MKJ Group
BSBS
1:00pm - MondayMon 26th DecemberDec 2011
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 3038

Woking
Woking
1 - 0

Farnborough
Farnborough

Big Boxing Day clash

Brian Caffarey
11:07am, Thu 22nd Dec 2011
Woking v Farnborough
1pm on Monday 26 December 2011 (NB Kick-off time)

Garry Hill is hoping for a big crowd on Boxing Day to roar his side on to victory against our near neighbours Farnborough. The Cards lie ten points clear at the top of the table, having lost only one league game all season. What’s more they’ve been playing some great football, so haul yourself out of the sofa, bring the in-laws (or leave them at home!) and get down to Kingfield for what should be a very entertaining game.

WOKING

Garry Hill has targeted 12 more wins to clinch the Blue Square South title. He must be hoping that two of them will come from the holiday double-header against Farnborough, who sit in 16th position in the table. But he knows very well that league positions sometimes don’t count for much in local derbies and especially so at this time of year, when surprise results are not uncommon. Moreover, Farnborough, like Thurrock last Saturday, are a side in transition, eager to please a new manager – and recent results suggest that they are on the rise again.

Woking will again be missing Mark Ricketts and Paris Cowan-Hall. Subject to any other injury worries, the defence will no doubt line up as at Thurrock. Garry Hill will presumably ponder whether to start with Wayne Gray, who came off the bench to join Elvis Hammond at Thurrock.

The game will have an added edge for Woking’s ex-Farnborough contingent of Adam Doyle, Jack King and Dale Binns – and I suppose we ought to include Jay Davies in that list, although, in truth, he was briefly ‘pinched’ by Steve King from us!

FARNBOROUGH

It’s hard – even for Farnborough fans! – to keep up with all the developments at the Rushmoor Stadium. Following their defeat by Ebbsfleet in the play-off final last year, Steve King left the Club, with former Hayes and Yeading manager Garry Haylock being appointed. There was a huge turnover of players – from which of course Woking and other clubs benefited. Results in the early part of the season were indifferent and nosedived spectacularly in late October/early November, with five successive league defeats by margins of 3-0, 8-2, 5-0, 3-1 and 3-1. On 15 November Haylock was sacked, with Spencer Day, owner/manager of Chertsey Town, taking over. He brought with him a clutch of Chertsey players, several of whom started in his first game in charge: a 3-1 win away at Salisbury City, with Daniel Bennett, a prolific striker with Chertsey, scoring two goals.

Although Day has a somewhat chequered history, he has enjoyed considerable success at Chertsey, bringing on a number of talented young players and playing some attractive football. Farnborough’s fortunes have continued to improve, with subsequent defeats of Truro and, last Saturday, of Bromley, making a run of four league games without defeat. The side is young and lacks experience, but Day has now brought in Richard Orlu from Staines Town in central defence. Day has said that they are looking forward to the trip to Woking since the pressure to get a result will all be on Garry Hill’s side.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £12
Concessions/Students £8
U16s £2

The match will be segregated. The turnstiles and bar will open at 11.00am and the bar will shut promptly at 3.30pm.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Make sure you get a copy of the Club’s excellent matchday programme. Chairman Mike Smith has produced a comprehensive summary of what’s happening around the Club, including updates on: the lease of the ground; the preparation of new Articles of Association and the election of a new Board; the Club’s finances and commercial activities; and the latest news on the ‘Darlington stand’. There is also an interview with in-form Alan Inns, a look at the funnier side of the world of football and, of course, all the usual previews, reports and great photos.

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 0 Farnborough 1
BSBS Play-Off Semi-Final, 1st leg
4 May 2011

A crowd of over 2,700 witnessed a tight game, with relatively few clear chances created. Woking had slightly more of the attacking play, looking to free Elvis Hammond and Moses Ademola, while Farnborough were largely content to sit back and counter-attack. The breakthrough for Farnborough came unexpectedly in the 71st minute when Andy Little’s attempted punched clearance fell to Garry Holloway, who promptly smacked the ball back under the bar. In an exciting finale Woking came close to forcing an equaliser on several occasions but Farnborough missed a great chance to give themselves a two-goal cushion for the second leg when Paul Booth somehow contrived to scoop the ball over the bar from a couple of yards out.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget that the Cards resume battle with Farnborough on New Year’s Day at the Rushmoor Stadium. Kick-off is at 3pm.


Superb defence clinches Cards win

Glen Harrington
10:03pm, Mon 26th Dec 2011
Woking 1 Farnborough 0
Blue Square Bet South
26th December 2011


An opportunist’s goal from Ben Smith, his first for the club, handed the Cards victory in their Boxing Day clash with local rivals Farnborough, and ensured a twelve point lead at the top of the table heading into the New Year.

The hosts survived early Borough pressure to take the lead after eleven minutes, Elvis Hammond supplying a low cross for the stooping Smith to meet at the back post.

Woking were unlucky not to double their lead just before the break, Daniel Bennett doing well to clear Wayne Gray’s effort off the line, while Alan Inns also saw his close range header go narrowly wide.

Inns, along with Adam Newton, was at the heart of a heroic defensive effort for the Cards in the second half – Inns unbeatable in the air and Newton making one incredible last-ditch tackle to deny Marcus Moody ten minutes from time.

Garry Hill made two changes from the Woking side that drew with Thurrock last weekend – striker Gray replacing Jay Davies, slotting into a 4-4-2 formation alongside fellow front-man Hammond, while goalkeeper Aaron Howe, who had experienced a minor neck injury in training on Thursday, was replaced by Andy Little, following discomfort in the warm-up.

Playing in front of their biggest home crowd for a regular season league match since April 2009, the Cards almost got off to the worst possible start. Inside a minute a free-kick, swung in from the left-hand side by Phillip Page, was met by a sliding Bennett at the back post. The ball was sent rapidly back across goal, Reece Connolly – on loan from Aldershot Town – narrowly failing to find the vital touch.

Having come close to taking the lead through their own invention, the visitors were then nearly gifted a goal by Little, playing in his first league game since September. Seemingly readying himself for a routine clearance, the Woking keeper dallied too long in possession, charged down successfully by Connolly. A despairing Little appeared to haul down the Borough striker in his desperation to recover, but thankfully referee Ian Crouch saw no infringement.

Farnborough’s feeling of injustice was then intensified as Woking took the lead. A kindly bouncing ball appeared to have fallen nicely for Moses Ademola to volley on the edge of the area, only for the Cards' top-scorer to slice his effort well wide of the goal’s direction. However, the hard-working Hammond kept the ball in play on the right-hand side of the area, and squared superbly for Smith to nod home an unlikely opener.

Buoyed by their goal, the Cards were now well on top, Dale Binns, one of four Woking players appearing against their former employers, causing havoc down the Farnborough left with a mazy run and cross, the ball eventually turned behind for a corner. Ademola sent over a wonderful delivery, Inns heading only narrowly wide at the back post.

Adam Doyle was also causing concerns for Farnborough at set pieces, his flick from another Ademola corner finding Gray six yards out. Gray spun his marker and beat keeper Tom Lovelock with his effort, only for Bennett to deflect the ball clear.

Lovelock in particular endured a torrid half-hour spell as the Cards went in search of a second goal – his kicking wayward and his actions nervous.

At the other end Little had regained his quietly efficient confidence, doing well to block a close-range Page header and getting to his feat quickly to deny Connolly’s attempted rebound. Ashley Winn’s long-range effort in stoppage time Borough’s only other notable effort.

Half-time: Woking 1 Farnborough 0

The visitors enjoyed their best spell of the game after the re-start. First, Connolly failed to take advantage of a three-on-one situation for Farnborough, his attempted cross easily blocked by last man Newton, while Little was again on form to deny Bennett one-on-one.

The hosts introduced birthday-boy Davies and Giuseppe Sole, who had impressed from the bench against Thurrock, in place of the tiring Gray and Binns. The changes gave fresh impetus for the Cards, who came close through Elvis Hammond’s snap shot – juggled but held by Lovelock.

Borough came close twice more before the final whistle – Adam Bygrave flicking on Page’s corner, only for Moody to fail to make contact at the back post, while Moody, having escaped the challenge of Joe McNerney, was denied by an inch-perfect sliding tackle from Newton, just as the striker drew his foot back to shoot.

While so often it has been the forwards that have impressed for the Cards this season, the defence today deserved its share of the credit in an important if slightly uninspiring result and performance against the team with the league’s worst defensive record.

Nonetheless the Cards are now unbeaten in their last fifteen league games, winning twelve, and will take their commanding lead of the league into 2012. Draws for Welling, Dartford and Sutton both encourage and confirm suggestions that Chelmsford will be Woking’s biggest title challengers next year.

Woking travel to The Rushmoor Stadium on New Year’s Day for the second part of their double header with Farnborough, who to be fair have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes under new manager Spencer Day – losing just once in their last seven games in all competitions, making today's result all the more impressive.

Woking: Andy Little, Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Ben Smith, Alan Inns, Adam Doyle, Wayne Gray (Giuseppe Sole 67), Jack King, Moses Ademola, Elvis Hammond (Josh Griffiths 85), Dale Binns (Jay Davies 72)

Unused Subs: Matt Pegler, Derek Duncan

Goals: Smith 11

Booked: Doyle 39, Davies 84

Farnborough: Tom Lovelock, Miles Smith, Ollie Treacher, Orlando Jeffery, Doug Bergqvist, Adam Bygrave, Daniel Bennett, Ashley Winn, Phillip Page, Marcus Moody (Troy Ferguson 86), Reece Connolly

Unused Subs: Craig Bradshaw, Nathan Webb, Jordan Merriman, Callum Cobb

Booked: Treacher 80, Bygrave 84

MOTM: Jack King (pictured) – Performed solidly in the ‘Mark Ricketts holding role’ and will be pleased with his performance against his former side.

Attendance: 3,038
WOKING LINEUP
1Andy Little
2Adam Newton
3Joe McNerney
4Ben Smith
5Alan Inns
6Adam Doyle
7Wayne Gray ('67)
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola
10Elvis Hammond ('85)
11Dale Binns ('72)
BENCH
12Jay Davies ('72)
14Giuseppe Sole ('67)
15Derek Duncan
16Josh Griffiths ('85)
18Matt Pegler
Farnborough LINEUP
1Tommy Lovelock
2Miles Smith
3Oliver Treacher
4Orlando Jeffrey
5Douglas Bergquist
6Adam Bygrave
7Daniel Bennett
8Ashley Winn
9Phillip Page
10Marcus Moody ('86)
11Reece Connolly
BENCH
12Troy Ferguson ('86)
14Nathan Webb
15Jordan Merriman
16Callum Cobb
17Craig Bradshaw

Woking 1-0 Farnborough (Garry Hill Interview)

Aaron Howe & Jack King Interviews

David Holmes
4:31pm, Mon 26th Dec 2011
Interviews with Aaron Howe & Jack King following Woking's 1-0 win at home against Farnborough.

Aaron Howe (pictured):








Jack King:









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