Tuesday thriller in prospect
9:21pm, Sun 7th Oct 2012
Woking v Cambridge United
7.45pm on Tuesday 9 October 2012
Tuesday evening’s game has all the makings of a very interesting and entertaining fixture. Garry Hill’s side have one of the best goalscoring records in the league but have also conceded more goals than almost every other club, whilst the U’s arrive at Kingfield on the back of successive 4-1 wins and a goalscoring record that is equalled only by leaders Newport County. Woking have been playing some stylish football even if the results haven’t always gone their way – mainly due to crucial errors. Come on down to Kingfield if you possibly can and cheer the Cards on as they seek a fifth home win.
Once again, a crucial defensive error proved the Cards’ undoing on Saturday at AFC Telford, leaving them a man short with virtually the whole game to play and a goal down from the resulting penalty. Yet again, even with only ten men, the Cards went on to have the better of the game, with the last 25 minutes or so being virtually one-way traffic as Woking peppered Telford’s goal – but without getting the ball in the net.
You feel that the quality of much of Woking’s play this season merits a higher points tally and league placing than their current 15th but the side is letting in too many goals, with an unacceptable number gifted to opposing sides. Garry will no doubt ponder carefully his line-up for Tuesday, having brought Mike Cestor in at left-back at Telford, with Adam Doyle partnering Joe McNerney at centre back and Brett Johnson dropping to the bench. But Garry and Steve have every confidence in themselves and their squad, so don’t expect any panicky reaction from this management team! What is important is that Woking fans continue to get behind the players, who have certainly shown that they have the quality and determination to fare well in this league if they can develop a bit more consistency.
After flirting with relegation in the 2010-11 season the U’s, despite operating on a smaller budget and with a younger side, did well to finish in 9th position last year. This season started promisingly with two wins and two draws in the first four games but this sequence was followed by a run of seven games without a win, ended only when the U’s won 4-1 at Barrow a week ago on Saturday.
Jez George, who had taken on the role of manager as well as his main role of Director of Football, stepped down from first team affairs last week, with Richard Money, the former Luton Town manager, coming in as Head Coach. Money’s first game in charge was the U’s emphatic 4-1 home win over Mansfield on Saturday.
Away from home the U’s have had the single win at Barrow, draws at Forest Green Rovers, Stockport and AFC Telford and defeats at Luton and Hereford.
In the summer the U’s brought in nine players, including the returning Robbie Willmott, whom they’d sold to Luton for £50k in January 2011. Another arrival was Ricky Wellard from AFC Wimbledon.
The U’s have some quality players in their squad, including the impressive Rossi Jarvis, Luke Berry and Tom Elliott, whilst Michael Gash seems to have found his goalscoring form again, and they might well have the potential to rise up the table now that confidence is returning.
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Tuesday’s 56-page programme includes an interview with Dean Sinclair; an ‘opposing fan’ view from Cambridge’s chaplain (interviewed by our own Ian Nicholson, of course!); a splendid piece by Malcolm Wyatt reflecting on the Stockport away game; plus all the news from the BSP, match reports, previews, great action photos and much more. If you can’t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on email@example.com
The Cards are at home again on Saturday when Southport are the visitors.
Come on, you Cards!