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Only a win will do!

Brian Caffarey - 4th April 2011

Only a win will do! Woking v Dorchester Town
7.45pm on Tuesday 5 April 2011

This is a ‘must win’ game for the Cards – indeed, Garry Hill’s side have got to win all three of their remaining home games, and pick up some points away, to give themselves a decent chance of making the play-offs. But Dorchester’s draw on Saturday against leaders Braintree Town shows that it won’t be easy. Come down to Kingfield to cheer the side on! And don’t forget to bring your completed Boost the Budget Standing Order form with you!

WOKING

The Cards now lie in 8th position, level on points with 6th and 7th-placed Dover Athletic and Eastleigh and two points behind Chelmsford City, who’ve played a game more than Woking. But Dover travel to Havant and Waterlooville this (Monday) evening (come on, Gez!). Tomorrow sees other crucial games in Boreham Wood v Braintree Town, Eastleigh v Farnborough and Staines Town v Ebbsfleet United.

Both Lyle Taylor, who looked quite lively, and Michael Doughty made their debuts on Saturday. Garry Hill may be tempted to restore Moses Ademola to the starting line-up to give us more attacking momentum.

DORCHESTER TOWN

The Magpies sit in 16th place in the table, seven points clear of the relegation zone. They’ve had a troubled season, with financial problems and lots of injuries to contend with. They’ve generally found goals hard to come by but are unbeaten in their last three games, notching eight goals in the process. Ryan Moss is top scorer and Sean Devlin has often caused problems on the flanks. There is experience in player-manager Ashley Vickers – who played under Garry Hill at three clubs – and Nick Crittenden.

The Magpies’ recent results, working backwards from Saturday’s draw at Braintree Town have been:

Braintree Town 1 Dorchester Town 1
St Albans City 1 Dorchester Town 4
Dorchester Town 3 Staines Town 3
Dover Athletic 2 Dorchester Town 1
Dorchester Town 1 St Albans City 3

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

This season

Dorchester Town 1 Woking 2
21 August 2010

After defeats at the hands of Dover Athletic and Chelmsford City, and the departure of Chairman Shahid Azeem, Cards fans at last had something to cheer about as a Dave Gilroy brace earned Woking their first points of the season. Adam Doyle made his debut in defence, whilst Darryn Hennessey appeared in midfield and Gilroy and Andy Forbes were partnered up front. It took the Cards some time to get going but a good move inspired by Jerome Maledon brought the opening goal from Gilroy in the 35th minute. Free-kick specialist Ryan Hill levelled the scores in the 63rd minute but in the 90th minute a long Pidgley kick was flicked on by substitute Craig Faulconbridge into the path of another substitute Toby Little, whose pass was swept home by Gilroy for the winner.

Last season

Woking 3 Dorchester Town 1
28 November 2009

The Cards’ poor home form was redeemed somewhat by this ultimately convincing win over a Magpies’ side which included Ian Selley. Woking started slowly, although Moses Ademola looked lively. And it was the visitors who took the lead in the 23rd minute, Jermyn crashing the ball home after the Cards had failed to deal with a corner. Harry Arter came into his own in the closing ten minutes of the first half, playing in a superb cross for Ademola to shoot home. It was virtually one-way traffic in the second half as the Cards sought a much-needed win. Graham Baker threw on Palace pair Matthew Wright and Nathaniel Pinney but it was Arter who got the vital second goal with a great strike. Pinney rounded things off in the 81st minute when his pace got the better of the Magpies’ defence to make it 3-1.

Dorchester Town 1 Woking 1
27 February 2010

The Cards went into this game on the back of four successive league defeats, including, most recently, a 5-0 home drubbing at the hands of Welling United. Graham Baker brought back Jon Boardman, Sam Sloma and Delano Sam-Yorke into his starting line-up but it was on-loan Nathaniel Pinney who looked to carry the greatest threat. The Cards gradually got on top in the second half and looked to have wrapped up the points in the 83rd minute when Pinney drilled past the keeper after latching onto a well-judged pass from substitute Moses Ademola. But four minutes later Ryan Hill equalised with a 35-yard free-kick.

ADMISSION

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

The bar will be open from 6pm with a special promotion both before and after the match. From 6pm until 7pm ALL DRAUGHT beers will be £2 a pint, which gives you a bargain on Fosters, London Pride bitter and Guinness. There will be football previews and sports on the big screen and fish and chips available from Seafare or burgers from Striker Bites inside the ground, which you can bring back into the bar. Remember – the bar will also stay open during the game showing all the action from the night's matches on the big screen. And after the Woking v Dorchester Town main event, there will be more sport on the big screen with ALL DRAUGHT beers again £2 a pint until close.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

See the earlier news item for details of our great matchday programme, which includes Mark Doyle’s comparison of our recent unbeaten run with past glorious Woking sequences. Buy a copy and support the Club! If yours is the ‘lucky programme’ you will win a full hospitality package for two to the game of your choice.

Come on, you Cards!

N.B. Please bear in mind 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

And don’t forget to buy your tickets for the Farnborough away game!


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