Seymours
BSBP
3:00pm - SaturdaySat 9th FebruaryFeb 2013
| Att: 606

Alfreton Town
Alfreton Town
0 - 3

Woking
Woking

Cards look to boost away form

Brian Caffarey
8:25pm, Thu 7th Feb 2013
Alfreton Town v Woking
3pm on Saturday 9 February 2013

Garry Hill’s side are on a fine run with five wins in their last six league fixtures, although the weather has meant that those games stretch back to the victory over Lincoln City as long ago as 4 December. The Cards have been boosted by the news of the extended loans of Billy Knott and Jayden Stockley and will be keen on Saturday to boost their relatively meagre points haul away from home. Alfreton have already beaten the Cards at Kingfield, though, and will be equally keen to do the double over Garry Hill’s side as they fight to keep clear of the relegation zone.

WOKING

After last Saturday’s hard-fought 2-1 home win over Hyde, which took Woking to 38 points and 11th place in the table with a game to spare on many clubs, Garry Hill’s side had a very comfortable 5-0 victory over Farnham Town on Tuesday evening in the Surrey Senior Cup.

Cards fans will have been absolutely delighted with the news that the hugely-talented Billy Knott’s loan has been extended to 2 March: another terrific coup for Garry. Jayden Stockley too has contributed important goals to the Cards’ cause and will continue to provide Garry with a very useful striking option. Unless the weather plays havoc again, this means that Billy should be available to play in six more league games. By that stage we hope that Garry’s initial target of 50 points will have been reached and, who knows, an outside chance created of making the play-offs.

ALFRETON TOWN

Alfreton are in their second season in the BSP, having finished in 15th place last season after a very difficult start.

Nicky Law’s side currently sit 17th in the table with 34 points from 28 games: four fewer points than Woking and with one game more played. At home they’ve won three, drawn five and lost five, with 18 goals scored and 25 conceded. They’ve gone four league games without a win since beating Dartford 3-2 at home on 5 January.

Alfreton will be missing long-serving Anton Brown while central defender Adam Quinn, whom we’ve seen playing against the Cards for Halifax amongst other clubs, faces a late fitness test. Other familiar names include former Shot, Louie Soares, who was with Hayes and Yeading before being signed by Grimsby but has now gone on loan to the Reds till the end of the season. Recent loan signings are 19 year-old midfielder Steven Hewitt from Burnley and Scott Boden, an experienced striker on loan from Chesterfield.

GETTING THERE

The Impact Arena
North Street
Alfreton
Derbyshire
DE55 7FZ

Official website: www.alfretontownfc.com

By coach
The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 10.00am. The cost is £17 for members and £22 for non-members. Ring or email the Club Shop (shop@wokingfc.co.uk) to book your place.

By car
From M1: Turn off at junction 28 onto the A38 towards Derby. Follow for two miles then take the slip road onto the B600. Turn right at main road towards the town centre. After half-a-mile, immediately after Catholic Church on left, turn left into North Street. The ground is 150 yards down on the right.

By train
Alfreton Station is about 15 minutes’ walk from the ground. You’d need to take a train from St Pancras International to either Nottingham or Chesterfield and then catch a train to Alfreton. For example, the 11.15 to Nottingham arrives there at 12.59, with a train to Alfreton leaving at 13.15 and arriving at 13.29. Or you could catch the 11.55 to Chesterfield, arriving at 13.46, and then the 13.53 to Alfreton, getting in at 14.03. Look up www.trainline.com or www.nationalrail.co.uk for options and prices.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £18
Over 65s & Under 16s: £12

The game will not be segregated but Woking fans are asked to enter the stadium via the away turnstiles at the Alma Street end of the Impact Arena only.

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 1 Alfreton Town 2
17 November 2012

Another frustrating afternoon for the Cards as they failed to turn dominance into points. Lee Sawyer and Bradley Bubb were missing but there were debuts for new loan signings John Nutter and Jayden Stockley.

The Reds took the lead against the run of play: as so often in previous games, it was a set piece that was the Cards’ undoing, the hard-working Paul Clayton heading home Josh Law’s corner.

Brett Williams levelled the score in the 38th minute after Alfreton’s keeper had spilled John Nutter’s free-kick.

The Cards were in the ascendancy again after the break but, having conceded the lead again to another Clayton header after Aaron Howe had parried a long-range shot, they simply couldn’t break down an obdurate Alfreton defence.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, John Nutter, Joe McNerney, Jack Parkinson (Brett Johnson 82), Mark Ricketts, Dean Sinclair, Kevin Betsy, Gavin McCallum (Loick Pires 74), Brett Williams, Jayden Stockley

Unused Subs: Sam Beasant, Adam Doyle, George Frith.
Goal(s): Williams 38

Booked: Betsy 45

Alfreton Town: Jon Stewart, Leigh Franks, Theodore Streete (Adam Quinn 90), Connor Franklin, Ross Killock, Matthew Harriott (Anton Brown 81), Dan Bradley, Daniel Meadows, Paul Clayton, Joshua Law, Nathan Arnold

Unused Subs: Simon Russell, Ben Tomlinson, Ashley Worsfold.
Goal(s): Clayton 26 & 54

Booked: Clayton 45

MOTM: Joe McNerney

Attendance: 1,537

NEXT GAME

The Cards have a very attractive home fixture the following Saturday (16 February) when they play their re-scheduled game against Justin Edinburgh’s and Jimmy Dack’s Newport County, currently lying 4th in the table. (This match replaces the match against Grimsby Town, who are playing in an FA Trophy semi-final. That match will now take place on Tuesday 16 April.)

The Cards also have an interesting Surrey Senior Cup quarter-final tie at in-form Godalming Town on Tuesday 12 February.

Check the website and make sure that you’ve got all Woking’s re-arranged fixtures in your diary!

Come on, you Cards!

Four in a row for confident Cards

Martin Townshend
10:55am, Sun 10th Feb 2013
Alfreton Town 0 Woking 3
Blue Square Bet Premier
9th February 2013


Woking edged ever closer to Garry Hill’s 50-point target with an accomplished victory at out-of-sorts Alfreton thanks to an impressive second-half performance.

Aiming to make it six wins in the last seven league fixtures, the Cards lined up on a chilly afternoon in Derbyshire with just one change from the side that defeated Hyde last weekend, with Jayden Stockley dropping to the bench to make way for the returning Adam Newton. Joe McNerney took the role of target man up front, although it proved to be a mostly frustrating afternoon for the big number five, who spent most of the time wrestling with his Alfreton marker.

On a pitch looking distinctly healthier than Kingfield’s, it was the home side who started the brighter of the two sides, belying their current run of poor form and taking the game to the visitors. In fact, the Reds could have gone ahead with just four minutes on the clock. After Mark Ricketts conceded a foul outside the Woking box Josh Law floated a free-kick into the heart of the penalty area and Darran Kempson rose high above the Cards’ defence to steer his header wide of Aaron Howe, only for the ball to crash against the bar before being put behind, the subsequent corner being easily cleared.

Next to have a go was Nathan Arnold, his deflected 25-yard strike looking initially as though it would wrongfoot Howe before the Woking ‘keeper recovered to push the ball to safety. Howe was in action minutes later, this time diving to turn Scott Boden’s low drive around his near post for another corner after the Alfreton forward managed to turn away from John Nutter.

It was Nutter who had Woking’s first attempt on goal. After McNerney won a free-kick just outside the area, the defender curled the ball over the Alfreton wall only to be thwarted by the flying Phil Barnes, who tipped the ball away at the expense of a corner.

Alfreton on the whole were continuing to look the more threatening, Brett Johnson (pictured) blocking another long-range effort, this time from Matthew Harriott, to give away another corner, and with 22 minutes gone it looked as though a turning point might have arrived, albeit a rather worrying one for the Cards.

Whilst securely collecting a deep Law free-kick under pressure Aaron Howe collided with an Alfreton player and landed heavily. With the injured stopper leaving the field cradling his right arm, Elvijs Putnins was called off the bench to make his league debut.

If the home fans thought this might tip the odds in their favour they were to be sorely disappointed, as Putnins’ appearance seemed to coincide with a loss of momentum from the Reds, as they failed to create any further chances until the 34th minute, when Harriot’s well-struck volley from the edge of the penalty area dropped just over the bar without needing any intervention from the Latvian stopper.

With the half coming to an end there was a brief flurry of chances, Bradley Bubb signalling Woking’s intent after escaping the home defence but failing to trouble Barnes as he fired wide, before Boden collected a long ball from Leigh Franks at the other end and his powerful shot was deflected by Johnson for yet another Alfreton corner.

Following a brief interlude whilst Lee Sawyer talked himself into the referee's book, Kevin Betsy did manage to sting Barnes’s fingers after being played through the home defence by McNerney. From the resulting corner, Jack Parkinson had what proved to be the final chance of the half, his header failing to make it through a packed goalmouth, with no-one able to follow up as the ball bobbled around in the box before being cleared.

Half-time: Alfreton Town 0 Woking 0

The second half began in much the same way as the first, with Alfreton taking the initiative and, except in the final third of the pitch, looking more creative than their opponents.

Moments after the restart Harriot fired another 20-yarder wide as Putnins remained untroubled before, with the Cards beginning to look more purposeful, Bradley Bubb and Alfreton’s Dan Bradley were booked after exchanging handbags near the centre of the pitch.

Betsy had his second chance to open the scoring after 58 minutes, playing a one-two with Billy Knott after dispossessing Nathan Arnold on the half-way line, and advancing into the area only to scoop his effort and allow a relieved Barnes to make the save.

At the other end Parkinson blocked a drive from Clayton in the Woking area, leading to another bout of pinball in the box before the ball was finally cleared. Woking, however, resumed the offensive with Knott’s low angled effort being saved by Barnes, before the impressive stopper made a remarkable double save to deny first Knott and then McNerney from close range.

The breakthrough finally came shortly afterwards, Bubb picking up the ball inside the Alfreton box and poking it under Barnes from 6 yards to make it 1-0 to the Cards. Bubb had the chance to extend the lead moments later, but could only steer his shot wide after picking up a header forward.

The home side’s efforts were becoming more sporadic and mainly from long-range, as Putnins continued to look comfortable in the Woking goal, confidently collecting crosses but not having a real shot to save. He should have been tested after a 72nd minute Law corner was headed back across the goal by Franks, but Nathan Arnold failed to get his header on target after climbing well to connect and the ball drifted over the angle and behind.

Woking showed their effective counter-attacking ability by immediately heading to the other end and doubling their lead, Bubb rounding Barnes and playing the ball low across the face of the goal for Betsy to make it 2-0 from close range.

Alfreton tried to shuffle things with some substitutions, but made little headway against an efficient Woking defence and were increasingly resorting to the long ball forward, much to the annoyance of the crowd and, with McCallum now on for Sawyer, it was still the visitors who were looking more likely to score.

Which is precisely what they did after 83 minutes, although with a piece of generosity reminiscent of the Cards’ early season defensive frailty, as Leigh Franks was caught in possession on the edge of the area by Knott as he tried to take the ball out of defence, the Cards’ man of the moment firing low into the far corner to make it 3-0.

Putnins was finally called into action to comfortably collect another long-range shot as the temperature continued to drop, and that was much the end of proceedings as the Cards comfortably played out the remaining time to notch their fourth, and largest, away win of the season and fourth win in a row.

Another welcome three points then and a good performance to boot (although, slightly disappointingly, no further progress up the table). Newport will almost certainly provide much sterner opposition next weekend, but on current form they will not be relishing a trip to Kingfield and the potential to complete the double over the Exiles is certainly there.


Woking: Aaron Howe (Elvijs Putnins 25), Adam Newton, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Jack Parkinson, Bradley Bubb (Jayden Stockley 85), Kevin Betsy, Lee Sawyer (Gavin McCallum 81), Brett Johnson, Billy Knott, John Nutter

Unused subs: Mike Cestor, Brett Williams

Cautions: Lee Sawyer 43, Bradley Bubb 51, Billy Knott 64

Alfreton Town: Phil Barnes, Josh Law (Daniel Meadows 74), Connor Franklin, Darran Kempson, Paul Clayton, Dan Bradley (Louie Soares 73), Nathan Arnold, Leigh Franks, Scott Boden (Steven Hewitt 80), Matty Harriot, Theo Streete

Unused subs: Ashley Worsfold, Ben Tomlinson

Cautions: Dan Bradley 51, Leigh Franks 64

Attendance: 606


MOTM: Brett Johnson. A solid performance in an impressive Woking defence.

Alfreton Town LINEUP
1Phil Barnes
2Josh Law ('74)
3Connor Franklin
6Darran Kempson
10Don Bradley ('73)
12Leigh Franks
17Theo Streete
16Matthew Harriott
9Paul Clayton
11Nathan Arnold
15Scott Boden ('80)
BENCH
8Louie Soares ('73)
14Daniel Meadows ('74)
18Steven Hewitt ('80)
20Ashley Worsfold
21Ben Tomlinson
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe ('25)
2Adam Newton
26John Nutter
5Joe McNerney
16Brett Johnson
4Mark Ricketts
8Jack Parkinson
15Lee Sawyer ('81)
11Kevin Betsy
24Billy Knott
9Bradley Bubb ('85)
BENCH
18Elvijs Putnins ('25)
3Mike Cestor
19Gavin McCallum ('81)
14Brett Williams
25Jayden Stockley ('85)

Alfreton Town 0 - 3 Woking (Garry Hill Interview)

Joe McNerney Interview

David Holmes
8:53pm, Sat 9th Feb 2013
David Holmes spoke to Joe McNerney after them game against Alfreton

Joe McNerney:







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