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Cards face tough challenge on Wednesday

Brian Caffarey
9:02am, Tue 5th Mar 2013
Woking v Mansfield Town
7.45pm on Wednesday 6 March 2013 (N.B. The game has been switched from Tuesday night)

The Club is once again appealing to fans to bring along a friend to boost the gate for this very attractive fixture against a side which is third in the league and with a good chance of achieving the automatic promotion berth. The Cards were unlucky not to grab all three points against Lincoln City on Saturday and will no doubt be keen to make amends by toppling another former League club at Kingfield. However, the Stags’ recent form has been superb, so it promises to be quite a contest!


The Cards lie 10th in the table with 48 points: only two points adrift of Garry Hill’s initial target of 50 points with 13 games to play. Woking have won eight and drawn one of their last 12 league fixtures and are unbeaten in their last three league games. With the club’s place in the Conference Premier already virtually assured for next season, Garry has made it clear that he wants to press on and achieve a top ten finish. No doubt he’d like to see the Club finish as the top part-time club in the league – which would be a tremendous achievement in Woking’s first year back at this level and in a division which is far more competitive than the one the Cards left only three seasons ago.

Lee Sawyer will still be serving his four-match suspension but it sounded from Garry’s post-match comments as though there might be a chance that Billy Knott would be available following his injury. But the Cards’ midfield, with tremendous harrying by Mark Ricketts and Jack Parkinson in particular, plus some sublime moments of skill from the ever-youthful Kevin Betsy, has looked strong in recent games, so Garry will not want to risk Billy unnecessarily.


The Stags were one of the bookies’ pre-season favourites after finishing third last season and being defeated in the play-offs by York City. But they had a slow start, losing to Newport County, Gateshead and Grimsby Town in August, and it is only recently that they have surged into the play-off places. Their excellent FA Cup run, which saw them lose controversially to Liverpool, seems to have given them added confidence rather than distracting them. The Stags have now won eight out of their last nine league games, including at Luton away, and their only defeat came at Newport County. They now lie in third position in the table, three points behind Wrexham and Kidderminster. This may of course change as a result of the games being played this (Tuesday) evening.

The Stags signalled their intent in the summer with over a dozen new signings, including Wrexham’s Jake Speight, former Kidderminster Harriers’ top scorer Nick Wright, defender John Dempster from Kettering, giant defender Exodus Geohaghon from Kidderminster and former Card Jamie Hand. A very strong squad also includes top non-League striker Matt Green, formerly with Oxford United.


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

Check with Elliot Machin to see if there are any matchday hospitality places left at the bargain price of £40. (

The game will be segregated.


Wednesday’s excellent programme includes an interview with ‘man of the moment’ Jayden Stockley, Malcolm Wyatt’s amusing account of another Woking ‘away day’ and an opposing view from a confident Stags fan. 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


Mansfield Town 3 Woking 1
1 September 2012

After defeats on their travels to Wrexham and Forest Green Rovers the Cards continued their difficult opening sequence of away games with another loss to a much-fancied side.

Both sides came into the game on the back of 4-1 defeats, the Cards having surprisingly been well beaten by Braintree Town in midweek. But it was Mansfield who started more decisively, Briscoe giving the Stags the lead after only ten minutes from one of Exodus Geohaghon’s troublesome long throws.

Woking continued to look second best but it seemed as if they might reach half-time only a goal down when – as was beginning to become a pattern in Woking games – they conceded a second just before the break, Rhead slotting home from an incisive pass.

Gavin McCallum had a shot turned onto the post as the Cards tried to get back into the game after the interval but it wasn’t until six minutes from the end that Joe McNerney, thrown up front, turned in Lee Sawyer’s pass. Kevin Betsy almost grabbed an equaliser but, in extra time, the Cards showed their fallibility once more as Speight calmed the home fans’ nerves to make it 3-1.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson (Adam Doyle 85), Mark Ricketts (Brett Williams 65), Jack Parkinson, Lee Sawyer, Kevin Betsy, Loick Pires (Dean Sinclair 79), Gavin McCallum.

Unused subs: Sam Beasant, George Frith

Cautions: Lee Sawyer 19

Mansfield Town: Alan Marriott, Ritchie Sutton, Luke Jones, Lindon Meikle, Matt Green (Nick Wright 89), Louis Briscoe (Jake Speight 75), Anthony Howell, Matt Rhead (Chris Clements 75), Adam Murray, Colin Daniel, Exodus Geohaghon

Unused subs: John Thompson, Lee Stevenson

Cautions: Anthony Howell 33

Attendance: 2061


The Cards are away at Cambridge United on Saturday (the Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 11.00am), followed by a trip to Macclesfield Town on Tuesday 12 March. The next home game is against AFC Telford on Saturday 16 March.

Come on, you Cards!

Woking unable to stop red-hot Mansfield

Frankie Hullett
5:51pm, Thu 7th Mar 2013
Woking 1 Mansfield Town 2
Blue Square Premier
6th March 2013

Goals from Luke Jones and Louis Briscoe were enough to see off Woking as Mansfield claimed their tenth win in their last eleven league games.
Briscoe opened the scoring for Mansfield when his lobbed cross evaded everyone and found the far corner. Bradley Bubb then levelled for Woking midway through the second half from the spot but a Jones’ header from a corner proved to be the winner for the Stags with twelve minutes remaining.

Woking started the brighter of the two sides and Kevin Betsy caused havoc running at the Mansfield back four. He opened the visitors’ defence up for Bubb to hit a powerful strike straight into the grateful hands of Alan Marriott.

The same routine worked in the Cards' favour again to provide Bubb with a more clear-cut chance but he slipped as he swung for the ball and allowed James Jennings to get the vital deflection.

Minutes later it was Mansfield who nearly took the lead. After some scrappy play in the Woking box, the ball finally dropped to Adam Chapman, who should have scored with his right-foot shot, but it flashed narrowly wide of the left-hand post.

It wasn’t long before Mansfield did take the lead in controversial fashion. Briscoe looped the ball into the box looking for Matthew Green, who was unable to reach the cross. The ball nestled into the far corner with a confused Seb Brown not knowing whether Green was going to get a touch. The flag was raised and after a lengthy discussion with his assistant the referee eventually awarded the goal, much to the anger of the Woking players.

Half-time score - Woking 0 Mansfield Town 1

Woking came out for the second half looking sluggish and Mansfield had a number of chances to kill the game off. The first fell to Chapman just minutes into the half, when his first-time curler had to be pushed wide by Brown. From the resulting corner Mansfield should have doubled their lead when Lee Stevenson had a free header from deep in the box but he was only able to hit the post.

Jayden Stockley (pictured) came close to levelling for Woking when an attempted clearance dropped from high into the box. The young striker watched it all the way onto his foot and struck it well just wide of the far corner.

The Cards started to assert some pressure and were finally awarded a penalty when Colin Daniel swung at the ball in an attempt to clear it but as Brett Johnson got his foot to the ball first he was tripped. Bubb’s spot-kick had too much power for Marriott to keep out and, despite getting a hand to it, the ball found the bottom-left corner of the net and Woking had an equaliser.

The Cards were level for just ten minutes and, for once, defensive frailty from a set piece did the damage. James Jennings whipped another dangerous corner in and Jones leaped highest to head home past Brown to restore Mansfield’s goal advantage.

Mansfield comfortably saw out the closing quarter of an hour to push themselves up to third in the table but the Cards will be left reflecting on a game that could have gone either way.

Woking: Seb Brown, Adam Newton (George Frith 88), Mike Cestor (Gavin McCallum 58), Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Jack Parkinson, Bradley Bubb, Kevin Betsy, Brett Johnson, Jayden Stockley, John Nutter (Adam Francis 83)

Unused subs: Josh Griffiths, Elvijs Putnins

Cautions: Kevin Betsy 66

Mansfield Town: Alan Marriott, Louis Briscoe (Lindon Meikle 63), James
Jennings, Lee Beevers, Matthew Green (Nicholas Wright 82), Luke Jones, Exodus Geohaghon, Adam Chapman, Colin Daniel, Lee Stevenson (Matthew Rhead 76)

Unused subs: Ritchie Sutton, Chris Clements

Cautions: Exodus Geohaghon 65, Colin Daniel 67, Adam Chapman 75,
Matthew Rhead 85

Attendance: 1,179

MOTM: Jayden Stockley
30Seb Brown
2Adam Newton ('88)
26John Nutter ('83)
5Joe McNerney
16Brett Johnson
4Mark Ricketts
8Jack Parkinson
11Kevin Betsy
3Mike Cestor ('58)
9Bradley Bubb
25Jayden Stockley
18Elvijs Putnins
22George Frith ('88)
19Gavin McCallum ('58)
20Josh Griffiths
17Adam Francis ('83)
Mansfield Town LINEUP
1Alan Marriott
21Adam Murray
11Louis Briscoe ('64)
29James Jennings
17Lee Beavers
10Matthew Green ('82)
5Luke Jones
33Exodus Geohaghon
27Adam Chapman
31Colin Daniel
26Lee Stevenson ('76)
16Matthew Rhead ('76)
12Nicholas Wright ('82)
7Lindon Meikle ('64)
2Ritchie Sutton
14Chris Clements

Woking 1-2 Mansfield Town (Garry Hill Interview)

Jayden Stockley Interview

David Holmes
11:06pm, Wed 6th Mar 2013
Jayden Stockley spoke to David Holmes after the game against Mansfield.

Jayden Stockley:

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