Cards look to bounce back
9:27am, Fri 4th Dec 2009
Bishopâ€™s Stortford v Woking
3pm on Saturday 5 December 2009
Following the debacle at Bath City on Tuesday evening, Graham Baker emphasised that the great thing about football is that the next game quickly gives you an opportunity to get a bad result out of your system. Cards fans will certainly be looking for evidence of this at Bishopâ€™s Stortford tomorrow.
I spoke to Graham earlier this morning for an update. The only injury worry is Mark Ricketts, but Graham sounded hopeful that Mark will have recovered sufficiently by tomorrow. There are no suspensions. Joe McNerney is back from his loan spell with Corinthian Casuals. Graham said that he would have liked to put Joe out on loan again â€“ another club was keen to take him, apparently â€“ but Joe got sent off in his last game for the Casuals, so is awaiting a three-match suspension. In the meantime he is available to play for Woking.
Trevor Benjamin has been released. Graham said that he was grateful for Trevorâ€™s contribution and that the Club wished him well but Graham and Trevor had agreed that it would take Trevor too long to reach the degree of match fitness required. In addition, of course, Graham can now call on the services of Matthew Wright and Nathaniel Pinney. Graham confirmed that he expects to start with Matthew up front tomorrow.
Graham added that the players had â€˜dusted themselvesâ€™ down after Tuesdayâ€™s result and that spirits were now high again in the camp and that they were all very determined to do well tomorrow. Graham clearly sees the defensive lapses at Bath â€“ which he described as schoolboy howlers â€“ as a collective defensive â€˜one offâ€™, given our good defensive record this season. We hope heâ€™s right!
The Blues sit in 6th place in the table, with 28 points from 18 games, four points behind the Cards. At home they have won three, drawn two and lost three. The indications are that, in spite of Wokingâ€™s collapse on Tuesday evening, the game will be tight: in their eight home league games the Blues have scored only 8 goals and conceded nine. In spite of this they have the leagueâ€™s top scorer in Charlie Sheringham, son of Teddy. Charlie was with Welling last season, so Jimmy Dack will be very familiar with the threat he represents and, we hope, how to counter it!
In the home game on 22 August the Cards gained a narrow win, with Gez Soleâ€™s 83rd minute penalty separating the two sides. Since that game the Blues have strengthened their squad with the signings of Glen Southam (from Hereford United and formerly with Dagenham and Redbridge), Hassan Sulaiman (formerly with St Albans City) and, more recently, two midfielders: Scott Shulton from Ebbsfleet United and Damon Lathrope, a 20 year-old on loan from Norwich City.
The Bluesâ€™ recent results have been:
BSS 27 Oct Bishopâ€™s Stortford 0 Chelmsford C 1
BSS 31 Oct Weston-super-Mare 1 Bishopâ€™s S 3
BSS 14 Nov Bishopâ€™s Stortford 0 Weymouth 1
FAT 21 Nov Ramsgate 0 Bishopâ€™s Stortford 1
BSS 28 Nov Worcester City 1 Bishopâ€™s Stortford 1
HSC 1 Dec Bishopâ€™s Stortford 6 Hatfield Town 2
See the details in yesterdayâ€™s news item.
Come on, you Cards!