Tough home debut for Garry

Brian Caffarey
7:15am, Mon 31st Jan 2011
Woking v Thurrock
7.45pm on Tuesday 1 February 2011

The Cards’ first home game for a month and Garry Hill’s and Steve Thompson’s home debuts! So, come on, all you Cards fans, come down to Kingfield tomorrow evening and cheer on the new managerial team and players. Thurrock may look as though they are struggling in the league but don’t be fooled! Their recent form is second to none and they are climbing rapidly up the table. So, this will be another tough test for Garry’s charges.


It will be interesting to see if Garry rings any changes from Saturday’s side at Braintree. Bearing in mind that Reiss Noel is amongst those who are cup-tied for Saturday’s important Trophy tie against Salisbury City, he may want to give an outing to Alan Inns in defence.

The Cards now trail the play-off zone by 14 points. Only a win tomorrow evening would preserve the faintest glimmer of hope of bridging the gap by the end of the season.


The Fleet had a disastrous start to the season, failing to register a league win until their 15th attempt, a 2-1 home victory over Staines. By then Hakan Hayrettin had been replaced as manager by Greg Lincoln. But Lincoln stepped down in early January to be replaced by his assistant, Grant Gordon, as caretaker manager. Their recent form has continued to improve and, from propping up the table, they’ve now moved up to 15th place with 25 points from 24 games, only three points fewer than the Cards. Away from home their record reads won 2, drawn 3 and lost 7. But their dramatic improvement is illustrated by two wins and a draw in their last three away league games, with victories over Dartford and Maidenhead United and a very creditable 2-2 draw at Ebbsfleet United. At home too they have been going well, with wins over Welling United and, on Saturday, Eastleigh.

Joe Woolley in goal has been in fine form. The Fleet have experienced centre defenders in Lee Flynn, Rob Swaine and Craig Pope. Joe Carlos and Matt Bodkin provide pace on the flanks. Striker Paul Olima has recently returned to the club. Tommy Tejan-Sie is on loan from Dagenham and Redbridge.


Woking 0 Thurrock 1
6 February 2010

This game was dedicated to the memory of Phil Ledger but, unfortunately, the side did not produce a display to match. The misfiring Cards, who included new signing Jamie Slabber in their number, huffed and puffed in the first half but were then caught out just before the break by a stunning counter-attack which saw Fola Oronolishe head home past a helpless Ross Worner. The Cards started the second half brightly but became poorer and poorer as the game went on, finishing by throwing high balls in the direction of Tom Hutchinson.

Thurrock 2 Woking 2
16 March 2010

Graham Baker rang the changes for this game, dropping Jamie Hand and Sam Sloma and bringing in Craig Faulconbridge for his first start. And it was Craig who gave the Cards the lead in the 16th minute with a diving header from an Aswad Thomas cross. The Fleet equalised soon after the interval, with Clark latching onto a flicked through ball. But the Cards’ lead was quickly restored as Harry Arter crashed the ball home from close in. Unfortunately, they couldn’t hold onto all three points, with Anderson equalising with a header from a set piece. An improved performance but few would have expected that the Cards were about to embark on an amazing end-of-season charge up the table.


Adults - £12
Juniors (u16s) - £2
Concessions / Students - £8

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget that the Cards are at home again this Saturday when they take on Salisbury City for a place in the FA Trophy Quarter-Finals!

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