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Cards face another tough trip

Brian Caffarey
10:34am, Thu 23rd Aug 2012
Forest Green Rovers v Woking
3pm on Saturday 25 August 2012

The Cards’ second away trip of the season this Saturday is another very tough one, with big-spending Forest Green Rovers one of the outside bets for a play-off place. But Garry Hill’s side are in confident mood after two successive home wins, including an excellent second-half display against Barrow, and will surely be aiming to come away with at least a point.


The Cards looked a little nervous on their first away trip, at Wrexham, on the opening day of the season but the subsequent home wins over Dartford and Barrow have given them a fine platform on which to build for the rest of the season. Garry Hill was hoping that Gez Sole would have recovered in time from his knee injury to be available for Saturday’s game but it seems likely, in any case, that Garry will stick with the same starting eleven as against Barrow, with the likes of Adam Doyle and Jack Parkinson having to bide their time on the bench.


Woking fans will tend to remember Rovers as perennial strugglers who even when they ended up in the relegation places usually had the good fortune (unlike Woking!) to be reprieved by the enforced demotion of some other club. But times have changed at The New Lawn. Rovers finished in a very respectable 10th place last season and, with money being ploughed in by Chairman Dale Vince, have signalled in no uncertain terms that their intention is to gain promotion to the Football League. Manager Dave Hockaday reckons that the key to success is having lots of goalscorers and says that he has now got eight to choose from! They include some well-known names in Magno Vieira (most recently with Fleetwood Town), Reece Styche (who headed Rovers’ goal charts in 2010-11), Ben Wright (top scorer at Braintree last season) and Yan Klukowski, who netted 18 times for Rovers last year. But there are some familiar non-League names elsewhere too, including former Luton defender Ed Asafu-Adjaye, midfielder Al Bangura and defender Jamie Turley.

Rovers have had an unbeaten start to the season:

Forest Green Rovers 1 Cambridge United 1
AFC Telford 1 Forest Green Rovers 2
Gateshead 1 Forest Green Rovers 1


The New Lawn
Another Way
GL6 0FG (Satnav: GL6 0ET)

Official website: www.forestgreenrovers.com

By Coach
The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 11.30am. The cost is £16 for Trust members and £21 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 M4 west-bound towards Bristol and exit at J18. Then head north on the A46 to Nailsworth. At the mini-roundabout turn left onto Spring Hill and The New Lawn is at the top of the road on the left.

By train
The nearest station is Stroud, which is four miles from the ground. The best bet looks to be the 11.46 from Woking to Basingstoke, arriving at 12.05. Then take the 12.19 to Reading, getting in at 12.35. Then jump on the 12.42 to Stroud, arriving at 13.45. There is a similar reverse journey at 34 minutes past the hour from Stroud on the way back.


Adults: £16
Over 65s: £12
Under 21s: £8
Under 16s: £5


Woking 1 Forest Green Rovers 0
FA Trophy 1st Round
12 December 2009

The Cards, experiencing their first season in the BSBS, beat Conference Premier Forest Green Rovers in a hard-fought FA Trophy tie. Rovers had plenty of possession but rarely looked like seriously troubling the Woking defence. The only goal of the game came in the first half when Rovers keeper, Terry Burton, rushed out to block Tony Sinclair’s through ball to Luke Medley. The ball spun loose to Palace loanee Nathaniel Pinney, who, from distance, steered it into the open goal.

Woking: Ross Worner, Tony Sinclair, Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts, Tom Hutchinson, Jon Boardman, Moses Ademola (Ola Sogbanmu 89), Harry Arter, Luke Medley (Sam Sloma 64), Nathaniel Pinney (Ricky Anane 76), Giuseppe Sole


Don’t miss the Cards’ next home game on Tuesday night when they take on Alan Devonshire’s Braintree Town! Come on down to Kingfield and cheer the side on to what we hope will be their third successive home win.

Come on, you Cards!

Cards suffer last minute heartache

Phil Batts
12:15pm, Sun 26th Aug 2012
Forest Green Rovers 3 Woking 1
Blue Square Premier
25th August 2012

It was no picnic for the Cards at the New Lawn on Saturday. Having taken the lead through a Kevin Betsy penalty at the end of the first half, Woking conceded a 62nd minute equaliser before cruelly succumbing to two late strikes in time added on. However, even the most die-hard of the two hundred plus Woking fans who made the trip to the Cotswolds would have been hard-pressed to make out a case for the Cards taking a share of the spoils as the team seemed to tire as the game wore on.

Woking lined up in a 4-5-1 formation with a back four of Adam Newton, Joe McNerney (pictured), Brett Johnson and Mike Cestor, midfield of Mark Ricketts, Jack Parkinson, Lee Sawyer, Kevin Betsy and Bradley Bubb and Loick Pires as a lone striker.

The Cards kicked off in bright sunshine and settled quickly. Indeed, they enjoyed their best period of the match during the first twenty minutes, playing some intricate and clever football, particularly in the midfield area. Kevin Betsy, as always, showed up well, Lee Sawyer was an energetic presence and Bradley Bubb probed intelligently down the right flank. After this excellent opening, however, which produced a couple of half chances for the Cards, Forest Green gradually began to find their feet and it required some excellent interventions from Joe McNerney to keep the home side at bay.

On 35 minutes, Mark Ricketts came close to breaking the deadlock when he rifled a stunning thirty-yard shot just over the bar. Forest Green then went even closer on 37 minutes when James Turley headed onto the Woking crossbar following a left-wing cross. This stung Woking into action.

On 40 minutes Kevin Betsy broke well from midfield and an excellent pass put Loick Pires in the clear. With only the ‘keeper to beat, however, he screwed his shot wide. Woking were not to be denied and on 43 minutes broke the deadlock.

Lee Sawyer swung a high ball into the box and Loick Pires was unceremoniously bundled to the ground by Forest Green defender, Turley. The referee immediately pointed to the spot. In the absence of the injured Giuseppe Sole, Kevin Betsy strode up and calmly sent the keeper the wrong way for the last meaningful action of the half. A good 45 minutes for the Cards, who just about deserved their lead.

Half-time: Forest Green Rovers 0 Woking 1

Heavy, driving rain greeted the teams for the start of the second half. From the start Forest Green seemed more purposeful, pushing the Cards deeper into their own half and leaving Loick Pires increasingly isolated up front. Although the Cards created a few half chances with continuing good midfield play from Kevin Betsy, it was no surprise when Forest Green equalised on 62 minutes. Following a right-wing corner the ball was headed on and midfielder Magno Vieira slotted home at the far post.

It was now all Forest Green and on 67 minutes Garry Hill replaced Jack Parkinson with Brett Williams in an attempt to give Loick Pires some much-needed support up front. Nevertheless, Forest Green continued to push forward with the Woking defence looking more and more stretched.

Time continued to tick by with Forest Green unable to find a winner and it seemed as though the Cards might hold out for a draw. Indeed, a good shot on the turn from Loick Pires on 89 minutes even hinted at an unlikely win. It was not to be.

With the referee’s assistant indicating 4 minutes of added time and the ball out of play deep in the Woking half, the Cards elected to make a substitution. There seemed to be some confusion as to who was to be replaced. Eventually, Kevin Betsy trudged off to be replaced by Gavin McCallum. The Woking defence then seemed to lose concentration momentarily and Forest Green substitute Matt Taylor found space in the six-yard box to guide the ball into the back of the net. With the Cards pushing forward in desperate search of an equaliser, Forest Green again broke and Matt Taylor slid in to convert his second goal in as many minutes.

So, a harsh lesson for the Cards. Garry and Steve will be unhappy that the team was unable to see out the game for a vital point having started so positively. Putting things into perspective, however, six points from the opening four games is a more than acceptable start to the season. Hopefully, ‘Fortress Kingfield’ will serve up a further three points on Tuesday evening against Braintree Town, which will cement a position in the top half of the table.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Bradley Bubb (Dean Sinclair 75), Jack Parkinson (Brett Williams 67), Brett Johnson, Loick Pires, Lee Sawyer, Kevin Betsy (Gavin McCallum 90+2)

Unused subs: Adam Doyle, Sam Beasant

Booked: Bradley Bubb 20, Lee Sawyer 81, Brett Johnson 88

Scorer: Kevin Betsy 43 (pen)

Forest Green Rovers: Sam Russell, Jamie Turley, Reece Styche (Matt Taylor 82), Magno Vieira (Phil Marsh 80), Jamie Collins, Eddie Oshodi, Ed Asafu-Adjaye, Ben Wright (Kieron Forbes 46), James Rowe, James Norwood, Aarran Racine.

Booked: Jamie Turley 42

Scorers: Magno Vieira 62, Matt Taylor 90+2, 90+4

MOTM: Joe McNerney. A composed display at the back. Read the game well and made a number of important challenges and interventions.

Attendance: 979
Forest Green Rovers LINEUP
23Sam Russell
5Jamie Turley
15Eddie Oshodi
16Ed Asafu-Adjaye
21Aarran Racine
12Jamie Collins
19James Rowe
20James Norwood
9Reece Styche ('83)
10Magno Viera ('80)
18Ben Wright ('45)
1Matthew Bulman
11Kieron Forbes ('45)
7Omar Koroma
14Matt Taylor ('83)
17Phil Marsh ('80)
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Mike Cestor
8Jack Parkinson ('69)
5Joe McNerney
4Mark Ricketts
15Lee Sawyer
11Kevin Betsy ('90)
7Loick Pires
9Bradley Bubb ('77)
16Brett Johnson
18Sam Beasant
6Adam Doyle
14Brett Williams ('69)
19Gavin McCallum ('90)
17Dean Sinclair ('77)

Forest Green Rovers 3-1 Woking (Garry Hill Interview)

Interview with Brett Johnson

David Holmes
7:47pm, Sat 25th Aug 2012
Brett Johnson spoke to David Holmes after the game at FGR.

Brett Johnson

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