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Cards seek return to form

Brian Caffarey - 4th October 2012

Cards seek return to form AFC Telford v Woking
3pm on Saturday 6 October 2012

The Cards travel to Shropshire on Saturday hoping to pick up some more points on their travels against a side that has won only one of its six home games so far. But they’ll need the sort of consistent 90-minute plus performance that they produced at Stockport County, rather than the uneven displays seen in their last two games, if they are to achieve their aim.


After a very encouraging run of three wins the Cards stuttered at Ebbsfleet just over a week ago, ending up drawing a game which they should have won, and then hit the buffers at home last Saturday, losing 3-2 against Tamworth after a poor first-half performance had left them trailing by two goals. Lee Sawyer, serving a one-match suspension, was clearly missed in the latter game. Let’s hope his return sparks a revival of the terrific form which the Cards displayed in their victories over Nuneaton, Stockport and Gateshead.


Andy Sinton’s side, who finished five points above the drop zone in their first season in the Conference Premier, sit 13th in the table, one place and one point behind Woking. Their form has been inconsistent. After an opening day defeat at home to Forest Green Rovers they won three and drew one of their following four games but since then they’ve gone six games without a win. At home they’ve won one (v Braintree), drawn three (v Stockport, Lincoln and Mansfield) and lost two (v Forest Green and Newport County), whilst their away form has been good, with two wins, three draws and only one defeat. Last Saturday an injury-hit side gained a 1-1 draw at Gateshead against the run of play.

The Bucks’ best-known player is former League striker Darren Byfield, now 36, but regular Cards fans will probably be more familiar with current top scorer Kieran St. Aimie, who played for Maidenhead and had a trial at Woking this summer, and Jake Reid, formerly with Salisbury City before joining Newport County. Phil Trainer and Nathan Rooney are both influential in midfield.


Watling Street

By coach
The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 10.30am. The cost is £16 for Trust members and £21 for non-members. To find out if there are any seats left, ring the Club Shop or email shop@wokingfc.co.uk

By car
Leave the M6 at Junction 10 and take the M54 towards Telford. Leave the M54 at Junction 6 and turn right at the roundabout above the slip road (SP A518 Telford West). Go past Tesco’s on your left and then over two roundabouts. At the third roundabout, where there is a Ford Garage on one corner, turn left. The entrance to the club car park is a short way down this road on your right. Parking facilities comprise 290 spaces at the stadium (entrance via Haybridge Road) and
some 500 at Telford College of Arts and Technology, which is situated on the opposite side of Haybridge Road. There is surveillance by stewards and CCTV. The fee is £3 per car.

By train
The nearest station is Wellington, about a mile from the ground. There are various possible routes from Woking but the National Rail website shows the one which involves changes at Basingstoke and Birmingham New Street. The 10.16 from Woking would get you to Basingstoke at 10.36 to pick up the 10.47 to Birmingham New Street, arriving at 12.48. From there you can catch the 13.05 to Wellington, arriving at 13.59. The main alternative is to go from Euston to Birmingham New Street or Birmingham International and change there to pick up a Wellington train.


Adults: £14
Concession: £11
Youth (14-18): £6
Under 14: £2

Away fans are housed in the Frank Nagington (South) Stand, providing covered terraced accommodation for 1300. Seating is usually available for away fans in block A of the West Stand on request.


The Cards are at home to Cambridge United on Tuesday evening (9 October) and then at home to Southport on the following Saturday (13 October). Please come along and show your support for Garry Hill, Steve Thompson and the Woking players as the Club re-establishes itself in the Conference Premier.

Come on, you Cards!

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