Town hoping first away win is on the Cards

Anthony Griffith celebrates with his team-mates after scoring for Town the last time they played Woking at the Shay back in 2007.
Anthony Griffith celebrates with his team-mates after scoring for Town the last time they played Woking at the Shay back in 2007.

The club with the Skrill Premier’s second-worst home record host the side with the second-worst away record when FC Halifax Town take on Woking tomorrow.

The hosts have just one home win to their name this season, while Town are yet to taste victory away from the Shay.

Not for the want of trying though, with the Shaymen once again seeing a possible three points snatched away from them at Luton last week after leading 3-1 in the first-half.

But Neil Aspin will be hoping to be king of the road against the Cards, and may be able to shuffle his pack if Lee Gregory and Adam Smith both recover from knocks sustaineat Kenilworth Road, which forced them to sit out Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Nuneaton.

The ace up Woking’s sleeve could be 33-year-old Gavin Williams, who has commanded transfer fees totalling more than £500,000 in his career, and is their top-scorer with five goals.

But the former Ipswich and West Ham striker has gone the last five matches without finding the net.

He was one of seven summer signings by the club, including former Aldershot duo Anthony McNamee and Josh Payne.

Their form of late can be described as inconsistent at best, with creditable recent draws against Barnet and Southport following defeats to Macclesfield and Luton.

Manager Garry Hill made his name during a five-year stint in charge of Dagenham and Redbridge, where he reached the third round of the FA Cup three times and lost in the 2003 Conference play-off final to Doncaster.

He was appointed at Kingfield in January 2011 and guided the club to the Conference South title in his first full season at the helm.

Only Hyde have a worse overall home record than Woking, who have actually won more games on their travels so far this term.

Hyde are also the only team to have conceded more at home, although their solitary home success came against high-flying Nuneaton last month.

But only Hyde and Forest Green have conceded more on their travels than Town.

The Shaymen have won only once at Woking on their 11 visits, which came on their first trip there in 1993, when they thrashed their hosts 6-2.

Former Halifax loanee Anthony Griffith scored the winner the last time Town beat tomorrow’s opponents in a 1-0 victory at the Shay back in 2007.

Woking can rise as high as 16th with a win, while Town could move back into the top ten with three points.

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