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Getting to know Bury

By Jacob Greenwood

League One outfit Bury visit Kingfield on Sunday in The FA Cup First Round in what could be a classic cup tie. The Shakers, who are without a manager after parting company with Lee Clark, sit second from bottom in the league and have struggled on the road so far this season.

Anthony Limbrick’s side will also be looking to get back to winning ways after stumbling past Concord Rangers in the last round and following that up with three league defeats. Despite the poor current run of both sides find themselves on, folklore suggests form ‘goes out of the window’ in cup games, so who knows what will happen on the day!

The Cards will be without Charlie Carter (injured), Louis Ramsay (injured) and Kane Ferdinand (suspended), however Limbrick is hoping to have other players back from injury.

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Philpot strikes late vs Concord to keep The Cards in The FA Cup

We talked to Bury fan Adam Clark to find out what has been going on at Gigg Lane so far this season.

There is a lot going on at Bury at the moment and the main talking point was the news that Lee Clark left the club on Monday – can you give us the background to why the club lost faith in him?

After a run of poor results fans started to turn on Lee and they expressed their views on social media. Although there was a lot of discontent online, which saw the the start of the online Clark Out campaign so to speak, there was no chanting of Clark out at games. However, Saturday marked four defeats on the spin and I think it’s safe to say that everyone wanted him to go and at the final whistle vs Doncaster there were chants of Clark Out.

Bury are only a point off of the bottom of League One, were they expected to struggle this season and what has gone wrong?

What’s gone wrong is that the manager didn’t know his best 11 and that could be a part of why he lost his job. We aren’t expected to struggle. On paper we are one of the best teams in the league with some great players in all areas – which I’ll get on to later in the piece!

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Set piece nightmares at Dover

Although we are still early in the season, it could be said Bury are aiming to stay up this season, does that make the cup competitions less important this year?

Personally, cup runs are important to me – now we have sacked Lee Clark we could have a cup run that hopefully starts vs Woking on Sunday afternoon.

What players will Woking have to look out for on Sunday?

There’s quite a few – Joe Murphy or Leo Fasan, depending on who plays between the sticks, are both very good goalkeepers. Joe has more experience than Leo but they are both great goalkeepers and pull off some amazing saves. In the midfield Chris Maguire is a great technical player and a free-kick specialist – his free-kicks are to some thing to look out for but he hasn’t played as much in the last few games so we will have to wait until 1pm on Sunday to find out the team. Jermaine Beckford up top is great scorer that’s played at a higher level than League One.

Finally, what is your score prediction?
3-1 Bury.

Images by David Holmes. Find more at wokingfc.co.uk

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A relived Garry Hill praised the input of Giuseppe Sole and captain Mark Ricketts after Woking’s 1-0 victory against Braintree Town.

Woking went into the game having lost attacking trio Jack Marriott, Scott Rendell and Charles Banya back to their parent clubs after successful loan spells.

Hill started with Sole up front and was impressed that the striker took his opportunity

‘The players who came in today did very well and I thought Gez Sole down the middle lead the line very well.’ Hill told BBC Surrey after the game.

The Cards’ boss did confirm he was on the verge of signing a player on Friday night but gave fringe players a chance after the deal fell through.

‘I had an opportunity last night [to sign a player] and it wasn’t right. I felt like I would have been rushing to do something for the sake of doing it.’

Woking won the game after Joe McNerney scored the game’s only goal from close range on the hour mark.

Joe McNerney stabs home from close range
Joe McNerney stabs home from close range

Hill also praised captain Mark Ricketts after he overcame an illness to play a crucial role.

‘At 12 today and even at 3 wasn’t fit to play, he wasn’t very well at all, showed what a leader he is at this football club.

I thought that was a great example for anyone who plays at Woking to see the leader ship of your skipper.’

The win moved Woking up to 17th and onto 8 points separate the Surrey side from the relegation zone. Woking’s next game sees them travel to Welling United who currently sit 14th in the table.

Article by Jacob Greenwood @JGreenwood91

Photo by David Holmes. A full set can be found at wokingfc.co.uk

Getting to know the opposition – Hyde

Woking go in to this Saturday’s game with real optimism around the club following the loan signing of Jack Marriott.

The Ipswich youngster played a crucial part in Tuesday’s 3-0 win against Dartford and claimed an assist and a goal on his debut. Marriott’s Impressive performance amongst goals from Scott Rendell and Joe McNerney gave the Cards their second home win of the season and a win on Saturday could see them leave the relegation zone.Loanee Marriott celebrates the opener

Garry Hill will be looking to do the double over a Hyde side who have failed to pick up a league win yet this season. Woking won the reverse fixture 2-0 in September with Kevin Betsy grabbing a brace to take the three points.

We caught up with Hyde fan @Jamie_McNamee ahead of Saturday’s crucial game at the bottom of the table to see if the Tigers fans are remaining positive –

With nineteen games played you have drawn three and lost sixteen, how has this season started so badly for yourselves?

The season in a whole has been dreadful so far and I think there are certain factors that have contributed to this. The first one is the phenomenon of ‘Second Season Syndrome’ mean that we do not have the element of surprise on a lot of teams in this league anymore. Without a doubt last season the end result as a team was much greater than the individuals placed within the team but on paper this season’s squad is stronger than last season’s. A second factor is our lack of goals, especially when we are on top in games. There have been several games this year where Hyde have started like a house on fire and in some matches have even taken the lead but then that inevitable opposition goal comes all the momentum in the team is lost. The Chester game last week was a perfect example of this. Take the lead early on with a tidy finish by Louis Almond and after near a full half of a barrage on the Chester goal the strike right near the end of the first half and Hyde never really got back into the game up until about five minutes to go being 2-1 down. One last factor is just general bad form by certain players. Our experienced pair of Will Haining and Danny Carlton have been dreadful, Tom Collins early season heroics have seen him demoted to the bench. I could go one but the only real high points this season is our performance against Nuneaton where we should have won that game comfortably but ended up with a 2-2 draw, the recent performance of Louis Almond and on loan goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux.

You were confident when we played you in the reverse fixture you would just about survive this season, do you think the squad are good enough and will pick up in confidence when they finally get a win?

Hard to tell if they will pick up in confidence when they finally get a win because reaching that elusivWoking celebrate their victory at Hydee first win seems so near but so far at the moment. We do play some good stuff at times but it is quite annoying at times when opposition fans of other clubs play you and say “I don’t understand how you are winless this year” I do think that when we win a match we will go on a little run of form but unfortunately I think Hyde’s fate in the Conference premier will all ready of been sealed by then.

In what positions have you particularly been struggling and can you see the squad being strengthened in January?

We have seen a chopping and changing at centre Half this season with a total of about 7 different players being played there whether through injury or poor form. The best of them being Glenn Belezika, who is on loan from Oldham. Up front we lack goals from Scott Spencer and Reece Gray who were massive in helping Hyde reach this level two years ago. Do I see us strengthening in January? Hard to tell, depends on who is out there but Hyde will not invest any real money to strengthen due to our tight player budget. I think we will have to get rid of some to bring others in is basically what I think may happen.

Who is likely to pose Woking the biggest threat on Saturday?

Louis Almond, he has been on a good run in the last couple of games. Tricky little winger who can chip in with between 10-12 goals a season at this level and could cause you back four and keeper a problem in the up and coming encounter. Reece Gray with his intelligent way of finding space and threading through balls could also be a real threat.

Finally, what is your score prediction?

Let’s be both bold and stupid here I’ll go with a 3-1 victory to Hyde to break our winless streak.

Questions and article by Jacob Greenwood @JGreenwood91

Photo by David Holmes & Andy Nunn. A full set can be found at wokingfc.co.uk

Come on you Cards!

Hayes & Yeading’s Kingfield stay set to be extended

By Jacob Greenwood

Hayes & Yeading are expected to spend even longer than expected as tenants at Woking’s Kingfield stadium as it was revealed they would need another £2M to complete their Beaconsfield Road ground.

United were due to move into their new ground in time for this season but continued financial problems have seen the building work delayed. This means the Conference South club could be forced to spend the whole season ground sharing with Woking.

The move would see fans having to complete a 40-mile roundtrip to watch ‘home’ games but chairman, Tony O’Driscoll, insist the club just don’t have the money to complete the ground at present. He told the Uxbridge Gazette:

“The builders are saying that there’s another £2million of work on the stand to get it finished, but we don’t have £2million so we need to see how much we can get done with the money we have got and see where we are then.

“The builders have pulled off and said that we owe them money.”

http://www.uxbridgegazette.co.uk/west-london-sport/hayesandyeading/2013/08/29/exclusive-hayes-yeading-need-2million-for-stadium-113046-33781740/

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