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Match Previews

Woking vs. Latics

13 September 2022

Match Previews

Woking vs. Latics

13 September 2022

After an enforced break at the weekend, Latics are back in National League action tonight with a long journey south to take on Woking.

Oldham came unstuck last time out against the early front runners in Chesterfield and will be looking to bounce back from the 2-0 defeat.

The opposition

This season marks Woking’s fourth season back in the fifth tier of English football after losing their National League status for a season.

They have fluctuated between the divisions in their recent history, becoming established members of the top level of non-league football with a 17-year stint which came to an end with relegation in 2009.

The Cards spent three seasons at the lower level before returning as champions, spending another six years in the National League before returning through the play-offs in 2019.

Form Guide

After seven league games, Woking sit in a healthy tenth position, three points off the National League play-offs.

They drew their last game away at Wealdstone, which came on the back of a 3-1 win at Torquay, James Daly among the goals as he scored twice.

The Cards have won two of their three home games so far, registering 2-0 successes over Dagenham and Scunthorpe before losing by the odd goal in five against Wrexham in their last game at Kingfield.

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Watch out for

Striker James Daly comes into this fixture on a fine run of form.

With three goals to his name so far this campaign, John Sheridan’s men will have to be on their game to keep the forward quiet.

Daly is a summer acquisition for the Cards, joining from Stevenage, where he made 19 appearances last season.

He has also played in League One for Bristol Rovers, signing for the Gas after starting out with Crystal Palace before a loan at Kingstonian.

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In the dugout

Darren Sarll is the man in the dugout for the hosts.

The 39-year-old has been in charge at Woking since March, after the best part of three years in the National League with Yeovil.

After a playing career which saw him represent a number of non-league clubs including Bedford Town, Dunstable and Hemel Hempstead, he took his first steps as a coach in the youth and reserve set-up at Stevenage.

He also occupied youth roles at Brentford, Stevenage and Rotherham, before returning to Broadhall Way as part of the first-team set-up and then joining Watford.

He took his first steps into full management at Yeovil in June 2019.

Odds

With a good record at home, Woking come into this game as favourites at 10/11.

Latics are out at 13/5 whilst the draw is 12/5.

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Match officials

The referee is Wayne Cartmel, and he’ll be assisted by Shaun Ferrer and Jonathan Bolland, with Adam Merchant occupying the role of fourth official.

Match coverage and information

Live audio commentary is available on Latics Player, guiding you through the match.

For more information, visit the Latics Player page by clicking here.

As detailed in our media update at the start of the season, the club has had to make several adjustments to how we cover games as a result of relegation to the National League.

Whereas in the EFL it is a necessary for all clubs to provide ISDN facilities, there is no such requirement in the National League. As a result, commentary from away games such as this will have to be provided by different means.

No ISDN facilities are available at tonight's game, and whilst the media team has worked on alternative ways of providing commentary during the summer, broadcasting from new grounds sometimes brings its own challenges. Commentary will be available tonight but we would like to thank supporters for bearing with us with any difficulties that may arise while we continue to adjust to life in the new division.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC

As always, we will endeavour to ensure confirmation of the line-up is published as soon as possible on social media.

However, supporters should note that team sheets in the National League are not exchanged until an hour before kick-off. This is 15 minutes later than in the EFL and as a result, the line-up is likely to be published slightly later than in previous seasons.


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