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Tough league test for Cards

Brian Caffarey - 12th November 2010

Tough league test for Cards Woking v Chelmsford City
3pm on Saturday 13 November 2010

Many Woking fans’ minds will be on the FA Cup replay against Brighton and Hove Albion but the players need to focus single-mindedly on winning this very important league fixture! The Clarets sit in 4th place in the league and will be looking to complete the double against Graham Baker’s side following their convincing 3-0 home win back in August. This is a big test for Woking: if they are to make up lost ground on the play-off contenders, they’ve got to start winning games like this one.


The Cards gained a respectable point away at Bromley on Tuesday, although Graham Baker was far from happy with his side’s performance, criticising among other things their poor passing and the lack of movement, especially up front. He knows that we’ve got to start winning home games consistently if we’re to have any chance of mounting a play-off challenge. So far the Cards have won two and lost three at home, with only four goals scored and five conceded.

Graham emphasised after the Bromley game that several players are carrying injuries but only Adam Doyle, who had an injection in his toe before the game at Brighton, was sidelined on Tuesday. Graham cannot afford to play anything other than his strongest team on Saturday, so he’ll just have to cross his fingers and hope that everyone comes through unscathed.


The Clarets have 26 points from 13 games, nine more than Woking, who currently sit in 11th place. They have been invincible at home but their away record is less awe-inspiring, with three wins, one draw and three defeats so far in the league, and with 12 goals scored and 15 conceded. So, that provides some hope for the Cards.

Striker Sam Higgins, who battered the Woking defenders in August, has proved a great summer signing from East Thurrock United. The Clarets have been able to ward off covetous attention from the likes of Steve Evans at Crawley by getting him to sign a new contract. Takumi Ake, who impressed in trials for the Cards and who also shone in the August match, has established himself as a favourite at the Melbourne Stadium. Other familiar names in a strong squad include skipper Dave Rainford (who, however, has been suffering from a hamstring strain) and midfielder John Martin. Left-back Ben Coker is on loan from Colchester United.

The Clarets are through to meet Wycombe Wanderers away in the 2nd Round of the FA Cup following a 3-2 win over Hendon.


Adults - £12
Juniors (u16s) - £2
Concessions / Students - £8

The Cardinals’ Bar is open to Woking and Chelmsford fans from 12 noon, with a special offer of £2 a pint on all draught beers till 1.30pm. There will be football action on the big screen and a free draw for a bottle of bubbly for everyone in the bar with a drink during the 90-minute promotion period.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget that tickets for the Brighton game will be on sale on Saturday. The game is all-ticket, so no tickets will be sold on the night.
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