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Cards look to maintain winning run

Brian Caffarey
3:49pm, Thu 20th Sep 2012
Woking v Gateshead
3pm on Saturday 22 September 2012

Garry Hill’s side have been playing some excellent football, winning their last home game, against Nuneaton, 6-1 and following that up with a well-deserved 2-1 win at Stockport County last Saturday. Gateshead are likely to prove tough opponents, though, having lost only one of their away games to date. Come down to Kingfield if you possibly can and show your appreciation for the management team’s and players’ efforts. Also, please give as generously as you can to the collection which is being made at the game to help defray Gez Sole’s medical expenses.


There has been a very pleasing balance to the side in recent games, with, in particular, great solidity at centre back in the shape of Joe McNerney and Brett Johnson, good defensive cover from Jack Parkinson and Mark Ricketts/Dean Sinclair, skilful creative midfield play from Kevin Betsy and Lee Sawyer and some devastating pace and finishing from Bradley Bubb and Gavin McCallum. It seems unlikely that, bar any new injuries, Garry will want to change his line-up on Saturday but, as he showed at Stockport, he is very willing to bring players off the bench as the match progresses. So, if they don’t start, both Loick Pires and Brett Williams will hold themselves ready for action.


The Heed finished in 8th place last season and, in spite of losing top scorer Jon Shaw to Luton in the summer, must be an outside bet for a play-off place, so, on paper at least, this is the toughest home game so far for Garry Hill’s side – who won’t need reminding that they were nevertheless beaten 4-1 at home by unfancied Braintree only two weeks before trouncing Nuneaton Town.

There are several familiar faces in the Gateshead squad, including defender Chris Bush, who made such a good impression when on loan from AFC Wimbledon: he was – perhaps surprisingly – released by the Dons in the summer and made his way north to Gateshead, where he has already become a fans’ favourite. Another player who had a loan spell with us was defender Glenn Wilson, who left Crawley at the end of last season. Two other well-known non-League players are the speedy Yemi Odubade, who’s played against us for Stevenage and Oxford United, and striker Liam Hatch, who has turned out for Barnet, Luton and Darlington amongst other clubs.

Gateshead currently lie in 7th place in the table, with four wins, three draws and two defeats so far. In their first three away games they drew at Luton and won at Stockport and Nuneaton but lost three weeks ago 2-1 at Southport. Last Saturday they lost 2-0 at home to Tamworth, a result which manager Ian Bogie described as a ‘bad day at the office’, admitting that Tamworth were much the better team on the day. Bogie hopes to have influential defender James Curtis back for the trip to Kingfield.


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


Saturday’s 56-page programme includes an interview with Gez Sole and post-op pictures; Mark Doyle on some unexpected Woking Olympic connections; and a view from a long-time Gateshead fan; plus all the news from the BSP, match reports, previews, great action photos and much more. If you can’t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on shop@wokingfc.co.uk


The Cards are away to Ebbsfleet United on Tuesday 25 September. The next home game is on Saturday 29 September when Tamworth visit Kingfield.

Come on, you Cards!

Cards hold on to make it three wins in three

Niall Mooney
5:28pm, Sat 22nd Sep 2012
Woking 2 Gateshead 1
Blue Square Bet Premier
Saturday 22nd September 2012

Two first-half goals from Jack Parkinson and Gavin McCallum (pictured) ensured all three points for Woking as a spirited Gateshead visited the Kingfield Stadium in this Blue Square Premier Division clash.

Woking started the game brightly and created the game's first chance after just two minutes as Bradley Bubb shot wide of the upright from the edge of the area. Jack Parkinson gave the home side the lead just five minutes in as the combative midfielder's fierce shot from 25 yards took a deflection off Gateshead skipper Jamie Chandler and nestled in the corner.

The dangerous Yemi Odubade had the visitors' first chance of the half as the frontman was denied by an alert Aaron Howe in the Woking goal as the goalkeeper smothered the ball at his feet.

Bradley Bubb found Gavin McCallum in space on the quarter-hour mark as the winger fired his effort over the bar from long range.

Gavin McCallum scored his third goal in as many games on 23 minutes and doubled the home advantage with a left-footed finish after some fine play down the right involving Bradley Bubb and the impressive Kevin Betsy.

Despite plenty of possession for the visitors, the Cards' back four were rarely troubled in the opening half hour, although a stinging 30 yard free-kick from former Woking left-back Chris Bush sailed just past the post on 27 minutes.

All-action midfielder Lee Sawyer received the first caution of the game after a late challenge on Nathan Fisher at the byline.

Carl Magney headed onto the crossbar just before half-time as Gateshead looked for an avenue back into the game after an in-swinging corner kick from the hard working Yemi Odubade.

Half Time: Woking 2 Gateshead 0

The visitors came out of the blocks quickly in the second half as expected trailing by two goals at the break. Roaming full back Chris Bush fired a swerving effort towards goal and Aaron Howe did well to push the effort away to safety.

Bradley Bubb just failed to connect with a Gavin McCallum cut-back ten minutes into the second half as the striker arrived just ahead of the ball. Bubb was subsequently replaced four minutes later by Brett Williams.

Chris Bush received a booking from referee Justin Amey as the full back brought down the pacey Kevin Betsy on the right-hand side. Gavin McCallum took the resulting free-kick and his glorious in-swinging delivery was headed onto the far post by the inrushing Brett Johnson.

Just past the hour mark Ryan Donaldson was brought down at the edge of the Woking 18-yard area. Yemi Odubade's deflected free-kick was superbly pushed away by Aaron Howe despite being wrong-footed by the deflection.

The visitors introduced Ryan McGorrigan with a little over twenty minutes left on the clock as the striker replaced midfielder Michael Cummins. The substitute was involved immediately as he fed Yemi Odubade, who back heeled the ball into the path of Phil Turnbull. The midfielder slotted the ball into the net to bring his side back into the game.

Gateshead continued to probe the home defence as they looked for an equaliser with the home side starting to use up as much time as possible at every opportunity. However, the pace of both Kevin Betsy and Gavin McCallum was always a threat on the counter-attack.

Former AFC Wimbledon man Chris Bush received a second yellow card with just eight minutes remaining as the defender blocked the run of Kevin Betsy as he attempted to collect a one-two from the excellent Lee Sawyer.

A couple of fine Ryan Donaldson deliveries tested the home defence as the ten men searched for the elusive equaliser but Joe McNerney was equal to everything thrown at him at the heart of the Woking back four.

Another Ryan Donaldson shot landed on the roof of the net as two injury-time substitutions from the home side ran the clock down and ensured all three points and a third win on the trot for Woking.

Woking: Aaron Howe; Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson, Adam Doyle; Mark Ricketts, Jack Parkinson; Lee Sawyer (Dean Sinclair 90), Kevin Betsy, Gavin McCallum (Mike Cestor 90); Bradley Bubb (Brett Williams 54)

Unused subs: Loick Pires, Sam Beasant

Cautions: Lee Sawyer 31

Gateshead: Adam Bartlett; Glenn Wilson, James Curtis, Carl Magney, Chris Bush; Jamie Chandler, Phil Turnbull, Michael Cummins (Ryan McGorrigan 66); Ryan Donaldson, Yemi Odubade (Luke Carr 76), Nathan Fisher

Unused subs: Jordan Nixon, Patrick Boyle, Michael Roberts.

Cautions: Chrish Bush 57 & 82

Sent Off: Chris Bush 82

Attendance: 1,609.

MOTM: Gavin McCallum.
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
6Adam Doyle
5Joe McNerney
16Brett Johnson
4Mark Ricketts
8Jack Parkinson
15Lee Sawyer ('90)
11Kevin Betsy
19Gavin McCallum ('90)
9Bradley Bubb ('55)
18Sam Beasant
3Mike Cestor ('90)
17Dean Sinclair ('90)
7Loick Pires
14Brett Williams ('55)
Gateshead LINEUP
1Adam Bartlett
2Carl Magney
4Jamie Chandler
5James Curtis
17Glenn Wilson
8Phil Turnbull
10Yemi Odubade ('77)
11Michael Cummins ('67)
12Nathan Fisher
16Chris Bush
18Ryan Donaldson
19Jordan Nixon
3Patrick Boyle
29Michael Roberts
21Luke Carr ('77)
32Ryan McGorrigan ('67)

Woking 2-1 Gateshead (Garry Hill Interview)

Gavin McCallum interview

David Holmes
6:14pm, Sat 22nd Sep 2012
Gavin McCallum spoke to David Holmes after the match against Gateshead.

Gavin McCallum:

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