Woking v Weston-super-Mare
3pm on Monday 28 December 2009
The Cards host the Seagulls tomorrow (Monday) afternoon and, against a side with the worst away record in the league, will certainly be looking for nothing less than three points to boost their chances in an increasingly crowded play-off race. Donâ€™t forget that there are reduced admission prices for this game and the return encounter against Havant and Waterlooville on New Yearâ€™s Day.
One of the mysteries this season is why the Cards seem to find it so difficult to win at home, when their away record has been so good. The reverse at home to Bath City in the last home game was only the latest manifestation of the Kingfield jitters. Mondayâ€™s game provides a great opportunity to improve our home record â€“ in readiness for the return encounter with Havant and Waterlooville on New Yearâ€™s Day.
Graham Baker has said that he will assess tomorrow who seems freshest after the very tiring encounter down at Havant yesterday on a heavy pitch. A start for Ricky Anane, in a game in which the Cards will be expected to make the running, must be a strong possibility. But with the home league reverse against St Albans in mind, Cards fans will be hoping Graham doesn't ring too many changes.
The Seagulls are once more engaged in a relegation battle, currently lying in 21st place with 16 points from 22 games. They lost 2-0 at home to Bath City yesterday. Their away record is particularly poor, with only three draws gained in 11 trips and with 11 goals scored and 27 conceded. They did, however, manage a 2-2 draw a month ago at Chelmsford City, so they are certainly not to be taken for granted.
In the away encounter back in August the Cards spurned countless chances in the away encounter back in August and ended up coming away with only a point in a 1-1 draw.
The Seagullsâ€™ recent results have been:
FAT3Q 21 Nov Weston-s-Mare 1-1 Carshalton Athletic
FAT3QR 24 Nov Carshalton Ath 3-1 Weston-s-Mare
BSS 28 Nov Chelmsford City 2-2 Weston-s-Mare
BSS 12 Dec Staines Town 3-0 Weston-s-Mare
BSS 16 Dec Eastleigh 3-1 Weston-s-Mare
BSS 26 Dec Weston-s-Mare 0-2 Bath City
REDUCED ADMISSION PRICES
Adults: Â£10 anywhere in the ground
Donâ€™t forget lovely Seafare fish and chips in the Leslie Gosden Stand!
See the earlier news item for details of the great articles in our packed matchday programme, including Mark Doyleâ€™s amusing look at the dodgy hair styles sported over the years by our Cardinal Heroes.