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FA Trophy (R1)
3:00pm - SaturdaySat 24th NovemberNov 2012
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 979

7 - 0


Trophy derby on Saturday

Brian Caffarey
10:14am, Thu 22nd Nov 2012
Woking v Farnborough
FA Trophy 1st Round
3pm on Saturday 24 November 2012

The Cards welcome back old foes and neighbours Farnborough on Saturday, including former Kingfield favourites Alan Inns and Elvis Hammond, in what should be a very interesting and hard-fought Trophy encounter. With both sides scoring and shipping goals with some abandon, there should be some fine entertainment too! Come down to Kingfield if you possibly can and support your local football teams.


The ‘Midas’ touch which Garry Hill had in cup competitions with his old Dagenham side seems to have deserted him so far at Kingfield, with tame first-time exits last year in the FA Cup and Trophy to Maidenhead United and Chelmsford City respectively and this year to Ebbsfleet United in the Cup. Will it be fourth time lucky on Saturday?

In the league the Cards have slipped into slightly worrying territory but a good Trophy run would nevertheless be welcome, not least because it can bring in significant financial rewards, especially if the later stages are reached. In addition to their share of gate money, Saturday’s tie brings with it £5k for the winners and of course a place in the next round. A team entering the competition at this stage and going on to lift the Trophy would pocket £92k in prize money alone. Not to be sniffed at.

Subject to any injury worries, Garry should have a full squad to choose from now that Lee Sawyer, Mike Cestor and Bradley Bubb have served their one-match suspensions.


Spencer Day’s side have made an encouraging start to the season and now lie in 5th place in the Blue Square South table with 26 points from 16 games, having won seven, drawn three and lost six matches so far. Like Woking, no game has so far been goalless.

In the FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round the Boro beat financially-stricken Truro City 3-2 at home.

Predictably, Alan Inns has proved to be a great acquisition for Farnborough, whilst recent signing Elvis Hammond has further strengthened a forward line which was already banging in the goals. Other familiar names include Dave Tarpey, the former Hampton and Richmond striker. Perhaps the player Woking’s defence needs to mark most closely, though, is Reece Connolly, who has recently rejoined the Boro on loan from Aldershot Town.


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

Season ticket-holders are reminded that this is an ‘all pay’ game. The match will not be segregated and the bar will be open from 12 noon.

See the news item on 19 November about hospitality packages.


The 56-page programme includes Josh Stedman’s survey of how Garry Hill’s side have been viewed by opposition sides, Mark Doyle’s amazing set of football trivia facts – great stuff! – and an opposing view from Farnborough fan, Paul Trenter (‘Trents’). If you can’t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on


The Cards travel to Hyde next Saturday (1 December) and then to Lincoln City the following Tuesday (4 December). The next home game is a very attractive encounter with Stockport County on Saturday 8 December, so make sure it’s firmly in your diary!

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. CARDS TRUST MEMBERS – Final reminder about the Trust’s AGM this (Thursday) evening at 7.30pm. Please come along and show your continuing support for the Trust’s valuable work.

Devastating Woking hit local rivals for seven

Glen Harrington
8:45pm, Sat 24th Nov 2012
Woking 7 Farnborough 0
FA Trophy First Round
24th November 2012

Woking ended a run of four games without a win with a spectacular seven-goal thrashing of local rivals Farnborough in the FA Trophy.

The Cards' Blue Square South opponents were outplayed throughout as goals from Kevin Betsy, Jayden Stockley, Billy Knott and Brett Williams (pictured) put the result all but beyond doubt before half-time.

Stockley and Knott both netted for a second time shortly after the interval, before substitute Gavin McCallum’s header completed the visitors' misery with ten minutes remaining.

Winger Nic Ciardini came closest to striking for Spencer Day’s side, but his driven shot from the flank flashed wide of Aaron Howe’s left-hand post.

Garry Hill and Steve Thompson made three changes from last weekend’s defeat to Alfreton Town, with Brett Johnson replacing Jack Parkinson in defence, Lee Sawyer – returned from suspension – coming in for Dean Sinclair, and Knott making a welcome from return to injury to displace McCallum.

Farnborough’s side featured former Woking players Elvis Hammond and, as captain, Alan Inns. Aldershot loanee Reece Connolly also started for the men in yellow.

From the outset the home side’s slick passing and superior movement in difficult conditions looked far too much for Boro’ to contain.

The hosts needed just six minutes to take advantage of their early dominance, with Betsy turning his man on the edge of the area, cutting down the right and seeing his deflected effort trickle past Boro’ keeper Craig Bradshaw, somehow finding the net.

Wave after wave of red and white shirts continued to bombard the visitors' goal, and within fifteen minutes the lead had been doubled: Williams using all his strength to outmuscle Josh Huggins inside the penalty area and square for Stockley to tap home his first Woking goal.

Only the brilliance of Bradshaw prevented the Cards adding to their lead with each attack – the Farnborough keeper saving from Knott and Johnson, with the latter also seeing a header strike the underside of the crossbar.

Ciardini found a rare portion of space on the left flank midway through the first-half, but his flashing effort aimed at the bottom right-hand corner of the goal went comfortably wide. It would be the closest the visitors would come in the entire game.

A delightful interchange between Knott and Stockley forced another fine save from Bradshaw, but it was only a brief respite for the Boro’ keeper, who was soon beaten again – John Nutter’s hanging cross from the left-hand side nodded down by Stockley for Knott, who crashed an effort emphatically into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Within two minutes Woking were in again, and making everything look ever so easy. Kevin Betsy broke free down the right, and had all the time in the world to pick out a square pass for Williams. The Cards' born-again striker confidently side-stepped Huggins and stroked the ball past Bradshaw.

Half-time: Woking 4 Farnborough 0

Spencer Day sent his players out early after the interval, but it did little to slow the Woking players momentum or, more importantly, their growing confidence.

As always, Betsy appeared to be at the heart of all Woking’s good play, breaking forward and releasing Nutter down the left with an inch-perfect pass. Another excellent cross followed from the Lincoln City loanee, his effort allowing Stockley to slide in and prod home a simple fifth.

Williams was unlucky not to match his teammate and grab his second of the game, as his deflected cross from the right flank required Bradshaw to push the ball around the post.

Even a triple Boro’ change – introducing Dave Tarpey, Alfred Bosch and Medi Abalimba – still couldn’t change their misfortune, a Knott free-kick from the right-hand corner of the penalty area somehow eluding everybody and ending up in the bottom left corner of the net.

With the game already emphatically won, a delighted Hill and Thompson were given the ideal opportunity to rest players, particularly Knott, who was playing in his first game since 9th October. The Sunderland loanee was replaced by Sinclair, with Mark Ricketts and man-of-the-match Williams also making way for McCallum and Mike Cestor.

Content and comfortable, Woking’s ambitions turned to their defence, who were without a clean sheet since mid-August. However, a frustrated and isolated Hammond made a lonely figure in the visitors' frontline, allowing the Cards to venture forward in search of more goals of their own.

That was just what they got as McCallum, who was unlucky to miss out on the day’s starting line-up, flicked a Sawyer corner into the roof of the Farnborough net.

It should have been a brace for the pacey winger moments later, as he volleyed Cestor’s fine cross over the bar from close range.

The closing stages followed the same pattern as the rest of the game, with Bradshaw only increasing his reputation as the visitors' best player – saving well from Cestor, Stockley and McCallum inside the final five minutes.

Desperate for his hat-trick, Stockley had the Cards' final chance in stoppage time, but struck over after McCallum had cushioned down Nutter’s cross from the left.

All in all, it was a very encouraging performance against a surprisingly disappointing Farnborough side. Loan signings Nutter, Stockley and Knott all impressed again on only their second appearances for the club, while Williams’ dramatic improvement is a huge bonus and something that meant Loick Pires was unable to even find a place on the substitutes' bench.

With Parkinson and Adam Doyle also missing out on today’s squad, the Woking management team have an attractively large and morale-boosted squad to pick from in a busy upcoming Christmas schedule, which starts with a trip to Hyde next Saturday.

League action will remain a priority, but the £5,000 prize money won today against a team who are in their division’s play-off hunt is not to be sniffed at. The draw for the second round is made on Monday.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, John Nutter, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson, Mark Ricketts (Gavin McCallum 62), Lee Sawyer, Kevin Betsy, Billy Knott (Dean Sinclair 62), Brett Williams (Mike Cestor 68), Jayden Stockley

Unused Subs: Sam Beasant, Bradley Bubb

Goal(s): Betsy 6, Stockley 14 & 53, Knott 32 & 61, Williams 34, McCallum 77

Booked: None

Farnborough: Craig Bradshaw, Josh Huggins, Olly Treacher, Dean Inman, Alan Inns, Reece Jones (Alfred Bosch 59), Daniel Bennett, Steve Laidler (Medi Abalimba 59), Reece Connolly (Dave Tarpey 59), Elvis Hammond, Nic Ciardini

Unused Subs: Jamie Norris, Marcus Moody

Goal(s): None

Booked: None

MOTM: Brett Williams – Continues to improve, his transformation in recent weeks has been astonishing. Scored one, made one, and could have had more.

Attendance: 979
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
26John Nutter
5Joe McNerney
16Brett Johnson
11Kevin Betsy
24Billy Knott ('62)
4Mark Ricketts ('62)
15Lee Sawyer
14Brett Williams
25Jayden Stockley
18Sam Beasant
3Mike Cestor ('68)
17Dean Sinclair ('62)
19Gavin McCallum ('62)
9Bradley Bubb
Farnborough LINEUP
1Craig Bradshaw
2Josh Huggins
3Olly Treacher
4Dean Inman
5Alan Inns
6Reece Jones ('59)
7Dan Bennett
8Steve Laidler ('59)
9Reece Connolly ('59)
10Elvis Hammond
11Nic Ciardini
12Dave Tarpey ('59)
14Alfred Bosch ('59)
15Marcus Moody
16Medi Abalimba ('59)
17Jamie Norris

Woking 7-0 Farnborough (Steve Thompson Interview)

Interview with Brett Williams

David Holmes
6:45pm, Sat 24th Nov 2012
Brett Williams spoke to David Holmes after the game against Farnborough.

Brett Williams:

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