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Brian Caffarey - 8th November 2010

Back to league action! Bromley v Woking
7.45pm on Tuesday 9 November 2010

The Cards need to re-focus quickly on the league after their fantastic Cup day out at Brighton on Saturday. There is lost ground to make up and some tough fixtures coming up, starting with this one at high-flying Bromley, followed on Saturday by the visit of Chelmsford City, who’ve already beaten the Cards once this season. If Graham Baker’s side mean business in the league in this campaign, they’ve got to put together a good run of results soon and not become completely distracted by their Cup run.


Not surprisingly, the Cards looked flat out on their feet at the final whistle on Saturday after all their excellent work in closing down Brighton. Graham and Jimmy have already hinted that this is likely to affect team selection on Tuesday night but the Cards can’t afford just to ‘throw this game away’. Graham has plenty of options up front, though, since neither Craig Faulconbridge nor Dave Gilroy played any part on Saturday and Ola Sogbanmu only came on as a substitute. No doubt Graham partly had Tuesday’s game in mind in keeping back his two experienced strikers - although the young legs of substitutes Ola, Charlie Turnbull and Josh Watkins were ideal for all the harrying needed to force a replay.

Graham’s options for resting players in midfield and defence look more limited, although Alan Inns, another unused substitute, would be an obvious change in defence and there are a number of promising youth team players whom Graham could call on in addition to Charlie and Josh. But Cards fans will be hoping that he won’t make too many changes against a strong Bromley outfit.

Last season in this fixture the Cards lost 3-1 at Hayes Lane, succumbing to Bromley’s fast counter-attacking game. The only consolation was a tremendous solo effort from the sparkling Harry Arter.


Bromley started this season in fantastic style, recording seven straight wins. Their form slipped subsequently, although their only defeat in the league came on 16 October when they lost 4-1 at Basingstoke Town. They now lie second in the table with 29 points from 14 games, having scored 22 goals and conceded 15. On home territory they have won three and drawn four, with 8 goals scored and 5 conceded – so most games have been tight. On Saturday they drew 0-0 at home to rapidly-improving Farnborough. Bromley’s only major disappointment this season was their defeat by Chelmsford City in the FA Cup. Having drawn 2-2 away, they succumbed 3-0 in the replay.

Summer signings included striker Paul Vines from Tooting and Mitcham but Warren McBean remains the main danger man with six goals to his credit so far.


Bromley FC
The Stadium
Hayes Lane
Kent BR2 9EF

Website: www.bromleyfc.net

By Coach

Leaves 5.30pm. Members £11; non-Members £16. Phone the Club Shop today to book your place (01483 772470) or email shop@wokingfc.co.uk .

By Car

Leaving the M25 at Junction 4, follow the A21 to Bromley and London for about 4 miles and then fork left onto the A232, signposted Croydon/Sutton.

At the second set of traffic lights turn right into Baston Road (B265), following it for about 2 miles as it becomes Hayes Street and then Hayes Lane. Bromley FC is on the right-hand side of road just after a mini-roundabout.

By Train

The nearest station to the ground is Bromley South, which is served by trains from London Victoria. There are frequent fast trains, taking between 15 minutes and 20 minutes. They include trains at 18.18, 18.27, 18.42 and 18.57. Turn left out of the station and then right shortly afterwards into Westmoreland Road, at the traffic lights by the T-junction near the Police Station and the Churchill building. Turn left just after the church into Hayes Road. Take care to follow the road when it bears round to the left rather than ending up in Cameron Road. At the end of Hayes Road turn right into Hayes Lane, having first crossed Hayes Lane using the traffic island near the mini-roundabout. The drive to the ground is about 200m on your left.

Come on, you Cards!
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