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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 28th JulyJul 2012
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Carshalton Athletic
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Woking
Woking

Cards look to continue promising pre-season

Brian Caffarey
12:41pm, Fri 27th Jul 2012
Carshalton Athletic v Woking
Pre-season friendly
3pm on Saturday 28 July 2012

The Cards go into tomorrow’s friendly at Carshalton Athletic on the back of some promising performances so far in their pre-season preparations, including Tuesday’s very encouraging 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon. Garry Hill is still clearly intent, though, on strengthening his squad, so Cards fans can expect to see more potential recruits on display. Please bear in mind that the men’s cycling road race will be taking place on Saturday, which will result in a number of road closures in Surrey.

WOKING

Terry Brown, AFC’s much-respected Manager, was very complimentary about Woking’s performance and believes the Cards have the makings of a formidable BSP side, although he did add a caveat about whether there would be enough strength in depth. Garry will no doubt be wary of predictions about how the season will pan out, however well-intentioned, but will surely agree that several additions are still required. The defence, apart from the lack of a second keeper, looks in good shape, with strong competition for places if everyone is fit, but the squad still looks a little light in numbers in midfield and up front and perhaps lacks the pace and trickery out wide that Moses Ademola and Dale Binns were able to provide last season. Let’s see what Garry comes up with before the season starts – remembering that Paris Cowan-Hall was signed at the last gasp a year ago.

CARSHALTON ATHLETIC

The Robins, under Paul Dipre, look to have put together a promising-looking squad for next season, including ex-Cards Wayne Gray, Ola Sogbanmu and Michael Kamara. German keeper, Nick Hamann, has recently re-signed and there is plenty of experience in the shape of players like David Ray (currently injured, however), striker Paul Vines and midfielder Lewis Taylor.

The Robins lost 2-1 away to Havant and Waterlooville last Saturday but took encouragement as they dominated much of the first half before putting on younger players after the break.

GETTING THERE

War Memorial Sports Ground
Colston Avenue,
Carshalton
Surrey
SM5 2PW

By car

Look up information about road closures before deciding on a route if you’re planning to go by car.

By train

The nearest station is Carshalton. Travelling from Woking involves changing at either Clapham Junction (or Wimbledon and Sutton). The 12.46 from Woking would get you into Clapham Junction at 13.05 to pick up the 13.24 to Carshalton, arriving at 13.45. There is a similar journey half an hour later, starting with the 13.17 from Woking. Trains back via Clapham Junction are at 02 and 32 minutes past the hour. On arrival at the station walk to the exit and turn right. Walk down the hill towards the main road. At the bottom of the hill turn right. Follow the path under the railway bridge until you come to the mini-roundabout. Once you see the mini-roundabout cross the road and take the road to the left, Colston Avenue. Walk along Colston Avenue on the right-hand side of the road for 150 yards and you will see come to a private driveway between houses 35 and 33. Walk to the end of the driveway and you will come to the ground.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £5. Over 60s £3. U18s £1.

NEXT GAME

Garry has added another pre-season friendly, away to AFC Hornchurch on Tuesday 31 July. The final friendly is on Saturday 4 August, when the Cards take on neighbours Aldershot Town.

Woking’s BSP campaign starts with a trip to Wrexham, last season’s runners-up, on Saturday 11 August, followed by two home games: on Tuesday 14 August (v Dartford) and on Saturday 18 August (v Barrow).

Come on, you Cards!

Cards draw with Robins

Alan Barnes
4:15pm, Sun 29th Jul 2012
Carshalton Athletic 1 Woking 1
Pre-season friendly
29th July 2012


Garry Hill used this fixture with Carshalton to provide opportunities for triallists to make their mark and as a result rested a number of the First Team squad – Mark Ricketts, Adam Newton, Brett Johnson, Lee Sawyer and Kevin Betsy were all rested.

Of the recent triallists, Renee Steer, Dean Sinclair, Jesse Waller-Lassen, plus Louie Meech from the Academy, were all given an opportunity to impress. Ex-Card loan signing Nathanial Pinney featured alongside another new triallist George Saunders.

Woking started kicking down the slope on an overcast afternoon with a cool breeze. With Pinney up top, Waller-Lassen and Bubb on the wings, Sole just behind the striker, Sinclair and Davies in midfield and a back four of Parkinson, McNerney, Doyle and Steer, the Cards started well.

Gez Sole (pictured) was immediately on the score sheet as after three minutes he took advantage of a poor clearance to curl a low shot into the corner of the net with the home keeper well beaten. Some of Woking’s passing was a little patchy but Bubb did well to get down the right, though his cross into the box did not find a Woking player.

The home side struggled at the start but once they got control of midfield they looked much more dangerous. As the Robins started putting some moves together they levelled the scores after fifteen minutes, when Taylor got free inside the penalty area.

They became much more confident after that and more than held their own.

After half an hour Woking worked the ball out from the back. The final pass found Bubb twenty yards out and central. He lined up the shot but fired wide.

The last action of the half saw Woking string several passes together but the final ball into the box was easily claimed by Hamann in the home goal

Half-time: Carshalton Athletic 1 Woking 1

Pires replaced Bubb at the start of the second half but the first chance fell to the home side. Nolan had about four chances to score before scuffing his shot against a post.

A Sole free-kick twenty yards out was blocked by the wall while at the other end Wayne Gray hit a firm shot wide. Aaron Howe parried a shot from the dangerous Carew, before Pires got clear but hit his shot too high.

In the last thirty minutes Woking had a number of chances to secure the win but were unable to convert.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Jack Parkinson, Rene Steer*, Dean Sinclair (George Frith 76), Joe McNerney (George Saunders* 60), Adam Doyle (Mike Cestor 60), Nathaniel Pinney* (Louie Meech 60), Jay Davies, Bradley Bubb (Loick Pires 46), Giuseppe Sole (Jack Mazzone 76), Jesse Waller Jassen* (Josh Griffiths 72)

Unused subs: Mark Ricketts

Triallist*

Carshalton Athletic: Nick Hamann, Luke Nolan, Tom Bird, Harry Harding, Ricardo Joseph, Justyn Roberts, Ashley Carew, Lewis Taylor, Paul Vines, Joe Benjamin, Jack Clark

Subsitutes : Luke Bigden, Sean O'Toole, David Bonsu, Wayne Gray, Daryl Hay

Attendance: 156

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