Another tough test on Wednesday
9:00am, Tue 29th Jul 2014
Woking v Crawley Town
7.45pm on Wednesday 30 July 2014
Another tough pre-season test for the Cards looms on Wednesday evening when League One side Crawley Town visit Kingfield. This should be another very competitive match, so come on down, if you can, to see how things are shaping up.
As Garry Hill emphasised at last nightâ€™s very well-attended fansâ€™ forum, itâ€™s been a good pre-season so far apart from the unexpected blow of Kevin Betsyâ€™s injury. The fact that weâ€™ve managed to retain the likes of Betsy, Josh Payne, Scott Rendell and Keiran Murtagh, all on full contracts, provides a really promising foundation for the campaign. Garry indicated that heâ€™d still like to bring in another forward and a quick wide player but it seems doubtful that heâ€™s seen what he wants from the triallists whoâ€™ve so far been on view.
Garry will be hoping that his side can avoid on Wednesday the defensive errors that gifted Wimbledon two goals in the 3-1 defeat on Saturday but, apparently, new signing James Clarke wonâ€™t be fit to make his first appearance until next weekendâ€™s game at Basingstoke.
The Redsâ€™ Manager, John Gregory, has been ringing the changes, with 13 new signings at the last count. Among them is midfielder Lewis Young, brother of Manchester Unitedâ€™s Ashley Young. Lewis played for Aldershot on a short-term deal last season. Another arrival is Danish keeper Brian Jensen, who has bags of experience with WBA and Burnley.
In recent pre-season friendlies the Reds lost 2-0 at home to a strong Fulham side, drew 1-1, also at home, to Brighton and Hove Albion and then drew 3-3 at Conference Premier newcomers Eastleigh on Saturday, having led 3-1 at the break through two goals by Gavin Tomlin and one from Lewis Young. Last night a team comprised of a number of first team squad players and triallists beat Three Bridges away 2-1. Charles Banya impressed among the triallists, according to Crawleyâ€™s match report.
Last season Crawley finished in 14th place in League One.
The Leslie Gosden Stand will not be open for this game or for the remaining pre-season friendly against a West Ham XI on Tuesday 5 August. 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.
There is a new-look programme to cover all the home pre-season friendly games. Read Garry Hillâ€™s thoughts as the pre-season gathers pace.
The Cardsâ€™ next friendly is on Saturday 2 August when they travel to Basingstoke Town. Donâ€™t forget that it is a 2pm kick-off. Entrance is free. Wokingâ€™s final friendly is an attractive home game against a West Ham XI on Tuesday 5 August. And then the real thing starts as the Cards travel to Alfreton on Saturday 9 August. Have you booked your place on the Cards Trust coach yet?
The first home game is on Tuesday 12 August when Dartford are the visitors. Itâ€™s not too late to order a season ticket if you havenâ€™t already got one.
Come on, you Cards!