Cards aim for 50 points and a big crowd
2:06pm, Thu 28th Feb 2013
Woking v Lincoln City
3pm on Saturday 2 March 2013
The Club is asking everyone to bring a friend along on Saturday to pull in a big crowd for the visit of the Imps. Fans shouldnâ€™t need any encouragement, though, to head for Kingfield after the terrific team performance on Tuesday night in the Cardsâ€™ 2-0 win over high-flying Forest Green Rovers: Wokingâ€™s eighth win in their last eleven league outings. Come down to Kingfield and show your appreciation for Garry Hill, Steve Thompson and this hard-working and entertaining Woking side.
The Cards, after 32 games, are only one win away from Garryâ€™s initial target of 50 points, lying 9th in the table and 13 points clear of the relegation zone.
Tuesday night was one of the best, if not the best, all-round team performances of the season. On paper, Forest Green, whoâ€™ve invested a lot of money in their squad this season, looked the stronger side but Garry got his tactics absolutely spot on and the hardworking Cards gradually exerted control over the game, scoring two superb goals in the second half to seal a memorable victory. It is perhaps invidious to single out one player, but young on-loan striker Jayden Stockley epitomised the fantastic spirit of the side on the night: working like a Trojan up front, winning (and laying off) some splendid headers and demoralising the Forest Green central defenders. He thoroughly deserved the standing ovation he received when he left the pitch shortly before the end.
Garry will have to ponder whether to stick with exactly the same side that has picked up wins against Southport and Forest Green following the disappointing showing at Barrow or whether to bring in some fresh legs, bearing in mind that there is another testing encounter coming up on Wednesday against Mansfield Town.
The Imps, in their second season in the Conference following their relegation from the League, have a fight on their hands to avoid dropping into the Conference North: an almost unthinkable prospect for a club with a proud history. They now sit in 19th place, only two points above the relegation zone.
The season started poorly with only one win in their first eight league games but there was a marked improvement in the autumn when the side went 11 league and cup games without defeat, including an away win at Wrexham. But the FA Cup run, which saw the Imps lose out to Mansfield in a replay for the right to take on Liverpool in the Third Round, seems to have led to a slump in which Lincoln have won only one of their subsequent 12 league games. That slump perhaps started with Wokingâ€™s 2-0 win at Sincil Bank in a game which was sandwiched in between the original Mansfield tie and the replay.
Not surprisingly perhaps, the poor run led to the dismissal of manager David Holdsworth, who as recently as November was the leagueâ€™s â€˜Manager of the Monthâ€™. Lincoln have now appointed former Macclesfield boss Gary Simpson as their new manager. Saturdayâ€™s game will be his first in charge.
On Tuesday night the Impsâ€™ cause received another blow with a 1-0 defeat at home to Mansfield Town, the goal coming in injury time. Dan Gray was also sent off and will be suspended for this match along with Peter Gilbert.
Away from home Lincoln have won three league games, drawn five and lost seven, scoring 20 goals and conceding 26.
Cityâ€™s squad includes ex-Card Nicky Nicolau.
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The bar will be open from 12 noon.
Saturdayâ€™s programme includes Malcolm Wyattâ€™s amusing account of his latest Woking away trip plus the views of a Lincoln fan on his clubâ€™s current plight. And, of course, there are all the usual match reports, previews, splendid photos and news of the BSP and beyond. 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
Lincoln City 0 Woking 2
4 December 2012
The Cards travelled to Lincoln on the back of a 7-0 hammering at Hyde only a few days previously but demonstrated, not for the first or last time, Garry Hillâ€™s and Steve Thompsonâ€™s ability to head off decisively a potential bad run of form.
Reverting to a five-man midfield, the Cards were handed an excellent start when Brett Williams was tripped in the box with only five minutes gone, Kevin Betsy converting from the spot.
Chances came and went for both sides but the Cardsâ€™ vital second goal came in the second half when Lee Sawyer bisected the Impsâ€™ defence, Bradley Bubb running on to score.
This vital win in a crowded mid-table was only the second occasion on which the Cards had kept a clean sheet.
Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts, Lee Sawyer (Dean Sinclair 83), Billy Knott, Kevin Betsy, Bradley Bubb (Gavin McCallum 74), Brett Williams (Jayden Stockley 74)
Unused Subs: Sam Beasant, Loick Pires
Lincoln City : Paul Farman, Andrew Boyce, Scott Garner, Dan Gray, Peter Gilbert, Gary Mills, Alan Power, Jake Sheridan (Adam Smith 84) David Morgan, (Colin Larkin 70) Jamie Taylor, Aristede Bassele (Vadaine Oliver 46)
Unused subs: David Preece, Peter Bore
The Cards are away at Godalming Town on Monday evening in the Quarter-Final of the Surrey Senior Cup before taking on another of the Conferenceâ€™s big clubs on Wednesday evening when promotion-chasing Mansfield Town visit Kingfield.
Come on, you Cards!