It’s safe to say that after five wins in their last six games, confidence is high at Vanarama National League club Woking.
The Cards sit in sixth position in the league table, one point behind Eastleigh, with the Spitfires sat in the final play-off spot.
And Woking entertain in-form FC Halifax Town on Saturday, knowing that another win could see them leapfrog Eastleigh and fourth place Dover Athletic.
Ahead of that game Cards striker Guiseppe Sole has admitted that the play-offs have always been the target for the club.
“When you go on these runs you can’t wait for games. All of the boys are confident and they are delivering on a weekly basis, it is consistency and we know we have a strong side, we just needed to add that consistency and that is what we have done this season.
I think the play-offs were always the target and since we have been in this league we have always improved every season. We just have to keep going and get in there but it won’t be easy because there are some great sides around us”
That fact that Woking finished last season in seventh position means that their performance so far this campaign shouldn’t be a surprise.
This term they have recovered from losing two key players to long-term injuries, with striker Scott Rendell and experienced defender Ismail Yakubu both ruled out for the rest of the season in the first five weeks of the campaign.
They were, according to Sole, “big blows”, but he is delighted with the way his team mates have recovered from losing the pair.
“I don’t think it has been a surprise really. We knew we had a really good squad and it’s an old football saying that the league table doesn’t lie and I think that is true.
We deserve to be where we are, we are there on merit and the boys have stepped up to the plate and pushed on.
We had a big blow losing Scott Rendell(pictured right) in the first game of the season, then Ismail Yakubu a few weeks later, both of them out for the season, but I think we have recovered from that and done very well”
Now the Cards face three home games in their next four, all against sides hovering just above the National League’s relegation zone.
Their only away fixture in the quartet is a trip to Altrincham, who sit in the final relegation spot.
But Sole refuted any suggestions that they games were straightforward for his side and stressed that Woking would show every side they face, no matter where they are in the league, complete respect.
“In this league you can see anyone beats anyone so you have to go into every game, no matter who the opposition are, with a strong mindset. You treat everyone the same and take nothing for granted.
I think we have been good in that aspect and we have shown all sides we have faced the same respect. We had a little blip in October but since then we have been brilliant”
A play-off push isn’t the only target on the club’s agenda.
An emphatic FA Trophy win over Maidenhead United last weekend put the Cards into the last sixteen of a competition that they have won three times in their history.
Although they must wait to find out who their next opponents will be.
A home tie against Cheltenham Town and Oxford City will be their next step and Sole is adamant that they competition is of the highest importance to the club.
“It is a massive competition for the club. Woking have such a good history in the competition, winning it three times and I think the fans will expect another Wembley trip.
As a player, as a group of players, there is nothing better in non-league than getting to Wembley in the Trophy.
I haven’t played there and I don’t think many of the lads have so we would love to get there”
It has been a season of frustration for Sole.
The form of the Cards frontmen has left him on the touchlines, with seventeen of his twenty four appearances coming as a substitute.
The departure of Dan Holman to Cheltenham Town offers the former Newport County man some hope.
He took that chance, grabbing the opener in the Trophy win over Maidenhead, and now he is eager to show manager Garry Hill(pictured above left), that he is worth a regular place in the starting line-up.
“I have made a lot of substitute appearances and I went out on loan to Basingstoke Town for a month to get some game time.
But the strikers have been doing their jobs so it has been hard to get into the team.
Now Dan Holman has gone to Cheltenham Town, he was a big player for us and scored a lot of goals.
This is my chance and I know the gaffer will bring in some new faces but I have to take the chance, keep my shirt and stay in the side because there will be plenty of competition”
And if Sole can do that, there is a good chance the Cards will be celebrating on two fronts come the end of May.
Interview: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
Images: David Holmes (Woking FC)