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Cards travel to Altrincham on Tuesday

25th January 2016

Cards travel to Altrincham on Tuesday Altrincham v Woking
Vanarama National League
7.45pm on Tuesday 26 January 2016


The Cards travel to Altrincham on Tuesday evening looking to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games, knowing a draw at least would move them up to 4th in the league. It won’t be easy pickings though against an Altrincham team who have good form at home and a win for them would take them out of the bottom four.

WOKING

Woking will be without Chris Arthur following the defender’s red card on Saturday against FC Halifax Town. This could see Jake Caprice returning to the starting line-up, or a debut for new signing Alex Smith who can play left-back.

ALTRINCHAM

The Robins finished in 17th place last season, well clear of the relegation zone, in their first season back in the Conference Premier. But, in spite of a reputation for playing good football under manager Lee Sinott, it looks as if they may well have a relegation fight on their hands this time round. They haven’t played a league game since 2 January when they drew 1-1 at Chester. As a result they have slipped into the bottom four, with both Boreham Wood and FC Halifax Town climbing above them, although they do have games in hand on the clubs above them. In the FA Trophy their much-postponed tie against Leamington was finally played on the 16th, with Michael Rankine scoring two goals to give Altrincham the victory, but the following Tuesday the Robins exited the Trophy in a 2-1 defeat away to Bognor Regis Town.

The Cards need to take note, however, that Alty’s home form is very respectable, with five wins, three draws and three defeats – in contrast to their away form, where they have won only twice in 16 outings.

Familiar names in Alty’s squad include the ever-reliable Damian Reeves in attack, long-serving keeper Stuart Coburn, captain Shaun Densmore and fellow defender Luca Havern. New faces included strikers Michael Rankine and George Bowerman, who played two games for Woking in 2013, and midfielder Anthony Griffith. Jordan Sinnott and former Northern Ireland international James Lawrie can threaten from the flanks. Keeper Coburn has been a long-term absentee and Nicky Clee was stretchered off in the game against Chester. The Robins also have a young, England U20 striker called Harry Cain! (Yes, I know the spelling is different!)

GETTING THERE

J Davidson Stadium
Moss Lane
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA15 8AP

Official website: www.altrinchamfc.co.uk

The Cards Trust is not running a coach to this game.

By car

Leave M6 motorway at junction 19 (Manchester and Airport sign). Join A556 and follow Airport signs to M56. Do NOT take the M56 but carry straight on at roundabout on A56. At first traffic lights (1 mile) turn right for Bowdon/Hale (B5161). Carry on for 1 mile, passing The Quality Hotel on the right. Go through the traffic lights, then right at the mini roundabout into Hale Road (avoiding town centre). Carry on for approximately 1 mile, turning right into Westminster Road (opposite cemetery entrance). Carry straight on for approximately 3/4 mile into Moss Lane. The football ground is on the right.

By train

Trains run from Euston to Altrincham station, via a change at Stockport, but it’s not possible to do the return trip after an evening fixture. Look up www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.trainline.com for details of times and prices. Altrincham station is about ten minutes’ walk from the ground. There is also a Metrolink tram service from Manchester city centre, about eight miles away.

ADMISSION PRICES

Standing: Adults £14, Concessions £9
Seating: Adults £15, Concessions £10
Disabled with Helper: Combined price £14
12-16 year olds: £5
Under 12: £2

The concessionary ages are, currently, for women 60 and over and for men 65 and over.

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 2 Altrincham 0
15 August 2015

Woking made it two wins on the bounce thanks to a man-of-the-match performance from new loan signing Dan Holman, who had a hand in Giuseppe Sole’s opener and sealed the victory against Altrincham with a debut goal.

Holman, whose loan from Colchester United had only been announced on the morning of the game, had instant impact in a dream debut which saw Woking fight off a spirited Altrincham side to record their second 2-0 home victory in the space of four days.

The 25-year-old’s first half long-range effort on 32 minutes was spilled by Altrincham goalkeeper Stuart Coburn, allowing Sole to prod home for his first goal of the season. In the second half, Holman impressively linked up with the Woking midfield and grabbed his debut goal with 15 minutes remaining, firing low into the bottom right corner after clever interplay between substitutes Bruno Andrade and Kadell Daniel.

Despite a fightback from the away side, which saw James Lawrie hit the post and a late Damian Reeves effort cleared off the line by Brian Saah, the Cards looked largely untroubled as centre back pairing of Ismail Yakubu and Saah continued to flourish.

Woking: Jake Cole, Chris Arthur, Brian Saah, Ismail Yakubu, Jake Caprice, John Goddard (Godfrey Poku 86), Joey Jones (Bruno Andrade 63), Mark Ricketts (c), Keiran Murtagh, Giuseppe Sole (Kadell Daniel 63), Dan Holman

Unused subs: Nick Hamman, Adam Newton

Goals: Sole (32), Holman (75)

Altrincham: Stuart Coburn, Adam Griffin, Thomas Marshall, Scott Leather, Shaun Densmore, Jake Moult, Simon Richmon, James Lawrie, Jordan Sinnott, George Bowerman (Nicholas Clee 61), Michael Rankine (Damian Reeves 63)

Unused subs: Anthony Griffith, Tim Deasy, Josh O’Keefe

NEXT GAME

The Cards are at home to Barrow next Saturday (30 January). John Nutter will be the Special Guest in the Geoff Chapple Lounge.


Come on, you Cards!
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