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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 10th DecemberDec 2011
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Woking
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4 - 1

Sutton
Sutton United

Saturday's big game

Brian Caffarey
6:52am, Thu 8th Dec 2011
Woking v Sutton United
3pm on Saturday 10 December 2011

In spite of the (dubious!) attractions of Christmas shopping the biggest crowd of the season to date is expected at Kingfield on Saturday for this keenly-anticipated clash with Surrey rivals and promotion challengers Sutton United. The Cards thrashed the U’s 5-0 on the opening day of the season at Gander Green Lane but since then Sutton have gone on a great run, losing only two more league matches. Make sure you’re at Kingfield to see what should be one of the best games of the season!

WOKING

The Cards lie twelve points ahead of fifth-placed Sutton but Paul Doswell’s side have two games in hand. It says something about expectations at Kingfield these days that the Cards’ recent results of a draw at home to Chelmsford in the league, a defeat away to Chelmsford in the FA Trophy and last Saturday’s 1-0 win at home to Eastleigh are seen as something of a ‘sticky patch’. It’s true, though, that the side hasn’t performed in those games with the élan seen in most of the Cards’ earlier matches. But no one can really complain about a record which has seen them notch 10 wins and 2 draws since their only league defeat at Welling United on 3 September.

Earlier this week Garry Hill was expecting to be able to choose from his full squad for this game. So, we can expect to see the return of Adam Doyle and, possibly, Derek Duncan to the defence, enabling Dale Binns to resume his role on the left wing. Mark Ricketts would then be free to take up his more familiar midfield role, possibly at the expense of Ben Smith. Up front, things haven’t quite come off for Paris Cowan-Hall and Moses Ademola in front of goal in recent games but you feel a change of fortune can’t be far off for two such talented players. And, in the main striking role, Garry has the luxury of playing either Wayne Gray or Elvis Hammond or he could even decide to start with both and bring Paris from the bench later in the game. And that’s not to mention Gez Sole, Ola Sogbanmu and Josh Griffiths. Almost too many choices!

SUTTON UNITED

Paul Doswell’s side reacted in the best possible way to their opening day hammering, notching three successive wins and then losing only two more league games, away at Bromley and at home to Tonbridge Angels. The distractions of a good FA Cup run, which ended on Sunday with a somewhat unlucky 2-0 reverse at home to Notts County, may explain some falling-off in form recently: in addition to the home defeat to Tonbridge, the U’s drew 0-0 at Dorchester and then lost 2-1 at home to Basingstoke Town in the FA Trophy.

Sutton have a large squad with plenty of depth. The experienced Kevin Scriven is the regular keeper. The defence has recently included player/coach and former Scottish international Paul Telfer and ex-Card Karim El-Salahi, although the latter went off injured in the Notts County tie. Another ex-Card Karl Murray, sent off towards the end of the Notts County game, usually figures in midfield. Tony Taggart is always a danger on the left, while up front you can generally perm two or three from yet another ex-Card, Craig Watkins, the burly Craig Dundas and Leroy Griffiths, with ex-Thurrock striker Fola Orilonishe providing another option. Another former Woking striker, Joel Ledgister, is on loan at Hampton and Richmond but Paul Doswell has recently recalled Neil Jenkins and Romone McRae from Kingstonian.

Doswell may have problems on the left of defence, with both Alan Bray and Neil Jenkins injured and El-Salahi too possibly unable to start.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £12
Concessions/Students £8
U16s £2

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Make sure you get a copy of Saturday’s packed matchday programme, which includes a mid-season review of Woking’s progress to date, a comprehensive look at other local football sides and an interview with leading scorer Moses Ademola.

LAST TIME OUT

Sutton United 0 Woking 5
13 August 2011

An opening day that dreams are made of if you are a Woking fan – or nightmares if you’re a Sutton fan! The Cards fully justified the bookies’ pre-season faith in them by annihilating the newly-promoted U’s with a scintillating display of attacking football.

With Jay Davies missing, Gez Sole started in the ‘hole’ behind Elvis Hammond, who was flanked by Moses Ademola and Dale Binns. With only one minute on the clock ‘man of the match’ Jack King slipped a ball through to Elvis Hammond, whose cross was met by Dale Binns at the far post to fire home. It could quickly have been two-nil but Dale fluffed a free header. The Cards proceeded to torment the Sutton defence but passed up a number of good chances, with both Mark Ricketts and Elvis Hammond hitting the woodwork. It was hard to believe it was only 1-0 at the interval but that was speedily remedied with a superbly-worked move which ended with Elvis chipping the ball into the net. The game was wrapped up in the 58th minute when the lively Sole finished one of several incisive runs, shooting from a narrow angle and seeing the ball ricochet off the far post and over the line.

The Cards finished with a flourish, Sole netting again in the 88th minute to make it 4-0 and then substitute Paris Cowan-Hall nudging the ball over the line after Wayne Gray, also summoned from the bench, had seen his header blocked.


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. They can be left in the Club Shop. There will also be a bucket collection.


Sutton swept aside as Cards march on

Martin Townshend
12:12pm, Sun 11th Dec 2011
Woking 4 Sutton United 1
Blue Square Bet South
10 December 2011

Woking comfortably despatched another of their promotion rivals with a clinical display in front of the largest Kingfield attendance of the season.

Lining up with only one change from last week’s win over Eastleigh, Adam Doyle returning from suspension to replace Jay Davies, the Cards were expecting a tough test, with fifth-placed Sutton looking to be a different proposition entirely from the side thumped 5-0 on the first day of the campaign.

However, with just 55 seconds gone, United supporters must have been fearing a repeat performance as Paris Cowan-Hall (pictured) latched onto a flick from Wayne Gray just inside the Sutton half, powered beyond the last defender and placed his shot past the advancing Kevin Scriven and into the net.

Just six minutes later it was 2-0, Wayne Gray scoring after a clever interchange of passes with Moses Ademola inside the Sutton box, despite Scriven’s efforts to keep the ball out.

The visitors’ first effort of note followed shortly afterwards, the industrious Harry Beautyman firing well over the bar after some good work from Leroy Griffiths to create the chance. Five minutes later Sutton really should have reduced the arrears, Tony Taggart floating the ball into the Woking penalty area to Craig Watkins who, from close-range and with only Aaron Howe to beat, scuffed his shot horribly and could only watch it spin harmlessly wide.

Play continued to switch between ends and with fifteen minutes on the clock Dale Binns, a thorn in the Sutton side all afternoon, intercepted a United pass before firing a low cross into the United area which Moses Ademola and Wayne Gray both just failed to reach.

Elvis Hammond replaced the injured Cowan-Hall after seventeen minutes as United pressed for a way back into the game but were unable to create any real chances in the face of some solid Woking defending.

The home side again came close after twenty-five minutes, Adam Newton doing well to collect a pass from Ademola and find Ben Smith in the box, the Cards’ midfielder firing a low shot across the goal narrowly wide with Scrivens only able to watch helplessly.

Sutton continued to press and were creating their own chances. A blocked shot fell to Griffiths, with the big striker’s dipping volley narrowly clearing the Woking bar, before two corners in quick succession were cleared without troubling Aaron Howe. Taggart then created some space in the box, only for Beautyman to fail to get a significant touch on the subsequent cross and the ball bobble out for a goal-kick.

At the other end Ademola stole the ball from the United defence, turning to create some space and firing across the goal and narrowly wide on the half hour.

Two minutes later Sutton finally managed to reduce the deficit, a ball across the edge of the box finding Beautyman, whose first-time effort found the right-hand corner despite Howe getting a hand to the ball.

Any worries amongst the home fans of a Sutton comeback were almost immediately dispelled as the Cards went straight back onto the offensive, Ben Smith picking up a ball from Hammond on the right wing and beating three defenders on his way around the touchline before seeing his shot saved by Scriven at close range. The Sutton goalkeeper was called into action again moments later, saving from Ademola after a neat one-two between the Cards’ hitman and Adam Doyle. Two minutes before the interval it was Dale Binns who arguably settled the contest. Again intercepting a pass from the Sutton defence, he jinked past his marker before looping the ball over Scriven, who once more managed to get a hand to the ball but was powerless to stop it dropping down and in to restore the Cards’ two-goal cushion.

Half-time: Woking 3 Sutton United 1

Unsurprisingly, the second half never really matched the first, with the Cards largely content to attack on the break as Sutton endeavoured to get back into the game. Although play continued to switch between ends, there were few scares for either custodian as their defenders prevented any clear sights of goal.

Jay Davies replaced Gray just before the hour mark, and the substitute made a significant contribution as the Cards extended the lead to 4-1 a few minutes later. Picking up the ball in defence, he played it out to Ademola on the right. Moses turned a defender and let loose a shot that deflected off the veteran Paul Telfer and into the net, despite Scriven once again getting a hand to the ball.

Sutton did create a chance to cut the deficit within minutes, but only managed to put the ball wide from close range from a cross into the area. After a spell when most attacks were halted swiftly by the linesmen’s flags, Howe was forced into action after seventy-two minutes, comfortably holding an angled drive from Kavanagh. At the other end, Hammond turned a defender before firing across goal with no-one close enough to connect with the ball.

With just over ten minutes left, Giuseppe Sole came on for Smith as Woking continued to create half-chances on the break, Hammond escaping on the left five minutes before the end only to place his low cross nearer to Scriven than to the onrushing Binns.

It was United who had the final chances of the day, Howe diving low to his right to turn a free-kick around the post for a corner, then keeping out a headed effort from the subsequent corner.
So, nine points clear now (OK, so we’ve played the odd game more, but it’s not often we get to make statements like that!) and another potential challenger defeated ahead of a tricky away game at Dartford as the Cards look to leave the following pack even further behind!


Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Ben Smith (Giuseppe Sole 79), Mark Ricketts, Alan Inns, Adam Doyle, Paris Cowan-Hall (Elvis Hammond 17), Jack King, Moses Ademola, Wayne Gray (Jay Davies 59), Dale Binns

Unused subs: Andy Little, Joe McNerney

Cautions: None

Sutton United: Kevin Scriven, Chris Piper, Paul Telfer, Harry Beautyman (Craig Dundas 79), Simon Downer, Sam Page, Anthony Riviere, Craig Watkins (Kyle Vassell 68), Leroy Griffiths, Tommy Kavanagh (Romone MacCrae 79), Tony Taggart

Unused subs: Fola Orilonishe, Wayne Shaw

Cautions: Simon Downer

MOTM: Dale Binns.

Attendance: 1730
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Ben Smith ('79)
4Mark Ricketts
5Alan Inns
6Adam Doyle
7Paris Cowan-Hall ('17)
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola
10Wayne Gray ('59)
11Dale Binns
BENCH
12Elvis Hammond ('17)
14Giuseppe Sole ('79)
15Jay Davies ('59)
16Joe McNerney
18Andy Little
Sutton United LINEUP
1Kevin Scriven
2Chris Piper
3Paul Telfer
4Harry Beautyman ('79)
5Simon Downer
6Sam Page
7Anthony Riviere
8Craig Watkins ('68)
9Leroy Griffiths
10Tommy Kavanagh ('79)
11Tony Taggart
BENCH
12Fola Orilionishe
14Craig Dundas ('79)
15Romone McCrae ('79)
16Kyle Vassell ('68)
17Wayne Shaw

Woking 4-1 Sutton United (Garry Hill Interview)

Dale Binns Interview

David Holmes
7:08pm, Sat 10th Dec 2011
Interview with Dale Binns following Woking's 4-1 win at home to Sutton United today.

Dale Binns:








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