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Cards aim for prosperous New Year

Brian Caffarey - 30th December 2014

Cards aim for prosperous New Year Woking v Eastleigh
3pm on Thursday 1 January 2015

If the Woking squad are eager to show how much they still want to make the play-offs, they’ve got the perfect opportunity in the next few weeks as they take on Eastleigh, who’ve just dislodged them from 5th place, Gateshead in 10th but only three points behind and second-placed Bristol Rovers. A tough call, certainly, but that’s the inevitable result of picking up only one point in their last five league games. The Cards and the Spitfires should know each other well after two recent encounters in which Garry Hill’s side are currently on top by virtue of an FA Trophy win and a Boxing Day draw at the Silverlake Stadium. But the Spitfires will be in confident mood after an eye-catching 5-1 win at Braintree on Sunday. When the going gets tough, that’s when the players most need your support, so come on down to Kingfield and cheer the Cards on to a win and the start of a New Year revival!

WOKING

A huge amount has been said and written about the Cards’ dismal performance at home to Aldershot Town on Sunday. We’ll have to see what, if any, changes Garry makes as a result. One change seems certain: Jake Cole coming in for Ross Worner, whose loan spell ended on rather a low note, with several recent errors marring his earlier superb form. Fans will hope that Scott Rendell, who came on as a late substitute against Aldershot, will be fit enough to play a bigger part this time.

EASTLEIGH

The well-financed Spitfires look well-placed to mount their own play-off challenge, especially if they take full advantage of their games in hand. 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.

Eastleigh now sit in 5th position in the table with 43 points: the same number of points as Woking but with three games in hand. James Constable scored a hat-trick in the 5-1 defeat of Braintree Town.

ADMISSION

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

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

The Club’s stylish matchday programme continues to attract compliments. It’s the same price as last season, only £3, but now with 64 pages, a soft laminate cover, high quality ‘finish’ and stunning photos. The New Year’s Day edition includes a welcome to special guest Lloyd Wye, another trip down memory lane to look at the birth of floodlit competitions, a celebration of a fan who’s been following Woking for nearly 70 years and a summary of points raised at the shareholders’ AGM, plus a round-up of all the recent Vanarama Conference games and much more, including match reports, previews and news of the Club’s commercial initiatives. If you can’t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on shop@wokingfc.co.uk

THE BIG PUSH

The Cards Trust is holding a bucket collection at this match as a contribution to their target of raising £5,000 to add to Garry Hill’s playing budget so that he can strengthen the side in January. Please give as generously as you can and, better still, if you can afford a minimum of £10 a month, please become a regular contributor to the Boost the Budget scheme.

LAST TIME OUT

Eastleigh 2 Woking 2
26 December 2014

It’s hard to believe that this pleasing Woking performance was followed two days later by such a poor display against Aldershot. Garry Hill changed things around, with his side lining up in a 4-5-1 formation, with in-form Dean Morgan as the sole out-and-out striker.

It was Dean who gave the Cards an early lead, seizing on a deflected ball and showing great composure to round Flitney after the keeper had blocked his first attempt.

Eastleigh levelled the score in the 22nd minute when a Will Evans strike looped up off Joe McNerney, giving Ross Worner no chance.

The Cards restored their advantage with an excellent goal on 34 minutes when Theo Lewis slotted home neatly from a Chris Arthur cross. But they couldn’t hold onto their lead till half-time, Ross Worner failing to hold Constable’s strike, giving Craig McAllister a simple tap-in.

The Cards looked the more likely side in the second half to claim all three points but were unable to add to their goal tally.

Eastleigh: Ross Flitney, Will Evans, Dean Beckwith, Paul Read Dan Spence, (Michael Green 63), Ben Strevens, Craig Stanley, Jai Reason, Jack Midson (James Collins 79), James Constable, Craig McAllister (Stuart Fleetwood 46)

Unused Subs: Lewis Noice, Yemi Odubade

Booked: Green, Reason, Strevens

Goals: Evans 22, McAllister 43

Woking: Ross Worner, Joey Jones, James Clarke, Joe McNerney, Chris Arthur, Theo Lewis (John Goddard 60), Keiran Murtagh, Josh Payne, Jack Marriott (Kevin Betsy 78),Dean Morgan, Giuseppe Sole

Unused Subs: Jake Cole, Adam Newton, John Nutter

Goals: Morgan 8, Lewis 34 

Booked: Lewis, Murtagh

Attendance: 1,752

COMING UP

The Cards don’t have a match this weekend since their scheduled game at Macclesfield was brought forward and played in December. Their next match is away at Gateshead on Wednesday 7 January, followed by a trip to Oxford City on Saturday 10 January in the Second Round of the FA Trophy. The Cards’ next home game is one not to be missed: at home to Bristol Rovers on Saturday 17 January. Rovers are sure to bring a huge following, so Kingfield should be rocking.

Come on, you Cards!
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