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Cards looking to avenge defeat

Alan Worth
11:08pm, Wed 30th Jan 2013
Woking v Hyde United
3pm on Saturday 2 February 2013

The Cards’ last game was the league victory against Ebbsfleet on 13th January. Thanks to the weather it’s now been almost three weeks since Woking managed to complete any sort of fixture. Along with all Woking fans, Garry Hill will no doubt be desperate to see his side finally take to the field. What will also give Saturday’s encounter added spice will be the opportunity for the Cards to avenge their shock 7-0 defeat at Hyde in early December. Let’s all hope that we finally see some football action at Kingfield on Saturday!

WOKING

Since that awful day in December Woking have won four of their last five league games and, but for the lack of any match practice, should be confident of reversing that loss away at Hyde. Garry Hill will have a full compliment to choose from including Lee Sawyer who has been out injured since early December. With Loick Pires currently on loan at Boreham Wood, both Jayden Stockley and Brett Williams will be hoping to get some game time up front.

HYDE UNITED

The Tigers, managed by Scott McNiven, started the season poorly, not picking up a win till their 8th league game, a resounding 5-2 home victory over Hereford. The second win didn’t come till six games later, a 2-1 home win over Tamworth. Results improved considerably in November and December, with victories over Grimsby and Newport in November and, on top of the victory against Woking, wins over Stockport, Forest Green Rovers and Grimsby in December. But all three league games in January have been lost, with no goals scored.

The Tigers now lie in [16th] place in the league. Away from home they’ve won four, drawn one and lost nine, scoring 17 goals and conceding 25.

The Tigers’ best-known player is experienced striker Phil Jevons, who’s played in all five League divisions, and who rattled in four goals in the 7-0 defeat of the Cards. Other players to note include fellow striker Scott Spencer, who’s a current selection for the England C side; Matty Blinkhorn, a very useful winger who’s turned out for Luton Town and York City amongst other clubs; and David Poole, who started his career at Manchester United’s Academy and whose previous clubs include Yeovil and Stockport. Chris Segwick, previously on loan, has now joined permanently, as has Ray Puterill from Rochdale, who won an FA Youth Cup medal with Liverpool in 2007. Liam Tomsett’s loan from Blackpool has been extended till the end of the season and experienced midfielder Mark Allott has joined from Chesterfield.

ADMISSION PRICES

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

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Saturday’s 56-page programme includes the latest instalment of Mark Doyle’s superb, decade-by-decade, look at Woking’s history. On Saturday Mark looks at the ‘swinging 60s’, with the usual wonderfully evocative illustrations to match. There’s also an ‘opposing view’ from a Hyde fan plus all the news from the BSP, match reports, previews, great 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

Hyde United 7 Woking 0
1 December 2012

No one expected this result, not least after Woking’s 7-0 thrashing of Farnborough in the FA Trophy the previous weekend! The turning point came in the 38th minute when Brett Johnson was sent off for bringing down Spencer and, then just before half-time (how often had that happened this season?), Woking conceded the lead to top scorer Phil Jevons.

Hyde tore at the Cards after the break and quickly rattled in two more goals from Spencer and Jevons. It was still 3-0 with ten minutes to go, but Woking collapsed, conceding four more goals, including another two to Jevons, giving him four in all, before the end.

Could Garry and Steve pull things round after such a shocking defeat? The expected answer came in a superb 2-0 win at Lincoln City only three days later.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, John Nutter, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson, Mark Ricketts, Lee Sawyer (Mike Cestor 69), Kevin Betsy, Billy Knott (Dean Sinclair 30), Brett Williams (Gavin McCallum 42), Jayden Stockley

Unused Subs: Sam Beasant, Bradley Bubb

NEXT GAME

The Cards are at home to Farnham Town on Tuesday evening in the Surrey Senior Cup. Reduced admission prices apply, with U16s admitted free. Kick-off is at 7.45pm. The following Saturday Woking are away at Alfreton. The next home league game is against Newport County on Saturday 16 February.

Come on, you Cards!

Cards claim Hyde revenge

Glen Harrington
8:37pm, Sat 2nd Feb 2013
Woking 2 Hyde 1
Blue Square Premier
2nd February 2013


A brace from Billy Knott allowed Woking to claim a hard-fought but deserved victory over a battling Hyde side and extend their impressive run of results to five wins from their last six league games.

Knott’s two strikes – the second of which came just two minutes into the second-half – also helped banish the memories of his team’s worst performance this season, the 7-0 defeat at Hyde in early December.

The Sunderland loanee opened the scoring after ten minutes when he curled a sublime effort from just outside of the penalty area into the top left hand corner of the goal.

Matthew Blinkhorn turned in the Tiger’s equaliser from Adam Griffin’s cross mid-way through the first period, but Garry Hill’s side came out aggressively after the interval and deservedly scored what proved to be the winner within mere moments of the restart.

Woking began the game with three changes from the team that defeated Ebbsfleet United in their last league game on the 13th January: with Brett Johnson, Jayden Stockley and Lee Sawyer replacing the injured pair of Adam Newton and Adam Doyle, as well as Loick Pires – who is now on loan at Boreham Wood.

A 4-3-3 formation saw Joe McNerney slot in at right back, with Johnson and Jack Parkinson the central pair, while Stockley started in the more prominent striking position between wide-men Kevin Betsy and Bradley Bubb. Meanwhile Scott McNiven’s visitors were without star striker and top scorer Phil Jevons, also through injury.

The Cards started the game on the front foot as Hyde’s goalkeeper Chris Dilo scuffed his clearance straight to Knott on the half-way line, with the midfielder quick to set Betsy through on goal, but the 34 year-old could only find the midriff of a relieved Dilo with his resulting shot.

However, it did not take long for the home side to find a way past the French stopper, on loan from Blackburn Rovers, as Knott collected the ball on the right hand side of the penalty area, composed himself and curled the ball superbly into the net with an unstoppable effort.

McNerney came close to doubling the advantage with a header from John Nutter’s free-kick, but from the resulting counter attack Hyde captain Griffin made good progress down the left hand flank before his perfectly placed cross was tapped home by Blinkhorn.

Hyde’s equaliser might only have kept the scores level for a matter of seconds had Bubb taken advantage of the chance that fell to him after another poor visitors’ clearance. The Cards top scorer managed to take control of the ball inside the penalty area, but Dilo was out quickly to block the winger’s attempt to shoot.

In an end-to-end conclusion to the second-half both Stockley and Knott saw long range efforts saved by the Tigers’ keeper, while Griffin’s fellow full-back Josh Brizell saw his swerving shot parried clear by Aaron Howe.

Half-time: Woking 1 Hyde 1

After arguably being his team’s standout player in the first-half it was ironic that it was a mistake from Griffin that allowed Woking to retake the lead at the start of the second period. Betsy’s cross from the left looked to have been intercepted by the Hyde left-back, but as he prepared to clear he saw the ball nicked off his toe by Knott, who proceeded to slot it past Dilo with ease.

In an excellent spell of dominance the Cards were unlucky not to extend their lead, with Dilo saving from McNerney, Bubb, Stockley and Sawyer in a mad ten minute spell.

Determined to stop the free-flowing football opposing them Hyde brought on Shay McCartan and another Blackburn loanee, Osayamen Osawe, in place of Mark Allott and David Poole, while Woking brought on Brett Williams in place of a frustrated Stockley, who had endured one of his more difficult afternoons in a Cards’ shirt.

The changes did little to create fresh openings for the visitors, who found the commanding presence of Howe in the way of the few openings they did manage to make. In what was an excellent all-round defensive display from the Cards, Hyde never looked likely to repeat their Ewan Fields demolition job.

Indeed it was Woking who had further opportunities to double their lead: Sawyer heading straight at Dilo from Nutter’s cross before Williams outmuscled a defender only to find the Hyde keeper in place to block him.

Garry Hill brought on Gavin McCallum and Mike Cestor as the clock wound down, determined not to give their visitors any further chances. He would have been amongst those with his heart in his mouth however when Ricketts, who had enjoyed an otherwise excellent game, under-hit a 94th minute back-pass, but thankfully Howe was alert and just managed to beat Scott Spencer to the ball.

In the end, it was hard work for the Cards but, crucially, they are beginning to make a habit of grinding out narrow wins, especially at home, whereas earlier in the season they were throwing two, and often three points away.

Impressively Woking are now up to eleventh in the league table, nine points clear of a relegation place and nine points adrift of a playoff place, with games in hand on many of the teams around them. But perhaps crucially they are now only 12 points away from their 50 point ‘safety target’ with still 19 games remaining.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Joe McNerney, John Nutter, Jack Parkinson, Brett Johnson, Mark Ricketts, Lee Sawyer (Gavin McCallum 85), Billy Knott, Kevin Betsy, Bradley Bubb (Mike Cestor 90), Jayden Stockley (Brett Williams 69)

Unused Subs: Elvijs Putnins, George Frith

Goal(s): Knott 10 & 47

Booked: McNerney 34

Hyde: Chris Dilo, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Kelvin Lomax, Luke Ashworth, Mark Allott (Shay McCartan 61), David Poole (Osayamen Osawe 73), Liam Tomsett, Scott Spencer, Matthew Blinkhorn, Chris Sedgwick (Matthew Cassidy 82)

Unused Subs: David Carnell, Grant Spencer

Goal(s): Blinkhorn 20

Booked: Lomax 90

MOTM: Billy Knott – Worked tirelessly and at times appeared to be everywhere. Grabbed both of Woking’s goals and created several more chances for his teammates. Woking fans can only hope that this was not his final appearance.

Attendance: 1,236
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
4Mark Ricketts
26John Nutter
5Joe McNerney
16Brett Johnson
8Jack Parkinson
15Lee Sawyer ('85)
11Kevin Betsy
24Billy Knott
25Jayden Stockley ('69)
9Bradley Bubb ('90)
BENCH
18Elvijs Putnins
3Mike Cestor ('90)
22George Frith
19Gavin McCallum ('85)
14Brett Williams ('69)
Hyde LINEUP
35Chris Delo
2Josh Brizell
3Adam Griffin
16Kelvin Lomax
5Luke Ashworth
15Mark Allott ('61)
7David Poole ('73)
21Liam Tomsett
9Scott Spencer
20Matthew Blinkhorn
37Chris Sedgwick
BENCH
39Shay McCartan ('61)
18Grant Spencer
17Matthew Cassidy
22Osayamen Osawe ('73)
1David Carnell

Woking 2-1 Hyde (Garry Hill Interview)

Interview with John Nutter

David Holmes
6:28pm, Sat 2nd Feb 2013
John Nutter spoke to David Holmes after the game against Hyde

John Nutter:







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