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Cards hope to finish on a high note

Brian Caffarey - 18th April 2013

Cards hope to finish on a high note Tamworth v Woking
5.15pm on Saturday 20 April 2013

The Cards’ final game of the season sees them travel to relegation-threatened Tamworth, so this should be anything but a tame ‘end of season’ stroll in the park. In any event, as Cards fans are well aware by now, Garry Hill doesn’t believe in anything less than 100% effort from his players, so let’s hope we can end a very successful season with another three points. N.B. Kick-off is at 5.15pm.

WOKING

The Cards were incredibly unlucky not to get even a point out of their last home fixture against Grimsby Town on Tuesday night. They played some superb football at times and no one who was present will understand how the Mariners’ goal survived intact as Garry’s players bombarded it in a hectic finale.

Woking lie in 10th place in the table but Luton will leapfrog them if they win or draw against Ebbsfleet this (Thursday) evening. Unfortunately, Garry won’t be able to realise his target of being the top part-time side since Dartford, who’ve also done extremely well this season, now lie four points ahead of the Cards and Braintree Town too, who are one point ahead, could also finish higher in the table. Macclesfield and Cambridge could also move ahead of the Cards depending on Saturday’s results.

TAMWORTH

The Lambs need a win on Saturday if they are to be absolutely sure of avoiding the drop. At present they sit one place above the bottom four with 52 points, with Stockport County two points behind. Both teams have a goal difference of -15, so if Tamworth were to draw and Stockport win, County would move above Tamworth. But Gateshead on 52 points (goal difference -5) and Lincoln City on 53 points (goal difference -11) are also still in danger. To make matters even more interesting, Stockport are away at Kidderminster Harriers, who have to win to have any chance of automatic promotion.

At home Tamworth have won eight games, drawn four and lost 10, scoring only 23 goals and conceding 26. The Lambs have had a very uneven season, riding high in the table early on before fading badly as 2012 ended. There was a bit of a recovery in the New Year but as other teams around them played their games in hand they found themselves back in a relegation dogfight once more. Last Saturday they lost 2-1 at Lincoln City and on Tuesday they gained a point in a 1-1 draw at Ebbsfleet United.

Adam Cunnington is the Lambs’ main ‘danger man’. Two well-known names in the Tamworth squad are Lee Hendrie and Darren Byfield.

GETTING THERE

The Lamb Ground
Kettlebrook
Tamworth
Staffordshire
B77 1AA

By coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 12.30pm. The cost is £16 for members and £21 for non-members. There are very few places left, so ring or email the Club Shop (shop@wokingfc.co.uk) soon if you want to make sure of a seat.

By car
Leave the M42 at Junction 10 and take the A5 towards Tamworth. Follow the A5 bypass into the town and take the signs for the town centre. Follow the signs towards the Snow Dome and Glascote/Amington. After passing the Snow Dome on your left, you should see the ground on your right. There is a fair-sized car park at the ground, and also street parking.

By train
The 14.46 from Euston gets to Tamworth at 16.09. Trains back are slower and involve a change. The 19.19, with a change at Rugby, arrives at Euston at 21.45, whilst the 19.33, changing at Birmingham New Street, gets in at 21.56.

The ground is about a 15-minute walk from the station. Leave the station and walk along the approach road to the roundabout. Turn left. Cross the road leading under the railway bridge. Leaving Jewson's on your right, walk along Offa Drive. Continue past Aldi to a roundabout. Turn left, leaving Bolebridge Garage on your left. Cross the river bridge with the railway viaduct on your left. (You will be able to see the floodlights ahead of you from here.) Follow the footpath to the left into Amington Road. Cross Amington Road, keeping the railway viaduct on your left. When you reach the roadside railings cross the road but don't go under the arches. Once across the road, head up Kettlebrook Road and the entrance to The Lamb is 50 yards ahead on your right.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £12 / £14
Over 65s & Under 17s: £7 / £9
Under 15s: £3 / £5
Under 5s: Free / £3

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 2 Tamworth 3
29 September 2012

This was a very disappointing result, ending the Cards’ four-match unbeaten run. Jay Davies came in as a straight swap for the suspended Lee Sawyer and maybe as a result the Cards’ midfield seemed to find it difficult to put together its usual passing game.

The Lambs scored with virtually their first meaningful attack, Tommy White converting a knock-down from a corner. The lead was doubled in the 22nd minute when Adam Cunnington latched onto what looked like an innocuous through ball and powered home.

Just before half-time Woking were denied a penalty following a clear handball in the area but could have found themselves three goals adrift if Tamworth had made the most of an excellent chance.

It was a different Woking side in the second half, playing with fluency and urgency. Loick Pires came on for Jay Davies and immediately set up a goal for Kevin Betsy. The Cards looked odds-on to pull another goal back but were struck a killer-blow when George Baldock scored from a swift counter-attack.

Woking continued to have the better of the play but were only able to reduce the arrears in injury time when Mike Cestor bundled the ball in from a Joe McNerney free-kick.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Adam Doyle (Mike Cestor '77), Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson, Mark Ricketts, Jack Parkinson, Jay Davies (Loick Pires '55), Bradley Bubb (Brett Williams '77), Kevin Betsy, Gavin McCallum

Unused Subs: Sam Beasant, Dean Sinclair

Goals: Kevin Betsy ('57), Mike Cestor ('90+4)

Booked: Kevin Betsy ('50), Brett Johnson ('80), Brett Williams ('87)

Tamworth: Tony Breedon, Tom Marshall, Duane Courtney, John Dempster, George Baldock, Lloyd Kerry, Peter Till (Connor Gudger '81), Scott Barrow (Marcus Kelly '75), Adam Cunnington (Charlie Collins '89), Tommy Wright, Greg Taylor

Unused Subs: Sam Oji, Dale Belford

Goals: Tommy Wright ('7), Adam Cunnington ('22), George Baldock ('63)

Booked: George Baldock ('66), Greg Taylor ('72)

Attendance: 1467


Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Make sure you’ve got the Woking FC Beer Festival in your diary: 24-25 May.
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