Brian Caffaray - Alan Worth 9:09am, Wed 24th Aug 2011
Woking v Basingstoke Town
3pm on Saturday 27 August 2011
Following Tuesday’s disappointing result at Eastleigh, Garry Hill and his side will want to get back on track again with a strong performance against local rivals Basingstoke. A win will now be required if the Cards are to meet the initial target set by the manager of ten points from the first five games.
Apart from Derek Duncan who was unwell on Tuesday and the injured Ola Sogbanmu, the remainder of the squad should be available for selection. No doubt the manager will be considering how to freshen up the side after failing to score in two consecutive games. With matches coming thick and fast during the early season, Saturday may well be an opportunity to rest a couple of players while giving others a chance to start. Likely candidates would be Paris Cowan-Hall, who has impressed on his substitute appearances so far, and Jay Davies possibly getting his chance in midfield.
Speaking after Eastleigh, Garry Hill indicated that he wanted a game that was “nice and open” and hoped that Frank Gray would “leave the bus at home – let’s get it on!!”
There is a feeling in some quarters that Basingstoke Town might mount a promotion challenge this season. The signing of the veteran striker Tim Sills, who’s notched a few goals against us in his time, looks a good move and he’ll no doubt be an excellent mentor for ex-Card Delano Sam-Yorke, who seems to have found his goal touch since arriving at the Camrose last season, initially on loan from AFC Wimbledon. Delano got off the mark on the opening day with two goals in the ‘Stoke’s impressive 3-0 away win at Eastleigh.
After a draw away to Boreham Wood on Monday, our visitors are currently in eighth place one point behind the Cards.
Woking 2 Basingstoke Town 0
11 September 2010
The Cards had substitute Craig Faulconbridge to thank for this win after Graham Baker’s side had stuttered up front. A textbook header back across the keeper from a Moses Ademola cross gave Woking the lead. The three points were finally made safe in injury time when Faulconbridge swept home after some tremendous play from loanee Chris Bush.
Basingstoke Town 1 Woking 0
8 January 2011
In retrospect this game marked the ‘beginning of the end’ for Graham Baker, although there were two very good performances to follow at Dover in the league and at AFC Wimbledon in the Trophy. Baker and Jimmy Dack were left in no doubt by a number of Woking fans about what they thought of this abject display and the team selection and substitutions – a response which the Woking management team did not take kindly to!
This defeat ended an unbeaten run going back to 16 October but the Cards rarely looked like extending that record. Baker brought in Mark Ricketts and Reiss Noel in place of Aswad Thomas and Joe McNerney but the home side took control. Matt Warner scored the only goal of the game and but for some excellent saves from Andy Little the scoreline would have been more emphatic.