Welling United V Woking
11:02am, Fri 17th Sep 2010
Tomorrow afternoon Welling United host Woking FC at Park View Road as both sides look to continue their impressive recent form. Woking have won their last two, and havenâ€™t conceded in three matches, whilst Welling have won 5 of their last 6 matches, scoring 14 goals along the way. On form, this is likely to be The Cardsâ€™ toughest fixture of the season yet, but Graham Baker and his side will be looking to win nonetheless.
Having won their last two matches, The Cards are high on confidence, and will be desperate to make it three out of three against The Wings. With many players on form, Graham Baker will have his work cut out trying to pick a side tomorrow afternoon.
Aswad Thomas returns from suspension for tomorrowâ€™s match, but may just struggle to gain a starting place with young Chris Bush, on loan from Brentford, being terrific at left back in recent matches. Captain Mark Ricketts may well continue at right-back, where heâ€™s deputised for the past three matches, allowing Jerome Maledon and Francis Quarm to start on central midfield, a defence-minded partnership that may just thrive against Welling tomorrow afternoon.
Should Mark Ricketts move back into midfield, Ricky Anane may return to right-back, after playing on the right wing the last few matches. That would signal a return to the right for Moses Ademola who has filled in up front for the last two matches. He will most likely make his way back to the right with the return of Andy Forbes to bolster the front line. Meanwhile, Craig Faulconbridge, who came off the bench against Basingstoke to net two goals will be hoping the manager puts faith in him to hand him a starting place.
Thereâ€™ll be some extra spice to this encounter after Woking enticed Welling midfielder Sam Hurrell to Kingfield over the summer, and the left winger will be desperate to play tomorrow afternoon against his old club. Another keen spectator will be Woking assistant manager Jimmy Dack, who plied his trade at Welling United in 2008/09.
Welling have started the season in fine form, having lost only once against top of the table Bromley. Theyâ€™ve scored 16 goals to Wokingâ€™s seven, but have conceded ten, whilst Woking have conceded only eight. The Wings will be high on confidence coming into this home match against a somewhat inconsistent Woking team, however Welling face off field problems that will no doubt affect their on field morale.
Welling have recently been handed a 5 point deduction by the Football Conference relating to their financial affairs. They have the right to appeal, but should they be unsuccessful, the 5 point deduction will go someway to undoing much of what they have achieved so early in the season.
Manager Jamie Day will be keen to ensure none of the off-field turmoil affects his players mental states however and will be hoping they focus purely on the task at hand; gaining three points against The Cards.
Striker Andy Pugh will be once for The Cardsâ€™ defence to keep an eye on. In eight matches heâ€™s scored four times, standing as the clubâ€™s top striker. Having said that, his strike partner Luis Cumbers has scored three goals so far this season and will be equally threatening. With such a threatening front line, Graham Baker will need to strike a balance and ensure his midfield work back enough to cut off supply to the threatening strike force, but will also need to ensure Woking do not sit too deep.
Whatever the case, this match is likely to be a tight affair.
Leave the M25 at Junction 2. At the roundabout, take the A2 towards Central London. Leave the A2 at the third exit (Danson Interchange, signposted A221 to Bexleyheath and Sidcup).
Turn right (second exit) at the roundabout at the end of the slip road, and then turn right (third exit) at the next roundabout. Go under the A2 bridge and up the slope to another roundabout. Take the second exit and follow the road (Danson Road) to the traffic lights at the end. Turn left at the lights onto Park View Road. The ground is on the left. There is no car park, but plenty of street parking is available.
Nearest station: Welling
From Woking take the train to Waterloo, then from Waterloo East take the train to Welling.
The journey should take around 1Â½ hours.
The ground is about a 15 minute walk from the station.