Cards begin home run

Brian Caffarey
4:40pm, Mon 25th Feb 2013
Woking v Forest Green Rovers
7.45pm on Tuesday 26 February 2013

The Cards take on high-flying Forest Green Rovers tomorrow (Tuesday) evening for what should be an intriguing encounter. Garry Hill’s side bounced back from two defeats to record a 2-1 win at Southport on Saturday and, with three (albeit testing) home games in succession coming up, will be keen to edge ever closer to his initial 50-point target. Come down to Kingfield to cheer the team on!


Tomorrow should see a home debut in goal for Seb Brown, brought in from AFC Wimbledon as emergency cover for Aaron Howe. Lee Sawyer will serve out the second match of his four-game suspension, whilst Billy Knott isn’t expected to be fit before next weekend.

Before the two recent defeats, at home to Newport County and away to Barrow, the Cards were on an excellent run, with six wins out of their previous seven league games. Garry will want the victory at Southport to be the start of another good run but it will be difficult against a very capable Rovers side.


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 have been 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, Matt Taylor and top scorer James Norwood, who has recently signed a contract extension. 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 5th place in the table with 56 points from 33 games. Their home and away records are virtually identical. On their travels they’ve notched eight wins, four draws and five defeats, scoring 24 goals and conceding 18.

Last Tuesday they lost 1-0 at home to in-form Kidderminster Harriers but before that they were unbeaten in their previous four games, including gaining a 1-1 draw at Luton Town.


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The Club have produced a new programme for this fixture. It includes a profile of Bradley Bubb and an opposing view from an FGR fan, who has some nice things to say about Woking FC as well. The programme also includes all the latest news from the BSP, plus the usual match reports, previews and statistics. If you can’t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on shop@wokingfc.co.uk


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 Lincoln City, who, with a caretaker management team, are fighting hard to pull themselves away from the danger zone. A week on Wednesday the Cards host another top side, Mansfield Town.

Come on, you Cards!

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