Cards aim for another win
8:51pm, Thu 10th Sep 2009
Woking v Maidenhead United
3pm on Saturday 12 September 2009
The Cards have been in great form, with six wins, two draws and one defeat in their opening nine games and now lie in second place on goal difference behind pre-season favourites Dover Athletic. Graham Baker is all too well aware, though, that Saturdayâ€™s visit from a team that has been struggling is just the sort of occasion when you can be brought down to earth with a bump if you allow any complacency to creep in. Come down to Kingfield and urge the team on!
The team seems to have found it easier so far away from home, where there is perhaps a bit more scope for quick counter-attacks, whereas at home teams like Worcester City and Bishopâ€™s Stortford have come to Kingfield with a very defensive set-up, which Grahamâ€™s young side has so far found difficult to break down. But you canâ€™t help feeling that this team has the potential to dish out a good thrashing one of these days to a visiting side. Saturday would be an excellent time to realise that potential, setting the scene perfectly for what should be the biggest game of the season so far, a week later, against much-fancied Newport County.
I hope to get an update from Graham tomorrow on the injury situation and his thoughts about Saturdayâ€™s game.
Johnson Hippolyte, assisted by one of Wokingâ€™s â€˜legendsâ€™, Dereck Brown, did a great job last season in lifting the Magpies to 6th place in the table. But the summer saw a number of departures and the side has had a difficult start to the season, although Tuesday nightâ€™s 2-0 home win over Welling suggests that the corner may have been turned: a point which will not be lost on Wokingâ€™s management team. One of the arrivals was ex-Card Bradley Quamina, who has only just made his debut, scoring on Tuesday, following a pre-season injury. It should be interesting to see which of Bradley and â€˜our 'arryâ€™ picks up the first booking in the midfield battle! Another Woking connection is provided by the signing of former Academy player, Reis Stanislaus. Up front, the Magpies are looking to Kieron St Aimie, a signing from QPR, and Staforde Palmer, on loan from Hayes and Yeading, to provide the goals now that Richard Pacquette has departed.
Adults: Â£12 anywhere in the ground
Donâ€™t forget lovely Seafare fish and chips in the Leslie Gosden Stand! And why not join the players in the Club House after the game?
Weâ€™ve got another interesting matchday programme lined up for you on Saturday, including a profile of that great servant of the Club, Barry Kimber. See the earlier news item for a â€˜tasterâ€™ of Saturdayâ€™s offering.
Come on, you Cards!