Exciting game in prospect tonight
5:57am, Tue 11th Aug 2009
Woking v Chelmsford City
7.45pm on Tuesday 11 August 2009
The first home game of the season and it should be a cracker! Chelmsford were beaten in the play-offs last season and are being heavily backed for the play-off places once more. The Cards, also fancied for promotion by some pundits, will be buoyant after their opening day success at Welling on Saturday. Not a game to be missed!
Graham Bakerâ€™s side is inexperienced but there is talent and potential there. Up front, Luke Medley, Moses Ademola and Gez Sole are all exciting players who are capable of creating chances, as we saw on Saturday, although more incisive finishing is needed. With Harry Arter seemingly not completely fit after missing training because of a hamstring injury, the midfield disappointed slightly at Welling but we know from the friendly games that the Arter/Ricketts combination can be very effective. At the back Graham hopes that Tom Hutchinson will be fit to return after his bout of flu: his central defensive partnership with Tony Sinclair was looking very promising in the pre-season programme, while the pace of Ricky Anane and Aswad Thomas helps plug any gaps. Ross Worner in goal didnâ€™t put a foot wrong on Saturday and looks to be gaining in confidence with every game after being sidelined for most of last season.
The Cards can expect to be tested by a very strong Clarets side, which contains a number of players with extensive BSP experience. Up front, Chelmsford can call on the likes of reliable goalscorer Danny Hockton, the very promising, bustling Jason Hallett and Bertie Brayley. Head Coach Glenn Pennyfather has just added Rob Edmans to his striking options. John Martin, formerly with Grays and Stevenage, is seen as an important addition to the midfield, where he is likely to partner Jamie Hand, previously with Ebbsfleet. Captain Dave Rainford (formerly with the Daggers) is missing through suspension, though. A player to watch is the highly-rated winger Ricky Holmes. At the back the Clarets will be without 6â€™7â€� centre back Ben Martin, who was injured in Cityâ€™s 4-3 win over Bath City and the very experienced Steve Ward. The Clarets have former Farnborough keeper Craig Holloway in goal, whilst ex-Card Danny Bunce is, apparently, in fine form in his familiar left-back position, where, we hope, he will be given a torrid time by Luke Medley! Our other ex-Card, Ollie Berquez, is out with a broken foot.
Adults: Â£12 anywhere in the ground
The game will be segregated but Chelmsford fans will have access to the LGS toilet facilities since those on the Chris Lane Terrace are not yet in working order.
Donâ€™t forget Seafare fish and chips in the Leslie Gosden Stand!
See the earlier news item about our new matchday programme.
Come on, you Cards!
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