Cards begin tough away sequence
4:26pm, Sun 9th Feb 2014
Salisbury City v Woking
7.45pm on Tuesday 11 February 2014
The Cards face a very tough trip to Salisbury City on Tuesday evening. The Whites have a great home record this season at a ground at which Woking have rarely experienced any joy. But Garry Hill’s side should be full of confidence after an excellent 3-0 win over Hereford United last Monday.
Woking sit in 18th place in the table, eight points above the relegation places. Tuesday’s game begins a hectic schedule for the Cards during which, weather permitting, they will play eight league games in under a month. Tuesday’s away trip is the first of three difficult away games, with trips to Gateshead and Dartford to follow.
Garry will be hoping that Mark Ricketts and Mike Cestor will have recovered from the injuries which ruled them out of the Hereford game.
The Whites worked hard at Kingfield on Boxing Day, succeeding in gradually smothering Woking in midfield while taking their own chances confidently. It wasn’t difficult to see how they’ve managed to put themselves within touching distance of the play-off places. They now sit in 8th position in the table, only three points behind fifth-placed Nuneaton Town. Their home record is very impressive, with 11 wins, three draws and two defeats, with 27 goals scored and 15 conceded.
On Saturday they drew 0-0 at home against third-placed Alfreton Town.
There are a number of familiar names in the Whites’ squad, including Ricky Wellard, formerly with AFC Wimbledon; Glenn Wilson, who had a brief loan spell at Kingfield; midfielder Rob Sinclair, formerly with Luton and Stevenage; Chris McPhee, a midfielder previously with Torquay; and keeper/goalkeeping coach James Bittner, who, however, has been on the substitutes’ bench for most games, with Will Puddy getting the vote. Dan Fitchett is the main ‘danger man’.
The Raymond McEnhill Stadium
The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 4.45pm and costs £13 for members and £18 for non-members. Phone or email the Club Shop to book your place (01483 772470 or email@example.com).
Follow A322 and M3, leaving at junction 8 to join the A303. Leave A303 at the Countess Roundabout / Amesbury Junction and carry on through the town onto the A345. Continue towards Salisbury, past the turn-off to Boscombe Down on the left, up the hill and through the traffic lights at High Post (a hotel and nightclub are on your right) and carry on down to the Beehive junction roundabout. There is a large white sign, clearly marked 'football ground' in brown writing at the bottom. Turn left, through the first small roundabout and then left into Partridge Way.
Nearest station: Salisbury
The 17.16 train from Woking would get you to Salisbury at 18.19, whilst the 17.46 arrives at 18.48. Cutting it fine, the 18.13 should get you there at 19.20 but via a six-minute change at Basingstoke. On the way back you’d have to get the last train at 22.26 via another six-minute change at Basingstoke, arriving at Woking at 23.13.
The station is nearly three miles from the ground, so a taxi or bus (from the bus station in Endless Street in the City Centre) will be needed.
Adult – £14.00
Senior Citizen – £12.00
Student – £10.00
Children (6yrs-16yrs) – £5.00
Under 6yrs, when accompanied by an adult – FREE
Stand Transfer – £2.00
LAST TIME OUT
Woking 1 Salisbury City 3
26 December 2013
The Cards drew first blood against the Whites, with Jack Marriott notching his ninth goal in nine games, but that was about as good as it got as the side gradually lost its way against a committed Salisbury side who packed the midfield and succeeded in stifling any attacking momentum from Garry Hill’s outfit. Woking’s cause wasn’t helped by poor defending on all three Salisbury goals. It was a shame that the Cards, after so many good performances of late, couldn’t put on a better display in front of their biggest home crowd of the season.
Woking: Sam Beasant, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson (Mike Cestor 65), John Nutter (Giuseppe Sole 65), Kevin Betsy, Keiran Murtagh, Josh Payne, Charles Banya (John Goddard 69) , Jack Marriott, Scott Rendell
Unused subs: Andy Little, Adam Newton
Goal: Jack Marriott 14
Cautions: Keiran Murtagh 35, Scott Rendell 90
Salisbury City: Will Puddy, Callum Hart (Tyler Harvey 45), Ryan Brett, James Clarke, Glenn Wilson, Chris McPhee, Ricky Wellard, Theo Lewis, Clovis Kamdjo, Stuart Sinclair, Angus MacDonald (Warren Feeney 78)
Unused subs: James Bittner, Jamie White, Ben Wright
Goals: Chris McPhee 17, Ricky Wellard 26, Tyler Harvey 90
Caution: Angus MacDonald 67
The Cards are away to Gateshead on Saturday 15 February and away to Dartford on Tuesday 18 February. Their next home league game is on Saturday 22 February when they entertain Macclesfield Town.
Come on, you Cards!