Iron gates shut

FOOTBALL: THERE was toil and trouble for Woking as they warmed up for Sunday’s FA Cup game at Wrexham with a bore draw away to Braintree Town over the Halloween weekend.

Despite Town’s old Cressing Road ground normally being something of a cauldron of Conference football, neither side rose to the boil – thoughts perhaps already on their respective FA Cup ties this weekend.

RISE BUT NO SHINE – Cards lacked a decisive cutting edge  away to Braintree on Saturday (Picture by: David Holmes)

RISE BUT NO SHINE – Cards lacked a decisive cutting edge away to Braintree on Saturday (Picture by: David Holmes)

Boss Garry Hill may be dreaming of reaching the second round of the old charmed pot with a win in Wales over Wrexham, but says any talk of panic after two winless league games was pie in the sky.

“I can’t remember the last time Woking were third in the Conference with a game in hand and panicking,” joked the Cards boss. “(Operating) on £300,000 a season (playing budget), part-time, I think you’re living in a dream world.

“I think we’re punching above our weight, big time. In the past we haven’t been expected to get the results that we’re expected to get now.

“When I look at the games we’ve played recently and the goals we’ve conceded against Boreham Wood in the FA Cup, AFC Telford, Kidderminster (in the league), to come away here and keep a clean sheet (is good). It’s a good, hard-earned point here at Braintree.”

With attentions now back on cup action, Hill will be vying to prove his pedigree. At former club Dagenham & Redbridge, Hill’s Non-League side ran then Premier League Charlton Athletic, and subsequently top-flight Ipswich Town, close in the third round of the cup.

Opponents Wrexham are infamous giant killers themselves, however, with the Dragons famously turning cup slayers when they defeated then league champions Arsenal at The Racecourse Ground back in 1992.

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