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Cards seek second home win

Brian Caffarey
3:32pm, Thu 16th Aug 2012
Woking v Barrow
3pm on Saturday 18 August 2012

Garry Hill’s side will be hoping to build on their first win of the season on Tuesday night with another three points on Saturday afternoon against Barrow. But it won’t be easy: the Bluebirds have shown already that they’re hard to break down, having registered two goalless draws so far. It would be great to get 2,000 through the turnstiles on Saturday: come and cheer the side on to another win!


It was a struggle to get the crucial goal on Tuesday against a very resilient ten-man Dartford but patience was rewarded eventually with a possibly fortunate penalty, which Gez Sole converted. Not surprisingly, Garry’s new-look side are not yet firing on all cylinders, with several new signings still to make their mark, but there are some promising signs, certainly in the form of the talented duo of Kevin Betsy and Lee Sawyer in midfield.

Woking fans will be anxious to find out if Gez Sole’s knee injury, which forced him from the field after he’d given the Cards the lead, is going to lead to a lay-off.

Saturday’s game is an opportunity for the Cards to get some more points on the board – with all due respect to Barrow, there are almost certainly tougher challenges ahead from Kingfield visitors.


This is the Bluebirds’ fifth season in the BSP. It’s been mostly a struggle but last season’s 13th-place finish was their best showing so far. Manager Dave Bayliss lost a couple of promising young players in the summer with the moves of Jack Mackreth and Andy Cook to Macclesfield and Grimsby respectively but has made some interesting additions, including several last-minute players coming in on loan or short-term contract. The new faces include defender Matt Flynn from Fleetwood; Obi Anoruo, a young forward from Wrexham; Garry Hunter, a very experienced midfielder from Morecambe; Alex-Rae Harvey, formerly with Burnley, who had a one-month loan spell with the Bluebirds last season; and Danny Rowe, a former Stockport winger. The last-minute additions included two promising young players on loan from Burnley: Joe Jackson, a 19 year-old striker, who had a spell at Holker Street last season, and Tom Anderson, an 18 year-old 6’4� defender. Also standing at 6’4� is former Macclesfield striker Vinny Mukendi, whilst two other late arrivals were Aaron Cole, a former Derby County winger who spent much of last season on loan at Stockport, and Ben Hoskin.

Adam Boyes, who notched 20 goals for Barrow last year, is the main threat.

Barrow, usually very strong at home, had a fairly disappointing first day, drawing 0-0 with AFC Telford. On Tuesday night they ended with the same scoreline at BSP newcomers Hyde United.


Adults £15
Over 65s/Students £10
U16s £5


Saturday’s 56-page programme includes an update from Chairman Mike Smith; Mark Ricketts’s thoughts on the new season; an account by Ian Nicholson of his experiences as a chaplain at the Olympics; a view from a Barrow fan; plus match reports, previews, some great action photos and much more. If you can’t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on


The Cards Trust will be encouraging fans to join the Boost the Budget scheme, which is providing crucial funds for Garry’s playing budget. Please look out for details and sign up if you can afford to do so.


Woking 1 Barrow 0
7 March 2009

The Cards went into this game in 20th position in the table, having lost four and drawn two of their previous six matches. Barrow were level on points but with three games in hand. The Cards started strongly, with both Bozanic and Domoraud hitting the woodwork. But it was a deflected effort from Bozanic in the 22nd minute which gave the Cards the vital goal: their first in over 500 minutes of play. Elvins especially, looking for his first goal in Woking colours, and Marum both had chances to extend the Cards’ lead before half-time in what was virtually one-way traffic.

Woking largely continued to dictate the play in the second half, although the on-loan Peter Winn caused problems when the Bluebirds broke quickly out of defence but they found ‘man of the match’ Paul Lorraine in fine form.

Woking: Danny Knowles, Patrice Konan, Paul Lorraine, Colin Miles, Joe Anderson, Micah Hyde (Liam Marum), Oliver Bozanic, Matt Pattison, Kelvin Bossman (Goma Lambu), Rob Elvins (Dan Sintim), Wilfried Domoraud

Unused subs: Michael Kamara, Charlie Moone


The Cards are away to Forest Green Rovers a week later, with the next home game being on Tuesday
28 August against Alan Devonshire’s Braintree Town.

Come on, you Cards!

Cards sizzle in the Kingfield sun!

Alan Worth
6:21pm, Sat 18th Aug 2012
Alan Worth
Woking 3 Barrow 1
Blue Square Bet Premier
18th August 2012

Kingfield sweltered as Cards fans luxuriated in their side's second win in five days – an open and often end-to-end game that saw Woking gradually take command as Barrow tired in the second half. Loick Pires' 'man of the match' performance, particularly after half-time, showed why Garry Hill had been quick to secure his signature over the summer. The striker’s clinical finish for Woking’s third wrapped up the three points. For most of the half the Barrow defence had found him virtually unplayable as he tormented them with his excellent hold-up play.

Unsurprisingly, Garry Hill started with the same eleven sent out on Tuesday. The only change was on the bench with Jay Davies coming in for the injured Sole.

Woking had an early opportunity when Barrow keeper Hurst picked up a back pass but Bubb’s shot flew off the advancing defensive wall.

The visitors had yet to open their account in two previous goalless draws but, as the sun beat down, so they pressed forward in search of an opener. Owen’s long-range effort took a wicked deflection off a Woking defender and Aaron Howe made an excellent diving save, parrying the ball as he was required to change direction hurriedly.

But after fifteen minutes Barrow did take the lead and, on the balance of play, this was merited. Garry Hunter had just seen his side-footed effort hit the post with Howe beaten but immediately afterwards he curled his shot from outside the box into the far corner with the Woking defence stopping to appeal for a handball decision.

Almost immediately Pires had an opportunity to find an equaliser but his shot from a tight angle rebounded off the post. A cross might have been the better option.

On twenty minutes Woking were level. Kevin Betsy was hacked down as he cut deep into the heart of the Barrow defence on a typical mazy run. Joe McNerney stepped up to take the free-kick and his excellent effort was directed past the wall and into the near corner.

Barrow’s efforts were mainly coming from long range and Rowe had another effort for the visitors from outside the box that was well over the bar.

Mike Cestor, who spent much of the game raiding very effectively down the left-hand flank, saw his own long-range cross-cum-shot almost catch out Hurst, who just managed to pluck the ball from under his crossbar before it crossed the line.

Williams then combined well with Pires and the one-two saw Pires side foot an effort past Hurst but the ball was cleared off the line.

And just before the break another fine move from Barrow saw Rowe cross the ball to the unmarked Boyes. His shot from fourteen yards beat Howe but cannoned away off the right-hand post

Half-time: Woking 1 Barrow 1

Woking took the initiative from the start of the second half and an early long-range Pires effort took a wicked deflection and Hurst did well to save low down to his left.

After a succession of Sawyer free-kicks as a result of defenders struggling to keep Pires in check, Woking engineered a second goal. Sawyer’s ball in from the left was met by the head of Bubb, who flicked the ball over Hurst and into the far corner.

As the sun continued to beat down and substitutions came thick and fast, Loick Pires continued to create havoc in the Barrow defence. Despite a dangerous effort close in from Rowe that Woking just managed to scrape away, the Cards looked increasingly in control and deservedly stretched their lead after seventy-nine minutes.

This time it was the Barrow defence that stopped to appeal for a foul that wasn’t given and Betsy was through in a flash. His beautifully-weighted pass split the visitors' rear-guard and there was Pires to score emphatically with his left-foot shot flying into the far corner.

He almost doubled his account immediately – a smart turn, another flashing shot, which Hurst tipped expertly over the bar.

It was now all Woking as Sawyer saw his effort almost squirm past Hunter into the near corner after he had latched onto McCallum’s pass.

So six points from three games and seventh in the league. Cards fans will be delighted with that, as they will with their team’s overall performance. The sun shone down brightly on the home fans' smiles as they left Kingfield – it had been a very good afternoon!

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Loick Pires, Bradley Bubb (Jack Parkinson 77), Kevin Betsy, Brett Williams (Gavin McCallum 66), Lee Sawyer (Jay Davies 90), Brett Johnson

Unused subs: Adam Doyle, Sam Beasant

Cautions: Brett Johnson 69

Barrow: Danny Hurst, Mike Pearson, Gavin Skelton, Sean Hessey, Tom Anderson, Paul Rutherford (Aaron Cole 67), James Owen, Garry Hunter, Adam Boyes (Vinny Mukendi 59), Joe Jackson (Obi Anoruo 59), Danny Rowe

Unused subs: Shaun Pearson, Richie Baker

Cautions: Danny Hurst 2, James Owen 53, Tom Anderson 63

Attendance: 1372

MOTM: Loick Pires
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Mike Cestor
16Brett Johnson
5Joe McNerney
4Mark Ricketts
15Lee Sawyer ('90)
11Kevin Betsy
7Loick Pires
9Bradley Bubb ('77)
14Brett Williams ('66)
18Sam Beasant
6Adam Doyle
8Jack Parkinson ('77)
12Jay Davies ('90)
19Gavin McCallum ('66)
1Danny Hurst
5Mike Pearson
3Gavin Skelton
4Sean Hessry
16Tom Anderson
7Paul Rutherford ('67)
6James Owen
15Garry Hunter
9Adam Boyes ('59)
12Joe Jackson ('59)
11Danny Rowe
21Shaun Pearson
8Richie Baker
10Obi Anoruo ('59)
17Vinny Mukendi ('59)
20Aaron Cole ('67)

Woking 3-1 Barrow (Garry Hill Interview)

Loick Pires Interview

David Holmes
6:17pm, Sat 18th Aug 2012
MotM Loick Pires spoke to David Holmes after the match.

Loick Pires

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