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Maidenhead Preview

Adam Horne - 27th August 2010

Maidenhead Preview Woking vs Maidenhead United
Blue Square Bet South
3pm on Saturday 28th August 2010

On Saturday Woking host Maidenhead United at Kingfield in their fifth match of the season. The Cards have finally found their feet and after stuttering to two defeats in their first two matches, they’ve since won two on the trot against Dorchester and Lewes. Graham Baker will be keen to ensure that winning run, albeit still small, continues on Saturday afternoon. But that of course means having to beat Maidenhead, who currently lie two places below Woking in the table, on the same points. Johnson Hippolyte and his players will face a tough task as they travel to Kingfield. Woking have finally found their feet, and will be buoyed by two new mid-week signings.


Earlier this week the club announced the arrival of both striker Gomez Dali and goalkeeper Will Viner. Both could well be looking at starting on the bench on Saturday. Graham Baker gave Dali a run-out against Lewes this week, but he was not given enough time to impress the Woking fans. Despite making one or two big errors so far this season, Lenny Pidgeley is unlikely to be replaced in goal by new boy Viner, and is likely to be well guarded by both Alan Inns and Adam Doyle in defence. The centre back pairing have played well over the past two matches, and the manager will be looking to see that continue to improve. Joe McNerney may well start at right-back if Ricky Anane is still struggling with his injury. McNerney had a fantastic match playing out of position earlier this week.
Jerome Maledon will be hoping to start in midfield after his impressive display against Lewes, and may well partner Ricketts in the middle, no doubt sandwiched by Sam Hurrell and Moses Ademola on the flanks. In form striker Dave Gilroy has more than earned a starting place against Maidenhead and no one would be surprised to see him line up with Craig Faulconbridge upfront . Faulconbridge has looked impressive in the air so far and the two have shown glimpses of great link up play between them in recent matches.


Maidenhead, like Woking, are on six points at the moment, just two places below the Cards. Two wins and two losses suggest they may have suffered from early season jitters much like Woking did, but they did lose their latest match 3-0 away to Eastleigh and will not be cherishing the thought of having to travel away just four days later to Kingfield.
Having scored only three goals and conceded 7 already this season, Johnson Hippolyte will be looking for drastic improvements in defence on Saturday. Having said that, Woking’s goal difference isn’t much more impressive, having scored only one more and conceded one fewer than the Magpies.
With no leading goalscorer this season the Magpies may well wonder who to look to for goals on the day should they be struggling for ideas, but rest assured, they will be the sort of side who will battle to the very end, and Woking manager Graham Baker will need to make his players aware of this on the day.


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