Cards look to resume winning ways
7:18am, Fri 9th Sep 2011
Woking v Eastbourne Borough
3pm on Saturday 10 September 2011
The preparations for this game have been overshadowed by the worrying news of Garry Hillâ€™s admittance to hospital but his team will be in no doubt that the biggest fillip to his recovery would be news that his side have got back to winning ways following their narrow defeat at league leaders Welling United last weekend. The Cards lie second in the table and have been playing some attractive football, so come on down to Kingfield and cheer them on!
The Cards were a little unlucky, perhaps, not to come away with a point from Park View Road last Saturday, having had much the best of the second half. But Welling made the most of some hesitant defending at set pieces and carried the day. Letâ€™s hope that the tables are turned when the Wings visit us next March.
There doesnâ€™t seem to be a strong case for making changes to the line-up for Saturday, although Gez Sole wonâ€™t have done his chances of a starting-place any harm with a well-taken goal and a lively overall performance after coming on as a substitute at Welling. Garry and Steve will need to decide, though, whether to restore Andy Little in goal, assuming he is now fully fit.
The Sports were relegated from the Conference Premier at the end of last season and could well challenge for a play-off place. Long-serving manager Garry Wilson, who masterminded the clubâ€™s rise through the non-League pyramid, was persuaded to stay on and has made a number of useful summer signings, including veteran Brighton and Hove Albion striker, Gary Hart. Other members of the squad include Eddie Hutchinson (twin brother of Tom), strikers Ben Watson and Carl Rook and midfielder Matt Crabb, whoâ€™s been at the club for over 10 years. That pales into insignificance, however, compared with defender Darren Baker, who joined the Sports in 1992!
Results so far have been mixed. There have been good wins over Dorchester Town (3-0 away), Bromley (5-0 at home) and Eastleigh (2-1 at home) but counter-balanced by defeats against Dartford (2-1 away), Chelmsford (3-1 at home) and Welling (3-0 away). The Sports also drew 1-1 at home to Farnborough. Last Saturdayâ€™s win over Eastleigh was thanks to two superb strikes from winger Steve Brinkhurst.
Donâ€™t forget that, for a trial period, the Club has opened a new bar under the Leslie Gosden Stand.
Have you sampled the new-look matchday programme yet? Superbly designed by Andy Hall, Saturdayâ€™s edition includes a profile of Dale Binns and an interview with Cards Trust Chair and Club Board Director, Rosemary Johnson â€“ plus match reports, previews, great photos and all the Club news.
Come on, you Cards!
N.B. Next Saturdayâ€™s home game v Dover Athletic will be another â€˜crunchâ€™ match, so make sure youâ€™ve got it firmly in your diary!