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Cards need to make home advantage pay

Brian Caffarey
3:51pm, Mon 12th Mar 2012
Woking v Dorchester Town
7.45pm on Tuesday 13 March 2012

Has the win at Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday arrested the Cards’ recent slide? Let’s hope so since both Dartford and Welling United are continuing to breathe down our necks! On Tuesday night the Magpies – still with hopes of making the play-offs – will provide a quick test of Woking’s resolve. Come down to Kingfield to cheer the Cards on in this crucial game!


Woking played some excellent football on Saturday and deserved to come away with all three points. But while the forwards found their range – and could have doubled their goal tally – the defence still showed its vulnerability, conceding goals early in each half and then contributing to a horribly nervous last quarter of an hour as the side clung on to a 4-3 lead.

Jack King will be serving the second game of his three-match suspension on Tuesday evening. His place will no doubt be taken again by Tom Davis, who performed very capably in the first game of his one-month loan from Carshalton Athletic. Tom is no stranger to this sort of pressure, having won this league three times, with St Albans City, AFC Wimbledon and Lewes.

Mike Cestor’s loan spell has ended: he was recalled by Leyton Orient before Saturday’s game. But Dale Binns will be available still: his three-match ban doesn’t start till the Welling game.

Cards fans will also be keeping an ear open on Tuesday night for news of Dartford’s game at Maidenhead United.


The Magpies sit in 8th place in the table with 46 points from 32 games. They are 12 points adrift of Chelmsford City in 5th place but with a game in hand. They know, therefore, that they need to go on an extensive winning run to have any chance of grabbing a play-off place.

The Magpies have been in good form, having lost only two of their last 17 league games – and both of those defeats came at home: 0-3 to Salisbury City on Boxing Day and 3-6 to Havant and Waterlooville on 25 February. Tuesday night’s game will be the third in a sequence of four successive away games, which has so far seen them win 4-0 at Weston-super-Mare and, on Saturday, draw 2-2 at Boreham Wood. Other impressive away performances include a 4-1 win at Eastbourne Borough, a 1-0 win at Salisbury City and a 1-1 draw at Dartford.

Alan Knight, the former Portsmouth legend, was appointed the Magpies’ manager in early December. Transfer activity since then has included the lucrative sale of 18 year-old striker Ben Dickenson to Brighton and Hove Albion, Steve Devlin’s move to Poole Town and the arrival of Sam Malsom from Weymouth. Replacing Dickenson up front has been 19 year-old Tom Nichols, on loan from Exeter City, who has scored seven goals in the Magpies’ last six games.

The Magpies should provide a stern test, especially in midfield where they have some very experienced players in the shape of club captain Mark Jermyn (over 500 appearances) and Jamie Gleeson (over 200), both playing alongside Nick Crittenden.


Adults £12
Concessions/Students £8
U16s £2


The original game was called off after the matchday programme had been printed. In the interests of economy that programme will be sold on Tuesday evening – but at the bargain price of £1.50, with an insert which includes an updated piece by Garry Hill. In the programme itself David Holmes lifts the veil on being Club Photographer: it isn’t all about taking action shots, he says! Another feature is an interesting profile of Keiran Murtagh.


Dorchester Town 0 Woking 1
24 September 2011

Woking’s fourth victory on the trot was a dour affair but it was the kind of win you need to be able to grind out on occasions if you have realistic promotion aspirations.

The home side started slightly more brightly, with Moss missing possibly their best chance of the game in the 8th minute when he scooped over the bar. Devlin subsequently tried a quick, clever 60-yard lob from a free-kick which had Aaron Howe scrambling. Woking didn’t get a shot on target till the 39th minute when Paris Cowan-Hall let fly.

The Cards gradually got on top in the second half, with the breakthrough coming from in-form Moses Ademola, notching his seventh goal of the season as he shot powerfully from the edge of the box from a Derek Duncan pass. Ademola was later to hit the post as the Cards proceeded fairly comfortably to garner three more vital points.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget that the Cards are at home again on Saturday to Welling United, who have been in very fine form recently and who still have a chance of catching Woking. This could be one of the key games of the season, so make sure you are there!

Slick Cards sink Magpies

Jacob Greenwood
11:13pm, Tue 13th Mar 2012
Woking 4 Dorchester 1
Blue Square Bet South
13th March 2012

The Cards cruised to a victory this evening thanks to a great second half team performance in which they turned the style on against Dorchester Town.

Woking started the game with a bang and but were unable to force an early goal. Half chances fell to Kevin Betsy, who was picked out by a great ball from Moses Ademola, but he couldn’t keep his shot down, sending it high and wide.

Woking new boy Tom Davis also came close early on as he had a snap shot from the edge of the area, which Dorchester keeper Alan Walker-Harris could only parry.

Woking settled into the game from here onwards, got the ball on the ground and started to move it around well, with Betsy starting an attack and then ending it with a header that again could only find the Magpies' keeper.

Dorchester soon had their best chance of the half when Sam Malson was fouled on the edge of the box. Kyle Critchell stepped up and hit the free-kick hard and fast but his shot cannoned off a defender’s leg diverting the ball past the post.

However, Woking’s patience soon paid off when, 'man of the match' Keiran Murtagh (pictured) found space in the Dochester half, looked up and took a shot from the edge of the box which flew into the bottom corner of the goal.

The Cards really kicked on and had further chances with Betsy playing a teasing ball into the six-yard box which Paris Cowan-Hall was inches away from putting into an empty net.

HALF TIME: Woking 1 – 0 Dorchester Town

Woking started the second half how they had finished the first, pushing hard to increase their lead. And they almost got their second two minutes into the half when Giuseppe Sole whipped a free-kick in only for it to be cleared off the line.

The Cards didn’t have to wait long to increase their lead as Murtagh slipped a clever ball through to Kevin Betsy, who poked the ball past Walker-Harris only to be brought down by the Dorchester keeper. With no hesitation the referee pointed to the spot. Gez Sole stepped up, sent the keeper the wrong way and put the Cards 2-0 up.

End of the drama? No! Penalties were like buses at Kingfield tonight and it was that man Betsy again who picked the ball up, ran through the Dorchester defence only to be chopped down before reaching the keeper and for the second time in two minutes the referee pointed to the spot. Sole stepped up again and scored again. With only seven minutes of the second half played the Cards had virtually wrapped the game up.

With a comfortable lead Garry Hill shuffled the pack and brought Joe McNerney on for Adam Doyle. It was McNerney who went on to score the Cards' final goal and to reinforce Woking’s dominance. McNerney jumped highest to meet Derek Duncan’s corner to put the Cards 4-0 up in the 75th minute.

It would be fair to say Woking took their foot off the pedal after their fourth and this allowed Dorchester to grab a consolation goal, courtesy of a well-placed header from Nathan Walker.

However, the Cards weren’t troubled again and were well worth their 4-1 win and thanks to the result at Maidenhead now find themselves eight points clear at the top of the table.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Derek Duncan, Keiran Murtagh, Alan Inns, Adam Doyle (Joe McNerney 54); Paris Cowan-Hall (Elvis Hammond 70); Tom Davis; Moses Ademola; Giuseppe Sole (Dale Binns 64); Kevin Betsy

Unused Subs:
Wayne Gray; Andy Little

Derek Duncan 73

Dorchester Town: Alan Walker-Harris; Harry Bell; Jake Smeeton; Mark Jermyn; Nathan Walker; Ryan Dovell; Kyle Critchell (Sam Buckler 90); Ash Nicholls; Tom Nichols; Sam Malsom; Max Worsfold (Neil Martin 80)

Unused Subs:
Nick Jones; Steve Walker; Rico Wilson

Alan Walker-Harris 49; Jake Smeeton 39; Harry Bell 88

MOTM: Keiran Murtagh

Attendance: 1268
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Derek Duncan
4Keiran Murtagh
5Alan Inns
6Adam Doyle ('55)
7Paris Cowan-Hall ('71)
8Tom Davis
9Moses Ademola
10Giuseppe Sole ('65)
11Kevin Betsy
12Elvis Hammond ('71)
14Wayne Gray
15Joe McNerney ('55)
16Dale Binns ('65)
18Andy Little
Dorchester Town LINEUP
1Alan Walker-Harris
2Harry Bell
3Jake Smeeton
4Mark Jermyn
5Nathan Walker
6Ryan Dovell
7Kyle Critchell ('90)
8Ash Nicholls
9Tom Nichols
10Sam Malsom
11Max Worsfold ('81)
12Neil Martin ('81)
14Steve Walker
15Rico Wilson
16Sam Buckler ('90)
17Nick Jones

Woking 4-1 Dorchester Town (Garry Hill Interview)

Keiran Murtagh Interview

David Holmes
11:25pm, Tue 13th Mar 2012
Interview with Keiran Murtagh following Woking's 4-1 win against Dorchester Town this evening.

Keiran Murtagh:

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