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Cards look to extend unbeaten run

Brian Caffarey
9:17am, Thu 1st Dec 2011
Woking v Eastleigh
3pm on Saturday 3 December 2011

After their FA Trophy exit last weekend at Chelmsford City the Cards will be anxious to get back on the winning track on Saturday as they look to extend their unbeaten league run, which has seen them win nine and draw two of their last eleven league games. Come on down to Kingfield to cheer Garry Hill’s side on to another victory!


The Cards need to keep the pressure up at the top of the table, with the likes of Welling, Dartford and Sutton looking to capitalise on any slip-ups. Garry Hill’s side have always bounced back from a defeat and they must do so again on Saturday, not least to ensure that they are in confident mood for the visit of Sutton United the following Saturday. If the Cards can win these two home games, they have, on paper at least, an easier run of fixtures over the Christmas/New Year period which would give them an excellent opportunity to open up a substantial lead over their rivals.

Adam Doyle will miss Saturday’s game through suspension but Garry Hill has plenty of options in defence, including partnering Alan Inns with Joe McNerney or Mark Ricketts. Ben Smith could make his Kingfield debut in midfield. It will be interesting to see whether Garry brings back Paris Cowan-Hall and Jay Davies after substituting them at half-time in the 1-1 home draw against Chelmsford City and then leaving them out of the FA Trophy side last Saturday.


Eastleigh lie 13th in the table with 24 points from 18 games. On their travels they’ve won three games and lost six, scoring ten goals and conceding twenty.

The Spitfires started the season poorly, losing their first three games before securing a 0-0 home draw against the Cards. This was followed by a couple of wins over Dorchester and Weston-super-Mare but September saw only one win, against Staines. There were signs of a revival of form with a surprising 3-0 home win over Welling and these have been confirmed recently, with three wins and a draw in their last four league games, with the draw comprising a fight-back with only ten men from a 2-0 deficit against Dartford. They were disappointed, though, to lose on penalties on Tuesday night to Chippenham in an FA Trophy replay.

Eastleigh have introduced a new strategy this season of employing a mix of part-time senior players and full-time younger players. The former include some familiar faces in central defender Tom Jordan, always a danger at set pieces, and two ex-Cards: Andy Forbes, playing in central defence, and top scorer Jamie Slabber. Jamie’s striking partners are the experienced Richard Gillespie, Andrew White, formerly a Reading Academy prospect, and the long-serving Jamie Brown. Slabber missed Tuesday’s game with a back injury.

In goal recently, keeping out Gareth Barfoot, has been on-loan Saints keeper Jack Dovey. At left-back Michael Green has returned to the Club after his contract at Port Vale was cancelled by mutual agreement. In midfield Graeme Montgomery is on loan from Aldershot while Chris Flood, another returnee, has now joined permanently from Dorchester. The Cards will need to be wary of the pace of former Saints’ prospect Jordace Holder-Spooner, who often comes on as a substitute.


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Make sure you get a copy of Saturday’s matchday programme, which includes a look at Woking players who’ve gone on to make careers in the League and a selection of some of the best photos so far this season, plus all the usual reports and previews.


Eastleigh 0 Woking 0
23 August 2011

The Cards went into this game on the back of two wins and, most recently a 0-0 home draw against Boreham Wood, and came away from the Silverlake Stadium slightly disappointed to notch another goalless draw against a side which had lost its first three games.

The on-loan Mike Cestor replaced the unwell Derek Duncan at left-back and Adam Doyle returned to partner Joe McNerney in central defence. Neither side created much in the first half, with the Cards’ attempts to hit the lone Elvis Hammond up front generally being sucked up by the Spitfires’ defence.

Woking got more onto the front foot in the second half, with two of the best opportunities falling to Joe McNerney, with one chance stabbed just wide and a header hitting Elvis Hammond. The game opened up near the end, with Andy Little making a fine save from Richard Gillespie and substitute Wayne Gray seeing an effort obstructed by the luckless Hammond. Paris Cowan-Hall, a late substitute, went close but, in injury time, the Spitfires nearly snatched all three points as 16 year-old Sam Wilson escaped the Cards’ back line and fired narrowly over.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget to bring along your contributions – new toys and tins and packets of food – for the Woking FC Christmas Project Appeal. There will also be a bucket collection.

Spitfires lose the battle of Kingfield

David Richardson
9:20pm, Sat 3rd Dec 2011
Woking 1 Eastleigh 0
Blue Square Bet South
Saturday 3 December 2011

A week after Woking’s exit from the FA Trophy at Chelmsford, it was back to league action for the Cards against Eastleigh. On a breezy and cold afternoon, Woking won a hard-fought three points to see them move six points clear at the top of the Blue Square Bet South. It was a strong test of character for Woking and manager Garry Hill was thrilled with his team’s victory saying afterwards that, ‘it was an excellent three points’. Hill gave praise to the defenders, particularly Alan Inns, whose Man of the Match performance helped Woking secure their win.

Garry Hill made four changes to the starting eleven that lost a week ago at Melbourne Park. Derek Duncan was not included in today’s squad due to injury and was replaced by Dale Binns at left back. Paris Cowan-Hall, who was rested last week, came in for Elvis Hammond up front, to partner Wayne Gray, who replaced Giuseppe Sole. Adam Doyle was ruled out of action as he was serving a one-game suspension for picking up five yellow cards. Therefore Jay Davies, who, like Cowan-Hall, was rested last week, came into the centre of midfield. Ben Smith, on loan from Crawley Town, made his home debut for the Cards.

Eastleigh manager Ian Baird made three changes to the team that drew with Dartford in the league two weeks ago. Ex-Cards Andy Forbes at centre back and Eastleigh’s target man, Jamie Slabber, both started for the Spitfires, hoping they could turn over their old club and league leaders.

With the ice-cold wind blowing across the pitch, the teams swapped ends, which meant Woking attacked the Leslie Gosden Stand. The game kicked off and it was almost the perfect start for Woking. After Cowan-Hall was judged to be off side and an early free-kick for Eastleigh was dealt with, it was Alan Inns (pictured) who gave Spitfires keeper, Jack Dovey, a scare. A floated free-kick into Eastleigh’s penalty area by Jay Davies found the head of Cards centre back Inns, whose initial effort was blocked. He then reacted quickest to the ball and, with a swivel, hit the ball with venom on the volley but was denied by the post and out for a goal kick.

For the next ten minutes, Eastleigh then had the better of the play, with Woking finding it hard to get the ball down and play their flowing football. The Spitfires threatened from an Ali Fuseini free-kick, the long throw of Graeme Montgomery and Slabber’s physical presence, although the Cards' defence stayed strong. Woking keeper Aaron Howe dealt well with an in-swinging corner with his fists, punching the ball to safety, which triggered a counter-attack. However, Moses Ademola couldn’t find the inch perfect pass to Cowan-Hall.

In the 16th minute, Eastleigh had their best chance of the game. Chris Flood found space down the right-hand side of Woking’s defence, cut inside and forced a good save from Howe low down. Seconds later the ball then fell back to Flood but his shot was deflected behind for a corner. This saw an end to Eastleigh’s early pressure as Woking began to get a foothold in the game.

Cowan-Hall chased down a ball that nearly forced Dovey into a mistake and then an accurate pass from Jack King resulted in a Woking corner, which unfortunately came to nothing. Minutes later, it seemed Woking had to be awarded a penalty when Gray turned just inside the area and was brought down. However, appeals from the home side were waved away by referee, Ian Rathbone.

Montgomery looked to trouble Howe in the 26th minute from long range but his shot flew wide. Woking pressed hard for a breakthrough. Cowan-Hall’s ball through to Gray was just overrun by his striker partner. A minute later, Ademola had an almost identical situation but also overran his chance. The Cards threatened again through Ademola in the 39th minute. Davies played the ball out wide to the onrushing Woking right back, Adam Newton, who got down the left-hand side of Eastleigh’s defence and put a fierce cross into Ademola, at the front post, who headed over.

Just before half-time, Cowan-Hall rose highest from a corner delivered by Jay Davies, but his effort was blocked in the goal-mouth.
The half-time whistle sounded and Woking had struggled to find their top gear.

Half-Time: Woking 0 Eastleigh 0

Neither team made any substitutions at half-time, and the second half began with Woking, this time, getting the perfect start. The ball was worked out to the right-hand side by Davies and King, who found Smith in space by the bye-line. He cleverly slid the ball across the six-yard box to Gray, who finished well.

Eastleigh almost made an instant reply. Montgomery crossed into Flood, who headed over. Slabber, then, in the 51st minute, fired over just inside the Cards' penalty area.

Davies chipped an excellent pass for Ademola to run onto down the middle of the pitch. He slipped, but once back on his feet his shot was blocked. Cowan-Hall latched onto a long ball moments later; however, he couldn’t wrap his left foot around the ball and direct it on goal.

Baird made two changes in the 60th and 64th minute, Richard Gillespie and Jordace Holder-Spooner coming on for Chris Flood and Graeme Montgomery, in the hope of them making an impact in the game and they did. Inns made a crucial tackle in the penalty area and a corner was just about dealt with by the Woking defence.

Sole came on for Davies, who hobbled off after taking a knock. Two minutes later Hammond came on for Cowan-Hall. A few words were being exchanged between Baird and Hill until they were called over and given a talking to by the referee. Substitute Andrew White came on in the 82nd minute and made an instant impact. He crossed the ball into Slabber, who miscued his header and Howe made a comfortable save.

Eastleigh then really piled on the pressure with Woking’s defence slipping deeper and deeper into their own half but, despite creating a number of chances, the Cards' defence held firm. Deep into the five minutes of added time, a cross into the back post to Eastleigh’s captain and central defender, Tom Jordan, saw him force a magnificent save from Howe at close range.

The full-time whistle went and Woking had secured another precious three points. Garry Hill will know his team didn’t play to their best today but still got the all-important win against a battling Eastleigh side. It’s now an impressive 46 points out of a possible 57 and Garry Hill and Steve Thompson’s excellent partnership has put Woking on course for promotion as the team head into vital games against Sutton United and Dartford.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Ben Smith, Mark Ricketts, Alan Inns, Jay Davies (Giuseppe Sole 78), Paris Cowan-Hall (Elvis Hammond 80), Jack King, Moses Ademola (Josh Griffiths 90), Wayne Gray, Dale Binns

Unused Subs: Andy Little, Ola Sogbanmu

Caution: Jack King

Eastleigh: Jack Dovey, Andy Forbes, Michael Green, Jamie Brown, Tom Jordan, Scott Rogers, Ali Fuseini (Andrew White 82), Danny Smith, Jamie Slabber, Chris Flood (Richard Gillespie 60), Graeme Montgomery (Jordace Holder-Spooner 64)

Unused Subs: Gareth Barfoot, Billy Tsovolos

Caution: Jamie Brown

MOTM: Alan Inns

Attendance: 1610
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Ben Smith
4Mark Ricketts
5Alan Inns
6Jay Davies ('78)
7Paris Cowan-Hall ('80)
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola ('90)
10Wayne Gray
11Dale Binns
12Elvis Hammond ('80)
14Giuseppe Sole ('78)
15Josh Griffiths ('90)
16Ola Sogbanmu
18Andy Little
Eastleigh LINEUP
1Jack Dovey
2Andy Forbes
3Michael Green
4Jamie Brown
5Tom Jordan
6Scott Rogers
7Ali Fuseini ('82)
8Danny Smith
9Jamie Slabber
10Chris Flood ('60)
11Graeme Montgomery ('64)
12Andrew White ('82)
13Gareth Barfoot
14Jordace Holder-Spooner ('64)
15Billy Tsovolos
16Richard Gillespie ('60)

Woking 1-0 Eastleigh (Garry Hill Interview)

Alan Inns Interview

David Holmes
6:32pm, Sat 3rd Dec 2011
Interview with Man of the Match Alan Inns following Woking's 1-0 win at home to Eastleigh today.

Alan Inns:

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