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Cards look to end goal drought

Brian Caffarey - 20th November 2009

Cards look to end goal drought Woking v St Albans City
FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
3pm on Saturday 21 November 2009

The Cards and the Saints do battle again on Saturday, less than two weeks since St Albans’s shock 1-0 win at Kingfield in the league. This time it’s a place in the next round of the FA Trophy – and the not wholly trifling sum of £4,000 prize money for the winners on Saturday – that is at stake.


Cards fans will be hoping that the loan signings of Nathaniel Pinney and Matthew Wright from Crystal Palace will relieve the goal drought experienced by Graham Baker’s side most of the season – though lying in 4th place in the table, Woking have scored fewer goals than all but the bottom two clubs – and which has been especially apparent at home, with only four league goals in eight games. The 0-0 draw at bottom-of-the-table Weymouth on Tuesday night, the fourth game in succession without registering a goal, only increased concern that this difficulty is becoming chronic and beginning to affect the form of the whole team.

The Cards can take some heart, though, from their FA Cup games this season, having put five past Hythe Town and Hendon.

Pinney – a 6’ striker with plenty of pace and running, according to reports of Palace reserve games – is available for selection tomorrow but the 6’4” Wright, who played for Maidstone United against Woking in the FA Cup, is cup-tied, having already played in the Trophy.

Delano Sam-Yorke, Jerome Maledon and Anson Cousins won’t be available for selection. Delano and Jerome have gone on a month’s loan to Cray Wanderers, while Anson has gone on loan to Godalming Town, from where Daniel Sintim was recalled for Tuesday’s game to provide cover for the injured Tom Hutchinson. Joe McNerney is still on loan at Corinthian Casuals.

I hope to get an update from Graham Baker later in the day.


The Saints’ pre-season was disrupted by constant rumours over the club’s financial situation. The club was never amongst the fancied sides of the division, and their form was fairly patchy until recently. However, they are now on a good run, being unbeaten in their last four games. They now lie in 15th place in the league, with 22 points from 17 games.

Captain Ryan Frater and fellow centre back Justin Clayton (formerly with Woking Academy and now on loan at Clarence Park from Southend United) will be looking to repeat the excellent central defensive cover they provided in the league encounter. Godfrey Poku and Gary Cohen have been shining in midfield, whilst striker Drew Roberts has notched six goals. Former Billericay Town striker Lamine Sagna had a dream debut for the Saints when he notched their winner at Kingfield.

St Albans’ recent results have been:

3 Oct BSS Weston-super-Mare 2-3 St Albans City
17 Oct BSS St Albans City 0 -1 Newport County
31 Oct BSS St Albans City 2 -1 Weymouth
7 Nov BSS Basingstoke Town 1 -1 St Albans City 1
10 Nov BSS Woking 0 St Albans City 1
14 Nov BSS St Albans City 1 Braintree Town 1


This is an ‘all pay’ game.

Adults: £12 anywhere in the ground
Concessions/Students: £8
U16s: £2

Don’t forget lovely Seafare fish and chips in the Leslie Gosden Stand!


See the earlier news item for details of our packed matchday programme, including profiles of Club Physio, Steve Snelling, and Ricky Anane.

Come on, you Cards!
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