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Cards host FA Trophy finalists in penultimate home game

Glen Harrington
12:00am, Thu 12th Apr 2018
Woking vs Bromley
Vanarama National League
Saturday 14th April 2018

The Cards welcome Bromley to the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Saturday looking to put an end to an eleven game winless run. The match will be the home side’s 1000th game in the fifth tier of English football and there will be several iconic figures from the club’s past there on the day to, hopefully, help cheer us on to an important three points.

If the Cards are to continue to add to that 1000 game tally beyond the end of this season, then they will likely need to pick up all three points against the FA Trophy finalists, who will surely have one eye already on their upcoming trip to Wembley. Tuesday’s defeat to Maidenhead United severely underlined how quickly football can change in the space of just a few minutes. When Jonny Edwards put the visitors ahead with less than 15 minutes remaining we were edging reassuringly closer to safety, but two late goals from the Magpies have plunged the Cards deep into trouble, with just one point separating us from the bottom four. Even more alarmingly the side directly below us, Barrow, still have two games in hand. Meanwhile, fellow relegation rivals Solihull Moors are up to 18th after another win. Our best opportunity now appears to be in catching Maidstone United who have played the same number of games, have just two more points, and are in equally poor form.

Bromley, managed by former Woking favourite Neil Smith, have had an excellent season and currently sit in tenth place – the same position they finished last season – with 60 points from 41 games. They are nine points adrift of the play-off places but still have two games in hand on the teams in sixth and seventh. The Ravens have been in indifferent form of late, winning just two out of their last ten league games, and last time out were beaten 3-2 by already relegated Chester. With a top seven finish potentially now beyond them their focus is likely to shift almost exclusively onto their upcoming FA Trophy final against Brackley Town next month. It’s a competition the club have never won before and they will no doubt be desperate to make the most of their big day out.

With just a couple of games to go and the Cards’ fate still in the balance the team will need all the support you can give. So please come down to Kingfield if you possibly can and back the boys. Remember that you can buy your tickets in advance right now from our website.

Woking Team News

The interim management team of Geoff Chapple and Jason Goodliffe have chosen the same team and the same 4-4-2 formation for each of the last two games. Their back four looks relatively settled with Matt Young and Louis Ramsay flanking Josh Staunton and Jordan Wynter. Richard Orlu has not been involved for several games and Joey Jones is more likely to be employed further forward. The only change could come in the form of Nathan Ralph who Goodliffe has confirmed is close to a return.

We could add a more attacking dynamic to the midfield by adding Anthony Cook or Fabio Saraiva, who would both add some more natural width, with the alternative to stick with the quartet of Chez Isaac, Charlie Carter, Kane Ferdinand and Regan Charles-Cook.

Up front, Jonny Edwards will be hoping for a start after his goal from the bench on Tuesday, and he could start alongside either Louie Theophanous or Reece Grego-Cox.

Bromley Team News

After their surprise defeat against Chester the Lillywhites could choose to make a couple of changes to their starting line-up. Last time out they started with young goalkeeper David Gregory, a product of Crystal Palace’s academy; a back four of Luke Woolfenden, on loan from Ipswich Town, former Premier League defender Roger Johnson – previously of Birmingham, Wolves and West Ham amongst others – captain Jack Holland and former Dover man Tyrone Sterling.

In midfield was the highly impressive Josh Rees, scorer of 16 league goals this season after joining in the summer from Chelmsford City, and former Woking man Frankie Sutherland; out wide were former Dagenham pair Frankie Raymond and the dangerous Louis Dennis, who has 21 goals in all competitions this year; and up front was Charlton Athletic loanee Brandon Hanlan alongside George Porter.

Their options from the bench include veteran defender Alan Dunne, who played over 300 games for Millwall before leaving in 2015, midfielders Jordan Higgs and Iffy Allen, striker Omar Bugiel, who is on loan from Forest Green Rovers, and winger Luke Wanadio.

Last Time Out

Bromley 2-0 Woking (Saturday 21 October 2017 – Vanarama National League)

The Cards came into this game with just one defeat in 11 games, unbeaten in eight and with five wins and a draw from the last six league games. Incredibly, only four more wins have followed in all competitions this season. It was a disappointing start to a miserable run of form at Hayes Lane where first-half goals from Jack Holland and Josh Rees, both just before half-time, put the visitors well and truly on the back-foot. Kane Ferdinand’s controversial red card at the start of the second-half all but ended the Cards’ hopes of a comeback and only the efforts of Joe Ward gave the visiting supporters anything to cheer about.

Admission Prices

• Adults £18
• Over 65s £13
• Disabled (Including carer) £13
• Students (U19) £5
• U16s £5

Our matchday programme, ‘Cardinals’, will be on sale for £3. Don’t forget to grab your copy on the way in! You’ll also be able to visit the club shop for more great offers.

Next Up

We travel to bottom of the table Guiseley next Saturday, who are likely to be relegated by the time they entertain the Cards, where we will again be in desperate need of three points. Our final game is the following Saturday at home to Dover Athletic.

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