Cards looking to avenge defeat
11:08pm, Wed 30th Jan 2013
Woking v Hyde United
3pm on Saturday 2 February 2013
The Cardsâ€™ last game was the league victory against Ebbsfleet on 13th January. Thanks to the weather itâ€™s now been almost three weeks since Woking managed to complete any sort of fixture. Along with all Woking fans, Garry Hill will no doubt be desperate to see his side finally take to the field. What will also give Saturdayâ€™s encounter added spice will be the opportunity for the Cards to avenge their shock 7-0 defeat at Hyde in early December. Letâ€™s all hope that we finally see some football action at Kingfield on Saturday!
Since that awful day in December Woking have won four of their last five league games and, but for the lack of any match practice, should be confident of reversing that loss away at Hyde. Garry Hill will have a full compliment to choose from including Lee Sawyer who has been out injured since early December. With Loick Pires currently on loan at Boreham Wood, both Jayden Stockley and Brett Williams will be hoping to get some game time up front.
The Tigers, managed by Scott McNiven, started the season poorly, not picking up a win till their 8th league game, a resounding 5-2 home victory over Hereford. The second win didnâ€™t come till six games later, a 2-1 home win over Tamworth. Results improved considerably in November and December, with victories over Grimsby and Newport in November and, on top of the victory against Woking, wins over Stockport, Forest Green Rovers and Grimsby in December. But all three league games in January have been lost, with no goals scored.
The Tigers now lie in [16th] place in the league. Away from home theyâ€™ve won four, drawn one and lost nine, scoring 17 goals and conceding 25.
The Tigersâ€™ best-known player is experienced striker Phil Jevons, whoâ€™s played in all five League divisions, and who rattled in four goals in the 7-0 defeat of the Cards. Other players to note include fellow striker Scott Spencer, whoâ€™s a current selection for the England C side; Matty Blinkhorn, a very useful winger whoâ€™s turned out for Luton Town and York City amongst other clubs; and David Poole, who started his career at Manchester Unitedâ€™s Academy and whose previous clubs include Yeovil and Stockport. Chris Segwick, previously on loan, has now joined permanently, as has Ray Puterill from Rochdale, who won an FA Youth Cup medal with Liverpool in 2007. Liam Tomsettâ€™s loan from Blackpool has been extended till the end of the season and experienced midfielder Mark Allott has joined from Chesterfield.
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Saturdayâ€™s 56-page programme includes the latest instalment of Mark Doyleâ€™s superb, decade-by-decade, look at Wokingâ€™s history. On Saturday Mark looks at the â€˜swinging 60sâ€™, with the usual wonderfully evocative illustrations to match. Thereâ€™s also an â€˜opposing viewâ€™ from a Hyde fan plus all the news from the BSP, match reports, previews, great 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
Hyde United 7 Woking 0
1 December 2012
No one expected this result, not least after Wokingâ€™s 7-0 thrashing of Farnborough in the FA Trophy the previous weekend! The turning point came in the 38th minute when Brett Johnson was sent off for bringing down Spencer and, then just before half-time (how often had that happened this season?), Woking conceded the lead to top scorer Phil Jevons.
Hyde tore at the Cards after the break and quickly rattled in two more goals from Spencer and Jevons. It was still 3-0 with ten minutes to go, but Woking collapsed, conceding four more goals, including another two to Jevons, giving him four in all, before the end.
Could Garry and Steve pull things round after such a shocking defeat? The expected answer came in a superb 2-0 win at Lincoln City only three days later.
Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, John Nutter, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson, Mark Ricketts, Lee Sawyer (Mike Cestor 69), Kevin Betsy, Billy Knott (Dean Sinclair 30), Brett Williams (Gavin McCallum 42), Jayden Stockley
Unused Subs: Sam Beasant, Bradley Bubb
The Cards are at home to Farnham Town on Tuesday evening in the Surrey Senior Cup. Reduced admission prices apply, with U16s admitted free. Kick-off is at 7.45pm. The following Saturday Woking are away at Alfreton. The next home league game is against Newport County on Saturday 16 February.
Come on, you Cards!