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Cards' first visit to Guiseley on Saturday

Nick Shaw - 10th September 2015

Cards' first visit to Guiseley on Saturday Guiseley AFC v Woking
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 12 September 2015


The Cards, still sitting in third place in the table despite defeat at Macclesfield Town last Saturday, make their first ever visit to Guiseley AFC this weekend, looking to get back to winning ways against last seasonís Vanarama North Play-Off winners.

WOKING

Garry Hillís side suffered more injury troubles last weekend at Macclesfield Town, with Keiran Murtagh substituted at half time due to an abdominal strain. He joins Mark Ricketts and long-term absentees Scott Rendell and Ismail Yakubu on the sidelines.

Giuseppe Sole, Nick Hamann, Godfrey Poku and Ben Pattie all featured for the Cardsí u21 side on Monday, with both Giuseppe Sole and Ben Pattie getting on the score sheet to defeat Ebbsfleet United 3-2 in a friendly match.

GUISELEY AFC

Guiseley is a small town which is now a suburb of north-west Leeds. It is traditionally seen as part of the West Riding and was actually part of Bradford at one stage.

Nicknamed The Lions, Guiseley AFC have risen quickly in recent years up the non-League pyramid, being promoted to the Conference North in 2009-10 and then going on to be defeated in four successive campaigns in the play-offs before finally gaining promotion last year in defeating Chorley. An interesting snippet for Woking fans is that Guiseley were defeated by Runcorn in the semi-final which preceded the Cardsí memorable first Wembley FA Trophy win in 1994.

The Lions started the campaign with a 1-0 defeat away to Welling United but followed that up with successive 1-0 home wins over Altrincham and Kidderminster Harriers before earning a 1-1 draw at Barrow. But the next game saw them trounced 4-0 at home by Aldershot Town. This was followed by another home defeat, 2-0, by Gateshead. On Bank Holiday Monday Guiseley earned a 1-1 draw away at Chester. Guiseley drew 1-1 again on Saturday, away to Torquay United.

Manager Mark Bower has assembled a side with a lot of Football League and Conference North experience, especially in defence, where he can call on keeper Steve Drench; centre back Adam Lockwood, with over 300 appearances for Yeovil and Doncaster; and Ben Parker, who has played for Leeds United, Bradford City, Doncaster Rovers and Carlisle. Midfield additions include Will Hatfield, previously with FC Halifax Town but with nearly 100 League appearances for Accrington Stanley under his belt. Up front, Bower has brought in Tom Craddock, previously with Portsmouth, Oxford United and Luton Town, to join Adam Boyes, Liam Dickinson, Oli Johnson and Nicky Boshell, younger brother of Assistant Manager and midfielder, Danny Boshell.

GETTING THERE

Guiseley AFC
Nethermoor Park
Otley Road
Guiseley
Leeds
LS20 8BT

Official website: www.guiseleyafc.co.uk

By coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves the Laithwaite Community Stadium at 9.00am. The cost is £28 for members and £33 for non-members, with accompanied U16s (a maximum of two per adult) £14/£17. Ring or email the Club Shop to book your place (01843 772470 or shop@wokingfc.co.uk).

By car

Guiseley is about 220 miles from Woking and the AA gives a driving time of just over four hours. Head for the M1 and then the M621 (Leeds Centre). At J1 take the A6110/Ring Road exit to A653/Dewsbury Airport. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Ring Road/A6110. Follow A6110 for about a mile and a half till you reach the exit for Ring Road Farsley/A6120. Follow A6120 for about two and a half miles till you reach the exit onto Rawdon Road/A65. Follow A65 for about two to three miles until you reach the ground on your right.


There is a free car park extremely close to the ground on Netherfield Road (Sat Nav postcode LS20 9PD). Parking here is free and you can access Nethermoor by the footbridge in the back corner.

By train

Guiseley is on the Wharfedale Line, served by trains from Leeds, Bradford and Ilkley. Youíd probably want to take a train from London KX up to Leeds, which can be reached direct or via a change at Doncaster, but you might find a better price going via Bradford. The overall journey time from KX to Guiseley, via Leeds, varies but is roughly three hours. For example, the 10.03 from KX would get you to Guiseley at 13.13 via a change at Leeds, while the 10.48 would get you there at 13.46 via Doncaster and Leeds. The last possible train from KX would be the 11.35, which would get you to Guiseley at 14.14 via Leeds. Look up www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.trainline.com for more details of times and prices.

Nethermoor is about five minutesí walk from Guiseley station. Exit into the station car park and walk diagonally across it towards the path between hedges that leads to a terrace of stone-built houses. Walk to the end of the terrace and turn right into Otley Road Ė Nethermoor is 200 yards on the right.

The first trains back after the game, via Leeds, leave at 17.27 and 17.52.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £15
Concessions £10
12-18 year-olds £5
Accompanied U12s Free

COMING UP

The Cards follow their Guiseley trip with two very attractive home games against table-topping Forest Green Rovers (Tuesday 15 September) and Gary Johnsonís Cheltenham Town (Saturday 19 September). Make sure both matches are in your diary!


Come on, you Cards!
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