Thatcham Town v Woking
7.45pm on Thursday 30 July 2009
The Cards travel to Thatcham Town on Thursday evening for another pre-season friendly.
Graham Baker had originally intended to play his â€˜first choiceâ€™ team for 45/60 minutes at Thatcham but changed his mind after the hard game against Aldershot Town on Tuesday night. A number of players had â€˜bumps and bruisesâ€™ and he is concerned not to pick up more injuries than necessary. He will also want to play a strong side against Stevenage Borough on Saturday (the second of his two â€˜benchmarkâ€™ games). So, the Cardsâ€™ line-up will now be a mix of substitutes from Tuesday night (i.e. Charlie Moone, Anson Cousins, Joe McNerney, Daniel Sintim, Billy Hussey) and Academy players. But trialist keeper Rodney Chiweshe from Godalming Town is expected to start.
Thatcham are in the same league as AFC Totton and should present a similar challenge. So far, they have beaten Milton and Highdown Town in pre-season friendlies but lost 2-1 at home to Didcot Town on Saturday. The club was promoted from the Wessex League to the Southern League in 2005/06. Last season they finished 6th in the Southern League Division One South and West, missing the play-off positions by five points. The Blues are managed by Gary Ackling.
Thatcham Town FC
Tel: 01635 862016
Head for A322 towards Bagshot. Continue till joining A329M and then M4 towards Reading. Leave M4 at J12. Take first exit (A4) towards Theale and Newbury. After some 9 miles, at Sony roundabout, turn into Pipers way. At next roundabout turn left, crossing over the railway line. Entrance to Waterside Park 300 metres on left-hand side.
Thatcham is the nearest railway station. Itâ€™s possible to get there from Woking via Guildford and Reading but youâ€™d have to leave the match early to catch the last train.
Come on, you Cards!
P.S. Donâ€™t forget that Stevenage Borough will be coming to Kingfield on Saturday afternoon!