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Cards seek another away scalp

Brian Caffarey
5:51pm, Thu 1st Nov 2012
Gateshead v Woking
3pm on Saturday 3 November 2012

The Cards make this rescheduled trip to the north-east on Saturday hoping to build on their terrific away win at league leaders Newport County last weekend and, in the process, get halfway to Garry’s ‘safety’ target of 50 points. But Gateshead will be a tough nut to crack, being unbeaten in their last five Conference outings.

WOKING

Last Saturday’s result vindicated the views of those who believed that the Cards’ points tally from away trips didn’t properly reflect the quality of the football they’ve frequently displayed on their travels. The question now is whether they can develop a bit more consistency and, in particular, let in fewer goals. Woking’s 16 league games so far have produced an astonishing 61 goals: averaging nearly four goals a game. No side has scored more than Woking’s 30 goals but, equally, only two sides have shipped more than their 31 goals. While the statistics point to great entertainment, Woking fans would no doubt prefer it if the side didn’t live quite so dangerously, especially when in winning positions.

Kevin Betsy’s two goals at Newport underlined just how valuable his contribution has been this season, both in creating goals for others and putting them away himself. Lee Sawyer too has put in a huge amount of work in midfield, both in covering and tackling and in driving the side forward. If these two players are on song, the Cards are a threat to anyone in this league.

GATESHEAD

The Heed finished in 8th place last season and, in spite of losing top scorer Jon Shaw to Luton in the summer, were viewed as an outside bet for a play-off place. They started the season well, winning three and drawing two of their games in August but have faltered since and have now gone nine games since their last win, a 2-0 victory at home over Dartford on 8 September. More positively, from their perspective, they have been beaten only once in their last six games: a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Alfreton Town in the FA Cup. They currently sit in 13th place in the table, two points and three places behind the Cards.

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. Hatch is just returning after a long injury lay-off. Midfielder Lee Bullock has just joined on loan from York City, making his debut in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Kidderminster Harriers.

GETTING THERE

The International Stadium
Neilson Road
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
NE10 0EF

Official website: www.gateshead-fc.com

By coach
Thanks to Peter Jordan’s very generous subsidy, a full Cards Trust coach will be going to the International Stadium, with fans paying only £10 each for the return trip. The coach leaves Kingfield at 7.30am.

By car
Take the A1(M) to its junction with the A194(M), just north of Washington Services. Take the A194(M) to the end of the motorway. At the roundabout turn left onto the A184 towards Gateshead. The International Stadium is on the right after about three miles. Car parking is available at the ground.

By train
There are frequent trains from London KX to Newcastle, from where you can take the Metro to Gateshead. Look up www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com for details of train times and prices.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £14
Over 60s and Students: £9
Under 16s: £2

Woking fans will be seated in the north-west corner of the Tyne and Wear Stand.

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 2 Gateshead 1
22 September 2012

The Cards notched their third win in a row with this victory over Gateshead but they had to withstand some heavy pressure from the Heed after the break as they sought to defend a 2-0 half-time lead.

Jack Parkinson gave Woking an encouraging start as his fifth-minute shot from the edge of the area took a deflection and sailed past the visitors’ keeper. Some fine play from Kevin Betsy and Bradley Bubb a quarter of an hour later provided a chance for Gavin McCallum, which he converted with a crisp left-footed shot into the far corner.

The Cards had several chances to put the game beyond Gateshead’s reach early in the second half, with Brett Johnson heading against the post. However, a spirited Gateshead side fought hard to reduce the deficit and did so after a clever Yemi Odubade backheel opened the way for Phil Turnbull to finish. Ex-Card Chris Bush didn’t help the Heed’s search for an equaliser, getting himself sent off for two bookings, and the Cards defence managed to see the game out successfully.

NEXT GAME

The Cards are at home to old friends and foes Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday evening. There is only one other scheduled home match this month, so take the chance to come on down to Kingfield and cheer on Garry Hill’s entertaining side. The following Saturday the Cards make another long away trip, this time to Grimsby Town.


Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget to book your tickets for ‘Elvis and friends’ on Friday 9 November in the Cardinals’ Bar!




Hatch of the day!

David Richardson
11:10am, Sun 4th Nov 2012
Gateshead 2 Woking 1
Blue Square Bet Premier
3 November 2012


Following a fantastic win against league leaders Newport a week ago, Woking came away from the Gateshead International Stadium with, ‘no complaints’. This was the verdict of Woking manager Garry Hill. The long trip to Gateshead meant an early start for the Cards squad. They met at King Cross Station in London for breakfast. At an adjoining table I watched as the players had breakfast together. The 10 o’clock train departed on time and the players relaxed by playing cards, reading and for Adam Newton, what looked like a good sleep! Incredibly, the journey took just 2 hours and 50 minutes.

Unsurprisingly, Hill named an unchanged team after last week’s brilliant performance, with the only squad change being U18 Academy goalkeeper Liam Allen on the bench replacing Sam Beasant, who was unwell.

Woking started the first half on a wet and heavy pitch that had been resurfaced only months ago in the pre-season. It was the home side that almost made an instant breakthrough. Paddy Boyle’s free-kick from the right side of the penalty area fell to Liam Hatch, whose left-footed effort was cleared off the line by Mike Cestor to Gateshead captain Ben Clark which was again cleared off the line by Cestor. A wake-up call for the Cards.

Moments later it was Gateshead who nearly conceded. Cestor, involved again, put in a low cross that James Curtis tried to clear but ended up putting the ball onto his own cross bar and out for a corner.

Woking had the better of the play as Gateshead tried to get a foothold in the game but the Cards made an ideal start after Sawyer’s cross was met by Jack Parkinson, who comfortably volleyed home from six yards.

Woking were reminded that the game wasn’t going to be all that easy as Aaron Howe was called into action to tip over Lee Bullock’s cross-cum-shot. Ryan Donaldson and Hatch also looked to trouble Howe’s goal but both efforts were off target. Woking continued to control the game until Bullock fed Josh Gillies, who finished across Howe in off the inside of the post. This goal proved to be the game changer as the pendulum swung in Gateshead’s favour. Gillies had a great chance for his second goal less than a minute later but his header evaded Howe’s right-hand post.

The impressive Gillies caused problems again for the Woking defence, whipping in a free kick that just eluded everyone before Gateshead got their second goal a minute from half-time. Donaldson cut in from the right-hand side and rolled a pass in behind the Cards’ defence to Bullock, whose cross to the back post was met by the head of the towering Hatch, who steered the ball into the right-hand corner of Howe’s goal. Liam Hatch had a superb game and his goal proved to be the match winner for Gateshead.

Half Time: Gateshead 2 Woking 1

Looking for a response after an end of a first half to forget, McCallum’s deep free-kick forced goalkeeper Adam Bartlett to punch the ball clear as Woking searched for an equaliser. Loick Pires, who had found it difficult to hold the ball up and bring others into play, was replaced by Adam Doyle, who moved alongside Brett Johnson with Joe McNerney going up the other end of the pitch to lead the attacking line.

Gateshead manager Ian Bogie decided to make a change as well bringing on Nathan Fisher for James Brown, which almost instantly paid off, when Fisher found himself in some space behind Woking’s defence. But with only Howe to beat he fired wide with his first touch of the ball. The dangerous Gillies then fired wide only to then carve open the Woking defence and play a pass to Fisher who, like his previous effort, shot wide. It was then a question of whether Woking could punish Gateshead for their missed chances but with the ever-influential Sawyer on a yellow card, limiting his involvement in the game, the home side continued to press the Cards with Hatch, this time, heading over.

With the time ticking, Garry Hill decided to have a last throw of the dice, moving to three at the back with Doyle, Johnson and McNerney, using Newton and Cestor as wing backs as well as bringing on Brett Williams minutes later.

Howe made sure of keeping Woking in the game by parrying away a fierce Donaldson shot before then saving Magney’s header from the resulting corner.

Parkinson tried his luck from long range but his effort was just wide as was Sawyer’s free-kick from the edge of the box and Magney’s drive from just outside the area. Substitute Bradley Bubb saw his volley go wide in similar fashion. Howe’s save from Fisher was the last action in the game as the referee brought the match to a close.

So, in half-term week a half-term report on Woking FC. After seventeen games, what do we know? There are plenty of plus points. Woking currently sit 11th in the table. They are a very entertaining side to watch, underlined by their impressive goals tally of 31, higher than any other team in the division. The competition, though, is tough. Woking are now competing in a division with twelve former Football League clubs. Many of them are full-time and the Cards should be applauded for how they have coped in the higher division. However, the downside to the entertainment is the disappointing figure of 33 goals conceded, also higher than any other team. But, as Garry Hill has said, he would consider, “survival in this division a greater achievement than winning promotion last season�.

Garry Hill and his assistant Steve Thompson have done an outstanding job and assembled an excellent squad. Hill believes that 50 points will guarantee survival in the division and the Cards are well on the way to that total.

All in all, Woking should feel pleased with what they have achieved so far. Twenty-two points have been banked from 17 matches, leaving another 28 points from 29 matches to meet the boss's target, and the way Woking are playing that should be more than achievable.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts (Brett Williams 83), Joe McNerney, Loick Pires (Adam Doyle 56), Jack Parkinson, Kevin Betsy, Lee Sawyer, Brett Johnson, Gavin McCallum (Bradley Bubb 64)

Unused Subs: Dean Sinclair, Liam Allen

Cautions: Lee Sawyer 41, Mark Ricketts 76, Mike Cestor 89

Gateshead: Adam Bartlett, Carl Magnay, Paddy Boyle, James Curtis, Ben Clark, Josh Gillies (Chris Bush 84), Phil Turnbull, Liam Hatch (Micky Cummins 88), James Brown (Nathan Fisher 62), Ryan Donaldson, Lee Bullock

Unused Subs: Yemi Odubade, Jordan Nixon

Man of the Match: Aaron Howe – Made some brilliant saves to keep Woking in the game right to the end.

Attendance: 473
Gateshead LINEUP
1Adam Bartlett
2Carl Magney
3Patrick Boyle
5James Curtis
6Ben Clark
7Josh Gillies ('85)
8Phil Turnbull
18Ryan Donaldson
32Lee Bullock
9Liam Hatch ('88)
14James Brown ('62)
BENCH
19Jordan Nixon
16Chris Bush ('85)
11Micky Cummins ('88)
10Yemi Odubade
12Nathan Fisher ('62)
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Mike Cestor
5Joe McNerney
16Brett Johnson
4Mark Ricketts ('83)
8Jack Parkinson
15Lee Sawyer
11Kevin Betsy
7Loick Pires ('56)
19Gavin McCallum ('65)
BENCH
Liam Allen
6Adam Doyle ('56)
17Dean Sinclair
9Bradley Bubb ('65)
14Brett Williams ('83)

Garry Hill Interview

Nick Shaw
1:18pm, Sun 4th Nov 2012
John Moore talks to Garry Hill following Woking's defeat at Gateshead.



Garry Hill:








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