Match Preview: Woking v Weymouth – Tuesday 22nd March 2022 – 19:45
David Oldfield’s Terras side travel east to face Woking at Laithwaite Community Stadium tonight in the Vanarama National League, in another game which is crucial for Weymouth’s survival hopes.
Despite a superb strike from Brad Ash in the first half at Grosvenor Vale and a second half goal from skipper Josh McQuoid, Weymouth fell to a 3-2 defeat to Wealdstone on Saturday 12th March, 10 days ago. This was another set back in the Terras’ survival hopes but the club maintain their ambition to retain their status in this league for next season. With some tricky games approaching, including this fixture at Laithwaite Community Stadium, David Oldfield will be rallying his side and using the extra contact time to attempt to grab all three points to take back to Dorset tonight.
The thoughts of manager David Oldfield ahead of tonight’s game:
“I’m expecting another very difficult match again against Woking. They are in good form at the moment. We respect the opposition and the challenge ahead and also must concentrate on our own performance so that we can find a way to win the match”
WEALDSTONE 3-2 TERRAS
ALTRINCHAM 5-0 TERRAS
TERRAS 0-2 FC HALIFAX TOWN
STOCKPORT 1-0 TERRAS
TERRAS 2-2 BROMLEY
TERRAS 1-0 EASTLEIGH
Weymouth currently sit 21st in the table with 22 points from 33 games
Woking, currently overseen by caretaker manager Ian Dyer, following the departure of Alan Dowson last month, currently sit 14th in the league. Their home record has seen the Cards win 6 from 16 home matches this season, along with 10 defeats. However, notably they have seen off both Dagenham and Redbridge and Chesterfield with a 1-0 and 3-1 win over these sides at the Laithwaite Community Stadium this season. In their previous fixture, Woking beat Barnet at the Hive on Saturday with goals from Moussa Diarra and Jamar Loza in each half. With a clean sheet and a strong performance, Woking will look to pick up three points tonight to continue their good form.
Player To Watch: Inih Effiong
Following the departure of their leading goalscorer Tahvon Campbell, there is a new man to watch in front of goal for the Cards with Inih Effiong, who joined Woking from Stevenage last summer, as he has scored eleven National League goals so far this season, and will certainly be looking to add to his tally.
BARNET 0-2 WOKING
WOKING 1-0 MAIDENHEAD UNITED
KING’S LYNN TOWN 0-0 WOKING
GRIMSBY 1-0 WOKING
WOKING 0-2 NOTTS COUNTY
DAG & RED 1-1 WOKING
Woking currently sit 14th in the league table with 40 points from 34 games
@TerraStatman’s Facts of the Match
Woking are almost the very definition of a bogeyteam for Weymouth but I say “almost” as records are there to be broken and we emphatically did that in Surrey last season with a 4-2 victory, our very first win against Woking at the 15th time of asking in all games (W1 D5 L9).
Our first loss against our opponents was in an FA Cup 4th qualifying round game in 1986 when ex-England legend Peter Bonetti came out of retirement to star for the then minnows as they defied their status some three rungs below in the non league pyramid to inflict arguably the biggest ever cup upset against us.
Back to present day and the “Scottish Messi” Cameron Murray celebrated his 27th birthday yesterday. More felicitations could be coming Cam’s way soon as he closes in on 100 competitive appearances for the Terras with this being his 98th outing if he travels up the M3 and is selected to play.
Earlier this season against Woking it was Tahvon Campbell with a brace and Rohan Ince with a goal that made the difference in a 2-3 loss for the Terras. Tahvon has since moved to football league side Rochdale, but Ince is still in the squad. For the claret and blues, Cordner & Robinson bagged a strike apiece, Mussa & Harfield with the assists. Our scoring exploits in the last two meetings contrast to the previous eight encounters when we could only muster three goals in eight matches against the Cards.
However in our last five trips to Surrey teams we have only lost once (v Dorking in 2019) and have scored four times in three of those trips so perhaps luck will be on our side.