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Mansfield Town
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Woking
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Cards seek away joy

Brian Caffarey
2:19pm, Thu 30th Aug 2012
Mansfield Town v Woking
3pm on Saturday 1 September 2012

The Cards continue their testing sequence of away trips to fancied sides with a visit on Saturday to Mansfield Town, who lost in the play-off semi-final to York City last year and have had a disappointing start to this campaign. Woking will be hoping to expunge from their memories a surprising 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Braintree Town on Tuesday night but will have to improve on some sloppy defending in the last couple of games.

WOKING

The Cards didn’t play particularly badly on Tuesday evening, creating a number of decent chances and scoring an excellent goal through Brett Williams, but they were undone by a combination of poor defending, including two botched clearances by Aaron Howe, and some exceptional finishing by the Iron, especially by their impressive new signing from Histon, Dan Holman. Overall, too, Braintree’s workrate and covering seemed to give them the edge over a Woking side which looks as if it hasn’t quite yet gained the sharpness that is required in this demanding league.

Woking fans can be sure that Garry and Steve won’t panic but nor will they just sit back and hope that things will get better. Indeed, it would be no surprise to see Garry attempt to strengthen the squad before Saturday’s game, especially since it seems doubtful if Gez Sole and Bradley Bubb will have recovered sufficiently from the injuries they’ve picked up.

MANSFIELD TOWN

Paul Cox has restated the Stags’ promotion ambitions with 13 signings so far. Perhaps the most notable was that of Wrexham’s Jake Speight, who’s expected to form a lethal partnership up front with Matt Green. Other new arrivals include former Kidderminster Harriers’ top scorer Nick Wright, midfielder Godfrey Poku from Luton, defender John Dempster from Kettering, midfielder Jamie Tolley from Wrexham and former Card Jamie Hand. A player to watch is the exciting Lindon Meikle, who joined the Stags from Eastwood Town a year ago. Cox has recently signed Ryan Tafazolli, a 6’5� defender from Concord Rangers and who was formerly at Southampton’s Academy. He has also been talking to another giant defender, Exodus Geohaghon, currently with Kidderminster but who had a spell on loan with Mansfield last season.

Mansfield started the season with two unexpected defeats, at home to Newport County and away to Gateshead, and currently lie 16th in the table, one place below Woking, also with six points. Their results so far have been:

Mansfield Town 3 Newport County 4
Gateshead 4 Mansfield Town 1
Kidderminster Harriers 2 Mansfield Town 3
Mansfield Town 1 Hyde 0
Grimsby Town 4 Mansfield Town 1

GETTING THERE

One Call Stadium
Quarry Lane
Mansfield
Nottinghamshire
NG18 5DA

Official website: www.mansfieldtown.net

By Coach
The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 10.00am. The cost is £17 for Trust members and £22 for non-members. To find out if there are any seats left, ring the Club Shop or email shop@wokingfc.co.uk

By car
Leave the M1 at junction 28, take the A38 to Mansfield and after 6.5 miles turn right at the crossroads into Belvedere Street. Then turn right into Quarry Lane. Journey time is about two and three-quarter hours. If you arrive early there is limited parking at the ground at a cost of £5. You run the risk of being clamped if you park at the retail car park.

By train
The ground is a five-minute walk from Mansfield Station. Cross the road towards a retail park and you will see the floodlights in front of you.
You need to make your way to London St Pancras to catch a train to Nottingham and then change for a service to Mansfield. Possible trains leave St Pancras at 10.30am, 11.15am and 11.30am. Via changes at Nottingham, these services should get you to Mansfield at 13.27, 13.57 and 14.27 respectively. Trains back from Mansfield leave at 17.14, 17.46 and 18.18.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £15
Men over 65, Women over 60: £12
Students: £12
Under 16s: £8
Under 10s: £4

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 2 Mansfield Town 2
18 April 2009

The Cards desperately needed three points from this game in their attempt to stave off relegation but a draw saw them slip to fourth from bottom and, with other sides having games in hand, it looked increasingly probable that Woking would finish in the bottom four.

Graham Baker fielded an attacking line-up and Woking had the best of the play in the first half but fell behind to a superbly-executed overhead kick from Robert Duffy shortly before half-time. But the Cards bounced back straightaway with a back heel from Colin Miles after Oliver Bozanic’s corner had been played back in.

Although Mansfield looked much livelier as the game resumed after the break, it was the Cards who took the lead in the 67th minute as Joe Anderson slid in to convert a fine, low cross from Joel Ledgister. Mansfield, though, gained the momentum and in the 80th minute Duffy did what he had been threatening to do all afternoon, looping a header beyond Danny Knowles.

Tom Hutchinson was thrown on up front in an attempt to restore Woking’s lead but it was Mansfield who looked more likely to snatch all the points.

Woking: Danny Knowles, Patrice Konan, Paul Lorraine, Colin Miles, Joe Anderson, Paolo Vernazza (Matt Pattison, 74), Bradley Quamina, Oliver Bozanic (Goma Lambu, 75), Joel Ledgister, Liam Marum (Tom Hutchinson, 86), Wilfried Domoraud
Subs not used: Charlie Moone, Dan Sintim

NEXT GAME

The Cards follow up this away trip with another tough outing on Tuesday evening to Hereford. The next home game is on Saturday 8 September when Garry Hill’s side take on newly-promoted Nuneaton Town.

Come on, you Cards!

Cards topple at Field Mill

Martin Townshend
11:04am, Sun 2nd Sep 2012
Mansfield Town 3 Woking 1
Blue Square Bet Premier
1st September 2012


Goals from the first and last shots of the opening period condemned Woking to a third straight defeat and a third successive pointless away day.

With both sides heading into this game on the back of 4-1 defeats, the Cards were hoping to recover from Tuesday’s disappointment and gain their first positive away result of the campaign. Garry Hill made two changes to the side defeated by Braintree, with the injured Bradley Bubb replaced by Gavin McCallum and Brett Williams dropping to the bench to allow Jack Parkinson his first start of the season.

There was a minor scare for Woking in the first minute as Aaron Howe’s clearance upfield ricocheted off Mansfield’s Matt Green, but fortunately the home side were unable to capitalise on the rebound.
With the ball spending a significant amount of time in the air in the opening exhanges, there was little to get excited about, Woking’s forays forward resulting in crosses from Betsy and McCallum that did little to test the home defence, and Town having a similar lack of success.

Until the 10th minute, that is, when the returning Exodus Geohaghon launched one of his long, long throws into the Woking box. The Cards were unable to clear effectively and those travelling fans able to make it up the M1 could only watch in dismay as the ball fell to the feet of Louis Briscoe on the edge of the 6-yard box, the Stags’ forward drilling it low across the goal and into the far corner of the net, giving the home side the lead with the first shot of the game.

Woking continued to launch the ball into the home penalty area but were struggling to make an impression on the game, although Kevin Betsy was denied a chance after 19 minutes when a sliding tackle from Sutton ended his run through the middle.

Moments later Sawyer received a yellow card for a challenge on Junior Daniel as the Cards endeavoured to make headway.

Geohaghon’s throws continued to cause problems for the visitors' defence, Howe being forced to tip one over the bar after 20 minutes to prevent any contact from the Mansfield forwards.

The best chances were falling to the home side, and they should have doubled their lead shortly afterwards, Luke Jones only managing to blast the ball over the bar from point-blank range after picking up a flick from Howell.

Loick Pires did have the Cards’ first shot on goal after 27 minutes, his curling effort from 25 yards being caught easily by the jumping Alan Marriott, before Howe was again called into action, rushing from his line to snatch the ball away from Matt Green after an incisive chip forward from Murray. Geohaghon then almost got on the scoresheet himself, Mike Cestor clearing his goal-bound shot off the line after 31 minutes.

At the other end, a McNerney free-kick and a 35-yard effort from McCallum kept Marriott on his toes, before a mazy run from Betsy through the Mansfield defence came to nothing when the final ball was played slightly too far ahead of the advancing Pires.

However, just as it looked like the Cards would go into the break within touching distance of their hosts, a killer blow left them with a mountain to climb. Trying to break from defence following another troublesome throw from Geohaghon, the ball was intercepted and played through to Rhead who, finding himself in space and with only Howe to beat, calmy slotted the ball past the Cards’ keeper to make it 2-0 with the final kick of the half.

Half-time: Mansfield Town 2 Woking 0

The first chance of the second half also fell to Mansfield, Lindon Meikle cutting inside Adam Newton in the area to unleash a rising shot which Howe was able to tip over the bar, Brett Johnson clearing from the resulting corner.

McCallum continued to be the main headache for the home defence. Although his first long-range effort of the half just after the hour was collected comfortably by Marriott, his next was anything but comfortable for the Stags’ No.1, who was only able to touch it onto the woodwork as it swerved away from him.

Howe was again tested at the other end, this time by Briscoe, who powered his way through the visitors’ defence only to be denied at close-range, before Marriott again foiled the Cards' attempts to get back into the game, spectacularly palming away Jack Parkinson’s vicious 35-yard free-kick with substitute Brett Williams, on for Ricketts, only able to fire the loose ball into the side netting.

Woking were beginning to pressure the home side, Williams and Betsy both having further efforts off target, before a McCallum run was halted outside the Mansfield area just before he was able to shoot.

With time ticking away Dean Sinclair replaced Pires and Joe McNerney moved up front as the Cards pressed for a goal. However, it was Mansfield who nearly added another goal on the break, Green lifting the ball over the advancing Howe from the edge of the box, only to watch despairingly as the ball bounced just in front of the goal and over the bar.

Hopes of a recovery began to look less unlikely six minutes from the end, Sawyer chipping the ball over the home defence from the edge of the area to find McNerney at the far post, who slotted the ball home from a narrow angle to make it 2-1.

It was so nearly level three minutes later, McCallum heading down Sinclair’s cross to Betsy, whose close-range effort was superbly saved by Marriott at the near post with Mansfield becoming more than a little jittery and their supporters beginning to get on their backs.

Almost inevitably then, it was the home side who restored their two-goal cushion in the four minutes of added time, Jake Speight curling the ball around Howe and into the top corner to end the contest.

Again, not actually a bad performance despite the scoreline, especially given Mansfield’s status as one of this season’s promotion favourites, with the Cards undone by lapses of concentration and the need to be a little more confident and clinical up front.

With another of the promotion favourites, Hereford, next up it’ll be a tough Tuesday night for the Cards, but with fellow Blue Square Bet Premier new-boys Nuneaton at home next weekend the Cards will be aiming to end the run of poor results as soon as possible.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson (Adam Doyle 85), Mark Ricketts (Brett Williams 65), Jack Parkinson, Lee Sawyer, Kevin Betsy, Loick Pires (Dean Sinclair 79), Gavin McCallum.

Unused subs: Sam Beasant, George Frith

Cautions: Lee Sawyer 19

Mansfield Town: Alan Marriott, Ritchie Sutton, Luke Jones, Lindon Meikle, Matt Green (Nick Wright 89), Louis Briscoe (Jake Speight 75), Anthony Howell, Matt Rhead (Chris Clements 75), Adam Murray, Colin Daniel, Exodus Geohaghon.

Unused subs: John Thompson, Lee Stevenson.

Cautions: Anthony Howell 33

Attendance: 2061


MOTM: Gavin McCallum. A persistent nuisance to the Mansfield defence. Never stopped running.


Mansfield Town LINEUP
1Alan Marriott
2Ritchie Sutton
5Luke Jones
31Colin Daniel
33Exodus Geohaghan
7Lindon Meikle
11Louis Briscoe ('75)
13Anthony Howell
21Adam Murray
10Matt Green ('89)
16Matt Rhead ('75)
BENCH
3John Thompson
14Chris Clements ('75)
26Lee Stevenson
8Jake Speight ('75)
12Nick Wright ('89)
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Mike Cestor
5Joe McNerney
16Brett Johnson ('85)
4Mark Ricketts ('65)
8Jack Parkinson
15Lee Sawyer
11Kevin Betsy
7Loick Pires ('79)
19Gavin McCallum
BENCH
18Sam Beasant
6Adam Doyle ('85)
17Dean Sinclair ('79)
22George Frith
14Brett Williams ('65)

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