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Opposition View: Woking FC

By Chris Berry

As Chelmsford City prepare to host Woking on Saturday 13th April, here's a view on our visitors ahead the weekends fixture.

Woking FC were founded in 1889, 130 years ago and currently play their home games at the Laithwaite Community Stadium. This has a capacity of 6,036 of which 2,500 are seated.

Their nickname(s) are The Cardinals or simply, The Cards.

At present, Woking sit in 2nd place in the National League South, 7 points adrift of leaders Torquay United. The title race has been hotly contested between the two sides this season, with Torquay only recently starting to pull away.

Woking so far have won 22, drawn 9 and lost 7 out of their 38 League games so far this season; scoring 71 and conceding 42.

A loss for Woking this weekend, followed by a Torquay United victory, would confirm the Gulls as Champions.

At the helm is Alan Dowson, who was appointed as manager in the summer of 2018. Woking also have the likes of Ian Dyer and well-known football commentator and Woking supporter, Martin Tyler on their management staff.

Dowson most recently managed Hampton & Richmond Borough between 2014 and 2018 and got the Beavers to the National League South Playoff Final in the 2017/18 season, just coming up short against Braintree Town on penalties.

Their top 3 goalscorers in all competitions this season are Jake Hyde (14), Max Kretzschmar (13) and Greg Luer (9).

Luer scored twice over the weekend as the Cards hosted Torquay United in a crunch game at the top, but they were not able to hold onto their 3-1 lead as the Gulls fought back to earn a 3-3 draw late on.

Woking boss, Alan Dowson, had this to say about Luer after their game against Torquay:

"Greg Luer was brilliant and that's what he can do on his day." he said. "I've just said in the dressing room, he could be the one who gets us promotion.

"Because of that pace he's got and the pace to get in behind when we attack teams, I'm sure he can do that"

You can read the full article with Alan Dowson on SurreyLive here.

Defender, Ben Gerring will be unavailable for the Cards this weekend as he serves a 2-match suspension after being sent off against Torquay United last Saturday.

Notable Honours:

FA Trophy Winners - 1994, 1995, 1997
Conference (now National League) South Winners - 2011/12
Isthmian League Winners - 1991/92

Tickets are still available to be purchased online at a discounted rate up to 8pm tonight on the Club’s online ticket website here.

Where next?

PREVIEW: Woking (H) Chelmsford City host Woking at the Melbourne Community Stadium on Saturday 13th April, National League South. (3pm KO).
Rod Stringer: "We think a lot about our supporters" Manager, Rod Stringer caught up with Clarets TV to preview this weekend's tie against Woking FC.


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