Brian Caffarey - 22nd July 2012
Pre-season friendly/Phil Ledger Memorial Cup
7.45pm on Tuesday 24 July 2012
Kingfield will host an attractive friendly game on Tuesday evening when Terry Brown brings his AFC Wimbledon side to contest the Phil Ledger Memorial Cup. Phil, still very much missed around Kingfield, enjoyed playing for both clubs, so there could be no more fitting opposition than our League 2 neighbours. Look up details of the great value special hospitality package on offer for this game and the last friendly against Aldershot Town.
Cards fans like the look of the squad which Garry Hill and Steve Thompson have so far assembled, with the recent additions of Mike Cestor, Lee Sawyer and Bradley Bubb complementing the signing of Brett Johnson, Loick Pires and Jack Parkinson and the remaining members of the BSBS title-winning team from last season. Johnson will particularly enjoy pitting himself against his Kingsmeadow colleagues.
The Cards followed up their impressive 1-0 midweek defeat of Crawley Town with an encouraging display against a QPR reserve side on Saturday. Although Woking lost 2-1, they had more of the play and created plenty of chances, with Bradley Bubb looking particularly lively. Garry took the opportunity to give run-outs to two new trialists – Dean Sinclair and Nikolaj Misiuk – as well as having a further look at Renee Steer, Jesse Waller-Lassen and Greg Mills.
The Dons had quite a tough first season in League 2, finishing in 16th position. Terry Brown decided to release more than a dozen players, including captain Jamie Stuart, Chris Bush, Ricky Wellard, Lee Minshull and, of course, Brett Johnson. So far he’s signed five new players: full back Curtis Osano from Luton, who once had a work experience spell at Woking; Warren Cummings, a very experienced full back from Bournemouth; Louis Harris, a young holding midfielder from Wolves; Stacy Long, the former Ebbsfleet and Stevenage midfielder; and Pim Balkestein, a Dutch central defender who had a successful loan spell with the Dons, from Brentford, last season.
Terry Brown’s side opened their pre-season campaign with a very testing friendly against a strong Reading side and found themselves on the wrong end of a 7-0 scoreline. But they have since beaten Maidenhead United and, yesterday, Bognor Regis Town away, with trialist Dan Collier scoring one goal and making the other in their 2-0 victory on the south coast. In spite of the sizeable number of departures, there are still quite a few familiar names in the Dons’ squad, including keeper Seb Brown, top scorer Jack Midson and Luke Moore. Two Academy graduates, Frankie Merrifield and Jim Fenlon, have also shown considerable promise, while Charlie Strutton, who won a penalty and scored Maidenhead United’s second goal in their shock 2-0 win in the league at Kingfield in March, is staking his claim for a starting place.
Adults £10. Concessions £5. U16s free.
PRE-SEASON MATCHDAY PROGRAMME
A pre-season matchday programme, covering all the home friendly games, will be on sale at £2.
Don’t forget that the Cards’ new kit will also be on sale!
REMAINING FRIENDLY FIXTURES
The Cards have only two more friendly games after Tuesday:
28 July – Carshalton Athletic v Woking
4 August – Woking v Aldershot Town
The Cards start their league campaign on 11 August with a visit to last season’s BSP runners-up Wrexham and their first home game is on Tuesday 14 August when they are at home to Dartford.
Come on, you Cards!