Woking v West Ham XI
7.45pm on Tuesday 5 August 2014
The Cards entertain a young and talented West Ham side in their final pre-season friendly on Tuesday evening. Come down to Kingfield if you can and see the team gear up for what we hope will be an exciting league campaign.
The Cards had a comfortable 2-1 win at Basingstoke Town on Saturday, with Keiran Murtagh and John Goddard getting on the score sheet. Two triallists started up front: Jordan Robertson, who also played against Crawley Town, and a newcomer, Troy Hewitt, who was with Walsall last season. Xapi also started at right back and Ebby Nelson-Addy came on in the second half. There was still no sign of new signing James Clarke in central defence, presumably not recovered sufficiently from his injury to be risked. With Mark Ricketts missing, suspended, for the opening game at Alfreton, there was perhaps some significance in seeing Joey Jones paired with Joe McNerney at centre back in the starting line-up.
WEST HAM XI
The Hammers will presumably be fielding a team largely comprising their talented Development Squad, which recently beat Braintree Town 2-0 away. Striker Elliot Lee has scored six goals so far in pre-season, including two at Braintree. Five of the squad, including Lee, featured in West Hamâ€™s penalty shoot-out win over Schalke O4 at the weekend and several also played in yesterdayâ€™s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Malaga.
The Leslie Gosden Stand will not be open for this game. There is seating in the Family and Directorsâ€™ Stands but, if you are elderly or infirm and need assistance, please ask a Steward for help.
A new-look programme was printed to cover all the home pre-season friendly games.
The Cards start their league campaign on Saturday with a visit to Alfreton Town, who were one of the surprise packages last season, being in or around the play-off places for much of the campaign before falling away as the season ended following a three-point deduction. The players would be very grateful for your support if you can make the trip. Book your place on Tuesday evening on the Cards Trust coach. Itâ€™s also a reasonably easy trip up by train from St Pancras.
The Cardsâ€™ first home league game is on Tuesday 12 August when rivals Dartford are the visitors. The Darts have always been tough opponents, so, again, your support would be very welcome as the team strives to make a winning start to the season.