Woking News & Mail

Cards aim to continue early season form

Glen Harrington
12:00am, Mon 26th Oct 2020
Boreham Wood vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 27th October 2020

After ending a near five year wait for victory over local rivals Aldershot Town on Saturday, the Cards will look to get one over another of their bogey sides, when they travel to Boreham Wood in the Vanarama National League on Tuesday evening.

The Cards have failed to win any of their last eight league meetings with Boreham Wood, drawing four and losing four, and you have to go back to January 2012 for Woking’s last league win in the fixture – although there were FA Cup and FA Trophy wins for the Cards in October 2014 and December 2015 respectively as well. But Alan Dowson’s side will be coming into the game confident of snapping that streak after another impressive performance on Saturday, when goals from debutant Josh Davison and Max Kretzschmar saw off Aldershot, and allowed Woking to advance to the first round proper of the FA Cup. The result means that the Cards have won four out of six competitive matches so far this season, with the late capitulation at Chesterfield the only blemish on the club’s otherwise hugely impressive start to the campaign.

Boreham Wood were also winners in the FA Cup on Saturday as they saw off Wimborne Town 2-0. It was only a second win of the season for last year’s play-off side, who have endured a mixed start to the year, picking up four points from four games. Narrow defeats at Wrexham and Solihull Moors, plus a 0-0 draw with FC Halifax Town, were interspersed with a 3-0 win over newly promoted King’s Lynn Town, the Cards’ opponents next weekend. The Wood have been perennial play-off contenders over the last few years, finishing fifth in 2020 and fourth in 2018, when they were beaten at Wembley by Tranmere Rovers. Their squad still includes two former Woking favourites, midfielders Mark Ricketts and Keiran Murtagh, who both joined from the Cards in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Woking – Team News

The Cards will almost certainly be without winger Malachi Napa, who limped out of a second successive game, lasting just 25 minutes against the Shots. John Goddard and Dave Tarpey look set to battle for that spot, although both could yet start, if two starts in four days proves too much for a returning Matt Jarvis. At the back, Tyler Reid will be hoping to make his first league start after a solid debut on Saturday, whilst striker Josh Davison will be looking to make another instant impact on his first National League appearance.

Boreham Wood – The Boss

The long-serving Luke Garrard has been in charge at Boreham Wood since 2015. Still only 35, the former AFC Wimbledon and Boreham Wood player has enjoyed great success as a manager thus far, guiding the club to safety from relegation in his first season in charge before taking them to two play-off campaigns. He’s also picked up silverware with the club, winning the Herts Senior Cup on two occasions, most recently in 2019.

One to Watch

Veteran striker Matt Rhead could be a threat on Tuesday, but it’s his strike partner, Kabongo Tshimanga, who’s really the one to watch. He has three goals already this season, including a brace against King’s Lynn, and has been a thorn in Woking side’s over the past two seasons. He scored twice against the Cards last season and also found the net against us for Oxford City during the 2018/19 promotion winning campaign. He scored 19 goals in total last season.

Last Time Out

Boreham Wood 1-0 Woking – National League (30th November 2019)

Tyrone Marsh scored the only goal as Boreham Wood completed an early season double over the Cards. The visitors huffed and puffed in response to their hosts’ 15th minute opener but couldn’t find a way past a solid Boreham Wood defence, not helped by a red card for winger Jamar Loza.

Next Up

Woking travel to King’s Lynn Town on Saturday before a return to FA Cup action. The draw for the first round proper will be made on Monday.

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