Cards face tough Trophy trip
7:27am, Fri 10th Dec 2010
Harlow Town v Woking
FA Trophy, 1st Round
3pm on Saturday 11 December 2010
The Cards expect to be back in action tomorrow as they battle to reach the last 32 of the FA Trophy. Graham Baker’s side had an excellent win at Dover Athletic in the last round but can expect a tough encounter against a club that has already accounted for three teams from higher leagues in the qualifying rounds of this competition this season.
The enforced rest as a result of the bad weather – the Cards’ last game was their 2-2 home draw against Dartford two weeks ago – will at least have enabled players to shake off niggling injuries and, we hope, will have restored energy levels severely tested by a hectic November schedule.
New signing central defender Reiss Noel is cup-tied, so will be ineligible to make his debut tomorrow. Sam Hurrell has returned to Kingfield following his loan spell at Boreham Wood, where he notched four goals, but he too is cup-tied. Alan Inns has recovered from injury but is expected to go out on loan to regain match fitness. Daniel Sintim has gone out on loan again to Walton and Hersham, while Charlie Turnbull has returned from his loan spell there. Ollie Palmer, Ola Sogbanmu and Francis Quarm are all still out on loan.
Jerome Federico, who scored the two goals that knocked out Dover in the last round, has returned to Wycombe Wanderers.
Harlow Town lie in 10th place in the Ryman League Division One North, just one point behind Brentwood Town, who gave us such a hard time in the FA Cup. Like a lot of football clubs, their recent history is as much about money as it is about performances on the pitch. Following relegation from the Ryman Premier Division at the end of the 2008-09 season, only two years after gaining promotion through the play-offs, the club entered into a CVA last season and were facing being assigned to the Essex Senior League but they gained a reprieve as the result of other clubs’ similar woes.
The FA Trophy has brought them much joy so far this season, having disposed of two Ryman Premier League clubs and one Zamaretto Premier side in previous rounds, all at Barrows Farm. Bedford Town were the first victims, losing 3-2, followed by Carshalton Athletic, who went down 2-0, and, finally, Maidstone United, who lost 3-0. Woking will have to work hard to avoid being the fourth to bite the dust.
The Hawks have a very familiar face in their squad in the shape of Steve Ferguson. Other well-known non-League players include defender Sacha Opinel and striker Che Stadhart.
Barrows Farm Stadium
Phone the Club Shop today or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Head clockwise on the M25. At Junction 25 go north on the A10 (signposted Hertford, Cheshunt). After 7 miles take ramp left onto A414 towards Harlow. Then after 5 miles and, as you get into Harlow, take 4th exit on roundabout on to A1169 / Elizabeth Way. The ground is just over a mile on your right. The AA estimates the journey time at about 80 minutes.
Nearest station: choice of two as the ground is in the middle of Roydon Station and Harlow Town Station.
Take the train to Vauxhall, then the tube to Tottenham Hale, and get the train to Harlow Town.
Other routes are also available: check www.thetrainline.com for details.
From Roydon the ground is 1.7 miles away, and from Harlow Town station it is 1.5 miles (30 minute walk). On leaving Harlow Station, walk to the right to the roundabout. Cross over the A414 and walk along the A1169, passing the rugby and cricket grounds before coming to the ground on the right-hand side.
Come on, you Cards!
P.S. Don’t forget that the Cards’ next home game is on Saturday 18 December, when they play St Albans City.