Fingers crossed for visit of Bulls on Saturday
3:36pm, Thu 2nd Jan 2014
Woking v Hereford United
3pm on Saturday 4 January 2014
Weather permitting, the Cards take on the Bulls on Saturday afternoon at Kingfield, with both clubs keen to get some more points on the board to put greater distance between themselves and the relegation places. Garry Hillâ€™s side trounced Hereford away in the FA Trophy a few weeks ago but this game seems likely to be much more closely contested.
The Cards have been kicking their heels since Boxing Day, with games at Dartford and Salisbury City both postponed. Garry will be rueing the fact that Jack Marriott did not get a chance to feature again, with the Club now confirming that Jack, who scored nine goals in nine games in his loan spell from Ipswich Town, will not be returning to Kingfield, having started a loan spell with League One side Gillingham. Strike partner Scott Rendell has also left, having gone back to parent club Luton Town, although Garry will no doubt be trying to see if Scott is able to return. Woking fans will be intrigued to see who lines up in the attacking positions on Saturday.
Hereford are having a difficult season, hampered by their precarious financial position: they launched an appeal in December for Â£35k to help pay that monthâ€™s wage bill. They currently lie in 16th place in the table, one place and two points above Woking, having played one game more. After a reasonably bright start to the season their form dipped in September/October, with only two wins in 12 league and cup games. Results picked up in November, including a 3-0 away thumping of Southport and a 3-2 win at home over FC Halifax Town, until the surprise 3-0 defeat in the Trophy at the hands of the Cards. Subsequently, the Bulls have had a couple of good home wins against Cambridge United and Forest Green Rovers but lost at home to Nuneaton and away at Kidderminster on Boxing Day. The Bullsâ€™ New Yearâ€™s Day fixture, at home to Kidderminster, was postponed.
Familiar names include striker Michael Rankine and midfielder Rob Purdie, although the latter has recently been out injured. Micah Evans, a 20 year-old winger, is on a youth loan from Burnley and striker Chris Sharp has recently returned from a loan spell at Lincoln City.
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LAST TIME OUT
Hereford United 0 Woking 3
FA Trophy 1st Round
30 November 2013
A first-half onslaught crushed the Bulls in this Trophy tie. Keiran Murtagh made his debut in his third loan spell, with Mark Ricketts moving to right back and Mike Cestor starting alongside Joe McNerney at centre back.
The Cards took the lead in the 13th minute after Jack Marriott had made inroads into the Hereford defence, releasing Charles Banya, whose pinpoint cross was slotted home by Scott Rendell. Marriott made it 2-0 on 33 minutes, thumping the ball high into the net after his first effort had been blocked. Three minutes later it was 3-0 as Rendell was again in the right place to shoot home after the Bullsâ€™ keeper could only parry shots from Kevin Betsy and Keiran Murtagh.
Woking: Sam Beasant, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Mike Cestor, John Nutter, Kevin Betsy, Keiran Murtagh, Josh Payne (Jack Parkinson 65), Charles Banya (Adam Newton 72), Jack Marriott, Scott Rendell (Gez Sole 78)
Unused subs: Aaron Howe, John Goddard
Hereford United: Daniel Lloyd-Weston, Dom Collins, Danny Leadbitter, Rod McDonald, Joel Edwards (Damon Lathrope 46), Micah Evans, Josh Oâ€™Keefe, Frankie Artus, Dan Walker, Sam Smith (Eric Odhiambo 46), Michael Rankine.
subs : Rhys Evans, Chris Bush, Luke Graham
Goals: Scott Rendell 10, 36 Jack Marriott 33
The 56-page matchday programme on Saturday includes an interview with new Cards Trust Chair, Peter Holdsworth, another â€˜where are they now?â€™ feature by Liam Newman and memories of a remarkable New Year game by Richard Mason. And of course there are all the usual match reports, previews, news and great photos. If you canâ€™t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cardsâ€™ next home game is on Saturday 11 January 2014 when they entertain Braintree Town, who are having another successful season.
Come on, you Cards!