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WOKING v FOREST GREEN ROVERS

Brian Caffarey - 21st August 2008



WOKING v FOREST GREEN ROVERS



3pm on Saturday 23 August 2008




Kim Grant is appealing to all Woking fans to get behind the team on Saturday against the Rovers (see his piece in the matchday programme). He believes strongly, in spite of three defeats so far, that we are on the right path and that his side will do well this season once they get off the mark. The Cards have played some very attractive football in the matches at Torquay and Burton, taking the lead on both occasions. With a side managed by Jim Harvey visiting, Saturday?s game should be an appealing game for neutrals as well as committed fans. So, come on down to Kingfield!


 



WOKING




Kim has signed Millwall keeper Lennie Pidgeley on loan and he will no doubt start since the purpose in signing him is to take a bit of pressure off Ross Worner and Nick Gindre.



Joel Ledgister has broken a bone in his wrist and must be doubtful for Saturday?s game, although Kim hopes that he will be able to play at some point with a light cast on his arm. Delano Sam-Yorke missed the Burton game with tendon problems but Kim seemed to think earlier this week that he might be fit enough to be in the squad for this match. His pace and power could be very useful later in the game.


 


FOREST GREEN ROVERS



Jim Harvey?s Rovers side exceeded all expectations last season, finishing in their highest-ever English League position. With some promising young talent in the side, FGR will prove strong opposition for the Cards despite losing BSP top scorer Stuart Fleetwood to Charlton Athletic.



In Fleetwood?s place Harvey has recruited Andy Mangan and Conal Platt. Mangan, a former Liverpool trainee, was formerly with Blackpool, Accrington Stanley and Bury and had been a target of Harvey?s for some time. Platt made over 30 appearances for Weymouth last season but finished the campaign on loan to Rushden and Diamonds.



Ex-Card Jamie Pitman is the Rovers? Assistant Manager but also still dons his boots. Midfielder Adriano Rigoglioso, who was influential in the Rovers? victory over us at the New Lawn last season, was on the substitutes? bench last Saturday.



Rovers, like us, had a disappointing opening day defeat at home, losing 2-1 to Salisbury City, with Andy Mangan on the score sheet. They then drew away 1-1 at Kettering. Alex Lawless was on target for Rovers. Last Saturday they won 1-0 at home to Crawley Town, with a late goal from Andy Mangan, who scored from the penalty spot at the second attempt after Rovers? ?man of the match? Kaid Mohammed (formerly with Swindon) had been fouled.


 



LAST SEASON


 


Woking 1 Forest Green Rovers 1


1 September 2007



It was a game of two penalties at Kingfield last season with Giuseppe Sole sending the Rovers keeper the wrong way after Goma had been taken out by Anthony Tonkin to put the Cards in the lead. However, with six minutes to go, Stuart Fleetwood won and scored a penalty for Forest Green after a combination of Lorraine and Ruby tried to stop the Rovers? goal-machine advancing on Gindre?s goal. The game ended at 1-1 with the Cards extending their run of consecutive home draws to three.





Forest Green Rovers 2 Woking 1



21 March 2008



Stuart Fleetwood was again the man who stole the points away from the Cards after his 86th minute winner at the New Lawn Stadium sealed a 2-1 win for FGR.



Adriano Rigoglioso had put the home side in front after half an hour, only for Damian Batt to equalise ten minutes later. However, Fleetwood slotted past Worner with full-time approaching, condemning Woking to a fifth straight defeat.


 


MATCHDAY PROGRAMME


 


Read Lewis Hulatt?s article recounting Kim Grant?s football travels, plus his profile of Delano Sam-Yorke. There?s the second instalment too of KC Kat and the (Stevenage!) mice. And much more, including some great photos from David Holmes.


Come on, you Cards!

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