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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 20th OctoberOct 2012
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Ebbsfleet United
Ebbsfleet United

Cards seek FA Cup boost

Brian Caffarey
4:46pm, Thu 18th Oct 2012
Woking v Ebbsfleet United
FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
3pm on Saturday 20 October 2012

A decent FA Cup run – or even just one game against a League club – can make a substantial difference to the finances of a non-League club like Woking, so Saturday’s tie against Ebbsfleet United, which guarantees the winner a place in the First Round Proper draw with League 1 and 2 clubs along with £12.5k prize money, is a very important occasion. So, come down to Kingfield if you possibly can and cheer the team on to some FA Cup glory! And, while you’re at it, how about arriving early to watch Spurs v Chelsea on the big screen in the Cardinals’ Bar, while supping some of the excellent beers on offer and perhaps treating yourself to some some Seafare fish and chips too! (Fleet fans are very welcome too: the game will not be segregated.)


Garry Hill will be fervently hoping that his players have rid themselves of the complacency that saw them throw away three points last Saturday against Southport in what he described as the worst display since he and Steve Thompson took over the reins at Kingfield. It was deeply frustrating since it looked from the first 20 minutes or so that it was simply a case of how many goals the Cards could rack up against what appeared to be a very ordinary Sandgrounders side. Unfortunately, the Woking players seemed to reach the same conclusion, stopped working and – no doubt to Southport’s immense relief – invited them back into the game.

Joe McNerney’s dismissal towards the end of that match means that he will be unavailable on Saturday. Garry has a number of options for re-jigging his defence but Adam Doyle will presumably find himself called into the starting line-up. Adam Newton has missed the last couple of games through injury, whilst loanee Billy Knott continues to receive treatment for the injury he received on his debut against Cambridge United.


Cards fans will no doubt give a warm welcome to Fleet captain, Paul Lorraine, who, not surprisingly, has become as popular at Stonebridge Road as he was during his time at Kingfield.

Fleet manager Liam Daish saw his two main strikers, Michael West and Calum Willock, head off for Crewe and Dover Athletic respectively in the summer. Former Card Liam Enver-Marum left for Stevenage on a short-term contract but, when things didn’t work out there, was very happy to return to Stonebridge Road. Another significant loss was that of Ricky Shakes.

Daish brought in Moses Ashikodi and Nathan Elder to replace West and Willock. Ashikodi, who, like Elder, has moved a good deal between clubs, scored 11 goals in 16 appearances for the Fleet in a loan spell back in 2010. Other arrivals in the summer included striker Phil Walsh from Dagenham and Redbridge, who can also play in defence, and experienced defender Patrick Ada, who has played for Exeter, Histon and Crewe amongst other clubs.

Two more Fleet players who have appeared in Woking shirts are capable midfielder Neil Barrett and young full-back Ryan Blake, who had a brief loan spell with us from Brentford.

A recent returnee to the Fleet squad is midfielder Ashley Carew but he is cup-tied so won’t be available for selection. Another recent signing is Louie Soares, the former Hayes and Yeading goalscoring midfielder, on loan from Grimsby Town. It is not known whether Grimsby have given permission for him to play for Fleet in the Cup.

Ebbsfleet have been struggling in the league this season, having won only two games so far, and now lie one from bottom of the table. Away from home, they have won one league game, drawn one and lost five.


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

Season ticket holders are reminded that this is an ‘all pay’ game. The gates will open at 12 noon.


Saturday’s 56-page programme sees the start of a great new series by Mark Doyle in which he traces, decade by decade, the history of the Club from the 1940s onwards. As always, Mark’s piece has evocative photos and illustrations to match, so don’t miss out! The programme also includes an interview with speedy Canadian winger Gavin McCallum, an ‘opposing fan’ view, a look at Woking’s recent FA Cup record, plus all the news from the BSP, match reports, previews, superb action photos and much more. If you can’t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on As announced in the last programme, the Club has been forced by rising costs to raise the price from £2.50 to £3 from this Saturday: the first increase in price for seven years.


Ebbsfleet United 2 Woking 2
25 September 2012

I suppose most clubs feel that they haven’t reaped the points which they ought to have done but that feeling seems to be particularly true of the current Woking side, which has played some excellent football at times but has, too frequently, not produced the results to match. It was a similar case at Ebbsfleet just under a month ago when the Cards, having fallen behind early to a fine goal from Joe Howe, found themselves 2-1 up and well in control at half-time following strikes from Jack Parkinson and Brett Johnson. But the Cards relaxed their grip, failed to take other presentable chances and ended up conceding an equaliser from Phil Walsh as the Fleet’s second-half momentum brought them a well-deserved draw.


The Cards travel to top-of-the-table Newport County on Saturday 27 October. We hope that the following Saturday (3 November) will see the Cards in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup but the next scheduled home league game is on Tuesday 6 November when Kidderminster Harriers are the visitors.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Please support the Cards Trust’s Race Night on Friday 26 October.

The Fleet sink Woking

David Richardson
10:37am, Sun 21st Oct 2012
Woking 0 Ebbsfleet United 1
FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
20th October 2012

“It was a bitter pill to swallow beaten at the death�. That was the verdict of Woking boss Garry Hill after Woking conceded a goal in the 88th minute. After a disappointing result in the league last week Woking missed a chance to go through to the first round of the FA Cup and pick up £12500 in prize money on the way. The Cards will be rueing not having taken their chances before Ebbsfleet substitute Moses Ashikodi smashed the ball into the roof of the net as the game drew to a close.

Adam Newton returned from injury as Garry Hill was forced into replacing the suspended Joe McNerney. Newton slotted into right back as Jack Parkinson accompanied Brett Johnson in the middle of the back four. Loick Pires (pictured) came in for Dean Sinclair up front as well as Aaron Howe who replaced Sam Beasant in goal. Woking lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with Kevin Betsy playing behind front man Pires, with Bradley Bubb coming in from the right and Gavin McCallum from the left.

Ebbsfleet kicked off the first half with Woking attacking right to left towards the Kingfield Road End. Both teams looked for an early goal with Fleet striker Phil Walsh firing over from long range whilst up the other end Parkinson headed wide from a deep McCallum corner. Ex-Card Liam Enver-Marum tested Howe with an effort which was matched at the other end as McCallum’s strike was gathered by Preston Edwards.

Right-back Craig Stone produced Ebbsfleet’s best chance of the half as his cross, put in at the near post, was headed wide my unmarked midfielder Neil Barrett in the 8th minute.

However, it was Woking who were having the better of the ball with Woking midfielder Lee Sawyer in outstanding form. He sprayed a forty yard pass across the pitch to Newton on the right, who surged forward, played a one-two with Pires and hit a first time shot towards the far post that clipped the cross bar and went behind. It was a delightful move and showed just how well Woking can pass and play stylish football.

Woking pushed forward, enjoying greater possession of the ball, but couldn’t quite find the killer pass for a breakthrough. Enver-Marum’s flick from an in-swinging corner almost caused some problems for the Woking defence but the ball was deflected away before he was then through on goal, following an incisive pass from Tom Phipp. This time his smart finish was ruled out as he was originally in an offside position.

For the remainder of the half it was largely one-way traffic towards the Ebbsfleet goal. Sawyer tried to find a way through the Fleet defence with a mazy run, Pires just couldn’t connect with a header from a dangerous McCallum cross and Betsy and Pires combined well to lay off captain Mark Ricketts with a shot from range that just went wide. Bubb had one of Woking’s better chances in the 34th minute but his side-foot strike was straight at Edwards. Claims for a Woking penalty were heard moments later after Bubb’s poked effort towards goal hit an Ebbsfleet defender's arm.

Walsh almost headed the visitors into the lead with their last chance of the half but the thankful Howe watched the ball fall past his far post. Phipp’s free-kick to the right of the Woking penalty area didn’t trouble Howe’s goal as referee Nick Kinseley brought the first half to a close.

Half-Time: Woking 0 Ebbsfleet United 0

Woking would have liked to have started the second half as they finished the first. However, Enver-Marum’s fierce shot just went over and Woking also had to deal with a dangerous Walsh header and a shot from the same player that was also just over. Pires, who was leading the front line well, holding the ball up, laying it off and winning headers, had a sight of goal but his effort went over the bar in similar fashion. Bubb then saw two efforts fly over the bar before Ricketts saw his long-range effort do the same.

Sawyer continued his good standard of passing, swinging the ball out to the left-hand side for Betsy, whose strike at goal was saved. Minutes later Betsy, involved again, cut in from the left-hand side and ran across the edge of the penalty area, fed Pires through but his effort on his weaker right foot was skewed wide. Pires this time turned provider as he cushioned the ball down for McCallum to have an effort which was deflected into the side netting.

With Woking getting much the better of Ebbsfleet, Liam Daish decided to make a change bringing on forward Ashikodi for Enver-Marum. As the sun started to go down and the clouds rolled in on an overcast afternoon the game turned a bit scrappy with both teams desperate for control of the ball.

Two further substitutions from Ebbsfleet in the 81st and 86th minutes confirmed their desire to win the game, which is exactly what happened in the 88th. A cross in from the left was met with force from a Fleet forward, Howe was on hand to keep it out of the Woking goal. The ball fell to Ashikodi to fire into the roof of the net. A devastating blow for the Cards.

Woking threw everything forward in the hunt for a late equaliser but Ebbsfleet did enough to see the game out and must be given credit for their performance. Garry Hill said afterwards that, “he couldn’t fault his players’ effort but felt they hadn’t created as many opportunities as he would have liked�.

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

Unused Subs: Adam Doyle, Dean Sinclair, Sam Beasant, George Frith, Louie Meech

Caution: Mike Cestor 38

Ebbsfleet: Preston Edwards, Craig Stone, Patrick Ada, Phil Walsh (Nathan Elder 81), Paul Lorraine, Liam Enver-Marum (Moses Ashikodi 73), Tom Phipp, Joe Howe, Neil Barrett, Liam Bellamy, Lanre Azeez (Ben Greenhaigh 86)

Unused Subs: Lucas Menz, Adam Williams, James Folkes, Sam Akinde

Caution: Joe Howe 7, Liam Bellamy

Sponsors MOTM: Loick Pires

Attendance: 1272

1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Mike Cestor
8Jack Parkinson
16Brett Johnson ('90)
4Mark Ricketts
15Lee Sawyer
11Kevin Betsy
7Loick Pires
9Bradley Bubb
19Gavin McCallum
18Sam Beasant
6Adam Doyle
23Louie Meech
17Dean Sinclair
22George Frith
14Brett Williams ('90)
Ebbsfleet United LINEUP
1Preston Edwards
2Craig Stone
4Patrick Ada
5Phil Walsh ('81)
6Paul Lorraine
7Liam Enver-Marum ('73)
11Tom Phipp
14Joe Howe
15Neil Barrett
16Liam Bellamy
18Lanre Azeez ('86)
9Nathan Elder ('81)
10Moses Ashikodi ('73)
12Lucas Menz
17Ben Greenhaigh ('86)
19Adam Williams
20James Folkes
21Sam Akinde

Garry Hill Interview after Woking 0-1 Ebbsfleet United

Loick Pires Interview

David Holmes
6:37pm, Sat 20th Oct 2012
Loick Pires spoke to David Holmes after the FA Cup game against Ebbsfleet.

Loick Pires:

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