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Cards aim for 50 points and a big crowd

Brian Caffarey
2:06pm, Thu 28th Feb 2013
Woking v Lincoln City
3pm on Saturday 2 March 2013

The Club is asking everyone to bring a friend along on Saturday to pull in a big crowd for the visit of the Imps. Fans shouldn’t need any encouragement, though, to head for Kingfield after the terrific team performance on Tuesday night in the Cards’ 2-0 win over high-flying Forest Green Rovers: Woking’s eighth win in their last eleven league outings. Come down to Kingfield and show your appreciation for Garry Hill, Steve Thompson and this hard-working and entertaining Woking side.

WOKING

The Cards, after 32 games, are only one win away from Garry’s initial target of 50 points, lying 9th in the table and 13 points clear of the relegation zone.

Tuesday night was one of the best, if not the best, all-round team performances of the season. On paper, Forest Green, who’ve invested a lot of money in their squad this season, looked the stronger side but Garry got his tactics absolutely spot on and the hardworking Cards gradually exerted control over the game, scoring two superb goals in the second half to seal a memorable victory. It is perhaps invidious to single out one player, but young on-loan striker Jayden Stockley epitomised the fantastic spirit of the side on the night: working like a Trojan up front, winning (and laying off) some splendid headers and demoralising the Forest Green central defenders. He thoroughly deserved the standing ovation he received when he left the pitch shortly before the end.

Garry will have to ponder whether to stick with exactly the same side that has picked up wins against Southport and Forest Green following the disappointing showing at Barrow or whether to bring in some fresh legs, bearing in mind that there is another testing encounter coming up on Wednesday against Mansfield Town.

LINCOLN CITY

The Imps, in their second season in the Conference following their relegation from the League, have a fight on their hands to avoid dropping into the Conference North: an almost unthinkable prospect for a club with a proud history. They now sit in 19th place, only two points above the relegation zone.

The season started poorly with only one win in their first eight league games but there was a marked improvement in the autumn when the side went 11 league and cup games without defeat, including an away win at Wrexham. But the FA Cup run, which saw the Imps lose out to Mansfield in a replay for the right to take on Liverpool in the Third Round, seems to have led to a slump in which Lincoln have won only one of their subsequent 12 league games. That slump perhaps started with Woking’s 2-0 win at Sincil Bank in a game which was sandwiched in between the original Mansfield tie and the replay.

Not surprisingly perhaps, the poor run led to the dismissal of manager David Holdsworth, who as recently as November was the league’s ‘Manager of the Month’. Lincoln have now appointed former Macclesfield boss Gary Simpson as their new manager. Saturday’s game will be his first in charge.

On Tuesday night the Imps’ cause received another blow with a 1-0 defeat at home to Mansfield Town, the goal coming in injury time. Dan Gray was also sent off and will be suspended for this match along with Peter Gilbert.

Away from home Lincoln have won three league games, drawn five and lost seven, scoring 20 goals and conceding 26.

City’s squad includes ex-Card Nicky Nicolau.

ADMISSION PRICES

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

The bar will be open from 12 noon.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Saturday’s programme includes Malcolm Wyatt’s amusing account of his latest Woking away trip plus the views of a Lincoln fan on his club’s current plight. And, of course, there are all the usual match reports, previews, splendid photos and news of the BSP and beyond. 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

Lincoln City 0 Woking 2
4 December 2012

The Cards travelled to Lincoln on the back of a 7-0 hammering at Hyde only a few days previously but demonstrated, not for the first or last time, Garry Hill’s and Steve Thompson’s ability to head off decisively a potential bad run of form.

Reverting to a five-man midfield, the Cards were handed an excellent start when Brett Williams was tripped in the box with only five minutes gone, Kevin Betsy converting from the spot.

Chances came and went for both sides but the Cards’ vital second goal came in the second half when Lee Sawyer bisected the Imps’ defence, Bradley Bubb running on to score.

This vital win in a crowded mid-table was only the second occasion on which the Cards had kept a clean sheet.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts, Lee Sawyer (Dean Sinclair 83), Billy Knott, Kevin Betsy, Bradley Bubb (Gavin McCallum 74), Brett Williams (Jayden Stockley 74)

Unused Subs: Sam Beasant, Loick Pires

Lincoln City : Paul Farman, Andrew Boyce, Scott Garner, Dan Gray, Peter Gilbert, Gary Mills, Alan Power, Jake Sheridan (Adam Smith 84) David Morgan, (Colin Larkin 70) Jamie Taylor, Aristede Bassele (Vadaine Oliver 46)

Unused subs: David Preece, Peter Bore

Attendance: 2,526

NEXT GAME

The Cards are away at Godalming Town on Monday evening in the Quarter-Final of the Surrey Senior Cup before taking on another of the Conference’s big clubs on Wednesday evening when promotion-chasing Mansfield Town visit Kingfield.

Come on, you Cards!





Cards made to work hard for draw

Glen Harrington
12:00am, Sun 3rd Mar 2013
Woking 1 Lincoln City 1
Blue Square Bet Premier
2nd March 2013

In what was an extremely physical and demanding fixture, Woking were made to work hard against a determined Lincoln City side anxious to slow their alarming descent towards the relegation zone.

A draw was probably a fair result as the Cards' rejuvenated and re-invigorated visitors, who had won only one of their last twelve league games before today, turned in a much improved performance under new manager Gary Simpson. Garry Hill’s side were much the better team in the early stages, taking the lead through Brett Johnson’s header after just 65 seconds, but the visitors grew into the game and levelled on twenty-five minutes when the dangerous Adam Smith picked out Vadaine Oliver in the area, who out-jumped Johnson and headed the ball past Seb Brown. A scrappy, end-to-end affair ensued in the second-half with Bradley Bubb’s spectacular overhead effort the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock.

Unsurprisingly, the hosts named an unchanged side from their outstanding performance against Forest Green Rovers earlier this week but, with Loick Pires having returned to Boreham Wood for a second loan spell, Josh Griffiths took the spare spot on the substitutes' bench.

The Cards started the game in the same fashion as they finished their last match, a clever move straight from the kick-off resulting in a Mark Ricketts shot being deflected wide of goalkeeper Paul Farman’s right-hand post. John Nutter then rewarded the home side’s fine start with a superb hanging delivery from the resulting corner, which Johnson confidently powered into the net.

Despite the early setback the Imps were clearly eager to impress their new boss, and almost levelled when Smith’s clipped shot from the left flank looped agonisingly onto the top of Brown’s crossbar, with the Woking stopper well beaten.Thanks mainly to their direct and combative style of play, Lincoln quickly gained a foothold in the match, with the towering figure of Oliver and the tricky wing play of Smith clearly the visitors' most dangerous outlets, causing numerous problems to the Woking defence. Inevitably, it was that link-up which brought about the visitors' equaliser, with Smith escaping the challenge of Adam Newton and launching the perfect cross for Oliver to head past a helpless Brown from close range.

Woking had the better of the limited number of chances that came about during the remainder of the first half, with Jack Parkinson particularly unlucky not to find the net – seeing a header from Nutter’s corner hooked off the line at the second attempt by a Lincoln defender, before he again burst into the Imps' penalty area, only to be tackled brilliantly by Tom Miller as he drew his foot back to shoot. Kevin Betsy also fired over while Andrew Boyce spurned the visitors' best chance, heading over captain Alan Power’s free-kick.

Half-time: Woking 1 Lincoln City 1

In an obvious statement of intent, the Cards brought on Gavin McCallum in a half-time re-shuffle, taking off goal-scorer Johnson while moving Mike Cestor, who had been operating on the left of midfield, into central defence to partner Joe McNerney.

As they had done in the first period, Woking started the second half on top, with Jayden Stockley heading over Nutter’s cross and Betsy firing his long-range shot straight at Farman. Meanwhile, McCallum quickly began to pose a threat to the Lincoln defence with his powerful running, cutting in from the right only to see his shot saved, before firing just over after a goalmouth scramble. But it was Bubb who came closest to finding a winner for the Cards, his ambitious bicycle kick looking destined for the bottom left-hand corner of the goal until Farman, at full stretch, managed to push the ball round the post.

Lincoln were not without their own chances, and Brown needed to be alert to save smartly from Smith after the ball fell kindly for the Imps winger inside the penalty area. Substitute Brett Williams squandered the home side’s final chance, collecting possession on the edge of the area after a fine, bustling run from McCallum, only to see his effort deflected well wide.

In a stop-start game with very few chances, it was a fixture that became the victim of two sides that somewhat cancelled each other out. The Imps successfully prevented Woking playing anything like their free-flowing best, often surrounding the likes of Betsy and Stockley with three or four defenders at a time to prevent them from linking up with the rest of their teammates.

Having had the better chances, Woking will perhaps be slightly disappointed not to have taken all three points and, in the process, reach Garry Hill’s 50-point target, but it was a result the Cards' industrious visitors probably deserved after battling hard from start to finish. Nonetheless, a third successive match unbeaten marks an excellent recovery for Woking after two disappointing defeats to Newport County and Barrow, and means that they have now taken 25 points out of a possible 36 in their last twelve league fixtures, a run that still has them inside the division’s top ten.

The games keep coming thick and fast and no doubt Hill, along with assistant manager Steve Thompson, will use Monday night’s Surrey Senior Cup tie away to Godalming Town as a chance to rest some key players before they welcome high-flying Mansfield Town to Kingfield on Wednesday.

Woking: Seb Brown, Adam Newton, John Nutter, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson (Gavin McCallum 46), Mark Ricketts, Jack Parkinson, Kevin Betsy, Mike Cestor, Bradley Bubb, Jayden Stockley (Brett Williams 82)

Unused Subs: Elvijs Putnins, Josh Griffiths, George Frith

Goal: Johnson 2

Booked: Betsy 80

Lincoln City: Paul Farman, Tony Diagne, Andrew Boyce, Tom Miller, Nat Brown, Alan Power, Jake Sheridan, Paul Turnbull, Momadou Fofana, Adam Smith, Vadaine Oliver.
Unused Subs: David Preece, Scott Garner, Jamie Taylor, Craig Hobson, Colin Larkin.

Goal: Oliver 25.

Booked: Diagne 43, Turnbull 57, Miller 90.

MOTM: Mark Ricketts – Worked extremely hard against a physical Lincoln side that could easily have been allowed to bully Woking. Encourages everyone around him to do that little bit more.

Attendance: 1,766



WOKING LINEUP
30Seb Brown
2Adam Newton
26John Nutter
5Joe McNerney
16Brett Johnson ('45)
4Mark Ricketts
8Jack Parkinson
11Kevin Betsy
3Mike Cestor
9Bradley Bubb
25Jayden Stockley ('82)
BENCH
18Elvijs Putnins
22George Frith
20Josh Griffiths
19Gavin McCallum ('45)
14Brett Williams ('82)
Lincoln City LINEUP
1Paul Farman
3Tony Diagne
5Andrew Boyce
7Adam Smith
8Alan Power
12Jake Sheridan
14Vadaine Oliver
20Tom Miller
25Nat Brown
35Paul Turnbull
37Momadou Fofana
BENCH
31David Preece
6Scott Garner
10Jamie Taylor
23Craig Hobson
34Colin Larkin

Woking 1-1 Lincoln City (Garry Hill Interview)

Mark Ricketts Interview

David Holmes
7:58pm, Sat 2nd Mar 2013
Mark Ricketts spoke to David Holmes after the game against Lincoln.

Mark Ricketts:







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