Match Preview – Woking vs Bury: Emirates FA Cup

By Ben McNicol

ANTHONY LIMBRICK has spoken of his pride as he prepares to take charge of his first ever FA Cup game when Woking host League One strugglers Bury at the Laithwaite’s Community Stadium.

The Cards booked their place in the First Round after beating Concord Rangers in extra-time last month, but head into the game on the back of three straight defeats in the league.

Limbrick revealed how he used to stay up to the early hours in Australia watching the FA Cup, and stated how it will be ‘a very proud moment’ for the young manager. 

Woking made it into the second round last year before defeat to Accrington Stanley and will be hoping to go one step further this yearHowever, their injury list just seems to keep growing. Josh Staunton, Chez Isaac and Lazar Stojsavljevic all were forced off in last week’s defeat to Guiseley are doubtful for the clash. 

Kane Ferdinand is also suspended whilst Charlie Carter will miss the game with an ankle injury, but Bobson Bawling and Jason Banton will be back in contention.

Woking are on their worst run of the season, but they currently sit 8th in the National League table. Winger Joe Ward played against Arsenal for Lincoln last season in their unbelievable FA cup run so he knows what is takes and has the experience to perform when it matters.

Bury have had an atrocious start in the League One season and have not won an away game in the league all campaign. They have a proven striker in the name of Jermaine Beckford, with the former England international playing over 400 games and had bagged 160 goals in his illustrious career.

They also have an experienced defender in Chris Humphrey, the Jamaican internationalist played in Champions League Qualifiers for Scottish side Motherwell and has played for Preston North End. 

The two-time FA Cup winners have struggled recently, and finished 19th place last season under the recently departed Lee Clark after his unexpected departure from Kilmarnock in February.

Clark and the Bury chairman Stewart Day aimed for top six this season and it’s been a complete different story so far. Bury have won 3 games all season and they have all come at home. 

They have picked up only two draws away from home at Rochdale and Charlton, and they lost 1-0 last weekend at home to Doncaster and that proved the final straw for Lee Clark so Ryan Lowe will take charge on Sunday while the hunt for the next manager continues.

The clubs will prepare for their first ever competitive meeting in what will be a mouthwatering encounter at the Laithwaite’s Community Stadium on Sunday.