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Cards aim to consolidate play-off place

Brian Caffarey - 18th March 2011

Cards aim to consolidate play-off place Woking v Bromley
3pm on Saturday 19 March 2011

Having reached the play-off places with their astounding recent run, the Cards will be intent on consolidating it in their remaining nine games, starting with this encounter against fading Bromley. Tuesday’s game saw some sparkling football from Garry Hill’s side. Come down to Kingfield on Saturday and cheer them on!

WOKING

The Cards’ 2-1 defeat of Hampton and Richmond Borough on Tuesday, combined with other results, saw them leap into 4th place in the table, only two points off second-placed Ebbsfleet United, although the Fleet have two games in hand. Woking have now won ten and drawn one of their last eleven league games, scoring 22 goals and conceding just two in the process.

They will be looking to take maximum points again from their second home game in a row before two vital clashes against rivals Eastleigh (away on Saturday 26 March) and Welling United (home on Saturday 2 April). (Incidentally, those two sides play each other on Saturday, so that provides an opportunity for Woking to put further distance between themselves and one or more of their rivals.) With only more Tuesday fixture before the end of the season (at home to Dorchester on 5 April), the Cards will soon be able to benefit from a bit more rest and recuperation between games.

Joe McNerney, though, should be fit and raring to go on Saturday, having now served his three-match suspension. He will no doubt be restored to central defence to partner the ever-reliable Adam Doyle.

BROMLEY

Bromley were the early season pace-setters, winning their first seven games but financial troubles have taken a heavy toll in recent months. They have now gone seven league games without a win and have now slipped to 9th place, 12 points behind the Cards from the same number of games. They now look to be well out of play-off contention. Away from home they’ve won seven, drawn five and lost five but their recent form is less impressive, losing three and drawing one of their last four away games. Their recent results, starting with last Saturday’s draw at home to Boreham Wood, are:

Bromley 1 Boreham Wood 1
Havant and W 2 Bromley 0
Welling United 3 Bromley 1
Dorchester Town 0 Bromley 0
Bromley 0 Staines Town 1

Warren McBean has been the main threat to the Cards in past games.

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

This season
Bromley 2 Woking 2
9 November 2010

This was a fast, open game in contrast to Woking’s previous outing, at the Withdean Stadium, when they’d held Brighton and Hove Albion to a goal-less draw in the FA Cup. Graham Baker brought in Craig Faulconbridge and Dave Gilroy for the ‘rested’ Moses Ademola and Elvis Hammond, who dropped to the bench. The Cards took a fortuitous lead when a defender’s clearance looped off Gilroy’s back and into the net. But they were soon pegged back by a magnificent header from Warren McBean at the far post. The Cards had a host of chances immediately after the break but Bromley, second in the table, re-grouped and took the lead through Scarborough, latching onto a cross played back into the box. The Lilllywhites had plenty of opportunities to make the game safe and were made to pay for it in injury time when Hammond’s shot hit a defender’s hand. Gilroy insisted on taking the penalty and converted.

Last season
Bromley 3 Woking 1
17 October 2009

Bromley inflicted the Cards’ first away defeat of the season as the home side’s fast counter-attacking game caught out Woking’s defence. The ever-dangerous Warren McBean opened the scoring for the Lillywhites in the 18th minute with a great run, beating both centre-backs before firing home. Wilfried Domoraud, playing what turned out to be his last game for Woking, hit a post but Hall extended Bromley’s lead before the break from a dubious free-kick. The Cards battered the home side’s defence in the second half and hopes were raised when the lively Harry Arter scored after a fine diagonal run and shot. But L’Anson made it safe for Bromley in the 81st minute after the Cards’ defence had backed off him on a quick break.

Woking 2 Bromley 1
10 April 2010

A stunning trade-mark Gez Sole free-kick gave the Cards the lead in the 18th minute but the returning Steve Ferguson equalised just before half-time, tapping in from close-range. Mark Ricketts came on six minutes into the second-half, to the evident annoyance of the displaced Harry Arter, but it was Ricketts who scrambled home the winner with fifteen minutes to go after the Bromley keeper had parried Matthew Wright’s header from an excellent cross by Aswad Thomas. The win moved the Cards up to 7th place in their late charge for a play-off spot.

ADMISSION

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

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Come on, you Cards!

N.B. Don’t forget that the Kingfield Road Bridge is closed to vehicles. Pedestrian access will remain via a footbridge, but those travelling by car to the ground may have to take a diversion. For more details about the diversion, including a map, please see the Woking Borough Council website: www.woking.gov.uk/en...nmap

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