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Cards looking to bounce-back on Saturday

28th January 2016

Cards looking to bounce-back on Saturday Woking v Barrow
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 30 January 2016


The Cards take on Barrow this Saturday as they continue to target a play-off place come the end of the season. The Bluebirds are usually weaker on their travels than at Holker Street, so let’s hope Garry Hill’s side can make home advantage pay. Come down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium to cheer on the Cards!

WOKING

Woking will be looking to bounce-back following their 3-1 defeat away to Altrincham on Tuesday night, missing the opportunity to move to 4th in the league they remain in 6th place. Altrincham took the lead early on with Michael Rankine scoring from the penalty spot after Bruno Andrade’s foul on Jonathon Margetts. The home side made it 2-0 just before the break thanks to Burnley loanee Josh Ginnelly. Woking pulled one back with a trademark Giuseppe Sole free-kick in the 57th minute. Alex Smith made his debut for the Cards, replacing the injured Bruno Andrade who fans will be hoping will be fit again to face Barrow. The Robins sealed their victory with Margetts goal, ending Woking’s 9-game unbeaten run.

BARROW

The Bluebirds were promoted back to the top tier of non-League football this season following their relegation at the end of the 2012-13 campaign but have found the going tough, especially away from home, with manager Darren Edmondson paying the price in November. Ambitious owner, Dallas-based businessman Paul Casson, wasted no time in replacing him with Paul Cox, who led Mansfield Town to the Conference title in 2012 and who had a short spell at Torquay United earlier this season.

Barrow presently sit in 16th place in the table with 36 points from 29 games. Away from home they have won only three league games, drawing three and losing ten, scoring 16 goals and conceding a hefty 37. On Saturday they defeated Welling United 2-1 away from home, their first league victory since their 2-1 win against Woking back in November.

Some well-known names in Barrow’s squad include strikers Jason Walker and Andy Cook and central defender Simon Grand. A recent signing is promising Northwich Victoria midfielder, Jordan Williams. Dutch defender Benji van den Broek has been released for personal reasons but Mo Fofana has returned to the club following his loan spell at Boreham Wood. A repentant Liam Hearn has returned to Lincoln City following his spell at Holker Street.

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Adults - £18
Over 65s, Students with NUS card, forces personnel and MOD civilian staff with recognised ID - £13
U16s - £5

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Another packed 64-page matchday programme includes a profile of ‘guest of honour’ John Nutter and an interview with flying winger Bruno Andrade. In addition, there’s a summary of what’s been going on at other National League clubs; and news from the Club Board and the Cards Trust, plus match previews, reports and the usual superb match action photos. Great value at only £3!

LAST TIME WE MET

Barrow 2 Woking 1
28 November 2015

This defeat at Barrow came after back-to-back wins over Chester away and Tranmere Rovers at home and introduced a question mark about whether the Cards’ revival might stall. As we know, that was thankfully not the case as Garry Hill’s side notched up five straight wins subsequently before drawing at home to Boreham Wood on 28 December.
On a stormy day in Cumbria, and playing against the wind in the first half, the Cards got off to the worst possible start, the prolific Andy Cook nodding home in the 4th minute. The home side, galvanised by new manager Paul Cox, had the better chances in the remainder of the first half but the tables were quickly turned after the break, Joey Jones glancing a header home with only three minutes gone.

It looked as though the Cards might well go on and win the game but they were unable to grab the vital second goal and were then undone by defender Steve Williams, who scored with another set piece header seventeen minutes from time.

Garry Hill was very disappointed with the defeat, feeling that his side ought to have been able to have secured at least a point once they equalised early in the second half.

Barrow: Joel Dixon, Dave Symington, Nick Wilmer-Anderton, Simon Grand ©, Steve Williams, Paddy Lacey, David Mellor, Andy Haworth (Dan Pilkington 46), Andy Cook, Liam Hearn (Steve Rigg 80, then Alex-Ray Harvey 87), Otis Khan

Unused subs: Aaran Taylor, Ryan O’Reilly

Goals: Cook 4, Williams 73

Woking: Jake Cole, Chris Arthur, Mark Ricketts (c), Brian Saah, Joey Jones, John Goddard, Matt Robinson (Jimmy Keohane 62), Bruno Andrade, Joe Quigley (Kadell Daniel 55), Dan Holman, Cameron Norman (Jake Caprice 82)

Unused subs: Nick Hamman, Terrell Thomas

Goal: Jones 48

Attendance: 1,115

COMING UP

Next Saturday the Cards are again at home, this time against Oxford City in the Trophy. Their next league game is against Guiseley on Saturday 13 February.

Come on, you Cards!
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