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Cards aiming for three straight wins for first time this season

Glen Harrington
6:14pm, Mon 1st Mar 2021
Altrincham vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Woking travel to Altrincham for the first-half of a National League double header against the Robins. This game was originally due to take place in early December but was postponed due to a frozen pitch. The reverse fixture takes place in exactly two weeks at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

After a miserable Christmas period, the Cards have quietly put together one of their best runs of the season, with back-to-back wins for the first time since mid-December and a run of just two defeats in eight games since the back-to-back losses against local rivals Aldershot Town. Of course, much of that has been down to the club’s enjoyable FA Trophy run, which included Saturday’s 1-0 home win over league leaders Torquay United, setting up a trip to National League North side Hereford in the semi-final later this month. It was a gutsy performance from Alan Dowson’s side, who had Craig Ross to thank for a first-half penalty save and yet another faultless goalkeeping performance, whilst Jamar Loza scored for the second game running with a well-taken effort mid-way through the first-half.

Altrincham, back in the fifth tier of English football for the first time since 2016, have had a successful season and currently sit in 11th place with 33 points from their 26 games, a comfortable 13 points clear of the bottom three, and only four adrift of the play-off places, albeit having played more fixtures than anyone else in the division. They were sitting in the top seven only a few short weeks ago, but their recent form has been poor, with five straight league defeats since a surprise 2-1 win at Torquay at the start of February. Last time out they were beaten 3-1 at Bromley and in their last home game they lost 3-2 to Boreham Wood, despite coming back from 3-0 down.

Woking – Team News

The Cards will be tempted to name an unchanged team for the third match in a row after two successful outings against Barnet and Torquay, where wide-men Jamar Loza and Malachi Napa have particularly impressed, alongside the solid back four. Captain Josh Casey will be one man looking to force his way back into the starting eleven, having been an unused substitute against the Gulls, whilst Jayden Wareham will be battling Jonté Smith for the central striker’s role.

Altrincham – The Boss

Phil Parkinson will celebrate four years at Altrincham in April and has enjoyed a successful spell with the Robins. He earned promotion from the Northern Premier League at the first attempt in 2018, before back-to-back play-off campaigns in National League North, ending in promotion last season. He took previous club Nantwich Town to the play-off final in the NLP and an FA Trophy semi-final in 2016. Outside of football he is a Sport Science lecturer.

One to Watch

There aren’t a host of familiar names in the Altrincham squad but one recent signing to keep an eye on is striker Byron Harrison, who has just joined the Robins on a short-term deal. The veteran forward caught the eye playing for Barrow, where he netted 22 goals in 2016/17, before less successful spells at Barnet and Barrow again last season. He also has Football League experience with the likes of Stevenage, AFC Wimbledon, and Cheltenham Town.

Last Time Out

Altrincham 3-1 Woking – National League (26th January 2016)

A game that the Cards won’t look back on fondly. Michael Rankine gave the home side an early lead from the penalty spot before Josh Ginnelly doubled the advantage shortly before half-time. Giuseppe Sole pulled one back for the visitors before Jonathon Margetts wrapped up all three points. Woking won the reverse fixture earlier in the season 2-0 thanks to goals from Sole and Dan Holman.

Next Up

Woking are at home to King’s Lynn Town on Saturday. This will be followed by another home game against Boreham Wood the following Tuesday as a busy run of fixtures continues. The Cards then travel to Yeovil before welcoming Altrincham for the two club’s second meeting in a fortnight.

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