Cards aim to put on show
7:42am, Fri 5th Apr 2013
Woking v Wrexham
3pm on Saturday 6 April 2013
Thereâ€™s a great game in prospect on Saturday at Kingfield when promotion-chasing Wrexham are the visitors. Before that, though, Kingfield will resound with a minuteâ€™s applause to say farewell to a great club servant, kit man Ron Rawlings, who died on Easter Sunday.
The Cards will want to put on a good performance on Saturday to mark Ronâ€™s passing. They will also be keen to get a win under their belts to advance their hopes of finishing as the top part-time side: a feat made harder by Mondayâ€™s tired defeat at the hands of rivals, Dartford. That followed a six-match unbeaten run, though, and, boosted by a few daysâ€™ much-needed rest, Garry Hillâ€™s side should be raring to go again.
But they will have to do without top scorer Bradley Bubb, who suffered a hamstring injury at Princes Park, whilst on-loan keeper Seb Brown has returned to AFC Wimbledon.
Wrexhamâ€™s 2-1 win last night over Mansfield Town, ending the latterâ€™s 12-match winning run, means that they still have an outside chance of grabbing that automatic promotion place, so we can expect that incentive to overcome any problems of tiredness. They now sit in third place, seven points behind second-placed Mansfield from the same number of games and eight points behind leaders Kidderminster Harriers with two games in hand. But they could be ousted from third spot this evening if Newport County, two points behind, win at Cambridge United.
Last nightâ€™s win came courtesy of a late goal from â€˜danger manâ€™ Danny Wright after skipper Dean Keates had equalised Mansfieldâ€™s opener. Some well-known names in the Wrexham squad include experienced strikers Brett Ormerod and Dele Adebola, whilst player-manager Andy Morrell and Adrian Cieslewicz also provide plenty of attacking options.
Wrexham have already tasted success this season with a penalty shoot-out victory over Grimsby Town in the FA Trophy Final.
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Saturdayâ€™s programme will feature extensive tributes to Ron Rawlings. 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
Wrexham 3 Woking 1
11 August 2012
This was the Cardsâ€™ first outing in the Conference Premier and visiting one of the pre-season favourites wasnâ€™t the kindest start they could have been handed.
They were perhaps a little over-awed initially, allowing the home side to exert a great deal of pressure before Ogleby gave them the lead in the 18th minute. The Cards nearly pulled a goal back from a fine strike from main threat, Kevin Betsy, but Dean Keates spun and shot before the break to extend Wrexhamâ€™s lead.
Woking narrowed the deficit early in the second half when Bradley Bubb slotted home following a defensive mix-up. They might have levelled but for a brilliant point-blank save by the Wrexham keeper from a Kevin Betsy header.
Fifteen minutes from time, though, Creighton made the game safe for Wrexham, heading home from a corner.
Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Brett Johnson, Joe McNerney, Mark Ricketts (Dean Sinclair 74), Lee Sawyer, Kevin Betsy, Loick Pires (Bradley Bubb 62), Gavin McCallum, Brett Williams (Giuseppe Sole 62)
Unused Subs: Sam Beasant, Jack Parkinson
Wrexham: Joslain Mayebi, Neil Ashton, Mark Creighton, Jay Harris, Danny Wright, Brett Ormerod (Andy Morrell 74), Dean Keates, Rob Ogleby (Adrian Cieslewicz 76), John Hunt (Joe Clarke 76), Declan Walker, Chris Westwood
Unused Subs: Andy Coughlin, Martin Riley
The Cards have another very attractive home game the following Saturday, when Macclesfield Town are the visitors. Thereâ€™s only one more home game after that â€“ versus Grimsby Town on Tuesday 16 April â€“ so make sure Kingfield is your top priority!
Come on, you Cards!
P.S. Please support Garryâ€™s and Steveâ€™s plans for next season by joining the Cards Trustâ€™s Boost the Budget scheme if you donâ€™t already belong to it. Application forms will be available on Saturday. Everyone joining the scheme before the end of the Macclesfield game will be entered into the big draw, with a season ticket for next season for the lucky winner.