3:00pm - SaturdaySat 9th MarchMar 2013
| Att: 2054

Cambridge United
Cambridge United
1 - 0


Cards on road to Cambridge

Brian Caffarey
6:07pm, Thu 7th Mar 2013
Cambridge United v Woking
3pm on Saturday 9 March 2013

The Cards have one of their shorter journeys on Saturday when they travel to the Abbey Stadium to take on the U’s for what should be an attractive game between two sides who like to play attacking football. Garry would no doubt dearly like to grab three more points to achieve that initial 50-point target.


Despite drawing at home to Lincoln City last weekend and losing to Mansfield Town on Wednesday evening the Cards still sit comfortably in 10th place in the table with 48 points.

New loan signing Adam Francis made his debut as a substitute striker on Wednesday but, in the continued absence of Billy Knott and Lee Sawyer, Garry had few options to freshen things up or rest tired legs. Lee’s four-match suspension is now served but whether Garry will consider him for selection must be open to question.


The U’s sit in 12th place in the table with 46 points from 36 games, having played two more matches than Woking. At home they’ve won seven league games, drawn four and lost seven, scoring 27 goals and conceding 26.

Top scorer Michael Gash has recently left for Kidderminster Harriers but the U’s have gained in exchange Nathan Blissett on loan, who proved quite a handful when the Harriers came to Kingfield in November, scoring both their goals. He was on target again after only 17 seconds on Tuesday night in Cambridge’s 2-1 defeat at Southport. In their last home game the U’s drew 0-0 with Forest Green Rovers but, prior to that, suffered defeats at the hands of Hereford and Alfreton.

Recent signings include former Card Joe Anderson, who has joined from Billericay; striker Jamie Reed on loan from York City; and Finnish international keeper, 19 year-old Jesse Joronen, on loan from Fulham. The squad also includes former Welling forward Andy Pugh.


The R Costings Abbey Stadium
Newmarket Road

Official website: www.cambridge-united.co.uk

By coach
The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 11.00am. The cost is £15 for members and £20 for non-members. Phone the Club Shop or email shop@wokingfc.co.uk to book your place.

By car
Take the M11 to Junction 14 and then join the A14 towards Newmarket. Turn off onto the B1047 sign-posted for Cambridge Airport. At the top of the slip road turn right towards Fen Ditton. Go through Fen Ditton until you reach a T Junction, where at the traffic lights you turn right into Newmarket Road. Go straight across the roundabout (McDonalds on one corner) and you will come to the Abbey Stadium on your left-hand side.

By train
Trains run from KX and Liverpool Street. Generally, the former are quicker but not always so. Check www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com for times and prices.
It’s about a 25/30-minute walk to the ground or you can take a bus or taxi from the station. If you’re walking, head away from the station along Station Road. Take first right (Tenison Road). Take first right again (Devonshire Road) and follow round to the left up to next T-junction. Turn right again onto Mill Road. Walk over railway bridge. Take third left (Sedgewick Street). Follow past set of traffic-calming barriers and shops (in Cromwell Road) to T-junction (Coldham’s Lane). Go into large field ahead of you and follow path under bridge to away turnstiles.

The C3 Citibus runs from the station every 10 minutes through the city centre to a stop (Ditton Walk) a few yards from the ground.


Woking 2 Cambridge United 1
9 October 2012

A hard-fought, high-quality game saw the Cards just edge home after surviving some heavy pressure from the U’s. Bradley Bubb’s header in the 19th minute, from a clever cross by ‘man of the match’ Kevin Betsy, gave Woking a first-half lead, to which Betsy himself added in the 59th minute with a superbly-worked goal. But Cambridge almost immediately pulled a goal back through Robbie Willmott’s header from a corner and the Cards had to defend stoutly to hang onto three valuable points.

The game was also notable for Billy Knott’s debut, which was unfortunately cut short by an injury which resulted in his temporary return to his parent club, Sunderland.

Woking: Sam Beasant, Mark Ricketts, Mike Cestor, Brett Johnson, Joe McNerney, Jack Parkinson, Lee Sawyer, Billy Knott (Dean Sinclair 69), Kevin Betsy, Gavin McCallum (Adam Doyle 88), Bradley Bubb (Brett Williams 76)

Unused subs: Loick Pires, Andy Little

Booked: Mike Cestor, Lee Sawyer, Joe McNerney

Cambridge United: Jonathan Hedge, Josh Coulson, Tom Shaw (Ricky Wellard 58), Michael Gash, Tom Elliott (Andy Pugh 60), Rory McAuley, Rossi Jarvis (Adriano Moke 53), Luke Berry, Jonathan Thorpe, Robbie Willmott, Daniel Andrew

Unused subs: Michael Wylde, Craig Ross

Attendance: 1420


The Cards make the long journey to Macclesfield on Tuesday evening. They are then at home to AFC Telford on Saturday 16 March.

Come on, you Cards!

'We were robbed!'

Brian Caffarey
10:11pm, Sat 9th Mar 2013
Cambridge United 1 Woking 0
9 March 2013

That was the understandable feeling of Cards supporters as the home side netted an injury-time winner only a couple of minutes after Woking had been denied what seemed a certain penalty after Jayden Stockley had been hauled to the ground in the Cambridge box. In truth, probably neither side deserved to win a game which largely matched the drab weather on a typically cold Cambridge March afternoon. It was only in the last ten minutes or so that Woking really came to life as an attacking force and the home side, though they had started fairly brightly, laboured for much of the game.

Garry Hill made one change to his starting eleven, bringing in a rather subdued Lee Sawyer, with Mike Cestor slipping to the bench, where he was joined by Andy Little. The Cards started slowly, conceding the initiative straightaway to the U’s. Pushed back, Woking found it hard initially to make much headway further up the pitch, with Stockley looking very isolated at this stage. Cambridge created several decent chances in the opening 15 minutes or so without really looking as though they were going to score: a weak effort from Roberts, a header from Reed, a Dunk shot well blocked by Adam Newton, a strike from ex-Card Joe Anderson, which flew past the post, and, closest of all, a header from main threat, Nathan Blissett, which went narrowly wide.

The Cards began to get a better grip of the midfield from this point on but still lived a little dangerously, with a couple of corners scrambled away and another just gobbled up by Seb Brown. From about the 20th minute onwards, however, Woking started to take control of the game, with John Nutter and Kevin Betsy often combining well down the left flank. The first real chance fell to Bradley Bubb in the 22nd minute but he side-footed tamely to the U’s impressive debutant keeper, Pope.

The Cards won their first corner in the 25th minute but, as with later corners, this one was planted too close to Pope, presenting him with a fairly easy ‘take’. Woking’s growing influence was illustrated again shortly afterwards as Betsy struck a low drive, which Pope handled comfortably enough.

After surviving the second of two wrongly-awarded corners the Cards broke strongly out of defence, Stockley and Sawyer moving the ball out to the overlapping Nutter, who fired across the goalmouth. In the 37th minute a chance fell to Brett Johnson after Newton had returned a ball high towards the far post, but Johnson’s header looped over the bar.

As half-time approached, the home side created a couple of attacking opportunities but they were wasted as Jarvis shot weakly and Shaw crossed behind the goal. However, Reed’s cross was much more dangerous, Newton doing well to somehow glance the ball away for a corner.

Half-time: Cambridge United 0 Woking 0

The Cards again started slowly after the break, with some loose passing and hopeful balls forward too often conceding possession. Sawyer fired in a well-executed half-volley from a Stockley ‘lay back’ but Woking had to be grateful to Brown for two sharp saves in succession in the 55th minute- first with his legs and then grabbing a Blissett header.

As in the first half, the home side seemed unable to sustain their momentum, often being let down by some poor approach play. Woking briefly threatened as Bubb was brought down in a central position outside the box but Stockley’s free-kick, high over the bar, left the young striker hammering the ground in frustration.

In the 67th minute Garry brought on George Frith for Adam Newton, moving Mark Ricketts back to fill the right-back slot. The Academy graduate proceeded to impress, working hard and linking up well with team mates, making sensible use of the ball. But his side-footed effort in the 70th minute, as the ball was cleared to him just outside the box, was much too high. In the 75th minute Woking had their first penalty ‘shout’ as Betsy tumbled just inside the area but the referee clearly felt that he had been looking for a foul and had gone down too easily.

Gavin McCallum now came off the bench, replacing Bubb, and his appearance too seemed to give the Cards a bit of a lift, with his clever footwork posing some problems for defenders. At the other end, the Cards had looked pretty comfortable in defence, with a couple of timely interventions by Johnson and a punched clearance from Brown thwarting the main threats from sporadic home attacks.

As the game moved into the final ten minutes Woking looked much the more likely to snatch all three points and avoid the first goalless draw of the campaign. The best chance fell to Betsy as he met a cross just beyond the far post but he struck the side-netting. Then a nice move ended with Frith crossing for Stockley to volley over, immediately followed by a McCallum effort which fizzed past the far post. A respectable Jack Parkinson drive was then followed by the Stockley ‘penalty’ incident. Latching onto a ricochet a few yards out the young striker appeared to be hauled to the ground but the referee waved play on – much to the fury of the Woking players and Cards fans, who’d had a good view of the incident from behind the goal.

Cambridge nearly went straight up the other end and scored as McAuley glanced a header just wide. But then with virtually the last piece of action of three minutes of added time, Shaw stooped to head home after Brown had only been able to ‘bat’ down a deflected cross.

Garry Hill ‘had words’ with the referee at the end of the game but to no avail of course. The Cards now appear to be stuck in the football equivalent of cricket’s ‘nervous nineties’, not quite able to haul themselves up and over Garry’s initial 50-point target. Today was a good chance to have gained at least a point against a Cambridge side which looked a little out of sorts. Let’s hope the Cards have more luck on their trip to Macclesfield on Tuesday evening.

Woking: Seb Brown, Adam Newton (George Frith 67), John Nutter, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson, Bradley Bubb (Gavin McCallum 76), Mark Ricketts, Jack Parkinson, Lee Sawyer, Kevin Betsy, Jayden Stockley

Unused subs: Andy Little, Mike Cestor, Adam Francis

Booked: Mark Ricketts (90)

Cambridge United: Nick Pope, Kevin Roberts, Joe Anderson, Tom Shaw, Jamie Reed, Harrison Dunk, Rory McAuley, Rossi Jarvis (Curtis Haynes-Brown 87), Liam Hughes (Andy Pugh 82), Nathan Blissett, Charlie Wassmer

Unused subs: Craig Ross, Luke Berry, James Brighton

Booked: Kevin Roberts (21), Tom Shaw (82)

Attendance: 2,054 (177 Woking fans)

My MOTM: John Nutter (pictured) – looking an increasingly good ‘capture’: calm in defence and working the left touchline well going forward.
Cambridge United LINEUP
30Nick Pope
2Kevin Roberts
3Joe Anderson
12Rory McAuley
22Charlie Wassmer
6Tom Shaw
11Harrison Dunk ('87)
16Rossi Jarvis
8Jamie Reed
17Liam Hughes ('82)
19Nathan Blissett
24Craig Ross
26James Brighton
34Curtis Haynes-Brown ('87)
18Luke Berry
15Andy Pugh ('82)
30Seb Brown
2Adam Newton ('67)
26John Nutter
5Joe McNerney
16Brett Johnson
4Mark Ricketts
8Jack Parkinson
15Lee Sawyer
11Kevin Betsy
9Bradley Bubb ('76)
26Jayden Stockley
37Andy Little
3Mike Cestor
22George Frith ('67)
19Gavin McCallum ('76)
17Adam Francis

Cambridge United 1 - 0 Woking (Garry Hill Interview)

Brett Johnson Interview

David Holmes
7:49pm, Sat 9th Mar 2013
Brett Johnson spoke to David Holmes after the game at Cambridge

Brett Johnson:

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