Woking News & Mail

Match Preview | Cards looking to build on improved performance

Glen Harrington
11:01am, Mon 7th Mar 2022
King’s Lynn Town vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 8th March 2022


After two previous postponements, King’s Lynn Town and Woking will hope to belatedly do battle, as the Cards prepare for a third trip to Norfolk in as many months for National League action.

The Cards, led by caretaker manager Ian Dyer, played well at Grimsby Town on Saturday but, as has been the story for much of the last few months, fell to defeat thanks to a late goal from the home side. The defeat means it’s just two points from the last eight league matches for Woking, who’s last win came at home to Wealdstone in mid-January, whilst they sit 18th in the league table, nine points clear of the bottom three with 13 games remaining.

Dyer’s beleaguered squad were without several key names on Saturday, including full-back Kyran Lofthouse, who joined Rohan Ince, Jack Roles, David Longe-King, and Jermaine Anderson on the sidelines, whilst on-loan defender Louie Annesley also limped off in the closing stages. Ince and Roles, at least, should be back from next Saturday’s game against Maidenhead United. The Cards were at least boosted by last Friday’s loan signing of Olly Pendlebury, who arrives from Wycombe Wanderers until the end of the season and impressed on debut against the Mariners.

Opposition Watch

Things is King’s Lynn’s second season in the National League following promotion from National League North as champions in the shortened 2019/20 campaign. Last season they finished in 21st place, scoring just 31 points, but were reprieved from relegation due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. This season was expected to be a truer representation of their abilities to compete in the fifth tier, but once again it has been a struggle, with just 17 points won from their first 30 games.

Manager Ian Culverhouse paid the price for the Linnets’ struggles, departing in late November, and was replaced by former Southampton midfielder Tommy Widdrington. The ex-Eastbourne Borough boss won his first game in charge, 2-1 verses bottom of the table Dover Athletic, but has since picked up just six points from 12 games. Last Saturday they earned a credible 2-2 draw at Solihull Moors, but were left disappointed, having led 2-0 with 30 minutes remaining.

Widdrington’s squad doesn’t include many household names. Midfielder and club captain Michael Clunan is joint top scorer with five alongside Wycombe loanee Malachi Linton; striker Gold Omotayo, who netted against Woking for Wrexham last season, has only netted once, although recent signee Josh Barrett, formerly of Reading, is one to watch, with the midfielder netting a brace against Dover in December. He has 10 Championship appearances to his name for the Royals, as well as two goals in the League Cup.

Recent Meetings

• Woking 3-0 King’s Lynn Town – 6th March 2021, National League (Ashford, Loza, Gerring)
• King’s Lynn Town 3-2 Woking – 31st October 2020, National League (Ferdinand, Davison)

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