Cards target home win
6:35pm, Sun 9th Aug 2015
Woking v Bromley
Vanarama National League
7.45pm on Tuesday 11 August 2015
The Cards will be hoping to get off the mark on Tuesday night following their undeserved defeat at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday. But newly-promoted Bromley have already served notice, with their impressive 3-1 spanking of Wrexham, that they will represent a real threat. In addition, Garry Hill has the bitter blow of having to cope with the loss of top scorer Scott Rendell in a squad which was already looking short of attacking options. Come on down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium to cheer the Cards on to victory!
The Cards looked much the better side in the first half at Tranmere, with the outstanding Ismail Yakubu and Brian Saah very solid in central defence and the midfield generally in control, but they did not take a couple of good chances that came their way and the loss of Rendell just before half-time was a huge blow from which they never really recovered. Tranmere, still looking disjointed at times, gained more impetus in the second half, with Jay Harris scoring with an unstoppable strike after the Cards had given away a free-kick on the edge of the box. Picking the ball out of the net was just about all Jake Cole had to do all afternoon apart from a couple of punched clearances and a routine save in the first half. However, with not much threat up front, Woking never really looked as though they could pull the goal back once they fell behind.
Garry Hill gave a debut to late signing Bruno Andrade on the right flank, where his pace caught the eye at times, whilst another new signing, Kadell Daniel, came on as a substitute and looked lively and determined.
The Ravens went up as champions from the Conference South and have made several promising-looking signings during the summer, including striker Alex Wall, who often impressed against us for Maidenhead United before signing for Luton Town, from where he had a loan spell with Dartford, and midfielder Max Porter, who won promotion from the Conference with Newport County and who has also had extensive experience at this level with Barnet, Rushden and Diamonds and AFC Wimbledon. Other well-known names include ex-Card Moses Ademola; former Don Lee Minshull, who was with Newport County for three seasons; ex-Barnet keeper Alan Julian; former Dover striker Sean Francis, who also had a loan spell with Chester last season; and Adam Birchall, who was unlucky to be injured soon after his high-profile move from Dover to Gillingham. Bradley Goldberg is the son of owner and manager Mark Goldberg.
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LAST TIME WE MET
The two clubs last met in Wokingâ€™s Conference South-winning season in 2011-12. In September 2011 the Cards won away 4-2, and then beat the Ravens 3-2 at home on 14 January 2012. In the latter game the Cards took the lead after 20 minutes through Moses Ademola and were cruising early in the second half after Paris Cowan-Hall had made it 2-0. But Bromley fought back, with Danny Waldren scoring a penalty and, with three minutes remaining, substitute Orlando Smith equalised. However, deep into injury time Joe McNerney headed home to grab the three points which ought to have been made safe much earlier in the encounter.
Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor (Joe McNerney 80), Keiran Murtagh, Alan Inns, Adam Doyle, Paris Cowan-Hall (Elvis Hammond 68), Jack King, Moses Ademola (Luke Medley 68), Wayne Gray, Jay Davies
Unused Subs: Andy Little, Josh Griffiths
Bromley: Joe Welch, Tutu Henriques, Marlon Patterson, Freddie Warren (Mike Jones 60), Moses Swaibu, Liam Harwood, Lewis Taylor (Orlando Smith 36), Danny Waldren, Antonio German, Pierre Joseph-Dubois, Rory Hill (Gareth Williams 61)
Unused Subs: Aaron Rhule, Hakeem Araba
The Cards are at home again this Saturday (15 August) when Altrincham are the visitors.
Come on, you Cards!