Improved Cards looking to build on derby day draw

Glen Harrington
10:38am, Mon 27th Dec 2021
Woking vs Dover Athletic
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 28th December 2021

After ending a run of four straight defeats in league and FA Trophy action with a Boxing Day draw at Aldershot, the Cards will be looking to get back to winning ways on Tuesday afternoon, as they host bottom of the table Dover Athletic.

There was lots to like about Woking’s performance on Saturday, particularly in the first-half, as they shaded a game in which they so often struggle. Max Kretzschmar’s late penalty ended a run of seven straight league defeats against the Shots as his sixth goal of the season helping claim a deserved point for the visitors. Despite their late reprieve, after Corie Andrews’ spot kick had put the hosts ahead, Alan Dowson’s side will still have left a little disappointed, having played the last 35 minutes against 10-men following Alfie Saunders’ red card early in the second-half.

Dowse could look to shuffle his team for the second of two games in three days. Joe McNerney will serve a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, which could either mean a recall for Moussa Diarra, or captain Josh Casey dropping back into defence after starting the last two games in midfield. Alternatively, the Woking boss could dispense with the back three against struggling opposition and instead look to reinforce either the midfield or up front. Kyran Lofthouse and Solomon Nwabuokei are both available again after illness, although Rohan Ince remains a doubt.

Opposition Watch

As many predicted, Dover have endured a hugely challenging season, and look near-certainties for relegation even before the turn of the year. The Whites are yet to win a game this season, drawing four and losing 16 of their 20 league fixtures and going out in the first round of both cup competitions they’ve played in. They are still on -8 points after starting the year with a points deduction for failing to fulfil their fixtures last season.

Despite what that record would suggest, they won’t be pushovers on Tuesday: they’ve only lost by more than one goal twice in their last eight games and their last defeat by three or more was at the start of November. In that run they’ve lost narrowly to Wrexham and Bromley and picked up a point away to Yeovil Town.

Manager Andy Hessenthaler remains well thought of at this level, with the former Gillingham, Leyton Orient, and Eastleigh boss in his second spell at Crabble. His relatively inexperienced squad includes AFC Wimbledon loanee Aaron Cosgrave, who’s the club’s top scorer with four this season, whilst veterans such as Ben Williamson, Reda Johnson, and captain Sam Wood to offer some balance to the Dover side.

Recent Meetings

• Woking 2-1 Dover Athletic – 19th December 2020, Buildbase FA Trophy (Cooper, Spasov)
• Dover Athletic 1-5 Woking – 17th November 2020, National League (Davison, Ferdinand 2, Kretzschmar, Spasov)
• Dover Athletic 1-2 Woking – 26th August 2019, National League (Hyde, Edser)
• Woking 1-2 Dover Athletic – 28th April 2018, National League (Carter)
• Dover Athletic 3-1 Woking – 24th October 2017, National League (Ward)

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 Dover fans being allocated the Chris Lane Terrace and some seats in the Seymours Community LGS.

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