3:00pm - SaturdaySat 16th NovemberNov 2013
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 1381

3 - 2


More of the same, please!

Brian Caffarey
5:21pm, Thu 14th Nov 2013
Woking v Hyde
3pm on Saturday 16 November 2013

The Cards take on bottom-of-the-table Hyde on Saturday afternoon and all Woking fans will be fervently praying that Garry Hill’s side can conjure up another win to follow up their 3-0 drubbing of Dartford on Tuesday evening. New loan signing, the hugely promising Jack Marriott, was an instant ‘hit’ on Tuesday, scoring the first goal and having a big hand in the second. Come down to Kingfield, cheer the Cards on and see an exciting young player in the making.


Jack Marriott provided the main talking point on Tuesday evening but it was far from a one-man show. Mark Ricketts and Josh Payne were immense in midfield, especially in the second half, the former breaking up play superbly and the latter instigating many of the attacking moves in a performance that fully justified his England C selection. Charles Banya sparkled whenever he got the ball out wide and Scott Rendell provided excellent support up front for Marriott, including getting on the end of the latter’s cross for the second goal. Let’s not overlook too another very solid performance from the young centre-back pairing of Joe McNerney and Jack Parkinson.


The Tigers’ season started with an 8-0 mauling at Forest Green Rovers, followed by a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Southport. Two creditable draws followed, at home to Hereford and away to Wrexham, but since then the Tigers have recorded 14 defeats in the league and only one draw (at home to Nuneaton). Last Saturday they lost a crucial game, 2-1 at home to fellow-strugglers Chester, and were then roundly beaten 4-0 away at FC Halifax Town on Tuesday night, which left them 10 points behind 23rd-placed Aldershot Town. Assistant Manager Gavin McCann left the club after the defeat at home to Chester.

However, as Steve Thompson hinted in his post-Dartford match interview on WFC TV, the Cards need to be very careful not to under-estimate Hyde, who have only rarely been well beaten.

The Tigers’ summer signings included former Morecambe striker Danny Carlton. Also joining from Morecambe was experienced central defender Will Haining, with over 250 League appearances on his cv. Hyde are another club to have benefited from Stockport County’s implosion, with midfielders Matty Mainwaring and Tom Collins (formerly also with Hayes and Yeading) joining in the summer. The Tigers have two promising young players on loan from Blackpool in midfielder Liam Tomsett and top scorer Louis Almond. Two more summer signings were pacey winger Connor Hughes, who made eight appearances for Oldham last season, and Adam Blakeman, a young left-back released by Bolton Wanderers. Emmanuel Dieseruvwe is a 19 year-old striker on a youth loan from Sheffield Wednesday. Among players retained was capable striker Scott Spencer, whilst the manager’s brother, 35 year-old David McNiven, provides emergency cover up front.

Josh Brizell was sent off at Halifax and will therefore miss Saturday’s game.


Adults £15
Over 65s and students (with valid student card) £10
U16s £3


The 56-page matchday programme on Saturday includes another ‘where are they now?’ piece by Liam Newman featuring Darryl Flahavan, Neil Smith, Ashley Bayes and Marvin Morgan. Our Cardinal North correspondent, Malcolm Wyatt, reflects on recent Woking games in his neck of the woods, while Damian Buxton ponders why so few non-League managers are snapped up by League clubs. Tigers fan Adele Thomas gives an opposing view and of course there are all the usual match reports, previews, news and great photos. If you can’t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on shop@wokingfc.co.uk


Hyde 0 Woking 2
17 September 2013

Two Kevin Betsy strikes in the second half settled this game in the Cards’ favour but it was far from a walkover, with the home side having the best of the first half and creating several good chances after the break too.

The turning point arguably came when Anthony McNamee came on for Lee Sawyer four minutes before half-time, with the former Premiership winger subsequently providing greater penetration from the right flank. And the breakthrough came in the 74th minute when Betsy chested the ball into the net from a McNamee free-kick.

The Woking defence came under intense pressure at times but Betsy made it safe, drilling the ball home after the Hyde keeper had been unable to hold a Scott Rendell effort.

The game also marked a debut for John Goddard.

Woking: Sam Beasant, Adam Newton, John Nutter, Mark Ricketts, Mike Cestor, Lee Sawyer (Anthony McNamee 41), Jack Parkinson, Gavin Williams (John Goddard 82), Kevin Betsy, Josh Payne, Scott Rendell (Joe McNerney 88).

Unused subs: Aaron Howe, Giuseppe Sole


Come along and cheer on the England C team next Tuesday evening when they take on the Czech U21 side. Woking’s Josh Payne is in the squad. The game kicks off at 6pm and ADMISSION IS FREE! Stay on afterwards and watch the England v Germany friendly on the big screen in the Cardinals Bar. And, to cap it all, draught beers are only £2 a pint from 8pm.

The Cards are at home to Walton Casuals on Wednesday 20 November in the Surrey Senior Cup and then travel to table-topping Cambridge United on Saturday 23 November.

Saturday 30 November brings the 1st Round Proper of the FA Trophy: look out for an announcement of who Woking will play that day.

The scheduled home game against Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday 7 December has been postponed because the Harriers are in Cup action that weekend. The Cards travel instead to FC Halifax Town in a game brought forward from 8 February 2014.

The Cards’ next home league game is on Saturday 14 December v Chester.

Come on, you Cards!

Cards battle back to secure the points

Stephen Donaghey
10:37pm, Sat 16th Nov 2013
Woking 3 Hyde 2
The Skrill Premier
16th November 2013

Woking survived an early scare to complete back-to-back wins with a 3-2 victory over bottom of the table Hyde. The win, which moves the Cards out of the relegation zone, came courtesy of a brace from loanee Jack Marriott and a strike from Scott Rendell.

The Cards had the majority of the possession at the start of the game but struggled to forge any clear-cut opportunities. Charles Banya and Kevin Betsy provided plenty of width in an attempt to stretch Hyde, whose back line and midfield were sitting very deep, allowing little space for Woking’s creative players to work in.

Despite the home team dominating the ball, the first goal came against the run of play, as winless Hyde took the lead in the fourteenth minute. An inviting cross from the left by Adam Blakeman found Reece Gray, who got to the ball first to side-foot it past Beasant to give the visitors a shock lead.

The influential Gray was Hyde's bright spark and was behind most of Hyde's rare attacking threat, whilst their centre forward Scott Spencer became an isolated target man up front, being well marshalled by Jack Parkinson and Joe McNerney.

There was a further shock for the home crowd on twenty-three minutes when Hyde doubled their lead. It was Gray again who used his pace to skip past McNerney, then showed his composure to slide the ball into the bottom left-hand corner past the onrushing Sam Beasant.

Woking now had a mountain to climb and slowly began to inch their way back into the match and push the visitors onto the defensive. As the interval approached, it was imperative that they reduced the deficit before the break to give themselves a realistic chance to force a victory. Despite the home side's threatening wing play, which saw Kevin Betsy and Charles Banya switch flanks midway through the half, it was a ball down the middle in the fortieth minute which finally unlocked Hyde’s stubborn and determined defence. In a game high on entertainment, but not always matching it in quality, Jack Marriott showed his class with a fine touch to instantly bring the ball under control inside the box before turning to rifle the ball into the roof of the net.

The goal provided just the momentum required as the Cards pushed forward for an equaliser before the half ended. Although this was not forthcoming, despite the home side forcing two further corners, one sensed that Marriott's goal might just provide the impetus for the team to push on in the second half.

Half-time: Woking 1 Hyde 2

As the Kingfield faithful were fervently hoping, Woking started the second half as they had ended the first, firmly on the front foot, and were rewarded with an equaliser inside the first two minutes of the restart. Again, it was clever play by Marriott, who managed to stay onside and pull the ball back to the on-rushing Josh Payne. His goal-bound effort was blocked but the ball fell to Rendell, who swivelled and levelled from close range. It was a deserved goal for the Luton Town loanee who worked tirelessly throughout and dominated aerially, forming part of an exciting partnership with Marriott.

With Woking firmly taking the initiative, they began searching for the all-important third goal. An effort from Rendell was tipped over and Marriott found himself in a couple of promising positions but could only fire wide. As the game entered the final twenty minutes and the support from the home crowd increased, there was only one team striving for all three points. To the palpable relief of the vast majority in the ground, it was that man Marriott again, who popped up with just over fifteen minutes remaining to grab his second goal of the afternoon and his third in two games. Adam Newton was fed down the right and he expertly steered the ball into the path of the young striker, who found the net in front of the joyful KRE for Woking to deservedly take the lead for the first time in the contest.

The goal quashed any belief that the away side would leave Kingfield with their first victory of the season and now even a point was looking out of the question. Woking calmly saw out the remaining period of a frantic match and had opportunities to add more gloss to the scoreline as Payne and Rendell both saw efforts clear the bar late on.

The win sees the Cards climb out of the relegation zone and up to 19th place. A tough test awaits them next weekend, however, when they travel to take on league leaders Cambridge United.

Woking: Sam Beasant, Adam Newton, John Nutter, Joe McNerney, Jack Parkinson, Mark Ricketts, Josh Payne, Kevin Betsy, Charles Banya (John Goddard 67) , Scott Rendell, Jack Marriott (Giuseppe Sole 88).

Unused subs: Aaron Howe, Gavin Williams, Mike Cestor 

Goals: Marriott 40, 74, Rendell 47

Hyde: Lawrence Vigouroux, Adam Thurston, Adam Griffin, Glenn Belezika, Luke Ashworth, Liam Tomsett, David Poole (Martin Devaney 75), Adam Blakeman, Scott Spencer, Reece Gray, Connor Hughes (Tom Collins 78)

Unused subs: Andy Fitzgerald, David McNiven, Jake Pollard

Goals: Gray 14, 23

Cautions: Gray 72

Attendance: 1381

Sponsor's MOTM: Jack Marriott. Another sparkling performance from the Ipswich loanee.
18Sam Beasant
2Adam Newton
3John Nutter
8Jack Parkinson
5Joe McNerney
4Mark Ricketts
20Josh Payne
30Charles Banya ('67)
11Kevin Betsy
21Scott Rendell
25Jack Marriott ('88)
1Aaron Howe
15Mike Cestor
22John Goddard ('67)
9Gavin Williams
10Giuseppe Sole ('88)
20Lawrence Vigouroux
12Adam Thurston
3Adam Griffin
27Glenn Belezika
5Luke Ashworth
6Liam Tomsett
7David Poole
21§Adam Blakeman
9Scott Spencer
26Reece Gray
11Connor Hughes
10Tom Collins
17Andy Fitzgerald
19David McNiven
23Jake Pollard
25Martin Devaney

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Nick Shaw
7:14pm, Sat 16th Nov 2013

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