Cards fight to make Trophy history
7:48am, Fri 4th Feb 2011
Woking v Salisbury City (REDUCED ADMISSION PRICES!)
FA Trophy 3rd Round
3pm on Saturday 5 February 2011
The Cards have a great chance to progress to the Quarter-Finals of the FA Trophy tomorrow when they take on Salisbury City in what is arguably the clubâ€™s most important fixture of the season to date. But it wonâ€™t be easy. The Whites have been in tremendous form this season, losing only one game, and come into this match on the back of a shock win against Wrexham in the last round. Come down to Kingfield to cheer the Cards on in what we hope will prove to be another memorable Trophy season.
Garry Hillâ€™s side are boosted by a hard-fought win against Thurrock on Tuesday, which, if nothing else, certainly demonstrated that the side is prepared to work its socks off for the new management team. Kieran Murtaghâ€™s promising debut in midfield was another definite plus. But Garry will have to make changes from the starting line-up since both Reiss Noel and Sam Hurrell are cup-tied. Alan Inns, who came on at half-time on Tuesday, is the obvious replacement for Reiss at centre back, with either Joe McNerney or Ricky Anane on the right side of defence. Unless Anson Cousins is fit, there is no one to replicate Samâ€™s pace on the left flank, although switching Moses Ademola to that side and bringing Ricky in on the right is another option. Jerome Maledon is a more defensively-minded midfield alternative.
Cards fans will be hoping that the skilful Elvis Hammond has another â€˜wonderâ€™ goal or two up his sleeve.
The Whites were demoted two leagues, from the Conference Premier to the Zamaretto Premier (Southern League Premier), at the end of last season after failing to get a CVA in place by the Conferenceâ€™s deadline. Manager Tommy Widdrington left, along with long-serving Nick Holmes, and star striker Matt Tubbs was sold to Crawley Town. Darrell Clarke became player/manager, assisted by Mikey Harris, and the club decided to remain full-time in a bid to gain immediate promotion to the Conference South. The Whites currently lie in second place behind Truro City, the club Steve Thompson managed briefly after leaving Yeovil.
The Cards will have to keep a close eye on strikers Kayne McLaggon, formerly with Southampton, and Jake Reid, who signed permanently from Bath City in the autumn and who had a trial with the Cards in summer 2009. Another brief Woking connection comes in the shape of Josh Casey, who had a trial last summer. Two other Woking connections have ended at least temporarily: Chris Giles is on six monthsâ€™ leave from the club for personal reasons and Matt Wright is on loan at Weymouth. Charlie Knight, formerly with Bashley, has pace on the right flank and has starred in many games this season. Two recent arrivals are Stuart Anderson, a midfielder re-signing from Peterhead, and Jake Boyle, on loan from Southampton. Kyle Haynes, who can play at right back or in midfield, is on extended loan from Cheltenham Town, and striker Dan Fitchett is on loan from Wycombe Wanderers till the end of the season.
FA TROPHY PROGRESS
The two teams have reached this stage as follows:
Dover Athletic 0 Woking 2
Harlow Town 0 Woking 2
AFC Wimbledon 2 Woking 3
Chesham United 1 Salisbury City 1
Salisbury City 2 Chesham United 1
Salisbury City 2 Almondsbury Town 1
Lewes 1 Salisbury City 3
Salisbury City 1 Wrexham 0
As every Woking fan knows, the Cards are three-times winners of this competition, lifting the Trophy at the old Wembley in the 93-94, 94-95 and 96-97 seasons. First Team Coach Steve Thompson was a member of the 96-97 side which beat Dagenham and Redbridge 1-0.
There are only five BSP sides left in the competition, so there is every chance of a lower level side reaching the Final. No club has won the Trophy on more than three occasions, so history beckons for the Cards!
The winners of Saturdayâ€™s tie will pocket Â£7,000 in prize money. Woking have already earned Â£15,000 prize money from previous rounds.
This is an â€˜all payâ€™ game but admission prices have been reduced:
Come down early and treat yourself to Seafare fish and chips (at ground level in the Leslie Gosden Stand) and a drink in the Cardinals Bar. Beer is only Â£2 a pint from 12 noon till 1.30pm: come and watch the SKY match on the big screen. (The Bar will be closed from 5.30pm for a private function.)
Come on, you Cards!
P.S. Donâ€™t forget that, barring a replay against Salisbury, the Cards will be at home again on Tuesday evening when they take on St Albans City.