The Cards go into their penultimate home game tomorrow with an outside chance still of grabbing the fifth play-off spot but they will almost certainly need to win all their remaining games – and even then rely on other results going their way – to achieve what would be a remarkable comeback after looking ‘dead and buried’ only a few weeks ago. But with four wins in their last five games and a relatively easy-looking set of remaining fixtures, 12 more points is certainly not beyond the team’s reach. However, Graham Baker’s side will sorely miss Nathaniel Pinney, whose partnership with Craig Faulconbridge has produced the goals the side has been lacking all season. Come on down to Kingfield on Saturday and cheer the team on in this vital game!
The Cards now lie in 8th place with 60 points, three points behind fifth-placed Staines Town. If Staines fail to beat Bath City (in 6th place) tomorrow and the Cards can beat Bromley and then Maidenhead away on Tuesday, they would be back in the play-off positions again, at least temporarily. But there are a lot of ‘ifs’ in that scenario and there is the not insignificant hurdle of Bromley – who have already beaten the Cards this season – to overcome first.
Nathaniel Pinney has returned to Crystal Palace at the end of his loan spell. He proved the perfect foil for Craig Faulconbridge, with his pace and muscularity allowing him to do the willing running down the channels while Craig has held the ball up and then positioned himself for the expected cross. So it now falls to Moses Ademola in particular to step up to the plate. Moses has shown that he has plenty of ability, including being able to get past defenders, but his final decision-making has often tended to let him down, going it alone when a pass to a team mate is called for or seemingly trying to dribble the ball into the net when he ought to shoot. Matthew Wright is another option to partner Craig but lacks the pace to perform the same role.
In midfield Cards fans will be hoping that the Arter/Ricketts combination can be restored, although Jerome Maledon in particular has looked increasingly assured in recent games in the ‘holding’ role and Gez Sole has risen well to the challenge of a central midfield role.
Bromley looked a ‘play-off’ side when they handed the Cards a 3-1 defeat back in November to end a run of impressive Woking away wins. But their form subsequently has been inconsistent and they have now allowed their top scorer, Warren McBean, to go on loan to Chelmsford City.
Recent results have been:
13 Mar Bromley 2 Worcester City 0
20 Mar Dover Athletic 1 Bromley 0
27 Mar Bromley 1 Bishop’s Stortford 1
30 Mar Bromley 2 Thurrock 3
3 Apr Bromley 3 Chelmsford City 3
5 Apr Lewes 1 Bromley 0
Bromley’s squad includes former Kingfield favourite, Steve Ferguson. Rob Gillman, a very experienced centre back, will no doubt be given a brief to stop Craig Faulconbridge adding to his impressive goal tally of five goals in six games, all but one from headers.
Adults: £12 anywhere in the ground
Don’t forget lovely Seafare fish and chips in the Leslie Gosden Stand!
See the earlier news item for details of our packed matchday programme, including an ‘end of the season’ interview with Chairman Shahid Azeem.