Can the Cards sink the Fleet?
6:42am, Mon 28th Feb 2011
Woking v Ebbsfleet United
7.45pm on Tuesday 1 March 2011
The big one! The Cards have been on a roll, with six successive league wins, with 14 goals scored and none conceded â€“ and playing some really attractive football too. Second-placed Ebbsfleet, also in great form, will provide a huge test for Garry Hillâ€™s side on Tuesday evening. Donâ€™t miss it - and bring a friend!
Garry Hill is well aware that the Cards have yet to beat a team above them in the league this season but heâ€™s confident that that particular record is going to be broken â€“ and will have to be broken â€“ if Woking are to secure a play-off place. Tomorrow evening provides the first big test since the Cards started their amazing recent run of league results: a win would not only reduce the play-off gap to two points, if only temporarily, it would also be a huge confidence boost before Farnboroughâ€™s visit on Saturday. Itâ€™s worth noting too that weâ€™ve got away games to come against both Farnborough and Ebbsfleet: our final trips of the season.
Barring injuries, we can expect to see the same side that started against Lewes, although if Reiss Noel is available again he may be restored to the right-back position, filled by Ricky Anane on Saturday.
The Fleet, who were relegated from the Blue Square Premier last season, have done remarkably well this season, especially given all the uncertainty at the beginning of the campaign over their budget. They now lie in second place in the table with 58 points from 29 games and Liam Daish has made it clear that theyâ€™ve set their sights on catching leaders Braintree Town, who now have only a six-point lead over them. (Braintree are away at Chelmsford City on Monday night, whom Ebbsfleet beat 3-2 on Saturday in a notable victory.) Recent results, beginning with the Chelmsford game, are highly impressive:
Chelmsford City 2 Ebbsfleet United 3
Lewes 0 Ebbsfleet United 3
Ebbsfleet United 3 Basingstoke Town 1
Havant and Waterlooville 2 Ebbsfleet United 3
Ebbsfleet United 2 Eastleigh 2
As can be seen, the Fleet havenâ€™t found goals hard to come by, and the man in form is Ashley Carew, whoâ€™s netted in the last four games. A more familiar figure to Woking fans will be Paul Lorraine, while someone else who donned the Cardinal colours, if only briefly, is Ryan Blake, whose loan spell at Stonebridge Road has been very successful and has recently been extended till the end of the season. Striker Calum Willock was with Stevenage amongst other clubs. Conor Arkus is on loan from Dagenham and Redbridge, and Daish has recently added striker Jacob Erskine, formerly with Gillingham and Bromley, to his squad.
The size of the task facing Garry Hillâ€™s side is reinforced by a glance at the Fleetâ€™s away record: 10 wins, 3 draws and only 1 defeat, with 31 goals scored and 17 conceded.
Adults - Â£12
Juniors (u16s) - Â£2
Concessions / Students - Â£8
The game will be segregated: Ebbsfleet fans should follow the signs for away fans.
Match sponsors Kenrico have subsidised the price for supporters to sample some matchday hospitality at a reduced rate. Entry to the match, including a welcome drink and fish and chips in the Geoff Chapple Suite, is just Â£20 for adults and Â£15 for kids.
Spaces are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
To book call Dave Riche or Geoff Chapple on 01483 772470 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
There's another special offer too: all draught beers are Â£2 a pint between 6pm and 7pm in the Cardinals Bar.
See the earlier news item for details of our great matchday programme, including Malcolm Wyattâ€™s memories of some of the Cardsâ€™ great Cup exploits. You may even be fortunate enough to buy the Lucky Programme!
Come on, you Cards!
N.B. Donâ€™t forget that the Kingfield Road Bridge is closed to vehicles. Pedestrian access will remain via a footbridge, but those travelling by car to the ground may have to take a diversion. For more details about the diversion, including a map, please see the Woking Borough Council website: www.woking.gov.uk/en...nmap
Make sure youâ€™ve got next Saturday afternoonâ€™s clash against Farnborough in your diary!