Out of sort Cards looking to cause another upset

Glen Harrington
11:27am, Thu 9th Dec 2021
Woking vs Boreham Wood
Vanarama National League
Saturday 11th December 2021

Woking will be aiming to breakout of a run of poor form as they host second-place Boreham Wood on Saturday in National League action.

The Cards have lost eight of their last 11 games in all competitions, including their last two, at home to Barnet and away to Solihull Moors last weekend. If they’re going to improve that record this weekend, they’ll need to overcome a poor recent record against Saturday’s visitors. Alan Dowson’s side are without a win in their last nine games against the Wood and are yet to beat them in the National League since Luke Garrard’s side were promoted to the fifth tier in 2015. Four of the last five meetings at the Laithwaite Community Stadium have ended 0-0 and the Cards have only managed four goals in the last ten league meetings between the sides. Woking will instead be looking to recreate their form from earlier in the season when they defeated the likes of Chesterfield and Notts County.

Dowse will at least be boosted by the return of Inih Effiong, who is available again after serving his one-match suspension for collecting five yellow cards, whilst Rohan Ince and Max Kretzschmar are edging closer to a return to full fitness. The trio will be competing with new signings Louis Britton, on loan from Bristol City, and Jermaine Anderson for places in the starting line-up. Jamar Loza will serve the first game of his three-match ban following his straight red card against Solihull.

Opposition Watch

Unlike their hosts, Boreham Wood are in excellent form, and are unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions stretching back to late October. Amongst their recent results, they have progressed to the third round of the FA Cup, defeating Eastleigh and St Albans City. They have also picked up 11 points from their last five league outings, including a 1-1 draw with Notts County last time out, leaving them second in the table, a point behind leaders Chesterfield. They have lost just twice in the league this season and have conceded a league-low 13 goals.

Their squad includes veteran captain and former Woking favourite Mark Ricketts, who is approaching 200 games for the club, former Cards’ loanee Dennon Lewis, a recent addition from Wealdstone, and ex-Bromley and Aldershot Town midfielder Josh Rees. They have recently signed former Premier League striker Nile Ranger, following his release by Southend United. Their top scorer is Scott Boden, previously with Chesterfield and Gateshead, who has nine league goals this term.
Recent Meetings

• Woking 0-0 Boreham Wood – 9th March 2021, National League
• Boreham Wood 1-0 Woking – 27th October 2020, National League
• Boreham Wood 1-0 Woking – 30th November 2019, National League
• Woking 1-2 Boreham Wood – 28th September 2019, National League (Ferdinand)
• Woking 0-0 Boreham Wood – 24th February 2018, National League

On the Day

Ticket prices are £16 for Adults, Concessions £11, Students and Next Generation £8 and £3 for 16-year-olds and under – click here for more information and to book your tickets online.

This match will be segregated, with Barnet fans being allocated the Chris Lane Terrace and some seats in the Seymours Community LGS.

Gate one is the only point of entry from 12:00 until 13:00, whilst others where applicable will open.

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