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Cards get on Trophy trail

Brian Caffarey - 11th December 2014

Cards get on Trophy trail Woking v Eastleigh
FA Trophy 1st Round
3pm on Saturday 13 December 2014

The Cards have a brief break from league action on Saturday when they take on the Spitfires in the first round of the FA Trophy competition. Woking haven’t had much joy in cup competitions in recent years, so a decent run in the Trophy would be welcome. The winners of this tie will take home £5k in prize money. Come on down to Kingfield and cheer on Garry Hill’s side in what should be a hard-fought encounter.

Remember that a road closure near the ground may lead to delays if you’re travelling by car: see the news item of 12 November for more details. Please also bear in mind that new car parking arrangements are in place at the Leisure Centre: see the news item on 30 November.

WOKING

The Cards go into this game on the back of two disappointing results away from home, following 2-1 defeats at Macclesfield and, on Tuesday evening, against Forest Green Rovers. While Woking deserved at least a point at Macclesfield, they played poorly at the New Lawn in a game which Garry Hill and Steve Thompson will feel they could have won. They will be distinctly unhappy to have come away with no points from these two games.

Scott Rendell was missing on Tuesday night, still suffering from an ankle injury. But the Cards really need a few other players to step up to the plate if they are to make progress in the Trophy and sustain their play-off challenge.

EASTLEIGH

As expected, the Spitfires, with strong financial backing, have made an impact in the Vanarama Conference in their first season since their promotion from the Conference South. Their squad has plenty of ‘big name’ players, including a whole host of well-known non-League strikers in Stuart Fleetwood, once of Charlton Athletic and Luton Town; ex-Card Craig McAllister; Yemi Odubade; Ben Strevens, who has starred for Dagenham and Redbridge and Crawley Town; and ex-Don Jack Midson, renewing his Oxford United partnership with James Constable. In goal the Spitfires have Ross Flitney, previously with Barnet amongst other clubs, and the midfielders include Jai Reason and ex-captain of Aldershot Town, Craig Stanley.

Defender Dean Beckwith will be suspended for this game.

Eastleigh currently sit in 11th position in the table with 36 points from 22 games, three fewer games than Woking. On Wednesday night they lost 3-2 at Alfreton, with Reason and McAllister getting the goals. In the FA Cup the Spitfires beat Kidderminster away and Lincoln City at home before falling to Southport away last weekend, missing out on an away tie at Championship leaders Derby County.

ADMISSION

Adults: £15
Over 65s and Students with a valid NUS card: £10
U16s: £3

Season ticket holders are reminded that this is an ‘all pay’ game.

Why not treat yourself to VIP hospitality, including a three-course meal, in the Geoff Chapple Lounge? Contact Amy Fern on amy.fern@wokingfc.co.uk or 07967 606361.

If a replay is required it will take place on Tuesday 16 December.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Saturday’s programme includes a look at the FA Trophy competition and Woking’s recent record, a preview of other Trophy ties and a profile of former Woking striker Craig McAllister, plus all the usual match reports, previews and Club news. 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

Woking 1 Eastleigh 0
3 December 2011

A below-par Woking had to battle hard for the points against a combative Spitfires side who had ex-Card Jamie Slabber looking to make an impression against his former club. Woking’s ‘man of the match’ Alan Inns almost gave Woking an early lead but was denied by the woodwork.

Woking achieved the breakthrough just after half-time when Jack King and Ben Smith, making his debut on loan from Crawley, combined to set up Wayne Gray to score. The Cards’ defence had to soak up a lot of pressure, with Aaron Howe making a magnificent save from Tom Jordan in extra-time, before the final whistle.

The win put Woking six points clear at the top of the table.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Ben Smith, Mark Ricketts, Alan Inns, Jay Davies (Giuseppe Sole 78), Paris Cowan-Hall (Elvis Hammond 80), Jack King, Moses Ademola (Josh Griffiths 90), Wayne Gray, Dale Binns

Unused Subs: Andy Little, Ola Sogbanmu

Eastleigh: Jack Dovey, Andy Forbes, Michael Green, Jamie Brown, Tom Jordan, Scott Rogers, Ali Fuseini (Andrew White 82), Danny Smith, Jamie Slabber, Chris Flood (Richard Gillespie 60), Graeme Montgomery (Jordace Holder-Spooner 64)

Unused Subs: Gareth Barfoot, Billy Tsovolos

Attendance: 1610

COMING UP

The Cards’ next home league game is on Saturday 20 December against Southport, when there will be FREE ENTRY for all kids. Make sure, too, that you’ve got 1pm on Sunday 28 December in the diary for the visit of Aldershot Town!

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget to book your tickets for the evening with Geoff Chapple and Tim Buzaglo this Friday 12 December: see the news item of 26 November for more details. And remember Silent Night on Wednesday 17 December: see the news item of 9 December for full details.

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