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League leaders visit the Laithwaite on Tuesday

Nick Shaw - 14th September 2015

League leaders visit the Laithwaite on Tuesday Woking v Forest Green Rovers
Vanarama National League
7.45pm on Tuesday 15 September 2015


Woking’s 100% home record so far this season will surely be severely tested by table-topping Forest Green Rovers, who have made a tremendous start to their bid for automatic promotion. Make sure you’re at the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Tuesday evening for this mouth-watering clash!

WOKING

Garry Hill described the Cards’ defeat at Macclesfield Town as a ‘reality check’, when his young side, shorn of key, experienced players in Scott Rendell, Ismail Yakubu and Mark Ricketts – and then losing Keiran Murtagh at half-time – found themselves distinctly second best to a Silkmen outfit which, in contrast, was full of players with lots of ‘know how’ at this level and above.

Woking will be looking to tighten up at the back after conceding four goals against Guiseley AFC at the weekend, and Joey Jones could return if he’s recovered from the injury that saw a late change to the starting lineup on Saturday.

FOREST GREEN ROVERS

Rovers have thrown down the gauntlet to all the other promotion-chasing sides, starting this season with nine straight wins.

Rovers are of course well backed financially through Ecotricity tycoon Dale Vince and have ambitious plans for a new 5,000 all-seater stadium (with capacity to increase to 10,000) as part of a proposed new £100m Eco Park off the M5. They have an impressive squad, with a mix of experienced League and top quality non-League players. Summer signings included the hugely talented, if somewhat wayward, Keanu Marsh-Brown, who was part of Barnet’s Conference-winning side last season; fellow striker Aaron O’Connor, top scorer with Newport County last season and who has previously played for Grays, Rushden and Diamonds and Luton Town; ex-Card Delano Sam-Yorke, joining Rovers after spells at Cambridge United and Lincoln City; keepers Steve Arnold, formerly with Stevenage, and Jonny Maxted; and highly-experienced central defender Darren Jones, returning to the club after six years, most recently having been Newport County’s ‘player of the season’ last year.

Those players still at the squad from last season include the ex-Salisbury trio of midfielders Clovis Kamdjo and Rob Sinclair and winger Elliot Frear; Jon ‘The Beast’ Parkin, who notched 24 goals for Rovers last season after a successful League career with Cardiff City amongst other clubs; captain David Pipe, another player who won promotion with Newport County; ex-Watford defender Dale Bennett; and midfielders Sam Wedgbury and Aaran Racine.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £18
Over 65s and Students with NUS card £13
U16s £5

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Make sure you get your copy of the Club’s excellent 64-page matchday programme. Features include interviews with Special Lounge Guest of the Day, Scott Rendell, and with new signing Jake Caprice, plus an assessment of Garry Hill’s five best signings for the Club – see if you agree! There’s also a look at what’s been going on at other National League clubs; and news from the Cards Trust, plus match previews, reports and the usual superb match action photos.

LAST TIME WE MET

Woking 1 Forest Green Rovers 0
21 March 2015

This win, their fourth in five games, took the Cards to within four points of fifth-placed Forest Green Rovers with a game in hand, thus maintaining Woking’s late charge for a play-off place.

The Cards had the better of the play for the first half hour but were largely restricted to shots from the edge of the area, while Rovers came more into the game in the final 15 minutes, with Dale Bennett clipping the cross bar.

Four minutes after the interval Yemi Odubade went down under a heavy challenge from Charlie Clough. Scott Rendell made no mistake from the spot, converting confidently.

Shortly afterwards Stuart Fleetwood had the ball in the net for the second time but was again adjudged to be offside. The Cards had to endure heavy pressure towards the end but held out to inflict Rovers’ first defeat in twelve matches.

Woking: Jake Cole, Chris Arthur, Brian Saah, Joey Jones, Adam Newton, John Goddard (Charles Banya 88), Mark Ricketts (John Nutter 90), Keiran Murtagh, Kevin Betsy, Scott Rendell, Yemi Odubade (Giuseppe Sole 64)

Unused subs: Andy Little, Lionel Stone

Goals: Rendell (49 pen)

Forest Green Rovers: Steve Arnold, Marcus Kelly, Aaron Racine, Charlie Clough, Dale Bennett, Elliott Frear, Clovis Kamdjo, Sam Wedgbury (Tom Bender 64), Kurtis Guthrie (James Marwood 64), Jon Parkin, Stuart Fleetwood (David Pipe 82)

Unused subs: Sam Russell, Danny Coles

Attendance: 1,436

COMING UP

The Cards have another very attractive home game this Saturday (19 September) when Gary Johnson’s fancied Cheltenham Town side visit the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Come on, you Cards!
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