With Woking facing local rivals Aldershot Town on Monday we talked to a fan from over the border to find out how they have fared so far this season and how he thinks the game will go.
Hi @LewATFC, It’s been a good few years since we found ourselves in the same league as you, it’s been quite a rollercoaster in the past 5 seasons for yourselves, hasn’t it?
We’ve had many ups in the Football League – reaching the playoffs in our second season and those memorable nights at West Ham and at home to Manchester United. We also have had many downs, ending our stay with relegation and then administration but things are looking on the up. I am looking forward to our season back in the Conference. There’s just something about this league which makes it special.
You came close to not starting this season at all after financial difficulties so you must be delighted that nearing the end of August you have chalked off some of the points deduction and signed a reasonably good side?
I am absolutely delighted with the way we have started. No one expected to get anything at Grimsby on the opening day. In truth we outplayed them and fully deserved all three points. The Dartford victory was great, pure attacking football with chants of “We’ve Got Our Aldershot Back” topping it off. From what we’ve seen so far, the squad looks very good, certainly a few talented players in there. Many have come down from the league above. Martin Rowlands is a huge signing having played for QPR, Brentford and Leyton Orient. Few others include Matt Paterson from Burton and Chris Barker from Southend United. However the squad is very thin and lacking any depth, the bench is full of hungry youngsters who will always fight for the cause.
You’ve decided to stay full time this season, do you think this will help you avoid relegation and potentially push up the league?
Although teams like Woking, Dartford and Braintree proved last year it is possible to finish well while part-time, I think staying full time would have been a must for us to be, at the very least, competitive this season. It also means we can attract players from the leagues above who aren’t willing to go part-time.
Woking fans will be familiar with Brett Williams after his spell at Kingfield last season, who else should we look out for on Monday?
I’d say the two centre backs – Jake Goodman and Adam Webster. For two young lads they have been vastly reassuring, solid at the back and have formed a very important partnership. Other than a penalty and an own goal we have only conceded once from open play. Webster is an England U19 international, having played for the U17s too, he is on loan from Portsmouth. Goodman is also on loan but from Millwall. He played a number of games for Luton Town last season too.
Finally, what is your score prediction for Monday?
Woking are missing three players through suspension and have struggled up front. Similarly, Aldershot are lacking that bit of quality in the final third. As I mentioned above, our defence has been solid and I can’t see where Woking will be able to score from. A goal either way could be the decider.
Aldershot Town 1-1 Woking.