Woking v Dover Athletic
BSS Play-off Semi-Final, 1st leg
7.45pm on Tuesday 27 April 2010
Get down to Kingfield tomorrow night if you possibly can for the biggest game of the season so far! The Cards finally made it to the play-offs on Saturday after appearing to have thrown it all away with a dreadful run in February/March which saw them lose six and draw two league games and sink to as low as 13th in the table. But they bounced back with a fantastic sequence of eight wins in nine games to sneak into 5th place, thanks in good measure, at the end, to Newport County’s win at Braintree Town on the final day. Tomorrow evening sees the visit of second-placed Dover Athletic in the first leg of what should be an exciting semi-final play-off. Can the Cards inflict a third successive defeat of the season on Andy Hessenthaler’s side? Come on down to Kingfield and cheer the Cards on!
Graham Baker will have had very little time to bring his side down from the elation of qualifying for the play-offs and to get them to focus on tomorrow night’s game. As he will no doubt be drumming into his players, there is little point in qualifying for the play-offs if you don’t then do yourself justice. What’s needed is a continuation of that winning run!
On the fitness front, barring any further injuries, the main concern is whether Harry Arter has recovered sufficiently from his stomach bug to take part. Delano Sam-Yorke’s re-appearance as a substitute on Saturday provides another attacking option but Graham said this morning that he was not expecting Jamie Slabber to play any part yet: an outing in Thursday’s reserves game is in prospect. Graham will also be able to call on Jamie Hand and Sam Sloma, who have now returned from their loan spells, if he chooses to do so.
Dover have been in great form recently too, notching up eight wins in succession before losing 3-0 away to Newport County when a play-off place had already been secured and then drawing 0-0 at home to Staines Town on Saturday when a draw was all that was needed to cement second place in the league and therefore home advantage if they reach the final. (The final will be held at the ground of the team that finished highest in the league.)
The Whites have had to contend with quite a few injury worries in recent games, with defender Matt Fish and striker Frannie Collin still not fit enough to play at the weekend. Andy Hessenthaler, who’s said that he’s finally hanging up his boots a the end of the season, had to bring himself on as a substitute. Dover have also lost the services of on-loan Barnet defender Daniel Leach, who has been recalled to Underhill.
With time so short after Saturday’s game, we’ve produced a 16-page programme priced at £1.50, which includes Tom Barnardo's analysis of the play-off games. If you can’t attend you can email the Club Shop (on email@example.com) to order one – assuming that there are enough to go round.
This is an ‘all pay’ game, with normal admission prices: