Christmas treats as the Cards take on Rovers
9:24am, Thu 20th Dec 2012
Woking v Forest Green Rovers
3pm on Saturday 22 December 2012
It's 'Bring a Friend Day' on Saturday when the Cards take on high-flying Forest Green Rovers in what should be a very entertaining clash. Admission for U16s is free, with a free gift thrown in too if they buy something from the Club Shop! So, gather up all the kids and bring them down to Kingfield for a pre-Christmas treat. KC Kat will be handing out sweets and there is a free mince pie if you order a drink from the Cardinalsâ€™ Bar before 2pm. Christmas is coming early to Kingfield!
The Cards are seeking their third league win on the trot after impressive victories over Lincoln City away and Stockport County at home. With the league table still incredibly tight, three more points for Garry Hillâ€™s side would be a huge boost before they take on Luton Town and Braintree in the rest of their crowded holiday schedule.
But Woking will have to do it without strikers Brett Williams and Bradley Bubb, who are both suspended following their red cards in last weekendâ€™s game against Welling United in the FA Trophy. That should mean an opportunity to shine for the likes of Loick Pires â€“ still looking to make his mark at Kingfield â€“ Jayden Stockley and Gavin McCallum. It must be doubtful too if influential midfielder Lee Sawyer will have sufficiently recovered from the injury he picked up at Lincoln to be available for selection. Two more injury worries concern John Nutter and Adam Doyle, who both limped off against Welling.
FOREST GREEN ROVERS
This is a different FGR from the club most Woking fans will remember, which always seemed to be dicing with (but somehow miraculously avoiding) relegation. An infusion of financial support from Ecotricity owner Dale Vince means that Rovers are now one of the clubs fancied to make the play-offs this season.
Manager Dave Hockaday seems to have spent the cash well, although he will have been disappointed to see his side lose 3-1 at Braintree on Tuesday night: the worst theyâ€™ve played all season, in his view. (No doubt Garry popped down the road to see the game: letâ€™s hope he picked up some tips for Saturday.)
Rovers have brought in some top-quality non-League players, including a host of strikers, among them Brazilian Magno Vieira (most recently with Fleetwood Town, whom he helped into the Football League), Reece Styche (who headed Roversâ€™ goal charts in 2010-11), Ben Wright (top scorer at Braintree last season), Yan Klukowski, who netted 18 times for Rovers last year, and Matt Taylor, But there are plenty of other big non-League names too, including defender Jamie Turley; experienced central defender Chris Todd, formerly with Exeter and Torquay; midfielder Al Bangura, who made a number of appearances for Watford in the Premier Division; and Ed Asafu-Adjaye, who numbers Luton amongst his previous clubs.
Omar Koroma will miss this game as a result of his sending-off at Braintree. Kieron Forbes, Ben Wright and Ed Asafu-Adjaye were also on the injured list for that encounter.
Rovers currently lie in 4th place in the table with 38 points from 22 games. Away from home, theyâ€™ve won five, drawn two and lost four, with 13 goals scored and 13 conceded. Theyâ€™ve let in only 24 goals altogether, so the Cards will not be able to afford to waste chances.
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Buy a copy of the matchday programme and get a 2 for 1 offer from Oâ€™Neillâ€™s Bar and Restaurant in Woking!
David Horncastle and his team have produced another excellent 56-page programme for your delectation. It includes a profile of Bradley Bubb, a very interesting review of three football biographies, any one of which would make a great Christmas present for a football fan (or a treat for yourself if youâ€™re given a book token) and an opposing view from an FGR fan, who has some nice things to say about Woking FC as well. The mascot page is more than usually interesting too! As always, there is also all the news from the Blue Square leagues, 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
LAST TIME OUT
Forest Green Rovers 3 Woking 1
26 August 2012
The Cardsâ€™ second away game produced huge disappointment as the team shipped two goals in injury time to forfeit a hard-fought point. Woking started very brightly and eventually took the lead just before half-time when Kevin Betsy netted from the spot after Loick Pires had been bundled over in the box. But the home side upped their game in the second half and it was no surprise when Magno Vieira headed home an equaliser in the 62nd minute. The Cards hung on into injury time only to concede two goals in four minutes, both scored by Matty Taylor.
Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Bradley Bubb (Dean Sinclair 75), Jack Parkinson (Brett Williams 67), Brett Johnson, Loick Pires, Lee Sawyer, Kevin Betsy (Gavin McCallum 90+2)
Unused subs: Adam Doyle, Sam Beasant
The Cards have a mouthwatering holiday double against Conference giants, Luton Town, with a game at improving Braintree Town in between. Woking travel to Kenilworth Road on Boxing Day for a 3pm kick-off. The trip to Braintree is on Saturday 29 December. And then on New Yearâ€™s Day Kingfield should be packed for the Hattersâ€™ visit: donâ€™t forget that there is a 1pm kick-off.
Come on, you Cards!