Cards look to bounce back
9:35am, Thu 26th Jan 2012
Boreham Wood v Woking
3pm on Saturday 28 January 2012
With two defeats in the last three league games, the Cards are going through a difficult patch. They will be very keen to maintain their record of always bouncing back from a league defeat but will be hampered by a mounting injury list, not to mention a Boreham Wood side who have a good home record and are in confident mood following their emphatic 3-0 home win last Saturday over sixth-placed Weston-super-Mare.
The Cards are 11 points clear at the top of the table and are still hot favourites to land the title but another defeat would inevitably lead to anxious looks over their shoulders, especially at Dartford, who have two games in hand and who visit Kingfield on 18 February.
Woking will definitely be missing Mark Ricketts and Adam Doyle, who is serving the second part of his two-match suspension. Jay Davies missed last Saturdayâ€™s game with shin splints, so must be doubtful, along with Paris Cowan-Hall, who limped off with a recurrence of his hamstring injury, and Dale Binns, who hasnâ€™t played since 1 January.
The Wood sit in 13th place with 32 points from 24 games. They have a very respectable home record with seven wins, two draws and three defeats, scoring 21 goals and conceding 14.
Wood benefited from increased investment in the summer and hopes were high for a promotion challenge but, partly as a result of injuries, they had a dreadful start to the season, winning only one of their first nine league games. Things improved markedly from early October with six straight league wins, including victories at home over Dartford and Dover. But recent form has been less impressive, with only one win, last Saturday, in the last seven league games.
There has been a huge number of comings and goings in Ian Allinsonâ€™s squad, with a substantial number of loan signings augmenting Woodâ€™s â€˜starâ€™ players such as Mario Noto, Luke Garrard, Inih Effiong and top scorer David Bryant and a crop of very promising youngsters, including Charlie Hunter. The loanees at one time included Ollie Palmer and Nathan Koranteng, whilst Sam Hurrell was also with the Wood earlier in the season. Michael Jordan, the ex-Farnborough keeper, is the regular goalie. The Wood have just lost midfielder Daryl McMahon, who was also Assistant Team Manager, who was lured away by an offer from ambitious Eastleigh.
The star of their 3-0 win last Saturday was an 18 year-old from Leyton Orient, Billy Lobjoit, who scored two goals. He is likely to come up against his Orient team-mate Mike Cestor this Saturday.
The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 12.30pm and costs Â£13 for members and Â£18 for non-members. Phone or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the Club Shop today to book your place.
Exit junction 23 of the M25 and take the fifth exit at the roundabout, heading south (signposted London N and C, Brent Cross) on the A1. After about two miles take Borehamwood exit and then take second exit at roundabout onto A5135 / Elstree Way. Pass through two roundabouts remaining on Elstree Way. At next roundabout take second exit onto Brook Road. Take right onto Broughinge Road, turning right again to stay on Broughinge Road, and the entrance to the ground is then next on your right. There is a large car park adjacent to the ground and local park which you will see on your right before you reach the ground. The AA gives the journey time from Woking as about an hour.
Nearest station: Elstree & Borehamwood
Take the train to Waterloo and then go by tube to St Pancras International or Kentish Town to pick up the train to Elstree and Borehamwood. Direct trains from St Pancras International go from Platform 1 at 20 minutes and 50 minutes past each hour and take 18 minutes. So, the 13.20 gets in at 13.38, the 13.50 at 14.08 and, cutting it fine, the 14.20 at 14.38.
Walking from the station to the ground takes around 20 minutes. When you come out of the train station, turn right and walk down Borehamwood High Street until you come to McDonalds on your left. Turn left into Brook Road.
Trains back are at 23 and 53 minutes past each hour till 18.53, after which the timetable changes.
LAST TIME OUT
Woking 0 Boreham Wood 0
20 August 2011
The Cards went into their third game of the season on the back of a resounding away win over Sutton and a somewhat fortunate home defeat of Hampton and Richmond. With both Adam Doyle and Alan Inns missing, Garry Hill drafted in Mike Cestor on loan to partner Joe McNerney in central defence.
Boreham Wood had several early chances, with the powerful Inih Effiong putting the Cardsâ€™ defence under considerable pressure, but â€˜man of the matchâ€™ Andy Little was up to the challenge. The Cardsâ€™ best chances in the first half fell to Gez Sole, who scooped over, and to Elvis Hammond, who was foiled by the Wood keeper, Putnins, who was also in excellent form.
The Wood started the second half brightly, with both Effiong and ex-Card Sam Hurrell testing Little. Garry Hill re-shuffled, bringing on Jay Davies for Sole and, later, Wayne Gray and Paris Cowan-Hall for Hammond and Dale Binns. Cowan-Hall came closest to winning the game for the Cards, blasting over when through, but the Cards were grateful to Little for a superb save at the end and also survived an almighty goalmouth scramble.
Come on, you Cards!
NB. Donâ€™t forget that the Cards are at home to Dorchester Town on Saturday 4 February.