Woking came within five minutes of picking up their first home win of the season on Friday but defensive errors lead to The Cards surrendering a 2-1 lead and drawing with Tamworth in soggy conditions.
Garry Hill will be hoping that luck will be on Woking’s side after two improved performances when they travel to bottom-placed Hyde this evening. Cards fans won’t have fond memories of Ewans Fields after a poor performance there last season saw them go down 7-0. We talked to Hyde fan Jamie McNamee @Jamie_McNamee to get the latest from the Cheshire club.
Not many Woking fans will forget our trip to Hyde last season and will be hoping for a bit better than a 7-0 loss this time! Like Woking, you haven’t had a great start, what’s been going wrong?
Yes, last season meeting was great from our point of view. The start to our season can be put down to the simple fact that we are not clinical in front of the opposition’s goal. Other than the Forest Green game we have more then held our own so far this season and deserve more points than we currently have. Last season Phil Jevons and Matthew Blinkhorn were deadly in front of goal and with notable contributions from Louis Almond and Scott Hogan but so far this year only two players have hit the net from open play, them being Tom Collins with four and midfielder Liam Tomsett with three. Danny Carlton who we have signed to replace Phil Jevons and Matthew Blinkhorn just hasn’t hit the ground running and Louis Almond has struggled to find the spark with which he helped fire Hyde to survival last campaign.
You lost Phil Jevons over the summer to Stockport, that must have been disappointing?
Yes, but as a Hyde fan we have become use to losing our better players to teams who can pay better than us. We have also lost Scott Hogan to Rochdale, Matthew Blinkhorn to AFC Fylde and Tunji Moses who has joined Jevons at County. One thing Jevons could do was score goals but towards the end of last season Scott McNiven preferred to start Blinkhorn over Jevons due to him being a better lone striker and better mobility around the pitch compared to Phil.
What are you realistic expectations for this season? Will just surviving be enough for Hyde fans?
Personally I think we will just survive. We are a good football team with a very solid keeper and back four, a midfield with some nice players in there who can pass the ball around comfortably but we need to find goals from our front men. Every Hyde fan would snap your hand off for 20th position now, a little cup run would be nice too.
Who is likely to pose Woking the biggest threat on Tuesday?
Tom Collins has been in good form this season and if fit will be a problem to your back four to deal with the other threat is Connor Hughes, with his direct running on the wing can cause opposition full backs problems. A wild card on Tuesday night is new signing Emmanuel Dieseruvwe on loan from Sheffield Wednesday. Looks a really silky two footed striker who might be the player we have been looking for to complete our team.
Finally, what is your score prediction?
Hopefully a win for Hyde and I feel it may come. We were unlucky against Kidderminster on Saturday and deserved a point so I’m going to go with a 2-1 win for the Tigers. Also I wish any Woking fans coming down to Ewen Fields a safe trip to Tameside.
Questions and article by Jacob Greenwood @JGreenwood91
Photo by David Holmes. A full set can be found at wokingfc.co.uk
Come on you Cards!