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Match preview Vs Woking

Date: 26-04-08 Venue: Kingfield Stadium Kick off: 17:15hrs
The final game of the season has arrived even though it's somewhat earlier/later than planned.  Earlier because the last day of the season was originally planned for next Saturday but later because instead of being a 3:00 ko it is now going to be a 5:15 ko to suit Setanta.

To bring the curtain down on a so so season we'll be wanting to go out with a bang and get a decent win at managerless Woking tomorrow.  After starting the campaign poorly last August we then carried on being inconsistent until a controversial clearout at the end of January saw James Constable, Scott Bevan, Justin Richards, Michael Blackwood and Stuart Whitehead leave the club either permanently or on loan.

Ironically our season started to pick up after that and we have now hit play-off form in recent weeks that, if it had started around Christmas time, could have seen us entering those play-offs for real.

We now need to regroup following the final whistle on Saturday.  Replace the players in crucial areas but at the same time keeping the core nucleus of the side together and get back into action on August 9th.  Take this end of season form on from then and we could sweep all before us.

First we need to dispose of Woking.

They've had another poor season and sit un-comfortably in seventeenth place after spending most of the season just above the relegation zone.  Frank Gray paid the penalty just over a month ago and Colin Lippiat is now caretaker manager there until a permanent appointment is made.

They'll be without the injured Tom Hutchinson, Damien Batt and Jason Norville but also have had a bug going around the squad this week that left Guiseppe Sole, Marvin Morgan, Jay Gasson and Matt Pattison all struck down.  Lippiat has said: "If the first-team boys don't recover then I'll have no option but to field the academy lads."

We should be at full strength following another good win on Tuesday, this time against Burton Albion.  Mark Yates will probably go with the same team that started that game again but if there is one change it will be Iyseden Christie after he collected an elbow in the mouth requiring him to play no further part in the game.  It's not been mentioned by the club what damage was done or if he needed hospital treatment.

If we win this game the highest that we could finish is in eighth place above Forest Green.  The lowest is fourteenth place with Grays, who beat Rushden 3-0 last night, and Salisbury City jumping above us if they both win.

Woking have said that entrance for this final game of the season is free for all Under 16’s.  Vouchers can be collected from the Club Shop and presented on the gate before you go in.


Harriers from:
MacKenzie, Coleman, Harkness, Moult, Jeannin, Wylde, Bignot, Creighton, Knights, Bennett, McGrath, Ferrell, Hurren, Russell, Penn, Barnes-Homer, Smikle, Christie.

Woking from:
Gindre, Worner, Hussey, Talbot, Lorraine, Bunce, Quamina, Gasson, Gray, Morgan, Marum, Pattison, Green, Lambu, Maledon, Ugunbote, Harusha, Sole.

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Previous games against Woking
Harriers score first
Trophy Final
2007 - 08
1 - 1
2006 - 07
0 - 1
0 - 3
2005 - 06
2 - 1
1 - 0
2003 - 04
3 - 0
1999 - 00
3 - 2
0 - 1
1998 - 99
3 - 2
1 - 2
1997 - 98
1 - 1
1 - 0
1996 - 97
1 - 0
1 - 2
1995 - 96
2 - 0
0 - 0
1994 - 95
1 - 2
0 - 2
0 - 0
2 - 1
1993 - 94
1 - 0
3 - 1
0 - 1
1992 - 93
1 - 3
5 - 1
1990 - 91
1 - 1
1 - 2
0 - 0

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