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Testing trip for Cards on Saturday

Brian Caffarey - 13th November 2009

Testing trip for Cards on Saturday Thurrock v Woking
3pm on Saturday 14 November 2009

The Cards, sitting in fourth place, travel to third-placed Thurrock (formerly Purfleet) tomorrow in what is obviously an important game for both clubs as they chase a play-off place. The Cards will be hoping to exorcise all memories of Tuesday’s awful performance against St Albans City – and are probably happy to be travelling rather than playing at home, given their contrasting home and away form so far this season.


After resting some players on Tuesday night, Cards fans will be hoping that Graham Baker puts out his strongest side on Saturday – though quite what that is up front is something on which probably very few fans would agree! Take your pick from Moses Ademola, Giuseppe Sole, Mitchell Bryant, Luke Medley and Delano Sam-Yorke! Perhaps, once their splendid FA Youth Cup run is over, the likes of Youth team players Ollie Palmer and Ola Sogbanmu might come into the reckoning, along with Charlie Moone.


The Fleet are the BSS surprise package of the season, having finished in 20th place last season and being unfancied by the bookies at the start of the campaign. They now lie in third place, three points above the Cards, with 31 points from the same number of games (16). Their home record reads: W5, D1, L2, F18, A14. There’s a bit of a contrast between the two sides when it comes to goals per game. The Fleet’s 16 games have produced 55 goals compared with Woking’s 28!

Thurrock’s fine start has led the Club to award a 30-month contract to Manager Hakan Hayrettin.

Our only previous encounter with Thurrock was in 2005-06 when we won 3-0 at home in the 4th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, with second-half goals from Luke Oliver, Simon Jackson and Steve Ferguson.

Thurrock’s recent form is as follows:

3 Oct BSS Basingstoke T 0 Thurrock 4
10 Oct FAC3Q Thurrock 4 Potters Bar T 2
17 Oct BSS Thurrock 5 Dorchester T 2
24 Oct: FAC4Q Oxford United 2 Thurrock 0
27 Oct: BSS Braintree T 3 Thurrock 1
31 Oct: BSS Thurrock 1 Staines T 2
7 Nov BSS Weston-s-Mare 1 Thurrock 3
10 Nov ESC East Thurrock 4 Thurrock 3

The Fleet’s danger men are David Bryant and the speedy Fola Orinolishe. Bryant, formerly with Braintree, has notched 8 league goals, with his strike partner grabbing 7. But the Fleet can also call on Leon McKenzie, who re-signed from Bishop’s Stortford in September. At the back Lee Flynn is a highly-experienced captain, having played for Hayes, Barnet, Stevenage and St Albans City amongst other clubs.


Thurrock FC
South Way,
Ship Lane,
Essex RM19 1YN

Website: www.thurrock-fc.com

By coach
Leaves 12noon. Members £11; non-Members £15. Phone the Club Shop (01483 772470) today to book.

By car
Head for the eastbound M25. When going through the Dartford tunnel use the left-hand bore. On emerging from the tunnel leave the motorway at the first exit, Junction 31. This leads to a large roundabout controlled by traffic lights. Take the third exit, which is Ship Lane, and the ground is about 75 yards on the right.

By train
Purfleet Station on C2C line (Fenchurch Street to Southend) is about 3 miles from the ground.

Chafford Hundred Station (Lakeside Shopping centre) is about 2 miles from the ground. Bus route 372 runs from Lakeside to Ship Lane.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget that the Cards’ next home game is on Saturday 21 November when they play St Albans City in the FA Trophy.
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