12:00am, Fri 6th Mar 2009
WOKING v BARROW
3pm on Saturday 7 March 2009
A veritable six-pointer! Woking one place above the relegation places play Barrow one place below them on goal difference but with the Bluebirds having three games in hand. And there?s another six-pointer to follow on 4 April when the Cards make the long trek to Cumbria for the return encounter. This is a big, big game for Phil Gilchrist?s men. Defeat is almost unthinkable and we?re running out of time and games to take any satisfaction from a draw. Can the Cards build on their encouraging performance against Burton a week ago and ? crucially ? put the ball in the net for the first time in six games?
Tuesday?s abandoned game against Kidderminster Harriers, played in awful wind and rain from the kick-off, didn?t vitiate the good impression created by a much more enterprising display against the Brewers. The defence stood up very well in the first half to the combined effects of the weather and Kidderminster?s forwards, and we were on top when the game was ended. But there was still no sign of that elusive goal!
Phil Gilchrist will be hoping that Wilfried Domoraud is fit enough to return: at the fans? forum on Thursday night Phil rated Wilf?s chances as 50-50. But Paolo Vernazza ? rejuvenated by the arrival of his old ?mucker?, Micah Hyde ? is out. On the positive side, both Colin Miles and Goma Lambu will be available for selection, though places on the bench seem likely.
Promoted from the Conference North through the play-offs last season, the Bluebirds had a great start to the season but, not surprisingly, have found the going tougher as the season has progressed and have gradually slipped down into the relegation places. Operating on one of the smallest budgets in the league, and with huge travelling costs, they will do very well indeed to survive their first season at this level.
Barrow retained most of their play-off winning side but Joint Managers, Dave Bayliss and Darren Sheridan, have been trying to strengthen their squad for the relegation dogfight. A recent arrival is Lee Steele, on loan from Northwich, a striker who has caused us a few problems in the past. Another is winger Peter Winn from Scunthorpe. Steve McNulty was sent off in last Saturday?s game against Northwich and misses this match.
Barrow 0 Northwich Victoria 0
Histon 2 ? 0 Barrow
Barrow 1 ? 1 Grays Athletic
Barrow 3 ? 1 Southport (Setanta Shield 5)
(Bond, Rogan (p), McGill)
Salisbury City 0 ? 0 Barrow
Burton Albion 2 ? 1 Barrow
Saturday?s game is sponsored by ex-Cards Bob King, Ross McCulloch, John Mitchell and Kevin Mitchell.
Also attending, under the Project 3000 initiative, are guests from Ripley Church of England Primary School, Burymead FC and Woking Shopmobility.
Details of another very readable matchday programme are in the news item to the right. Please support the Club by buying a copy.
Come on, you Cards!