After three clean sheets in three as many games Woking travel to North Wales on Saturday with reasons to be positive as they take on a strong Wrexham side.
After narrowly losing the play-off final to Newport County and winning the FA Trophy many fans believed that this would be the season The Dragons returned to the Football League. However, it has been a disappointing start and Wrexham now sit in 19th place after 15 games with only four wins to their name.
Wrexham grabbed a point with a late equaliser at Barnet last week, but the draw came at a cost as both Steven Wright and Johnny Hunt received straight red cards and will miss the game on Saturday.
We talked to Dragons fan Ryan Denoven to find out what has been going wrong at the Racecourse ground and what The Cards can expect on Saturday.
Q: You had a very good season last year which saw you make two trips to Wembley and saw you pick up the FA Trophy and narrowly miss out on promotion. Do you think this has put a lot of pressure on the team/manager and has been a reason for your somewhat poor start?
A: Last season was one of the most memorable seasons in our history, from joy in the FA trophy final to heartbreak in the playoff final. I suppose fans look to that as the benchmark of what we should be aiming for this season, perhaps losing in the final did get to the players a bit but there have been many reasons why we have had a bad start, injuries galore, individual errors especially from our keeper Mayebi and also we haven’t had much luck with refs either..
Q: After the Barnet game your manager, Andy Morrell, said you weren’t far away from picking up victories and had been unlucky, do you, and other fans agree?
A: It has been frustrating and there has been some fans calling for Morrell’s head, but but we are finally getting key players back from injury and starting to gel again, all about confidence at the moment as soon as we get that and get some form then we should start climbing the table!
Q: We had two very exciting games with yourselves last season (WREX 3-1 WOK) (WOK 2-0 WREX) , have you managed to keep hold of the majority of this squad?
A: Yes the games against you last season were great, I was impressed with your victory over us last season! Well, we have kept nearly all our players but the 3 players we did lose were Danny Wright, Chris Maxwell and Martin Riley and they were quality players for us, our defence doesn’t look the same without Riley at the heart of the defence and Maxwell between the sticks(he’s at Cambridge now) and Wright was a big powerful striker who we miss, we have brought in Joe Anyinsah, Dave Artell, Andy Bishop and Bailey-Jones, but the jury is still out on Bishop as he doesn’t get enough goals for us!
Q: Who will Woking have to look out for on Saturday?
A: Our captain Dean Keates, absolute quality for this level chases everything down, great at passing, great at set-pieces he’s just a proper skipper! If you watched the game on Sunday against Barnet you would’ve seen his free kick goal, great strike!
Q: And finally, what’s your prediction?
A: I say a hard-fought 2-1 victory for us, Joe Anyinsah and Jay Harris with the goals for us, I can see you scoring though. Good luck anyway and safe trip to any travelling fans!
Questions and article by Jacob Greenwood @JGreenwood91
Photo by David Holmes. A full set can be found at wokingfc.co.uk
Come on you Cards!