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WOKING v WREXHAM

Brian Caffarey - 13th March 2009

WOKING v WREXHAM

3pm on Saturday 14 March 2009

Dean Saunders?s side ? which includes ex-Card Jefferson Louis ? haven?t been in great form recently away from home but they still have hopes of making the play-offs. They are likely, therefore, to prove difficult opponents on Saturday in another game in which only three points will do for the Cards. Can Woking reproduce their first half performance against Barrow and take more of the many chances they created a week ago? Perhaps new signing Alex Rhodes will prove the catalyst? Come down to Kingfield and cheer the Cards on to another win!

WOKING

Leaving aside the long-term injured, the main doubt surrounds Micah Hyde, who limped off just before half-time last Saturday. His experience and guile were a great asset against Burton Albion and were also evident in his time on the pitch against Barrow: it is perhaps not entirely a coincidence that the Cards looked a less coherent side after he departed.

The news yesterday that Phil Gilchrist has signed experienced winger, Alex Rhodes, from Rotherham gives him a new option for Saturday?s game, with possibly Kelvin Bossman stepping down from the side which started against Barrow to allow Rhodes to make an immediate home debut.

WREXHAM

Wrexham lie in 8th place with 54 points from 33 games, nine points adrift of the play-off places. Away from home, they have won 6, drawn 4 and lost 7, scoring 22 goals and conceding 20. They will no doubt see the trip to Kingfield as a good opportunity to make up ground with time running out. So, this is a crucial game for both sides. Wrexham have been hampered recently by the loss of joint top scorer and Wales Under-21 international Marc Williams, who is expected to miss the rest of the season with a broken foot. But Jefferson Louis has been in good form this season too, having scored 15 league goals so far. Saunders has added former Blackburn and England U21 striker Matt Jansen to his squad, although Jansen has not played much football recently since semi-retiring from the game. Another recent, former ?big name? signing is that of ex-Manchester United defender John Curtis. Defender Kyle Critchell has returned from a two-month loan spell at York, whilst fellow defender Simon Spender has gone on loan to Barrow.

Recent form

10 March: Wrexham 1 Forest Green Rovers 1

7 March: Eastbourne Borough 1 Wrexham 0

3 March: Crawley Town 1 Wrexham 0

28 Feb: Wrexham 1 Salisbury City 1

24 Feb: Ebbsfleet United 3 Wrexham 1 (FAT replay)

21 Feb: Wrexham 0 Ebbsfleet United 0 (FAT)

17 Feb: Burton Albion 2 Wrexham 1

Wrexham?s recent form has slumped after a run of 11 league games unbeaten was broken a month ago by Burton Albion. Since then they?ve gone six games without a win, including defeats in all three away games.

Last encounter

Wrexham 1 Woking 1

28 December 2008

Tom Denton secured a point at The Racecourse thanks to some comical defending from the Wrexham defence. It was a bitterly cold day in North Wales, just three days after Christmas Day, and Wrexham took the lead on 23 minutes when Marc Williams was granted the freedom of the Woking penalty area to head Wes Baynes? cross past Eastwood from ten yards out. Wrexham took control of the game, but Woking almost equalised when Gavin Ward?s save from Wilfried Domoraud?s shot fell to Delano Sam-Yorke, who fired over the open goal. After the break, Wrexham bossed the game and came close to extending their lead through Marc Williams and Ryan Flynn but Simon Eastwood was on top form to deny them both. Substitute Tom Denton almost caught Wrexham napping on 65 minutes thanks to some poor defending from Wrexham but his finish was weak and well held by Ward. Straight after Dean Saunders? had made a double substitution for Wrexham, Woking equalised, tapping in a defensive error from two yards to level the game. The goal stunned Wrexham and there were good chances for both sides before the referee?s whistle signalled a good point away from home for Woking.

Woking: Eastwood, Magunda, Konan, Kamara, Bunce, Ledgister (Lambu), Spence, Pattison, Quamina, Sam-Yorke (Denton), Domoraud

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

See the news item to the right for highlights of Saturday?s very readable matchday programme.

Come on, you Cards!

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