Cards seek yet another win
12:15pm, Fri 16th Apr 2010
St Albans City v Woking
3pm on Saturday 17th April 2010
Woking fans will be travelling to Clarence Park en masse tomorrow to see if the resurgent Cards can continue their magnificent late-season assault on the play-off places. Graham Baker’s side have to win their last two games, tomorrow and then at home to relegated Weymouth the following Saturday, to stand any chance of retaining their precarious hold – gained on Tuesday at Maidenhead – on fifth place, and even then they would have to rely on other results going their way. But a win at St Albans would definitely take the contest to the last day of the league season to set up an exciting finale.
Graham Baker will have to weigh the odds over whether to start with several players who are carrying injuries, including the influential midfield pairing of Harry Arter and Mark Ricketts, while another midfielder, Jerome Maledon, has still got a bruised heel. The impact which Matthew Wright has made after coming on in the last two games makes a strong case for including him in the starting line-up but, then again, it would leave Graham with less opportunity to change things from the bench if Matthew wasn’t available to bring on.
The current relevant league positions are:
4. Braintree 40 games 68 points
5. Woking 40 games 66 points
6. Bath City 39 games 65 points
7. Havant and W 40 games 65 points
8. Staines Town 39 games 63 points
Fixtures tomorrow include:
Basingstoke Town v Braintree
Bromley v Bath City
Maidenhead United v Havant and Waterlooville
Staines Town v Thurrock
The Cards will be desperately hoping that, not only can they win at St Albans, but that either Braintree or Bath City are defeated on their travels – and that Staines Town fail to beat Thurrock. A lot to hope for on one afternoon!
After a patchy start to the season, which saw them lingering towards the bottom of the table, the Saints hit impressive form in early February, going on a run of six wins in eight games, which took them into the group of play-off contenders. But three successive defeats ended those aspirations and they now lie in 12th place with 54 points from 40 games.. However, they did well to gain a point at Braintree Town last Saturday and are not to be taken lightly.
Recent results are:
13 Mar St Albans 1 Thurrock 0
20 Mar Worcester City 0 St Albans 0
7 Mar St Albans 1 Dover Athletic 2
3 Apr St Albans 2 Bishop’s Stortford 4
5 Apr Hampton and RB 3 St Albans 0
10 Apr Braintree Town 2 St Albans 2
In the home fixture back in November a poor Cards performance, on the rebound after FA Cup exit at Swindon Town, saw them suffer a surprising 1-0 defeat.
Tel: 01727 864296
Leaves 12 noon; £11 members, £15 non-members; phone the Club Shop before 4pm today.
Exit M25 at J22 (A1081). Follow signs to St. Albans from slip road. At London Colney roundabout (traffic light controlled) exit onto A1081. Follow road for about 1 mile until mini roundabout (Great Northern pub on left). Turn right into Alma Road. At traffic lights turn right into Victoria Street and continue to junction with Crown pub. Go straight across into Clarence Road, ground is first on left about 50 yards past junction or take the next turning on the left into York Road. Ground entrance is at the end of the road on the left.
A small amount of parking is available at the Clarence Road entrance. If not, the station car park can be used or surrounding roads.
There is a good service from St Pancras to St Albans, taking some 20-25 minutes. For train times visit www.thetrainline.com. Turn left out of the station into Station Way and cross Hatfield Road into Clarence Park. Follow the path round to the right of the ground until you reach the main entrance.
Come on, you Cards!