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FA Cup (Q2)
3:00pm - SaturdaySat 1st OctoberOct 2011
| Att: 410

Wells City
Wells City
0 - 7


Off to Somerset in the Cup

Alan Worth
2:34pm, Thu 29th Sep 2011
Wells City vs Woking
FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
3pm on Saturday 1st October

Woking begin their FA Cup campaign in Somerset in the 2nd Round Qualifying in the cathedral city of Wells. The fixture has already been surrounded with something of a controversy concerning which club should face us in this round.


The Cards will want to match if at all possible the success of last season’s route to the 1st Round and two pulsating and very profitable games against the First Division leaders and eventual Champions Brighton and Hove Albion. Garry Hill would appear to have the majority of his squad available for selection and despite the fact that we face a lower league side will want to ensure a victory at the Athletic Ground and avoid any need for a replay. This should mean he fields a strong side.

Garry faces a number of selection dilemmas, not least at Number One with Aaron Howe performing well against Dorchester and providing strong competition for Andy Little’s keeper’s spot. Mark Ricketts filled in for Adam Doyle at Dorchester in the centre of defence due to illness. We might expect to see Adam back in the side providing he has recovered with the Cards' captain moving back into midfield. Up front Wayne Gray has started ahead of Elvis Hammond for the last two games and it will be interesting to see who gets the nod this time round.

Wells City

Wells City play in the interestingly-named Toolstation Western Football League - Premier Division and currently lie in 14th position. They beat Bishop’s Cleeve, a side that Woking met at the start of last season’s Cup campaign, 1-0 away to reach the 1st Round Qualifying before losing in the next round 3-0 to Chippenham Town. Their reinstatement in the competition came about as a result of Chippenham fielding an inegible player.

Striker Steve Murray is the club's leading scorer with eight goals in all competitions.

This will be the first time that Woking FC have played Wells City in a competitive fixture.

Getting There

The Athletic Ground
Rowdens Road


By Coach

Departs: 11.30am
Members: £18
Non-Members: £23

Ring the Club Shop or email to book.

By Car

From the A303 heading West, keep left at the A36 exit signposted Warminster and merge onto the A36. At the Cley Hill Roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A362 signposted Longleat, at the next roundabout take the 3rd exit to stay on the A362. Turn left onto the A361, continue onto Charlton Road in Shepton Mallet, which then becomes Paul Street, and Commercial Road. Continue onto Pike Hill / A371. Turn left onto Rowdens Road, and the Football Club is on this road on the left.

By Train

The nearest station is in Castle Cary, 11 miles from Wells.

Admission Prices

Adults: £6
Concessions & Juniors: £2

Come on, you Cards!

Too hot to handle

Bob Cumming
7:15pm, Sun 2nd Oct 2011
Wells City 0 Woking 7
FA Cup – 2nd Qualifying Round
Saturday, 1st October 2011

Too hot to handle, that was the weather, and Woking’s performance at Wells. On the hottest October day on record, with temperatures soaring to 28oC, and perpetual blue skies, the Cards took the game to City from the off. Fielding a strong side and playing on a perfect surface, in front of a record crowd, Woking raced into an early lead in the fourth minute. A near post cross from Moses Ademola was deflected past the keeper by the Blues full back, Ben Higgins, with Wayne Gray and the keeper in close attention. A soft opener, but one minute later Moses Ademola slipped a ball through to Paris Cowan-Hall on the edge of the box, and after side-stepping a defender, he unleashed an unstoppable drive into the top of the net.

Woking were probing from every angle and conjured up several chances before, on 15 minutes, a one-two between Gez Sole and Paris Cowan-Hall split the defence and allowed the latter to slip the ball to Wayne Gray, who duly slotted home. Four minutes later the rugged goalscorer charged into the box and was hauled down by Wells’ skipper Kyle McErlain. Clearly a penalty, the tall stopper was yellow carded, and was very lucky to escape the red card as last man. Up stepped Jack King to confidently score the penalty.

On 24 minutes Cowan-Hall rattled the crossbar, and Sole scythed the rebound wide. Moments later Wells had their first real chance on goal, as their goal talisman Steve “Scouse� Murray raced past Joe McNerney and swept a good angled shot to the bottom corner of the net, but Aaron Howe produced a full stretch dive to deflect the effort wide.

On 31 minutes Paris Cowan-Hall outpaced a defender on the edge of the box to cleverly roll the ball past the keeper, and goalwards, but this time Higgins was alert and cleared off the line.

Half-time: Wells City 0 Woking 4

At half-time Garry Hill brought on Elvis Hammond for Wayne Gray, and Josh Griffiths for Moses Ademola. Wells came out in determined mood and for a while took the game to the Cards and on 50 minutes, it was Murray again who picked up the ball in midfield and ran diagonally across McNerney to find space and fire an angled shot which Howe held.

On 53 minutes a two-footed tackle on Paris Cowan-Hall, not particularly dangerous, by Kyle McErlain saw the skipper receive his second yellow card and his marching orders. Now Wells were up against it.

Four minutes later a superb long pass from right to left found Paris Cowan-Hall racing through. He checked his run and laid the ball back into the path of Jack King, who drilled the ball home, perhaps deflected on its way by defender Mark Randall.

On 59 minutes Ola Sogbanmu replaced Cowan-Hall for his first game since his injury at Heybridge in the pre-season.

On 65 minutes Josh Griffiths fed Sogbanmu, who weaved an opening for Elvis Hammond, who typically and lethally switched direction, swivelled, and drilled past the defender and through the hapless keeper to make it 6-0. Ola and Elvis caused the weakened defence all sorts of problems as Griffiths, Sogbanmu, Hammond and Sole all had half-chances. In the closing minute Giuseppe Sole found himself with the ball in space on the edge of the area and his driven shot rocketed past the keeper who managed to palm it on its way.

Despite the result and Cards' confident play Wells never gave up, and their defence, in particular, worked hard to limit the score line, and never resolved to unsporting play. The friendly Wells officials and supporters contributed to the enjoyment of the day and a memorable football match.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Derek Duncan, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Jay Davies, Paris Cowan-Hall (17. Ola Sogbanmu, 59’), Jack King, Moses Ademola (12. Josh Griffiths, HT), Wayne Gray (15. Elvis Hammond, HT), Giuseppe Sole

Subs not used: 14. Dale Binns, 16. Alan Inns, 18. Jordan Kennedy (gk)

Scorers: OG 4’, Cowan-Hall 5’, Gray 15’, King 19’ penalty, 57’, Hammond 65’, Sole 89’

Wells City: Luke Langson, Ben Higgins, Mark Randall, Jamie Gowers (14. Ben Robertson, 59’), Kyle McErlain, Ross McErlain, Steve Sokol (16. Matt Hurley 59’), Jake Brown, Adam Jones, Steve Murray, Tom Manning

Subs not used: 12. Nathan Truckle, 15. Toby Cole, 17. Owen Dunn (gk)

Bookings: Kyle McErlain 19’, 53’; Mark Randall 88’

My MOTM: Paris Cowan-Hall for his perpetual movement and close control around and in the box.

Attendance: 410
Wells City LINEUP
1Luke Langson
2Ben Higgins
3Mark Randall
4Jamie Gowers
5Kyle McErlain
6Ross McErlain
7Steve Sokol ('65)
8Jake Brown
9Adam Jones
10Steve Murray
11Tom Manning
12Nathan Truckle ('65)
14Ben Robertson
15Toby Cole
16Matt Hurley
17Owen Dunn
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Derek Duncan
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Jay Davies
7Paris Cowan-Hall ('60)
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola ('45)
10Wayne Gray ('45)
11Giuseppe Sole
12Josh Griffiths ('45)
14Dale Binns
15Elvis Hammond ('45)
16Alan Inns
17Ola Sogbanmu ('60)
18Jordan Kennedy

Garry Hill Interview after Wells City 0 - 7 Woking

Adam Newton Interview

David Holmes
9:30pm, Sat 1st Oct 2011
Interview with Adam Newton following Woking's 7-0 win at Wells City today in the FA Cup.

Adam Newton:

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