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Cards seek points for top ten place

Brian Caffarey - 21st March 2013

Cards seek points for top ten place Nuneaton Town v Woking
3pm on Saturday 23 March 2013

On Saturday Garry Hill’s side will be up against a Nuneaton side desperate to grab points to avoid a quick return to the Conference North and to gain some revenge for the 6-1 hammering they received at Kingfield earlier in the season.

WOKING

Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Braintree was a decent result against a side that had won its previous four home games, including away wins over Luton and Grimsby. It leaves the Cards in 11th place, only one point behind Luton in 8th spot – so if the Cards can string a few more good results together a top ten finish is certainly possible. Garry will be well aware, though, that Woking’s final run-in looks tough, with visits from Wrexham, Macclesfield and Grimsby as the last three home fixtures after Hereford United at the end of this month, so getting points from a trip to Nuneaton would be very handy.

Lee Sawyer will be available for selection following the completion of his two-match ban.

NUNEATON TOWN

Nuneaton have recently managed to haul themselves out of the bottom four, with three impressive home results: a 0-0 draw against Luton and 1-0 wins over Lincoln and, on Tuesday night, Grimsby Town (the Mariners’ fourth consecutive defeat). This (Thursday) evening they are in action again, travelling to Braintree. Nuneaton’s run-in to the end of the season includes fixtures against quite a few of the clubs who are also fighting to avoid the drop, so their fate is very much in their own hands.

Before this evening’s games they sit 19th in the table, two points above Lincoln City in 21st place with a game in hand. Their record shows that they are quite a difficult nut to crack on their home territory: they’ve won seven, drawn eight and lost only five games at home, scoring 25 goals and conceding 22.

Nuneaton have recently brought in Louis Moult from Northampton Town on loan. Strikers include Kyle Perry, who notched 17 goals for Tamworth the season before last.

GETTING THERE

Nuneaton Town FC
Triton Showers Community Arena
Liberty Way
Nuneaton
Warwickshire
CV11 6RR

Official website: www.nuneatontownfc.com

By coach
The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 11.00am. The cost is £16 for members and £21 for non-members. Phone the Club Shop or email shop@wokingfc.co.uk to book your place.

By car
Exit the M6 at Junction 3 and follow the A444 into Nuneaton. At the Coton Arches roundabout turn right into Avenue Road, which is the A4254 signposted for Hinckley. Continue along the A4254 following the road into Garrett Street, then Eastboro Way, then turn left into Townsend Drive. Follow the road round before turning left into Liberty Way for the ground. There is parking at the ground at a cost of £2.

By train
The nearest station is Nuneaton. Trains leave Euston at 46 minutes past the hour and the journey takes just over an hour, so the 12.46 arrives at 13.53. The first train back after the match is at 17.35.
The ground is about a 30-minute walk from the station or there are taxis available.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £14
Concessions: £10
12-16s: £5
5-11s: £2

Woking fans will be in the fully-covered West Stand.

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 6 Nuneaton Town 1
6 September 2012

This was the perfect response to four consecutive defeats, calming the nerves of Cards fans and, as it turned out, paving the way for the Cards’ first away win the following weekend, at Stockport. Garry changed things round a bit, bringing in Adam Doyle and Dean Sinclair to start, along with Bradley Bubb returning from injury. And it was Bradley who made the headlines the following day with four second-half goals.

There was not much sign of this avalanche of goals in the first half as the visitors brought several excellent saves out of Aaron Howe before a quick break out of defence in the 25th minute saw Gavin McCallum finish sweetly to give the Cards the lead. This was doubled just before the interval when Lee Sawyer finished another break by Bradley and Kevin Betsy.

It was the ‘Bradley Bubb show’ in the second half as the Aldershot loanee displayed his best finishing skills. But Aaron Howe was also in good form, saving a penalty before, much to his annoyance, the Woking defence parted to allow Nuneaton to grab a late consolation goal.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Adam Doyle, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson, Jack Parkinson, Dean Sinclair (Brett Williams 59), Lee Sawyer (George Frith 63), Kevin Betsy, Bradley Bubb (Loick Pires 71), Gavin McCallum

Unused Subs: Sam Beasant, Mike Cestor

Goal(s): McCallum 25, Sawyer 45, Bubb 48, 55, 68 & 70

Booked: Sawyer 45, McNerney 64

Nuneaton Town: Ben McNamara, Delroy Gordon, Stephen O’Halloran, Gavin Cowan, Gareth Dean, James Armson (Robbie Thompson-Brown 53), Daniel Sleath, Adam Walker, Andy Brown, Wesley York (Kyle Patterson 59), Kyle Perry (Jon Adams 73)

Unused Subs: Tom James, Simon Forsdick

Goal(s): Brown 90

Booked: Armson 36, McNamara 70

Attendance: 1,512

NEXT GAME

The Cards will really be put to the test in their next game, a trip to top-of-the-table Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday evening. The next home fixture is the following Saturday (30 March) against Hereford United. This is a 'kids go free' day. With only four more home games to go till the end of the season, make sure this date is in your diary!

Come on, you Cards!
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