Woking v Stockport County
3pm on Saturday 8 December 2012
The Cardsâ€™ roller-coaster season continues on Saturday with a very attractive fixture against Stockport County, who only 12 years ago were riding high in League One. Can Garry Hillâ€™s side build on the morale-boosting 2-0 win at Lincoln City on Tuesday and do the double over the Hatters? Come on down to Kingfield â€“ thereâ€™s almost sure to be goals!
Who knows which Woking side will turn up on Saturday! Will it be the side that imperiously dismissed Farnborough in the FA Trophy with a scintillating 7-0 win? Or the team that crumpled by the same scoreline at Hyde only a week later? Or the side that showed great character on Tuesday to bounce back to record that 2-0 win against a team that had been unbeaten in their last eleven games? My money is certainly on another hard-working display, with every sinew stretched to gain a memorable double over the Hatters.
Garry will have Brett Johnson back from suspension and John Nutter will be available too after being forced to sit out Tuesdayâ€™s game against his parent club. Garry must be tempted, though, to start with the same eleven as on Tuesday.
County are in their second season in the Conference Premier. Their first was almost a disaster, with the ill-judged appointment of Didi Hamann soon putting them at risk of relegation to the Conference North but Jim Gannon saved the day once more, lifting them to a final 16th place.
The Hatters started this season reasonably well but results tailed off in September and they have won only one of their last five league games, leaving them in 18th place, four places and two points behind the Cards but with two games in hand. Their last game was a 4-3 home defeat at the hands of Southport: having pulled themselves back from 3-0 down, County succumbed to a cruel last-minute own goal. Away from home, Stockport have won two league games, drawn five and lost three, with 11 goals scored and 15 conceded.
Although the Cards deservedly took the points at Edgeley Park with an excellent display, there were sufficient signs of quality in the Hattersâ€™ performance for Garry Hillâ€™s side to know that Woking will have a tough game on their hands on Saturday. A subsequent addition to Countyâ€™s squad is perhaps the main â€˜dangermanâ€™ at present: Connor Jennings, on loan from Scunthorpe United. The Cardsâ€™ defence will have to be particularly careful to cut out errors at set pieces.
Over 65s/Students Â£10
The game will be segregated.
The 56-page programme includes a very timely interview with Brett Williams and an opposing view from a Stockport fan, plus all the news from the BSP, match reports, previews, superb action photos and much more. If you canâ€™t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cards are at home to old rivals Welling United next Saturday in the FA Trophy. Come down to Kingfield and enjoy what should be a well-contested cup tie. Reduced admission prices apply. The following Saturday (22 December) the Cards entertain high-flying Forest Green Rovers.