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Match Preview


Posted Fri 21 Apr 17

Match Preview: Woking v York City

NEEDLESS to say, York City's trip to Woking on Saturday could go a long way in deciding the fate of both teams this season in the Vanarama National League.

Both sides are scrapping for survival, and a win for the Minstermen would take them above Saturday's opponents on goal difference going into the final match of the season against Forest Green Rovers at Bootham Crescent.

Gary Mills and his side go to the Laithwaite Community Stadium at the weekend sitting outside the relegation places on goal difference, and aiming for an immediate response following a disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Wrexham on Easter Monday, in front of a bumper crowd in North Yorkshire.

The hallmark of this City side under Mills has appeared to be the bounce-backs after a defeat, and fans and players alike will be hoping for another strong away performance from the Minstermen on Saturday afternoon to take a big step towards National League safety.

Woking are on a four-match unbeaten run at a critical time of the season, and go into the weekend three points clear of the drop zone, but City can overtake the Cards with a victory at the weekend.

The Minstermen have taken 19 points out of their last 30 available to climb out of the bottom four on goal difference, and the players are aiming to give everything they have to stay there at the final whistle on April 29th.

Hamza Bencherif is likely to come straight back into the starting XI, with the on-loan Wrexham defender ineligible to play on Easter Monday. Goalkeepers Scott Loach and Kyle Letheren are both injury doubts, though, with Loach suffering from a minor knee injury, and Letheren being struck down with illness.

Yan Klukowski is likely to remain sidelined for Saturday's match as well.

"The group of players know what needs to be done, and I can't ask for any more as in effort or in terms of doing their jobs.

"Every game is different, and unfortunately it didn't happen for us on Monday. There's nothing we can do about that now, all we can do is go out at Woking and produce another away performance that we have been producing.

"Whether that be attacking football or solid at the back, or having to defend and putting our bodies on the line, it's all part and parcel of winning football matches, which we have done.

"We have to go and do that at Woking on Saturday, and it all changes again. It's a game that we know if we beat Woking, like at Solihull, we go above them, so we know how important it is."

Coaches from our travel partners, York Pullman Bus Company, will be leaving Bootham Crescent at 7.00am on Saturday 22nd April, with return travel to Surrey costing £35.00 per person.

Adults: £18.00
Concessions (65+ and students with valid ID): £13.00
U16s: £5.00
Disabled: Wheelchair and carer, £13.00. Please arrange wheelchair bookings on 01483 772470.

Parking: Large car park at the leisure centre opposite the ground.
Leave York and travel south via M1, to join M25 anticlockwise (SP Heathrow). Leave M25 at J11 to join A320 (SP Woking). Follow A320 into Woking and fllow signs for the leisure centre. The Laithwaite Community Stadium is then on the right.

To eat: On A320, at Otter roundabout take the second exit onto Martyrs Lane. TL onto Woodham Lane (A245). At the roundabout,  take the second exit onto Sheerwater Road and at the roundabout, take the first exit onto Old Woking Road for the Harvester Yeoman (KT14 6JA).

Continue on Old Woking Road (A245) and at the roundabout, join the B382 than at the roundabout, go straight onto High Street (A247). At the next roundabout, take the second exit onto Kingfield Road for the ground.