Harriers put Woking record on the line

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Two teams who last met at Wembley in May meet again tomorrow in the more mundane surroundings of league football. Woking entertain the side they beat in last season's FA Trophy final, Kidderminster Harriers.

Now second in the Vauxhall Conference to Kidderminster's third, Woking are defending a remarkable home record of 20 matches undefeated, which dates back to Boxing Day last year.

Much of the credit for Woking's run is given to their solid defence, but Kidderminster, who last week ended a seven-week spell without a win, may be more concerned tomorrow with two of the home side's forwards. Clive Walker, the Conference Player of the Year, is in top form with eight goals from seven matches, while Scott Steele has netted six goals in six appearances.

Both teams were involved in FA Cup first-round replays in midweek. Woking will take inspiration from their 2-1 home defeat of Barnet, which takes them through to the second round of the Cup for the seventh year running. In the celebrations that ensued Woking fans became the first people to taste Britain's newest beer, Cardinal Ale. The brew, so called after the club's nickname, is being manufactured by a member of Woking's board of directors.

On a more sober note, Kidderminster went out of the Cup in their replay when they were beaten 3-2 on penalties by Sutton United after a 1-1 draw. Nevertheless, Kidderminster have records of their own to pursue tomorrow. The Harriers striker Paul Davies, one of the top three goalscorers in the league this season, will be aiming to match the Conference's all-time goalscoring record. He notched up his 171st goal last weekend and will be keen to overtake the existing record of 172, held by the former Runcorn and Barnet striker, Mark Carter.

Because of extensive redevelopment in progress at Woking's Kingfield stadium, the game tomorrow will be all ticket.