12:00am, Fri 25th Jul 2008
MAIDENHEAD UNITED v WOKING
3pm on Saturday 26 July 2008
The Cards are off to Maidenhead United on Saturday afternoon to play their fifth pre-season friendly game. This will be familiar territory for Manny Williams and Wes Daly, both of whom were with the Magpies last season. The Cards? record so far reads one win (Godalming away), two draws (Farnborough away and Neil Smith XI home) and one defeat (Colchester home) but Kim Grant will be much more interested in what he is learning about his current squad and potential signings.
Kim played a very youthful side against Godalming Town on Thursday evening but can perhaps be expected to play a more senior side on Saturday against Conference South outfit, Maidstone United. Newspaper reports that ex-Yeovil striker Wilfried Domoraud will sign for the Club haven?t yet been confirmed. What with Abdou El Kholti and Patrice Mondon Konan already at Kingfield, we look as though we?re about to become the Arsenal of the non-League. Hope Kim?s and Phil?s French is up to it!
The Magpies found the going tough last season, having secured promotion to the Conference South at the end of the previous campaign. They flirted with relegation but a five match unbeaten run towards the end of the season saw them survive. Johnson Hippolyte?s main signings this summer are: keeper Shane Gore, ex-Wimbledon, Barnet, Stevenage and Havant and Waterlooville, brought in to replace Chris Tardif, whom we saw at Farnborough; Dale Binns, a speed merchant on the left wing who has seen service with Cambridge United and Lewes; Ben Surey, a midfielder who started his career with Crystal Palace and has also played for Gravesend and Northfleet and Basingstoke; ex-Shot Tyron Smith, another arrival from the Camrose; and Ashley Nicholls, who was with Boston last season. The main departures, apart from Manny Williams and Chris Tardif, have been Dwane Lee, who has joined Kettering, and Darti Brown.
A more important 'Brown' to Woking fans is the great Dereck Brown, assistant manager of the Magpies. A Kingfield legend without question.
Maidenhead United Football Club
York Road, Maidenhead
Berkshire. SL6 1SF
The Supporters' Club is running a coach, which is free for Members. It leaves Kingfield at 1pm. Phone the Club Shop to book your place.
Leave at Junction 8/9 of the M4 and follow signs for Maidenhead town centre.
Go under the railway bridge, and follow the one-way system round to the first roundabout. Take the fourth exit, and take a left turn at the cinema along Broadway. Go down the hill, and the second road on the right is the car park.
York Road is a short walk across the road.
Trains run every quarter of an hour from Paddington and take about 40 minutes. York Road is a short walk from Maidenhead train station. Cross the one-way system and walk to the end of Bell Street.
Come on, you Cards!