Skipper says squad is as strong as it has ever been

MARK RICKETTS wants to put right the ‘massive disappointment’ of Cards’ stuttering start to last season.

Woking wobbled to the relegation places after a horrendous start to the 2013/14 campaign, but their skipper is hopeful of getting off to a flyer this time around.

ON HIS MARK – captain  Mark Ricketts says the  Cards are determined to get off to a strong start

ON HIS MARK – Mark Ricketts says the Cards are determined to get off to a strong start

He said: “There is a good feeling at the club and we feel as if we are in as strong a position as ever.

“There are no standout teams in the division – some are spending big but there is a belief that we can go for the play-offs. It’s a big ask but anything is possible.

“We want a better start this time; last year’s was a massive disappointment but this time around we are starting with a stronger squad and a top-class striker in Scott Rendell.”

Ricketts believes the fixture computer has been kind to the Cards, and he’ll be keen to make sure his side capitalise, even though he’ll be missing the big kick-off through suspension. He said: “The fixtures have given us all the opportunity to start well. Apart from Alfreton, which will be tough, the first five or six games are there to be won.”

Also confident after the announcement of the fixtures was Ricketts’ midfield colleague John Goddard. He added: “It’s always exciting to look at the first six games and the big ones, like Bristol Rovers.

“I was there waiting for them to come out. It’s one of those leagues where anything can happen. It will be tough but we are hoping to get some points on the board early.”

Goddard, who was a key figure in the heart of Garry Hill’s midfield last season, is also hoping to press on with his personal development.

He said: “There is always room for improvement. I’d like to try and be on the scoresheet a bit more and play my part.

“I feel like I earned my place in the team last season and grew into it. But I’m in no way looking to just be as good as last season – I can improve.”

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