Cards face tough Imps challenge
8:51am, Thu 3rd Dec 2015
Woking v Lincoln City
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 5 December 2015
After the disappointment of a narrow defeat at Barrow last Saturday Garry Hill will be hoping that his side can produce another home performance like the one that vanquished Tranmere Rovers 4-1 ten days ago. But this will be a tough ask against fourth-placed Lincoln City, who are unbeaten in their last five league games, including away wins at Aldershot Town and Torquay United. Come on down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium to cheer on the Cards!
After quickly levelling after half-time at wind-swept Barrow last Saturday the odds all seemed to be on another Woking win, so it was a bitter pill to swallow to travel back 350 miles home on the end of a 2-1 defeat. Set pieces were again the Cardsâ€™ undoing.
But the previous wins at Chester and at home to Tranmere seem to have stopped the rot, with the side generally appearing more solid and showing greater self-belief, so Garry will be looking to his side to carve out another home win against the Imps.
Manager Chris Moyses, who arrived at Sincil Bank in November last year, has guided the Imps to an encouraging first half of the season. They now sit in fourth place with 40 points from 23 games. Away from home they have won six, drawn two and lost four â€“ an identical record to Wokingâ€™s home form. Their most recent away games have produced a 2-1 win at Aldershot Town, a 3-1 victory at Torquay United and, most recently, a 1-1 draw at Boreham Wood. Last Saturday they drew 1-1 at home to Welling United, dominating possession and chances but having to rely on a second-half equaliser from Jack Muldoon against the stubborn Wings to share the points.
The Imps have an experienced-looking squad, including keeper Paul Farman, defender Chris Bush (ex-Gateshead and Hereford amongst other clubs), midfielders Craig Stanley (ex-Aldershot Town) and long-serving skipper Alan Power, and strikers Jon Nolan, Matt Rhead and Jack Muldoon (formerly with Rochdale). There was much publicity recently around Liam Hearnâ€™s decision to move to Barrow on loan, with the striker making his debut last week against the Cards, but Lincoln have recently added ex-Kidderminster striker Nathan Blissett, on loan from Bristol Rovers.
Over 65s and Students with NUS card Â£13
The game will be segregated, with away fans occupying the uncovered Chris Lane Terrace and part of the Leslie Gosden Stand.
NEW YEAR RAFFLE
Please support the Cards Trustâ€™s New Year Raffle, with tickets at Â£1 and a first prize of Â£1,000 and more than 50 other prizes. The raffle is aimed at raising money to help offset the medical costs incurred by the Club as a result of all the injuries sustained this season. The draw will take place at half-time at the game against Aldershot Town on 2 January. Money and stubs have to be returned to the Club Shop by 31 December.
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LAST TIME WE MET
Lincoln City 0 Woking 2
28 February 2015
A fine display from the Cards saw them dominate this match and, but for some over-elaboration in the second half and some excellent goalkeeping by Paul Farman, they might have won even more comfortably.
Woking took the lead in the 20th minute when the home defence was caught out by a long ball, Scott Rendell nodding home. On the stroke of half-time Josh Payne was involved in a collision with Farman. After receiving treatment Payne rifled a tremendous free-kick into the top corner.
The Cards never looked in trouble in the second half, with the home side rarely threatening.
Woking: Jake Cole, Mark Ricketts (Keiran Murtagh 87), Joe McNerney, James Clarke, Josh Payne, Scott Rendell, Kevin Betsy (Adam Newton 81), Yemi Odubade (Giuseppe Sole 77),Joey Jones, John Goddard, Chris Arthur
Unused subs: Andy Little, Charles Banya
Goals: Scott Rendell 20, Josh Payne 45
Caution: Joe McNerney 55
The Cards donâ€™t have another scheduled home game till Monday 28 December when they play Boreham Wood. And itâ€™s the Wood who are their next opponents when Garry Hillâ€™s side travel there next Saturday in the First Round of the FA Trophy. Following on from that game, the Cards travel to Gateshead on Saturday 19 December and to Aldershot Town on Saturday 26 December. Donâ€™t forget to book your coach places on Saturday for the trips to Boreham Wood and Aldershot.
Come on, you Cards!
P.S. How about booking tickets for the Blues Brothers Tribute Night on Friday 18 December? See the news item on 1 December for more details.