3:00pm - SaturdaySat 6th OctoberOct 2012
| Att: 1584

AFC Telford United
AFC Telford United
1 - 0


Cards seek return to form

Brian Caffarey
12:13pm, Thu 4th Oct 2012
AFC Telford v Woking
3pm on Saturday 6 October 2012

The Cards travel to Shropshire on Saturday hoping to pick up some more points on their travels against a side that has won only one of its six home games so far. But they’ll need the sort of consistent 90-minute plus performance that they produced at Stockport County, rather than the uneven displays seen in their last two games, if they are to achieve their aim.


After a very encouraging run of three wins the Cards stuttered at Ebbsfleet just over a week ago, ending up drawing a game which they should have won, and then hit the buffers at home last Saturday, losing 3-2 against Tamworth after a poor first-half performance had left them trailing by two goals. Lee Sawyer, serving a one-match suspension, was clearly missed in the latter game. Let’s hope his return sparks a revival of the terrific form which the Cards displayed in their victories over Nuneaton, Stockport and Gateshead.


Andy Sinton’s side, who finished five points above the drop zone in their first season in the Conference Premier, sit 13th in the table, one place and one point behind Woking. Their form has been inconsistent. After an opening day defeat at home to Forest Green Rovers they won three and drew one of their following four games but since then they’ve gone six games without a win. At home they’ve won one (v Braintree), drawn three (v Stockport, Lincoln and Mansfield) and lost two (v Forest Green and Newport County), whilst their away form has been good, with two wins, three draws and only one defeat. Last Saturday an injury-hit side gained a 1-1 draw at Gateshead against the run of play.

The Bucks’ best-known player is former League striker Darren Byfield, now 36, but regular Cards fans will probably be more familiar with current top scorer Kieran St. Aimie, who played for Maidenhead and had a trial at Woking this summer, and Jake Reid, formerly with Salisbury City before joining Newport County. Phil Trainer and Nathan Rooney are both influential in midfield.


Watling Street

By coach
The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 10.30am. 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
Leave the M6 at Junction 10 and take the M54 towards Telford. Leave the M54 at Junction 6 and turn right at the roundabout above the slip road (SP A518 Telford West). Go past Tesco’s on your left and then over two roundabouts. At the third roundabout, where there is a Ford Garage on one corner, turn left. The entrance to the club car park is a short way down this road on your right. Parking facilities comprise 290 spaces at the stadium (entrance via Haybridge Road) and
some 500 at Telford College of Arts and Technology, which is situated on the opposite side of Haybridge Road. There is surveillance by stewards and CCTV. The fee is £3 per car.

By train
The nearest station is Wellington, about a mile from the ground. There are various possible routes from Woking but the National Rail website shows the one which involves changes at Basingstoke and Birmingham New Street. The 10.16 from Woking would get you to Basingstoke at 10.36 to pick up the 10.47 to Birmingham New Street, arriving at 12.48. From there you can catch the 13.05 to Wellington, arriving at 13.59. The main alternative is to go from Euston to Birmingham New Street or Birmingham International and change there to pick up a Wellington train.


Adults: £14
Concession: £11
Youth (14-18): £6
Under 14: £2

Away fans are housed in the Frank Nagington (South) Stand, providing covered terraced accommodation for 1300. Seating is usually available for away fans in block A of the West Stand on request.


The Cards are at home to Cambridge United on Tuesday evening (9 October) and then at home to Southport on the following Saturday (13 October). Please come along and show your support for Garry Hill, Steve Thompson and the Woking players as the Club re-establishes itself in the Conference Premier.

Come on, you Cards!

Spirited Cards beaten by Telford spot kick

Joshua Stedman
2:25pm, Sun 7th Oct 2012
AFC Telford United 1 Woking FC 0
Blue Square Bet Premier
6th October 2012

A Darren Byfield penalty and red card early on for Cards’ Keeper Aaron Howe was enough for AFC Telford United to claim all three points at The New Bucks Head despite a staunch Woking show.

Woking failed to add to their points total away from home as they travelled north to Telford. An impressive display which defied their numerical disadvantage ended in disappointment as pressure never provided goals.

The early stages were full of drama. Just seconds in, a sloppy free-kick was conceded by Kevin Betsy and allowed Telford’s Steven Leslie to fire at goal from 30 yards from the set piece. The shot didn’t trouble Woking keeper Aaron Howe but a move a minute later did.

The ball was lost carelessly in the Woking defence and winger Luke Hubbins was allowed to utilise his burst of acceleration and skipped past a couple of players. Bouncing off of Adam Doyle (pictured) and creditably staying on his feet, Hubbins continued into the Woking box and focused on goal. One-on-one with the goalie and moving at pace, Hubbins knocked the ball past Howe, and this time ended up on the ground as the Cards’ keeper upended him in an attempt to win the ball.

Howe was promptly sent off and a penalty awarded.

Replacement Sam Beasant let Byfield, who already stood ball in hand at the penalty spot, wait as he slowly kitted up and stretched, eventually making his way onto the pitch for a disappointed Gavin McCallum, the outfield player sacrificed. However, when it came to it, Byfield slotted home the spot kick with consummate ease.

It took Woking a few more minutes to up their game and find the fluidity which has embodied their successful displays this season. Now with their man advantage, Telford continued to dominate. Woking were limited to working on the break and one such counter-attack, moulded from one-touch football and rapid passing, created a Pires chance, but the shot came from distance and was easily saved.

Telford were most dangerous from a number of free-kicks and corners. The numerical advantage would have been magnified had the hosts passed more creatively. Not to be ignored, however, were the steady and controlled efforts of defenders Adam Doyle and Joe McNerney, who tirelessly soaked up Telford’s possession and did not allow them to create a clear cut chance.

Telford were ultimately unable to capitalise and as the minutes ticked by Woking’s stout performance turned from dogged determination to renewed confidence to maintain possession and attack themselves. Betsy became a danger on the left flank, on one occasion beating his man with trickery and pace, but he ran out of room before he could deliver a cross. Elsewhere, Pires helped to relieve the pressure by challenging effectively in the air and holding up the ball. From his energy and persistence the ball was won and a chance created for Bubb, but his shot too was saved.

Nearing the close of the half, injury stopped play, but it wasn’t to any of the 22 players! Vigorous flagging brought play to a pause but it was the touchline official who required assistance. In fact, the linesman’s injury was so severe that he had to be replaced by the fourth official, who added to the disruption thanks to an extremely thorough warm-up!

Off again and a Telford free-kick was headed on toward the far post, requiring an impressive save from Beasant. At the other end a rare central run from Cestor ended in another shot held by Telford keeper Young. In the final minutes of the half Richard Davies received a booking for a soft foul and from the resulting free-kick a chance was created for Pires but once again the scoreline wasn’t altered.

Half time: AFC Telford United 1 Woking 0

Telford had the better of the early chances but it was Woking who soon began to control proceedings despite their numerical disadvantage. Jack Parkinson replaced Adam Newton, allowing for greater midfield mobility, and Mark Ricketts reverted to right back. Will Salmon typified Telford’s frustration when he hacked down Kevin Betsy and was duly booked. Soon afterwards goalscorer Byfield was replaced by Jonathan Brown.

The match continued with few chances for either side, the difference in numbers unnoticeable. Lee Sawyer began to tick and Betsy, Pires and Bubb were able to play, as a result, with a little more flair. In the 75th minute Pires was replaced by Dean Sinclair. Telford too made a change with Chris Sharp replacing Richard Davies.

For the remaining period Woking were completely on top. On several occasions one-on-one opportunities were created and chances made, but each time the keeper was equal to the shot. Particular openings came as Joe McNerney pushed forward, having his own shot parried wide and creating another through a decisive attacking header. Betsy, Bubb and Sawyer all saw efforts saved.

Sawyer, with just a few minutes to go and desperate to maintain the pressure, saw yellow after a rash tackle. In stoppage time, Telford had a chance to seal the win convincingly, catching Woking on the break, but substitute Steve Jones had his shot crash off the post. The last push in the game saw a Woking corner headed clear and the whistle blow, much to the relief of the Telford fans and players.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton (Jack Parkinson 50), Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts, Lee Sawyer, Kevin Betsy, Gavin McCallum (Sam Beasant 3), Bradley Bubb, Loick Pires (Dean Sinclair 75)

Cautions: Lee Sawyer 85

Sent Off: Aaron Howe 3

Unused subs: Brett Williams, Brett Johnson

Telford: Ryan Young, Will Salmon, Jordan Rose, Richard Davies (Chris Sharp 76), Liam Chilvers, Phil Trainer, Kris Taylor, Luke Hubbins (Steve Jones 46), Steven Leslie, James Spray, Darren Byfield (Jon Brown 65)

Cautions: Richard Davies 45, Will Salmon 61
Unused subs: Joe Collister, Nathan Rooney

Attendance: 1584

Man of the match: Adam Doyle – Shifted position from left back to centre back and defended very well alongside Joe McNerney against the extra man.
AFC Telford United LINEUP
1Ryan Young
2Will Salmon
6Richard Davies ('76)
8Phil Trainer
11Luke Hubbins ('45)
17James Spray
18Steven Leslie
19Kris Taylor
22Jordan Rose
26Darren Byfield ('65)
27Liam Chilvers
7Nathan Rooney
9Chris Sharp ('76)
10Steve Jones ('45)
21Jon Brown ('65)
25Joe Collister
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton ('52)
3Mike Cestor
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
4Mark Ricketts
15Lee Sawyer
11Kevin Betsy
7Loick Pires ('76)
19Gavin McCallum ('7)
9Bradley Bubb
18Sam Beasant ('7)
16Brett Johnson
8Jack Parkinson ('52)
17Dean Sinclair ('76)
14Brett Williams

AFC Telford 1 - 0 Woking (Garry Hill Interview)

Sam Beasant Interview

David Holmes
8:41pm, Sat 6th Oct 2012
Sam Beasant spoke to David Holmes after the match at Telford.

Sam Beasant:

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