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Heading west in search of another win

Brian Caffarey
7:16am, Thu 27th Oct 2011
Truro City v Woking
3pm on Saturday 29 October 2011

The Cards make the long trip to Cornwall this weekend in search of three more points to extend their lead at the top of the Blue Square South, with all their promotion rivals except Welling engaged in Cup action. Woking’s six-point lead on Monday night, gained by their 4-1 defeat of Weston-super-Mare, was reduced to three points by an emphatic 5-0 win for Sutton on Tuesday evening. Truro recorded an even more eye-catching win the same evening, defeating Farnborough 8-2 – so Garry Hill’s side have been warned! For Steve Thompson the trip represents a return to a club he managed from December 2009 till March 2010.

WOKING

Garry seems unlikely to make many changes to Monday’s line-up, although he has the option to recall either Alan Inns or Joe McNerney in central defence in order to allow Mark Ricketts to move back into midfield. Dale Binns was injured on Monday night and, if he is not fit, either Nathan Koranteng or Gez Sole could start. Wayne Gray hadn’t recovered sufficiently to make the substitutes’ bench that night but would be a very handy addition if he is now fit enough.

TRURO CITY

The White Tigers have rocketed up the non-League pyramid with five promotions in six seasons but the taxman is hot on their heels: a winding-up petition was issued by HMRC in late August and was due to be heard two days after this match. In addition, Truro’s Chairman, Kevin Heaney, who has masterminded the club’s ascent since his arrival in 2004, was recently involved in a bid to buy the ailing Plymouth Argyle.

Truro made a promising start to life in the BSBS, taking maximum points from their first three games: away to Chelmsford and then at home to Eastleigh and Dover. But – perhaps typifying their unpredictable form – they then lost the following four games: away at Salisbury and Havant and Waterlooville and at home to Dorchester and Maidenhead. Results since then have been mixed and, recently, bizarre! Their last four games have involved a 5-2 defeat at home by Basingstoke in the league, a shock 7-2 defeat at Gloucester City in the Cup, an impressive 2-1 win at Dartford in the league and, on Tuesday, their 8-2 demolition of Farnborough. Make of that lot what you will – but there isn’t usually any shortage of goals.

Truro now sit in 8th place in the table with 22 points from 14 games. At home they’ve won three league games and lost four, scoring 14 goals and conceding the same number.

Truro’s squad includes a couple of well-known former opponents in the veteran Barry Hayles, who plied his trade for Stevenage Borough before enjoying a very successful League career, and Les Afful, who has played for Exeter, Torquay and Forest Green Rovers. But Andy Watkins, Stewart Yetton and Scott Walker have also been amongst the goals. Many of the squad have League experience with West Country clubs.

GETTING THERE

Truro City FC
Treyew Road
Truro

Cornwall

TR1 2TH
Website
http://www.trurocityfc.co.uk

By Coach

Departs: 7am
Members: £31
Non-Members: £38

The coach can also pick fans up and drop them back to the Exeter services (on the M5, near where the A303 joins the M5) between 10.30am and 11am on Saturday. The cost for this will be £18 for Cards Trust members / £23 for non-members.

Those wishing to use this offer are asked to book their place in the normal manner with the Club Shop, saying that they would like to be picked up at Exeter. Phone or email the Club Shop (01483 772470 or shop@wokingfc.co.uk) to book your place.

By Car

From the A30 at Carland Cross roundabout take 2nd exit onto the A39 (signposted Truro). At the next roundabout take 1st exit onto the A39 entering Truro and at the traffic lights turn right onto Tregolls Road. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Morlaix Avenue - A39 (signposted Falmouth, Redruth (A390)) and then take the 2nd exit at the next roundabout passing Tesco on your left. Follow up the hill and go straight over the double mini-roundabout. Now simply continue (along Treyew Road) for approximately ½ mile and the ground will be on your left.

By Train

Nearest station: Truro
It is in fact possible to get there and back on the day by train. Cutting it fine, you could get the 09.25 from Woking to Guildford, arriving at 09.33, and then take the 09.44 to Reading, arriving at 10.19. There is then a train at 10.32, getting into Truro at 14.27. On the way back there is a train at 17.25 with changes at Exeter St David’s and Basingstoke, arriving at 23.31 or one at 18.24 with changes at Reading and Virginia Water, arriving at Woking at 00.19.

Check details on www.thetrainline.com

The ground is a 10-minute walk from the station.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £10
Senior Citizens: £7
u16s: £3
u12s: Free

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. If you’re not travelling to Truro how about going along to Wey Court to see Godalming Town take on Maidenhead United, Woking’s nemesis, in the FA Cup? Alternatively, at Kingfield, Hayes and Yeading take on Cambridge United in another Cup tie.

Clinical finishing keeps Cards on top in Cornwall

David Taylor
1:03pm, Sun 30th Oct 2011
Truro City 1 Woking 4
Blue Square Bet South
29 October 2011



Woking came away with maximum points to round off a very successful week and this win was for three main reasons – Steve Thompson watching Truro hammer Farnborough in midweek helped decide tactics, the way that despite the windy, swirling conditions Woking stuck together as a unit and finally the Cards’ clinical finishing, highlighted by two sublime lobs of a 6ft 3inch keeper.

The game had several firsts – the first time these two clubs have ever played since they were both formed in 1889, the first overnight stay for the team this season and the first match in quite a while where the fans spent longer travelling to the game than actually watching it.

Woking made two changes to the starting line-up that beat Weston-super-Mare 4-1 at Kingfield on Monday evening – Alan Inns (pictured) replaced Derek Duncan and Nathan Koranteng played instead of Dale Binns.

The match kicked off at 3.01pm with Truro in all white and Woking in their yellow away strip. The visitors started well until a Truro through ball to the always dangerous Afful beat the offside trap. Looking up, he lobbed the advancing Howe from fully 25 yards to put the White Tigers ahead.

As some Truro fans with poor memories chanted “are you Farnborough in disguise?� (which would have been more apt had we scored first), Woking set about replying with a quick equaliser. It came just eight minutes later – a perfect pass from Cowan-Hall to Ademola, who accelerated down the right into the Truro penalty area, beating two defenders before playing a low, hard cross that reached the unmarked Koranteng at the far post. He drilled the ball home from 10 yards out to score his first goal for the club.

After such a frantic and frenetic start the game settled into a pattern, with both attacks looking dangerous and making each defence look uncomfortable.

In the absence of his strike partner Andy Watkins (groin injury), Barry Hayles (our old nemesis from his Stevenage days) was Truro’s lone front man, and his role was to hold the ball up and lay it off to Afful or Taylor, which he did effectively for much of the afternoon.

There were good chances at both ends as both sides tried to play passing football, made difficult by slippery conditions, a swirling wind and the unpredictable bounce of the ball.

Woking’s second came after 18 minutes – started by Inns just over the half-way line with a low straight pass to Hammond, who turned inside, and surrounded by five white shirts, found Cowan-Hall to his right, with a wonderful reverse pass. With few options, Cowan-Hall calmly chipped the keeper Sandercombe to score a great goal.

Although possession had been fairly even up to this point, Woking were buoyed by their taking of chances, and by the long distance travelling support of around 200 Cards fans.

Now the game was end to end, typified first by the following Truro move – Broad found Smith on the right who crossed, Yetto stepped over it, Hayles' shot was saved by Howe – and that started a Woking attack. Howe quickly threw to Ademola, whose long ball to Cowan-Hall very nearly gave Woking a third, with Sandercombe out quickly to stop the shot.

By this stage both teams were looking dangerous when attacking down the right-hand side. This was Truro’s favourite tactic in their 8-2 demolition of Farnborough just a few days earlier, and for Woking, Moses Ademola was weaving his magic and always looking a threat.

Woking’s third came after Newton broke up a run by Truro number eleven, Afful. Tackling the lively Truro forward in his own half, Newton played a 20 yard pass to Hammond on the right, who found Moses running on his inside. What happened next was Moses at his best. Controlling the ball instantly, he emulated Cowan-Hall by scoring with a magnificent angled chip over the keeper.

Moses celebrated before the ball had hit the net, going down on his hands and knees in front of the Cards fans in the right-hand corner, and showing what scoring goals means to him.

To be fair to Truro, the game was more even than the scoreline suggested. However, Woking were taking their chances, and such clinical finishing on all three goals gave the Cards a deserved two goal lead at half-time.

Half Time: Truro City 1 – Woking 3

The second half failed to live up to the excitement witnessed in the first, and was rather a scrappy affair. Nonetheless it was largely controlled by a Woking side two to the good, who closed the game down whilst looking for every opportunity to attack.

There were two bizarre incidents in the early part of the second half – Truro’s Scott Walker took a foul throw, picked it up and took it again with a disarming smile at the ref, who just let him get on with it. This was followed by one of the Assistant Referee's flag breaking in the now strong wind, as he raised it for a foul on Elvis Hammond.

These were breaks in a game that continued to offer chances to both sides – for the Cards, Hammond was linking well with Ademola and Koranteng, and Truro were getting the ball into a well-defended Woking penalty area, with Howe often choosing to punch clear, with the ball being too wet and unpredictable to risk a catch.

Good chances by Walker (Truro) and Davies (Woking) were put over the respective bar as the clock ticked down to 30 minutes remaining.

McNerney came on for Davies in the 65th minute and took his place at the back, enabling Ricketts to move forward to bolster the midfield.

To their credit Truro continued to play football, which both suited Woking and continued to keep the game entertaining, with Afful heading over from close range on 68 mins. With 20 minutes remaining, a great ball from Cowan-Hall gave Koranteng a chance but he shot over.

Truro were then awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position just outside Woking’s penalty area – what we would call “Gez range�. Scott Walker took his time before a clever low shot through the wall was well saved by keeper Howe, who dived low to his right after seeing the ball very late.

Sole came on for the hard-working Koranteng in the 74th minute, and this was followed by a frantic scramble in the Woking area on the 78th – a Truro free-kick from the half-way line was headed on by Palmer, and then seven Woking players defended as if their lives depended on it against four Truro players, all inside Howe’s penalty area, before the keeper dived on the ball to end the melee.

Duncan replaced the hard-working Cowan-Hall in the 84th minute, and moments later Woking were awarded a free-kick near the left touchline, about 25 yards from the by line. Gez’s curled cross to the far post was played back into the penalty area by Inns, and on to Doyle, whose header was pushed away by Sandercombe only back to Inns, who bundled the ball home.

This scrambled effort was a well-deserved goal for my 'man of the match', Alan Inns, and all credit to Woking for having four players forward for the free-kick.

Woking continued to play with confidence to see the game out.

Overall this was a game that Woking deserved to win because of the chances taken, played away against a tough side who trounced Farnborough in midweek and who had beaten fellow promotion chasers Dartford away last Saturday.

Four goals, three points and top of the league. It’s funny how such thoughts can make a very long, dark wet journey home on the A303 seem almost enjoyable.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Alan Inns, Mark Ricketts, Jay Davies (Joe McNerney 65), Adam Doyle, Paris Cowan-Hall (Derek Duncan 84), Jack King, Moses Ademola, Elvis Hammond, Nathan Koranteng (Gez Sole 74)

Unused subs: Andy Little, Wayne Gray

Cautions: Doyle, Ricketts

Truro: Tim Sandercombe, Barry McConnell, Scott Walker, Ed Palmer, Steve Adams, Marcus Martin, Daniel Smith, Joe Broad, Stewart Yetton (Andrew Taylor 86), Barry Hayles, Les Afful

Unused subs: Tom Brooks, Cody Cooke, Arran Pugh, Lee Hodges

Cautions: Yetton, Martin

MOTM: Alan Inns

Attendance: 664
Truro City LINEUP
1Tim Sandercombe
2Barry MiConnell
3Scott Walker
4Ed Palmer
5Steve Adams
6Marcus Martin
7Daniel Smith
8Joe Broad
9Stewart Yetton ('86)
10Barry Hayles
11Les Afful
BENCH
12Andrew Taylor ('86)
14Cody Cooke
15Arran Pugh
16Lee Hodges
17Tom Brooks
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Alan Inns
4Mark Ricketts
5Jay Davies ('65)
6Adam Doyle
7Paris Cowan-Hall ('84)
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola
10Elvis Hammond
11Nathan Koranteng ('74)
BENCH
12Wayne Gray
14Giuseppe Sole ('74)
15Joe McNerney ('65)
16Derek Duncan ('84)
18Andy Little

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