Lovetts
BSBP
7:45pm - TuesdayTue 26th FebruaryFeb 2013
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 1105

Woking
Woking
2 - 0

Forest Green Rovers
Forest Green Rovers

Cards begin home run

Brian Caffarey
4:40pm, Mon 25th Feb 2013
Woking v Forest Green Rovers
7.45pm on Tuesday 26 February 2013

The Cards take on high-flying Forest Green Rovers tomorrow (Tuesday) evening for what should be an intriguing encounter. Garry Hill’s side bounced back from two defeats to record a 2-1 win at Southport on Saturday and, with three (albeit testing) home games in succession coming up, will be keen to edge ever closer to his initial 50-point target. Come down to Kingfield to cheer the team on!

WOKING

Tomorrow should see a home debut in goal for Seb Brown, brought in from AFC Wimbledon as emergency cover for Aaron Howe. Lee Sawyer will serve out the second match of his four-game suspension, whilst Billy Knott isn’t expected to be fit before next weekend.

Before the two recent defeats, at home to Newport County and away to Barrow, the Cards were on an excellent run, with six wins out of their previous seven league games. Garry will want the victory at Southport to be the start of another good run but it will be difficult against a very capable Rovers side.

FOREST GREEN ROVERS

This is a different FGR from the club most Woking fans will remember, which always seemed to be dicing with (but somehow miraculously avoiding) relegation. An infusion of financial support from Ecotricity owner Dale Vince means that Rovers have been one of the clubs fancied to make the play-offs this season.

Rovers have brought in some top-quality non-League players, including a host of strikers, among them Brazilian Magno Vieira (most recently with Fleetwood Town, whom he helped into the Football League), Reece Styche (who headed Rovers’ goal charts in 2010-11), Ben Wright (top scorer at Braintree last season), Yan Klukowski, who netted 18 times for Rovers last year, Matt Taylor and top scorer James Norwood, who has recently signed a contract extension. But there are plenty of other big non-League names too, including defender Jamie Turley; midfielder Al Bangura, who made a number of appearances for Watford in the Premier Division; winger Yemi Odubade, on loan from Gateshead; and Ed Asafu-Adjaye, who numbers Luton amongst his previous clubs. A recent addition is defender Dale Bennett from Watford.

Rovers currently lie in 5th place in the table with 56 points from 33 games. Their home and away records are virtually identical. On their travels they’ve notched eight wins, four draws and five defeats, scoring 24 goals and conceding 18.

Last Tuesday they lost 1-0 at home to in-form Kidderminster Harriers but before that they were unbeaten in their previous four games, including gaining a 1-1 draw at Luton Town.

ADMISSION PRICES

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

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

The Club have produced a new programme for this fixture. It includes a profile of Bradley Bubb and an opposing view from an FGR fan, who has some nice things to say about Woking FC as well. The programme also includes all the latest news from the BSP, plus the usual match reports, previews and statistics. 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

Forest Green Rovers 3 Woking 1
26 August 2012

The Cards’ second away game produced huge disappointment as the team shipped two goals in injury time to forfeit a hard-earned point. Woking started very brightly and eventually took the lead just before half-time when Kevin Betsy netted from the spot after Loick Pires had been bundled over in the box. But the home side upped their game in the second half and it was no surprise when Magno Vieira headed home an equaliser in the 62nd minute. The Cards hung on into injury time only to concede two goals in four minutes, both scored by Matty Taylor.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Bradley Bubb (Dean Sinclair 75), Jack Parkinson (Brett Williams 67), Brett Johnson, Loick Pires, Lee Sawyer, Kevin Betsy (Gavin McCallum 90+2)

Unused subs: Adam Doyle, Sam Beasant

NEXT GAME

The Cards are at home again on Saturday when they take on Lincoln City, who, with a caretaker management team, are fighting hard to pull themselves away from the danger zone. A week on Wednesday the Cards host another top side, Mansfield Town.


Come on, you Cards!





Impressive Cards topple promotion hopefuls

Phil Batts
12:00am, Wed 27th Feb 2013

Woking 2 Forest Green Rovers 0
Blue Square Bet Premier
26th February 2013

Woking produced one of their best performances of the season to see off high-flying Forest Green Rovers in an entertaining match on a chilly Surrey evening. Missing the skills and energy of Billy Knott and Lee Sawyer in midfield, they nevertheless served up a superb team performance, coupled with plenty of good football, which deservedly saw them take all three points courtesy of second-half goals from Kevin Betsy and Jack Parkinson.

Unsurprisingly, manager Garry Hill chose to stick with the same starting eleven (and substitutes) which carved out a hard-earned victory at Southport three days earlier. Seb Brown, on loan from AFC Wimbledon, made his home debut in goal, with a back four of Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson and John Nutter. The midfield comprised captain Mark Ricketts, Kevin Betsy, Jack Parkinson and Mike Cestor, with Bradley Bubb and Jayden Stockley up front.

It was pleasing to report that the Kingfield playing surface, which had suffered much over the past few months due to the adverse weather conditions and also having to accommodate the matches of both Woking and temporary ground-sharers Hayes and Yeading, was now starting to show clear signs of recovery, allowing both teams to get the ball down and play, rather than having to rely on a more alien 'route one' approach.

The opening fifteen minutes was a fairly cagey affair as the game settled into a pattern. Forest Green looked slightly the more comfortable team in possession with plenty of good movement off the ball. Woking, for their part, however, were well-organised and working hard to keep their shape and close down the opposition in the danger areas.

As the first half progressed, the Cards began to grow in confidence. Firstly, Bradley Bubb dragged his shot wide from the edge of the area on seventeen minutes following good work from Kevin Betsy. Concise build-up play moments later presented an opening for Mark Ricketts, who finished poorly from just outside the box. Rovers were also having their moments and Seb Brown had to be alert on two occasions to stop efforts from James Norwood.

Woking were now starting to push forward with more confidence but without that little bit of magic around the box to create any clear-cut opportunities. Just after the half-hour, a sweeping move from the home team saw Sam Russell in the opposition goal intercept a cross from Adam Newton and the 'keeper then made a fine save low to his left a few minutes later to deny Betsy. As half-time approached, there was a scare at the other end of the pitch when Newton misjudged a long cross-field ball, allowing a Forest Green attacker to steal in behind him and deliver a dangerous ball across the six-yard area. Fortunately for the home team, there was no Rovers player on hand to convert the opportunity.

Half-time: Woking 0 Forest Green Rovers 0

The first half had been very evenly contested. One wondered, however, whether Woking's hard graft in the opening forty-five minutes and their recent long trips to Barrow and Southport might start to take their toll in the second half against their full-time opponents, who had also had the luxury of having the previous weekend off due to a postponed fixture.

The answer to this question came emphatically on fifty-one minutes as the Cards stormed into the lead. The ball fell to Kevin Betsy on the edge of the area and he took precise aim before smashing the ball into the top right-hand corner of the net for an excellent goal.
This served only to galvanise Forest Green into action as they stormed down the other end where Seb Brown had to be at his most alert to keep out a goal-bound shot from Magno Vieira.

The goal was clearly a confidence boost for the Cards, however as, rather than rest on their laurels, they pushed forward in search of a second goal. Playing simple but effective football, they were starting to dominate proceedings and for the first time in the evening, their opponents seemed to doubt whether they could take anything from their long trip down the M4.

It was no surprise, therefore, when the home team increased their lead in the seventy-eighth minute. Following a Woking corner and an almighty scramble in the Forest Green six-yard box, the ball eventually ended up at the feet of Jack Parkinson on the edge of the area who swivelled and made space for himself before thundering the ball high to the 'keeper's right for another excellent goal.

The second goal clearly took the wind out of the opposition's sails, who battled on but without any real belief that they could get back into the game. With the aid of three late tactical substitutions, the Cards were able to see out the game with little difficulty.

This was a hugely impressive result for Woking against a talented Forest Green Rovers side who may yet make the play-offs. It is difficult to single out individual performances after a victory based on a superb all-round team performance where every player gave 100% effort and commitment. However, special mention has to be made of three players. Firstly Seb Brown, who didn't put a foot wrong in the home goal all evening. Secondly, Kevin Betsy, who scored a fine goal and who was at his best, exhibiting skills worthy of a higher division. Finally, Jayden Stockley, surely having his best game in a Woking shirt and who was a constant thorn in the side of his opponents with excellent hold-up play and boundless energy.

Garry Hill will be purring with delight at this performance. It combined exactly what he likes to see in his team - effort and commitment based around the team ethic, combined with plenty of enterprising football, played on the ground as much as possible. This win lifts the team to ninth in the league with a creditable forty-seven points from thirty-two matches. Next up, two more home fixtures against recently relegated Football League teams Lincoln City and Mansfield Town.


Woking: Seb Brown, Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson, Mike Cestor (Gavin McCallum 89) Mark Ricketts, Jack Parkinson, Kevin Betsy, John Nutter, Bradley Bubb (George Frith 90), Jayden Stockley (Brett Williams 84)

Unused subs: Elvijs Putnins, Loick Pires

Goals: Kevin Betsy (51), Jack Parkinson (78)

Cautions: Nil

Forest Green Rovers: Sam Russell, Jared Hodgkiss, Chris Stokes, Jamie Turley, Yan Klukowski, Magno Vieira, Matt Taylor, Eddie Oshodi (Lee Fowler 46), Ed Asafu-Adjaye, James Norwood (Yemi Odubade 57), Paul Green (Ben Wright 74)

Unused subs: Omar Koroma, Aaran Racine
Cautions: Eddie Oshodi (43)

Attendance: 1105

Sponsor's MOTM: Joe McNerney - a fine game at the heart of the Cards' defence
WOKING LINEUP
30Seb Brown
2Adam Newton
26John Nutter
5Joe McNerney
16Brett Johnson
4Mark Ricketts
8Jack Parkinson
11Kevin Betsy
3Mike Cestor ('89)
9Bradley Bubb ('90)
25Jayden Stockley ('84)
BENCH
18Elvijs Putnins
22George Frith ('90)
7Loick Pires
19Gavin McCallum ('89)
14Brett Williams ('84)
Forest Green Rovers LINEUP
23Sam Russell
2Jared Hodgkiss
3Chris Stokes
5Jamie Turley
8Yan Klukowski
10Magno Vieira
14Matt Taylor
15Eddie Oshodi ('46)
16Ed Asafu-Adjaye
20James Norwood ('57)
22Paul Green ('74)
BENCH
7Omar Koroma
17Lee Fowler ('46)
18Ben Wright ('74)
21Aarran Racine
27Yemi Odubade ('57)

Woking 2 - 0 Forest Green Rovers (Garry Hill Interview)

Seb Brown Interview

Nick Shaw
12:24am, Wed 27th Feb 2013
David Holmes speaks to Woking goalkeeper Seb Brown after the Cards' 2-0 win at home to Forest Green Rovers.



Seb Brown:








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