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1:00pm - SundaySun 13th JanuaryJan 2013
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 1416

Woking
Woking
1 - 0

Ebbsfleet United
Ebbsfleet United

Cards hope for bumper Sunday crowd

Brian Caffarey
7:29pm, Thu 10th Jan 2013
Woking v Ebbsfleet United
Ipm on Sunday 13 January 2013 (NB Date and kick-off time)

All Under 16s are being admitted free to this game, so bring everyone down to Kingfield this Sunday lunchtime for a football treat. The Cards are the great entertainers of the Blue Square Premier, with matches averaging nearly four goals a game – not always in the right net of course! To add to the fun KC Kat will be dishing out sweets at half-time.

WOKING

The Cards go into this game on the back of an exhilarating 3-1 win against Luton Town on New Year’s Day and a not wholly convincing 5-2 midweek win at Merstham in the Surrey Senior Cup. There has been good news in the form of the signing of John Nutter and extended loans for Billy Knott and Jayden Stockley. The fact that Billy chose to stay with the Cards in preference to going on loan to a League club is a coup for Garry Hill.

Brett Williams will still be missing, having had to wait to serve out the last game of his three-match suspension. Cards fans will hope that Lee Sawyer is fit to return from his month-long injury lay-off and that Bradley Bubb’s injury at Merstham was not as serious as it at first appeared.

Both sides will be very anxious to pick up points from this game, given how tight the league table is. Woking currently sit in 16th place, eight points above the Fleet in 22nd place, having played the same number of games. Although Woking have a good home record this season, Ebbsfleet have been something of a bogey side for us over the years.

EBBSFLEET UNITED

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, however, has now left the club. Midfielder Ashley Carew signed for Fleet just before the FA Cup encounter but was ineligible to play then.

Of course the best known Woking connection comes in the form of former Kingfield favourite and Fleet captain, Paul Lorraine. 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.

Away from home the Fleet have won three, drawn two and lost seven in the league, scoring 17 goals and conceding 28. Over the holiday period they lost 3-1 at Dartford, drew 2-2 in the reverse fixture and, last Saturday, they drew 1-1 at home to Lincoln City.

ADMISSION PRICES

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

The game is not expected to be segregated, so Fleet fans are welcome to use the Cardinals Bar.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Saturday’s 56-page full colour programme is a blockbuster with a New Year interview with Garry Hill and a mid-season review by Peter Holdsworth of progress so far. The programme also includes an opposing view from a Fleet fan, 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 shop@wokingfc.co.uk

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 0 Ebbsfleet United 1
FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
20 October 2012

This was a bitterly disappointing result for Garry Hill’s side, who were hoping for a decent Cup run to generate some extra income and raise the Club’s profile. Overall, Woking had more of the play but did not create enough chances and those that were created were spurned. The match seemed to be drifting towards a replay when, in the 88th minute, Fleet substitute Moses Ashikodi seized on a rebound in the box and smashed it into the roof of the net. Try as they might, there was no way back for the Cards.

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

NEXT GAME

The Cards entertain Farnham Town next Wednesday evening (16 January) in the Surrey Senior Cup. It’s a 7.45pm kick-off and reduced admission prices apply, with U16s again admitted free. The following Tuesday (22 January) the Cards have an enticing clash in prospect when Justin Edinburgh and Jimmy Dack bring high-flying Newport County to Kingfield.

Come on, you Cards!



Last gasp winner sinks Fleet

Phil Batts
12:00am, Sun 13th Jan 2013
Woking 1 Ebbsfleet United 0
Blue Square Bet Premier
13th January 2013

Loanee striker Jayden Stockley came off the substitutes' bench to earn Woking all three points with a late winner against a determined Ebbsfleet side who will feel that they deserved a share of the spoils on the balance of play and chances created. Up until Stockley's strike, it looked as though the Cards would be made to rue an early penalty miss from the normally reliable Kevin Betsy, who dragged his spot kick wide after ex-Card and Fleet captain Paul Lorraine brought down Loick Pires in the penalty area.

On a bitterly cold but bright day, Woking employed a 4-4-2 formation, once again using Joe McNerney in a forward position partnering Pires. The back four comprised the now regular quartet of Adam Newton, Jack Parkinson, Adam Doyle and John Nutter. Mark Ricketts anchored the midfield, along with Betsy, Billy Knott and Bradley Bubb, who looked to make up a front three whenever possible.

Although the playing surface at Kingfield was in a better state than it had been for the New Year's Day clash against Luton, conditions were still extremely heavy, making it difficult for Woking to impose their crisp passing style on the opposition and necessitating the use of route one tactics rather more often that they would ideally wish.

Ebbsfleet made the better start in the testing conditions, taking the game to the Cards and looking the more determined of the two teams. Slightly against the run of play, however, the home side was awarded a penalty in the ninth minute. A quick throw-in caught the Fleet defence napping and Pires stole into the penalty area only to be hauled down by the opposition skipper. The referee immediately pointed to the spot. Kevin Betsy calmly stepped up but, much to the surprise of the local fans, pulled his attempt wide of the 'keeper's right-hand post.

Things looked as though they might get worse for the Cards shortly afterwards when captain Mark Ricketts went to ground with what appeared to be a serious knee injury. Although he had to be helped from the pitch, he returned a few minutes later and was able to run off the knock, much to the relief of the Kingfield faithful.

The playing conditions were clearly causing problems for both sides, preventing them from stringing together any telling moves on the stodgy surface. As a result, the opening half hour was a fairly dour affair with little creative play and only the occasional half-chance being created. As the first half wore on, however, the promptings of Billy Knott started to catch the eye as he began to influence the game with his energy and clever passing, both short and long.

On thirty-three minutes, Ebbsfleet had their best chance of the game thus far. A defensive mix-up on the edge of the area between Parkinson and Aaron Howe resulted in the ball falling to Fleet striker Nathan Elder, who could only blaze high and wide when a little more composure might have seen him open the scoring.

Finally, with the game drifting towards the break, the tempo was dramatically increased with chances falling at either end. Firstly, good skills from Betsy created a chance for Bradley Bubb, whose goal-bound effort was blocked by Paul Lorraine at the expense of a corner. Then, right on half-time, Aaron Howe made an excellent save from Ashley Carew as he tipped his drive over the bar.

Half-time: Woking 0 Ebbsfleet United 0

Woking made an immediate change at the start of the second half with Jayden Stockley replacing Adam Doyle, who had suffered a back strain during the first half. As a result of this enforced change, Joe McNerney reverted to his more customary central defensive role with Stockley slotting in up front.

The introduction of the tall, blond striker to the Woking forward line immediately had a positive influence on proceedings. Firstly, he brought a good save from the Fleet 'keeper after good work from Betsy. Pires then blazed over the bar from ten yards out when in a good position. An even better chance arrived on the hour mark when an excellent long diagonal ball from Ricketts found Bubb one-on-one with the 'keeper but the Fleet defence came to the rescue and the ball was scrambled to safety.

A few minutes later, Gavin McCallum, who had replaced Pires after sixty-three minutes, made an excellent break down the left and crossed for Bubb, whose shot was deflected for a corner.

Despite Woking upping the tempo and taking the game to the opposition, Ebbsfleet were still very much in the game and causing problems for the Cards' defence, leaving the game very much in the balance as the match edged towards the final whistle.

Clearly, one goal would now settle the encounter and, fortunately for the home fans, Woking broke the deadlock in the eighty-ninth minute and a scrappy affair it was. Kevin Betsy made a good break into the area but the ball appeared to bobble around for some time before Jayden Stockley bundled the ball into the net from close range. The quality of the goal was academic, of course, to home players and supporters alike.

The referee brought the match to an end shortly afterwards. Proceedings were not over, however. Despite the difficult playing conditions, the game had been played in an excellent spirit throughout. So much so that, despite the obvious competitive nature of the match, there had been no bookings for either team. Rather bizarrely, therefore, the referee had no option but to dismiss opposition striker Ashley Carew as he appeared to throw a punch at Kevin Betsy as they were leaving the pitch, drawing events to a conclusion in an unexpected and somewhat unsavoury manner.

This was not a pretty match to watch by any stretch of the imagination. A gritty and workmanlike performance from the home team, however, was just sufficient to see them over the line and earn three more valuable points. The win lifts them into the top half of the table with thirty-five points from twenty-six games. Next up in the league, Newport County on Tuesday, 22nd January when the Cards will attempt to complete the double over the high-flying Welsh team.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle (Jayden Stockley 46), John Nutter (Mike Cestor 80), Mark Ricketts, Jack Parkinson, Billy Knott, Kevin Betsy, Loick Pires (Gavin McCallum 63), Bradley Bubb

Unused subs: Elvijs Putnins, George Frith

Goal: Jayden Stockley (89)


Ebbsfleet United: Preston Edwards, Paul Lorraine, Craig Stone, Tom Phipp, Joe Howe, Neil Barrett (Adam Williams 90), Lanre Azeez (Liam Bellamy 58), Ashley Carew, Jack Saville, Liam Enver-Marum, Nathan Elder (Phil Walsh 79)

Unused subs: Lucas Menz, James Folkes

Sent off: Ashley Carew (90)

Attendance: 1419

MOTM: Jack Parkinson. Calm and composed in defence throughout.
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
26John Nutter ('80)
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle ('45)
4Mark Ricketts
8Jack Parkinson
11Kevin Betsy
24Billy Knott
7Loick Pires ('64)
9Bradley Bubb
BENCH
18Elvijs Putnins
3Mike Cestor ('80)
22George Frith
19Gavin McCallum ('64)
25Jayden Stockley ('45)
Ebbsfleet United LINEUP
1Preston Edwards
2Craig Stone
6Paul Lorraine
7Liam Enver-Marum
9Nathan Elder ('80)
11Tom Phipp
14Joe Howe
15Neil Barrett ('90)
18Lanre Azeez ('59)
21Jack Saville
23Ashley Carew
BENCH
12Lucas Menz
5Phil Walsh ('80)
16Liam Bellamy ('59)
19Adam Williams ('90)
20James Folkes

Woking 1-0 Ebbsfleet United (Garry Hill Interview)

Interview with Jack Parkinson

David Holmes
4:20pm, Sun 13th Jan 2013
Jack Parkinson spoke to David Holmes after the game against Ebbsfleet.

Jack Parkinson:







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