Garry Hill’s men make their first of two visits to Grimsby Town tomorrow evening in the Vanarama National League.
It looks set to be a season defining week for the Cards at Blundell Park, needing at very least a point to stay within distance of the play-offs tomorrow night and then an FA Trophy quarter final tie on Saturday.
Grimsby Town Team News:
Grimsby’s title hopes seem to be all but over for this season following a slow start and more recently, only taking four points from 12. They’ll want to cement a place in the play-offs as soon as possible – the Mariners are 3rd, seven points clear of sixth-placed Wrexham. If they do make the play-offs, they’ll be hoping to make it fourth time lucky having lost in the last three.
Grimsby have only lost twice at home this season, winning 10 and drawing five. In their sixth year in Non-League, Grimsby’s squad includes a number of experienced and familiar names, including: goalkeeper James McKeown, defenders Josh Gowling and Toto Nsiala, midfielders Craig Disley (suspended for Tuesday’s game) and Nathan Arnold, and forwards Padraig Amond, Omar Bogle and Jon-Paul Pittman.
Grimsby’s recent form is average, a 1-0 defeat at Gateshead was followed by a 2-1 win at Bromley, before a stalemate at home to Boreham Wood was followed by a 4-2 defeat at FC Halifax Town.
Player to watch: Padraig Amond
The 27-year-old Irish striker has notched 22 league goals for Grimsby so far this season, leading the National League’s goalscoring charts. Woking’s defence will need to keep Amond at bay if they are to get a positive result, it won’t be easy for the young defence.
Woking Team News:
Woking have hit a rough patch, not for the first time this season, and are winless in their last five league games. Saturday’s defeat to Bromley put a further dent in the Cards play-off hopes as they are now five points adrift of Tranmere Rovers in fifth. Their task of getting back on track doesn’t look easy with a number of difficult fixtures to come in March, the long trip to Grimsby tomorrow in mid-week is about as hard as it can get.
New striker Sam Smith was forced off injured after 21 minutes on Saturday with a groin strain. It would seem he’s unlikely to play a part in tomorrow’s fixture. Centre-back Brian Saah also had to be replaced as he was struggling with a hamstring injury. Giuseppe Sole wasn’t part of Saturday’s match squad as he was ill. Hopefully he will have recovered, otherwise it looks as if Joe Quigley will have to lead the line by himself.
Player to watch: John Goddard
Woking’s best and most consistent player this season bagged his 15th goal in Saturday’s defeat by Bromley. The Cards will look for him to play a key part in an important week ahead.
Match Facts & Stats
In six meetings, Woking have never beaten Grimsby. They’ve lost five, including a 5-1 defeat in the first ever fixture, and drawn once. In Woking’s 2-2 draw at Blundell Park in 2014, Keiran Murtagh’s 90th minute strike put the Cards ahead only for Grimsby to equaliser in injury time via the penalty spot.
Admission prices for travelling Woking fans:
Over 65s & Young Adults (15-18): £12
Under 14s: £6