Cup replay: Cards hit by more injury woes
7:39pm, Mon 28th Sep 2009
Woking v Hythe Town
FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round Replay
7.45pm on Tuesday 29 September 2009
The Cards will be hoping to put Saturdayâ€™s rather unconvincing performance behind them and secure an emphatic win in this FA Cup replay tomorrow evening but the task is going to be made more difficult by a horrendous injury list, which leaves Graham Baker with only 15 fit senior players. They will know too that their Kent Premier League opponents will be intent again on disrupting them with their direct, uncompromising approach, which, allied to an effective strike force, makes them a tougher proposition than might appear at first sight.
The news from Graham is that, in addition to the two long-term absentees, Jon Boardman and Billy Hussey, five other players will definitely miss Tuesdayâ€™s game: Aswad Thomas, Nicky Nicolau, Tony Sinclair, Jamie Hand and Moses Ademola. The last two incurred their injuries on Saturday. Moses is expected to be out for three or four weeks, apparently, following the especially rough treatment he received early on at the Reachfields Stadium.
On the bright side, keeper Ross Worner will of course be back after his one-game suspension.
With so few options, the team virtually picks itself, so we can expect to see a line-up of Worner, Sintim, Hutchinson, McNerney, Sloma, Anane, Ricketts, Arter, Sole, Onibuje and Sam-Yorke, with Pegler, Watkins, Maledon and Anson Cousins on the bench.
I asked Graham if there was any scope for bringing in more players on loan but Graham says that this isnâ€™t an option and that weâ€™ll just have to manage for the foreseeable future with what weâ€™ve got. Nor is there an option of bringing Charlie Moone back earlier from his loan spell at Walton and Hersham.
Graham confirmed, finally, that Luke Medleyâ€™s departure was for disciplinary reasons: â€œThere was a disciplinary issue which had to be tackledâ€�, said Graham, â€œand I came to the conclusion that the best outcome was for Luke to return to Barnet.â€�
As expected, Hythe looked a pretty solid side on Saturday. Their keeper, Kieron Mann, pulled off several fine saves. At the back, the uncompromising Gavin Ransley and colleagues tackled strongly and, up front, the rumbustious Kieran Byrne and Pat Kingwell, well supported by Lee Winfield and Dave Cook, looked for much of the game to have more penetration than their Cards counterparts.
Hytheâ€™s Manager, Scott Porter, banished from the bench on Saturday, spoke to Kentish Football (www.kentishfootball.co.uk) about Saturdayâ€™s game and what he expects on Tuesday evening:
â€œItâ€™s going to be a totally different game,â€� warned Porter. â€œTheyâ€™re going to be on their own patch, their own crowd, lovely surface and their manager is going to be bang up for it.
â€œHe was giving them an absolute rollicking at half-time and after the game. They didnâ€™t even come upstairs for a drink so that shows how professional they really are.
â€œWeâ€™ll just prepare for it as normal, turn up on the day and hopefully try and finish the job, but itâ€™s going to be an uphill task as soon as we get there.
â€œBut weâ€™ll go there, we didnâ€™t think weâ€™d get this far, and enjoy it, thatâ€™s all we can do. The boys have been absolutely fantastic and itâ€™s another big day for the club.â€�
The key for Hythe at Kingfield Stadium is to silence the home crowd - and Porter is confident his side can do exactly that.
â€œThey were frustrated for 71 minutes, you didnâ€™t hear them until they scored and they brought a fair few with them,â€� he said.
â€œItâ€™s going to be tough up there, of course we all know that and that was our day yesterday. Weâ€™ll go there on Tuesday and give it our best shot like we did yesterday.â€�
Hythe Town was formed in 1910 and gained senior status in 1975, joining the Kent League. They had a high profile in the late 80s/early 90s when a property developer took over and pumped some money in, with the club joining the Southern League. The club went into liquidation in 1992 but was re-formed, regaining its Kent League status three years later. The club has been doing very nicely in recent years, knocking out Dover in the FA Cup two years ago and regularly challenging for the Kent League Premier Division title.
The Reds achieved their best-ever placing last season, finishing runners-up in the Kent League after leading the pack for much of the campaign. This season they have started well, their disappointing 2-1 home defeat at the hands of rivals Faversham Town on 19 September being their first reverse of the campaign.
Strikers Kieran Byrne and Pat Kingwell have both started the season in impressive form, netting 9 goals each, including the latterâ€™s clinical finish on Saturday. Dave Cook has netted four goals.
The Redsâ€™ progress so far in the FA Cup has been:
Whitehawk 1 Hythe Town 2
Hythe Town 4 Eastbourne Town 0
Hythe Town 2 Faversham Town 1
I understand that normal admission prices will apply for this match.
Our matchday programme on Tuesday night includes Grahamâ€™s reflections on Saturdayâ€™s game, a look back at a Cardsâ€™ win at the same stage of the Cup some 20 years ago, a survey of Wokingâ€™s recent FA Cup history and an update on the reserves and Academy. Great value at only Â£1.50.
Come on, you Cards!