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Former Kingfield favourites return

Brian Caffarey
9:57am, Thu 18th Jul 2013
Woking v AFC Bournemouth
Pre-season friendly
3pm on Saturday 20 July 2013

Cards fans will be hoping to see former favourites Shwan Jalal, Harry Arter and Darryl Flahavan in action on Saturday when Championship side AFC Bournemouth, who are bringing their full first team squad to Kingfield, will provide stiff competition for Garry Hill’s side. New signing Josh Payne will no doubt figure in midfield for the Cards, who are likely to be giving run-outs to one or two trialist strikers as Garry looks to add to his squad. Of course, it would be nice if the Cherries would lend us Jayden Stockley again!


This will be the Cards’ third pre-season friendly and their first at Kingfield after trips to Staines Town (lost 3-2) and, on Tuesday evening, to Dover Athletic (won 1-0). The latter game was played at a lively pace – which may be difficult to replicate on Saturday if the weather is as hot as it has been recently.

Garry seems to have largely sorted out his defence and midfield bar signing a second goalkeeper, although both John Goddard and Harry Beautyman might be tempting additions in midfield, so the focus will mainly be on forwards. Gavin McCallum’s displays so far suggest he’s keen to gain a new contract, whilst Anthony McNamee has had two run-outs on the other flank. Ollie Taylor, a 19 year-old striker from Wycombe Wanderers, led the line in the first half at Dover, replaced at the interval by ex-Ebbsfleet striker Moses Ashikodi. But Garry won’t be panicked into making signings at this stage, so it would not be surprising to see other options in the remaining friendly games or even a signing or two on the eve of the season.


After narrowly avoiding relegation to the Conference at the end of the 2008-09 season the Cherries have been experiencing a very successful period in their history. They gained promotion to League One the following season, reached the League One play-off semi-finals in 2010-11 and were then runners-up last season to secure their promotion to the Championship.

Shwan Jalal is about to start his sixth season at the club but will have to fight hard for the number one jersey, not only against Darryl Flahavan but also against Australian Ryan Allsop. Jalal was injured in the Cherries’ pre-season trip to Switzerland while Harry Arter – who has become a very influential member of the side, scoring eight goals from midfield last season – missed the trip altogether. But Harry has now recovered from his injury and we all hope to see him at Kingfield. It will be interesting to see whether he or Lee Sawyer – surely capable of emulating Harry’s successful return to League football – tests the referee’s patience the most!

Manager Eddie Howe has made two new signings so far: the former Republic of Ireland defender Ian Harte and Elliott Ward, who has Championship and Premiership experience with Norwich and West Ham.

The Cherries start their league campaign on 3 August at home to Charlton Athletic. Before then, though, they have a glamorous celebratory exhibition match against Real Madrid this Sunday. Who’s to say Woking won’t give them a tougher game!


Adults £8. Concessions £3. Seafare will be open under the main stand, so why not treat yourself to some of their excellent fish and chips.


The Club has prepared a programme, priced at £2, to cover the three home friendly games, including pre-season thoughts from Garry Hill and an interview with Darryl Flahavan.


Saturday 27 July: Woking v Gillingham (k.o. 3pm)
Tuesday 30 July: Eastleigh v Woking (k.o. 7.30pm)
Saturday 3 August: Woking v QPR XI (k.o. 3pm)

The Cards start their league campaign on Saturday 10 August at home to Lincoln City.

Come on, you Cards!

Cards take the Cherries at Kingfield

Andy Turner
12:00am, Sun 21st Jul 2013

Woking 2 AFC Bournemouth 1
Pre-Season Friendly
20th July 2013

Woking overcame a mixed-strength AFC Bournemouth side which included ex- Cards Shwan Jalal and Jayden Stockley in a match that was played at a leisurely pace, with both keepers seeing little action.

With the exception of the absent Kevin Betsy, this could be close to Garry Hill’s starting line-up come August 10th. Aaron Howe was in goal with a back four of Adam Newton, Jack Parkinson, Brett Johnson and John Nutter. A five-man midfield consisting of Mark Ricketts, Lee Sawyer and Josh Payne in the middle with Gavin Williams and Anthony McNamee out wide. Gavin McCallum was the lone striker.

On an overcast but sultry afternoon, Bournemouth kicked off towards the Gosden Stand and soon took the lead. In the 6th minute, Woking failed to clear the ball in their area, allowing Stephen Purches to try a shot which deflected to Jayden Stockley, who netted from six yards. Despite this early set-back, Woking hit back quickly. Gavin Williams, who looked dangerous down the left side, got clear of his marker and freed John Nutter, who crossed towards Gavin McCullum only for the Bournemouth defence to clear. Moments later, however, confusion between the defence and Jalal allowed Mark Ricketts to dispossess the keeper and McCallum shot into the empty net for the equaliser.

Bournemouth hit back and a superb crossfield pass by Stockley found Wes Fogden on the right, but Aaron Howe collected his cross. After 16 minutes Gavin McCallum, who looked sharp up front all match, tried a speculative shot from 25 yards which went just past the upright. A couple of minutes later Josh Payne was found in the Bournemouth area and passed to McCallum but Bournemouth cleared at the expense of a corner. Adam Newton took it to the far post where Jack Parkinson headed goalwards only for the keeper to catch easily.

Woking played a lot of neat football in the first forty-five minutes, with Ricketts, Payne and Sawyer linking up well in midfield. Bournemouth finished the half on the front foot, however, with the influential Donal McDermott surging into the Woking area and crossing to Stockley, who was unable to connect with his head.

Half-time: Woking 1 AFC Bournemouth 1

There were no substitutions at the start of the second half. McCallum was soon in the action, getting into the Bournemouth area but his shot was charged down. Woking were having the better of the early stages of the half and after 51 minutes a lovely crossfield move between Sawyer, McCallum and McNamee saw the last-named cross dangerously into the area only to see the ball safely gathered by the 'keeper.

Anthony McNamee was having a good start to the second half and was looking dangerous down the Woking right, putting in a string of menacing crosses, one of which after 58 minutes nearly led to a McCallum goal, Wes Fogden intervening with a last-ditch clearance.

In the 62nd minute, Oliver Taylor replaced Gavin Williams and this started a raft of substitutions for both sides. Sam Beasant replaced Aaron Howe in the Woking goal, shortly followed by Giuseppe Sole and George Frith coming on for Gavin McCallum and Mark Ricketts. It was good to see Gez back in a Woking shirt on his home ground and he nearly scored in the 75th minute. Josh Payne passed to Oliver Taylor on the edge of the area and his shot was saved by Jalal. Sole, following up, couldn't quite control his shot and the ball went narrowly wide.

Woking had enjoyed the better of the second half and capped it off with a second, and winning, goal. In the 84th minute, a simple but effective long ball forward released Oliver Taylor, who raced clear of the Bournemouth defence and showed excellent calmness to shoot past the ex-Woking keeper.

This was a good workout for Woking with many encouraging performances throughout. The defence looked solid and the midfield trio of Sawyer, Payne and Ricketts gelled well. Gavin Williams worked tirelessly down the left and got up to support McCallum when needed, McCallum himself looked sharp and took his goal well. Anthony McNamee had a good second half and produced many jinking runs down the right and put over some dangerous crosses. Oliver Taylor looked comfortable up front and took his goal very well.

Woking: Aaron Howe (Sam Beasant 63), Adam Newton, John Nutter, Mark Ricketts (George Frith 68), Jack Parkinson, Brett Johnson, Lee Swayer (Niall Wright 79), Josh Payne (Renee Steer 79), Gavin Williams (Oliver Taylor 62), Anthony McNamee, Gavin McCallum (Giuseppe Sole 68).

AFC Bournemouth: Shwan Jalal, Bailey Cargoill, Wes Thomas, Wes Fogden, Ian Harte, Stephen Purches, Donal McDermott, Jayden Stockley, Miles Addison, Richard Hughes, Sam Matthews (subs used: Jack Bayly, Jordan Chiedozie, Mark Molesley, Josh Wakefield plus 2 unknowns)

Attendance: Not Given

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