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Cards need big performance

Brian Caffarey - 27th October 2016

Cards need big performance Boreham Wood v Woking
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 29 October 2016

Cards fans will be hoping that the damaging, shock home defeat at the hands of Braintree Town on Tuesday night will spur the side to a big performance at Boreham Wood on Saturday, where they can expect to come up against former Woking favourites, Mark Ricketts and Bruno Andrade. Make the short trip if you can to cheer on Garry Hill’s side in what is sure to be a testing encounter.

WOKING

Having recovered well from conceding an unlucky early goal, via a deflected free-kick, on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 half-time lead – which would have been 3-1 but for a bizarre offside decision by an assistant referee – the Cards fell away badly in the second half, with a disjointed display allowing the Iron to grab all three points in a 3-2 win. The defeat left the Cards still sitting in 20th place but only on goal difference from Braintree, while another bottom four side, Southport, also won to draw level on 13 points.

The Cards missed the suspended Keiran Murtagh on Tuesday evening and will be glad to have him back to try to wrest control of the midfield.

BOREHAM WOOD

The Wood, having achieved their third promotion in eleven years, did well to survive a testing first season in the National League, winning their last three games to escape the drop, and now look to have strengthened very considerably, boosted by their decision midway through last season to go full-time.

Apart from Ricketts, appointed captain, and Andrade (whose contract has already been extended), manager Luke Garrard’s summer captures included two players who were part of the exodus from Braintree Town: Iron skipper, midfielder Kenny Davis, and defender Matt Paine. Other new arrivals included keeper Grant Smith from Bognor Regis Town, whose impressive form has gained him an England C cap; winger Adriano Moke from Wrexham; left back Feli Ilesanmu from York City but also with over 100 appearances for Dagenham and Redbridge on his CV; striker Angelo Balanta, seven years with QPR but most recently at Carlisle United; Morgan Ferrier, a powerful young striker whose clubs have included Arsenal and Watford but who was with Bishop’s Stortford and Hemel Hempstead last season and who has recently been selected for the England C side; and Daniel Uchechi, a Nigerian U23 international forward, who was playing in Sweden last season but has spent time with West Ham and Leicester City amongst other top-flight clubs.

Players on loan include last season’s top scorer, Jamie Lucas, returning from Bristol Rovers; Aaron Kuhl, former captain of Reading’s U21 side; and Anthony Jeffrey, returning for a fourth spell after having been sold to Forest Green Rovers in January.

Other well-known players in a strong Wood squad include midfielder Ricky Shakes, former Barnet defender David Stephens, club captain Joe Devera and experienced defenders Ben Nunn and Danny Woodards.

A ray of hope for the Cards is that the Wood’s home record is less impressive than their away form. At Meadow Park they have won three, drawn two and lost three, with only six goals scored and five conceded. On Tuesday night they lost 2-0 away at Lincoln City, ending their unbeaten away record and their run of four wins in a row. Wood presently sit in 11th position with 27 points. In the FA Cup they had a comfortable 3-0 home win over Hendon in the 4th Qualifying Round and now play Notts County at home on Sunday 6 November, with extended TV highlights being shown.

GETTING THERE

Meadow Park
Broughinge Road
Borehamwood
Hertfordshire
WD6 5AL

Website: www.borehamwoodfootballclub.co.uk

By Coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves the Laithwaite Community Stadium at 1pm and costs £13 for members and £18 for non-members, with accompanied U16s at £7/£9 (a maximum of two with one adult). Phone or email (shop@wokingfc.co.uk) the Club Shop or email a.barn1572@btinternet.com today to book your place.

By Car

Head for M25 west bound and exit J23, A1 Southbound to London. Exit slip road to Borehamwood. Join A5135 and go straight over two roundabouts. At third roundabout take second exit into Brook Road. Away supporters’ car parking is in the Brook Road car park. There is also parking in the Civic car park about five minutes’ walk away. The AA gives the journey time from Woking as about an hour but it would be wise to allow longer.

By Train

Nearest station: Elstree & Borehamwood on the Thameslink line

Take the train to Waterloo and then go by tube to St Pancras International or Kentish Town to pick up the Thamselink train to Elstree and Borehamwood. Direct trains from St Pancras International go from Platform B at 10, 24, 40 and 54 minutes past each hour and take 22/24 minutes.

Walking from the station to the ground takes around 20 minutes. When you come out of the train station entrance road, turn right and walk down Borehamwood High Street until you come to McDonalds on your left. Turn left into Brook Road. After about 500 yards turn right into Broughinge Road.

Trains back are at 08, 23, 38 and 53 minutes past each hour.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £18
Over 65s: £13
U16s: £8
U12s: £4

Judging by last season’s visit, the game is likely to be segregated, with away supporters occupying the South Stand, which can be accessed only from the entrance and turnstiles in the Brook Road car park.

COMING UP

The Cards travel to Stockport County on Saturday 5 November in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup. Contact the Club Shop to check if there are any remaining places left on the Cards Trust coaches! Woking FC is providing free entry to all those who travel with the Cards Trust.

The Cards’ next home league game is on Saturday 12 November when North Ferriby United are the visitors. This game, which will be televised by BT Sport, is free to all U16s and all members of the Armed Forces.

Bear in mind that if a replay is needed against Stockport County it is likely to take place on Tuesday 15 November.
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