Woking v Forest Green Rovers
FA Trophy 1st Round
3pm on Saturday 12 December 2009
The Cards take on Forest Green Rovers tomorrow in the 1st Round Proper of the FA Trophy, having disposed of St Albans City 6-0 in the previous round. This will be Graham Bakerâ€™s first test this season against a BSP side and no oneâ€™s expecting it to be easy. But Â£5,000 prize money for the winners should provide sufficient incentive!
Graham Bakerâ€™s biggest problem will be what to do about his strike force, given that loan Palace player Matthew Wright is cup-tied following his appearance in this competition for Maidstone United. In his absence Graham isnâ€™t able to call on another â€˜physicalâ€™ presence up front, with Delano Sam-Yorke out on loan at Cray Wanderers and Joe McNerney â€“ who replaced Matthew in the second half at Bishopâ€™s Stortford â€“ suspended. Charlie Moone and Daniel Sintim are cup-tied as well but Anson Cousins is available since he is on â€˜dual registrationâ€™ terms at Godalming Town. Graham has confirmed this morning that there are no injury problems.
Perhaps the likes of Nathaniel Pinney and Moses Ademola need to take a leaf out of Arsenalâ€™s Andrey Arshavinâ€™s book when it comes to playing against Roversâ€™ big defenders? I expect, though, that theyâ€™d like some Cesc Fabregas precision passing on the ground!
FOREST GREEN ROVERS
The Rovers have been familiar opponents in previous years, with several meetings in the Conference cup competition as well as the Conference National. The long drawn-out saga of Jim Harveyâ€™s suspension and eventual departure for Chester City led to a poor start in the league and they now lie in 22nd place, with 16 points from 23 games, with only Ebbsfleet United and Chester City below them. However, their form has improved markedly in recent weeks: you have to go back to mid-October to find a game in which they lost by more than one goal. Theyâ€™ve had a terrific run in the FA Cup too, beating Mansfield Town away 2-0 in a replay in Round One, followed by a 2-1 win at Bath City just before the Cardsâ€™ ill-fated trip there. Theyâ€™ve now got an away tie at Notts County in Round Three.
The Roversâ€™ recent results have been:
17 Nov FAC1R Mansfield 1 FGR 2
21 Nov BSP FGR 0 Stevenage Borough 1
24 Nov BSP FGR 0 Oxford United 1
28 Nov FAC2 Bath City 1 FGR 2
1 Dec BSP Wrexham 1 FGR 0
5 Dec BSP FGR 1 Rushden and Diamonds 0
Conal Platt and David Brown, the former Accrington striker, are Roversâ€™ main danger men.
This is an â€˜all payâ€™ game.
Adults: Â£12 anywhere in the ground
Donâ€™t forget lovely Seafare fish and chips in the Leslie Gosden Stand!
See the earlier news item for details of our packed matchday programme, including a profile of Woking legend, Geoff Hamm.
Come on, you Cards!
P.S. Donâ€™t forget to bring your contributions â€“ money or non-perishable foodstuffs â€“ for the Woking FC Christmas Appeal.