Cards face Cup test
9:10am, Thu 23rd Oct 2014
Woking v Boreham Wood
FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
3pm on Saturday 25 October 2014
The Cards take on Boreham Wood on Saturday, hoping to reach the 1st Round Proper of the FA Cup for the first time in four years. But they will have to play a lot better than they did in last weekendâ€™s surprising home defeat at the hands of bottom-of-the-table AFC Telford. The Wood, in contrast to Woking, have a fine record in the Cup in recent years and are going very well in the Conference South, so it looks like it will be a very competitive tie. Come down to Kingfield and cheer the Cards on in what we hope will be the beginning of a memorable Cup run.
About the only good thing that can be said about last Saturdayâ€™s defeat is that it should help to dispel any complacency on the part of the team about this cup tie.
We will have to see if any of the loan players prove to be cup-tied.
The winners of Saturdayâ€™s tie will receive Â£12,500 in prize money.
The Wood, managed by Ian Allinson, have started this season extremely well and currently lie in second place in the Conference South. Allinson reckons his current squad, with a number of very promising young players, is the strongest heâ€™s had â€“ so, Woking, be warned! Up front, Allinson can call on three young strikers in Junior Morias, Austin Lipman and David Moli, an ex-Wolves youngster who had been on loan but who has now joined permanently. Another option is the highly-experienced player/coach Mario Noto. Another well-known name is that of Ricky Shakes, whoâ€™s played for Ebbsfleet against us previously. Luke Garrard, Assistant Manager, is influential in midfield.
In the league the Wood have amassed 25 points from 13 games. Away from home theyâ€™ve won four and lost three, scoring 16 goals and conceding 7. Last Saturday they had a very comfortable 3-0 away win against Hayes and Yeading.
In the FA Cup to date, the Wood beat East Preston 3-2 at home before drawing 2-2 away at Frome Town and then winning the replay 1-0. Boreham Wood have recent happy memories of a Cup game at Kingfield: two years ago they beat Hayes and Yeading there before being drawn against Brentford in the First Round Proper. The Wood are aiming to reach the First Round Proper for the third season in a row. Last season they lost narrowly to Carlisle United away in a replay.
Season ticket holders should note that this is an â€˜all payâ€™ game.
Over 65s and Students with a valid NUS card: Â£10
The match will be segregated, with Boreham Wood fans allocated the open Chris Lane terrace and part of the Leslie Gosden Stand.
Donâ€™t forget to buy a copy of the special FA Cup programme, priced at Â£3. Saturdayâ€™s edition includes a look at Wokingâ€™s recent FA Cup record and recalls an FA Trophy semi-final encounter between the two sides. In addition, of course, there are match reports, previews and news of the Clubâ€™s community work and commercial initiatives, plus superb photos. If you canâ€™t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on firstname.lastname@example.org
LAST TIME OUT
The Cards beat the Wood home and away in an FA Trophy semi-final in 2005-06 but the sides last met in the Cardsâ€™ Conference South-winning season in 2011-12. On 20 August 2011 the sides drew 0-0 at Kingfield. In the away fixture on 28 January 2012 the Cards won 2-1. Elvis Hammond gave the Cards the lead only for Mario Noto to equalise, against the run of play, early in the second half. Moses Ademola netted six minutes from time to gain a hard-earned win. The teams that day were:
Boreham Wood: Jordan, Sankofa, Jones, Garrard, Oâ€™Loughlin, Beckles, Hunter (Lechmere 75), Cox, Bryant, Noto, Lobjoit
Unused subs: Hutton, Wilkinson, Brathwaite, Akinola
Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Keiran Murtagh, Alan Inns, Mike Cestor, Wayne Gray (Josh Griffiths 83), Jack King, Moses Ademola (Derek Duncan 90), Elvis Hammond, Mo Shariff (Luke Medley 74)
Unused subs: Jay Davies, Andy Little
On Saturday 1 November the Cards face a tough away trip to Braintree Town. The following Tuesday evening (4 November) sees the Cards begin their defence of the Surrey Senior Cup when they take on Ashford Town (Middx). We hope that Saturday 8 November will see the Cards in the 1st Round of the FA Cup. The next home league game at Kingfield, on Tuesday 11 November, is a very attractive fixture, with Woking looking to do the double over non-League giants Wrexham. Make sure the date is in the diary!
Come on, you Cards!