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WOKING v NORTHWICH VICTORIA

Natalie Kaye - 26th April 2007

3.00pm on Saturday 28th April 2007
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Woking?s last match of the 2006/07 season brings Northwich Victoria to Kingfield this Saturday. Northwich were 13th in the league, 2 places above ourselves following Monday?s defeat at Rushden, and their draw at Stevenage in the week.

The club will hold a minute's applause before kick-off for England legend Alan Ball who sadly passed away this week.

LAST SEASON
After a flying start to the 2005/06 season in which the Vic?s went fifteen games undefeated, the emphasis seemed to shift to a tremendous FA Cup run. After victories against Frickley, North Ferriby, Barrow, Morecambe, and ourselves, the run culminated in the Vic?s playing their 1st ever game against a team from the Premiership, against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. In front of 19,323 fans and cheered on by over 3,500 Vic?s supporters, it was a day to remember for all concerned with the club, despite finally losing the game by three goals to nil. After slipping to third place in the league during January and February, Vic?s then embarked on a record breaking run of fifteen consecutive victories, and eventually were crowned champions after defeating closest rivals Stafford Rangers by a 3-1 score-line on the penultimate Saturday of the season. This time cheered on by a record attendance of 3,154 at the Victoria Stadium.

RESULTS SO FAR
The Vic?s made an indifferent start to the season. They won their first match back in the Conference away at Cambridge, but then proceeded to lose three in a row. Recent form has been fairly decent; they?ve won 5 of their last 10, including 3 times away from home. Over the season, they?ve been much better away from Wincham Park, with 9 wins on the road compared to 11 losses at home. On Monday they lost 1-0 away at Rushden & Diamonds. Curtis Woodhouse scored the only goal of the game in the 62nd minute which kept the Vic?s 13th before Wednesday?s game against Stevenage.

OUR RECENT RECORD AGAINST NORTHWICH

2006/07
Northwich Victoria 0 Woking 2

The Cards moved up to fifth in the league following a 2-0 defeat of Northwich at Wincham Park. Woking were just 3 points off second place, having taken 12 points from their last 5 games. The first Woking goal arrived courtesy of a penalty from Craig McAllister. Ollie Berquez was bundled over in the area by ?keeper Senior, after a long ball over the top caused indecision in the Vics defence. Craig stepped up and made no mistake from the spot to score his 8th league goal of the season. Northwich had a couple of shots early in the second half as they tried to get back on level terms, but it was Woking who scored the next decisive goal. Sankoh won a freekick just outside the area. Danny Bunce stepped up and his set play was deflected into the net beyond Senior. Cue celebrations in honour of new baby Bunce! The game drew to a close with Karl having a couple of late shots. Woking were in a play off position, and in the top 5 at the end of September for the first time since 1997.
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