12:00am, Mon 2nd Mar 2009
WOKING v KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS
7.45pm on Tuesday 3 March 2009
What a critical game this is for Phil Gilchrist?s side! With only 11 games to go, they have got to start putting three points on the board and there is no better place to start than tomorrow at home to old rivals Kidderminster Harriers. The Cards? performance against Burton Albion should have given them the confidence to take the game to the Harriers and put them in the right frame of mind to take on Barrow on Saturday in a veritable ?six pointer?. Someone needs to put the ball in the net, though, to end the run of five games without a goal! Let?s hope that ex-Card Justin Richards doesn?t show how it?s done ? but hamstring problems may sideline him anyway.
Phil Gilchrist may have a few more options than on Saturday, with the possibility that Colin Miles and Goma Lambu may have recovered sufficiently from injury to be available for selection. But the odds are much smaller on Wilfried Domoraud pulling through in time ? and the Cards? top scorer is probably the one player for whom the Woking manager would want to disrupt the side which produced such an encouraging performance against the league leaders at the weekend.
The Harriers? form has been somewhat erratic of late, including a shock 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Northwich Victoria. But, in seventh place with 52 points from 31 games, they are still well placed for a play-off challenge. However, their away form is not all that impressive, with 4 wins, 2 draws and 7 defeats.
Justin Richards, missing on Saturday because of hamstring problems, is a familiar threat. But a Harriers striker who is really on song at present is Matthew Barnes-Homer, whose two goals on Saturday ? scored after they had gone down to ten men against Eastbourne Borough ? made it the fourth game in a row in which he has found the net.
Mark Creighton is an imposing figure in central defence. Midfielder Russ Penn is returning after a long lay-off and came on as a substitute on Saturday after Darryl Knights was forced off with an injury.
Chris McPhee is a recent signing from Weymouth but trains at Exeter and only joins up with his team mates on match days. Another recruit last month was the former Northwich Victoria midfielder Michael Carr, joining from Morecambe. Craig Armstrong has also joined from Cheltenham Town but was sent off on Saturday.
28 February: Kidderminster Harriers 2 Eastbourne Borough 0
17 February: Kidderminster Harriers 1 Cambridge United 3
15 February: Kidderminster Harriers 1 Northwich Victoria 2
11 February: York City 1 Kidderminster Harriers 1 (FAT replay; York won on penalties)
31 January: Kidderminster Harriers 1 York City 1 (FAT)
27 January: Kidderminster Harriers 2 Histon 0
Kidderminster Harriers 1 Woking 1 (17th November 2007)
The Cards grabbed a last-gasp equaliser at Aggborough in a thrilling midday kick-off televised by Setanta. Former Woking favourite Justin Richards had put the Harriers in front in the 37th minute from the penalty spot following a Tom Hutchinson error.
Giuseppe Sole equalised with just three minutes left on the clock, though, as he latched onto a long ball from Jay Gasson, swivelled and calmly placed a low left-footed shot past Scott Bevan and into the back of the net.
Woking: Worner, Lorraine, Hutchinson, Gasson, Pattison, Lambu (Maledon, 56), Quamina (Sole, 77), James, Gatting (Marum, 56), Morgan
Woking 3 Kidderminster Harriers 0 (26th April 2008)
With BSP status secured, the Cards gained their biggest win of the season on the final day of the campaign. Matt Pattison was the star with two fine goals, and Bradley Quamina also got on the scoresheet. The match proved to be the last appearances in a Woking shirt of Jay Gasson and Marvin Morgan.
Woking: Gindre, Batt (Gray, 67), Lorraine, Gasson, Bunce, Lambu, Maledon, Quamina, Pattison, Sole (Ruby, 82), Morgan (Sam-Yorke, 70)
There?s some great reading in Tuesday night?s programme: see yesterday?s news item for some ?tasters?.
Come on, you Cards!