Woking v Staines Town
3pm on Saturday 6 March 2010
The Cards take on local rivals, Staines Town, tomorrow in the first of a ‘double header’ which could go a long way to deciding whether Graham Baker’s side can fight their way back into the play-off places or will end the season as mid-table also-rans. It will be a tough test for the Cards as the visitors have been in fine form, whilst Woking have now gone five league games without a win.
Graham Baker has made it clear that he will be looking in particular to the more experienced players in his squad in the final run-in, but he will definitely be without Jamie Slabber, who had a knee operation earlier this week and is expected to be sidelined for five to six weeks.
Last weekend Staines fell to their first defeat of the calendar year, losing 2-1 at home to Eastleigh, thereby ending an unbeaten run stretching back to 19 December when they lost to a last-minute goal away at Newport County. They are the only BSS side to have beaten the league leaders, in the reverse fixture.
But Staines quickly got back on track on Tuesday night, coming away with a 2-1 win at Weymouth, with Howard Newton bagging both goals.
The Swans now lie in 3rd place in the table, seven places and seven points above the Cards, but have played two games more. Their away record is very sound, with seven wins, five draws and only three defeats, and with 20 goals scored and 15 conceded.
Two ex-Cards feature in the Staines squad: defenders Simon Jackson and Michael Kamara. Danger men include the much-travelled Leroy Griffiths and Scott Taylor as well as Howard Newton and Ali Chaaban.