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Much improved Cards ready for Bromley challenge

Glen Harrington
5:22pm, Mon 24th Jan 2022
Bromley vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 25th January 2022

Woking will be looking to build on Saturday’s encouraging 2-0 win against Wealdstone as they travel to promotion-chasing Bromley in National League action on Tuesday evening.

The Cards put in arguably their best team performance since early October, as goals from Inih Effiong and Jamar Loza secured a comfortable three points against the Stones. There were positive debuts too for defender David Longe-King, who played the full 90 minutes on the right of the three-man defensive unit, helping the Cards to a first clean sheet in 10 games and only a fourth this season; and Nicke Kabamba, who provided the assist for Loza’s goal within two minutes of coming off the bench. The pair have joined on loan until the end of the season from Grimsby Town and Northampton Town respectively.

Dowse will also be boosted by the return of midfielder Solomon Nwabuokei on Tuesday, who is available again after serving a one-match ban for five yellow cards in the league this season. He’ll likely go head-to-head with Tarryn Allarakhia for the role alongside Saturday’s man-of-the-match, Rohan Ince. Tom Champion and Jermaine Anderson missed Saturday’s game through injury, but neither is expected to be out for long. Josh Casey has Covid-19 but could be available again from next weekend. George Oakley is closing in on a first appearance since September, but is unlikely to be rushed back, particularly following the addition of Kabamba.

Opposition Watch

Bromley have gone from strength to strength this season. After finishing last year seventh and losing in the first round of the play-offs they look well set to mount another promotion challenge. They are currently in fourth place, with 44 points from 23 matches, and are just three points adrift of the league leaders, Chesterfield.

Their manager, Andy Woodman, has been strongly linked with the vacant role at League One side Gillingham in recent days, but that has not disrupted their recent form, with three consecutive wins in the league and FA Trophy to start the new year – 2-1 at home to Solihull Moors, 2-0 at Aldershot in the cup, and 2-1 at Grimsby last weekend. In fact, they have only lost one of their last eight in all competitions, with that coming at Maidenhead at the end of December.

Amongst Bromley’s biggest threats is their top scorer Michael Cheek, who has further established his reputation as one of non-league’s most dangerous marksmen with 15 goals this season, whilst fellow strikers James Alabi and George Alexander have four apiece. Defender Chris Bush is a former Woking loanee, whilst substitute goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook is the brother of former Woking players Regan Charles-Cook and Anthony Cook.

Recent Meetings

• Woking 0-2 Bromley – 2nd November 2021, National League
• Woking 3-4 Bromley – 13th April 2021, National League (Diarra, Cook, Dalby)
• Bromley 2-2 Woking – 26th January 2021, National League (Wareham 2)
• Bromley 1-1 Woking (Woking won 7-6 on penalties) – 19th January 2021, FA Trophy (Kretzschmar)
• Woking 2-1 Bromley – 26th November 2019, National League (Tarpey, Hyde)

On the Day

Bromley’s home ground is Hayes Lane. The postcode is BR2 9EF.

Ticket information can be found here. Ticket prices are £20 for Adults, Concessions £15, Young Person (16-18) £7, and Under 16s are FREE when purchased with an Adult or over 65 Concession ticket.

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