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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 21st JanuaryJan 2012
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Salisbury City
Salisbury City
2 - 0


Testing away trip for Cards

Brian Caffarey
9:54am, Thu 19th Jan 2012
Salisbury City v Woking
3pm on Saturday 21 January 2012

The Cards travel to Salisbury City on Saturday for the first of two successive testing away matches. The Whites looked a good side when they forced a goalless draw at Kingfield in October but, perhaps due to the distraction of their excellent FA Cup run, they have faltered in the league meanwhile and now need some points to ensure that they don’t get dragged into a relegation scrap. The Cards are 14 points clear at the top but will want to get another win under their belts if possible at a ground, however, at which Woking have usually not done well.


For a good part of last Saturday’s home game against Bromley the Cards looked to have rediscovered the form which had largely eluded them in the previous four or five matches. But, after cruising into a two-goal lead, poor defending and a collapse in midfield dominance allowed Bromley to equalise, and it was only a last-gasp glancing header from substitute Joe McNerney deep into extended injury time that enabled them to secure three points.

Moses Ademola’s return last week, coupled with a lively display from Paris Cowan-Hall, certainly helped the Cards look more potent up front in spite of Dale Binns’s continuing absence. Mike Cestor slotted into the left-back role comfortably, enabling Adam Doyle to return to centre back duties – ironically, at the expense of Joe McNerney, who had been one of the better performers in recent games. Adam Doyle will be missing at Salisbury on Saturday, though, having picked up his second batch of five bookings, so it seems likely Joe will start this time.


The Whites lie 17th in the table with 26 points from 22 games. At home they’ve won five, drawn two and lost five, with 19 goals scored and 15 conceded. Now that their FA Cup run has ended – which took them to a Third Round tie at Sheffield United, losing 3-1 – they need to concentrate on making the most of their games in hand to pull themselves away from the relegation zone.

Manager Darrell Clarke has been instituting wholesale changes in the Whites’ squad. A number of players have already left, including winger Charlie Knight, who has joined AFC Totton on loan, whilst striker Jake Reid, ex-Woking Academy defender Josh Casey and winger Adam Kelly have all been placed on the transfer list. Matt Wright, formerly with Woking, has gone on loan at Swindon Supermarine, whilst Wayne Turk returned to Forest Green Rovers.

Clarke has brought back a former favourite, striker Robbie Matthews, from Newport County: Matthews was on loan to the Whites when they came to Kingfield in October. Other new signings are keeper Will Puddy from Chippenham Town; Stuart Sinclair, a midfielder from Arlesey Town; central defender Danny Webb, who was previously on loan from Bath City; Charlie Losasso, a midfielder on loan from Reading; Matt Clark, a versatile young midfielder/winger from Swindon Academy; and Abdulai Bell-Baggie, a forward from Hayes and Yeading who has caps at England U17 and U19 level and was previously at Yeovil.


The Raymond McEnhill Stadium
Partridge Way
Old Sarum

By coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 12 noon and costs £14 for members and £19 for non-members. Phone or email ( the Club Shop today to book your place.

By car

Follow A322 and M3, leaving at junction 8 to join the A303. Leave A303 at the Countess Roundabout / Amesbury Junction and carry on through the town onto the A345. Continue towards Salisbury, past the turn-off to Boscombe Down on the left, up the hill and through the traffic lights at High Post (a hotel and nightclub are on your right) and carry on down to the Beehive junction roundabout. There is a large white sign, clearly marked 'football ground' in brown writing at the bottom. Turn left, through the first small roundabout and then left into Partridge Way.

By train

Nearest station: Salisbury

Direct trains from Woking leave at 16 and 46 minutes past the hour, with a journey time of about an hour. For the return journey, trains leave at 21 and 47 minutes past the hour.

The station is nearly three miles from the ground, so a taxi will be needed.


Adults – £13
Senior citizens / concessions – £10
Students (16-21) – £8
Children under 16 – £3
Transfer to stand – £2
Family tickets – seated £30, terrace £25
(min – 2 adults, 1 child; max – 2 adults, 2 children)

The game will be segregated.


Woking 0 Salisbury City 0
8 October 2011

The Cards were frustrated by a very stubborn Whites’ defence and, in particular, by giant keeper Conor Gough, who made several outstanding saves. With Adam Newton and Joe McNerney missing, Garry Hill brought in Josh Griffiths at right-back, whilst Mark Ricketts partnered the returning Adam Doyle in central defence.

Woking were soon on the offensive but initially found it hard to fashion promising openings, with Moses Ademola’s strike against the foot of the post in the 25th minute the best chance of the first half. The second half was virtually one-way traffic, with ‘man of the match’ Paris Cowan-Hall and Ademola causing consternation to opposition defenders but, try as they might, the Cards just couldn’t find a way past Gough.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Woking FC shareholders are reminded that the Club’s AGM takes place at 8pm on Monday 23 January in the Cardinals Bar.

Nine-man Cards well beaten

Glen Harrington
8:24am, Sun 22nd Jan 2012
Salisbury City 2 Woking 0
21 January 2012

The Cards had substitute goalkeeper Andy Little (pictured) to thank for preventing a potentially embarrassing score-line as Salisbury ran out comfortable winners against nine-man Woking.

The visitors found themselves in a real mess inside half an hour when Aaron Howe received a red card for tripping Robbie Matthews when the striker was clean through on goal. Although Little, on in place of the sacrificed Moses Ademola, saved Matthews’ resulting penalty, the Cards were on the back foot from that moment on.

Matthews atoned for his miss by striking the killer blow for the Whites just before the break, heading in Charlie Losasso’s cross at the back post with virtually the last touch of the half.

Salisbury won a second penalty on the hour mark, this time converted by Brian Dutton to effectively put the game beyond doubt. Paris Cowan-Hall, worryingly, limped off with twenty minutes remaining, but with all their substitutes used, Woking were forced to complete the game with nine men.

Garry Hill, still hampered by injuries to Mark Ricketts and Dale Binns, as well as the added difficulties of Adam Doyle’s suspension and the absence of Jay Davies, opted for a 4-4-2 formation. This involved Joe McNerney slotting into defence alongside Alan Inns and Derek Duncan coming in at left midfield while Wayne Gray partnered Cowan-Hall up front.

Woking started the game in a relatively confident manner, no doubt buoyed by their late winner in last week’s thriller with Bromley, Ademola volleying over after defender Daniel Webb had failed to deal with Mike Cestor’s cross from wide on the left.

Other than the impressive hold-up play of striker Matthews, the Cards’ main concern was proving to be the wind. Howe, particularly, was being caused problems as his usually precise kicks were merely drifting back from where they had come.

Unfortunately, it was a mistake from McNerney, so impressive in recent weeks, that proved decisive, as he horribly misjudged a headed pass meant for Howe and set Matthews through on goal. The big striker knocked the ball round the Woking goalkeeper and fell spectacularly over Howe’s outstretched arm. Aaron will no doubt argue that the touch from Matthews was heavy and that he was unlikely to have reached the ball even if he had not been felled, but few others could argue as he made his way from the pitch.

Thankfully, Andy Little appeared in inspirational mood, no doubt keen to take such an opportunity to press his claims for the number one jersey. Matthews took the penalty himself, hitting it hard to the keeper’s left. Little guessed correctly and, with the ball at a nice height, pushed it away at full stretch, returning to his feet in time to catch a hopeful cross from a City winger.

Little was on form again moments later, player-manager Darrell Clarke swinging in a cross for Stuart Sinclair to head back across goal. Matthews was there to collect, turn, and shoot from six yards, only to find the keeper in his way again.

Cruelly, a penned-in Woking – a man down and still against the strong winds – gave into the hosts’ pressure moments before the half-time whistle, Losasso’s cross finding Matthews in acres of space to head home at the back post.

Half-time: Salisbury City 1 Woking 0

Now with the conditions in their favour, the Cards started the second period brightly, the opposition clearly showing the insecurities of winning just once in their last six games by dropping deeper and deeper in their efforts to defend their lead.

However, with only ten men, many of whom were being committed forward, Woking were looking vulnerable to a quick counter, needing Little to again rescue them by holding up Marvin Williams on the edge of his area before executing a slide tackle worthy of any of his defenders.

Almost any possibility of a Woking comeback was eradicated on the hour as Jack King was questionably penalised for a supposed push on Sinclair. Penalty duties went to Dutton on this occasion, who fired the ball into the bottom left-hand corner. Little again guessed right and might have got a hand to the midfielder’s effort, but this time it was not enough.

Woking threw on Luke Medley and Elvis Hammond in place of Wayne Gray, isolated since the departure of Ademola, and the more defensive-minded Duncan in an attempt to spark a revival. It was to no avail, and the Cards found their day summed up when Cowan-Hall pulled up and limped gingerly from the field.

Further Little saves from Losasso and substitute Ben Adelsbury, along with a saving last-ditch challenge from McNerney, prevented the hosts adding to their lead.

It was a day when very little went right for the Cards, who were perhaps more unlucky than they were poor, and who deserve credit for not simply folding when at a two-man disadvantage. They will need to show the same fighting spirit in next week’s game at Boreham Wood, who, like Salisbury, were impressive when they held the Cards to a 0-0 draw at Kingfield earlier in the season.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Keiran Murtagh, Alan Inns, Mike Cestor, Paris Cowan-Hall, Jack King, Moses Ademola (Andy Little 27), Wayne Gray (Elvis Hammond 68), Derek Duncan (Luke Medley 68).
Unused Subs: Giuseppe Sole, Josh Griffiths.
Booked: Inns 4, Newton 35, Cestor 60, Murtagh 81.
Sent-off: Howe 28.

Salisbury City: Will Puddy, Luke Ruddick (M Clark 74), Ryan Brett, Brian Dutton, Daniel Webb, Chris Giles, Darrell Clarke (Ben Adelsbury 57), Stuart Sinclair, Marvin Williams (Jake Reid 80), Robbie Matthews, Charlie Losasso.
Unused Subs: Dan Fitchett, Abdulai Bell-Baggie.
Goals: Matthews 45, Dutton 60 (pen).
Booked: Dutton 45.

MOTM: Andy Little – The only player in a Woking shirt who would have come out of the game with his head held high, with a terrific penalty stop and several other fine saves. His experience will be much needed during Howe’s suspension.

Attendance: 1,034

Salisbury City LINEUP
1Will Puddy
2Luke Ruddick ('74)
3Ryan Brett
4Brian Dutton
5Daniel Webb
6Chris Giles
7Darrell Clarke ('58)
8Stuart Sinclair
9Marvin Williams ('81)
10Robbie Matthews
11Charlie Losasso
12Jake Reid ('81)
14Ben Adelsbury ('58)
15Matt Clark ('74)
16Dan Fitchett
17Abdulai Bell-Baggie
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Joe McNerney
4Keiran Murtagh
5Alan Inns
6Mike Cestor
7Paris Cowan-Hall
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola ('31)
10Wayne Gray ('68)
11Derek Duncan ('68)
12Elvis Hammond ('68)
14Giuseppe Sole
15Luke Medley ('68)
16Josh Griffiths
18Andy Little ('31)

Salisbury City 2-0 Woking (Steve Thompson Interview)

Derek Duncan Interview

David Holmes
7:42pm, Sat 21st Jan 2012
Interview with Derek Duncan following Woking's 2-0 defeat at Salisbury today.

Derek Duncan:

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