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Crunch game on Friday

Brian Caffarey
10:28am, Wed 4th Apr 2012
Basingstoke Town v Woking
3pm on Friday 6 April 2012

This should be a cracker! The Cards are now only five points clear of Dartford and will want to target nothing less than a win at the Camrose. Basingstoke are on a great run, having won their last four games, and have a play-off place in sight – but can’t afford to drop points. Add local rivalry and a host of ex-Cards in the ‘Stoke squad and you’ve got all the ingredients for a terrific contest. N.B. Remember that this game has been switched from Saturday to Good Friday!


Dartford’s 1-0 win at Eastbourne Borough on Tuesday evening has intensified the pressure on Garry Hill’s side, with only five games to go. Woking’s lead, which was 14 points at one stage, has been gradually whittled down by the Darts as they’ve taken full advantage of their games in hand and continued their superb form. The Cards will be desperate not to see their lead eroded even further and must target a full six points from their two Easter games, with difficult trips to Maidenhead United and – on the last day of the season – Chelmsford City to follow. If the Cards can reproduce the form they showed against Thurrock last Saturday, a win at the Camrose, though a tough call, will not be beyond them. It would also put pressure on Dartford, who have a potentially difficult home game against Chelmsford City on Saturday.

Woking will be missing Adam Doyle, who begins a three-match suspension after having picked up 15 bookings. (Kevin Betsy’s two-match suspension starts on Monday.) Garry has already reinforced his defensive options by bringing in Mike Cestor and Glenn Wilson on loan but the latter will presumably have to cover again for Adam Newton at right back.

Cards fans will be hoping that Gez Sole can continue the wonderful form he’s shown in recent games – which, ironically, started on his return from a loan spell at the Camrose – and which has won him the Blue Square South ‘player of the month’ award for March. It would be a boost too if Paris Cowan-Hall has recovered from his injury, although Garry has quite a few options up front now that Dale Binns has returned from injury and suspension.


Basingstoke parted company with Frank Gray and Gerry Murphy in late February, with long-serving Jason Bristow taking over the reins. An upturn in form has resulted, with the side now having registered four wins in a row, which has moved them to within four points of fifth-placed Chelmsford City with a game in hand and which also won Bristow the ‘Manager of the Month’ award for March.

There are some very familiar names in the ‘Stoke squad, including ex-Cards Ashley Bayes, Jay Gasson, Toby Little, Delano Sam-Yorke and Jide Ogunbote. Delano, however, is suspended. Another well-known striker is the highly-experienced Tim Sills, whose ability in the air will no doubt test the Woking defence, as will Wes Daly’s pace. Top scorer is Shaun McAuley.

Bristow has been busy signing up key players for next season, with Bayes, Ogunbote, Stuart Lake, Rob Rice and Nathan Smart already having put pen to paper.


Camrose Ground
Western Way
RG22 6EZ

By Coach

Departs: 1pm
Cards Trust Members: £12
Non-Members: £17
Phone or email the Club Shop on 01483 772470 or to book your place. Places are limited so don’t delay.

By Car

Exit junction 6 of M3 towards Alton / Basingstoke, turn left at roundabout onto A30 / Ringway South. Keep on the A30 until you get to the Retail Park on Winchester Road, which is opposite the stadium.
If running late you can park in the Retail Park or carry on to the Brighton Hill roundabout and take the 5th exit, and then the entrance to the stadium car park should be 2nd on the right. There is a £1 charge to use the club’s car park.

By Train

It’s a quick train journey to Basingstoke but a long walk (or bus or taxi ride) to the ground. Trains leave Woking on the hour and at 29 and 46 minutes past the hour. Possible trains include 13.00 (13.18), 13.29 (13.53), 13.46 (14.05) and 14.00 (14.18).

Trains back are at 17.12 (17.31), 17.24 (17.58), 17.35 (18.03) and 17.59 (18.17).

The Basingstoke Town website gives the following directions if you are walking or going by bus. Allow 30-40 minutes to walk. Come straight out of the station and down the steps towards the road. Cross the road and go into the Malls shopping centre, next to Sainsbury's. Continue straight ahead, passing Primark, Boots, WH Smith's, Pound Land and New Look. You will reach some doors that go into the Festival Place shopping centre. Go through these and continue straight ahead again, passing Marks & Spencers, Zara and Greggs Bakery. Continue straight ahead past Madhouse. You will reach another set of doors that lead out of Festival Place. Go through these and take the walkway on the right that passes Sony and Barclays Bank
Head all the way up the hill in front of you, passing The Haymarket Theatre. You will reach a square which contains McDonalds and the old town hall. Take the turning to your right (not back down the other side of the town hall) and go past The Bakers Arms pub, Maidenhead Inn (Weatherspoons) and Bar Rock. You should now meet a junction with some traffic lights. Go straight ahead at these towards Domino’s Pizza. Take Winchester Road that goes to the left of Domino’s and continue down the road passing Scottish & Southern Energy. After 600 yards you will pass the King Of Wessex Pub. Continue along Winchester Road until you reach Winchester Road Roundabout.

Go straight over at the Roundabout using the underpasses provided (Make sure you come up on the right hand side of Winchester Road). Carry on straight ahead and you should see B&Q on the opposite side of the road and The Camrose main stand straight ahead in the distance. Continue to follow the road straight ahead, eventually passing behind the main stand. There is a walkway and some steps through the fence on the right that go into The Camrose car park. The Clubhouse is straight ahead.

There is a bus stop at the bottom of the steps outside the train station. Catch the Number 1 bus to Hatch Warren/ Kempshott Park (Not the Number 1 to Chineham!) and ask the driver for The Camrose or Brighton Hill Retail Park. It is easiest to get off at the Bus Stop before the Camrose at B&Q as it is easier and quicker to cross the road at the pedestrian crossing. Press the stop bell at Winchester Road Roundabout to alert the driver to stop. If returning to the train station from The Camrose then get the Number 1 to Chineham from the stop just outside the ground on Winchester Road. The bus stops outside the station. The bus runs every 15 minutes at peak times (Weekdays and Saturdays).


Adults: £12
Concessions: £7
U16s: £3
Stand Transfer: £1


Woking 1 Basingstoke Town 0
27 August 2011

This hard-fought win maintained the Cards’ unbeaten start to the season and moved them up to second in the table. Garry Hill’s side were clearly intent on getting a quick goal and achieved their aim in the 4th minute. A ball forward to Gez Sole broke to Moses Ademola on the edge of the box. He smashed a shot against the woodwork but Elvis Hammond was there to coolly slot home past Ashley Bayes.

The Cards continued to have most of the attacking play in the first half but without creating many clear opportunities to extend their lead, whilst Basingstoke relied on long balls forward, with only an overhead kick by Matt Warner causing concern.

It was a different story in the second half, though, as Basingstoke gradually gained control, with Woking having to fight hard to hold onto their lead. Garry Hill had brought on Nathan Koranteng for Dale Binns at half-time and later substituted Gez Sole and Elvis Hammond in favour of Wayne Gray and Jay Davies. Towards the end the Cards had a couple of chances to make the game safe but failed to take them, producing an anxious finish as Toby Little’s free-kick was saved by Andy Little.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget that the Cards are at home at 3pm on Easter Monday to Tonbridge Angels. A big crowd is expected for the Cards’ penultimate home league game. Make sure you are there to cheer on Garry Hill’s side!

Cards enjoy a Good, Good Friday!

Alan Worth
7:33pm, Fri 6th Apr 2012
Basingstoke Town 0 Woking 3
Blue Square Bet South
6th April 2012

This was a comfortable victory for Woking as they saw off a recently resurgent Basingstoke Town at The Camrose. Two more goals from Blue Square Bet South, Player of the Month Gez Sole and a third from Kevin Betsy capped off a performance described by Garry Hill in his post-match interview as “very, very professional�. The Manager made a number of changes to the side for this fixture, some as a result of injury or illness (Jack King was unwell), some because of suspensions (Adam Doyle) and finally as a result of players arriving late due to traffic congestion (Paris Cowan-Hall, Mike Cestor and Adam Newton).

Joe McNerney returned to the team partnering Alan Inns at the back with Glenn Wilson continuing at right back and Derek Duncan on the left. Keiran Murtgah partnered Tom Davis in the centre of midfield with Moses Ademola back on the right and Kevin Betsy on the left. Betsy will miss the next two games through suspension. Gez Sole was partnered up front by Elvis Hammond.

On an uneven and slippery surface the game was played, in the first period, at a very high tempo with both sides looking to get on the front foot and attack. An early Basingstoke free-kick gave Wes Daly the chance to plant the ball into the Woking area. The midfielder managed to get on the end of the subsequent clearance but his shot from outside the area was straight at Aaron Howe.

Almost immediately Woking had two reasonable shouts for a penalty – the first after Ademola appeared to be brought down inside the area and then Sole, also brought down by a Basingstoke defender. Elvis Hammond then turned on a Davis pass to scuff his shot just wide of the post with Ashley Bayes beaten.

After fourteen minutes the Cards took the lead. Betsy set up the opportunity with a mazy run into the hosts’ penalty area. Basingstoke struggled to clear and the ball fell to Sole. The striker, in the form of his life, proceeded to rifle his left-foot shot, first time, low into the corner of the net. It was a fabulous strike!

As the Basingstoke back line, led by ex-Card Jay Gasson, looked increasingly uncertain against the pace and control of the Woking attack so the chances continued to flow. Duncan set up Murtagh and his cross from the left just flicked off Sole’s head and wide. Hammond and Ademola then combined and the latter’s shot was deflected over the bar. From the subsequent corner Alan Inns attempted to volley home at the far post but the angle was too tight.

On twenty-four minutes Moses Ademola came close to doubling the lead. A great left-foot shot from outside the box flew off the cross bar with Bayes again groping at thin air. But with thirty-eight minutes played the Cards did manage to take a deserved two-goal advantage. Ademola got to the bye line and his low cross found Hammond. His effort was blocked on the line but Sole was again on hand to stab home the rebound from very close range.

Half-time: Basingstoke Town 0 Woking 2

From the start of the second half Woking were back on the offensive and looking to make the points safe. A wonderful back heel from Elvis Hammond put Betsy in on goal but Kevin just over-ran the ball. However, he didn’t have to wait long before a further opportunity presented itself and this time the chance was taken.

A “give and go� saw Sole play in the veteran midfielder and Betsy, left-footed, played the ball under Bayes. Just short of an hour gone and the game was as good as over.

Gez Sole almost immediately had a great chance to secure his hat-trick when played in by the hardworking Hammond, one-on-one with the Basingstoke keeper. Bayes saved and then recovered to make a double save as Ademola attempted to side foot the rebound home – he should have scored.

As the substitutions were made so the game began to slow with the Cards generally happy to preserve what they had and the hosts becoming ever more frustrated as they failed to retain possession against an excellent Woking midfield. At the back Inns and McNerney were rarely troubled and both full backs will be pleased with their contributions to this “professional� performance.

More chances fell to the Cards – a Bayes clearance was charged down by Sole but the ball bounced away from goal; Gez then hit a powerful shot from outside the box only to see it hit Ademola and deflect away; a Sole free-kick hit the Basingstoke wall and a Murtgah drive from twenty-five yards was just over the bar.

The home side were reduced to ten men after Stuart Lake was dismissed for petulantly kicking the ball at a prone Davis after he had been adjudged to have fouled the midfielder.

Finally, as the game drew to a close, Woking almost managed a fourth in time added on. Betsy chased down a long clearance which Bayes, rushing out of his box, headed away. Cowan–Hall, on as a substitute, was unable to take advantage as the ball rebounded to him as he was tackled on the edge of the area. And, at the death, Gasson blocked a Cowan-Hall close-range shot on the line with Sole’s deflected effort from the rebound saved.

Woking move eight points clear again at the top thanks to this convincing win. If they are able to maintain this level and quality of football in the final four games they should have little to concern them as they rush to get over the finishing line.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Glenn Wilson, Derek Duncan (Mike Cestor 79), Keiran Murtagh, Alan Inns, Joe McNerney, Elvis Hammond (Dale Binns 62), Tom Davis, Moses Ademola (Paris Cowan-Hall 79), Giuseppe Sole, Kevin Betsy

Unused subs: Adam Newton, Andy Little

Cautions: Derek Duncan 36

Basingstoke Town: Ashley Bayes, Nathan Smart, Matt Warner, Rob Rice, Jay Gasson, Stuart Lake, Wes Daley, Shaun McAuley, Tim Sills, David Pratt (Rob Gradwell 68), Jide Ogunbote (Ross Adams 59)

Unused subs: Steven Old, Toby Little, Chay Morris

Cautions: Tim Sills 78
Sent Off: Stuart Lake 83

MOTM: Tom Davis (pictured top right) – worked incredibly hard and effectively to ensure control of the midfield.

Attendance: 1198
Basingstoke Town LINEUP
1Ashley Bayes
2Nathan Smart
3Matt Warner
4Rob Rice
5Jay Gasson
6Stuart Lake
7Wes Daly
8Shaun McAuley
9Tim Sills
10David Pratt ('68)
11Jide Ogunbote ('59)
12Steven Old
14Toby Little
15Ross Adams ('59)
16Rob Gradwell ('68)
17Chay Morris
1Aaron Howe
2Glenn Wilson
3Derek Duncan ('80)
4Keiran Murtagh
5Alan Inns
6Joe McNerney
7Elvis Hammond ('61)
8Tom Davis
9Moses Ademola ('80)
10Giuseppe Sole
11Kevin Betsy
12Mike Cestor ('80)
14Paris Cowan-Hall ('80)
15Adam Newton
16Dale Binns ('61)
18Andy Little

Basingstoke Town 0-3 Woking (Garry Hill Interview)

Alan Inns Interview

David Holmes
6:36pm, Fri 6th Apr 2012
Interview with Alan Inns following Woking's 3-0 win at Basingstoke Town today.

Alan Inns:

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