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WOKING v SALISBURY CITY

Brian Caffarey - 15th December 2008

WOKING v SALISBURY CITY

FA TROPHY, FIRST ROUND

7.45pm on Tuesday 16 December 2008

The Cards start their FA Trophy campaign on Tuesday with the postponed tie against Nick Holmes?s Salisbury City, whom we have already beaten twice this season, including a 3-0 away win in the Setanta Shield two weeks ago. The Whites have been hard hit by financial problems and have had to let some of their best players go but they still represent a threat and the Cards would be foolish to take them lightly. The winners of the tie will be away to Burton Albion or Farsley Celtic in the next round.

WOKING

Scoring goals is still the Cards? main problem but they can perhaps take heart from the three they put past the Whites in the Setanta Shield. New loan striker, Tom Denton, has notched two goals in his first three appearances.

Definitely missing from the Woking line-up will be Tom Hutchinson, recovering from an operation on his knee. Goma Lambu resumed training last week but is unlikely to be risked so soon. With the three new loan players joining, Phil Gilchrist has a few more options but will want to put out a very strong side, both because a win would help morale but also because we need the money from a good run in this competition!

SALISBURY CITY

It must be distressing for Salisbury fans and their Manager, Nick Holmes, who has done a fantastic job at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium, to see his fine side disintegrating. So far Rob Matthews has gone to Havant, Andy Sandell to Aldershot, Matt Tubbs to Bournemouth and Ryan Clarke to Northwich. Wayne Turk and captain Aaron Cook have both joined Newport County on loan. Liam Feeney has also departed, for Southend, but striker Charles Ademeno has moved in the other direction. Another arrival is Daniel Webb, a much-travelled striker who played a few games for the Cards several years ago. Ian Herring, Scott Bartlett and Matt Robinson are on the transfer list.

Inevitably, the loss of so many experienced players has impacted on Salisbury?s form ? demonstrated in the 3-0 defeat we inflicted in the Setanta Shield a fortnight ago and in the 2-1 defeat at home to Lewes the Saturday before last. But prior to that they had drawn at home to York City, with ex-Card Charlie Griffin on target for the Whites. Their side also includes two more ex-Cards in keeper James Bittner and midfielder Michael Fowler.

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS THIS SEASON

Woking 1-0 Salisbury City (Marum)

The Board?s decision to hand Phil Gilchrist the Manager?s job on a permanent basis was rewarded with this well-deserved win. The Cards had most of the attacking play and got the crucial goal in the 58th minute when Liam Marum was slipped through and finished decisively, driving the ball beyond the Whites? keeper.

Salisbury City 0-3 Woking (Setanta Shield) (Denton, Pattison, Domoraud)

Tom Denton marked his debut for the Cards in the best possible way, scoring the opening goal and having two ?assists?. He was lurking near the back post to open the scoring. His knock-down enabled Matt Pattison to fire home, putting the Cards 2-0 up at half-time. Wilfried Domoraud added a third with a smart turn and shot before Nick Gindre pulled off a fine save from a Charlie Griffin penalty.

SATURDAY?S MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

We?ve got another great programme lined up for you on Tuesday. Here are some of the highlights:

Page 2

Phil Gilchrist puts recent results into perspective, talks about the transfer window and asks fans for their help.

Page 3

David Taylor says that we?re in a relegation dogfight.

Page 9

Russell Higgs and Marc Fleckney ponder part-time Conference football while enjoying some Cardinals Gold.

Pages 12-13

Derek Powell: Brian Caffarey talks to Derek about his work as Fixtures Secretary and his many years? service to the Club.

Page 20

Jim Ahmed updates us on the successful Project 3000 initiative but asks for more help from fans.

Page 21

James Aughterson provides an update on the Woking FC share issue.

Pages 24-25

Lewis Hulatt profiles Tom Hutchinson.

Page 29

Neil Bennett recalls the false starts leading up to our FA Cup tie at Coventry.

Page 37

Rachel Formby concludes the delightful ?KC and the Storm?.

Page 41

Graham Bedford occupies the ?fanfare? chair.

Page 42

Away with the Cards: David Holmes?s photos of fans on their travels with Woking FC. Are you there?

Page 45

Matt Cooke details the key Woking FC FA Trophy statistics.

Plus all the usual reports, previews and news from around Kingfield, not forgetting great action shots from top-notch Club photographer, David Holmes. Only ?2.50. Make sure you get your copy. Order one from the Club Shop if you can?t get there on Tuesday evening.

Come on, you Cards!

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