Steve Harris – @steveharris84
Match details: Torquay United vs Woking FC
Date: Monday 30th August 2021
Woking FC fact file:
Year founded: 1887
Nickname: The Cards
Last season’s league finish: 20th National League
Football Conference/Blue Square Premier/National League: Runners-up: 1994-95 & 1995-96
Conference South/National League South: Champions: 2011-12
FA Trophy: Winners: 1993-94, 1994-95, 1996-97
Head to Head:
Torquay: 7 Draws: 6 Woking: 8
League Position and Recent Form:
Torquay: 15th – L, D Woking: 10th – W, L
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.
Player to watch: Jordan Maguire-Drew
After starting his career with Brighton and Hove Albion, Jordan Maguire-Drew first made his name during a loan spell with Dagenham & Redbridge in the 2016-17 season, where he scored 16 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions. Further loan spells followed with Lincoln City, Coventry City and Wrexham before he joined Leyton Orient in January 2019. He helped Orient win the National League title in 2018-19 and was later loaned to Crawley Town in the 2020-21 campaign. After leaving Orient, Maguire-Drew became one of a host of new signings made by Alan Dowson in the summer of 2021.
Torquay: Armani Little, Dan Holman
Woking FC: None
Last time: Torquay 1-0 Woking FC – 2nd April 2021
GOALS: TUFC – Wright (83)
Torquay United: Covolan, Wynter, Law, Sherring, Lewis, Hall (Andrews), Randell, CLE, Little, Kimpioka (Waters), Boden (Wright)
Woking: Smith, Gerring, Diarra, Ferdinand, Cooper, Casey, Lofthouse (Hodges), Kretzschmar, Block, Dalby (Smith), Dempsey (Skinner)
Torquay United (4-4-2)
Ben Wynter – Joe Lewis – Dean Moxey – Dan Martin
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans – Armani Little – Tom Lapslie – Keelan O’Connell
Dan Holman – Danny Wright
Kyran Lofthouse – Joe McNerney – Moussa Diarra – Josh Casey
Soloman Nwabuokei – Rohan Ince
Tom Champion – Jordan Maguire-Drew – Tahvon Campbell
TT Pre-Match Talking Points…
Can we improve on last week’s attendance after the battling performance at Notts County?
Will GJ simply move Martin into LB and Moxey into CB, and keep the rest of the Meadow Lane XI in place?
When will key players Connor Lemonheigh-Evans and Asa Hall get their places back in GJ’s first XI?