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WOKING v BURTON ALBION

Brian Caffarey - 27th February 2009

WOKING v BURTON ALBION

3pm on Saturday 28 February 2009

The runaway league leaders come to Kingfield on Saturday to take on a Woking side which is desperate to gain points to avoid the drop to the Conference South. Can the Cards pull off what would be one of the shocks of the season and make the Brewers cry in their beer? Join the Viking Cardinals tomorrow at Kingfield to see the action!

WOKING

Home debuts beckon for new signings, keeper Danny Knowles, left back Joe Anderson and striker Kelvin Bossman. Woking fans will be hoping that Oliver Bozanic, who impressed at Stevenage on Tuesday, will have extended his loan spell from Reading. It sounds as though Phil Gilchrist has been trying to bring in an experienced midfielder to help his young side. We will no doubt find out during the day if he has been successful.

Colin Miles, who nearly made it to the starting line-up on Tuesday, should presumably be fit enough to start. His experience and positional sense should be helpful against the likes of Burton?s Greg Pearson and Shaun Harrad. Whether anyone else from Woking?s lengthy injury list will join him remains to be seen. Presumably, Bradley Quamina and Goma Lambu must be closest to a return. It appears, though, that Wilfried Domoraud has been added to that list: a huge blow, given that he has carried the greatest goal threat this season, though not on form in recent games.

BURTON ALBION

Nigel Clough?s departure to Derby County seems to have done nothing to disturb the Brewers? relentless drive to the BSP championship. What is impressive about Burton?s rise to the top in recent years is the gradual and responsible way it has been achieved: no disastrous ?push for glory? of the kind which has caused such turmoil at the likes of Hornchurch, Grays, Telford, Weymouth etc etc

Burton too ? like Histon, Eastbourne Borough and Altrincham this season ? demonstrate the value of stability, with managers who have slowly but surely built successful sides, based around players who have played for the club for a number of years: in Burton?s case, the obvious example is inspirational skipper Darren Stride, who has played for the club throughout his football career.

Burton, on 74 points from 32 games, are 15 points clear of second-placed Histon. Away from home they have registered 10 wins, 1 draw and 4 defeats, with 23 goals for and 16 against. The size of Woking?s task is illustrated by the fact that Burton haven?t been beaten in the league since 18 October, when they lost 2-1 at Oxford United.

Recent form

17 February: Burton Albion 2 Wrexham 1

9 February: Burton Albion 3 Rushden and Diamonds 0

31 January: Stevenage Borough 3 Burton Albion 0 (FAT)

26 January: Burton Albion 2 Barrow 1

24 January: Burton Albion 1 Altrincham 1

17 January: Grays Athletic 0 Burton Albion 1

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

2006-07: Woking 0-0 Burton Albion

 

Burton Albion 2-1 Woking

(McAllister)

2007-08: Burton Albion 2-0 Woking

Woking 2-1 Burton Albion

(Marum, Hutchinson)

LAST SEASON

Burton Albion 2-0 Woking

22nd September 2007

A bizarre red card decision against Matt Ruby meant Woking struggled for long periods against a good Burton outfit. It was a brace from Daryl Clare, so often Woking?s nemesis, that sealed the win for the home side, including the opener from the spot after the incident involving Ruby.

Woking 2-1 Burton Albion

9th February 2008

Liam Marum, in for the suspended Marvin Morgan, opened the scoring for the Cards with an excellent finish from outside the area. Tom Hutchinson doubled the Woking lead with a header from a corner as the Cards built on an encouraging early showing. The Brewers managed a late consolation through John McGrath, but it was a much improved performance from Frank Gray?s men

THIS SEASON

Burton Albion 3 Woking 2

16th August 2008

Having thrown away a half-time lead at Torquay during the week, the Cards did the same again at the Pirelli Stadium ? but it was even worse this time since they were two goals up! Matt Pattison opened the scoring in the 19th minute after a fine run by Liam Marum. Two minutes later Gez Sole seized on a defensive error to double the lead. Liam could have wrapped the game up early in the second half but then the Cards? defence crumbled, allowing the Brewers to claim all three points.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

We?ve got a very interesting matchday programme lined up for you on Saturday, with some great writing: see the news item of 26 February for more details.

Come on, you Cards!

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