Shots Visit For Next Friendly
8:06pm, Mon 27th Jul 2009
WOKING v ALDERSHOT TOWN
7.45pm on Tuesday 28 July 2009
This looks like a serious â€˜friendlyâ€™! Graham Baker said that he was targeting this game â€“ and this Saturdayâ€™s at home to Stevenage Borough â€“ as benchmark games, and the Shots have said that theyâ€™ll be bringing their full first team for this encounter, including, presumably, former Kingfield favourite, Marvin Morgan. So, it looks all set for a lively evening. If you want to see how the teams are shaping up for their respective campaigns, come down to Kingfield tomorrow evening!
Saturdayâ€™s game at AFC Totton, which the Cards won 4-0, provided the best indicator yet of how Graham Bakerâ€™s side is progressing. Most of the players who were on view seem likely to figure when the season starts and the majority played the full 90 minutes. Urged on by the vocal Baker and Dack, the side gave Totton a real pounding in the second half.
Following the game Graham has agreed terms with Ricky Anane, who will put pen to paper tomorrow. He is still considering Craig Barrettâ€™s position but all the other trialists have been â€˜releasedâ€™. A decision is expected to be made in the next five days on keeper Rodney Chiweshe from Godalming Town. Grahamâ€™s priority now is to line up another striker.
Graham has said that he plans to play a similar side to that which began at Totton. However, we could get our first sight of Sam Sloma. Heâ€™s now returned from the international futsal tournament in Israel. It sounds as though Jon Boardman wonâ€™t figure, and that Jerome Maledon and Joe McNerney will also be recovering from injury.
The Shots had a decent first season in League 2, starting brightly but then falling away to finish in 15th place. It was their away form, with more defeats than any other team in the league, which was their Achilles heel. Summer departures included Ricky Newman, Nikki Bull (joining Yeovil, apparently) and Rob Elvins, who has signed for Worcester City, our visitors on 15 August. New signings include keeper Clark Masters from Southend, who has had loan spells with several non-League clubs, and right back Ben Herd from Shrewsbury, who was originally with Watford.
The Shots started their pre-season friendlies with a 2-1 win at Alton. Theyâ€™ve since gone on to draw with Camberley away 3-3, lose 4-0 at home to QPR, lose 3-1 at Farnborough, draw 0-0 at home to Brentford and win 3-1 at home to a Spurs X1. On Friday evening they lost 0-1 at home to a Fulham X1, which, on paper, looked stronger than the side which the Cottagers brought to Kingfield.
Come on, you Cards!
P.S. A reminder about other friendly games this week
Thatcham Town v Woking, 7.45pm on Thursday 30 July
Woking v Stevenage Borough, 3pm on Saturday 1 August