Cards look to bounce back at home
6:13am, Thu 26th Oct 2017
Woking v Guiseley
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 28 October 2017
The Cards will be hoping to get back on track on Saturday after two disappointing defeats on the road, at Bromley and Dover. Let’s hope Anthony Limbrick’s side can get on the front foot against Guiseley, and notch another home win!
Anthony’s selection problems haven’t been helped by a succession of niggling injuries, allied to the suspension of Kane Ferdinand, who will miss this game and the FA Cup tie, and the long-term absence of Louis Ramsay. Jason Banton and Fabio Saraiva, both on the bench on Tuesday, should be a bit nearer full fitness on Saturday.
Anthony Limbrick will be very keen to maintain the Cards’ impressive home record this season, with six wins, one draw and one defeat to date.
The Lions have risen quickly up the non-League pyramid in recent years, being promoted to the Conference North in 2009-10 and then going on to be pipped in four successive campaigns in the play-offs before finally gaining promotion in 2014-15. But it’s been a struggle in the top tier: in both seasons the Lions just avoided relegation, finishing one place and one point above the drop zone.
This season, once again, Guiseley experienced a very poor start, with only one win in their first eight games, which included a 6-0 hammering at Aldershot Town. This led to the departure of manager Adam Lockwood, with Paul Cox, who had just left Barrow, taking over. The next four games were drawn, followed by two defeats and another draw, before, last Saturday, Cox gained his first league win, a 4-2 home victory over Solihull Moors. That followed a 6-0 defeat of Shildon in the Emirates FA Cup, where the Lions will host Accrington Stanley in the next round. On Tuesday evening Guiseley drew 0-0 at home to Boreham Wood: the match report refers to the Wood’s successful efforts to nullify the Lions’ “aerial threat”. The Lions now sit in 21st place.
Cox has brought in eight new players since his arrival, resulting in a large squad, although the Lions have apparently got their share of injuries. The new arrivals were: defenders Lewis Freestone, a 17 year-old on loan from Peterborough, Chris M’Boungou, a French centre-back who was with Whitehawk last season, Jean-Yves Koue Nate, another French player, who has had spells with Oxford City, Solihull Moors and Ebbsfleet, and South African Darren Holden, a 6’5” South African, with experience at Hartlepool, Ross County and Gateshead amongst other north-east non-League clubs; midfielder Simon Lenighan, previously with Leeds and Rotherham, and Andy Haworth, a winger who has turned out for a host of League and non-League clubs, most recently Torquay United; and strikers Mike Fondop from Oxford City and Rowan Liburd on loan from Stevenage but who just over a year ago was sold by Reading to Wycombe. Both the new strikers figured in the last two games and are clearly part of the “aerial threat”.
These arrivals are on top of the usual influx of new players brought in by Lockwood during the summer. The latter included keeper Joe Green from Scarborough; midfielders Kevan Hurst, a very experienced operator who has previously commanded big fees in moves to Scunthorpe and Carlisle, Lee Molyneux, a winger with Tranmere and Morecambe, and Alex Purver, signing for the Lions after several loan spells from Leeds; and strikers Reece Thompson, from North Ferriby, Raul Correia, a Portuguese national on loan from Blackpool, Frank Mulhern, a 20 year-old from Leeds and Huddersfield, and the very experienced Kayode Odejayi, perhaps best known for his four years with Cheltenham but who has contributed goals for a number of other clubs in a long career.
Of those with the club last season, keeper Jonny Maxted, defender Danny Lowe and midfielders Will Hatfield and John Rooney are all capable performers.
The club has just announced that it is going full-time with immediate effect – in a bid to escape what seems to be a perpetual fight against relegation. Indeed, the Chairman’s aim is to achieve Football League status in four to five years’ time.
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The Cards are at home to League 1 side Bury in the Emirates FA Cup at 2pm on Sunday 5 November. They are away to FC Halifax Town on the following Saturday (11 November). Their next home league game is against Maidenhead United on Saturday 18 November, with another home game, against Ebbsfleet United, quickly following on Tuesday 21 November.
Come on, you Cards!
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