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BURTON ALBION -v- WOKING - MATCH PREVIEW

Tom Barnardo - 15th August 2008


Saturday
16th August 2008




















Burton
Albion vs Woking




















Blue
Square Premier




















The
Pirelli Stadium, Kick Off: 3pm

















BURTON ALBION FC






Nigel Clough?s widely fancied Burton team have made a less than impressive start to the season narrowly winning at Salisbury on the first day before grabbing a last gasp equaliser against Northwich at the Pirelli earlier this week. Currently being backed to go up at 8/1 by Blue Square come the end of the season, Burton could quite easily repeat the heroics that occurred further up the River Trent last season.





Having lost star player Daryl Clare in the off season, last season?s play-off semi-finalists currently sit seventh in the table but at this early stage in the season there is every chance of Woking causing an upset at the Midland club. In their quest to replace Daryl Clare in the offseason, Clough turned to the lower leagues and Bishop Stortford where, for an undisclosed fee, he picked up striker Greg Pearson who is widely tipped to be a success, ranking fourth in the Non-League Paper?s list top transfers. Pearson, who scored 25 goals in the Blue Square South Division last season, rejected a deal with League Two side Notts County to join the Brewers.










ALBION IN





Jody Banim (Droylsden)





Matt Bailey (Wolves - loan)





Greg Pearson (Bishop?s Stortford)





Jake Buxton (Mansfield)













ALBION OUT





Mark Greaves (York)





Dave Farrell (Boston)





Jake Edwards (releasesd)





Daryl Clare (Rushden & Diamonds)





Oliver Hancock (Gresley)





Tom Liversage (Gresley)





Sam Hall (Hednesford)





Matt Williams (Rhyl)





Leon Ashman (Leek)










WOKING TEAM NEWS












No major news to report, though Club Captain Colin Miles may still be suffering from the niggle that forced him off the pitch against Altrincham on Saturday. He did, however, manage the Torquay game on Tuesday night and he should be OK. Otherwise, Kim Grant should have a fully fit and available squad for his third competitive game in charge.













LAST TIME ROUND










Woking 2-1 Burton (10th February 2008)










The Cards held on to an early two goal lead at Kingfield to take a well earned three points from Blue Square Premier rivals Burton Albion despite a lote consolation goal from John McGrath.










Goals from Liam Marum and Tom Hutchinson inside 23 minutes helped seal the victory in a tough encounter. Young goalkeeper Ross Worner excelled, picking up the Man of the Match Award.










Woking: Ross Worner, Paul Lorraine, Tom Hutchinson, Jay Gasson, Matt Pattison, Goma Lambu (Jerome Maledon 56) Bradley Quamina (Giuseppe Sole 77), Kevin James, Joe Gatting (Liam Marum 56), Marvin Morgan













LAST TIME OUT













Burton 1-1 Northwich Victoria (12th August 2008)










While Woking were impressing at Torquay, Aaron Webster's late header snatched a point for Burton Albion against Northwich at the Pirelli stadium.












Northwich took the lead in the 29th minute when Danny Williams crossed for Darryn Stamp to head past Burton keeper Kevin Poole from 12 yards out.










Ryan Austin?s freekick in the 60th minute almost bought Albion an equaliser but Kevin Gilroy saved well to deny Burton. Eight minutes from time though, Webster met Andrew Corbett's cross from the right to nod home the equaliser.










Burton: Poole, Brayford, Austin, James, Bailey (Webster 45), Corbett, Holmes, McGrath, Gilroy (Stride 77), Banim, Pearson (Harrad 67).














FORM GUIDE (last five games)










Burton: WDLWD










Nuneaton (F): 2-0 WON





Gresley(F): 3-3 DREW





Chesterfield (F): 2-3 LOST





Salisbury: 1-0 WON





Northwich: 1-1 DREW













Woking: WLWLL










Woking & Maybury (F): 7-0 WON





Brentford (F): 1-5 LOST





Southampton XI (F): 4-0 WON





Altrincham: 1-2 LOST





Torquay: 1-2 LOST













TRAVEL DETAILS





See previous thread ? ?Burton Albion Travel Info?












Come on you Cards!












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