Cards prepare for tough Trophy battle
5:42pm, Thu 13th Dec 2012
Woking v Welling United
FA Trophy 2nd Round
3pm on Saturday 15 December 2012
Reduced admission prices apply for this game so come on down to Kingfield on Saturday to enjoy what should be a well-contested cup tie. The Cardsâ€™ last outing in the FA Trophy produced a 7-0 win over Farnborough but no one is expecting an easy ride against Jamie Dayâ€™s Welling side, who are in very fine form in the Blue Square South and who always prove tough opponents. The game isnâ€™t segregated and the bar is open from 12 noon to Woking and Welling fans alike, with the TV game being shown on the big screen from 12.45pm.
The Cards have recovered impressively from their mauling at Hyde at the beginning of the month, subsequently registering excellent wins over Lincoln City away and Stockport County at home â€“ keeping a clean sheet in both instances. So, Garry Hillâ€™s side should be full of confidence for this FA Trophy tie and, barring injuries, he will have a full squad to choose from, with no suspensions. He will hope that the influential Lee Sawyer will have recovered from the injury which sidelined him against Stockport.
Two players who will particularly want to be involved in this game are former Wings favourites, Loick Pires and Jack Parkinson, whom Garry Hill was quick to snap up last summer. But Loick may find it hard to displace Brett Williams up front, whose form has been excellent in recent games, and Jack too may have to be content with a place on the bench if all the midfielders are fit.
Garry will be keen to impress on his side not to take Welling lightly. Jamie Day works miracles at Park View Road on a tight budget and has once again produced a side challenging for promotion. There are a number of familiar names in the Wingsâ€™ squad, including Lee Clarke, Anthony Acheampong, Jack Obersteller, Ben Martin and, a new recruit in the summer, striker Jon Main, formerly of Tonbridge Angels and AFC Wimbledon. But it is two new names up front who have been getting the goals: Ross Lafayette, formerly with Wealdstone and Hemel Hempstead, and Kiernan Hughes-Mason, who was with Millwall and had loan spells at Kettering and Grimsby Town.
Welling are on a superb run, with six straight wins, including a tremendous 2-0 victory at Newport County in the last round of the Trophy. They sit second in the Blue Square South with 37 points from 18 games, only two points behind Salisbury City, having lost only three league games to date.
Over 65s/Students Â£6
The 24-page programme, priced at only Â£2, includes a look at the FA Trophy competition, including Wokingâ€™s record over the last decade, plus match reports, previews, superb action photos and much more. If you canâ€™t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on email@example.com
The Cards are at home to high-flying Forest Green Rovers next Saturday (22 December). Itâ€™s â€˜Bring a Friendâ€™ day, with all U16s admitted free, so bring the family down to Kingfield for a pre-Christmas treat. (Donâ€™t forget a helping of Seafare fish and chips while youâ€™re at it.) Make sure too that youâ€™ve got 1pm on New Yearâ€™s Day firmly in the diary, when Luton Town visit Kingfield in a game which will surely attract the Cardsâ€™ biggest home league gate of the season.
Come on, you Cards!