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Cards aim to make home advantage pay

Brian Caffarey
9:52am, Thu 5th Jan 2012
Woking v Staines Town
3pm on Saturday 7 January 2012

Garry Hill’s target is now 10 wins out of the remaining 18 games and he’ll certainly be hoping that the Cards’ next two matches, both of which are at home to struggling sides, will produce maximum points. But Woking have not found the going easy against Staines in recent years and the Swans will be fighting hard to avoid relegation. So, it should be a keenly-contested game on Saturday. Make sure you are there! And, if you can, please support the Cards Trust’s Boost the Budget bucket collection or, better still, sign up for regular contributions so that we can all help Garry build an even stronger side next season!

WOKING

The Cards lead second-placed Chelmsford City by 14 points, although the Clarets have a game in hand. To coin a phrase, it’s really Woking’s to lose now even though Chelmsford are in very good form.

Garry Hill has moved to strengthen the side by bringing in Keiran Murtagh on loan for his second spell at Kingfield and he showed at Farnborough on New Year’s Day the quality on the ball which made his previous loan spell so memorable. Another bonus was the return from injury of Paris Cowan-Hall, who gives the side some lightning pace through the middle. His usual assured finishing was awry at the Rushmoor Stadium but he looked very keen to get his name on the score sheet again.

It’s hard to believe Garry will make many unforced changes to the side which played so well on New Year’s Day but he’s got Wayne Gray and Paris to call on if he wants to ramp up the attacking options for a home game.

STAINES TOWN

The Swans have struggled all season and now lie one off the bottom of the table with 17 points from 22 games. Away from home they’ve won two, drawn three and lost six, scoring 12 goals and conceding 16. The goals for and against totals confirm that nearly all of their games have been tight, with the odd goal almost invariably being decisive. The two away wins came at Thurrock in early December and at Hampton and Richmond Borough on Boxing Day. But that encouraging 2-1 win was undermined by the Beavers’ demoralising 4-1 win at Wheatsheaf Park on New Year’s Day.

On paper Staines have a useful-looking squad and ought not to be struggling. Captain Danny Gordon leads a generally strong defence. In midfield Andre Scarlett, Howard Newton and Gareth Risbridger are all very capable. Up front, Mark Nwokeji has caused us problems in the past playing for Staines and AFC Wimbledon, whilst Marc Charles-Smith, Ali Chaaban and Richard Butler are all experienced strikers. The Staines’ attack, though, will be hampered by the absence of the talismanic Scott Taylor, who has cracked ribs, but they have just brought in Aiden O’Brien, a young 6’2� striker from Millwall.

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 ‘question and answer’ session with Garry Hill about the season so far and future prospects. There is also a profile of Adam Doyle and a look at the success or otherwise of clubs which have been promoted to the Football League. And Ian Nicholson explains how fans can help the club through supporting the Boost the Budget initiative. Plus all the usual previews, reports, fascinating stats and great photos.

LAST TIME OUT

Staines Town 0 Woking 1
22 October 2011

This was one of the least impressive Woking performances to date. The Cards, with Alan Inns making his first appearance of the season, dominated play from early on in the first half and took the lead in the 26th minute when Dale Binns, Woking’s best player on the day, turned ex-Card Simon Jackson inside out and delivered a superb cross which was diverted into the net by some part of Elvis Hammond’s body. The Cards proceeded to create a number of half-chances before the interval but some slack finishing meant that the second goal eluded them.

Woking didn’t get going in the second half in spite of being handed a man advantage in the 52nd minute when Adam Everitt was sent off for an ugly tackle on Jay Davies. It was Staines who made the running and by the end the Cards were grimly hanging on, with Aaron Howe having to make a vital save in injury time from Scott Taylor.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget that the Cards are at home again the following Saturday, 14 January, when Bromley are the visitors.

Disappointing Cards beaten by lowly Swans

Glen Harrington
9:48pm, Sat 7th Jan 2012
Woking 0 Staines Town 1
Blue Square Bet South
7th December 2012


An injury-hit Woking found themselves victim to a surprising defeat by relegation candidates Staines Town after Ali Chaaban’s goal deservedly handed the Swans victory.

The visitors edged an extremely low quality first period and should have taken the lead in stoppage time when Joe McNerney (pictured) handled in the area – Aaron Howe smartly saving Chaaban’s penalty.

Five minutes after the re-start and Staines did have the lead, an unchallenged Chaaban allowed time and space on the edge of the area, curling his effort past the despairing right hand of a diving Howe.

The Cards might have claimed an unlikely equaliser at the death, but Jack King struck his penalty well wide after Paris Cowan-Hall had been felled by Jake Goodman, the defender sent-off as a result of the challenge.

League leaders Woking came into the game on the back of a sixteen-match unbeaten league run stretching back to early September while the Swans, despite a 4-1 defeat at Hampton & Richmond last time out, had won their last two on the road, indicating an upturn in fortunes.

Garry Hill’s side were without top scorer Moses Ademola due to an ankle injury while fellow wide-man Dale Binns was also absent. Blue Square South player of the month Alan Inns was only able to make the bench following a broken wrist, while skipper Mark Ricketts remains side-lined with a broken leg. However, the Cards were able to welcome back goalkeeper Howe, striker Cowan-Hall, and hand a second home debut to Keiran Murtagh after his re-joining of the club on loan from Cambridge United. There were also starts for Derek Duncan and Giuseppe Sole.

A dull first period ensued as the Swans aimed to contain a below-par Woking, who looked surprisingly short of their usual confidence and desire. Staines’ threat grew and they forced the only notable chance of the opening exchanges as Goodman headed Gareth Risbridger’s cross against the bar, a tame rebound from Chaaban easily held by Howe.

Despite some brief flashes of quality, provided primarily through the bursting runs of Adam Newton from right back, the visitors began to look the more likely team to force an opening – while Joe Dolan looked assured in keeping a frustrated Elvis Hammond at bay.

Staines’ endeavour was rewarded in stoppage time with a questionable penalty – McNerney, who had appeared to have been fouled by Dolan in the build-up, adjudged to have handled. Not for the first time this season, Howe came to Woking’s rescue, diving low to his left to keep out Chaaban’s effort.

Half-time: Woking 0 Staines Town 0

No doubt keen to atone for his poor penalty, Chaaban gave his side the lead at the start of the second half, giving Howe no chance with a fine effort from the edge of the Woking penalty area.

The Cards went from bad to worse in response as bad luck turned to outright mistakes – Adam Doyle’s obvious back-pass inexplicably picked up by an unchallenged Howe to gift the visitors another golden opportunity – Tom Kavanagh with a thankfully poor effort.

Jack King finally handed the Cards their first effort on goal with an optimistic twenty-yard volley, but with the lead now theirs the visitors were keen to simply guard what they had won.

With half an hour remaining the much needed Woking changes arrived – Josh Griffiths and Wayne Gray replacing the disappointing pair of Sole and Hammond, who had admittedly received little service from a struggling Woking midfield.

Poor efforts from Murtagh and King aside, the Cards continued to struggle to produce chances, let alone score, favouring the long ball rather than attempting to pass through the stubborn Staines defence, the height of Gray at least giving the hosts something to aim for.

Garry Hill, bold as ever, threw on Inns as an extra striker, the regular defender being used in a desperate attempt to challenge the aerial dominance of the visitors' defensive pairing of Dolan and Goodman. His team were able to produce little until stoppage time, when Cowan-Hall’s burst of pace allowed him to escape a challenge and draw a clear foul from Goodman, the Staines defender receiving his second yellow card and then a red.

Up stepped King, scorer of seven out of seven penalties prior to today, but, perhaps only to emphasise the Cards' worst performance of the season, he struck his effort well wide, sadly his angered volley two minutes later coming far closer.

I think it is fair to say that Staines’ celebrations of only their fifth league win of the season were well deserved and that they will surely haul themselves to league safety. It is perhaps also reasonable to say that the defeat was a result that had been coming for the Cards after some recent underwhelming performances.

However, Woking still hold a 12 point lead at the top of the table after Chelmsford City also fell to defeat today (3-2) in their game with Sutton United. No team will go without their bad patch in a title-winning season, and there is little doubt that the management team, who have been outstanding since their arrival this time last year, will turn things around sooner rather than later, hopefully starting with next week’s game at Kingfield against Bromley, beaten 3-1 today by Basingstoke and another side struggling at the wrong end of the table.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Derek Duncan, Keiran Murtagh, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Jay Davies (Alan Inns 69), Jack King, Paris Cowan-Hall, Elvis Hammond (Wayne Gray 59), Giuseppe Sole (Josh Griffiths 59)

Unused Subs: Andy Little, George Frith

Booked: Davies 11, Doyle 90

Staines Town: Rhys Evans, Simon Jackson, Joe Dolan, Danny Gordon, Jake Goodman, Ali Chaaban, Tom Kavanagh, Gareth Risbridger, Adam Thompson (Mark Nwokeji 80), Aiden O’Brien (Richard Butler 72), Adam Everitt

Unused Subs: David Wheeler, Andre Scarlett, Marc Charles-Smith.
Goals: Chaaban 50

Booked: Everitt 4, Goodman 73 & 90, Risbridger 89

Sent-off: Goodman 90

MOTM: Joe McNerney – The result could have been more embarrassing were it not for the centre back’s impressive display

Attendance: 2,104
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Derek Duncan
4Keiran Murtagh
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Jay Davies ('69)
8Jack King
9Paris Cowan-Hall
10Elvis Hammond ('59)
11Giuseppe Sole ('59)
BENCH
12Alan Inns ('69)
14Wayne Gray ('59)
15Josh Griffiths ('59)
16George Frith
18Andy Little
Staines Town LINEUP
1Rhys Evans
2Simon Jackson
3Joe Dolan
4Danny Gordan
5Jake Goodman
6Ali Chaaban ('80)
7Tom Kavanagh
8Gareth Risbridger
9Adam Thompson
10Aiden O'Brien ('72)
11Adam Everitt
BENCH
12Richard Butler
14Mark Nwokeji ('80)
15David Wheeler
16Andre Scarlett
18Marc Charles-Smith ('72)

Woking 0-1 Staines Town (Garry Hill Interview)

Joe McNerney Interview

David Holmes
6:18pm, Sat 7th Jan 2012
Interview with Joe McNerney following Woking's 1-0 defeat to Staines Town today.

Joe McNerney:








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