This weeks live TNT Sports game comes from Surrey as Woking host York at Kingfield Stadium.
Since their 2-0 loss at Barnet, Woking are unbeaten in six. 1-3, 2-0, and 0-2 wins against Gateshead, Dorking, and Hartlepool, respectively, and 0-0, 1-1, and 1-1 draws with Maidenhead, Solihull Moors, and Ebbsfleet, respectively, see the Cardinals occupying 6th place. Darren Sarll's side keep things tight, scoring 14 and conceding ten in their ten games.
Despite a flurry of summer activity, with many big-money signings such as Tyler Cordner and Dipo Akinyemi, York have flattered to deceive. The Ministermens only victory thus far came at home to nine-man Southend. Since the appointment of Neil Ardley, York have picked up four points from three games: a 2-2 draw at home to Boreham Wood, a 3-0 win vs Southend, and a 2-0 loss at Oldham.
York have struggled away from home, only gaining two points from five games—a 1-1 draw at Aldershot and a 2-2 draw with Dorking. They've conceded an average of over two goals on their travels, so Ardley has a big task on his hands to steady the ship.
York did the double over Woking last season, winning both games 2-0.
Last campaign, Woking agonisingly missed out on promotion, losing at home to Bromley in the Playoff Quarter Final. Darren Sarll's side came in fourth, just two points off third-place Chesterfield. They boasted the fourth-best defensive record, behind Wrexham, Notts County, and Southend. Woking were equally impressive going forward, having the fifth-best attacking record in the league.
Rhys Browne and Padriag Amond were clinical in front of goal, scoring 13 and 12 goals each, with Reece Grego-Cox scoring nine in 16.
York, on the other hand, was a shambles. After the controversial sacking of John Askey, despite being 12th after 19 games, David Webb was appointed but was shortly sacked after just two months. Michael Morton was appointed, guiding the Ministermen to a 19th-place finish, finishing just three points clear of the drop zone. Captain Lennell John-Lewis was crucial to keeping York up, scoring 14 goals in the league.
Arriving last season, James Kellerman made 42 appearances, scoring four goals from centre midfield. The 28-year-old has already made eight appearances, scoring two goals. The energetic midfielder is all action, box-to-box, and brings leadership and guile to the midfield.
York shocked many in the non-league scene by signing Dipo Akinyemi. The 26-year-old powerhouse striker had just won the Scottish Championship player of the year with Ayr, scoring 20 goals. Before this, he boasted an impressive goal-scoring record at many non-league clubs, such as Welling, Dulwich Hamlet, Bishop Stortford, and Cheshunt. In ten starts for York, Akinyemi has scored four goals and will be looking for more as the season progresses.
2-1 Woking- 8.50
Woking have been on an impressive run of form and are unbeaten. They face a York side who have one of the worst away records in the league. They also had huge turnover in the summer and now a new manager to contend with as well as they look to gel. With this in mind, 1.8 looks great value for a Woking win.
Woking win- 1.8
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