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Cards aim to consolidate lead

Brian Caffarey
7:45am, Thu 23rd Feb 2012
Hampton and Richmond Borough v Woking
3pm on Saturday 25 February 2012

The Cards travel to the Beveree on Saturday aiming to consolidate their 13-point lead at the top of the table. But Hampton are fighting desperately to avoid the drop and Garry Hill’s side haven’t always found it easy to extract three points from struggling teams this season. Make the short trip if you can and cheer the side on to another victory and another step closer to the title!

WOKING

The Cards now have a 13-point lead over Chelmsford City and a 14-point lead over Dartford and Welling United, but Dartford have two games in hand and Welling one. Whilst Woking’s lead is formidable at this stage of the season, there are still 13 games to play and no-one at Kingfield will be taking things for granted.

The Cards’ vital win over Dartford last Saturday owed a lot to some excellent defending, with some fine saves needed from Aaron Howe and tremendous all-round displays from Alan Inns and Adam Newton in particular. Kevin Betsy on his debut looked a little rusty, not surprisingly, but showed that he can still pick a pass. Garry Hill will no doubt be hoping we can get a stronger grip of the midfield on Saturday than we managed against an admittedly able Dartford outfit.

Mark Ricketts and Dale Binns will presumably still be missing but, with no suspensions and the likes of Paris Cowan-Hall, Mo Shariff and Joe McNerney all chomping at the bit for a starting place, Garry will have some difficult (but, in many ways, welcome) selection problems.

HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH

Mark Harper’s side have been struggling all season and now lie one off the bottom of the table with 23 points from 27 games, with five wins, eight draws and 14 defeats so far and a goal deficit of 14. They have lost three out of their last four home league games, with defeats to Staines Town (1-2), Dartford (1-3) and, last Saturday, Eastleigh (0-4). A 1-1 draw against Tonbridge Angels was sandwiched between the Staines and Dartford results.

They have a predominantly young side and their cause hasn’t been helped by the loss of their captain, ex-Card Matt Ruby, with a knee injury: this was incurred in their 4-1 away defeat to Northwich Victoria in the FA Trophy on 14 February and is expected to end his season.

Two other ex-Cards are on the Beavers’ books: Charlie Moone and Joel Ledgister, who has now signed permanently from Sutton United following a successful loan spell earlier in the season. Hampton have several loan players helping them out, including Tobi Alabi, a striker from Millwall, but the main threat up front is likely to come from Dave Tarpey, now in his third season with the club.

GETTING THERE

The Beveree Stadium
Beaver Close
Off Station Road
Hampton
TW12 2BX

Website: www.hamptonfc.net

By coach

Leaves 1pm. Members £11; non-Members £16. Phone the Club Shop today to book your place (01483 772470) or email shop@wokingfc.co.uk

By car

From the A3 leave at the junction signed Hampton Court. Follow signs for Hampton Court, which will take you through Esher and past Sandown Park Race Course. Once over Hampton Court Bridge turn left onto Hampton Court Road. After about 1½ miles turn right into High Street, then left into Station Road. There are signs at the turnings on the Hampton Court Road, Station Road and outside Beaver Close directing you to the ground.

By train

The best bet is probably to go via Clapham Junction to Hampton (not Hampton Wick or Hampton Court), but you can also pick the train up at Wimbledon. The 12.46 and 13.17 from Woking, via Clapham Junction, should get you there at 13.53 and 14.23 respectively. The station is about a 10 minute walk to the ground: leave the station and turn left on Station Road. Trains back, via changes at New Malden and Surbiton, are at 21 minutes and 51 minutes past each hour. Check www.trainline.com for more details.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £11
Concessions: £6
U16s: £3

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 2 Hampton and Richmond Borough 1
16 August 2011

This, the second game of the season, was a very different affair from the Cards’ opening-day frolic at Sutton United when they had rattled in five goals without reply. The Beavers, well marshalled in defence by Matt Ruby, played it tight and set out to frustrate Garry Hill’s side. Moses Ademola made a lively start but the Cards soon became bogged down, with progress being made only through Ademola and Dale Binns on the flanks, while Hampton visibly grew in confidence.

Hampton began the second half brightly but the Cards regained control and took the lead in the 63rd minute when Ademola turned in Binns’s cross from a tight angle. However, the lead was short-lived as the enterprising Jacob Erskine got in front of Little to nick the ball past him.

Garry threw on Wayne Gray and Nathan Koranteng for Elvis Hammond and Dale Binns and both of the substitutes were involved in the move that led to the Cards gaining a penalty in the 84th minute for handball. Jack King converted but it was a nervous finale for the home side as the giant Leon Simpson came close to producing an equaliser.


Come on, you Cards!

NB. Don’t forget the Cards Trust Quiz Night on Friday 2 March (the evening before the Cards’ home game against Maidenhead United). Please support the Trust’s fundraising efforts.

Below-par Cards grab point

Martin Townshend
11:43am, Sun 26th Feb 2012
Hampton & Richmond Borough 1 Woking 1
Blue Square Bet South
25 February 2012


Woking again made hard work of one of the division’s strugglers, despite lining up with just one change from the team that defeated second-placed Dartford, Paris Cowan-Hall (pictured) replacing the injured Elvis Hammond in the starting eleven.

On a difficult, bobbly pitch, the home side set out their stall from the off, making the early running and giving Woking little time on the ball. It was no surprise that the first real chance fell to Borough after five minutes. Esmond James, a nuisance on the right wing early on, played in Beavers’ top scorer Dave Tarpey, who jinked past Mike Cestor only for his low cross-shot to deflect off Alan Inns and force a point-blank save by Aaron Howe.

The Cards’ first attempt came after 11 minutes, Cowan-Hall shooting into the side netting. Shortly afterwards Hampton came close to opening the scoring after James again played in Tarpey, whose attempt to take the ball around the advancing Howe was foiled by the Woking ‘keeper. Home debutant Neil Jenkins glanced a header wide from a corner, before Tarpey again escaped Cestor and played a dangerous low ball across the goalmouth which this time Adam Newton nearly steered past Howe before recovering the ball and clearing. It was Tarpey yet again shortly afterwards who picked up a loose ball following some head tennis and a lack of communication amongst the Woking defence to fire another low effort across the box to win another corner as the home side continued their bright start.

At the other end, Cowan-Hall’s header from an Ademola cross was comfortably collected by Craig Ross in the Borough goal as the league leaders did little to demonstrate to any neutrals (there was at least one!) how they had achieved their lofty position whilst the home side languished in the relegation places.

With half an hour gone Woking finally started to string some moves together, Cowan-Hall latching on to a flicked header from Wayne Gray before unleashing a close-range effort that Ross turned behind for a corner. Alan Inns tried his luck next, heading wide from a corner, then side-footing harmlessly at Ross after collecting a pass from Ademola just inside the box.

However, just as the visitors started to look more threatening, Hampton took the lead. Tarpey, continuing to be the home side’s most dangerous player, fired in an angled drive which Howe saved at the expense of a corner. With the Cards’ defence slow to react, the ball was met at the far post by Josh Huggins, who planted his header back across the goal and in to make it 1-0 on the stroke of half-time.

Half-time: Hampton & Richmond Borough 1 Woking 0

Woking started the second period more purposefully, and within four minutes of the restart had a great chance to equalise. Cestor, picking up a pass from Betsy on the left wing, lofted a cross into the Hampton area. Although the home defence managed to clear the ball out to the edge of the area, Cowan-Hall volleyed it back with interest, only for Cards fans to watch despairingly as the goal-bound effort was headed off the line and over the bar by Dean Inman.

Five minutes later, Adam Doyle picked up his thirteenth, and rather harsh, booking of the season for what looked from the stand to be a good tackle to stop the advancing Tarpey in a rare Hampton attack, the home side by now content to delay the game as much as possible with little intervention from referee Richard Martin.

It wasn’t long before Woking resumed their attack, Ross tipping an angled effort from Betsy to safety. Moments later Betsy was brought down on the edge of the area by Jenkins, who received a yellow card despite some baying from the Woking crowd for a red, the home defence hoofing the subsequent free-kick into a neighbouring garden.

The equaliser was coming and after 64 minutes Ademola found Wayne Gray, who turned his defender on the byline and played the ball across the goal for Cowan-Hall to steer in from about a foot out to make it 1-1.

With the visitors upping the tempo, Cowan-Hall shot straight at Ross from the edge of the area shortly afterwards, before being replaced by Mo Shariff. Ademola also fired wide from a similar position after a good interchange of passes.

The Beavers did manage a couple of attempts, Huggins’ run through the Woking defence being ended by last man Adan Doyle, and Jeffreys heading a free-kick straight at Howe, but with neither side imposing themselves in midfield the game was petering out when Jack King launched himself at Lewis Ferrell, receiving a straight red card as the Hampton defender went to ground dramatically. This had little effect on proceedings, Woking having the last real chance of the game, Sogbanmu’s header from Betsy’s cross being saved by the feet of Craig Ross.

Obviously, one point is better than none but a return to the form that took us to the top of the table is needed to avoid a nervous run-in looking over our shoulders at Dartford, starting with the potential banana skin of Maidenhead United next Saturday.

Hampton & Richmond Borough: Craig Ross, Lewis Ferrell, Neil Jenkins, Billy Jeffreys, Darren Powell (Dean Inman 34), Josh Huggins, Esmond James (Tobi Alabi 85), Reece Jones, Dave Tarpey, Joel Ledgister, Paul Johnson

Unused subs: Charlie Moone, Karle Andrews, James Simmonds

Cautions: Neil Jenkins 62, Joel Ledgister 79

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Keiran Murtagh, Alan Inns, Adam Doyle, Paris Cowan-Hall (Mo Shariff 71), Jack King, Moses Ademola (Joe McNerney 78), Wayne Gray (Ola Sogbanmu 75), Kevin Betsy

Unused subs: Derek Duncan, Andy Little

Cautions: Adam Doyle 55
Sent Off: Jack King 80

My MOTM: Kevin Betsy - involved in most of Woking’s brighter moments.

Attendance: 1069


Hampton & Richmond LINEUP
1Craig Ross
2Lewis Ferrell
3Neil Jenkins
4Billy Jeffreys
5Darren Powell ('36)
6Josh Huggins
7Esmond James ('90)
8Reece Jones
9Dave Tarpey
10Joel Ledgister
11Paul Johnson
BENCH
12Dean Inman ('36)
14Charlie Moone
15Tobi Alabi ('90)
16Karle Andrews
17James Simmonds
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Mike Cestor
4Keiran Murtagh
5Alan Inns
6Adam Doyle
7Paris Cowan-Hall ('72)
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola ('82)
10Wayne Gray ('77)
11Kevin Betsy
BENCH
12Joe McNerney ('82)
14Derek Duncan
15Mo Shariff ('72)
16Ola Sogbanmu ('77)
18Andy Little

Hampton & Richmond Borough 1-1 Woking (Garry Hill Interview)

Kevin Betsy Interview

David Holmes
7:02pm, Sat 25th Feb 2012
Interview with Kevin Betsy following Woking's 1-1 draw at Hampton & Richmond today.

Kevin Betsy:








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