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Cards must get back to winning ways

Brian Caffarey - 28th September 2014

Cards must get back to winning ways Woking v Nuneaton Town
7.45pm on Tuesday 30 September 2014

Garry Hill’s side will be very keen on Tuesday evening to put an end to their three-match losing streak. If they play like they did in the second half against Kidderminster on Saturday, they must have a very good chance of picking up all three points against a struggling Nuneaton side with a poor away record. But Woking’s defending will have to be a lot sharper than in recent games. Come on down to Kingfield and help the Cards get back on track!


Having started the season so well, going on a nine-match unbeaten run, the Cards have now suffered consecutive defeats away at Torquay and Bristol Rovers and, on Saturday, 3-2 at home to Kidderminster Harriers: all good sides but Garry will be very unhappy to have lost all three games.

There were some positive signs on Saturday in the ready way in which the partnership between Scott Rendell and Jack Marriott resumed, with both finding the net and reading each other’s game well, but the Cards still showed their vulnerability at set pieces. I’m sure Garry will be well aware that Nuneaton, like Kidderminster, have a long-throw expert in their ranks: the huge Exodus Geohaghan.


Boro finished in 13th position last season after a storming start, which tailed off after Kevin Wilkin left to become manager of Wrexham, with Brian Reid taking charge for the last few games. Unfortunately for Reid, this campaign began in the worst possible fashion, with Boro losing 3-0 at home to newcomers Eastleigh. In a generally difficult sequence of fixtures since then Boro have won only two games: 2-1 at home to Altrincham and 1-0 at home to Forest Green Rovers. Their only point away from home was in their second game of the season when they secured a very creditable 0-0 draw at Grimsby Town.

Reid was relieved of his post after seven games, with former Ebbsfleet manager, Liam Daish, being appointed last week. He did not have the best of debuts, with Nuneaton going down 2-1 at home to Dartford on Saturday.

Boro’s away form is particularly poor: they last won on their travels on 4 February at Lincoln City.

Boro have some useful players in their squad, including England C midfielder James Armson and the highly experienced Lee Fowler. Up front, they can call on Craig Curran, who scored the opening goal on Saturday; John Jorrin, a 23 year-old who was capped at England U16-U19 level and was originally with Aston Villa and Leicester City; Ben Hutchinson, who has played for Celtic amongst other clubs; and the reliable Andy Brown.


Adults: £15
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U16s: £3


The Club’s stylish new matchday programme is picking up many plaudits. It’s still only £3 but now has 64 pages, with a soft laminate cover, high quality ‘finish’ and stunning photos. Tuesday evening’s edition includes an interview with Ross Worner; a celebration of Jack Marriott’s return to the Club on loan; news of the Woking FC Academy; and memories of a game which, many years ago, caused Woking some red faces; plus a round-up of all the recent Vanarama Conference games and much more, including match reports, previews and news of the Club’s community work and commercial initiatives. Make sure you try it out! If you can’t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on shop@wokingfc.co.uk


Woking 2 Nuneaton Town 0
28 September 2013

Goals from Scott Rendell and Josh Payne ended Woking’s run of just one win in eight games, as the Cards picked up their first home victory of the season. It was an excellent all-round display from the Cards, who dominated proceedings throughout against a Nuneaton team standing second in the table but who had lost their last three games. Woking took the lead in the 13th minute after Rendell got in front of his marker and turned in Kevin Betsy’s low cross. Nuneaton had keeper James Belshaw to thank for several fine saves but shortly after half-time Gavin Williams teed up Payne to fire into the roof of the net.

Nuneaton Town 0 Woking 2
21 December 2013

Both sides had chances in a goalless first half on a blustery day, with Boro’s James Armson hitting the bar with Sam Beasant beaten. However, Jack Marriott gave the Cards the lead five minutes after the break, crashing the ball, left-footed, high into the net after being fed by Kevin Betsy. And it was Betsy who made the game safe for Woking ten minutes later with a fine goal, skipping into the area, evading a defender and sweeping a shot across the keeper.


The Cards aren’t at home again till Saturday 18 October, when AFC Telford United are the visitors. Before then Woking travel to Southport next Saturday (4 October) and Altrincham (11 October). The Cards Trust is not running a coach to Southport but call in at the Club Shop to book your place on the coach to Altrincham.

Come on, you Cards!
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