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Cards look to build on point gained

Brian Caffarey - 27th March 2016

Cards look to build on point gained Welling United v Woking
Vanarama National League
3pm on Monday 28 March 2016

The Cards will have taken heart from their draw against Kidderminster Harriers yesterday, which ended a miserable run of seven consecutive league defeats. But they will have to work hard to build on that tomorrow against a Welling United side who, like the Harriers, are still fighting for their lives down at the wrong end of the table.

WOKING

Garry Hill’s side performed encouragingly yesterday for a good part of the game and should really have got the three points in the bag before Harriers had the chance to rally and salvage a point. Garry was particularly pleased with the performance of goalscorer, Daniel Carr, who led the line. Garry has indicated that, with two games in forty-eight hours, he expects to make some changes in the side for tomorrow’s match.

WELLING UNITED

Loui Fazakerley, who masterminded the Wings’ miraculous escape from relegation on goal difference last season, was sacked in January and replaced by Dean Frost, who was first team coach under former manager, Jamie Day.

The Wings have gained three creditable draws in their last four games – away at Eastleigh on Good Friday, away at Southport and at home to Cheltenham Town (with the Robins only equalising at the last gasp) – but a point apiece has not been enough to close the gap on the teams above them. They now sit one place off the bottom with 29 points from 40 games, nine points from safety, having played more games than most of the teams around them. The point at Eastleigh on Friday was all the more remarkable because Michael Bakare was sent off in the 25th minute.

Recent changes to the Wings’ squad include the departure of midfielder Ricky Wellard and the arrival of several players: Scott Kashket, on a youth loan from Leyton Orient; Ibrahim Kargbo, former captain of the Sierra Leone national side, who has been banned from playing in the Netherlands as a result of match-fixing allegations; and keeper Jack Bloxsome, cover for Michael McEntegart, who is deputising for Fulham loanee Marek Rodak, who is on international duty. Well-known players include striker Sahr Kabba.

Former Card Kadell Daniel, who joined the Wings in the transfer window, was an unused substitute on Friday.

GETTING THERE

Welling United FC
Park View Road
Welling
Kent
DA16 1SY
Website:www.wellingunited.com
By Coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 12.30pm. Prices are £15 for members and £20 for non-members with U16s at £8/£10 (maximum of two per paying adult).

By Car

Leave the M25 at Junction 2. At the roundabout, take the A2 towards Central London. Leave the A2 at the third exit (Danson Interchange, signposted A221 to Bexleyheath and Sidcup). Turn right (second exit) at the roundabout at the end of the slip road, and then turn right (third exit) at the next roundabout. Go under the A2 bridge and up the slope to another roundabout. Take the second exit and follow the road (Danson Road) to the traffic lights at the end. Turn left at the lights onto Park View Road. The ground is on the left. There is no car park, but plenty of street parking is available.

By Train

Nearest station: Welling

From Woking take the train to Waterloo. Then from Waterloo East catch the train to Welling. Direct trains, from Platform A, are at 05 and 35 minutes past the hour and take 28 minutes e.g. the 13.35 arrives at 14.03 and the 14.05 arrives at 14.33. Other trains involve a change at London Bridge or Lewisham. On the way back, direct trains to Waterloo East are at 04 and 34 minutes past the hour. The ground is an easy 15-20 minutes’ walk from the station. Just walk down to the main road (Bellegrove Road/Welling High Street), turn left and keep going till you reach the ground on your right. Buses 89, 486 and B16 pass the ground.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £15
Over 60: £9
12-17 inclusive: £5
Students: £10 (with NUS card)
U12: Free with paying adult
Seating: £1 extra

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 2 Welling United 0
Vanarama National League
31 August 2015

John Goddard and new signing Jimmy Keohane scored the goals as the Cards maintained their one hundred percent home record with a comfortable victory over Welling United at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

After a goalless first period, Goddard opened the scoring just past the hour mark, heading home Bruno Andrade’s deep cross into the corner of the net. Keohane then made the game safe with just over ten minutes to go, collecting a pass from Keiran Murtagh on the edge of the area before skilfully turning his man and firing past the goalkeeper.

Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice, Chris Arthur, Terell Thomas, Brian Saah, Joey Jones, Keiran Murtagh (c), John Goddard (Ben Pattie 87), Kadell Daniel (Jimmy Keohane 68), Bruno Andrade (Andrew Mills 90), Dan Holman

Subs not used: Giuseppe Sole, Nick Hamann

Goals: John Goddard 62, Jimmy Keohane 78

Welling United: Tom King, Harry Osborne, Ben Jefford, Michael Chambers, Sam Corne, Harry Lee (Afolabi Obafemi 82), Reece Harris, Kevin Lokko, George Porter, Ricky Wellard (Kojo Awotwi 73), Xavier Vidal

Subs not used: Mike McEntegart, Zach Fagan, Tashan Adeyinka

Attendance: 1,675

NEXT GAME

The Cards are away at Southport next Saturday (2 April) and then at home to Gateshead on Saturday 9 April.


Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Why not pop along to the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Thursday 31 March and Tuesday 5 April to see the U18 side take on, respectively, their counterparts from Fulham and Brighton and Hove Albion? The Fulham game starts at 7.30pm, while the Brighton game kicks off at 7pm. Entry is only £3 for adults and £1 for U16s.






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