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LET'S GO: WOKING PREVIEW

24 September 2013

All you need to know ahead of Kingfield clash

WHERE? Not bad, not far, you intrepid follower of the Town, you. 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. Okay, here comes the tricky bit. There’s no nice way of saying this…To get to Woking to take in this important Skrill Premier match, Hatters fans are going to have to use the M25…during rush hour. Don’t let that stop you, though. Kingfield is a nice ground to visit and away fans can pick and choose whether they can sit down or stand up – it costs exactly the same regardless.

BAD MEMORIES. It may have been a hangover, or it may have been the standard of performance, but either way the Town’s last trip to Woking wasn’t one to look back on with fondness. It was New Year’s Day last season that the Hatters went down 3-1 at Kingfield – despite a fine goal from Andre Gray. It came just five days after the Town had beaten Woking 3-1 at Kenilworth Road on Boxing Day. Funny old game.

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 coach leaves the Maple Road car park at 4.30pm and the fare is £17 for adults and £15 for concessions. Give them a call to book your place on 01234 856542.

HOW THEY DOING? The Cards’ form has been very up and down. A week ago tonight they won at Hyde but on Saturday they lost 3-2 at Macclesfield. Garry Hill’s side currently lie in 20th place with eight points having won two, drawn and lost six. Only Hyde (24) have conceded more than the Cards’ 18. 

TROUBLE AT HOME. Worryingly for Woking they face the Town tonight looking for their first win on home soil this season. The Kingfield faithful have seen their side pick up just two points from four home games. An opening day goalless draw with Lincoln was followed by defeats to Welling and Gateshead in August. However, they earned a point in a 2-2 draw with Tamworth in their last fixture at Kingfield. 

GREAT SCOTT. The Town loaned striker Scott Rendell to the Cards earlier this month and the former Wycombe striker scored on his debut in a 2-2 draw against Tamworth at Kingfield. However, he won’t be able to feature against the Hatters.

COMMON GROUND. Tonight’s game will be the fourth 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. That night Kevin Foley and Leon Barnett also made their Hatters debuts as second half substitutes.

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.

TICKET NEWS. It’s pay on the night for Hatters fans this evening. 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, and for more information visit the Woking website.

TOWN TEAM NEWS. Ankle injuries have laid striker Paul Benson and defender Alex Lacey low recently but the duo may be in contention for a return to action tonight. Meanwhile Anthony Charles continues to make a steady recover from a shoulder injury and could be fully fit next week, whilst striker Jon Shaw is making rapid progress following a hernia operation and could return to training in the next seven-to-10 days.

LIVE & DIRECT. We’ll have all the news as it happens from Kenilworth Road. Pre-match build-up, team news, live text and audio commentary, a report, reaction, photographs and interviews. Remember to keep it lutontown.co.uk, 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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