WOKING v BATH CITY
3pm on Saturday 19 December 2009
Weather permitting, the Cards on Saturday will be looking to avenge the surprising 5-0 defeat they suffered down at Twerton Park at the beginning of the month. Graham Bakerâ€™s side have won their last three games at Kingfield and, with a good performance last week in the Trophy against Forest Green Rovers, shouldnâ€™t lack confidence tomorrow in spite of the reverse at the Romansâ€™ hands. It wonâ€™t have gone unnoticed in the Woking camp that the Romansâ€™ official website described the Cardsâ€™ display on 1 December as â€œone of the most clueless 45 minutes of football seen at Twerton for a long timeâ€�. What more incentive does a team need?
I hope to get an update from Graham later today but he told me earlier in the week that the only expected absentees (apart from Delano Sam-Yorke and Jerome Maledon, both on loan at Cray Wanderers) were Charlie Moone, who suffered a broken nose in training, and Joe McNerney, serving the second game of the two-match suspension he picked up on loan at Corinthian Casuals.
Matthew Wright returns after being cup-tied for the Forest Green Rovers game.
Adie Brittonâ€™s side currently lie in 10th place with 28 points from 20 games and are well-positioned to make a push for a play-off spot if they can put together a decent run. We know, from the game at Twerton Park, that they have useful strikers in Darren Edwards and Kaid Mohamed, whilst Lewis Hogg and the former Latvian international Andrejs Stolcers do some excellent work in midfield. Keeper Ryan Robinson, with some excellent saves, prevented the scoreline from being more respectable.
Bath Cityâ€™s recent results have been:
14 Nov BSS Bath City 1 Chelmsford C 0
21 Nov FAT Maidenhead U 1 Bath City 0
28 Nov FAC Bath City 1 Forest Green Rovers 2
1 Dec BSS Bath City 5 Woking 0
5 Dec BSS Bath City 1 Newport County 1
8 Dec BSS Braintree Town 2 Bath City 0
Bath were upset at having to travel down to Braintree midweek in spite of the Iron having originally agreeing to switch the game to the following Saturday, when both teams had a blank day. Missing Edwards and Mohamed in the first half, Bath slumped to a 2-0 defeat in an attritional aerial battle. However, they will be well rested for tomorrowâ€™s encounter.
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 full account of the recent fansâ€™ forum.