12:00am, Fri 14th Nov 2008
EASTBOURNE BOROUGH v WOKING
3pm on Saturday 15 November 2008
The Cards resume their league campaign this weekend with a trip to BSP new boys, Eastbourne Borough. Phil Gilchrist will be hoping that his side can pick up where they left off on their league travels, with a win at Mansfield and a draw at Grays Athletic, rather than with the disappointing trip to Ebbsfleet in the FA Cup. The Cards will be hoping to get something out of this trip but the Sports have fared better so far than many expected, so Phil?s team will need a good performance.
It sounds as if Paul Lorraine and Goma Lambu are likely absentees. The former?s absence would no doubt mean that Tom Hutchinson and Colin Miles would form the central defensive duo, with Danny Bunce at left back and either Patrice Konan or Daniel Spence at right back. Given our precarious league position, it would not be surprising if Phil keeps the reliable Lenny Pidgeley in goal even though he has got Carl Pentney to call on.
Borough presently sit two places and four points above the Cards, with 20 points from 17 games. An away win would be a great help in closing the gap on the mid-table sides.
There are a few well-known names at Priory Lane, including the three Crabb brothers, Matt, Nathan and Sam. Paul Armstrong is a crucial player in midfield and, up front, Borough can look to the reliable Allan Tait, whom we?ve previously encountered at Crawley, and Andy Atkin to provide the goals.
Woking will be hoping that Borough will be a little distracted by Cup action. Having drawn 0-0 at home to Barrow in the First Round of the FA Cup, they face the long haul up to Cumbria for the replay on Tuesday night, with the incentive of a home tie against Brentford for the winners.
Two recent league wins, over Stevenage Borough at home and, the week before their FA Cup game, away at Northwich Victoria ended a lean spell. The 2-1 last-gasp win over Boro gave them an impressive double over the Broadhall Way outfit this season. The Sports lost 3-1 at home to Ebbsfleet in the Setanta Shield ten days ago.
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Approaching from east (via Hastings)
Take A259 from Hastings; approaching the roundabout at Pevensey, take second exit. Carry straight on at traffic lights. Pass through Pevensey and turn left at the Swan Fish & Chip Shop in Westham onto B2191 Eastbourne Road. Continue and, at roundabout, turn left into Priory Road. Priory Lane is about 200 yards on the left.
Approaching from north and west on A27 (via Polegate)
Turn left at Polegate traffic lights; take exit at large roundabout shortly afterwards to continue eastwards on A27 (signposted Eastbourne)
Approaching via the A22, take first exit at large roundabout shortly before Polegate, signposted A27 Eastbourne
At next roundabout, take second exit towards Stone Cross and Westham (A22); at another roundabout shortly afterwards, take first exit signposted Stone Cross and Westham. Continue towards Stone Cross village, past nursery. Shortly afterwards, at a crossroads, with a church, Red Lion pub and Stone Cross, turn right down B2104 Friday Street. At end of Friday Street, turn left at double mini-roundabout into Hide Hollow (B2191), passing crematorium. Turn right at roundabout into Priory Road. Priory Lane is about 200 yards on the left.
Nearest railway station
Pevensey and Westham (approx 15-20 mins walk). Catch 12.17 from Woking to Clapham Junction and then 12.53 to Pevensey and Westham. Return on 17.16 to Clapham Junction and then 19.00 to Woking, arriving at 19.29. Alternatively, you can get a train to Eastbourne and get a taxi or bus from there.
Come on, you Cards!
Don?t forget the important meeting on Wednesday 19 November at 7.30pm in the Cardinals? Bar! See previous news items for details.