Cards off to Bath tomorrow
11:36am, Mon 30th Nov 2009
Bath City v Woking
7.45pm on Tuesday 1 December 2009
The Cards travel down to Twerton Park tomorrow evening to take on a Romans side who will be licking their wounds after their narrow FA Cup exit at home at the hands of our FA Trophy opponents, Forest Green Rovers, on Saturday. The Cards will be hoping that they can add to their fine away record with another three points. Although the weather remains poor, the Bath pitch apparently drains well, so the game can be expected to take place.
I hope to get an update later from Graham Baker on the injury situation. Assuming everyone is fit, Graham is almost spoiled for choice. Up front, the new loan pair of Matthew Wright and Nathaniel Pinney impressed on their debuts after coming on as substitutes in Saturdayâ€™s 3-1 defeat of Dorchester Town. Moses Ademola is â€˜on fireâ€™ and, on what is bound to be a heavy pitch, Trevor Benjamin might be a useful â€˜battering ramâ€™ for the first hour or so. At the back, Graham will have Jon Boardman and Aswad Thomas champing at the bit for a starting place, while in midfield Sam Sloma must feel unfortunate not to have figured more in recent games.
We havenâ€™t played the Romans since the 1996-97 season when we drew both games against them in Bathâ€™s last season in the Conference Premier.
They currently lie in 14th place in the BSS, with 24 points from 17 games. At home theyâ€™ve won four, drawn three and lost two games.
Their â€˜starâ€™ player is probably Lewis Hogg, formerly with Bristol Rovers and who cost the Romans Â£4,000 when he moved to Twerton Park from Weston-super-Mare. Other names weâ€™ve come across previously include ex-Luton player Stuart Douglas, who was previously with Weymouth; Sido Jombarti, a midfielder with Weymouth and then Basingstoke Town last season; Sekani Simpson, an attacking right-back with Tamworth and Forest Green Rovers; Kaid Mohamed, scorer of a â€˜wonderâ€™ goal for FGR at Kingfield last season; and keeper Ryan Robinson, previously with Morecambe and Forest Green Rovers. Warming the bench could be reserve keeper Steve Perrin, whom many Woking fans will remember fondly from his time at FGR.
Bathâ€™s recent results are:
31 Oct BSS Bath City 0 Bromley 0
7 Nov FAC1 Grimsby T 0 Bath City 2
10 Nov BSS Staines T 1 Bath City 1
14 Nov BSS Bath City 1 Chelmsford C 0
21 Nov FAT Maidenhead U 1 Bath City 0
28 Nov FAC2 Bath City 1 Forest Green Rovers 2
Bath City Football Club,
Twerton Park, Twerton, Bath, BA2 1DB
Tel: (01225) 423087 / 313247
Fax: (01225) 481391
Leaves 4.30pm; Â£15 members, Â£20 non-members; book through the Club Shop (01483 772470 or email@example.com ).
Main Route: Take J 18 off M4. 3rd exit off roundabout and follow A46 (10 miles) to Bath City Centre. Along Pulteney Road then right into Claverton Street and then follow A36 Lower Bristol Road (1.5 miles). Left under Railway bridge (sign: Bath City FC) into Twerton High Street and ground is 2nd turning on left.
Alternative Route (recommended on Saturdays): Take J 19 off M4 onto M32. J 3 off M32, follow signs for Bath (A4). Through Keynsham (5 miles) and Saltford (8 miles), take right-hand exit off dual-carriage way onto Lower Bristol Road (A36). 1 mile right under Railway bridge (sign: Bath City FC) then as above.
Third possible route: This route is for high vehicles (such as coaches) as it avoids a low bridge. Follow the alternative route until the roundabout at Newton St Low, before the dual carriageway, then take the 2nd exit (signs Combe Down) and follow this road for 1 mile then turn left (signs Twerton) and ground is 3/4 mile on right.
The nearest stations are Bath Spa (2 miles) and Oldfield Park (1 mile). Leaving Woking at 16.25, you can get to Bath Spa at 18.28 via Guildford and Reading. Returning is more problematic. The last train back leaves Bath at 22.00, which would get you to Woking at 00.18 via Reading and Virginia Water. The number 5 bus runs from the City Centre to Twerton Park.
Come on, you Cards!
P.S. Donâ€™t forget that Wokingâ€™s next first team game at Kingfield is on Saturday 12 December when the Cards entertain Forest Green Rovers in the 1st Round of the FA Trophy. The reserves play Epsom and Ewell at Kingfield next Saturday afternoon, while the first team travel to Bishopâ€™s Stortford.