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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 22nd OctoberOct 2011
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Staines Town
Staines Town
0 - 1

Woking
Woking

Cards look to bounce back

Brian Caffarey
3:15pm, Thu 20th Oct 2011
Staines Town v Woking
3pm on Saturday 22 October 2011

The Cards return to league action on Saturday when they make the short trip to Staines Town. They will want to banish as quickly as possible the ‘horrors’ of last Saturday’s surprising FA Cup defeat at Maidenhead United, so Garry Hill and Cards fans will be looking for a very determined display.

WOKING

It will be interesting to see what, if any, changes Garry makes to the side in response to last Saturday’s game. Perhaps only Mark Ricketts can look back on his own performance that day with any sense of pride. Extensive changes seem unlikely, though, since Garry will want to see how players who’ve performed well in previous games respond to this setback and, in any case, the size of Woking’s squad doesn’t allow for a massive upheaval. It wouldn’t be surprising, though, to see the return of Adam Newton and Wayne Gray, if both are fit, and both Dale Binns and Gez Sole must have a claim for a starting place.

Garry has pointed out that, both this season and last, his side have responded well to setbacks, so let’s hope Saturday sees the start of another winning run.

STAINES TOWN

The Swans have had a disappointing start to the season and currently lie in 20th place in the table with nine points from two wins, three draws and seven defeats. They lost their last home league game 2-0 to Dorchester Town. But they had an encouraging 2-0 win at Worthing in the FA Cup last weekend and manager Steve Cordery has been busy strengthening his squad.

A few weeks back Cordery re-signed striker Mark Nwokeji, whose goalscoring exploits for Staines saw him win a move to Dagenham and Redbridge before a subsequent move to AFC Wimbledon, for whom he scored last season in our FA Trophy triumph at the Kingsmead Stadium. More recently, Cordery has brought in two loan signings from Wycombe Wanderers: Jesse Graham, an 18 year-old midfielder, and Charles Dunne, a 17 year-old full-back. Another recent arrival is Dean Wells from Hampton and Richmond.

The Swans have some useful players with the likes of Andre Scarlett, Howard Newton, Dave Wheeler and Marc Charles-Smith prominent, and are likely to provide a tough test for Woking in spite of their lowly league position. There are Woking connections in the shape of ex-Cards Simon Jackson and Peter Smith.

GETTING THERE

Wheatsheaf Park
Wheatsheaf Lane
Staines
Middlesex
TW18 2PD

The Cards Trust is not running a coach to this game.

By Car

From Woking go over junction 11 of the M25 into Chertsey, turn left onto Chertsey Road at the roundabout, then straight onto the B387 / Fordwater Road. At the end of this road turn right onto the B375 / Bridge Road. After a mile take 1st exit at roundabout onto Littleton Lane. At next roundabout take 1st exit onto B376 / Shepperton Road, then turn right onto the B376 / The Broadway, followed by the next left onto Staines Road. After 1 mile turn left onto Wheatsheaf Lane, and the ground will be on your right.

By Train

Nearest station: Staines

The journey there involves changes at Weybridge and Virginia Water. The 13.03 from Woking would get you to Weybridge at 13.13. You then need to catch the 13.33 to Virginia Water, arriving at 13.45, followed by the 13.49 to Staines, arriving at 13.58. There is an identical journey half an hour later.

An alternative, if you want to avoid two changes, is to get a train to Clapham Junction. Trains for Staines leave there at 08 and 38 minutes past each hour, taking 29 minutes, so, for example, the 13.38 arrives at 14.07.

On the way back there are trains at 14 and 44 minutes past the hour direct to Weybridge, with a 20 minute wait for a train to Woking.

The ground is a 15 minute walk from the train station. Type the postcode into www.streetmap.co.uk to see possible routes.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £12, Concessions £6, U16s £5, Family ticket (Mum, Dad and two children) £30.

LAST SEASON

Staines Town 1 Woking 0
16 October 2010

This third league defeat in a row saw Woking slip to 15th in the table. Graham Baker brought in Alan Inns to replace the suspended Adam Doyle, while Craig Faulconbridge and Ola Sogbanmu started up front, although the latter was to be replaced midway through the second half by Elvis Hammond, making his debut. It was a tale of poor finishing, with shots too often off target. In the end the Cards were undone at the death by a quality strike from Staines captain Andre Scarlett.

Woking 2 Staines Town 0
19 February 2011

This victory was the fourth league win in a row, with the Cards notching up nine goals with none conceded. The Swans aided Woking’s cause considerably when Richard Butler was sent off with only seventeen minutes gone, apparently for abusing a linesman. Moses Ademola gave Woking the lead before half-time from the penalty spot, with Elvis Hammond adding a superb second – and his tenth of the season – midway through the second half. Reiss Noel also hit the post and Craig Dobson, making his ‘step over’ debut as a substitute, hit the bar. With Kieran Murtagh, Jay Davies and Mark Ricketts pulling the strings in midfield, the football was a joy to behold!


Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget that the Cards are at home to Weston-super-Mare on Monday evening. Kick-off 7.45pm.

Cards win but it’s a struggle

Alan Worth
9:16pm, Sat 22nd Oct 2011
Staines Town 0 Woking 1
Blue Square Bet South
22nd October 2011



A single Elvis Hammond goal was enough for Woking to secure the three points at Wheatsheaf Park against struggling Staines Town. But the Cards struggled themselves at times, particularly in a less than inspiring second half, and despite facing only ten men for the last forty minutes will have been relieved to hear the referee’s final whistle. The three points gained sees Woking consolidate their position at the top of the table and three points clear of their nearest rivals.

Garry Hill made a number of changes from last week’s side. Alan Inns made his first start of the season and a welcome return from injury, partnering captain Mark Ricketts at the centre of defence. Adam Doyle started at left back with Adam Newton returning on the opposite flank. Elvis Hammond retained his starting place up front with Wayne Gray missing again through injury. Nathan Koranteng, having returned from Boreham Wood, had a place on the bench.

Woking dominated possession in the first half from the start but it took ten minutes before they managed to create any semblance of a chance. Dale Binns (pictured), lively throughout and the Cards’ most dangerous forward on the day, volleyed over the bar after an Ademola cross had fallen to him outside the box. Five minutes later Woking had another half chance. This time a free-kick in a central position but well outside the box was teed up for Jack King. His powerful shot was deflected for a corner. Shortly afterwards Woking had a second chance from the same position after Paris Cowan-Hall was tripped on the edge of the box. This time it was Jay Davies who tried his luck but he wasted the opportunity and blazed the ball well over the bar.

Woking took the lead on twenty-six minutes. Dale Binns was the creator, turning Simon Jackson inside out and delivering a delicious cross that appeared to deflect off Elvis Hammond’s body and into the far corner.

The goal sparked new belief in the Woking side as they upped the tempo and sought to capitalise on their advantage. This was by far the best period of play for the league leaders as they began to create a series of half chances.

First, Adam Newton drove the ball across the six-yard box but a sliding Cowan-Hall was unable to connect. A Jack King volley was straight at keeper Wells and two crosses in quick succession evaded first Ademola and then Hammond. Finally, Jay Davies tried another speculative effort but his shot was well over the bar.

After half an hour Elvis Hammond expertly controlled a volleyed clearance from the Woking defence, swivelled and laid on a neat pass for Cowan-Hall who was away on goal. But, with the young forward bearing down on goal, referee Mr Degnarain pulled up play with a head injury to a Staines defender lying prone on the floor. Another possible chance had come to nothing.

A minute later and Paris Cowan-Hall sought to capitalise on a poor Staines defensive header. He managed to get to the bye line, wriggled past a defender and then, from the tightest of angles, saw his shot hit the foot of the post – a simple ball across the six yard box would have been a better option.

With a minute of the first half remaining Staines had their only real chance of the half as an Everitt shot flew wide of the right-hand post. There was still time at the other end for Binns to cut in from the left but he was unable to get his shot away before fouling a Staines defender.

Half-time: Staines Town 0 Woking 1

Woking never really got going in the second half, although Moses Ademola came close after six minutes when latching on to a great cross-field pass from Davies, he turned and smashed a left-foot shot just wide of the angle between post and bar. This was as good as it got!

There immediately followed a moment of controversy – Adam Everitt was shown a straight red card after a lunging, two-footed tackle from behind on Jay Davies. The young midfielder had already suffered a number of heavy challenges and he managed to get himself booked straightaway as he was penalised for a foolish challenge on Tyrell.

Now down to ten men, the Swans began to play with greater commitment while their visitors managed to look ever more disjointed as they struggled to dominate a game that needed to be made safe with a second goal. After a mistake by Tyrell, Cowan-Hall managed to get himself into the box but rather than shoot left the ball for Ademola, who in turn was expecting his teammate to perform the “coup de grace�. The result was an embarassing misunderstanding and another chance wasted.

Staines were now managing to create a few half-chances of their own to add to the Cards’ anxiety. A Swans’ corner resulted in a huge scramble as Woking, desperate to clear, finally managed to get the ball away after it had ‘ping ponged’ around the box.

An Ademola cross had Cowan-Hall diving forward for the ball but his effort flew wide. An excellent cross-field ball saw Ademola in another good position but he hesitated and was again unable to get his shot away.

Staines’ substitute Wheeler then had a shot deflected for a corner and Jackson’s dangerous long-range lob into the box had Aaron Howe stretching, as he looked into the low sun, but managing to palm the ball away for yet another corner.

Woking were now hanging on and the ten men almost managed to secure a point when, in time added on, Scott Taylor got on the end of a ball played into the box by Tyrell. Howe made his one real save of the match and it was so crucial for the Cards.

A win and three points but this was hard going and a performance in the second half that was far from what we’ve come to expect this season. With a game on Monday, Woking will need to regroup quickly if they are to maintain the current excellent run of results in the league.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton (Joe McNerney 73), Dale Binns, Mark Ricketts, Alan Inns (Derek Duncan 79), Adam Doyle, Paris Cowan-Hall (Giuseppe Sole 74), Jack King, Moses Ademola, Elvis Hammond, Jay Davies

Unused subs: Nathan Koranteng, Andrew Little

Cautions: Alan Inns 42, Jay Davies 55, Adam Doyle 74

Staines Town: Louis Wells, Simon Jackson, Charles Dunne, Danny Gordon, Richard Orlu (James Tyrell 46), Gareth Risbridger, Jesse Kewley-Graham (Scott Taylor 80), Adam Everitt, Marc Charles-Smith, Mark Nwokeji (David Wheeler 72), Howard Newton

Unused subs: Dean Wells, Kyle Merson

Cautions: Danny Gordon 36,
Sent Off: Adam Everitt 52

MOTM: Dale Binns

Attendance: 1019
Staines Town LINEUP
1Louis Wells
2Simon Jackson
3Charlies Dunne
4Danny Gordon
5Richard Orlu ('45)
6Gareth Risbridger
7Jesse Kewley-Graham ('81)
8Adam Everitt
9Marc Charles-Smith
10Mark Nwokeji ('72)
11Howard Newton
BENCH
12Scott Taylor ('81)
14Dean Wells
15David Wheeler ('72)
16James Tyrrell ('45)
17Kyle Merson
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton ('73)
3Dale Binns
4Mark Ricketts
5Alan Inns ('79)
6Adam Doyle
7Paris Cowan-Hall ('74)
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola
10Elvis Hammond
11Jay Davies
BENCH
12Joe McNerney ('73)
14Giuseppe Sole ('74)
15Nathan Koranteng
16Derek Duncan ('79)
18Andy Little

Staines Town 0-1 Woking (Garry Hill Interview)

Dale Binns Interview

David Holmes
10:57pm, Sat 22nd Oct 2011
Interview with Dale Binns following Woking's 1-0 win at Staines Town today.

Dale Binns:








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