Slough Town v Woking, Arbour Park, Slough, Berkshire Saturday 17th November KO 15h00
Woking, the Cards, are certainly one of the 'big name' teams in the division this season.
They were relegated from the National League at the end of last season when they lost 2 - 1 away at Dover Athletic to finish in the fourth, final, relegation place just one point behind Barrow.
They immediately appointed Alan Dowson as manager from Hampton & Richmond and subsequently signed an almost entirely new squad of players with the aim of getting them back up to the National League at the first attempt. A number of their new signings coming from Dowson's old club Hampton & Richmond Borough.
Their mid-week late come-back at Gloucester City had put them back into joint top spot with Billericay Town. Their record being:
P16 Home W5 D1 L2 GF16 GA 11 : Away W4 D3 L1 GF 14 GA 10 Points 31 Position 2nd
Results (last match first)
HOME: W 3 - 0 Hungerford Town; L 1 - 3 Bath City; D 1 - 1 Chelmsford City; L 1 - 2 Dulwich Hamlet; W 2 - 1 Billericay Town; W 3 - 1 Truro City; W 3 - 2 Oxford City; W 2 - 1 St. Albans City
AWAY: W 3 - 4 Gloucester City; D 2 - 2 Chippenham Town; D 2 - 2 Torquay United; D 1 - 1 Concord Rangers; W 1 - 2 Eastbourne Borough; W 0 - 2 Hemel Hempstead Town; L 1 - 0 Wealdstone; W 0 - 1 East Thurrock United
Latest video highlights:
Gloucester City (away): 3m16s link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3769833 courtesy Luke Brick
Chippenham Town (away): 3m42s link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614908 courtesy BLTV.
Hungerford Town (home); 3m35s link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614905 courtesy Woking FC TV
Bath City (home); 2m38s link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614894 courtesy Woking FC TV
Chelmsford City (home); 2m32s link: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-3614872 courtesy Woking FC TV
They are still in the F.A. Cup and will play away to Swindon Town (EFL Two) in the 2nd Round Proper. They have reached this stage by beating Tooting & Mitcham United 4 - 0 (home, 2Q); Kempston Rovers 3 - 2 (home, 3Q); Welling United 1 - 0 (home, 4Q) and Torquay United 0 - 1 (away, 1P)
Their leading scorers are Max Kretzschmar with 10 league goals and 1 cup goal; Jake Hyde with 6 league and 2 cup goals.
Regular line-up members include Josh Casey (defender), Max Kretzschmar (midfielder), Nathan Collier (defender) and Jack Cook (defender) - all ex. Hampton & Richmond Borough, plus Nicky Wheeler (forward) ex. Billericay Town.
Slough Town last played Woking in Football Conference League season 1997/98, losing both matches - 1 - 2 (home) and 3 - 1 (away). Woking finished the season in 3rd place, whereas Slough Town finished 8th yet were demoted to the Isthmian Premier division owing to their ground no longer complying with Conference League ground regulations.
Bookies current odds: Slough Town Win 16/11; the draw 13/5; Woking Win 9/5
Prediction: Another true test of Rebels credentials. They will need to be 'on form', forget about the F.A. Cup replay, and not concede any penalties (around 25% of Cards goals have come from the spot). It can be done.
Slough Town 2 - 1 Woking