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WOKING v FOREST GREEN ROVERS

Natalie Kaye - 14th April 2007

3.00pm on Saturday 14th April
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Known throughout the non league scene as the ?Friendly Club on the Hill? Woking welcome Forest Green to Kingfield today. Our visitors today sit 16th in the table, two places below ourselves.


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LAST SEASON
Despite finishing 20th last season, Forest Green earned a reprieve because only 2 were relegated (only 1 of the bottom 2 as it turned out). Away form proved their undoing, winning just once away from the Lawn, against Kidderminster. They went 13 matches without winning a game, but beat Stevenage on the last day to ensure survival. Their highest home win was a 5-0 defeat of Altrincham, and their highest home defeat was a 0-3 win by ourselves. Paul Wanless ended up as the top scorer, with 10 league games. The finished work on a new stadium, located 200 yards from ?The Lawn? at a cost in excess of ?3m and moved into it over the summer.

THE FOREST GREEN SQUAD
There are a couple of familiar faces in the Forest Green line up. Former Card Jamie Pitman lines up in midfield, often partnering former Stevenage player Michael Brough. Another former Card, Chris Giles, is one half of the centre back pairing of himself and Welshman Darren Jones, previously with Cheltenham. Bristol City utility player Shaun Lamb signed on loan in January until the end of the season, and Jim Harvey clinched the signing of attacking midfielder Adriano Rigoglioso following his departure from Morecambe, after a successful loan spell at the club earlier this season. Lee Dodgson also signed in January on non-contract terms and plays down the left flank.

RESULTS SO FAR
In their first match of the season, Rovers were on the losing side. Dagenham took a 1-0 victory back to Essex, Anwar Uddin scoring the winner. Forest Green lost the West Country derby the following Tuesday, against Exeter City. They went 11 games into the season before securing their first victory of the campaign; a 2-1 home win against Stafford Rangers. They had a great run of form in January to move up the table; winning 5 out of 6 games. Home form is better than that away from Gloucestershire; they?ve only won twice on the road. Three players currently have 6 goals; Adriano Rigoglioso, Danny Carey-Bertram, and Simon Clist. Last weekend they were beaten 2-0 at home by Rushden & Diamonds. Two goals in the second half from Jackson and Ashton condemned Forest Green to defeat.

OUR RECENT RECORD AGAINST FOREST GREEN

2006/07
Forest Green Rovers 2 Woking 3

Woking earned their second win of the season at Forest Green Rovers, thanks to a double strike from Craig McAllister. Woking?s first goal arrived via loanee Jon Nurse. Steve Evans floated in a cross onto the head of Nursey who saw his header cleared off the line by the defender. However, the rebound fell to his left side and he powered the ball home. Goma Lambu, who was superb from start to finish, ran rings round his marker all night. It was he who laid the ball off to Evo. The ball was whipped in across to Craig's head and he made no mistake and blasted the ball home. 2-0 up and Woking were cruising. Within 2 minutes of the goal, the situation changed. A deep cross that seemed to go out before coming back in caused confusion in the Woking area. Everybody appeared to stop as the ball simply hit Evo and crossed the line. Despite a few protests, the goal stood. The goal seemed to give Rovers a lift and they started to play some good football. Alex Meechan took the ball from the left hand side, cut in field, and blasted a speculative effort from 30 yards out into the net to equalise for the home side. With only about 8 minutes remaining, Smudger played a ball over the top for Nurse to run onto. The last defender, Nurse and the Forest Green ?keeper all collided and hit the deck, with the ball falling to Craig McAllister. He was 35 yards out, but smashed the ball into the net, sending Woking contingent of about 250-300 into delirium.

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