The Cards travel to Eastleigh tomorrow afternoon with their play-off hopes still hanging by a thread after their 2-0 win at home to Lewes on Saturday. Graham Baker’s side now lie in 9th place with 57 points, six points behind fifth-placed Staines Town but with a game in hand. Tomorrow’s game looks to be the most difficult of Woking’s remaining fixtures, so a win would certainly significantly boost the Cards’ chances of pulling off a very unlikely comeback after a dreadful sequence of results which saw them go nine league games without a win in February/March.
Nathaniel Pinney’s loan spell comes to an end tomorrow, and the Cards will certainly miss his muscularity, pace and eye for goal. Let’s hope he can sign off with a crucial strike at Eastleigh.
Although Jerome Maledon has performed very creditably in midfield in the last couple of games, Cards fans will be hoping that the Arter/Ricketts partnership, which has served the side so well this season, will be able to resume.
The Spitfires have suffered quite a few injury problems to key players – which probably explains why they haven’t challenged as strongly for the play-offs as many expected. At present they lie in 11th place, with four points fewer than the Cards and having played the same number of games. Their home record reads won 7, drawn 3 and lost 8, with 34 goals scored and 29 conceded.
Their main threat this season has come from Richard Gillespie and the ever-reliable Andy Forbes, with 12 and 10 league goals respectively. The side includes ex-Card Tom Jordan, who is their captain.
Eastleigh have struggled of late. Recent results have been:
3 Mar BSS Lewes 1 Eastleigh 2
6 Mar BSS Eastleigh 0 St Albans 1
13 Mar BSS Eastleigh 1 Bath City 1
17 Mar BSS Eastleigh 1 Bath City 3
20 Mar BSS Hampton & R 4 Eastleigh 1
3 Apr BSS Dover Athletic 2 Eastleigh 1
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Take the M3 to J13. Turn right into Leigh Road. Go on till the crossroads and turn right at lights into Passfield Avenue. Go past Fleming Park Sports Centre on right. At the roundabout take second exit; at the next take the first exit; go past Concorde Club. Take the first turning right into Stoneham Lane and the ground is 100 yards on left-hand side. There are 500 “free parking" spaces at the ground
There are the usual Easter engineering works on Easter Monday, so getting to Eastleigh by train would be difficult. You’d have to get a train to Basingstoke or Alton and then a coach to Eastleigh. The journey would take about 2 hours, plus a 20-minute walk to the ground. Look up www.trainline.com for journey times.