Seymours
BSBS
3:00pm - SaturdaySat 21st AprilApr 2012
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 4048

Woking
Woking
3 - 3

Truro City
Truro City

Football carnival on Saturday

Brian Caffarey
7:08am, Thu 19th Apr 2012
Woking v Truro City
3pm on Saturday 21 April 2012

It’s ‘Kingfield Carnival’ time on Saturday! Come and see the Cards presented with the BSBS trophy in their final home game of the season and enjoy all the additional entertainment laid on for this special day. And don’t forget that all under 16s will be admitted free of charge!

KINGFIELD CARNIVAL

A host of extra attractions have been arranged, including a post-match BBQ, marching band, cheer leaders and face painting. Doors open at 12 noon.

WOKING

With the championship won last week at Maidenhead United, the Cards can now relax and play without any fears. But don’t expect Garry Hill’s side to ease off: they will want to finish the season at Kingfield on a high, so there’s every chance of seeing some very attractive football.

With all suspensions completed, Garry will have a full squad to choose from barring any injury worries. So, Kevin Betsy and Adam Doyle will both come back into the reckoning and might we even see at least a glimpse of Mark Ricketts and Jay Davies, both of whom figured in a reserve game last week as part of their recovery from long-term injuries?

TRURO CITY

The White Tigers have rocketed up the non-League pyramid with five promotions in six seasons but have been presented with two winding-up petitions by HMRC this season. The first, at the end of January, was averted just before the deadline when a reported £100k was paid. The second is due to be heard on 30 April, when Truro’s Chairman Kevin Heaney says that the outstanding £51k will be paid. There was also controversy earlier in the season when Heaney, who has masterminded the club’s ascent since his arrival in 2004, was involved in a bid to buy the ailing Plymouth Argyle. He says, however, that he remains committed to Truro City and is hoping to sign up to the building of a new stadium to be shared with the Cornish Pirates rugby team.

Truro made a promising start to life in the BSBS, taking maximum points from their first three games, including defeats of Chelmsford and Dover. But – perhaps typifying their unpredictable form – they then lost the following four games. Results since then have been mixed and, sometimes, bizarre e.g. a 7-2 defeat at Gloucester City in the FA Cup.

Truro have gradually slipped down the table and now sit in 14th place, seven points above the relegation zone. Although Hampton and Richmond Borough, in 20th place, have a couple of games in hand, the White Tigers are all but mathematically safe from the drop. There are often goals aplenty in their games: they’ve scored a very respectable 61 goals but conceded 76: only Farnborough and Thurrock have a worse defensive record. So, let’s hope the Cards forwards have their shooting boots on!

Truro’s squad, managed by Lee Hodges, includes a couple of well-known former adversaries in the veteran Barry Hayles, who plied his trade for Stevenage Borough before enjoying a very successful League career, and Les Afful, who has played for Exeter, Torquay and Forest Green Rovers. Scott Walker leads the goalscoring charts with 13 league goals. Many of the squad have League experience with West Country clubs.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £12
Concessions/Students £8
U16s FREE

Please bear in mind the parking restrictions around Kingfield and use the Heathside car park if possible.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Please see the earlier news item about the special 64-page programme which has been prepared for this Saturday. Make sure you grab a copy!

The Woking News and Mail are also producing a 32-page Champions Special, which is on sale today (Thursday) and at Kingfield on Saturday.

BOOST THE BUDGET

Please sign up to Boost the Budget if you can afford to do so. Look out for the Cards Trust’s table. Every little bit helps to boost the playing budget so that the Club can compete in the Conference Premier next season.

LAST TIME OUT

Truro City 1 Woking 4
29 October 2011

The first-ever meeting between the two sides produced an excellent win for the Cards against a side that had beaten Dartford away the previous Saturday and trounced Farnborough 8-2 during the week.

Garry Hill made two changes from the side which had beaten Weston-super-Mare 4-1, with Alan Inns coming in for Derek Duncan and Nathan Koranteng replacing Dale Binns.

The home side got their noses in front very early as Les Afful chipped Aaron Howe from distance but it took the Cards only eight minutes to draw level as Moses Ademola made a fine run down the right, crossing for Koranteng to drill home from ten yards.

It was 1-2 in the 18th minute as a clever reverse pass from Elvis Hammond took out a handful of Truro defenders, with Paris Cowan-Hall then sublimely chipping the keeper from 25 yards.

More end-to-end play followed but the Cards’ clinical finishing proved the difference. Adam Newton started the move which led to Ademola too executing a superb chip to make it 1-3.

The second half was a much scrappier affair with both sides having several good chances to add to their score but it was Woking who added another late on. Substitute Gez Sole’s free-kick to the far post was nodded on by Inns to Adam Doyle. His header was saved but ‘man of the match’ Inns was there to bundle the ball home.


Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Although this is the last home game of the season, there’s still a lot to look forward to, including the Surrey Senior Cup Final on 8 May and the Woking FC Beer Festival on 18-19 May. Check the website for more details.

Truro fightback can't spoil Cards' party

Glen Harrington
11:30pm, Sat 21st Apr 2012
Woking 3 Truro City 3
Blue Square Bet South
21st April 2012


A spirited Truro fight-back could only briefly dampen the Woking celebrations as Mark Ricketts and Adam Newton gleefully lifted the Blue Square South Trophy in front of a packed house at Kingfield.

After a slow start the Cards found their passing rhythm and quickly put themselves into a two-goal lead, with Paris Cowan-Hall (pictured) turning in a Moses Ademola cross and Giuseppe Sole notching his 14th goal in ten league games.

However, the visitors caught the hosts’ back-line uncharacteristically off-guard in the lead up to half-time, full-back Scott Walker’s hopeful ball out of defence setting Andy Watkins through on goal – the White Tigers’ top scorer making no mistake.

Cowan-Hall restored the home team’s two-goal lead shortly after the interval, but Truro struck back through Arran Pugh’s header, and claimed a late leveller when Barry Hayles squared for Les Afful to tap home.

With the hosts having secured the title with last weekend’s win at Maidenhead, and Truro having all but confirmed their league survival, despite a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bromley last time out, the game started with an air of relaxed confidence from both teams. Despite a distinctive lack of clear-cut chances in the opening exchanges, it was clear the visitors had come to spoil the party, rather than to simply avoid a heavy defeat.

Having perhaps slightly edged those opening twenty minutes, they then fell foul of the game’s first moment of class. Ademola picked up the ball on the right-hand side and, several characteristic step-overs later, applied an inch-perfect cross that allowed an unmarked Cowan-Hall to touch home at the back post.

Truro came close to striking straight back, Watkins escaping Adam Newton and pulling the ball back for strike partner Martin Gritton, who sent his effort only narrowly wide of Aaron Howe’s far post.

They were made to pay for their miss by another moment of Woking brilliance, this time from Kevin Betsy, who having collected a neatly headed flick from Cowan-Hall, jinked past two defenders, rounded the goalkeeper and, realising he’d taken the ball too wide to shoot himself, calmly squared for Sole, who applied the simple finish.

But back came a resilient and hard-working Truro, Watkins netting out of nowhere to put his side right back in the game – Walker’s long ball bypassing the Woking back-line and allowing the City striker all the time in the world to pick his spot and coolly slot past Howe.

There was just enough time remaining in the half for Ademola to see his attempt hacked off the line, after he was found by Keiran Murtagh’s corner, and Jack King to have a curling 20-yard effort neatly kept out by Truro keeper Tim Sandercombe.

Half-time: Woking 2 Truro City 1

Garry Hill and Steve Thompson had started the day with two changes from the team that had won at Maidenhead, with Betsy (back from suspension) replacing Tom Davis and Derek Duncan coming in for Mike Cestor.

It seemed the Cards had missed Davis’s more defensive duties in the first half, which in previous weeks has allowed his midfield partner the freedom to go forward, and it was he who was one of two half-time changes, replacing Murtagh, while Adam Doyle, also back from a ban, came on in place of Joe McNerney.

Davis almost instantly repaid his manager’s decision to introduce him, by spraying a delicious cross-field ball to Ademola on the right flank. Moses skipped round his marker and made it to the corner flag before, for the second time in the match, he delivered the perfect cross for Cowan-Hall to nod home.

But, again, a dip in concentration followed a moment of success, as Newton gave away a free-kick on the left-hand side of the area, and Walker’s chipped cross was met, despite the close presence of Alan Inns, by the towering Pugh, who comfortably headed home from inside the six-yard box.

To the delight and perhaps surprise of the Kingfield faithful, on came Elvis Hammond in place of Newton. Davis dropped to the vacant right-back position, and Sole moved into midfield in order to accommodate a highly attacking formation, especially considering the lead.

Cowan-Hall might have made the game safe when he headed Duncan’s cross wide, but it was the visitors who would have the final say, substitutes Hayles and Afful linking up to produce the equaliser – the powerful Hayles muscling his way past a couple of defenders and seeing his shot-turned-cross converted by Afful.

Disappointing in one way to lose what had been a comfortable lead, but a result that a commendable Truro performance perhaps deserved and one that, in the long-run, is immaterial. There were still impressive performances from many Woking players, especially man-of-the-match Cowan-Hall, who might have grabbed a late winner had the ball not got caught under his feet, while others can surely be forgiven for slightly under-par displays after such a wonderful season.

A fantastic turnout of 4,048 – a higher attendance than all but two Blue Square Premier games and over half of Npower League 2 matches – respectfully restrained themselves and allowed all the squad members to claim their respective prizes, before spilling onto the pitch to celebrate with their heroes – a perfect end to a near perfect season. Blue Square Premier here we come!

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton (Elvis Hammond 63), Derek Duncan, Keiran Murtagh (Tom Davis 46), Alan Inns, Joe McNerney (Adam Doyle 46), Paris Cowan-Hall, Jack King, Moses Ademola, Giuseppe Sole, Kevin Betsy

Unused Subs: Andy Little, Dale Binns

Goals: Cowan-Hall 22 & 53, Sole 31

Booked: Betsy 59

Truro City: Tim Sandercombe, Barry McConnell, Scott Walker, Arran Pugh, Steve Adams, Joe Broad, Adam Kelly, Cody Cooke, Martin Gritton (Barry Hayles 69), Andy Watkins, Isaac Vassell (Les Afful 76).
Unused Subs: Jake Ash

Goals: Watkins 36, Pugh 57, Afful 86

Booked: Kelly 77

MOTM: Paris Cowan-Hall – Two neat finishes to strong Woking moves, led the line well against the impressive Arran Pugh and was unlucky not to grab a late winner

Attendance: 4,048
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton ('64)
3Derek Duncan
4Keiran Murtagh ('45)
5Alan Inns
6Joe McNerney ('45)
7Paris Cowan-Hall
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola
10Giuseppe Sole
11Kevin Betsy
BENCH
12Elvis Hammond ('64)
14Adam Doyle ('45)
15Tom Davis ('45)
16Dale Binns
18Andy Little
Truro City LINEUP
1Tim Sandercombe
2Barry McConnell
3Scott Walker
4Arran Pugh
5Steve Adams
6Joe Broad
7Adam Kelly
8Cody Cooke
9Martin Gritton ('68)
10Andy Watkins
11Issac Vassell ('75)
BENCH
12Les Afful ('75)
14Barry Hayles ('68)
15Jake Ash

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