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Cards face Cheltenham Town on Saturday

Nick Shaw - 18th September 2015

Cards face Cheltenham Town on Saturday Woking v Cheltenham Town
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 19 September 2015


A big crowd is expected at The Laithwaite Community Stadium on Saturday, following the Cards’ excellent 2-1 win against table-toppers Forest Green Rovers. Gary Johnson’s Cheltenham Town side are targeting an immediate return to League 2, so this should prove another tough test for Garry Hill’s side. Come down and cheer the Cards on to victory!

WOKING

The Cards moved up to 4th place in the Vanarama National League on Tuesday night after defeating Forest Green 2-1, with John Goddard grabbing his 7th goal of the season and Jimmy Keohane, who yesterday signed contractual forms with the club, scoring his 2nd. Keiran Murtagh returned to the starting lineup, but Joey Jones remained on the sidelines following his injury.

CHELTENHAM TOWN

Experienced manager Gary Johnson almost completely revamped the Robins’ squad on taking over at Whaddon Road in the summer. He’s brought in some experienced players, including midfielder Kyle Storer, previously with Wrexham, Nuneaton and Kidderminster Harriers amongst other clubs; two well-regarded centre backs in Aaron Downes, signing from Torquay United but who had eight years with Chesterfield, and Daniel Parslow, who racked up nine years at York City; strikers Danny Wright, who has appeared for a number of non-League sides, Amari Morgan-Smith, who was with Gary’s son, Lee, at Oldham Athletic, and ex-Crewe Alexandra striker, Billy Waters; midfielders Harry Pell and Jack Munns; and keepers Calum Kitscha, who won an England C cap with Hayes and Yeading, and on-loan Dalton Phillips, a 20-year old from Charlton Athletic.

The Robins started the season with draws against Lincoln City and Aldershot Town before gaining a convincing 3-0 home win over Southport. A draw at Chester was followed by three victories, over Barrow at home, Torquay away (0-3) and Wrexham at home. But the Robins suffered their first defeat at Altrincham two weeks ago. They got back to winning ways against Dover Athletic last Saturday, and on Tuesday they defeated Macclesfield Town 2-0 at home.

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 profiles of our Guest of the Day Trevor Baron, Keiran Murtagh, and the launch of Junior Cards. 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 Cheltenham Town 5 (aet)
LDV Vans Trophy 2nd Round
28 November 2005

In what was rather a bizarre game Glenn Cockerill played a number of second string players against a mainly full-strength Robins side. However, it wasn’t till the second period of extra time, when Cheltenham rattled in three goals, that the visitors got a decisive grip of the game.

Woking took the lead in the first half through Lloyd Blackman and could have gone two ahead early in the second half when Steve Evans lingered too long over a glorious chance. Cheltenham, who had had much more of the play, finally pulled a goal back through Steve Gillespie in the 59th minute but failed to take advantage of a penalty award when Clint Davies made an excellent save from Grant McCann’s spot kick.

The Robins got their noses in front in the first period of extra time when Jamie Victory seized on a rebound and then added three more in the second period through Brian Wilson, Craig Armstrong and then Wilson again.

Woking: Clint Davies, Karim El-Salahi, Jimmy Aggrey, Matt Ruby, Paul Watson (Karl Murray). Sam Cockerill, Steve Evans, Ian Selley, Liam Cockerill (Craig McAllister), Lloyd Blackman (Justin Richards), Mark Rawle

Unused subs: Shwan Jalal, Simon Jackson

COMING UP

The Cards follow Saturday’s game with two away trips: first to Braintree Town on Tuesday evening (22 September) – make sure on Saturday that you book your place on the coach – and then to Dover on Friday 25 September, the latter game being televised by BT Sport.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget to pick up a Junior Cards application form at Saturday’s match, where the scheme is being launched officially!
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