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Saturday feast on offer

Brian Caffarey - 14th March 2013

Saturday feast on offer Woking v AFC Telford United
3pm on Saturday 16 March 2013

Football (live and on TV), pies and pasties to sample, cheap Guinness, post-match England v Wales in the Six Nations rugby international on the TV – there seems to be no end to Saturday’s offer at Kingfield! Come down early – and stay late! – and sample all the fare as Garry Hill’s side push for a top ten finish against beleaguered AFC Telford United.

WOKING

The Cards remain in 12th place in the table after their hard-fought draw at Macclesfield on Tuesday evening. Level on points with two teams above them, a win on Saturday could even propel them to 8th in the table, as well as taking them past Garry’s initial 50-point ‘survival’ target.

They will have to do it without Lee Sawyer again. Having only just completed his four-match ban for his sending-off at Barrow, he is now suspended for two more games following a booking at Macclesfield. But it sounds as if Billy Knott might be fit to resume – which would be excellent news.

AFC TELFORD UNITED

It’s proved to be a disastrous season for Telford after a bright start and they now look doomed to relegation. They sit at the bottom of the table with 31 points from 38 games, eight points adrift of safety and with only eight games to play. They have now gone 24 league games without a win.

Away from home the Bucks have won three, drawn seven and lost eight, scoring 22 goals and conceding 26.

However, Garry Hill’s side would be wise not to be complacent. Woking have suffered one or two unexpected home reverses this season (e.g. v Braintree and Alfreton) and Telford showed in their midweek draw against Gateshead that they haven’t given up the fight. Garry won’t have forgotten too that Woking lost 1-0 at the New Bucks Head back in October.

Telford’s cause hasn’t been helped recently by a severe case of managerial instability. Former Coach John Psaras has just taken up the reins: their fourth management change in a little over a month! Previous occupants of the hot seat were Andy Sinton, Mark Cooper and Graham Hyde. Alex Meechan has returned to help Psaras.

There have been changes in the playing squad too, with Jake Reid joining Welling United and Jordan Henderson signing for Alfreton Town. Walsall youngster Aaron Williams has been drafted in, joining another recent arrival, former favourite Marco Adaggio.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £15
Over 65s/Students £10
U16s £5

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Wednesday’s excellent programme includes an interview with Latvian keeper Elvijs Putnins and an opposing view from a Telford fan. And, of course, there are all the usual match reports, previews, splendid photos and news of the BSP and beyond. If you can’t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on shop@wokingfc.co.uk

LAST TIME OUT

AFC Telford United 1 Woking 0
6 October 2012

A dramatic opening to this game saw keeper Aaron Howe sent off in the third minute for up-ending a Telford striker in a one-on-one contest. Sam Beasant came on to replace Gavin McCallum but was unable to save Darren Byfield’s spot-kick.

The Cards, though a man down, gradually forced their way into the game and were well on top in the last quarter of an hour, with the home side hanging on desperately, but Woking couldn’t manage to convert one of several good chances.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton (Jack Parkinson 50), Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts, Lee Sawyer, Kevin Betsy, Gavin McCallum (Sam Beasant 3), Bradley Bubb, Loick Pires (Dean Sinclair 75)

Cautions: Lee Sawyer 85

Sent Off: Aaron Howe 3

Unused subs: Brett Williams, Brett Johnson

Telford: Ryan Young, Will Salmon, Jordan Rose, Richard Davies (Chris Sharp 76), Liam Chilvers, Phil Trainer, Kris Taylor, Luke Hubbins (Steve Jones 46), Steven Leslie, James Spray, Darren Byfield (Jon Brown 65)

Cautions: Richard Davies 45, Will Salmon 61

Unused subs: Joe Collister, Nathan Rooney

Attendance: 1584

NEXT GAME

The Cards follow this match with three away trips (Tuesday 19 March – Braintree Town; Saturday 23 March – Nuneaton Town; and Tuesday 26 March – Kidderminster Harriers) before entertaining Hereford United on Saturday 30 March.


Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget the Cards Trust’s Race Night tomorrow (Friday) evening!





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