Crucial week for Cards' league hopes
7:34am, Mon 22nd Nov 2010
Woking v Eastleigh
7.45pm on Tuesday 23 November 2010
It doesn’t seem a month ago since we stood on the terraces, before our FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round tie against Eastleigh, applauding the memory of Colin Lippiatt. The Cards that day produced a performance of which Colin would have been proud and, of course, since then have added to it two magnificent displays against Brighton and Hove Albion in the following round plus, on Saturday, a superb performance to knock Dover out of the FA Trophy at Crabble. On Tuesday evening Eastleigh are the visitors again as the Cards begin a week that could determine whether they can still mount a challenge for the play-offs. Please come along and give them your support on Tuesday night.
It’s risking disappointment to say it, but Graham Baker seems finally to have achieved the blend he’s been searching for all season. We have an experienced, reliable goalkeeper in Andy Little. We have a central defensive partnership in the hugely promising Joe McNerney and the equally reliable Adam Doyle that gets better with every game. Mark Ricketts is back to his combative best in midfield, aided by the energetic Jerome Maledon and Francis Quarm. Lee Sawyer looks to be the classy, creative midfield player we’ve been crying out for all season. Aswad Thomas and Ricky Anane, in addition to their defensive strengths, can get up and down the flanks to support the two wide men, Moses Ademola and Jerome Federico, and in Elvis Hammond we have a clever front man who, if the ball is played to his feet, will cause headaches for defenders.
The football we played in the first half at Dover, and in patches thereafter, was a joy to behold as well as being very effective. If – and it’s a big ‘if’, given how unpredictable football is – we can play like that against Eastleigh on Tuesday night and at home to Dartford on Saturday, our league campaign will be up and running at last.
The Spitfires finished last season in a disappointing 11th position despite scoring more goals than any other BSS outfit. They’ve made a solid start to this campaign, currently sitting in 11th place with 21 points from 14 games: three points more than the Cards from the same number of games. Away from home they’ve won two, drawn two and lost two, with nine goals scored and eight conceded.
The Cards shaded the FA Cup encounter at Kingfield but could easily have found themselves 2-0 down early in the first half. Up front, Richard Gillespie – probably partnered by young striker Brett Williams if Jamie Slabber is still injured – can be expected to give our defence a hard time, with wide men Tony Taggart and Richard Graham providing a good supply line. Centre-back Tom Jordan is always dangerous at set pieces. But the Spitfires’ defence looked vulnerable last time, especially when attacked at pace, and the Cards will hope that that they can do even better on Tuesday evening, with Jerome Federico, buoyed by his two splendid goals on Saturday, complementing the then ‘man of the match’ Moses Ademola.
The Spitfires also advanced to the next round of the Trophy at the weekend, disposing of Folkestone Town 2-1 at home. They should be fresher than the Cards but the latter’s new-found confidence will, we hope, compensate for tired legs and niggling injuries.
Adults - £12
Juniors (u16s) - £2
Concessions / Students - £8
Come on, you Cards!