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Getting to know the opposition – Wrexham

Woking will be looking to extend their impressive form when Wrexham travel to Kingfield on Saturday.

The Cards come into the game well rested after a 10-day break and Garry Hill’s side will be looking to compete a perfect March in which he has seen his side win four out of four games.

Hill admitted he is hoping for a bumper crowd at Kingfield on Saturday following an impressive win at Luton Town last time out in the league.

We talked to Ryan Denoven to get an idea of what to expect from the Welsh side this weekend.

Betsy fires a shot at goal as Woking lose 2-0 at Wrexham in October
Betsy fires a shot at goal as Woking lose 2-0 at Wrexham in October

When we talked to you at the start of the season you were confident that Wrexham would eventually start climbing the table. This hasn’t happened and recently Andy Morrell left the club, what has gone so wrong this season? 

Unfortunately our form never picked up and the whole season has been a bit stop-start, the players just didn’t seem to be bothered playing under Morrell anymore the effort wasn’t there. We aren’t a team that should be in 17th, I mean this team is very similar to last season’s playoff final team but with bad mistakes, lots of suspensions, injuries and bad form we have just been a shadow of the team we were last season. Morrell will always be a legend at this football club though and we all thanked him for his efforts.

Kevin Wilkin has recently joined the club and drew his first game in charge, was there a noticeable difference in Wrexham’s performance and what do you think he can bring to the club?

Well, firstly I would just like to say how pleased I am that we have managed to get such a good young manager who had done incredibly well at Nuneaton on a tight budget. To answer you question, he only had one training session with the players before the game so obviously the players are still learning his methods and his tactics. We played okay although Salisbury probably were the better side as Kevin Wilkin admitted after the game. I think Kev will be the right man for us in the long run.

Wrexham are on the same points total as Woking going into today’s game (51) which should see us both avoid relegation. Were Wrexham fans ever realistically worried about being relegated this season?

We all expected to be much higher up the league than this, the majority of fans thought we might scrape into the playoffs or just miss out but I doubt anybody would have said we would be 17th with 7 games left!

One game you will be focusing on is Chester away who having bragging rights over you from earlier in the season. How much does this derby mean to Wrexham fans?

It means a lot as it’s both a local derby and a cross-border derby, it’s got to be one of the best derbies in the country easily. It also can get out of hand sometimes off the pitch with fighting and stuff which I don’t like to see. On the pitch it’s always a feisty hard-fought game, hopefully we will turn them over at their place now we have a new manager in place! 2-1 to us is my prediction.

What visiting player will Woking have to look out for on Saturday?

Mark Carrington is one of our best performers this season, he’s originally a midfielder but he has been transformed into a right back this season and it has paid off, he chips in with the odd goal and the odd assist and is usually solid at the back.

Finally, what is your score prediction?

I say a close game with nothing other than pride to play for, 1-0 Wrexham. Good luck for the game.

 

Questions by Jacob Greenwood @JGreenwood91

Photo by David Holmes – A full set can be viewed at wokingfc.co.uk

 

Come on you Cards!

Getting to know the opposition – Wrexham

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?

Stockley stabs the ball in from close range as Woking beat Wrexham 2-0
Stockley stabs the ball in from close range as Woking beat Wrexham 2-0

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!

The opening day – Friend or foe for the Cards?

Jacob Greenwood

August 10th has been a date in the diary for all conference football fans since the league came to a climax in late April. The opening day of the season is one of the most eagerly anticipated days of the season, but how have Woking fared in recent history on the first day of new campaigns.

Wrexham 3 Woking 1 (Bubb)

With Wrexham spending heavily on their squad and one of the favourites for promotion it was always going to be a difficult trip for the Cards. First-half goals from Rob Ogleby and Dean Keates brought Woking down to earth with a bump after a very successful 2011/12 season. Despite a goal from loan signing Bradley Bubb, Mark Creighton headed in late in the game to seal a 3-1 victory.

Sutton United 0 Woking 5 (Binns,Hammond,Sole,Sole,Cowan-Hall)

Many Woking fans thought that this year could be the season they finally saw their side win the Conference South and real belief was installed after a faultless performance at Gander Green Lane. With new signing Dale Binns slotting home in to an empty net after only two minutes the fuse was lit as the Cards fan riot in front of 1,200 fans. This performance set a standard for the reason as Woking went on to win the league title.

Binns scores the opener Vs Sutton
Binns scores the opener Vs Sutton

Woking 0 Dover Athletic 1

After losing the play-off final the season before to Bath City many Woking fans were positive that this could be the season they win automatic promotion. Dover were also strong favourites for the league and this was seen as a massive opening game. The game was ultimately decided when Woking ‘keeper, Lenny Pidgeley, tried to shield the ball out for a goal kick and failed miserably as Adam Birchall powered past him and set-up Elliot Charles to seal a 1-0 win for Dover.

Lenny Pidgeley loses the ball
Lenny Pidgeley loses the ball

Welling United 1 Woking 2 (Thomas, Sole)

After our relegation from the Conference National the season before, this was season as a new start for the football club and a chance to be a ‘big fish in a small pond’.

Woking went behind after conceding an early penalty but fought back with goals from Aswad Thomas and a late penalty from Giuseppe Sole stole all three points for the Cards, who after a slow start made the play-off final in their debut season in the Conference South.

Aswad scores the equaliser at Welling
Aswad scores the equaliser at Welling

All photos by David Holmes and can be found at http://www.wokingfc.co.uk/gallery/

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