Cards keen to maintain home form

Brian Caffarey
7:26am, Mon 28th Jan 2013
Woking v Forest Green Rovers
7.45pm on Tuesday 29 January 2013

The Cards take on high-flying Forest Green Rovers tomorrow (Tuesday) evening for what should be a very entertaining clash. Garry Hill’s side have been kicking their heels since their win over a fortnight ago against Ebbsfleet but Rovers had an impressive win at Lincoln City on Saturday and are keeping up their promotion challenge. Come on down to Kingfield and see some live football for a change!


Garry Hill will be hoping that his players aren’t too rusty after their long lay-off since he will be keen to maintain the Cards’ good home record: only league leaders Grimsby Town have won more games at home this season. Woking still sit 12th in the table, having won four out of their last five league games.

Garry should have a full squad to choose from, including Lee Sawyer, who hasn’t played since the injury he picked up at Lincoln on 4 December. Brett Williams and Jayden Stockley will both be hoping to be given the nod up front.


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.

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 Rovers’ 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; midfielder Al Bangura, who made a number of appearances for Watford in the Premier Division; winger Yemi Odubade, on loan from Gateshead; and Ed Asafu-Adjaye, who numbers Luton amongst his previous clubs. A recent addition is defender Dale Bennett from Watford.

Rovers currently lie in 4th place in the table, four points behind Grimsby Town, with 48 points from 28 games. They have a particularly impressive away record, with more wins on their travels than any other side in the division, having won eight, drawn three and lost five. Tuesday night’s game will be their sixth away game on the trot.


Adults £15
Over 65s/Students £10
U16s £5


The Club are selling the programme which was printed for the postponed game on 22 December for the bargain price of £2. It includes a profile of Bradley Bubb, a very interesting review of three football biographies and an opposing view from an FGR fan, who has some nice things to say about Woking FC as well. If you can’t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on


Forest Green Rovers 3 Woking 1
26 August 2012

The Cards’ second away game produced huge disappointment as the team shipped two goals in injury time to forfeit a hard-earned 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 are at home again on Saturday when they take on Hyde United, who walloped Garry Hill’s side 7-0 in the away fixture. Let’s hope revenge is sweet!

Come on, you Cards!

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