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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 6th AprilApr 2013
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Woking
Woking
2 - 0

Wrexham
Wrexham

Cards aim to put on show

Brian Caffarey
7:42am, Fri 5th Apr 2013
Woking v Wrexham
3pm on Saturday 6 April 2013

There’s a great game in prospect on Saturday at Kingfield when promotion-chasing Wrexham are the visitors. Before that, though, Kingfield will resound with a minute’s applause to say farewell to a great club servant, kit man Ron Rawlings, who died on Easter Sunday.

WOKING

The Cards will want to put on a good performance on Saturday to mark Ron’s passing. They will also be keen to get a win under their belts to advance their hopes of finishing as the top part-time side: a feat made harder by Monday’s tired defeat at the hands of rivals, Dartford. That followed a six-match unbeaten run, though, and, boosted by a few days’ much-needed rest, Garry Hill’s side should be raring to go again.

But they will have to do without top scorer Bradley Bubb, who suffered a hamstring injury at Princes Park, whilst on-loan keeper Seb Brown has returned to AFC Wimbledon.

WREXHAM

Wrexham’s 2-1 win last night over Mansfield Town, ending the latter’s 12-match winning run, means that they still have an outside chance of grabbing that automatic promotion place, so we can expect that incentive to overcome any problems of tiredness. They now sit in third place, seven points behind second-placed Mansfield from the same number of games and eight points behind leaders Kidderminster Harriers with two games in hand. But they could be ousted from third spot this evening if Newport County, two points behind, win at Cambridge United.

Last night’s win came courtesy of a late goal from ‘danger man’ Danny Wright after skipper Dean Keates had equalised Mansfield’s opener. Some well-known names in the Wrexham squad include experienced strikers Brett Ormerod and Dele Adebola, whilst player-manager Andy Morrell and Adrian Cieslewicz also provide plenty of attacking options.

Wrexham have already tasted success this season with a penalty shoot-out victory over Grimsby Town in the FA Trophy Final.

ADMISSION PRICES

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

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Saturday’s programme will feature extensive tributes to Ron Rawlings. 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

Wrexham 3 Woking 1
11 August 2012

This was the Cards’ first outing in the Conference Premier and visiting one of the pre-season favourites wasn’t the kindest start they could have been handed.

They were perhaps a little over-awed initially, allowing the home side to exert a great deal of pressure before Ogleby gave them the lead in the 18th minute. The Cards nearly pulled a goal back from a fine strike from main threat, Kevin Betsy, but Dean Keates spun and shot before the break to extend Wrexham’s lead.

Woking narrowed the deficit early in the second half when Bradley Bubb slotted home following a defensive mix-up. They might have levelled but for a brilliant point-blank save by the Wrexham keeper from a Kevin Betsy header.

Fifteen minutes from time, though, Creighton made the game safe for Wrexham, heading home from a corner.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Brett Johnson, Joe McNerney, Mark Ricketts (Dean Sinclair 74), Lee Sawyer, Kevin Betsy, Loick Pires (Bradley Bubb 62), Gavin McCallum, Brett Williams (Giuseppe Sole 62)

Unused Subs: Sam Beasant, Jack Parkinson

Wrexham: Joslain Mayebi, Neil Ashton, Mark Creighton, Jay Harris, Danny Wright, Brett Ormerod (Andy Morrell 74), Dean Keates, Rob Ogleby (Adrian Cieslewicz 76), John Hunt (Joe Clarke 76), Declan Walker, Chris Westwood

Unused Subs: Andy Coughlin, Martin Riley

Attendance: 4,088

NEXT GAME

The Cards have another very attractive home game the following Saturday, when Macclesfield Town are the visitors. There’s only one more home game after that – versus Grimsby Town on Tuesday 16 April – so make sure Kingfield is your top priority!


Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Please support Garry’s and Steve’s plans for next season by joining the Cards Trust’s Boost the Budget scheme if you don’t already belong to it. Application forms will be available on Saturday. Everyone joining the scheme before the end of the Macclesfield game will be entered into the big draw, with a season ticket for next season for the lucky winner.






Impressive Cards defeat promotion hopefuls

Phil Batts
12:00am, Sat 6th Apr 2013

Woking 2 Wrexham 0
Blue Square Bet Premier
6th April 2013

Having ridden their luck in the opening twenty-five minutes of this engrossing encounter, when they might conceivably have found themselves a couple of goals behind, Woking slowly hauled themselves back into the game before seizing the initiative in the second half and running out worthy winners, courtesy of two well-taken goals from Jayden Stockley.

The Cards lined up in a 4-5-1 formation against their promotion-hopeful opponents, who were buoyed by an impressive home victory two days earlier against high-flying Mansfield Town. With Seb Brown having returned to AFC WImbledon and Aaron Howe not yet fully recovered from injury, there was a rare start between the posts for Elvijs Putnins. In front of him, the back four comprised Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Jack Parkinson and Mike Cestor. Captain Mark Ricketts anchored the midfield alongside Kevin Betsy, Lee Sawyer, Billy Knott and Gavin McCallum, with Jayden Stockley as the lone front runner.

Following their recent hectic schedule of four games in seven days, it was hoped that the four day break following the defeat at Dartford on Easter Monday would see a revitalised performance from the home team. The omens were not good, however, as the visitors made a confident start, knocking the ball about impressively on a difficult, bumpy surface. It was clear from the outset that the Cards' defence would have their work cut out to contain a physical, but nimble Wrexham attack, particularly their well-travelled striker Dele Adebola, who proved to be a handful throughout the ninety minutes.

For much of the opening exchanges, Woking seemed to be chasing shadows as their opponents carved out a number of chances which they somehow failed to convert. Firstly, Putnins had to rush from his line to thwart Adebola as he latched onto a dangerous through ball. Shortly afterwards, a Danny Wright header came back off the bar with the Woking 'keeper well beaten. Another chance then went begging following a knock-down in the six-yard box which the overworked Putnins managed to smother.

Somehow, the Cards managed to reach the half-hour mark on level terms at which point their belief suddenly seemed to grow as they slowly started to see more of the ball. The promptings of Billy Knott and Kevin Betsy, in particular, started to carve out a few half-chances for the home team and Jayden Stockley's energetic running and good interplay began to cause the visitors' defence some anxious moments. Indeed, as the half drew to an end, it was the home side who were looking more likely to break the deadlock as McCallum and Stockley both went close to scoring.

Half-time: Woking 0 Wrexham 0

Arguably, the half-time whistle had come at a bad moment for the Cards and one wondered if the interval would enable the visitors to regroup and come out all-guns blazing as they had done at the start of the match. It was soon clear, however, that the home team had no intention of allowing this to happen as they took the game to their opponents from the outset. Two minutes into the half, a shot from Knott following good work from Betsy, produced an excellent save from Chris Maxwell in the Wrexham goal and a few minutes later a snapshot from Stockley, all of thirty-five yards out, had the visitors' stopper scrambling across his line to push the ball away for a corner.

Woking were not to be denied, however, and deservedly took the lead on the hour. Jayden Stockley found himself with time and space on the edge of the Wrexham six-yard box and composed himself before stroking the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Wrexham had not got going following their blistering start to the match and the home team was in no mood to let them back into the game having snatched the lead. Not content to sit back, Woking piled forward in search of a further goal to make the game safe and this duly came on sixty-eight minutes, thanks once again to their on-loan young striker. The energetic Billy Knott broke down the right and saw his powerful strike parried by the 'keeper. Jayden Stockley, following up like a good striker should, however, was on hand to power home for his, and Woking's, second goal.

The second goal had clearly knocked the stuffing out of the visitors, who now looked leggy and were no doubt starting to feel the effects of their hard game two days earlier. Although they had a couple of half-chances to reduce the deficit, notably through the impressive Adebola, who continued to cause the Woking defence problems until the final whistle, it was the Cards who looked the more likely to add to their lead as they continued to pass the ball around with precision and confidence. Stockley had a number of chances to bag a hat-trick but it was not to be and Sawyer and Brett Williams also went close as the home team ran out worthy winners.

What a strange game this had been. After the opening exchanges of the match, few would have predicted a victory and clean sheet for the home team. Credit where it is due, however. The Cards weathered the storm, grew in confidence and had much the better of the final hour to emerge as worthy winners. The victory leaves them in tenth place in the league with fifty-nine points from forty-three games and, with three games remaining, on track once again for the manager's target of sixty-five points.

Woking: Elvijs Putnins, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts (Bradley Simmonds 86), Joe McNerney, Jack Parkinson, Kevin Betsy, Lee Sawyer, Gavin McCallum (Brett Williams 83), Billy Knott (John Nutter 78), Jayden Stockley

Unused subs: Aaron Howe, George Frith

Goals: Jayden Stockley (60, 68)

Wrexham: Chris Maxwell, Stephen Wright, Martin Riley (Neil Ashton 63), Jay Harris, Danny Wright, Brett Ormerod (Glen Little 55), Dean Keats (Kevin Thornton 55), Joe Clarke, Jonny Hunt, Declan Walker, Dele Adebola

Unused subs: Adrian Cieslewicz, Nick Rushton

Caution: Glen Little (72)

Attendance: 1,518

Sponsor's MOTM: Billy Knott - Woking's midfield dynamo. A superb display in every respect.
WOKING LINEUP
18Elvijs Putnins
2Adam Newton
3Mike Cestor
8Jack Parkinson
5Joe McNerney
4Mark Ricketts ('86)
15Lee Sawyer
24Billy Knott ('78)
11Kevin Betsy
19Gavin McCallum ('83)
25Jayden Stockley
BENCH
1Aaron Howe
26John Nutter ('78)
22George Frith
12Bradley Simmonds ('86)
14Brett Williams ('83)
Wrexham LINEUP
24Chris Maxwell
2Stephen Wright
6Martin Riley ('63)
8Jay Harris
9Danny Wright
10Brett Ormerod ('55)
12Dean Keats ('55)
14Joe Clarke
16Jonny Hunt
18Declan Walker
31Dele Adebola
BENCH
3Neil Ashton ('63)
7Adrian Cieslewicz
17Glen Little ('55)
19Nick Rushton
29Kevin Thornton ('55)

Woking 2-0 Wrexham (Garry Hill Interview)

Jayden Stockley Interview

David Holmes
6:45pm, Sat 6th Apr 2013
Jayden Stockley spoke to David Holmes after the game against Wrexham.

Jayden Stockley:







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