Woking v Braintree Town
Blue Square Bet South
3pm on Saturday 2nd October 2010
Tomorrow afternoon Braintree Town travel to Kingfield to face the Cards as the season reaches its quarter-way mark. Woking have won four of their last seven in the league and will see themselves as having a great chance against a Braintree side who have only lost once so far in the league. Woking have also had to put up with departure of keeper Lenny Pidgeley, but all eyes will be on his replacement Andy Little tomorrow afternoon.
With almost a quarter of the season gone, Woking have perhaps not had the start that they would have hoped for at this stage. They lie in ninth spot, a total of ten points from top of the table Bromley, and will know that they need to up the ante if they are to fulfil their pre-season expectations.
Their recent performances will have buoyed the club, with a couple of last-gasp wins both in the league and the FA Cup. They have striker Craig Faulconbridge to thank for that, after the front man scored two late braces against Basingstoke and Bishops Cleeve.
Woking also lost 2-0 against Welling United two weeks ago, another team who, like Braintree, lie near the top of the league. No doubt the manager will have learnt some valuable lessons from that match and will be looking to put that right against Braintree, who will be equally as tough.
Having lost only once in the league this season, Braintree currently lie in second place in the league, seven points ahead of Woking. They boast a much more consistent start in the league than the Cards do, but will certainly need to be wary of Woking on the day.
It may just work in Woking’s favour that opposition sides never know what sort of Woking team will turn up on the day and manager Rod Stringer will need to ensure his players are well prepared and focused on the day.
Not only did they achieve their first win in the FA Cup in five years last weekend, but they also beat some very tough opposition in Welling United, who just so happened to beat Woking in their last BSBS match. Braintree will certainly take heart in knowing that and will come into this game full of confidence. Manager Stringer will, however, be adamant that his players stay focused until the final whistle, especially with Woking’s recent goal scoring form late on in matches.