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Cards eye fifth place tomorrow evening

Brian Caffarey
10:19am, Mon 12th Apr 2010
Maidenhead United v Woking
7.45pm on Tuesday 13 April 2010

The Cards’ narrow victory over Bromley on Saturday means that their play-off hopes are still very much alive. Indeed, a win at Maidenhead tomorrow evening would see Graham Baker’s side sneak into that coveted fifth place, with games away at St Albans and at home to relegated Weymouth to follow.

WOKING

The result was all that really mattered on Saturday but the Cards’ performance was not one of their best of the season, lacking the tempo one might have expected from a team that knew that it had to win. Some positives were the continuing good form of Gez Sole, Tom Hutchinson’s familiar dominance in the air, the impact that Mark Ricketts made after returning from injury as a second-half substitute and a lively contribution from Matthew Wright after he’d entered the fray from the bench. More troubling were the ease with which Steve Ferguson and colleagues opened up the Woking defence at times in the first half; an off-colour Harry Arter, who was clearly unhappy about being withdrawn in favour of Mark Ricketts; and Moses Ademola’s continuing problems in finishing moves off. Craig Faulconbridge too made little impact, with few decent crosses to aim at.

But the Cards have reserved some of their best performances for away trips this season – Hampton, Dover and Chelmsford come to mind straightaway – so let’s hope that they can reproduce that form on Tuesday evening and set up an exciting end to the season.

Bath may now represent the greatest threat to the Cards’ aspirations for a play-off place. Bath will accumulate more points than Woking if they win all their remaining games (away to Bromley and Lewes and at home to St Albans City). And Bath’s superior goal difference means that two wins and a draw would be enough to grab a play-off spot. But those calculations only come into play if Woking win on Tuesday, so the Cards don’t need to look beyond that for the time being.

MAIDENHEAD UNITED

The Magpies currently lie in 15th place and vanquished any lingering relegation worries with an encouraging 2-1 win at Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday – which Woking fans will hope means that they have nothing to play for on Tuesday evening.

The Magpies have been struggling with injuries recently, including former Card Bradley Quamina, who hasn’t figured in the last few games. Manager Winston Hippolyte was forced to bring himself off the bench in a recent game, making his BSS debut at the age of 45! (Graham, get your boots on!)

The main goal threat comes from Kieron St Aimie. Former Newcastle striker, Paul Robinsons, made his debut for Maidenhead in their recent game at Newport County.

Previous encounter

Woking 1 Maidenhead United 1 (12 September 2009)
Luke Medley’s deflected shot gave the Cards an early lead on a balmy late summer’s afternoon at Kingfield. However, a sloppy Sinclair pass let the Us claim a point to the disappointment of the Woking faithful.

Recent form

13 Mar Welling 3 Maidenhead United 1
20 Mar Thurrock 2 Maidenhead United 2
23 Mar Maidenhead United 1 Worcester City 1
3 April Newport County 4 Maidenhead United 1
10 April Bishop’s Stortford 1 Maidenhead United 2


GETTING THERE

Maidenhead United FC
York Road
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 1SF

Website: www.maidenheadunited.org

By coach
Leaves 5.30pm; £10 members, £14 non-members; phone or email shop@wokingfc.co.uk.

By car

Leave at junction 8/9 of the M4 and follow signs for Maidenhead town centre. Proceed to the first roundabout on the one-way system and take the fourth exit, thereafter taking a left at the cinema. Go down the hill and the ground is the second exit on the right.

By train

York Road is a short walk from Maidenhead train station. Cross the one-way system and walk to the end of Bell Street. For train times visit www.thetrainline.com.

Come on, you Cards!

Wright Back In It!

11:51am, Wed 14th Apr 2010
Maidenhead United 1 Woking 2
Blue Square South
Tuesday 13th April 2010


By Tom Barnardo

Woking moved up to 5th in the Blue Square South table with two games to play as a brace of assists from on-loan Crystal Palace striker Matthew Wright sparked an improbable comeback against Maidenhead United at a wind-swept York Road.

Looking for their sixth win in seven games, Graham Baker’s side lined up with two changes from the side which beat Bromley on Saturday afternoon. Coming into the side, Jon Boardman and Mark Ricketts filled in at right-back and centre midfield respectively, whilst Harry Arter and Nicky Nicolau moved to the bench.

Unsurprisingly it was the side chasing a play-off place who started the brighter, with a long-range shots from both Guiseppe Sole and Jerome Maledon forcing good saves from Warren Carter in the Maidenhead goal.

In the thirteenth minute, a splendid header from Craig Faulconbridge fell to Moses Ademola who, under pressure from Maidenhead captain Mark Nisbet, hit his effort just wide. Faulconbridge had a chance to score his sixth goal for the club on the twenty minute mark, but the ball fell unkindly for the ex-Coventry City man and he failed to test the keeper from short range.

Young striker Alex Wall was causing the Cards’ defence all sorts of problems as he was caught narrowly off-side on several occasions. On the half hour mark however, a clumsy tackle on the pacey striker inside the box by Jon Boardman gave United the chance to take the lead.

Versatile attacking player and ex-QPR man Kieran St Aimie stepped up to take the spot kick, sending the ball low to Ross Worner’s right and into the back of the net.

Minutes before the break and roared on by hoards of travelling Woking fans, the Cards had their best chance of the half. A lob-come-cross by top-goalscorer Giuseppe Sole fell to the head of Faulconbridge, whose header was cleared behind by the United full-back.

Half-time: Maidenhead United 1 Woking 0

With two half-time substitutions from the Woking manager (Boardman and Maledon making way for Nicolau and Arter) there was a new attacking intent about the away side after the break. Woking were once again falling into long-ball mode however, and Maidenhead looked the more likely to score.

On 55 minutes, Sole - who picked up his fourth Man of the Match award of the season on Saturday – tested the United shot stopper with a stinging effort from outside the area. Ademola had a golden opportunity, but he was once again closed down in the box by ex-Stevenage player Bobby Behzadi. It seemed as though it may be another frustrating night for the Cards.

The pivotal moment in the match came twenty minutes into the half, when Tom Hutchinson – making his 140th appearance for Woking – was replaced by target man Matthew Wright. Moments later and Wright should have equalised, spooning a shot sky-high when in the area.

Sole twice tested Carter (once with a trade mark free-kick and once from a further long-range effort) but Woking were level on 74 minutes, when his inswinging corner found Wright on the back post, only for the 6’4� forward’s header to be turned into the net by Tom Baddeley.

Tempers boiled over moments later when a scuffle on the edge of the Woking penalty area ended up with Wright lying face down on the floor. Presumably for violent conduct – and on the advice of his assistant referee – Baddeley was shown a red card and United were down to ten men.

Having cleared the imminent danger, the away side were awarded a free-kick midway inside their half. An intelligent ball from Harry Arter found Wright hugging the right touchline, who cleverly and skilfully cut into the penalty area before being hauled down as he went to cross the ball.

With the pressure on, Sole duly stepped up to score his 19th goal of the campaign. Hitting the ball into the same place as United’s first half effort, Woking now had just 8 minutes to hold on.

St Aimie put a snap shot high over the stand, but Woking defended the remaining time comfortably to claim their 6th win in 7 Blue Square South games. Though their fate is still in others’ hands, the Cards are now in prime position to pounce should either Bath or Braintree slip up in their remaining fixtures.

Woking: Ross Worner, Jon Boardman (Nicky Nicolau, 45), Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts, Tom Hutchinson (Matthew Wright, 64), Tony Sinclair, Ricky Anane, Jerome Maledon (Harry Arter, 45), Craig Faulconbridge, Moses Ademola, Giuseppe Sole

Subs not used: Charlie Moone, Billy Hussey

Booked: Matthew Wright, Harry Arter
Maidenhead United LINEUP
1Warren Carter
2Jack Bradshaw ('87)
3Jamal Fyfield
4Bobby Behzadi
5Mark Nisbet
6Tom Baddeley
7Ashley Smith
8Lewis Ochoa ('87)
9Alex Wall
10Kieron St Aimie
11Sam Collins
BENCH
12Paul Robinson
14Lee Barney ('87)
15Adam Bernard ('87)
16Ryan Jones
17Chris Tardif
WOKING LINEUP
1Ross Worner
2Jon Boardman ('45)
3Aswad Thomas
4Mark Ricketts
5Tom Hutchinson ('64)
6Tony Sinclair
7Ricky Anane
8Jerome Maledon ('45)
9Craig Faulconbridge
10Moses Ademola
11Giuseppe Sole
BENCH
12Matthew Wright ('64)
14Nicky Nicolau ('45)
15Harry Arter ('45)
16Charlie Moone
17Billy Hussey

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