TT MATCH PREVIEW
Steve Harris – @SteveHarris84
Match details: Torquay United versus Woking
Venue: Plainmoor, Torquay
Date: Friday 2nd April 2021
Current form (all competitions):
Torquay United: L, D, L, W, W, L
Woking: D, L, D, L, W, L
Torquay: Asa Hall 10
Woking: Max Kretzschmar 6
Head to Head:
Last time the two teams met: Woking 1 – 0 Torquay United, FA Trophy Quarter Final, Saturday 27th February 2021
Torquay United bowed out of the FA Trophy to Woking at the quarter-finals stage – after having a last gasp equaliser from Connor Lemonheigh-Evans in the dying minutes of the game ruled out for “offside”.
Jamar Loza’s 37th minute effort ultimately proved to be decisive for the Cards; However, had Lemonheigh-Evans’ effort, which was disallowed for an offside given against striker Billy Waters who followed the ball into the net, been given the game would have gone to penalties.
United were awarded a penalty in the 12th minute, after Connor Lemonheigh-Evans was felled by Woking defender Moussa Diarra. Skipper Asa Hall stepped up to take the spot-kick, but Cards’ keeper Craig Ross guessed its direction correctly and saved it.
On 37 minutes, Loza beat Ben Wynter on the turn outside the area before outpacing Adam Randell in a diagonal run. He then tucked a left-foot shot low to eleventh hour loan signing Marcin Brzozowski’s left from 12 yards – it was the first goal that United had conceded in the competition.
Loza’s effort remained the difference until the 90th minute when Lemonheigh-Evans connected with Andrews’ inswinging free-kick, the ball flashed across the goalmouth and into the net. Unfortunately for the Gulls, the linesman raised his flag as Waters dived in to make sure the ball crossed the line – condemning United to defeat.
Manager: Alan Dowson
Gateshead-born Alan Dowson appeared in the Football League for Millwall, Fulham, Bradford City and Darlington before first dropping into non-league football with Slough Town in the 1993-94 season. He took up his first managerial post in 2004 when he was appointed as player- manager at Walton and Hersham and in his first season in charge they finished as runners-up in Isthmian League Division One.
In 2007, he moved on to Kingstonian who he guided to promotion from Isthmian League Division South in the 2008-09 campaign. He remained in charge of the K’s until 2014 and during this time they twice missed out on promotion to National League South through the Isthmian League play-offs – in the 2009-10 and 2013-14 seasons – before he resigned to spend more time with his family.
His next managerial port of call was with Hampton and Richmond in September 2014, who he would later lead to the Isthmian League title in the 2015-16 season. He was then appointed as manager of Woking in the summer of 2018 and led them to promotion from the National League South via the play-offs.
Dowson has also worked alongside Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, who is currently the Cards first team coach, in all his previous roles as a manager.
One to watch: Max Kretzschmar
A Southampton youth team player, Max Kretzschmar is currently in his second spell with Woking. Having started his professional career with Wycombe Wanderers, for who he served between 2012 and 2016, Kretzschmar first joined the Cards in 2016, when he signed a one-year contract. A year later, he left Woking and dropped down into National League South with Hampton and Richmond, where he first appeared under Alan Dowson, and he helped the Beavers reach the National League South play-offs in the 2017-18 campaign. Following Dowson’s appointment as Cards’ manager, he returned to the Kingfield Stadium and played a key role in helping Woking win promotion from National League South at the first attempt in the 2018-19 season. Since then Kretzschmar has played a key role in helping to re-establish the Cards at National League level and is currently their top scorer in all competitions this season with six goals.
View from the Sofa by Sam Jones
Ah Woking, everyone’s favourite pantomime villain of the team. They aren’t quite a like a rivalry, but playing them is more significant than most other teams in the division. Losing to them doesn’t hurt, but feels like you have a loud mosquito in your room while you’re eating dinner (if that makes sense?). On the pitch, I almost don’t care who we’re playing. The title has probably gone, but the playoffs are still very much within reach and if we qualify then anything can happen. But that won’t happen if we don’t start winning because, if we don’t, then it won’t matter how the other teams do. Saying that, I am fairly optimistic for today. The injury news is looking good, the sun is shining and I have four days off work. What could go wrong?!??!
Ben Wynter – Sam Sherring – Joe Lewis – Ryan Law
Adam Randell – Asa Hall – Connor Lemonheigh-Evans – Jake Andrews
Kyran Lofthouse – Ben Gerring – Moussa Diarra – Josh Casey
Max Kretzschmar – Charlie Cooper -Kane Ferdinand
Sam Ashford – Sam Dalby – Jamar Loza