Press man Rob Hemingway talks about Woking FC
Hi Rob so what are your expectations for Woking heading into this season?
The board expect a top half finish this term. Me? Probably about the same. The club have brought in enough talented players to get results in this league, it’s just about finding a settled XI, steering clear of too many injuries, and being clinical in both boxes.
Which players have been brought in over the summer?
A raft! Too many to name with the squad undergoing a wholesale transformation. But some of the more important arrivals have been Jordan Maguire-Drew, Rohan Ince, Tom Champion, Inih Effiong and Tahvon Campbell.
One win and one loss so far for the Cards, how’s the performances been?
Some positives, some negatives. The win over Wealdstone was set up by the two early goals, which meant Woking could sit deeper and manage the game. The Halifax game saw enough good attacking play – particularly in the first 25 minutes – but there were worrying lapses at the back which Dowson was particularly unhappy about.
Who are the key players and why?
Craig Ross is one of the most under-rated but consistent keepers in the league, and although he has let in three goals in two games, he couldn’t do an awful lot about them. Going forward Campbell is a real livewire with trickery and the ability to assist and finish. It’s doubtful that Effiong and Max Kretzschmar will be available for the Torquay game, and they will be big misses after their respective contributions so far.
The Cards are now full-time, how has this changed the club so far?
In so many different ways. Last season, the players trained once a week, on a frequently waterlogged pitch with poor floodlights. Now, they have their own training ground where they spend every day, and the coaching staff have been able to drill them in so many of the key requirements for this league. These changes should translate to better results this season.
What’s the likely line-up and tactics for the game at Plainmoor?
Hard to say given the short turnaround might see some players rested, but I’ll go for this:
(4-2-3-1) Ross; Lofthouse, McNerney, Diarra, Casey; Ince, Nwabuokei; Johnson, Maguire-Drew, Campbell; Oakley.
How have you got on with Alan Dowson since covering the club?
I always enjoy talking to Dowse, he is as honest as they come and makes himself available to the press whether good or bad results. On a personal level, it’s been nice to see him in brighter spirits this term given how difficult last season was.
Will many supporters make the trip down?
I expect so – but don’t quote me on a number!
Where do you expect Woking to finish this season and who do you think will win the title?
Top half, and if they’re in with a shout of the playoffs in the final stretch, they may throw the kitchen sink at it. Notts County would be my bet for the title.
And finally what’s your prediction for Monday afternoon?
Score draw! 1-1.
COYY – Dom