Football carnival on Saturday
7:08am, Thu 19th Apr 2012
Woking v Truro City
3pm on Saturday 21 April 2012
Itâ€™s â€˜Kingfield Carnivalâ€™ time on Saturday! Come and see the Cards presented with the BSBS trophy in their final home game of the season and enjoy all the additional entertainment laid on for this special day. And donâ€™t forget that all under 16s will be admitted free of charge!
A host of extra attractions have been arranged, including a post-match BBQ, marching band, cheer leaders and face painting. Doors open at 12 noon.
With the championship won last week at Maidenhead United, the Cards can now relax and play without any fears. But donâ€™t expect Garry Hillâ€™s side to ease off: they will want to finish the season at Kingfield on a high, so thereâ€™s every chance of seeing some very attractive football.
With all suspensions completed, Garry will have a full squad to choose from barring any injury worries. So, Kevin Betsy and Adam Doyle will both come back into the reckoning and might we even see at least a glimpse of Mark Ricketts and Jay Davies, both of whom figured in a reserve game last week as part of their recovery from long-term injuries?
The White Tigers have rocketed up the non-League pyramid with five promotions in six seasons but have been presented with two winding-up petitions by HMRC this season. The first, at the end of January, was averted just before the deadline when a reported Â£100k was paid. The second is due to be heard on 30 April, when Truroâ€™s Chairman Kevin Heaney says that the outstanding Â£51k will be paid. There was also controversy earlier in the season when Heaney, who has masterminded the clubâ€™s ascent since his arrival in 2004, was involved in a bid to buy the ailing Plymouth Argyle. He says, however, that he remains committed to Truro City and is hoping to sign up to the building of a new stadium to be shared with the Cornish Pirates rugby team.
Truro made a promising start to life in the BSBS, taking maximum points from their first three games, including defeats of Chelmsford and Dover. But â€“ perhaps typifying their unpredictable form â€“ they then lost the following four games. Results since then have been mixed and, sometimes, bizarre e.g. a 7-2 defeat at Gloucester City in the FA Cup.
Truro have gradually slipped down the table and now sit in 14th place, seven points above the relegation zone. Although Hampton and Richmond Borough, in 20th place, have a couple of games in hand, the White Tigers are all but mathematically safe from the drop. There are often goals aplenty in their games: theyâ€™ve scored a very respectable 61 goals but conceded 76: only Farnborough and Thurrock have a worse defensive record. So, letâ€™s hope the Cards forwards have their shooting boots on!
Truroâ€™s squad, managed by Lee Hodges, includes a couple of well-known former adversaries in the veteran Barry Hayles, who plied his trade for Stevenage Borough before enjoying a very successful League career, and Les Afful, who has played for Exeter, Torquay and Forest Green Rovers. Scott Walker leads the goalscoring charts with 13 league goals. Many of the squad have League experience with West Country clubs.
Please bear in mind the parking restrictions around Kingfield and use the Heathside car park if possible.
Please see the earlier news item about the special 64-page programme which has been prepared for this Saturday. Make sure you grab a copy!
The Woking News and Mail are also producing a 32-page Champions Special, which is on sale today (Thursday) and at Kingfield on Saturday.
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LAST TIME OUT
Truro City 1 Woking 4
29 October 2011
The first-ever meeting between the two sides produced an excellent win for the Cards against a side that had beaten Dartford away the previous Saturday and trounced Farnborough 8-2 during the week.
Garry Hill made two changes from the side which had beaten Weston-super-Mare 4-1, with Alan Inns coming in for Derek Duncan and Nathan Koranteng replacing Dale Binns.
The home side got their noses in front very early as Les Afful chipped Aaron Howe from distance but it took the Cards only eight minutes to draw level as Moses Ademola made a fine run down the right, crossing for Koranteng to drill home from ten yards.
It was 1-2 in the 18th minute as a clever reverse pass from Elvis Hammond took out a handful of Truro defenders, with Paris Cowan-Hall then sublimely chipping the keeper from 25 yards.
More end-to-end play followed but the Cardsâ€™ clinical finishing proved the difference. Adam Newton started the move which led to Ademola too executing a superb chip to make it 1-3.
The second half was a much scrappier affair with both sides having several good chances to add to their score but it was Woking who added another late on. Substitute Gez Soleâ€™s free-kick to the far post was nodded on by Inns to Adam Doyle. His header was saved but â€˜man of the matchâ€™ Inns was there to bundle the ball home.
Come on, you Cards!
P.S. Although this is the last home game of the season, thereâ€™s still a lot to look forward to, including the Surrey Senior Cup Final on 8 May and the Woking FC Beer Festival on 18-19 May. Check the website for more details.