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Preview: Woking (H)

Another big match in the play-off race

14 February 2020

We return to league action this Saturday as we look to complete the double over Woking.

Attention turned to the Buildbase FA Trophy a week ago and we booked our place in the quarter-finals of the competition with a dogged win at Yeovil, where we finished with nine men.

Now we’ll look to keep our momentum going in the Vanarama National League and build on our 3-0 win against Chesterfield a fortnight ago.

We’ve lost just one of our last 12 matches in all competitions and sit one place outside the play-offs ahead of the weekend’s action.

Three points behind us are our visitors, Woking. They’ve been sporadic of late, winning all but one of their home matches since victory over Bromley in November but struggling on their travels.

They’ve lost seven consecutive games away from the Laithwaite Community Stadium, including an FA Trophy exit at Kingstonian.

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Neal Ardley says…

“We’ve got a points total to hit. We can’t help it if teams play in the week and we don’t so we can’t get stressed about the interchanging of league positions.

“You can’t ask for any more than what we produced at Yeovil last week – how we reacted in the second half was phenomenal.

“Any team that comes to Meadow Lane has a point to prove and I don’t expect an easy game. They’ll come here with a week of preparation and will be a lot stronger this time around."

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Team news

We received a welcome boost this week with news that Damien McCrory’s spell out won’t be as long as first feared, but he’s still set to miss between two and four weeks.

Joel Bagan signed on a short-term loan from Cardiff on Friday and will be in the squad.

Wes Thomas serves the first match of a three-game suspension following a red card last week, while Michael Doyle completes his.

Woking completed the signing of Charlton youngster Ben Dempsey on Monday and he could make his debut.

They’ll be without top scorer Jake Hyde who suffered a calf injury at Eastleigh in their last fixture.

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Head to head

We’ve met the Cards just twice before and have come away victorious on both occasions.

The first was in an FA Cup first-round clash in 2004, when Julien Baudet and Gavin Gordon found the target in our 2-0 win.

This season’s reverse fixture saw us leave the Laithwaite Community Stadium with the points after braces from Enzio Boldewijn and Thomas.

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Football v Homophobia

This game is our dedicated Football v Homophobia fixture and as part of the day our corner flags and captain’s armband will sport the rainbow colours.

Click here to learn more.

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Supporter information

If you've got a query this weekend you can speak to our Supporter Liaison Officer, Ian Baggott.

He will be in and around Lawton's Bar from 2.15pm and situated in the Derek Pavis Stand during the game, wearing a high-visibility jacket to make him easy to spot.

The officials

Referee: Samuel Barrott

Assistants: Martin Chester and Andrew Genders

Fourth official: Ashley Royston

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