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Cards aim to extend lead

Brian Caffarey
11:01am, Sun 23rd Oct 2011
Woking v Weston-super-Mare
7.45pm on Monday 24 October 2011

The Cards will be anxious to make home advantage pay on Monday evening at Kingfield as they look to consolidate their three-point lead at the top of the league. Weston-super-Mare nearly derailed Woking’s play-off challenge last season and are going well again in this campaign, so Garry Hill and Cards fans will be hoping that Elvis, Moses and co can convert more of the many chances the side is still creating. Come down to Kingfield and cheer the Cards on to three more points!

WOKING

On Saturday the Cards kept up their record under Garry Hill of always bouncing back from a defeat and will now be looking to build another sequence of wins. The only fly in the ointment at Staines was the Cards’ inability to make the game safe once having taken a deserved one-nil lead with some enterprising football. Chances came and went but somehow Elvis, Moses and Paris just couldn’t find the net again and, but for a magnificent save from Aaron Howe at the death, Woking would have squandered two points against a side, reduced to ten men, who hitherto had barely threatened the Cards’ goal.

Garry Hill’s reshuffle on Saturday certainly made the defence look a lot more watertight than against Maidenhead, although the Swans’ forwards did not provide a comparable test. Whether Garry retains the same back four may depend on how Alan Inns and Adam Newton came through their first games on return from injury: Newton appeared to have a touch of cramp before being substituted. With Joe McNerney, Derek Duncan and Josh Griffiths available, Garry has a number of possible options in any event.

Up front Wayne Gray’s injury prevented him from making the substitutes’ bench, so it seems unlikely that he will figure on Monday – which is perhaps a pity since his finishing, and ability to win balls in the air, might be just what is needed to convert attacking momentum into goals. Gez Sole, following a number of lively substitute appearances, must hope that it’s his turn to start for a change: his prowess at free-kicks would certainly be a bonus, given the poor-ish efforts that Woking have mustered in recent games.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE

The Seagulls’ Manager Craig Laird is doing a great job again this season with limited resources. Weston currently lie 8th in the table and are through to the 4th Qualifying Round in the FA Cup, having so far disposed of Dorchester Town and Havant and Waterlooville. Keeper Lloyd Irish continues in good form, having been voted supporters’ ‘player of the year’ last season. Matt Villis is uncompromising in central defence, with his colleague Jamie Price, a real danger at set pieces, also having netted five goals already. Dayle Grubb has shone in midfield and there are plenty of attacking options, including Kane Ingram, Sahr Kabba and Nat Pepperell.

Away from home Weston have won at Thurrock, Maidenhead and Dorchester in the league, while losing at Dartford, Eastleigh and Hampton and Richmond. On Saturday they drew 3-3 at home to Eastbourne Borough with Kabba scoring two early goals and Pepperell converting from the penalty spot.

LAST SEASON

Weston-super-Mare 0 Woking 1
8 March 2011

This victory made it eight wins and a draw in the Cards’ last nine league outings as they surged up the table. Reiss Noel replaced the suspended Joe McNerney in central defence. A scrappy game was settled in the 79th minute when substitute Ollie Palmer deflected the ball into the net from a corner.

Woking 4 Weston-super-Mare 3
25 April 2011

An amazing, exhilarating roller-coaster of a game saw the Cards go 2-0 down, pull the game back to 3-2, concede an equaliser and then grab all three points with the best of four superb home goals. The win lifted the Cards to fourth place, needing only a point from their last game, away to Ebbsfleet United, to claim a play-off place.

James Walker replaced the injured Mark Ricketts, whose defensive strengths proved to be greatly missed. Weston shocked the home crowd by taking a fourth-minute lead as Jamie Price looped a header back over Andy Little. Weston continued to look dangerous and doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Joe McNerney was robbed, with Ben Kirk scooping the ball home.

The Cards’ fight-back began almost immediately when Craig Dobson scored with a dramatic diving header from a superb Aswad Thomas cross. After Ricky Anane had cleared off the line to prevent a certain goal Moses Ademola levelled the scores just before half-time with a brilliantly-executed volley.

The Cards started the second half sloppily and were fortunate that Ingram headed wide with the goal at his mercy. But they took the lead in the 58th minute when the impressive Michael Dougherty fed Elvis Hammond, who fired home from the edge of the area.

In the 73rd minute, though, Weston made it 3-3 when Little couldn’t hold a cross and Kirk scored.

Nine minutes later Andy Burgess secured the win with a splendid left-foot curler into the top corner from wide right.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £12
Concessions/Students £8
U16s £2

Don’t forget that, for a trial period, the Club has opened a new bar under the Leslie Gosden Stand.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

The Club’s excellent matchday programme includes a profile of Wayne Gray and an interview with Stuart Douglas, the Club’s physio.


Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget that The Cards Trust is holding a Race Night at the Club next Friday evening. Please support this fundraising event.



Patient Cards rewarded

Brian Caffarey
7:35am, Tue 25th Oct 2011
Woking 4 Weston-super-Mare 1
24 October 2011

The Cards had to be patient at Kingfield last night but eventually turned pressure into some fine goals to record a resounding win which takes them, if only temporarily, six points clear at the top of the Blue Square South table.

Garry Hill made one change from the side which started at Staines on Saturday, with Derek Duncan coming in for Alan Inns, and Adam Doyle moving to centre back to partner Mark Ricketts.

On a pitch made slippery from the rain which started just before kick-off and which intensified after half-time, Woking fashioned an early promising attack which led to shouts for a penalty as Elvis Hammond was knocked to the ground but the referee ignored the appeals from players and fans alike.

The promising opening was not, however, built on in a somewhat frustrating first half as a combination of pernickety refereeing, misplaced passes, too many high balls, offside decisions and well-executed Weston midfield spoiling and time-wasting combined to prevent the Cards from gaining any real attacking momentum. Woking tried to feed Moses Ademola out on the right flank and on a couple of occasions he worked some clever moves with Jay Davies and Paris Cowan-Hall but the Weston goal was rarely seriously threatened.

Cowan-Hall got in a header from a high, dropping ball but it went straight to Lloyd Irish, Weston’s keeper. The Cards managed a bout of sustained pressure around the 25-minute mark, as good crosses from Elvis Hammond and Duncan began to test the Weston defence. Mark Ricketts connected with a resulting corner but his header was saved on the line by Irish.

A rare attack by the visitors immediately afterwards saw Adam Newton booked and a free-kick awarded just outside the area but Cleverley curled his effort over the bar. Aaron Howe then had to punch clear in another attack.

More Woking pressure followed as we moved into the last ten minutes of the half. A superb Cowan-Hill cross was deflected away for a corner before an injury to Dale Binns saw him replaced by Nathan Koranteng. Cowan-Hall then broke from defence and slid the ball into Hammond’s path on the edge of the area but the Woking striker hesitated and was robbed. Jack King, went close, stretching full-length to reach a pass from Ademola but he could only get a toe-poke on the ball rather than re-direct it towards the target.

Just as it seemed that we would all have to resign ourselves to a scoreless first half Ademola, so often the ‘game changer’, won a penalty. Jinking his way along the edge of the area, and indeed moving away from the box when the crucial lunge came in, he was tripped by a Weston defender, deceived by his clever footwork. Jack King stepped up and converted a perfect penalty: a firm, side-footed shot directed right into the corner.

In injury time the Cards pressed for a second goal, with a nice move involving Ademola and Cowan-Hall winning the first of two more corners but we had to be satisfied with that one-goal lead.

Half-time: Woking 1 Weston-super-Mare 0

The Cards came out for the second half looking as though they’d been given orders to grab that second goal as quickly as possible. With the ball being played on the ground noticeably more frequently than in the first half, they immediately created goalscoring chances. A superb move involving Duncan and Ademola saw Jay Davies slipped through one-on-one with Irish but his scuffed shot dribbled past the post. A couple of minutes later Ademola characteristically jockeyed his defender before unleashing a fierce shot which was deflected for a corner. More attempts on goal followed as Davies saw a shot blocked and Adam Doyle’s header from a corner bounced down and over.

Another excellent opportunity arose in the 60th minute as Ademola put Cowan-Hall through but Irish did well to block his shot. A Weston free-kick briefly interrupted the Woking barrage but Ademola was soon in the thick of the action again, forcing a smart save from Irish at his near post before Cowan-Hall’s superb run led to two more corners and a Duncan snap-shot.

Weston, who, admirably, continued to play neat passing football even at the death, rallied and began to see a lot more of the ball in midfield but were not able to threaten the Woking goal. The livelier Woking forwards were soon prominent once more, Ademola scything through the Weston defence before shooting over the bar.

Finally, in the 73rd minute, the decisive second goal arrived. Ademola slipped Hammond through in a fine run and the experienced striker showed how to finish, deftly dinking the ball over Irish and then watching it gently roll into the net.

The third Woking goal followed almost immediately. A rare misplaced Weston pass presented the ball to Ademola. A shuffle and a shot and the ball flew under Irish at his near post.

Garry Hill now had the luxury of being able to take off Hammond and Cowan-Hall and to give a quarter of an hour on the pitch to Ola Sogbanmu and Gez Sole. The latter looked sharp once more and was soon sliding the ball through to Davies but the lively young midfielder blazed over.

Sole wrote his own name on the score-sheet a couple of minutes later. Picking up a Koranteng cross in the area, he turned and slammed the ball home in an instant to make it 4-0 to the Cards.

In the 85th minute Sole went close to doubling his goal tally as he swivelled and shot after Sogbanmu had ‘bought’ a foul just outside the ‘D’.

The game had a final, unexpected twist. Just as Andy Turner was announcing that Moses Ademola had deservedly won the sponsor’s ‘man of the match’ award, Aaron Howe was adjudged to have brought down a Weston attacker – I confess I didn’t see the incident, being too busy scribbling Moses’s name! Those around me expressed some doubt whether it was really a foul or whether the attacker had just run into Howe. But Pepperell didn’t pass up the chance of a consolation goal and so the Cards were pegged back to 4-1.

As so often at home this season, the Cards found themselves having to overcome a side who would have been more than happy to have ground out a point but their patience was rewarded and it was good to see the Woking forwards, who’ve found goals a little hard to come by in recent games, find the net in such emphatic fashion. Now we need three more points at Truro on Saturday whilst some promotion rivals are engaged in Cup action!

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Derek Duncan, Mark Ricketts, Jay Davies, Adam Doyle, Paris Cowan-Hall (OIa Sogbanmu 76), Jack King, Moses Ademola, Elvis Hammond (Giuseppe Sole 76), Dale Binns (Nathan Koranteng 35)

Unused subs: Andy Little, Joe McNerney

Booked: Adam Newton 28

Sponsor’s MOTM: Moses Ademola (pictured)

Weston-super-Mare: Lloyd Irish, Jamie Price, Jamie Laird, Nabi Diallo, Matt Villis, Jak Martin, Kane Ingram (Dayle Grubb 69), Nat Pepperell, Brett Trowbridge, Matt Huxley (Sahr Kabba 56), Ben Cleverley

Unused subs: Ben Kirk, Chris Young, Mike MacKay

Attendance: 1462



WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Derek Duncan
4Mark Ricketts
5Jay Davies
6Adam Doyle
7Paris Cowan-Hall ('77)
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola
10Elvis Hammond ('77)
11Dale Binns ('37)
BENCH
12Ola Sogbanmu ('77)
14Giuseppe Sole ('77)
15Joe McNerney
16Nathan Koranteng ('37)
18Andy Little
Weston-super-Mare LINEUP
1Lloyd Irish
2Jamie Price
3Jamie Laird
4Nabi Diallo
5Matt Villis
6Jak Martin ('69)
7Kane Ingram
8Nat Pepperrell
9Brett Trowbridge
10Matt Huxley ('56)
11Ben Cleverly
BENCH
17Sahr Kabba ('56)
14Chris Young
15Mike Mackay
16Dayle Grubb ('69)

Woking 4-1 Weston-super-Mare (Garry Hill Interview)

Moses Ademola Interview

David Holmes
10:23am, Tue 25th Oct 2011
Interview with Moses Ademola following Woking's 4-1 win against Weston-super-Mare yesterday.

Moses Ademola:








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