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Phil Ledger Memorial Cup
3:00pm - SaturdaySat 24th JulyJul 2010
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AFC Wimbledon
AFC Wimbledon

Dons contest Ledger cup

Brian Caffarey
8:10pm, Thu 22nd Jul 2010
Woking v AFC Wimbledon
Phil Ledger Memorial Cup
3pm on Saturday 24 July 2010

Woking’s first home friendly game is an attractive fixture against Terry Brown’s side. The match inaugurates the Phil Ledger Memorial Cup – and it’s very fitting that the Cards’ opponents should be Wimbledon since ‘Mr Woking’ also spent several, very happy, years playing for our Surrey neighbours and rivals, including winning an Isthmian League Championship with them.

WOKING

The Cards go into Saturday’s game on the back of four wins in their away friendly games against Sevenoaks Town, Petersfield Town, Winchester City and Arundel. But Terry Brown’s side will of course be a very different proposition – as will the other teams visiting Kingfield in the lead-up to the Cards’ opening BSBS fixture at home to Dover Athletic on 14 August.

Graham Baker has released two triallists (Tobias Weppelmann and Chris Sullivan) midweek. Forward Gomez Dali has made the biggest impression among the remainder but there have been decent performances from a number of others, including full backs Ryan Watts and David Ray, as well as promising displays from new signings and Academy players.

WIMBLEDON

The Dons’ results in their friendly games to date have been:

AFC Wimbledon 2 Charlton Athletic XI 0
Maidenhead United 0 AFC Wimbledon 3
AFC Wimbledon 0 Millwall XI 1
Corinthian Casuals 2 AFC Wimbledon 6

The Dons start their BSBP campaign on 14 August with a long haul up to Southport – a familiar opening day fixture for us in times past!

The Dons finished in 8th position in their first season in the Conference National, falling away in the second half of the season after looking potential play-off contenders. The club has now turned full-time professional and, partly in consequence, there has been a substantial turnover of playing staff. Among those leaving were former Kingfield favourite, Paul Lorraine, whom we will see in Ebbsfleet United’s colours,and of course Alan Inns, signed by Graham Baker to provide the central defensive experience lost with the departures of Tom Hutchinson and Jon Boardman.

The new faces at Kingsmeadow include Ismail Yakubu (experienced central defender from Barnet), Lee Minshull (midfielder from Tonbridge Angels), Rashid Yussuf (aka ‘Toks’, a pacy winger from Gillingham), Andre Blackman (a left back formerly with Portsmouth and, briefly, Bristol City), Christian Jolley (a striker from Kingstonian), Sammy Moore (a midfielder with Dover Athletic last season) and Mark Nwojeki (a forward from Dagenham and Redbridge but whom Cards fans will remember running rings round us for Staines in that infamous FA Cup tie). Strikers retained from last season include the familiar names of Danny Kedwell and Jon Main.

ADMISSION PRICES

£8 adults, £4 concessions, and U16s will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. The game will not be segregated.

There will be a matchday programme, priced at £1.50.


Come on, you Cards!

Dons give Cards a tough afternoon

Brian Caffarey
6:38am, Sun 25th Jul 2010
Woking 0 AFC Wimbledon 4
Phil Ledger Memorial Cup
24 July 2010

Graham Baker was expecting a much stiffer test in this encounter than in the Cards’ previous away friendlies against lesser opposition – and that’s certainly what he got as the Dons, and in particular four-goal Danny Kedwell, made hay in the Kingfield sunshine. The visitors were a goal up after only four minutes and the Cards barely got a look-in, with home fans having to wait till midway through the second half for the first real strike on goal. Missing the experience of Alan Inns at the back, the Cards’ defence looked fairly porous, while the midfield often found themselves chasing shadows. Nevertheless, there were promising displays from triallists Takumi Ake in particular and Gomez Dali.

Woking began the game with a mix of contract players and triallists. They had barely drawn breath before the right side of their defence was carved open, allowing Kedwell an easy finish. Further efforts quickly followed from the powerful Minshull and Kedwell, with Josh Casey at left back, perhaps used to having more time, getting caught on the ball on a couple of occasions. At the other end Craig Faulconbridge managed a couple of nod downs but there was no one around to profit from them. The main interest lay, however, in some skilful footwork from Ake on the flanks. One cross at least drew a fumble from the Dons’ keeper, Seb Brown.

In the 24th minute Kedwell made it 2-0 to the visitors as he seized on a loose ball and unleashed an unstoppable snap shot past Worner. More goals threatened as Wellard blasted over following clever build-up play. The home side replied with their most fluent move of the half, Casey and Ake combining well to feed the onrushing Mark Ricketts in the area, but the midfielder could not control the ball.

Jon Main took centre stage as his speculative shot cannoned off the foot of the far post, with Worner grabbing the rebound, and also threatened with an acrobatic bicycle kick, while another snap shot from Kedwell was only a whisker away from nestling in the Woking net.

As half-time approached Andy Forbes headed wide for the home side but that man Kedwell popped up once more as the Woking defence allowed the Dons acres of space to put in a cross from the right to the far post, where the ex-Welling striker looped a header back over Worner into the opposite corner.

Half-time: Woking 0 AFC Wimbledon 3

Graham Baker rang the changes at the interval, with only Aswad Thomas, Daniel Sintim and Ryan Watts remaining from the first half line-up. The Dons, in contrast, made a series of changes as the second half progressed.

It was a similar story to begin with as Kedwell headed wide and then tried another snap shot. Main had an effort blocked, which Rashid Yussuf followed up with a powerful strike which went narrowly over the bar.

For the Cards Moses Ademola looked lively out on the right flank, combining well with Ricky Anane in the 55th minute to get a cross in, which was easily cut out, however. There were also glimpses of Gomez Dali’s clever footwork and pace, although he found the Dons’ defence far less accommodating than that of previous opponents.

Woking’s triallist keeper Will Viner was pretty busy as he rushed out of his area in an attempt to clear a long ball, with Aswad Thomas deciding to pre-empt him and then being forced to save as the Dons broke down the Woking left. An enterprising run by Dali was followed, though, by the visitors’, and Kedwell’s, fourth goal of the afternoon in the 69th minute. Though his header was very proficient, the goal has to be put down to Viner’s error as the keeper came for a routine cross swung in but failed to get his hands to the ball

Woking responded with a decent move, involving Anane and Ademola, who fed Dave Gilroy, with Dali heading the subsequent corner wide. The big striker was then sandwiched on the edge of the area but Sam Hurrell’s free-kick to the far post was over-hit.

With the Dons’ multiple changes having weakened their side, and with the job done, the game rather petered out but not before Viner had had to make an excellent one-handed save and then deny former Woking striker Delano Sam-Yorke with his feet.

No one will read too much into this game, although Dons fans will no doubt have been heartened to see Danny Kedwell in such good form. Cards fans will hope that there is better to come when Graham finally puts his first choice side out.

Woking (first half) (triallists in italics): Ross Worner, David Ray, Josh Casey, Francis Quarm, Daniel Sintim, Aswad Thomas, Takumi Ake, Mark Ricketts, Craig Faulconbridge, Andy Forbes, Ryan Watts

Woking (second half): Will Viner, Ricky Anane, Daniel Sintim (Ola Sogbanmu 82), Aswad Thomas (Aaron Gough 82), Ryan Watts (Anson Cousins 82), Moses Ademola, Charlie Turnbull, Jerome Maledon, Sam Hurrell, Dave Gilroy, Gomez Dali

Wimbledon: Seb Brown, Ryan Jackson, Ismail Yakubu, Brett Johnson, Sam Hatton, Ricky Wellard, Danny Kedwell, Jon Main, Christian Jolley, Lee Minshull, Sam Moore

(Wimbledon used a number of subs in the second half, but I didn’t catch all the names.)

Attendance: 1042

NB Woking’s next friendly game is on Tuesday evening, when they entertain Brentford.

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