Cards target home hat-trick
7:18am, Mon 27th Aug 2012
Woking v Braintree Town
7.45pm on Tuesday 28 August 2012
Garry Hill will be very keen to maintain the Cards’ perfect home record on Tuesday evening, especially with three tough away games coming up in the following four encounters. Alan Devonshire’s Braintree side have a reputation for being direct and physical and will no doubt be a hard nut to crack but the Cards will be very keen to make up for the two injury-time goals which denied them a point at Forest Green Rovers on Saturday. Come on down to Kingfield and cheer Garry Hill’s side on to a third home win in a row.
The Cards have beaten Dartford and Barrow at Kingfield so far and must fancy their chances of continuing that record against a Braintree side which may find it hard to replicate their comfortable mid-table position last year. A win would give Garry’s side nine points out of 15 for August – which would be a very satisfactory start, particularly bearing in mind that both away games have been against fancied sides.
Garry brought in Jack Parkinson, at the expense of Brett Williams, on Saturday to strengthen the midfield. It will be interesting to see if he continues with that formation or reverts to a more attacking line-up for this home game.
Alan Devonshire’s side did well to establish themselves in the BSP last season, finishing in 12th place. The summer, though, saw the loss of two key players, former Card Aswad Thomas, who moved to Grimsby Town for an undisclosed fee, and top scorer Ben Wright, who was in Forest Green Rovers’ side on Saturday.
New arrivals include a replacement left-back, Sam Habergham, who was with Tamworth last season after leaving Norwich City; Josh Dawkin, a midfielder/winger from Norwich; Danny Sparkes, a left-sided midfielder from Histon; Callum McNish, a midfielder previously with Exeter City; keeper Danny Naisbitt; midfielder James Mulley, formerly with AFC Wimbledon; and young striker Kane Shepherd from Leyton Orient. Familiar names include skipper Kenny Davis, former Hampton and Staines defender Dean Wells, striker Sean Marks and long-serving midfielder Brad Quinton.
Devonshire has brought in Michael Gash on loan from Cambridge United to provide more firepower up front. And he has just paid an undisclosed fee to Histon for their top scorer last season, 22 year-old Dan Holmes.
The Iron’s results so far have been:
Braintree Town 2 Hyde 2
Ebbsfleet 0 Braintree Town 1
AFC Telford 3 Braintree Town 0
Braintree Town 1 Newport County 2
It sounds as though Braintree played fairly well against top-of-the-table Newport County, so they may not be too downhearted by the home defeat.
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LAST TIME OUT
Braintree Town 2 Woking 0
29 January 2011
Garry Hill’s first game in charge saw him take the Cards to top-of-the-table Braintree Town. Woking matched a tough, hard-working Iron side in the first half only to concede the lead to a breakaway goal in injury time after coming close to scoring at the other end. The Cards shipped a second goal early in the second half when an in-swinging corner somehow crept over the line. Braintree then kept a tight grip on the game to run out comfortable winners.
This defeat was followed by a narrow 1-0 home win over Thurrock before the further disappointment of a poor 2-0 loss at home to Salisbury City in the FA Trophy. But the Cards then surged up the table, winning ten and drawing one of their following 11 league games.
Woking: Andy Little, Ricky Anane, Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Moses Ademola (Sam Hurrell 67), Reiss Noel, Dave Gilroy, Elvis Hammond, Jerome Maledon (Craig Faulconbridge 81). Subs not used: Matt Pegler, Alan Inns, Ollie Palmer.
The Cards are away to Mansfield Town on Saturday 1 September and travel to Hereford United the following Tuesday (4 September). The next home game is on Saturday 8 September when Nuneaton Town visit Kingfield.
Come on, you Cards!