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Match Preview | Cards looking to solidify top seven spot against newly promoted neighbours

Glen Harrington
10:49pm, Mon 24th Oct 2022
Woking vs Dorking Wanderers
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 25th October 2022


Woking will be looking to make it three wins in a row in all competitions on Tuesday evening when they host last season’s National League South play-off winners Dorking Wanderers.

The Cards put in another excellent performance on Saturday as they secured a comfortable 3-1 win away at Gateshead. Reece Grego-Cox, Jermaine Anderson, and Luke Wilkinson all got on the scoresheet before a late consolation for the home side, a result which moves Darren Sarll’s side back up into the play-off places, a point above eighth place York City with a game in hand. But the Cards are yet to win three on the bounce this season and will be keen to set that record straight here in the first of four consecutive matches at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Sarll should still have a full-strength squad to pick from, although Grego-Cox was withdrawn at half-time on Saturday as a precaution, but the Woking boss has promised to rotate his squad due to the short turnaround time following a long away trip – that could mean a start for the likes of Joe McNerney, Jim Kellermann, or a first for new signing Rhys Browne.

Opposition Watch

Dorking are playing in the National League for the first time in their history following ten promotions in just over 20 years following the club’s relatively recent formation in 1999. The most recent of those came in May when they defeated Ebbsfleet United 3-2 in a dramatic National League South play-off final. They also won the Surrey Senior Cup for the first time in the same month.

Like fellow play-off winners York City, and in contrast to title winners Gateshead and Maidstone, Dorking have enjoyed a positive start to the season following promotion. They currently sit in 11th place with 20 points from 14 games, just three fewer than the Cards, and already eight points clear of the bottom three. Their games are known for goals with the sixth best attack in the league and the fourth worst defence – only Barnet fans (62) have seen more goals this season than Dorking fans (58).

Marc White’s side have found it tough on their travels so far this season, taking just six points compared to 14 at home, with heavy defeats coming at Altrincham (4-1) and Solihull (3-0), although their 5-1 thumping of Dagenham & Redbridge at the start of October shows what they’re capable of. Their top scorer this season is attacking midfielder James McShane, who’s tally of 10 is the third highest in the league, behind only Macauley Langstaff (Notts County) and Paul Mullin (Wrexham).

Other players to look out for include second top scorer Ryan Seager, who’s found the net on six occasions since a summer move from Hungerford Town, former Arsenal and England youth player Jack Jebb in midfield, and former Woking wide-man Nicky Wheeler. Last season’s top scorer, Alfie Rutherford, is currently sidelined through injury and hasn’t played since the start of September. Woking legend Giuseppe Sole is still technically on Dorking’s books but hasn’t played this season.

Tickets

When pre-purchased, ticket prices are £20 for Adults, £15 for Concessions, £12 for Next-Gen and £5 for Under 16s. Tickets bought on the gate on the day are charged at an additional £2.

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