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25 October 2013

Match Previews


25 October 2013

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All you need to know ahead of cup tie at Kingfield

WHERE? Kingfield, or Kingfield Stadium, is just 47.4 miles from the Maple Road car park, according to the boffins who create Google Maps. For the sat-nav savvy, Kingfield’s postcode is GU22 9AA.

HOW TO GET THERE. Those supporters who visited Kingfield last month in the Skrill Premier should have no problem remembering their Tuesday night journey, but those that can’t, or didn’t even go, it’s pretty simple. M1 south, M25 anticlockwise, leaving the M25 at Junction 10 and take the A3 towards Guildford. On approaching Guildford turn right onto the A320 towards Woking. On entering Woking turn right at the roundabout into Wych Hill Lane, towards Old Woking (A247). This road leads into the A247 Kingfield Road and the entrance to the ground is down on the right.

GOOD MEMORIES. In our column for the league fixture there was a paragraph headed BAD MEMORIES. The Town lost 3-1 at Kingfield last season on New Year’s Day but bounced back with vengeance last month thanks to a 4-0 win. Mark Cullen scored twice whilst Alex Lacey and Andre Gray were also on target. 

BOBBING ALONG, SINGING A SONG. Don’t fancy driving on the M25 but definitely fancy going anyway? Look no further than the Bobbers to get yourself there. Their fare is £17 for adults and £15 for concessions. Give them a call to book your place on 01234 856542.

HOW THEY DOING? Since the Town beat the Cards at Kingfield, Garry Hill’s side have won once, lost one and drawn twice. However, the Cards have failed to score in their last three matches and the last person to find the net for Hill’s side was striker Scott Rendell, who is currently on-loan at the Surrey outfit. Rendell, though – who hit the headlines in the FA Cup last term whilst with the Town, scoring the winner at Norwich – is not available to play against the Hatters. 

TROUBLE AT HOME. The Cards have won just one of their eight home matches this season – a 2-0 win over Nuneaton the Saturday after the Hatters won 4-0 at Kingfield. Since that win over high-flying Boro, Hill’s side have drawn their last two home fixtures 0-0, with Barnet and Halifax respectively. 

COMMON GROUND. Saturday’s game will be the fifth competitive game the Hatters have played at Kingfield. The first came back in an LDV Vans Trophy tie in October 2002 that the Town won 2-0 thanks to goals from Peter Holmes and debutante David Deeney.

The Town’s next trip to Kingfield came in a 2-2 draw with Hayes & Yeading in August 2011 with Amari Morgan-Smith and Danny Crow scoring for the Hatters, who also missed two penalties.

The Hatters last won at Kingfield in a pre-season friendly against Woking in August 2010 with goals from Kevin Gallen and Adam Murray securing a 2-1 win.

BLOOD THE YOUNGSTERS. The Town gave debuts to Kevin Foley and Leon Barnett in that LDV win in 2002 and this season John Still gave young striker Zane Banton his debut as a second half substitute in the 4-0 win last month. 

TICKET NEWS. It’s pay on the day for Hatters fans on Saturday. Supporters can pick and choose whether they sit or stand for the same price. The terracing is uncovered and beside the pitch, whilst seats are available in the impressive stand behind one goal (the stand pictured at the top of this story). Click here for admission prices.

QUALIFYING QUEST. The Hatters have won all four of their previous fourth qualifying round ties since their time in the Conference. Wins have come against Grays Athletic (2009), St Albans (2010), Hendon (2011) and Cambridge United (2012).

TOWN TEAM NEWS. John Still has a strong squad to pick for the tie. Alex Lawless and Jon Shaw are doubts but Danny Fitzsimons is definitely out. Still, however, isn’t likely to change his side too much. “It’s not a game for changing or testing things,” the manager said at his press conference on Thursday.

DRAW DETAILS. If, if, if, if, if, if the Town are successful – or indeed draw – on Saturday they (and/or Woking) will be ball number 77 in the televised live first round draw which takes place on Sunday at 1.35pm on ITV1.

LIVE & DIRECT. We’ll have all the news as it happens from Kingfield. Pre-match build-up, team news, live text and audio commentary, a report, reaction, photographs and interviews. Remember to keep it, Hatters Player and check out our ever-growing Facebook and Twitter feeds. And keep an eye on our Instagram, Vine and YouTube accounts too for good measure #COYH.

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