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Another stiff test for Cards on Tuesday

Brian Caffarey - 11th August 2013

Another stiff test for Cards on Tuesday Braintree Town v Woking
7.45pm on Tuesday 13 August 2013

The Cards travel to Braintree on Tuesday evening for what is likely to be another stiff test. Woking have rarely had much joy there, but Garry will be hoping that the solidity which his side showed at home to Lincoln on Saturday will secure at least a point.

WOKING

The Cards had the better of the game against Lincoln, looking the more accomplished footballing side and creating more chances, though neither keeper was kept busy, but the lack of sufficient penetration up front was plain to see. Gavin McCallum and substitute Joe McNerney, in their very different ways, both worked hard at the spearhead of the attack but neither looked particularly comfortable leading the line. Garry has clearly been trying his utmost to bring in another striker and will no doubt succeed before long. However, there is no need to panic: there is plenty of invention and skill in the Cards’ midfield and goals will surely come.

BRAINTREE TOWN

Alan Devonshire and his team did superbly last season to finish in 9th place, only being prevented by Dartford’s superior goal difference from claiming the title of ‘best part-time side’. In doing so, they defied all predictions that they would suffer from the ‘second season syndrome’, bettering by three places their finish the previous year. As at Woking, the emphasis at the Amlin Stadium this summer has been on retaining the bulk of a successful side. So, we will see Dean Wells in central defence, inspirational skipper Kenny Davis in midfield and dangerous strikers Sean Marks and Dan Holman up front.

An interesting new signing is ex-Card Liam Enver-Marum, joining from Ebbsfleet. The only other completely new faces appear to be 20 year-old midfielder Chez Isaac signed from Boreham Wood and originally a trainee at Watford; 19 year-old defender Newton Carney, signed from Dunstable Town but formerly with Luton; and 20 year-old Scott Griffiths, a defender who captained Brentford’s development squad.

On Saturday the Iron had much the better of the game at Hereford United but were forced to share the points as the Bulls grabbed a late equaliser. Enver-Marum came on as a substitute for Holman.

GETTING THERE

The Amlin Stadium,
Clockhouse Way,
Braintree,
Essex
CM7 3RD

Website: www.braintreetownfc.org.uk

By coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 5pm. £16 members, £21 non-members. Ring (01483 772470) or email (shop@wokingfc.co.uk) to reserve your place.

By car

Leave the M25 at J27 and head north on the M11. Leave at J8A and head east on the A120 for 16 miles until you reach the Galleys Corner roundabout, recognisable by the large McDonalds logo. Take the first exit towards Braintree College. This is Cressing Road and the ground is hidden behind new flats (called Iron View, as the higher ones get a free view of the ground) on the left-hand side, 0.7 miles from the roundabout. Look out for the Orange Tree pub on the right-hand side and then take the next turning on the left into Clockhouse Way. There is a small road sign pointing the way on the right-hand side of the road.

By train

Trains take about an hour from Stratford (which can be reached via the Jubilee Line from Waterloo). The 17.26 gets in at 18.28 via a change at Chelmsford. The 18.09 arrives at 19.19, as does the 18.21 from Stratford via a change at Witham. On the way back you’d want to leave the ground promptly to get the 22.00, arriving at Stratford at 22.52. The next train after that is at 22.56 and, via a change at Witham, doesn’t reach Stratford till 23.55. Braintree Station is about a 15-minute walk from the ground, although there is a taxi rank outside the station.

LAST TIME OUT

Braintree Town 1 Woking 1
19 March 2013

This was a tough outing for the Cards on a bitterly cold night against an in-form Iron side. Braintree soon had Woking on the back foot but it was the visitors who took the lead against the run of play in the 22nd minute with a superb 25-yard volley from Jayden Stockley. The second half followed a similar pattern, although the Cards had decent chances to seal the game when Kevin Betsy twice set up Bradley Bubb. But as full-time drew near Dan Holman produced a fine strike from the edge of the area to give the home side a well-deserved point.

Woking: Seb Brown, Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson, Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts, Jack Parkinson, Kevin Betsy, Billy Knott (George Frith 85) Bradley Bubb, Jayden Stockley

Unused subs: Elvijs Putnins, John Nutter, Adam Francis, Gavin McCallum

Braintree Town: Nathan McDonald, Ryan Peters, Alan Massey, Dean Wells, Sam Habergham, Luke Daley (Jordan Cox 68), Nicky Symons, Kenny Davis, Dan Sparkes, Dan Holman, Sean Marks

Unused Subs: Danny Naisbitt, Ryan Watts, Aaron Wickham, Jake Turner

Attendance: 506

NEXT GAME

The Cards travel to Chester on Saturday 17 August and are then at home to old rivals, newly-promoted Welling United on Saturday 24 August. Make sure you’ve got the date in your diary!


Come on, you Cards!


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