Cards await pitch news

Brian Caffarey
6:50am, Fri 15th Jan 2010
Woking v Hampton and Richmond Borough
3pm on Saturday 16 January 2010

It is still not clear if tomorrow’s game will be played in spite of the thaw – which can bring its own problems. But if it is played Graham Baker will be very keen to ensure that our recent good run of form at home is continued against a Hampton side which has been struggling.


Woking will be missing Tom Hutchinson (waiting to serve a one-match ban) and Jamie Hand (waiting to serve out a three-match ban). They will also be without Nathaniel Pinney, who has returned to Crystal Palace at the end of his loan spell and whom Graham won’t want to bring back until he’s served his three-match ban. His Palace strike partner, Matthew Wright, would be eligible to play tomorrow if Graham were to succeed in bringing him back in time. If not, new signing Jamie Slabber can be expected to lead the line.


The Beavers reached the play-offs in the last two seasons, so will be disappointed to find themselves lying in 18th place in the table. Injuries to key players (Ian Hodges, Francis Quarm and Dean Wells) have probably been a major factor in this downturn in fortunes. Recent form has been particularly worrying, with Staines Town rattling four goals past keeper Matt Lovett in each of the holiday games. Away from home Hampton have won 3, drawn 3, lost 6, scoring 13 goals and conceding 21. Recent results have been:

BSS 5 Dec Dorchester T 2-1 Hampton & Richmond
MSC 8 Dec Hampton & Richmond 0-1 Northwood
FAT1 12 Dec Hampton & Richmond 0-0 Lewes
FAT1R 22 Dec Lewes 3-1 Hampton & Richmond
BSS 26 Dec Hampton & Richmond 1-4 Staines Town
BSS 28 Dec Braintree Town 1 -1 Hampton and Richmond
BSS 1 Jan Staines Town 4-0 Hampton & Richmond

The Beavers’ squad includes ex-Card Michael Lee Charles. A recent signing is attacking midfielder Karl Beckford from Kingstonian, whose previous clubs include Aldershot Town and AFC Wimbledon. Burly striker Craig Dundas threatened most when the Cards visited the Beveree back in September. Graham Baker’s side came away with a well-deserved 2-0 victory, with an excellent strike from Delano Sam-Yorke and a superb Sam Sloma free-kick.


There will not be a matchday programme if the game goes ahead. The Club had to make a decision on Thursday lunchtime whether to ask the printers to print the programme but, in view of the substantial doubts then about whether the game would be played, it was decided that it would not be sensible to incur the printing costs.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget that the Cards’ re-arranged Trophy tie at Oxford United will take place on Tuesday evening.

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