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3 - 1

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Woking

Cards face tough first outing

Brian Caffarey
12:49pm, Thu 9th Aug 2012
Wrexham v Woking
3pm on Saturday 11 August 2012

The Cards were certainly dealt a difficult opening hand when the computer spewed out this season’s Blue Square Premier fixture list. Wrexham, last year’s runners-up with 98 points, are among the favourites to lift this season’s title and will no doubt provide a stiff opening day test for Garry Hill’s side. But Garry says that his team don’t fear anyone in this league and, on the back of a useful-looking squad and a reasonably promising pre-season campaign, who knows....they might just spring a surprise at the Racecourse Ground.

WOKING

It won’t be giving anything away to Wrexham to say that Saturday’s defence looks almost certain to be Aaron Howe in goal, with Adam Newton and Mike Cestor as the two full-backs and Brett Johnson and Jack Parkinson as the two centre backs, although both Adam Doyle and Joe McNerney would consider themselves unlucky not to start. In midfield Garry looks equally certain to name Mark Ricketts, Lee Sawyer and Kevin Betsy. The remaining three places in the starting line-up can be permed from Loick Pires, Bradley Bubb, Dean Sinclair, Gez Sole and Brett Williams.

We don’t yet know who the reserve keeper will be but Garry will no doubt have lined up somebody in time for Saturday.

Garry Hill’s side often impressed in their pre-season friendlies, with good performances against League sides at Kingfield, including wins over Crawley Town, AFC Wimbledon and Aldershot Town, so there’s no reason to be unduly pessimistic about the Cards’ prospects this season. And no side put out by Garry and Steve Thompson will lack for commitment or fitness.

WREXHAM

Andy Morrell lost two key strikers over the summer, with the sale of Jake Speight to rivals Mansfield Town and Mathias Pogba’s decision to join Crewe Alexandra. Morrell hopes that the highly-experienced Brett Ormerod, now 35, will keep the flow of goals coming. Ormerod has been with Blackpool in recent seasons, although he also had a brief spell with Rochdale last year. Two other new arrivals are young reserve keeper Andy Coughlin from Tranmere Rovers and Martin Riley, a centre back who has played for Kidderminster, Cheltenham and Mansfield.

Last season the Dragons won 16 home games, drawing three and losing four, with a goal tally of 48 goals for and only 17 against.

In their final pre-season game last weekend Wrexham drew 1-1 in a low-key encounter at Altrincham.

GETTING THERE

Racecourse Ground
Mold Road
Wrexham
Wales
LL11 2AH

Official website: www.wrexhamafc.co.uk

By Coach
The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 9.00am. The cost is £22 for Trust members and £29 for non-members. To find out if there are any seats left, ring the Club Shop or email shop@wokingfc.co.uk

By car

Take the M54 from the M6 (Junction 10A Northbound). Follow the M54 to the end of the motorway and join the A5 towards Shrewsbury. Continue on the A5 past Shrewsbury and Oswestry and then join the A483 towards Wrexham. Stay on the A483 as you reach Wrexham (this is the Wrexham by-pass). Exit at the 'Mold' junction and then follow the signs for 'Town Centre'. The Racecourse will come quickly into view. There is parking at Glyndwr University, for a small fee, next to the ground or at Maesgwyn Hall opposite the University.

By train

Those fans planning to travel by train will almost certainly have taken advantage of the cheaper advance fares. For any last-minute traveller, though, the 11.10 from Euston would get you to Chester at 13.12, from where you can pick up the 13.30, arriving at Wrexham at 13.46. Wrexham General station is only five minutes’ from the ground.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £18
Over 60s and under 21s: £12
Over 80s and under 16s: £5
Under 11s: £2

LAST TIME OUT

Wrexham 1 Woking 1
28 December 2008

A young, struggling Woking side came away with an unexpected point from the Racecourse Ground. Marc Williams gave the Dragons a first-half lead, which they had a number of chances to extend, but a defensive mistake midway through the second half gave Tom Denton the chance to equalise.

Woking: Eastwood, Magunda, Konan, Kamara, Bunce, Ledgister (Lambu 59), Spence, Pattison, Quamina, Sam-Yorke (Denton 64), Domoraud

Subs not used: Gindre, El Kholti, Moone.

Woking 1 Wrexham 1
14 March 2009

Both sides needed three points for their respective relegation and promotion battles but had to be content with one apiece. The visitors were on top in the first half and took the lead with a deflected Baynes shot. But seven minutes after the break Rob Elvins did well to control and finish Joe Anderson’s through ball. The Cards continued to play much better in the second half but couldn’t snatch a winner.

Woking: Danny Knowles, Patrice Konan, Paul Lorraine, Colin Miles (Dan Sintim, 46), Joe Anderson, Matt Pattison, Oliver Bozanic, Alex Rhodes (Joel Ledgister, 79), Kelvin Bossman (Goma Lambu, 63), Rob Elvins, Wilfried Domoraud

Unused subs: Ross Worner, Liam Marum

NEXT GAME

Don’t miss the Cards’ first home game on Tuesday night against Dartford! The Cards also entertain Barrow on the following Saturday (18 August). Make sure you are there to cheer the side on to a good start to the season.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. If you can’t make it to Wrexham, BBC Surrey will be providing live internet commentary on the game.

Tough first outing for the Cards

Jacob Greenwood
10:49pm, Sat 11th Aug 2012
Wrexham v Woking
Blue Square Bet Premier
11th August 2012


Woking failed to recover from two first half goals on their return to the Blue Square Premier to go down 3-1 to a strong Wrexham side.

The Cards endured a tough start to the game and were threatened by a lively Wrexham side when Wright threaded a through ball to Ogleby, who found himself one-on-one with Aaron Howe but could only find the side-netting.

Woking threatened soon after when Brett Williams found himself in space with a lobbed ball over the Wrexham defence only for the goalkeeper to narrowly beat Pires to the ball.

After a long spell of pressure Wrexham finally took the lead in the 18th minute after Rob Ogleby lost his marker in the box and latched onto a cross to lob Howe and put the home side ahead.

Woking almost found themselves back in the game soon after but were denied by a great save from Mayebi after Betsy (pictured) picked the ball up in the middle of the Wrexham half and shot from the edge of the area.

However, it was the home side who were to get the next goal after Dean Keates took down a cross from the right-hand side. He then spun and shot to find the corner of Howe’s net to send Woking into half-time two goals down.

Half-time: Wrexham 2 Woking 0

Woking started the second half brighter than they finished the first half and almost pulled a goal back via Pires as his shot almost wrong-footed the Wrexham ‘keeper.

Woking did, however, pull a goal back when Wrexham failed to defend a goal kick from Howe. Centre backs Creighton and Westwood both expected each other to clear the ball, left it and Bradley Bubb ran in and slotted it into the corner of the net.

Woking were now looking more confident and almost equalised soon after when a long ball from Joe McNerney found Sole, who crossed the ball into Betsy, who had his header saved at point blank range.

Woking’s hopes of snatching a point were dashed when Creighton, who was partly at fault for Woking’s goal, headed in at the back post from a corner with 15 minutes left.

The home side could have had a fourth goal when Adrian Cieslewicz burst into the area, rounded Howe, hit the post and then Wright smashed the rebound over the bar.

Despite being defeated Woking will takes positives from the game going into Tuesday's clash with Dartford, who lost 3-2 at home to Tamworth on the opening day.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Brett Johnson, Joe McNerney, Mark Ricketts (Dean Sinclair 74), Lee Sawyer, Kevin Betsy, Loick Pires (Bradley Bubb 62), Gavin McCallum, Brett Williams (Giuseppe Sole 62)

Unused Subs: Sam Beasant, Jack Parkinson

Wrexham: Joslain Mayebi, Neil Ashton, Mark Creighton, Jay Harris, Danny Wright, Brett Ormerod (Andy Morrell 74), Dean Keates, Rob Ogleby(Adrian Cieslewicz 76), John Hunt (Joe Clarke 76), Declan Walker, Chris Westwood

Unused Subs: Andy Coughlin, Martin Riley

Attendance: 4,088

MOTM: Kevin Betsy – Lively throughout the game and forcing two good saves from Mayebi.
Wrexham LINEUP
1Joslain Mayebi
18Declan Walker
5Mark Creighton
23Chris Westwood
3Neil Ashton
8Jay Harris
12Dean Keates
16Johnny Hunt ('77)
9Danny Wright
10Brett Ormerod ('76)
15Rob Ogleby ('80)
BENCH
13Andy Coughlin
6Martin Riley
14Joe Clarke ('77)
7Adrian Cieslewicz ('80)
11Andy Morrell ('76)
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Mike Cestor
16Brett Johnson
5Joe McNerney
4Mark Ricketts ('75)
15Lee Sawyer
11Kevin Betsy
7Loick Pires ('62)
19Gavin McCallum
14Brett Williams ('62)
BENCH
18Sam Beasant
8Jack Parkinson
17Dean Sinclair ('75)
9Bradley Bubb ('62)
10Giuseppe Sole ('62)

Wrexham 3-1 Woking (Garry Hill Interview)

Adam Newton Interview

David Holmes
12:32pm, Sun 12th Aug 2012
Interview with Adam Newton following Woking's 3-1 defeat away to Wrexham.



Adam Newton:








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