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7:45pm - TuesdayTue 22nd NovemberNov 2011
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Chelmsford City
Chelmsford City

Tuesday's big clash

Brian Caffarey
7:09am, Mon 21st Nov 2011
Woking v Chelmsford City
7.45pm on Tuesday 22 November 2011

Tuesday evening’s encounter has all the makings of one of the games of the season. The Cards, unbeaten at home and with 14 goals in their last four league games, take on Chelmsford City, unbeaten away and with 10 goals in their last two matches, including a 6-1 thrashing of Bromley on Saturday. A bumper crowd is expected. Make sure you are there – and bring along a friend or two!

WOKING

Garry Hill’s side produced some wonderful football in the first half on Saturday to take a decisive 2-0 half-time lead at Crabble and showed all the fighting qualities needed in the second half as Dover strove to get back into the game. The Cards have now notched up nine wins and a draw in their last ten league games and lead Welling United by three points with a game in hand.

Garry Hill’s master stroke, several weeks ago, in switching Mark Ricketts into central defence, thereby allowing the flair of Jay Davies to complement the huge strength of Jack King in midfield, has produced a superbly-balanced side. Adam Doyle has shown that he can operate equally well at left back as a left-sided central defender and Alan Inns, so dominant in the air, has performed wonderfully well alongside Mark Ricketts. The change has been tough in particular, though, on Joe McNerney, a very capable central defender who has been displaced in recent games. Up front, Wayne Gray’s experience in leading the line has shone through of late, proving a perfect foil for the pace and trickery of Moses Ademola, Dale Binns and Paris Cowan-Hall. The fact that Garry Hill can afford to have players of the quality of Elvis Hammond, Gez Sole, Joe McNerney, Derek Duncan and Andy Little on the bench attests to the strength of this Woking squad.

Tuesday evening offers Woking the opportunity to stretch their lead to six points, with another three points to fight for a week later when, barring any Trophy replay, they travel to fourth-placed Dartford.

Woking and Chelmsford will do battle again, at the Melbourne Stadium, on Saturday in the FA Trophy.

We’ll have to see if Garry feels a need to make any changes as the side contemplates three tough fixtures in the space of seven days but he must be tempted to start on Tuesday with Saturday’s line-up at Dover if everyone is fit.

CHELMSFORD CITY

The Clarets, losing play-off semi-finalists for the last three years, sit 5th in the table with 31 points from 17 games, eleven fewer than the Cards. Their away form is particularly impressive, with six wins and two draws in their eight outings and 18 goals scored and only seven conceded. It may or may not be significant, though, that they have so far travelled to only one side, Weston-super-Mare, in the top half of the table. Until recently their home form has been their Achilles heel but a remarkable 4-0 win over AFC Telford in the FA Cup and now the 6-1 slaughter of Bromley suggest that they are becoming much more consistent.

The Clarets’ strike force was depleted in the summer as the result of the departures of Wayne Gray, Rob Edmans and Billy Bricknell but Kezie Ibe joined from Farnborough, Cliff Akurang (serving the last of a three-match suspension on Tuesday) arrived from Thurrock and manager Glenn Pennyfather has recently added Bishop’s Stortford striker Michael Bakare to the squad. Other summer arrivals included Kenny Clark, a central defender from Thurrock; Sam Corcoran, a young midfielder from Colchester United; Jermaine Brown, once with Aldershot; Max Cornhill from East Thurrock United; Aiden Palmer, a left-back from Leyton Orient; and winger Greg Morgan from Boreham Wood.

The Clarets have been unfortunate to lose winger Anthony Cook with a cruciate leg injury but Ricky Modeste always represents a threat, and they benefit greatly from the experience of captain Dave Rainford. Ex-Card Stuart Searle has been first-choice keeper ahead of Joe Woolley.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £12
Concessions/Students £8
U16s £2

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Make sure you get a copy of Tuesday’s excellent matchday programme, featuring a profile of keeper Aaron Howe and a celebration of some legendary Woking defenders, plus all the usual reports, previews, statistics and great photos.

LAST SEASON

Chelmsford City 3 Woking 0
17 August 2010

A horror story in the Cards’ first away game of the season, following a morale-sapping defeat at home by Dover Athletic in the opening fixture. Graham Baker brought in Jerome Maledon in place of Francis Quarm in midfield, with Toby Little and Sam Hurrell on the flanks and Craig Faulconbridge up front.

The Cards were 3-0 down after only 21 minutes. Lenny Pidgeley committed a dreadful error in the 9th minute. Attempting to prevent a corner, instead of booting the ball into touch he passed it straight to Ben Nunn, whose long-range effort was entering the net whilst Lenny was still scampering back towards his goal. In the 15th minute Takumi Ake, who’d impressed in trials at Kingfield in the summer, out-jumped Ricky Anane, and the promising Sam Higgins then fired home. Six minutes later the Woking defence failed to deal with a corner, with Dave Rainford nodding the ball home after it had rebounded from the crossbar.

Woking never looked like making a game of it and their misery was compounded in the second half when Aswad Thomas was shown a straight red for a rash challenge.

Woking 2 Chelmsford City 2
13 November 2010

The Cards desperately needed three points to make up lost ground but, in the end, were lucky to get a point. With Mark Ricketts and Francis Quarm injured, Graham Baker gave a debut to new signing Lee Sawyer, with Jerome Federico making his first appearance at Kingfield.

An even first half was eventually shaded by the Cards thanks to a penalty. Joe McNerney was obstructed as he attempted to head in from a corner. Dave Gilroy’s spot kick was struck straight at the keeper but Moses Ademola fired home.

The Clarets began to dominate in the second half. Lock’s free-kick from out wide went straight through the Woking defence for the equaliser. Then Ricky Modeste headed home unchallenged from a corner to make it 2-1 to the visitors. The Cards didn’t really look like salvaging a point but in the 96th minute substitute Craig Faulconbridge won a soft penalty, which he converted.


Come on, you Cards!


Cards share points

Brian Caffarey
11:00am, Wed 23rd Nov 2011
Woking 1 Chelmsford City 1
22 November 2011

Honours remained even at Kingfield yesterday evening as the Cards and the Clarets retained their respective unbeaten home and away records. Neither side could really complain about the result. City took the game to the home side in the first half after falling behind in the 23rd minute to an Adam Doyle header from a free-kick, equalising through Parker in the 36th minute. Woking developed more attacking momentum in the second half but found themselves up against a well-organised, robust defence. The battle will be resumed on Saturday at the Melbourne Stadium in the FA Trophy.

Garry Hill started with the same line-up as against Havant and Waterlooville and Dover Athletic. It was plain from the outset that City were not one of those sides who had come to ‘park the bus’ at Kingfield, clearly confident in their own attacking abilities. They fashioned the first chance as early as the second minute, forcing Aaron Howe to tip away a header, followed by a long throw which went right across Woking’s area.

The Cards responded with Jack King pinging a great pass out to Moses Ademola, whose flighted cross just eluded Paris Cowan-Hall near the far post, with Wayne Gray subsequently volleying wide.

Woking’s game plan seemed to be to get the ball forward quickly to Gray and Cowan-Hall but it soon became apparent but they were well shackled by a City defence, ably led by Kenny Clark, which was not slow to make its physical presence felt.

The flow of the game, and the temper of the home crowd, wasn’t helped by a referee who blew his whistle frequently while seeming surprisingly lenient in penalising some of the foul play.

After the initial few minutes Woking had more of the attacking play but without gaining real fluency. However, a nice move between Doyle, Dale Binns and King saw the powerful midfielder blast an effort wide from 30 yards.

The Woking goal came from one of several ‘clatterings’ endured by Jay Davies. Adam Doyle got goal-side of the defensive wall as the ball was flighted in from the free-kick, guiding his header expertly beyond Stuart Searle and into the far corner.

City responded energetically and soon seemed to be winning more of the midfield, where King and Davies began to look out-numbered. Howe was forced to punch clear and then save from Cornhill. More pressure followed from a corner and a free-kick before Parker spurned a glorious chance to equalise in the 35th minute. The Woking defence was caught upfield as an attack broke down, leaving no cover on its right flank. As the ball came across from there Cornhill had an open goal facing him but managed to put the ball wide.

The reprieve was very short. A minute later Adam Doyle, more tested than of late in the left-back position, was beaten and, as the ball was played in, the Woking defence failed to clear it, with Parker sweeping the ball home in a fine finish.

Both sides fashioned some decent moves leading up to half-time but the Cards’ attack continued to be frustrated by City’s robust defending. City’s best move came when Cornhill scampered past several Woking defenders before shooting high. In injury time Howe and Mark Ricketts had an uncomfortable moment on the edge of the area, with Howe having to punch clear a short-range back header.

Half-time: Woking 1 Chelmsford City 1

Garry Hill cannot have been very happy with the way things had panned out in the first half and it was no great surprise to see Derek Duncan drafted in to fill the left-back slot, with Adam Doyle moving to centre back, allowing Mark Ricketts to bolster the midfield in place of Jay Davies. Elvis Hammond came on too, replacing Paris Cowan-Hall, who had been outmuscled by Clark.

Initially, the Cards found it difficult to develop any great attacking momentum, with the final pass too often going astray or Hammond being caught offside. But Ademola, looking the most dangerous of the Woking attackers, began to see more of the ball and, by the 60th minute, the Cards had begun to apply some concerted pressure on the Clarets’ goal, winning a number of corners.

A superb Ademola cross produced an almighty scramble just in front of the goal line, with the referee mysteriously awarding a free-kick to the visitors before the denouement. Some lovely interplay between Ademola and Adam Newton produced another corner, leading to a Binns pass to Gray, who swivelled to shoot straight at the keeper. The next corner saw a Doyle header blocked, with the same fate befalling an Alan Inns header a few minutes later. A Binns through ball to Hammond saw him just foiled by a combination of Clark and keeper Searle.

But it was far from all one-way traffic, with Chelmsford passing the ball confidently in midfield and always looking as though they had the potential to break through themselves.

In the 77th minute Garry Hill made his final throw of the dice, bringing on Ola Sogbanmu for Gray. But it was Chelmsford who looked more dangerous at this stage. The impressive Miller ran through a posse of Woking defenders before being thwarted. Howe was forced to tip clear for a corner and a free-kick was deflected up and over the bar.

With the game on a knife edge, Woking threatened again, with Ademola shooting just over after he had fooled a Chelmsford defender with his clever footwork. A final Woking corner raised hopes again but this time Derek Duncan was unable to get the ball past the first defender. There was still time for another scrum in the Chelmsford area from a back header and for Howe to punch clear at the other end.

This was the toughest home game the Cards have experienced so far. Chelmsford are clearly a physically strong, capable side, with ability in defence, midfield and attack. The ‘return leg’ on Saturday in the FA Trophy should be another intriguing contest.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Jay Davies (Derek Duncan 46), Mark Ricketts, Alan Inns, Adam Doyle, Paris Cowan-Hall (Elvis Hammond 46), Jack King, Moses Ademola, Wayne Gray (Ola Sogbanmu 77), Dale Binns.

Unused subs: Andy Little, Giuseppe Sole

Booked: Alan Inns 82, Moses Ademola 90

Sponsor’s MOTM: Adam Newton (pictured)

Chelmsford City: Stuart Searle, Justin Miller, Aiden Palmer, Adam Tann, Kenny Clark, David Rainford, Warren Whitely, Sam Corcoran, Kezie Ibe, Max Cornhill, Craig Parker

Unused subs: Michael Bakare, Ben Nunn, Joe Benjamin, Jermaine Brown, Mark Haines

Booked: Sam Corcoran 66

Attendance: 1558

WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Jay Davies ('45)
4Mark Ricketts
5Alan Inns
6Adam Doyle
7Paris Cowan-Hall ('45)
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola
10Wayne Gray ('77)
11Dale Binns
BENCH
12Elvis Hammond ('45)
14Giuseppe Sole
15Derek Duncan ('45)
16Ola Sogbanmu ('77)
18Andy Little
Chelmsford City LINEUP
1Stuart Searle
2Justin Miller
3Aiden Palmer
4Adam Tann
5Kenny Clark
6David Rainford
7Warren Whitely
8Sam Corcoran
9Kezie Ibe
10Max Cornhill
11Craig Parker
BENCH
12Michael Bakare
14Joe Benjamin
15Jermaine Brown
16Mark Haines
17Ben Nunn

Woking 1-1 Chelmsford City (Garry Hill Interview)

Adam Newton Interview

David Holmes
11:05pm, Tue 22nd Nov 2011
Interview with Man of the Match Adam Newton following Woking's 1-1 draw against Chelmsford City tonight.

Adam Newton:








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