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Havant & Waterlooville
Havant & Waterlooville

Cards target another win

Brian Caffarey
6:49am, Thu 3rd Nov 2011
Woking v Havant and Waterlooville
3pm on Saturday 5 November 2011

Cards fans will be hoping that Guy Fawkes Day brings another fire cracker of a performance from Garry Hill’s side, who have now won seven and drawn one of their last eight league games. They will need to make sure, though, that the returning Ollie Palmer doesn’t steal the show by adding to the seven goals he’s scored for the Hawks since his transfer in late September. Make sure you’re at Kingfield on Saturday to cheer the league leaders on to another victory!

WOKING

Two successive 4-1 wins provide ample evidence that the Cards' strikers are back in the groove – and they seem to be competing with each other to see who can score with the most audacious lob! Hard to pick the best from Elvis’s against Weston-super-Mare or Paris’s and Moses’s at Truro last weekend.

Assuming Dale Binns has now recovered from the injury which sidelined him for the Truro trip, Garry Hill should be able to pick from a full squad. He has options in almost every position – as is evident from seeing the calibre of the Cards’ bench on Saturday, which comprised Andy Little, Joe McNerney, Derek Duncan, Gez Sole and Wayne Gray. And that’s not to mention Ola Sogbanmu and Josh Griffiths, who couldn’t even make the 16.

Aaron Howe and Gez Sole will be looking to outshine Ollie in impressing against their previous club.

HAVANT AND WATERLOOVILLE

The Hawks’ league form is beginning to pick up after a disappointing start to the season. August saw two wins and four defeats, followed by a win, two draws and two defeats in September. October started with a loss at home to Bromley but subsequently there have been home wins over Dorchester Town (4-2) and Farnborough (5-0) and a 3-3 draw at Hampton and Richmond.

The recent upturn must owe a good deal to Ollie Palmer’s goals. His transfer was no doubt viewed with some disappointment by those Woking fans who love to see promising young players make their way through into the first team but he was a long way down the pecking order of Woking strikers, so Havant’s offer was probably attractive to both Ollie and Garry Hill. Garry’s acknowledgment that we have a ‘sell on’ clause gives us added reasons to wish Ollie well other than in games against us.

The Hawks have lost the services of talented winger Wes Fogden following his transfer to Bournemouth but have a number of very useful players, including defender Jon McDonald, whose long throws have caused problems for us in the past and have laid on a couple of goals for Ollie in recent games. Craig Braham-Barrett on the left is a player who impressed for Farnborough last season, while the fleet-footed Sammy Igoe scores and makes goals.

Shaun Gale’s side have been boosted by the signature of striker Scott Jones on a contract, along with those of Ryan Woodford and Steve Ramsey. Former Portsmouth striker Vincent Pericard has also joined the Hawks on a short-term deal.

LAST SEASON

Woking 3 Havant and Waterlooville 1
26 December 2010

The Cards beat the big freeze to get this game on and were rewarded with a convincing win. Reiss Noel made his debut and Joe Keehan made his first league start. Aaron Howe, Gez Sole and Manny Williams lined up for the opposition.

Woking took the lead with a quarter of an hour gone, Elvis Hammond feeding the overlapping Ricky Anane, who unleashed a superb strike from all of 35 yards. Chances came and went for the Cards before, out of the blue, the Hawks equalised with a 30-yard rocket by Mustafa Tiryaki from a free-kick. Woking gained the lead again just before half-time with a bizarre goal. Gez Sole’s attempted clearance hit the referee, with the ball falling kindly to Keehan, who fired home at the far post.

The Cards continued to make most of the running, with Keehan hitting the bar in the 60th minute. Three minutes from time substitute Moses Ademola had a shot cleared off the line but then made the game safe with a fine chip over a stranded Howe.

Havant and Waterlooville 1 Woking 1
1 January 2011

This hard-earned draw stretched Woking’s unbeaten run to twelve games and moved them up to 11th in the table. Graham Baker made two changes from the Boxing Day side, with Moses Ademola and Jerome Maledon coming in for Dave Gilroy and Mark Ricketts.

The Hawks had the best of the first half. Woking’s only real chance came from a great run from ‘man of the match’ Lee Sawyer, who played in Elvis Hammond but the latter’s shot was blocked. The home side took the lead shortly after the break with a virtual replica of their goal at Kingfield. Gez Sole dummied a free-kick and Tiryaki blasted home. The Cards gradually clawed their way back into the game. Hammond had a goal disallowed in the 60th minute before the Cards’ pressure was rewarded with an equaliser in the 72nd minute. Ricky Anane chipped in a cross and Joe Keehan powered a header home.

Gez Sole came close to winning the game for the Hawks but was denied by a great saving tackle from Aswad Thomas.

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

Saturday’s excellent matchday programme includes a profile of in-form striker Paris Cowan-Hall and, as we approach Remembrance Sunday, Mark Doyle writes about the part played by a distinguished Woking player in the Normandy landings. An interesting and moving story: not to be missed.


Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget that two international matches are being played on Sunday at Kingfield in aid of the British Heart Foundation. England’s Under 50 and Under 55 teams take on Wales, beginning at 12 noon. See a previous news item for further details.

Please note too that Woking’s game against Chelmsford City, which was due to be played on Saturday 12 November, has been postponed because the Clarets are in FA Cup action that day. (Later: this game has now been rescheduled for Tuesday 22 November.)



The Cards celebrate 124 years in style!

David Richardson
10:20pm, Sat 5th Nov 2011
Woking 3 Havant and Waterlooville 0
Blue Square Bet South
5 November 2011


Woking celebrated their 124th Birthday on Firework Night in fine fashion. 124 years ago today in 1887 Woking played Chertsey in their first-ever game and won. Today Woking played Havant and Waterlooville in their sixteenth league game of the season and completed another excellent victory. As the referee blew the final whistle, fireworks rose into the night sky above Kingfield where more than 1600 fans witnessed another sparkling performance from Woking. Manager Garry Hill spoke afterwards about his team's “great run� in the league in that Woking have now picked up an incredible 39 points from a possible 48.

Hill made two changes to the Woking team that beat Truro 4-1 last weekend, Nathan Koranteng dropping to the bench and a flu-struck Elvis Hammond didn’t feature in the squad. Dale Binns, who had recovered from his injury that ruled him out of the trip to Truro, came in at left midfield and Wayne Gray partnered Paris Cowan-Hall(pictured) up front.

Havant and Waterlooville named the same team that beat Farnborough 5-0 last Saturday. Ollie Palmer, a familiar face to Cards fans, started up front for the Hawks. Palmer had scored seven goals in five games since he joined Havant from Woking and, although he had never scored a first team goal at Kingfield for Woking, he had spoken beforehand about how he was determined to break his “duck�.

Havant and Waterlooville kicked off attacking the Leslie Gosden Stand. Heavy rain the night before meant the ball zipped off a greasy Kingfield surface and this caused the opening ten minutes to be scrappy. In the early exchanges the Hawks' number nine, Scott Jones, forced a corner from Woking’s defence but it was cleared by Alan Inns. Moments later another corner for Havant was awarded, this time it was cleared by Woking’s right back, Adam Newton.

Woking tried to get a foothold in the game through Cowan-Hall. However, his surge forward and then pass couldn’t find Moses Ademola on the right-hand side. Havant’s left back Jon McDonald caused slight problems in Woking’s defence with his long throw and Steve Ramsey forced a comfortable save from Cards' goal keeper Aaron Howe, who Garry Hill signed from the Hawks during the summer. It was from that save that Woking had their first chance of the game in the twelfth minute.

Howe’s long kick forward found the head of Cowan-Hall, who flicked the ball on to his strike partner, Gray, down the middle of the pitch but unfortunately he couldn’t make the right contact with the ball, under pressure from Havant defender Ryan Woodford.

Up the other end, a corner for Havant resulted in a shot from the edge of the Woking penalty area only to land in about row P of the LGS. Cowan-Hall then had a shot blocked that looked destined for the back of the Hawks' net.

Havant were forced into a making a change in the seventeenth minute. Striker Sammy Igoe hobbled off to be replaced by Harvey Whyte. A minute later, a flowing seven-man move by the Cards ended in Jay Davies firing over. Immediately afterwards, Palmer had his best chance of the match. A scrappy piece of play down Havant’s left-hand side found a low cross, pulled back to Palmer, for him to only make very slight contact with the ball following good closing-down from Inns. He will know only too well that he should have scored.

Moses Ademola, up the other end, saw his well-hit shot blocked but soon afterwards Woking had their best chance of the half. Some quick passing ensued between Binns, King, Cowan-Hall and Doyle, who then found himself in Havant’s penalty area. The defender pulled the ball back to Gray, eight yards out, whose left-footed effort was blocked on the line by Hawks' captain Chris Holland and then gathered in by keeper Lyall Beasley in the 24th minute.

Woking probed again from a Davies corner, which found the head of Inns, whose effort was dealt with easily by Beasley. A shot from Perry Ryan was caught by Howe and a corner taken by Ramsey was cleared by Woking’s defence.

Cowan-Hall, running through the middle of Havant’s defence, forced a good save from Beasley. However, Paris was judged to have fouled Paul Hinshelwood in the process. Cowan-Hall was involved again in another chance for Gray which was similar to one earlier. His flick-on to Gray sat up nicely for him but Beasley saved well.

Woking would have felt hard done by not to be ahead at the break.

Half time: Woking 0 Havant and Waterlooville 0

Like the home game against Weston-super-Mare last Monday evening, the Cards came flying out of the blocks and this time it instantly paid off. A clipped ball forward by Jack King found the run of Gray, who finished under the on-rushing Beasley. A deserved goal for Woking. As Woking boss Garry Hill said afterwards, “Once we scored they had to come out and attack and that left more openings�.

It was then a question of whether Havant would buckle after Woking’s early second-half goal. Palmer suggested they wouldn’t with a header minutes later which was saved by Howe. However, Ademola thought differently. Some clever play on the right side from Moses saw him pull the ball back to Gray to finish for his second goal inside seven minutes in the 52nd minute.

Havant looked to get back into the game immediately when Steve Ramsey swung in a free-kick from the right, which met the head of Palmer, which was brilliantly tipped over by Howe who had barely anything to do all game. Cowan-Hall responded to this with a long-range shot that went just over the far post’s top corner. Paris had another shot from range but Beasley saved it well down low. Havant got a free-kick right on the edge of Woking’s penalty area due to handball but Ramsey’s fierce effort hit the wall.

Every time Woking went forward they looked like they were going to score and Cowan-Hall nearly did. The ball was worked well out to the left-hand side to Binns, whose cross-cum-shot was nearly latched onto by a sliding Cowan-Hall.

Davies was taken off in the 70th minute and on came centre back Joe McNerney, allowing captain Mark Ricketts to move into midfield alongside King. Palmer was then taken off two minutes later and was greeted with a round of applause from Woking fans when he went to warm down by the corner flag.

In the 73rd minute Woking got their third. A brilliant strike from Cowan-Hall from at least 25 yards flew into the top left-hand corner with Beasley only managing to get fingertips on the ball. Three points were in the bag for Woking.

Woking continued their pressure. Doyle back-heeled a pass to Paris on the left-hand side, who played the ball across the pitch to King. He then found Ademola, whose cross was deflected just past the back post.

Garry Hill then took off Doyle for Derek Duncan and Ricketts for Giuseppe Sole. Three corners in a row for Woking threatened but came to nothing. Sole then nearly supplied Gray with his hat-trick goal. He crossed the ball in from the right-hand side to the back post to the arriving Wayne Gray, who headed just wide.

A few half-chances for Havant were dealt with and then the referee blew the final whistle.

Overall, it was another impressive performance from Woking. They would have been disappointed not to be leading by one or two at half time but were rewarded with a very good second-half performance. It was important that Woking won today as Sutton, Welling, Chelmsford, Dover and Dartford all won. Therefore with Woking’s three points today they maintain their gap at the top. Garry Hill said afterwards that, “he was delighted with the team's performance�. He spoke about the strength of his squad and how they were “all playing a part�. The team can now enjoy a well-deserved day off. As for Hill, who is doing such an outstanding job at Woking, he will spend the afternoon at White Hart Lane watching Spurs play Fulham.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Alan Inns, Mark Ricketts (Giuseppe Sole 84), Jay Davies (Joe McNerney 70), Adam Doyle (Derek Duncan 81), Paris Cowan-Hall, Jack King, Moses Ademola, Wayne Gray, Dale Binns.

Unused subs: Nathan Koranteng, Andy Little

Havant and Waterlooville: Lyall Beasley, Paul Hinshelwood, Jon McDonald, Steve Ramsey, Chris Holland, Ryan Woodford, Craig Braham-Barrett, Perry Ryan, Scott Jones (Lee Peacock 65), Sammy Igoe (Harvey Whyte 17), Ollie Palmer (Vincent Pericard 72).

Unused subs: Sam Pearce, Jake Newton

Booked: Jon McDonald 61

MOTM: Paris Cowan-Hall

Attendance: 1655
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Alan Inns
4Mark Ricketts ('84)
5Jay Davies ('70)
6Adam Doyle ('81)
7Paris Cowan-Hall
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola
10Wayne Gray
11Dale Binns
BENCH
12Nathan Koranteng
14Giuseppe Sole ('84)
15Joe McNerney ('70)
16Derek Duncan ('81)
18Andy Little
Havant & Waterlooville LINEUP
1Lyall Beasley
2Paul Hinshelwood
3Jon McDonald
4Steve Ramsey
5Chris Holland
6Ryan Woodford
7Craig Braham-Barrett
8Perry Ryan
9Scott Jones ('65)
10Sammy Igoe ('17)
11Ollie Palmer ('72)
BENCH
12Jake Newton
14Harvey Whyte ('17)
15Sam Pearce
16Vincent Pericard ('72)
19Lee Peacock ('65)

Woking 3-0 Havant & Waterlooville (Garry Hill Interview)

Mark Ricketts Interview

David Holmes
8:38am, Sun 6th Nov 2011
Interview with Mark Ricketts following Woking's 3-0 win against Havant & Waterlooville yesterday.

Mark Ricketts:








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