Seymours
BSBS
3:00pm - SaturdaySat 17th MarchMar 2012
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 1926

Woking
Woking
2 - 1

Welling United
Welling United

Saturday's eagerly-awaited clash

Brian Caffarey
6:23pm, Thu 15th Mar 2012
Woking v Welling United
3pm on Saturday 17 March 2012

A big crowd is expected at Kingfield on Saturday for this enticing clash between the league leaders and third-placed Welling United, who lie nine points behind the Cards but who, back in September, inflicted the first defeat of the season on Garry Hill’s side. The Cards, with four goals in each of their last two games, are firing on all cylinders again after a shaky few weeks and look in good shape to take revenge on a Welling side who, however, are in very good form themselves. Come down early to Kingfield for what promises to be an outstanding game and take advantage of the special ‘early bird’ offers, including a ‘curry and a pint’ for £5!

WOKING

Some of Woking’s attacking play on Tuesday night against Dorchester Town was irresistible. Keiran Murtagh was back to his imperious best, freed to impose himself on the game by Tom Davis’s splendid covering and tackling. Kevin Betsy drifted past players as though he was still the teenager we remember from his all-too-brief apprenticeship with us before his very successful League career. Paris Cowan-Hall’s and Moses Ademola’s pace and trickery left Dorchester chasing shadows and Gez Sole, always a Kingfield favourite, looked rejuvenated. Dorchester were no ‘mugs’ but, in the end, they were overwhelmed by the sheer relentless quality of Woking’s attacking play.

Assuming everyone is fit, Garry will no doubt start with the same line-up but he won’t have Dale Binns on the bench this time since he begins his three-match suspension on Saturday, while Jack King will be serving the last game of his three-match suspension.

The Cards sit eight points clear of Dartford and nine points clear of Welling United but the Darts, who are at home to Havant and Waterlooville (come on, Ollie Palmer!), have a game in hand.

WELLING UNITED

Jamie Day continues to do an outstanding job at Park View Road. The Wings narrowly missed the play-offs last season as a result of a five-point deduction and have been doing even better this term. Day has managed to keep a number of players who seem to be coveted by bigger clubs, including strikers Loick Pires and Luis Cumbers, midfielder Jack Parkinson and defender Jack Obersteller. Other notable players include midfielder Lee Clarke, defender Andy Sambrook, keeper Craig Holloway and former Dover midfielder Harry Baker.

Welling have survived the loss of former top scorer Andy Pugh, who transferred to Cambridge United, and have recently been in a rich vein of form, having won five out of their last six league games, including victories away at Dover and Chelmsford City. The only blip was an away defeat at Staines Town.

Ben Martin and Joe Healy are both suspended for Saturday’s game.

ADMISSION PRICES AND SPECIAL PROMOTIONS

Adults £12
Concessions/Students £8
U16s £2

The game will be segregated, with Welling fans allocated the Chris Lane Terrace.

The Cardinals' Bar will be serving chilli con carne and curry before Saturday’s game. During the drinks promotion (up until 13:45) a curry and a pint will be £5.00. After the promotion it will cost you £6.00.

All draught beers will be on promotion at £2.00 from 12 noon and will be available at this price until 13:45. The FA Cup Quarter-Final between Everton and Sunderland, which kicks off at 12:45, will also be shown live.

And to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, there is a special offer on Guinness after teaming up with the Club’s drinks supplier, Fuller's.

After the Woking v Welling United main event, the Club will be screening the England v Ireland Six Nations Rugby Game. For the first half of the rugby there will also be a drinks promotion again, with all draught beers being on promotion at £2.00.

The main bar will be closing after the first half of the rugby due to a function starting at 7pm, but The Legends' Bar will be open to all afterwards.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

There is a bumper 56-page programme on Saturday – but still at the same price of £2.50. Highlights include a profile of Andy Little.

BOOST THE BUDGET

The Cards Trust will be beginning an ‘end of season’ drive to recruit more contributors to its highly successful ‘Boost the Budget’ scheme, which is adding over £2,000 a month to Garry’s playing budget in return for Club shares. Let’s start laying the foundations for the 2012-13 season!

LAST TIME OUT

Welling United 3 Woking 2
3 September 2011

This pulsating encounter on Non-League Day propelled the Wings five points clear of the Cards at the top of the table. A draw would probably have been a fair result on the balance of play but the Cards struggled to contain the threat which a big, strong Welling side posed at set pieces.

Ben Martin gave the home side the lead on ten minutes, bundling the ball in from Welling’s first corner of the game. Woking quickly hit back, with Paris Cowan-Hall executing a superb lob over the keeper after latching onto Moses Ademola’s clever flick.

But Welling regained the lead in the 26th minute as captain Jack Parkinson stabbed home from a free-kick.

Welling could not maintain their tempo in the second half and the Cards began to dominate play. However, more poor defending at a set piece allowed Welling to extend their lead against the run of play, Parkinson heading home at the far post.

Woking fought back superbly, with substitute Gez Sole chesting down a crossfield ball from Ademola before sending a left-foot volley into the far corner to make the score 3-2. The Cards came agonisingly close to levelling the scores in the remaining minutes but it was the Wings who celebrated a notable win. A great advert for non-League football!


Come on, you Cards!




Cards come from behind to maintain their lead

Martin Townshend
2:23pm, Sun 18th Mar 2012
Woking 2 Welling United 1
Blue Square Bet South
17 March 2012


Resurgent Woking made it three in a row as they maintained their advantage over second-placed Dartford, whilst striking a potentially fatal blow to any hopes Welling had of automatic promotion.

Expecting a tough game against the early season pacesetters, Josh Griffiths was the only change from the win over Dorchester, replacing the suspended Dale Binns on the bench.

Hoping to gain revenge for their first defeat of the campaign, it was Woking who had the best chance of the opening exchanges after six minutes when, following a scramble in the six-yard area, Moses Ademola shot fiercely against goalkeeper Craig Holloway from point-blank range.

The Wings’ first chances were less threatening - Loick Pires being found in plenty of space on the edge of the Woking area only to scuff his attempted first-timer horribly, succeeding only in moving the ball further away from the Woking goal than when it fell to him, before Scott Kinch fired a 40-yarder harmlessly wide after dispossessing Murtagh.

On the quarter hour the home side again threatened to break the deadlock, Ademola picking out Murtagh, whose low shot was narrowly wide. From a free-kick on the Woking left, Pires again missed the chance to open the scoring, the ball evading defence and attack alike before bouncing off the luckless striker’s shins and being cleared before he had chance to react.

However, the visitors were by this time enjoying arguably their best spell of the game and after 17 minutes took the lead. Another free-kick from a similar position, awarded after Pires went down under the lightest of touches, fell to Jack Parkinson, lurking in space at the far post, and his close-range shot found the Woking net via Aaron Howes’ leg to make it 0-1.

The Cards began to look a little more purposeful after the goal, Welling seemingly increasingly content to timewaste and go to ground at the merest suggestion of contact, but were within a whisker of conceding a second within five minutes when a Pires cross found Harry Baker unmarked in the Woking area, but he was unable to beat Howe with his subsequent shot.

This was the reprieve Woking needed as they increasingly took the game to the visitors, winning two corners in quick succession and causing some panic in the Welling defence, Holloway punching clear under pressure from the second, and spending several minutes receiving treatment for his troubles.

With 34 minutes gone Woking almost levelled after Murtagh and Ademola combined on the right before crossing low into the box for the sliding Sole to put his angled shot just wide of the far post.

Two minutes later it was all square following a flowing Woking move. Newton and Cowan-Hall combined to play the ball towards Ademola. His back-heel was collected by Sole, who found Betsy on the left corner of the Welling box, the winger teasing the defence before slotting the ball into the path of Tom Davis, whose shot deflected past Holloway for his first Woking goal.

The Cards continue to press as the half came to an end, Sole crossing behind the advancing Davis before the ball back in was scrambled away by the visitors with no-one quite able to create space for a shot, with an additional five minutes of stoppage time producing no real attempts from either side.

Half-time: Woking 1 Welling United 1

Just eight seconds after the restart the turnaround was complete, Adam Newton pumping Murtagh’s pass from the centre-spot forward for Sole (pictured) to turn his marker as the ball bounced before volleying it past the diving Holloway from 25 yards to send the majority of Kingfield into raptures.

Sole had a chance to add to his impressive recent tally within minutes, picking up a pass from Ademola as the Wings’ defence waved vainly for offside, only to skew well wide. Cowan-Hall was next up after 54 minutes, his excellent curling shot from the edge of the area producing an equally impressive save from Holloway. The Welling ‘keeper was in action again from the subsequent corner, saving Alan Inns’ far post header before Doyle’s ball back in was headed off the line. Holloway again foiled Cowan-Hall a minute later, this time tipping over the bar after the Cards’ young striker had been set up neatly by Sole.

Sole’s curling free-kick did beat Holloway just after the hour mark but unfortunately was narrowly wide of the post as Woking’s efforts to extend the lead were once again frustrated, leading to a few worrying moments at the other end. Luis Cumbers escaped the Cards’ defence only for his shot to be parried by Howe before being hooked away to safety as it bobbled towards the goal line, whilst Inns’ sliced clearance shortly afterwards forced Howe to punch away under pressure from Pires.

With 80 minutes gone Cumbers ran into Howe as the Woking ‘keeper stooped to pick up Parkinson’s through ball into the box, but referee Barry Holderness waved away Welling calls for a penalty, before a Pires header over the bar proved to be the visitors' last effort on goal. Kevin Betsy almost had the chance to add a third, breaking free only for the final whistle to blow, but two goals were ultimately enough to end the Wings’ three-game winning streak and, according to their website, their title challenge.

Continuing signs of a return to form then and another massive three points, with Dartford overcoming Havant to remain eight points adrift with that game in hand. Here’s hoping for Sutton to do us a favour on Tuesday night!


Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Derek Duncan, Keiran Murtagh, Alan Inns, Adam Doyle, Paris Cowan-Hall (Wayne Gray 77), Tom Davis, Moses Ademola, Giuseppe Sole (Elvis Hammond 82), Kevin Betsy

Unused subs: Joe McNerney, Josh Griffiths, Andy Little


Welling United: Craig Holloway, Loui Fazakerley, Jack Obersteller, Scott Kinch (Lee Clarke 52), Anthony Acheampong, Andy Sambrook, Jack Parkinson, Jamie Day, Luis Cumbers, Harry Baker (Ben Greenhaigh 78), Loick Pires

Unused subs: Dean Cracknell, Ryan Flack, Warren McBean

Cautions: Jamie Day 85

MOTM: Aaron Howe.

Attendance: 1926
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Derek Duncan
4Keiran Murtagh
5Alan Inns
6Adam Doyle
7Paris Cowan-Hall ('77)
8Tom Davis
9Moses Ademola
10Giuseppe Sole ('82)
11Kevin Betsy
BENCH
12Elvis Hammond ('82)
14Wayne Gray ('77)
15Joe McNerney
16Josh Griffiths
18Andy Little
Welling United LINEUP
1Craig Holloway
2Loui Fazakerley
3Jack Obersteller
4Scott Kinch ('52)
5Anthony Acheampong
6Andy Sambrook
7Jack Parkinson
8Jamie Day
9Luis Cumbers
10Harry Baker ('78)
11Loick Pires
BENCH
12Lee Clarke ('52)
14Dean Cracknell
15Ben Greenhaigh ('78)
16Ryan Flack
17Warren McBean

Woking 2-1 Welling United (Garry Hill Interview)

Aaron Howe Interview

David Holmes
7:10pm, Sat 17th Mar 2012
Interview with Aaron Howe following Woking's 2-1 win against Welling United today.

Aaron Howe:








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