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The waiting is nearly over!

Brian Caffarey - 6th August 2009

The waiting is nearly over! Welling United v Woking
3pm on Saturday 8 August 2009

We kick off the new season with a visit to old Conference rivals, the Wings. Andy Ford’s side did well last season, finishing 7th, and can be expected to provide a tough introduction to life in the Blue Square South. The return of Jimmy Dack, along with Tony Sinclair and Harry Arter, to Park View Road will provide an added edge. Let’s turn out in force to support Graham Baker and his team!

WOKING

The Cards will definitely be missing Jon Boardman, who has just had an operation for a groin injury, and Jerome Maledon, who is now recovering from an injury which caused him to miss the whole of the pre-season programme. Doubts surround the fitness of right back Ricky Anane and midfielder Harry Arter.

Graham Baker’s side impressed in those pre-season matches which he had targeted as benchmark games, beating Aldershot Town 1-0 at home and drawing 0-0 with a strong Stevenage Borough side, also at Kingfield. Tom Hutchinson and Tony Sinclair have formed a promising central defensive partnership and the midfield combination of Harry Arter and Mark Ricketts looks very well balanced. The strike force of Luke Medley, Moses Ademola, Gez Sole and Delano Sam-Yorke has created chances but Graham will be hoping that they can show a more ruthless streak on Saturday.

WELLING UNITED

Andy Ford has brought in a number of new faces during the summer, including:

Lee Clarke – very experienced striker from St Albans City, with nearly 100 goals for the Saints
Dean Cracknell – another player with extensive non-League experience, including with Stevenage Borough; was also with St Albans last season
Michael Dean – a young full-back
Tony Finn – well-known winger, signed from AFC Wimbledon; was linked with Woking in the summer
Jake Hobbs – young striker from Gillingham, previously with Blackpool
Steve King – central defender from Bishop’s Stortford
James Lawson – striker from Chelmsford City who was unlucky enough to be injured in a pre-season friendly and will miss the whole season
Andy Sambrook – defender from AFC Wimbledon; we’ve seen him playing for Grays in the BSP
Jeff Minton – very experienced midfielder, signed from Chelmsford City, whom we’ve also seen playing for Grays and Canvey Island.

Departures in the summer included Charlie Sheringham.

The Wings’ pre-season results were:

Welling United 1 Charlton Athletic 1
VCD Athletic 1 Welling United 2
Welling United 2 Gillingham 0
Dartford 3 Welling United 2
Dulwich Hamlet 3 Welling United 1
Erith and Belvedere 1 Welling United 1
Welling United 2 Tonbridge Angels 1
Welling United 2 Millwall 3

LAST TIME WE MET

The last clash between the two clubs was in the FA Trophy Third Round in 2005-06 when the Cards won 3-2 at Kingfield. The Wings took a 2-0 lead after only 30 minutes but Chris Sharpling reduced the deficit just before half-time, with Craig McAllister and Tom Hutchinson adding two more goals in the second half.

GETTING THERE

See the details in today’s earlier news item to the right.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults - £10.00
Concessions (inc over 65's) - £6.00
Under 12's (when accompanied by an Adult) - £3.00

Seating:
£1.00 extra

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget that Chelmsford City provide the opposition on Tuesday evening for the first home game of the season. The Clarets reached the play-offs last year and are one of the favourites for promotion this season. Make sure you are there!

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