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Cards must maintain winning run

Brian Caffarey
7:55am, Mon 19th Mar 2012
Weston-super-Mare v Woking
7.45pm on Tuesday 20 March 2012

Saturday’s win over Welling United, which continued to leave the Cards eight points clear of Dartford, confirmed that Garry Hill’s side have recovered the form which swept them to the top of the table. They will know, however, that they have to keep their three-match winning run going if they are to secure the title that has looked destined for Kingfield for many months. But on Tuesday evening they will be coming up against a side that is also recovering its form after a difficult patch, so no one should expect easy pickings for the Cards after their long journey.


Once again on Saturday the central midfield of Keiran Murtagh and Tom Davis purred nicely, providing an excellent platform for the lively front two of Gez Sole and Paris Cowan-Hall. Gez, with five goals in four games, is enjoying a wonderful renaissance after some of us had feared, following his loan to Basingstoke, that his Kingfield career might be over.

Jack King’s three-match suspension has now been completed, so he will be available on Tuesday evening but, unless injuries dictate otherwise, it’s hard to see Garry Hill changing a line-up that has served him so well in the last three games. King, previously an ever-present in Hill’s side, may well have benefited from the enforced rest since he had been looking a little jaded in recent weeks.

Dale Binns will be serving the second match of his three-match suspension.

Cards fans will also be keeping an ear open for the result of the Dartford v Sutton United clash on the same evening.


The Seagulls are having a successful season, and all credit must go to their manager Craig Laird for competing strongly on what must be one of the smallest budgets in the league. They now sit in 9th place, with 47 points from 34 games, 11 points behind fifth-placed Chelmsford City.

Weston started 2012 in excellent form, reeling off four straight league wins, including a 2-0 defeat of Welling United. But they then nosedived spectacularly, losing their next seven league games, including 0-3 and 0-4 home defeats to Bromley and Dorchester Town respectively. A week ago on Saturday the recovery began with a 2-2 draw at home to Thurrock and, on Saturday, they won 1-0 at Farnborough, with the vital goal coming from Brett Trowbridge.

Sahr Kabba, top scorer with 14 goals, Kane Ingram and Nat Pepperell (with nine goals) are a threat up front, whilst at the back Lloyd Irish has been a normally reliable keeper and Matt Villis an uncompromising central defender. His defensive partner Jamie Price needs to be marked especially carefully at free-kicks, having notched a number of goals from set pieces. Dayle Grubb is often at the heart of the midfield and has also mustered his fair share of goals.


Woodspring Stadium
Winterstoke Road
BS24 9AA
Tel: 01934 621618
By Coach

Departs: 3.15pm
Members: £19
Non-Members: £25

Phone or email the Club Shop to book: 01483 772470 or

By Car

Head for the M4, leaving at J20 to join the M5. Leave M5 at J21 (Weston-super-Mare) and make your way towards the town centre. Follow the dual carriageway through three roundabouts and into a long straight road. You should see some large DIY stores in front. Keep left. At the 4th roundabout turn left by Blockbusters and go straight (2nd exit) at the small roundabout. Carry on along the road and over the small railway bridge. Keep looking right as you are almost there. When entering the ground you will see the offices at the front with adequate free parking for cars and coaches.

By Train

Nearest station: Weston-super-Mare

There are various routes, including:
1) Woking - Basingstoke - Reading - Weston
2) Woking - Basingstoke - Reading - Bristol Parkway - Weston
3) Woking - Guildford - Reading - Bristol Temple Meads - Weston

The journey should take around 3 hours but it will not be possible to return by train the same evening.

The ground is a 30-minute brisk walk from the station. Come out of the station using the exit and platform opposite the main entrance. Walk along till you come to a busy roundabout (you should see Aldi on your left). Walk across the roundabout and head towards Halfords. Walk to the right of it following the road through the shopping area which includes Comet, Currys and Pets at Home. Keep walking till you go past the Kentucky Fried Chicken ‘drive through’ and see a roundabout beyond it. Walk past that and up to a mini-roundabout. Turn right on the mini-roundabout and carry on walking over the railway bridge and the ground is on your right-hand side.


Adults: £10
Senior Citizens: £6
U16s: £6
Adult + U10: £11
Senior Citizen + U10: £7


Woking 4 Weston-super-Mare 1
24 October 2011

Patience was the order of the day in this Monday evening fixture. Garry Hill made one change from the side which had secured a not wholly convincing 1-0 win at Staines, bringing in Derek Duncan at left-back, and partnering Adam Doyle with Mark Ricketts in central defence, with Alan Inns stepping down.

A largely frustrating first half looked as though it would remain goalless till some clever play by ‘man of the match’ Moses Ademola drew a penalty on the stroke of half-time, which Jack King converted.

The Cards were clearly intent on getting a quick second goal after the break but several chances went begging. Weston, playing some neat, passing football, rallied but a further Woking breakthrough came in the 73rd minute when Ademola slipped in Elvis Hammond, who ‘dinked’ a shot over the keeper. A third goal followed almost immediately when Ademola’s smart strike beat the keeper. Gez Sole added a fourth with five minutes to go, turning and shooting crisply from a Nathan Koranteng pass.

Weston pulled a goal back at the death when Aaron Howe was adjudged to have brought an attacker down in the box. Nat Pepperell converted for the visitors.

Come on, you Cards!

Cards send Weston reeling to home defeat

Ray Avards
5:11pm, Wed 21st Mar 2012
Weston-super-Mare 0 Woking 3
Blue Square Bet South
20th March 2012

Woking kept a tight grip on the leadership of Conference South with this dominant win, the most uncomfortable moments occurring only when they were already three up.

A tight ground and hard unforgiving pitch meant little time on the ball in the early stages of this match, where Woking had secured the narrowest of 1-0 away wins last season. Both sides traded midfield tussles for supremacy with Keiran Murtagh (pictured) already underlining his recent form with control and product in his promptings.

From the start Ademola driving down the right got his cross in and as the ball ran loose Kevin Betsy’s shot was blocked

Good work on the left by Murtagh, feeding Betsy set up Giuseppe Sole. From outside the penalty area he fired home, high to the keeper’s left. Rooted as he was, it suggested a deflection on the way but it was powerfully struck. The Cards were one up with only five minutes on the clock.

Soon Pepperell had Howe diving low to clutch at his near post in response. Murtagh exchanged passes with Davis to set Betsy loose in the box but his shot was blocked. The follow-up corner was put in by Paris Cowan-Hall on the line at the near post. Cheers were stifled as referee Plane penalised him with a card for using his hand. He was quickly followed into the notebook by Adam Doyle for upending his man down by the Cards’ left corner flag.

Weston were being forced back into their own half by Woking’s probing but would not give up the struggle and another sharp chance fell to Pepperell only for his shot to be blocked. Murtagh capitalised on Sole’s tackling back to steal the ball and slip Cowan-Hall in on the left side of the area only for his flick with the outside of the right boot to be thwarted by the plunging Irish.

Treatment for an Inns head injury and worse the combative Adam Newton kicking out of play before sinking to the turf, either a victim of the pitch or a recurrent knee problem, led to a reshuffle. Tom Davis switched to right back giving Jack King a return to midfield from the bench. Were the wheels coming off the Woking wagon? Not a bit of it. Two goals in three minutes decided this encounter.

Cowan-Hall latched on to a probing pass via Davis and his change of pace took him beyond his man to the byline where he whipped the ball across low for Sole to sweep gleefully home from three yards. Before we could catch our breath Murtagh again threaded through for Betsy and he rounded Irish before coolly slotting home with players back on the line. Three up and his first goal back with the Cards.

There was still time for Brett Trowbridge to find space only to have his shot blocked and Adam Doyle to get caught playing football in his own area and concede a corner that came to nothing.

Half-time Weston-super-Mare 0 Woking 3

The Cards resumed the second half where they left off with King, put in by Murtagh, finding Irish diving at his feet on the edge of the penalty area for the danger to be cleared. Derek Duncan tried his luck from distance.

Nat Pepperell, a menace for the hosts raiding down the right, cut back his cross from the byline for Kane Ingram, who should have converted but his close-range header was deflected wide. The resultant corner was headed over by Price, when free, from 12 yards. Warning signs that the Cards would not have it all their own way.

Despite pressure it was still Woking who looked most likely. Betsy stole up on a central defender and picked his pocket to feed Moses Ademola only for him to be tackled before he could threaten.

Weston threw on Sahr Kabba for Marcus Duharty. It was soon clear what a thorn in the side he could be, giving Adam Doyle an uncomfortable last half hour in which he could have found himself warming the bench with a less reasonable referee. He had hold of the substitute striker several times in an effort to shackle him. Aaron Howe smothered one half-hit shot and another Peverell charge sent the ball flying across the six-yard box without a touch from the sliding Ingram. A while later Doyle let in Kabba, again on the right, with the same outcome.

Garry Hill shuffled his strikers with an eye on Eastbourne on Saturday, bringing on Wayne Gray for Cowan–Hall and with ten minutes to go, Elvis Hammond for Gez Sole, receiving a warm ovation. The sinuous Betsy, still gliding down the left, contributed to another chance for Elvis to shoot wide.

Grubb’s dipper from outside the area on the right was well held by Howe and then Alan Inns, still up after a free-kick, did get in close from Murtagh’s set-up, but his ‘goal’ was ruled out for offside. Yellow cards were exchanged for Jack King and Ingram in quick succession

At the finish Ademola broke and Irish saved and then Gray, put in on the left, screwed his shot wide.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton (Jack King 38), Derek Duncan, Keiran Murtagh, Alan Inns, Adam Doyle, Paris Cowan-Hall (Wayne Gray 72), Tom Davis, Moses Ademola, Giuseppe Sole (Elvis Hammond 80), Kevin Betsy

Unused Subs: Andy Little, Joe McNerney

Goals: Sole 5 and 42; Betsy 44

Booked: Cowan-Hall 19; Doyle 23; King 77

Weston: Lloyd Irish, Jamie Price, Martin Slocombe, Brett Trowbridge, Matt Villis, Jamie Laird, Dayle Grubb, Ben Kirk, Marcus Duharty (Sahr Kabba 61), Kane Ingram, Nat Peperell

Unused Subs: Nabi Diallo, Ben Cleverly, Chris Young, Marc McGregor

Booked: Brett Trowbridge 75

MotM: Murtagh - bossing key areas in that vital first half hour.

Attendance: 360
Weston-super-Mare LINEUP
1Lloyd Irish
2Jamie Price
3Martin Slocombe
4Brett Trowbridge
5Matt Villis
6Jamie Laird
7Dayle Grubb
8Ben Kirk
9Marcus Duharty ('61)
10Kane Ingram
11Nat Pepperell
12Nabi Diallo
14Ben Cleverly
15Sahr Kabba ('61)
16Chris Young
17Marc McGregor
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton ('38)
3Derek Duncan
4Keiran Murtagh
5Alan Inns
6Adam Doyle
7Paris Cowan-Hall ('72)
8Tom Davis
9Moses Ademola
10Giuseppe Sole ('80)
11Kevin Betsy
12Elvis Hammond ('80)
14Wayne Gray ('72)
15Joe McNerney
16Jack King ('38)
18Andy Little

Weston-super-Mare 0-3 Woking (Garry Hill Interview)

Giuseppe Sole Interview

David Holmes
10:46pm, Tue 20th Mar 2012
Interview with Giuseppe Sole following Woking's 3-0 win at Weston this evening.

Giuseppe Sole:

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