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Cards need to show resolve

Brian Caffarey
7:32am, Thu 8th Mar 2012
Havant and Waterlooville v Woking
3pm on Saturday 10 March 2012

The Cards can’t be in any doubt now that they are in a fight for the title, with Dartford and Welling United only six points behind and with the Darts having a game in hand. Woking are still in a strong position but their form has largely deserted them in recent weeks, whilst the Darts in particular have been rampant. What better time for Garry Hill’s side to show their determination to lift the BSBS championship!

WOKING

It’s not easy to get the balance right when assessing the Cards’ present position. The ‘glass half full’ fraternity will take comfort in the fact that this has been a very successful season so far, with the team top of the league and with the best chance the Club has had of promotion in the three seasons since it was relegated from the Conference Premier. But the ‘glass half empty’ group will focus on the Cards’ recent loss of form, which threatens to ‘throw away’ a title that had seemed all but sewn up a few weeks back.

Whatever view one takes, there’s no doubt that things are looking considerably less rosy than only a short while ago. Woking’s lead has suddenly been whittled down from 14 points to six. Since the start of the year they’ve won four league games, drawn one and lost three: not a disastrous slump but poor compared with form earlier in the season. Goals are proving harder to come by, the defence has made more errors and there has been a loss of discipline with a succession of red cards. Last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Maidenhead epitomised recent problems. Garry Hill’s side had more than enough chances to have won comfortably but spurned a penalty and an open goal amongst other opportunities, then conceded two soft goals and, finally, had Dale Binns sent off for an ‘off the ball’ incident.

Garry will be very keen indeed to see his side get back on the winning track on Saturday. But Jack King will be starting his three-match suspension and, with Mark Ricketts and Jay Davies still on the injured list, Garry will be forced to re-shuffle his midfield. Dale Binns’s suspension doesn’t start till the Welling home game, however, so he will be available on Saturday and for Woking’s home game on Tuesday against Dorchester Town. News is awaited of Joe McNerney, who hobbled off in the 1-0 win on Tuesday night against Carshalton Athletic in the Surrey Senior Cup semi-final.

HAVANT AND WATERLOOVILLE

The Hawks’ recent form makes Woking’s look very respectable. Havant have lost five out of their last six league games, conceding 20 goals in the process. On Tuesday night they went down 2-0 at Sutton United, having lost at home 4-2 to Boreham Wood last Saturday. The only bright spot in recent weeks was their 6-3 away defeat of Dorchester Town on 25 February.

Recent signings include Eddie Hutchinson from Eastbourne Borough and central defender Joe Dolan from Staines Town, whilst Craig Braham-Barrett has left to join Sutton United for an undisclosed fee. Steven Ramsey has been amongst the goals, scoring four in the Hawks’ win over Dorchester, with Ollie Palmer grabbing the other two. The Cards will need to be wary of Jon McDonald’s long throws, assuming he is playing: he was on the bench on Tuesday evening, along with Dolan.

GETTING THERE

Westleigh Park
Martin Road
Havant
Hampshire
PO9 5TH

Website: http://www.havantandwaterlooville.net

By coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves at 12.30pm. Members £13; non-Members £18. Phone the Club Shop today to book your place (01483 772470) or email shop@wokingfc.co.uk

By car

Leave the A3 (M) at junction 2 towards Emsworth. At roundabout take 1st exit onto B2149 / Dell Piece East, and then 2nd exit at next roundabout. Continue on the B2149 for 3 miles, then turn left onto Bartons Road, and then right onto Martin Road, where the ground will be on your right.

By train

There are direct trains from Woking to Havant, leaving at 25 and 55 minutes past the hour and taking about 50 minutes. The 12.55 arrives at 13.49 and the 13.25 at 14.15.

The ground is just over a mile from the station, and the walk should take around 25 minutes. The directions given on the Havant official site are as follows:

Leave the station by the north exit (i.e. the side that doesn't have the main ticket office).
Walk north up Leigh Road, directly ahead of you on leaving the station. After half a mile the road eventually comes to a dead end by a junction onto a dual carriageway.
Cross the road and walk along the right-hand side of the dual carriageway (there is a pavement here: the route runs along a housing estate).
Continue to the next set of traffic lights, just before a petrol station and opposite the Heron pub, and, looking right, you should see a dead end road and the ground's floodlights. Turn into the road and the ground entrance is 100 yards on the left.

There are trains back at 17.04, 17.26 and 17.40.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £11
Concessions: £6
U11s: Free

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 3 Havant and Waterlooville 0
5 November 2011

This game recalls those halcyon days when everything was going the Cards’ way and the goals came easily. Garry Hill’s side went into this match on the back of a run of seven wins and a draw in the league, having most recently disposed of Truro City away by a 4-1 margin.

Garry made two changes, bringing in Dale Binns and Wayne Gray for the injured Elvis Hammond and Nathan Koranteng. The visitors’ side included Ollie Palmer, who’d scored seven goals in five games for Havant since his transfer from Kingfield.

Ollie fluffed a good chance to put Havant in front in the 17th minute but Woking had much the better of the play and should have been one or two goals to the good by half-time. Wayne Gray was unlucky to see a shot blocked on the line following a delightful seven-man move.

The Cards came out in determined fashion after the break and immediately got their noses in front as Gray latched onto a fine Jack King through ball to slot home. It was 2-0 in the 52nd minute as Gray finished smartly from an excellent Moses Ademola cut-back.

Aaron Howe was forced into a good save, tipping Palmer’s header over, before the Cards wrapped up the game in the 73rd minute with a brilliant 25-yard strike from Paris Cowan-Hall.

Let’s hope the Cards strikers can rediscover that form on Saturday!


Come on, you Cards!

NB. Don’t forget that the Cards are at home to Dorchester Town on Tuesday evening (13 March). Kick-off is at 7.45pm. Support the side in this vital home game!

Fine attacking display clinches thriller

Glen Harrington
5:03pm, Sun 11th Mar 2012
Havant & Waterlooville 3 Woking 4
Blue Square Bet South
10th March 2012


The Cards’ forwards emphatically returned to form with a stunning attacking performance, but were still forced to endure a nervy conclusion as the Hawks staged a late comeback.

Despite going behind early to former Woking striker Ollie Palmer’s tap-in, the Cards responded superbly to first level through a trade-mark Giuseppe Sole free-kick, and then take the lead, with Paris Cowan-Hall (pictured) bagging a first-half brace.

Havant struck back within minutes of the re-start as Steve Ramsey unleashed a stunning drive to find the bottom corner of the net, before Woking restored their two-goal advantage, Moses Ademola calmly taking advantage of Keiran Murtagh’s fine pass.

Kevin Betsy and Alan Inns both came close to putting the game to bed, before a second Palmer strike made for a slightly anxious finish.

Pre-game speculation were on who Garry Hill and Steve Thompson would select in their midfield – with Mark Ricketts and Jay Davies still out injured, and a suspended Jack King set to miss his first game of the season. The answer was Tom Davis, who played for Carshalton Athletic against the Cards on Tuesday night, brought in on a month’s loan. Tom is no stranger to this level, having won three Blue Square South titles with St Albans City, Lewes and AFC Wimbledon.

There were two other changes from last weekend’s league defeat against Maidenhead with Sole, who performed well as a substitute in that game and claimed the winner against Carshalton in mid-week, replacing Wayne Gray, and Derek Duncan coming in for Joe McNerney. Mike Cestor, who returned from suspension in the Surrey Senior Cup, has now been re-called by Leyton Orient.

It could not have started much worse for the Cards, not only going behind for the third league match in succession, but conceding to their former player Palmer. It was not a difficult finish for the towering forward as Woking failed to clear Steve Ramsey’s free-kick, Scott Jones pulled the ball back across goal, and Palmer was in the right place to turn it home.

Thankfully, the visitors were not about to feel sorry for themselves, and quickly went about finding a response. It was good work from Ademola, benefiting from far more space than he has been allowed in recent weeks, which produced the Cards’ first chance, as he chipped the ball from the right flank, over to Sole at the back-post. Full of confidence, Sole brought it under control sublimely and found a shot, only to see his effort cannon away off the crossbar.

This was the most open game the Cards had been involved in for weeks, but while Ademola, Sole, Cowan-Hall and Betsy were visibly enjoying themselves at one end against a defence that had already conceded 58 goals this season, the hosts were still carrying a threat of their own at the other. Certainly, if it were not for the intervention of Adam Doyle, the Hawks would have doubled their advantage – Ramsey cutting inside and lashing his shot goal-wards, only for the defender to head the ball up and over the bar.

Mid-way through the first-half and Woking were finally rewarded for edging what had been a highly entertaining start to the game. Cowan-Hall was tripped on the edge of the area by Perry Ryan, and Sole elegantly curled the resulting free-kick into the top right hand corner of the net, giving goalkeeper Lyall Beazley absolutely no chance.

Suddenly, the Cards were again looking the team that were scoring goals for fun at the start of the season. Murtagh, freed up no end by the introduction of Davis in the Mark Ricketts holding role, was picking passes all over the park, coming close to grabbing his midfield partner a debut goal as Davis turned his pull-back wide.
Alan Inns twice came close to giving the visitors the lead, heading Sole’s corner straight at Beazley before hooking an ambitious half-volley narrowly wide.

Palmer might have put his side ahead, as he found the ball at his feet inside the penalty area. Duncan was to the rescue, with a superb sliding tackle denying the striker the chance to shoot and setting up a counter attack. Cowan-Hall exchanged passes with Murtagh down the right and burst through on goal, emphatically beating Beazley as he smashed his shot into the top left hand corner.

It was starting to look like the Cards were having an in-match goal of the season competition as, in stoppage time, Betsy muscled his way between two weak defensive challenges and sent Cowan-Hall clear once again. No mistake from a confident Paris, the ball nestling in the bottom right hand corner of the net this time around.

Half-time: Havant & Waterlooville 1 Woking 3

If Woking had been sleeping at the start of the first-half then they had fallen back into a doze by the start of the second. For the second time in the game the Cards failed to clear their lines, and Ramsey had time to pick his spot from the edge of the area, a despairing dive from Aaron Howe unable to deny the Hawks player-of-the-month for February (awarded before the game), from dragging his team right back into the game.

Back in the game for four minutes at least, Murtagh sliding Ademola through on goal on the right hand side of the area. Moses calmly delayed his shot, waiting for Beazley to make the first move, before slotting the ball neatly into the net.

With twenty minutes remaining Elvis Hammond replaced Paris Cowan-Hall to the disappointed understanding of the impressive cohort of travelling Woking fans, torn between desires to see the day’s star-man grab his third goal and knowledge of the need to rest him before Tuesday’s game with Dorchester.

The Ghanaian was straight into the action however, flicking a ball into the path of Betsy who tore into the Havant half. Possession was laid into Sole who chipped the ball neatly back into the path of Betsy, only for Beazley to come to the Hawks rescue.

Woking had further chances to add to their already impressive goal-tally, Beazley denying Ademola’s shot from a tight angle while Inns saw his header from Sole’s corner cleared off the line by Chris Arthur.

Despite all their pressure, chances and at times domination of the game, the Cards were suddenly back in the mire as, out of nothing, Scott Jones hopeful effort was deflected kindly into the path of Palmer, who secured his second and Havant’s third.

Aaron Howe, who had already screamed himself hoarse at some uncharacteristically sloppy defending, was beside himself moments later when an Adam Newton slip allowed substitute Dan Thompson to shoot straight at him. Further efforts from Sam Pearce and Joe Dolan went narrowly wide while Betsy’s 60-yard run with the ball belatedly resulted in another Beazley save as the game ended in as frantic a fashion as it had begun.

The Cards successfully saw out five minutes of stoppage time to claim a much needed three points. Numerous encouraging signs included the fine displays of the front four: Cowan-Hall, Sole, Betsy and Ademola, while Tom Davis played his part with a highly promising introduction. Keiran Murtagh had one of his strongest games in his second spell with the club while Derek Duncan arguably played his best game in a Woking shirt.

Elsewhere Dartford made it four wins in four since their defeat at Kingfield, while Welling also claimed victory over Chelmsford, meaning that both sides remain six points behind the Cards (Dartford having played a game less, Welling a game more).

It is therefore vital that the Cards continue their return to form next week when they play Dorchester at home on Tuesday night, and host Welling themselves on Saturday.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Derek Duncan, Keiran Murtagh, Alan Inns, Adam Doyle, Paris Cowan-Hall (Elvis Hammond 68), Tom Davis, Moses Ademola (Joe McNerney 90), Giuseppe Sole (Dale Binns 80), Kevin Betsy

Unused Subs: Andy Little, Wayne Gray

Goals: Sole 23, Cowan-Hall 37 & 45, Ademola 53

Booked: Davis 12, Sole 73, Howe 78, Duncan 79

Havant & Waterlooville: Lyall Beazley, Jake Newton, Chris Arthur, Perry Ryan, Joe Dolan, Sam Pearce, Eddie Hutchinson (Sammy Igoe 68), Steve Ramsey, Scott Jones, Ollie Palmer, Bobby Hopkinson (Dan Thompson 64)

Unused Subs: Ryan Woodford, Paul Hinshelwood, Jon McDonald

Goals: Palmer 2 & 78, Ramsey 49

Booked: Dolan 8, Hopkinson 14, Ryan 22

MOTM: Paris Cowan-Hall – A return to form and then some for the speedy striker, who produced two sublime finishes and was a thorn in the Havant side all day long.

Attendance: 1009
Havant & Waterlooville LINEUP
1Lyall Beazely
2Jake Newton
3Chris Arthur
4Perry Ryan
5Joe Dolan
6Sam Pearce
7Eddie Hutchinson ('69)
8Steve Ramsey
9Scott Jones
10Ollie Palmer
11Bobby Hopkinson ('65)
BENCH
12Dan Thompson ('65)
14Sammy Igoe ('69)
15Ryan Woodford
16Paul Hinshelwood
18Jon McDonald
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Derek Duncan
4Keiran Murtagh
5Alan Inns
6Adam Doyle
7Paris Cowan-Hall ('69)
8Tom Davis
9Moses Ademola ('90)
10Giuseppe Sole ('80)
11Kevin Betsy
BENCH
12Elvis Hammond ('69)
14Wayne Gray
15Joe McNerney ('90)
16Dale Binns ('80)
18Andy Little

Havant & Waterlooville 3-4 Woking (Garry Hill Interview)

Tom Davis Interview

David Holmes
6:53pm, Sat 10th Mar 2012
Interview with Tom Davis following Woking's 4-3 win at Havant & Waterlooville today.

Tom Davis:








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