Woking News & Mail

Cards hoping to break winless streak

Glen Harrington
10:47pm, Mon 12th Apr 2021
Woking vs Bromley
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 13th April 2021

The fixtures continue to come thick and fast for the Cards who play their twelfth game in six weeks on Tuesday evening, when Bromley will be the visitors to the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Despite extending a worrying run of form to four games without a win, and just three wins in the last 16 league games, manager Alan Dowson and his team will be boosted by a positive performance and result against play-off chasing Eastleigh on Saturday. Despite losing forward Sam Ashford to an early injury and having right-back Tommy Block red carded early in the second-half, the visitors were able to hold out for a hugely credible goalless draw, whilst also handing a debut to academy defender Leo Hamblin. The result keeps the Cards in 19th place, extending the gap to the bottom three to five points, with 12 National League fixtures remaining.

Bromley have endured a mixed season and currently sit in 10th position, with 46 points from their 32 games, four points adrift of the final play-off place. Long-serving manager, and former Woking midfielder Neil Smith, was sacked last month after five years in charge, despite the club having lost just one in five and sitting seventh in the league at the time of his dismissal. Since Smith’s exit, the Lilywhites have lost 3-0 at Wrexham, drawn 2-2 at home to Wealdstone, 0-0 away to Stockport County and, last time out, won 1-0 at home to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Woking – Team News

Ben Gerring, Josh Casey, Sam Ashford, and Matt Jarvis are all sidelined through injury, whilst doubts persist over winger Jamar Loza. That could mean a first senior start for youngster Leo Hamblin, as well as an opportunity for fellow academy graduates Jack Skinner and Sam Evans. Goalkeeper Craig Ross, who agreed a new two-year contract extension on Monday, will be looking to celebrate with his 12th clean sheet of the season.

Bromley – The Boss

Bromley’s new manager is Andy Woodman. The 49-year-old, who is unbeaten in his three games in charge, joined the club from Arsenal where he was Head of Goalkeeping. A former goalkeeper himself, Woodman enjoyed a 15+ year playing career which took him to the likes of Northampton Town, Brentford, and Oxford United. He also had a short spell in charge of Whitehawk in 2017. His son, Freddie Woodman, also a goalkeeper, is currently on loan at Swansea City from Newcastle United.

One to Watch

Striker Michael Cheek has already scored 19 league goals this season, more than anyone else in the division. The 29-year-old is one of non-league football’s most dangerous frontmen, having also been a regular scorer for Braintree Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, and Ebbsfleet United before joining Bromley in 2019. He netted the winner against former club Dagenham last time out.

Last Time Out

Bromley 2-2 Woking – National League (26th January 2021)

For the second time in seven days, the Cards came from behind to draw at Hayes Lane, this time in arguably even more dramatic circumstances than the FA Trophy penalty shootout victory the previous week. Bromley looked well placed for all three points, leading comfortably through goals from Kory Roberts and Charlie Wakefield, only for half-time substitute Jayden Wareham to strike twice from close range, the second just four minutes from time, to claim a point for the visitors.

Next Up

Woking are back at home on Saturday against Wrexham, before welcoming Torquay United the following Tuesday, in what will be the two club’s third meeting of the season.

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