Former Imps defender Jake Caprice has declared that Saturday’s opponents Woking are too good to go down, even if they suffer defeat against the promotion chasing sides.
Speaking to the Non League Paper this week, Caprice made a rod for his own back by claiming the regardless of the result on Saturday he feels that the Cards are too good to go down.
“We’ve got too many good players to be relegted to be honest. As a team we’ve got a lot going for us and a good manager too.”
That might be the case, but Woking are having a wretched season by their standards. They’re currently 19th in the National League, just appoint ahead of Maidstone in the fourth relegation spot. They’ve won just twice in ten matches, and most recently were comprehensively thrashed by Tranmere by three goals to nil. Caprice admits that Woking will lose games, but it’s how they respond against their relegation rivals that will determine their fate.
“When we lose games, which we will, we can’t afford to let it get to us. Tuesday (against Tranmere) we didn’t play too badly and we’ve got to keep telling ourselves that there’s bigger games to come.”
Despite their lowly position Woking do have a psychological advantage over the Imps having never lost at Sincil Bank in a competitive game. Our opening day 3-1 victory was our first ever win over them, but they’ll hope to put that behind them and grind out some sort of result against in-form City.
City have lost three of the last four clashes at Sincil Bank, with a solitary 2-2 draw in January 2014 the only positive result on an otherwise abysmal record. Caprice himself lined up for City twice against them, losing 2-0 at home and 3-1 away in the 2014/15 season. Last season they managed to do the duble over us with Caprice in their ranks, 3-2 at Sincil Bank and 3-1 at Kingfield.
This season though has seen a major reversal of fortunes for the two sides. City have look resplendent under Danny Cowley and hopes are high for a positive result against the ailing Surrey side. Caprice doesn’t even fancy his sides chances of continuing their run of good results on Lincoln soil.
“Nobody is expecting much when we play the big clubs, but that’s not to say we can’t beat the sides up there.”
Caprice was signed by manager Gary Simpson after impressing in a pre-season trial, and after the departure of Tom Miller earned himself a first team place. He played 38 times for City before being released by Chris Moyses in the summer of 2015, and thus far he has racked up over 70 appearances in the red and white of Woking. This season he earned himself an England C call up when City’s Sam Habergham dropped out of the side through injury.