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Cards look for more home joy

Brian Caffarey - 29th September 2016

Cards look for more home joy Woking v Eastleigh
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 1 October 2016

The Cards face another formidable test on Saturday when ambitious, well-resourced, Eastleigh, unbeaten in their last eight games and only one point off the play-off places, make the short trip to the Laithwaite Community Stadium. But Garry Hill’s side can take confidence from the fact that they have won their last three home games and played well at Tranmere last weekend even though they came away on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline. Come down and cheer on the side to another home win! And make sure you bring all the youngsters: on Saturday the Club will be celebrating the Junior Cards scheme (see below). The Club would like to thank Tremblays for sponsoring Saturday’s game.

WOKING

After losing their first three home games, Garry Hill’s side have racked up successive home wins over Chester, Torquay and Wrexham and put in some exhilarating performances in the process. It was disappointing that the side had no joy at Tranmere but Garry Hill took a lot of positives from the display and will no doubt be expecting his side to have a real go at the Spitfires.

Connor Essam, on loan from Eastleigh, won’t be eligible to play as part of the loan agreement but Cards fans will be very interested to see what role new loan signing, Matt Tubbs, will play in Saturday’s game. They will be hoping that he can add to his hugely impressive goal scoring record in League and non-League football.

EASTLEIGH

A relatively poor start to the season, in particular a 2-4 home defeat at the hands of Dover Athletic, saw Chris Todd quickly relieved of the managerial reins and replaced by the vastly experienced Ronnie Moore, most recently manager of Hartlepool United but associated for many years with Tranmere Rovers and Rotherham United. Moore has made an excellent start to his time at the Silverlake Stadium, recording five wins and three draws, including an impressive 1-0 win at Macclesfield Town in their last away game. Last Saturday they were a little fortunate, it seems, to claim all three points in beating Sutton United 2-1 at home, being heavily indebted to a ‘man of the match’ display from new keeper, Ryan Clarke.

The Spitfires’ squad is full of some of the best-known players in the non-League world, including striker James Constable, who was promoted with Oxford United through the play-off final; midfielders Andy Drury, best known for his time at Luton Town, Jai Reason, Luke Coulson, David Pipe and Jake Howells; and defenders Joe Partington and Ryan Cresswell.

Recent changes have seen keeper Ross Flitney leave, being replaced by Ryan Clarke, arriving after an unhappy spell at AFC Wimbledon, whom he joined from Northampton Town in the summer, while Yemi Odubade signed for Maidstone United, promptly scoring two goals on his debut for the Stones. Ben Strevens, midfielder and assistant manager, has also left but arriving this week was veteran striker Jamie Cureton, now 41 but with 45 appearances to his credit for Dagenham and Redbridge last season and an impressive career which has also included spells at Bristol Rovers, Norwich City, Reading and QPR.

A player who has caught the eye this season is 21 year-old French striker Mikhael Mandron, who joined from Sunderland in the summer, having had loan spells at Fleetwood Town, Shrewsbury and Hartlepool in recent seasons. He is top scorer with five league goals, followed by Luke Coulson with three.

The Spitfires have 22 points from 12 games and sit in 7th place in the table.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £18
Over 65/Students with valid student card £13
U16s £5

The game will be segregated, with away fans standing in the Chris Lane Terrace or seated in part of the Leslie Gosden Stand.

Adam Newton is the Special Guest in the Geoff Chapple Lounge on Saturday. Contact Elliot Machin (elliot.machin@wokingfc.co.uk) to enjoy the fine hospitality in the Lounge.

JUNIOR CARDS

Saturday’s game has been designated as a Junior Cards day with special activities, a half-time penalty shoot-out and a profiling of the Junior Cards. Every Junior Cards member receives three free match tickets as well as being eligible for many discounts, benefits and special events. Membership is £10 for the first family member and £5 for each subsequent child – so very good savings can be made.
(www.cardstrust.co.uk/junior-cards/)

COMING UP

The Cards follow Saturday’s game with two away fixtures: at Bromley on Tuesday (4 October) and Sutton United the following Saturday (8 October). With both games relatively easy to get to compared with previous away matches, it would be great to see a big turnout from Cards fans. Woking will be playing in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round on Saturday 15 October. (The 3rd Qualifying Round is being played this weekend.) The next home league game is on Saturday 22 October when Barrow are the visitors.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. It’s not too late to book for the Elvis Tribute Night tomorrow (Friday) evening: look up the details on the Club website.
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