpies. Luke Garrard’s side have one of the best defensive records in the league, conceding one goal fewer than the Cards, but they have scored two goals less. Top scorer Kabongo Tshimanga, who also struck against Woking for Oxford City last season, has found the net 13 times this year.

The team is in great form and could really do with your support once again this weekend so please come along if you can and get behind the boys.

Woking Team News

Dowse will have a midfield headache on Saturday with Godfrey Poku sidelined through suspension. Poku was one of Woking’s standout performers against Maidenhead and Bromley but picked up his fifth yellow card on Tuesday. Josh Casey and Ben Gerring are also one booking away from missing a game. With Kane Ferdinand presumably still sidelined, Poku’s absence leaves the Woking boss with a gap to fill in the centre of the park, with Max Kretzschmar and Jake Gray the only natural replacements.

Boreham Wood Team News

On Tuesday, the Wood scored a stoppage time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw with Notts County, their second successive game to end in that scoreline. Against County they lined up with former Ebbsfleet United goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore between the posts; in defence was Kane Smith, former York City and Dover Athletic man Femi Ilesanmi, the long-serving David Stephens, formerly of Barnet, plus popular ex-Woking man Mark Ricketts.

In midfield, another well-liked former Card, Keiran Murtagh played alongside the experienced Tom Champion, known for spells at Dartford, Cambridge United and Barnet. Further forward, a dynamic forward line included ex-Macclesfield winger Tyrone Marsh, Sorba Thomas and Brentford loanee Justin Shaibu, with star man Tshimanga leading the line.

Last Time Out

Woking 1-2 Boreham Wood – National League (28th September 2019)

This was the Cards second successive defeat after a 10-match unbeaten run and the club’s only loss on a Saturday afternoon so far this season. Kane Ferdinand gave the home side an early lead but the visitors turned it around through a brace from Tshimanga either side of half-time. Ricketts was sent-off 10 minutes into the second-half but his teammates were able to hold out for all three points.

On the Day

Meadow Park can be found on Broughinge Road; the postcode is WD6 5AL – a drive of around one hour and 10 minutes from the Laithwaite Community Stadium. The nearest railway station is Elstree & Boreham Wood which is located just under one mile away from Meadow Park. The station is served by trains from London St Pancras and Luton.

There will be a coach for supporters running for this game. Travelling fans should arrive by 11:45am for departure at 12:00pm. The cost Is £20 for adults and £15 for those under-16. Cards Trust members receive a £5 discount per person.

Ticket prices are £20 for adults, £15 for OAPs, £10 for under-16s and £7 for under-12s. A small discount is available for those who pre-purchase online.

Next Up

The Cards start their Surrey Senior Cup campaign on Tuesday evening at home to Chertsey Town. Our next league match is also at home against Hartlepool United next Saturday.

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