Hawks in town for New Year's Day clash
7:51am, Thu 31st Dec 2009
Woking v Havant and Waterlooville (REDUCED ADMISSION PRICES)
3pm on Friday 1 January 2010
New Yearâ€™s Day â€“ weather permitting â€“ holds the prospect of a lively return encounter against the Hawks, following the 1-1 draw there on Boxing Day, when the Cards saw both Jamie Hand and Nathaniel Pinney receive their marching orders. Graham Baker, who is a close friend of the Hawksâ€™ manager, Shaun Gale, dismisses any talk of a â€˜grudgeâ€™ match but Cards fans were distinctly unhappy about the part played by former Woking Academy keeper, Aaron Howe, in Pinneyâ€™s dismissal and are likely to make their displeasure known to young Mr Howe at least.
I hope to get an update from Graham later today but he will have to strike a difficult balance between disrupting the team too much and giving some time on what is bound to be a heavy pitch to those who may have a bit more energy in reserve. However, since this is Matthew Wrightâ€™s and Nathaniel Pinneyâ€™s last games before their loan spells end, they seem certain to start.
Jerome Maledon played tidily after coming on in central midfield against Weston-super-Mare and could provide an option, while Sam Sloma too has played only a limited amount of football recently.
HAVANT AND WATERLOOVILLE
The Hawks sit in 15th place in a crowded league table, with 27 points from 19 games. Although they have only had one win in their last twelve league games, they have only been beaten three times in that sequence. They now have matches in hand and, if they went on a good run, could still make the play-off places.
Their game at Bath City on Monday was postponed, so they should have the advantage over the Cards in terms of freshness.
The squad has a sizeable contingent of ex-Woking players, who will no doubt relish their return to Kingfield. We saw Aaron Howe, Ian Simpemba and Gary MacDonald down at Westleigh Park, but both top scorer, Manny Williams, and Jay Gasson were missing.
Manager Shaun Gale recently brought in Elliott Charles, a young Barnet striker, as cover for Mustafa Tiryaki, who is serving a four-match ban.
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Donâ€™t forget lovely Seafare fish and chips in the Leslie Gosden Stand!
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Come on, you Cards!