12:00am, Tue 18th Nov 2008
WEYMOUTH v WOKING
7.45pm on Tuesday 18 November 2008
We think we?ve got problems but the Terras? seem to be much worse than ours. They?re having to offload players because of budgetary constraints and their Manager, John Hollins, has been suspended pending an inquiry into an allegation against him ? apparently relating to an alleged breach of contract. Ex-Card Alan Lewer is in temporary charge. Phil Gilchrist will be hoping that his side can benefit from the turmoil at the Wessex Stadium but the Terras are still a force to be reckoned with.
The Cards will presumably be missing Colin Miles, sent off at Eastbourne on Saturday. Paul Lorraine and Goma Lambu were absentees then through injury.
The Cards showed great spirit down at Priory Lane but, as usual, the problem lies in putting the ball in the net. Woking have scored only 13 league goals in 18 games: fewer than every other side except Lewes, who also stand on 13.
The Terras started the season at a lick, winning three and drawing one out of their first four games, but then hit a lean patch, losing three and drawing three of their following six games. Since then their form has been mixed and, recently, poor. A win away at then pace-setters Kettering Town has been followed by defeats in their last three games: a 3-0 hammering by Torquay at home in the Setanta Shield, a 1-0 defeat at Rushden and, on Saturday, a 3-1 defeat at home by Wrexham.
The Terras are still comfortably placed, though, lying in 11th place with 26 points from 19 games.
Striker Michael Malcolm has been allowed to leave, going on loan to Crawley, and Stuart Beavon is on the transfer list. But Beavon scored again on Saturday and there are other useful players like Chris McPhee to reckon with.
We?ve got a good record against Weymouth, not having been beaten by them since they were promoted.
06-07 Woking 4-0 Weymouth
(Sole, Hutchinson, McAllister, Lambu)
Weymouth 2-3 Woking
(Hutchinson, McAllister, Sole)
Woking 1-1 Weymouth ( 4 September 2007 )
Ex-Card Jefferson Louis scored Weymouth?s goal in the 50th minute, which spurred Woking on to an equaliser but the Cards never looked like they?d win it. Sole finished off a good move after Marvin Morgan had unselfishly passed to him after latching onto a loose ball and going round a defender.
Weymouth 0-1 Woking ( 19 January 2008 )
Marvin Morgan scored the only goal of the game in a game of missed chances for Weymouth. Sido Jombarti put the ball wide from eight yards with an open goal in front of him, and current Card Wilfried Domoraud had a couple of chances as a loanee for the Terras.
Woking 1-1 Weymouth ( 7 October 2008 )
The late withdrawal of Wilfried Domoraud was a blow for the Cards and they struggled to create chances throughout the game. The first half proved a stalemate but it was the Terras who broke through in the 58th minute when Stuart Beavon got through on the right and shot past Lenny Pidgeley from a tight angle. Joel Ledgister grabbed an equaliser in the 80th minute, profiting from a Bradley Quamina cross and a defensive slip-up to finish clinically. On the stroke of full-time Tom Hutchinson cannoned a header off the bar but a draw was a fair result on the balance of play.
Telephone: 01305 785558
Leaves 3.30pm. ?18 for members, ?23 for non-members. Phone the Club Shop on Tuesday morning to book your place.
Most visitors will enter Weymouth from the Dorchester direction on the A354. About 2 miles into Weymouth you will reach a roundabout (Manor Roundabout). Take the 3rd exit, still on the A354, signed to 'Town Centre' and follow the brown signs for 'Wessex Stadium'. At the next roundabout (Chafeys Roundabout), turn right onto the B3157 (3rd exit), following the brown signs for 'Wessex Stadium'. About half a mile ahead, you will see the stadium in front of you. Take the 3rd exit at the next roundabout, then immediately left for parking and entrances to the ground.
You can get down to Weymouth by train for the game but the last train back is at 21.10! On the way there the 16.00 from Woking gets in at 18.13 and the 17.00 arrives at 19.17. The ground is two miles from the train station, but the alternatives to walking are a specially-run matchday bus (not sure if it runs for evening games, though) or a taxi. The matchday bus leaves from Kings Statue on the Sea Front from Bus Stop K2. On leaving the station, head across the forecourt towards the traffic lights and cross over King Street outside the Somerset Hotel. Turn left and head towards the seafront (you will see the clock in front of you).Turn right at the Jubilee Clock and cross over at the crossing to the beach side of the esplanade (don't go down the subway!!!!). Now walk along the esplanade for about 400 metres and you will see the tourist information centre, which is next to the bus stop. The return bus leaves from the club shop. Alternatively, a taxi straight from the station can cost ?5/?6.
Come on, you Cards!
P.S. DON'T FORGET THE IMPORTANT MEETING ON WEDNESDAY EVENING!