Woking News & Mail
7:45pm - TuesdayTue 11th FebruaryFeb 2014
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Salisbury City
Salisbury City
2 - 0


Cards begin tough away sequence

Brian Caffarey
4:26pm, Sun 9th Feb 2014
Salisbury City v Woking
7.45pm on Tuesday 11 February 2014

The Cards face a very tough trip to Salisbury City on Tuesday evening. The Whites have a great home record this season at a ground at which Woking have rarely experienced any joy. But Garry Hill’s side should be full of confidence after an excellent 3-0 win over Hereford United last Monday.


Woking sit in 18th place in the table, eight points above the relegation places. Tuesday’s game begins a hectic schedule for the Cards during which, weather permitting, they will play eight league games in under a month. Tuesday’s away trip is the first of three difficult away games, with trips to Gateshead and Dartford to follow.

Garry will be hoping that Mark Ricketts and Mike Cestor will have recovered from the injuries which ruled them out of the Hereford game.


The Whites worked hard at Kingfield on Boxing Day, succeeding in gradually smothering Woking in midfield while taking their own chances confidently. It wasn’t difficult to see how they’ve managed to put themselves within touching distance of the play-off places. They now sit in 8th position in the table, only three points behind fifth-placed Nuneaton Town. Their home record is very impressive, with 11 wins, three draws and two defeats, with 27 goals scored and 15 conceded.

On Saturday they drew 0-0 at home against third-placed Alfreton Town.

There are a number of familiar names in the Whites’ squad, including Ricky Wellard, formerly with AFC Wimbledon; Glenn Wilson, who had a brief loan spell at Kingfield; midfielder Rob Sinclair, formerly with Luton and Stevenage; Chris McPhee, a midfielder previously with Torquay; and keeper/goalkeeping coach James Bittner, who, however, has been on the substitutes’ bench for most games, with Will Puddy getting the vote. Dan Fitchett is the main ‘danger man’.


The Raymond McEnhill Stadium
Partridge Way
Old Sarum


By coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 4.45pm and costs £13 for members and £18 for non-members. Phone or email the Club Shop to book your place (01483 772470 or shop@wokingfc.co.uk).

By car

Follow A322 and M3, leaving at junction 8 to join the A303. Leave A303 at the Countess Roundabout / Amesbury Junction and carry on through the town onto the A345. Continue towards Salisbury, past the turn-off to Boscombe Down on the left, up the hill and through the traffic lights at High Post (a hotel and nightclub are on your right) and carry on down to the Beehive junction roundabout. There is a large white sign, clearly marked 'football ground' in brown writing at the bottom. Turn left, through the first small roundabout and then left into Partridge Way.

By train

Nearest station: Salisbury

The 17.16 train from Woking would get you to Salisbury at 18.19, whilst the 17.46 arrives at 18.48. Cutting it fine, the 18.13 should get you there at 19.20 but via a six-minute change at Basingstoke. On the way back you’d have to get the last train at 22.26 via another six-minute change at Basingstoke, arriving at Woking at 23.13.

The station is nearly three miles from the ground, so a taxi or bus (from the bus station in Endless Street in the City Centre) will be needed.


Adult – £14.00
Senior Citizen – £12.00
Student – £10.00
Children (6yrs-16yrs) – £5.00
Under 6yrs, when accompanied by an adult – FREE
Stand Transfer – £2.00


Woking 1 Salisbury City 3
26 December 2013

The Cards drew first blood against the Whites, with Jack Marriott notching his ninth goal in nine games, but that was about as good as it got as the side gradually lost its way against a committed Salisbury side who packed the midfield and succeeded in stifling any attacking momentum from Garry Hill’s outfit. Woking’s cause wasn’t helped by poor defending on all three Salisbury goals. It was a shame that the Cards, after so many good performances of late, couldn’t put on a better display in front of their biggest home crowd of the season.

Woking: Sam Beasant, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson (Mike Cestor 65), John Nutter (Giuseppe Sole 65), Kevin Betsy, Keiran Murtagh, Josh Payne, Charles Banya (John Goddard 69) , Jack Marriott, Scott Rendell

Unused subs: Andy Little, Adam Newton

Goal: Jack Marriott 14

Cautions: Keiran Murtagh 35, Scott Rendell 90

Salisbury City: Will Puddy, Callum Hart (Tyler Harvey 45), Ryan Brett, James Clarke, Glenn Wilson, Chris McPhee, Ricky Wellard, Theo Lewis, Clovis Kamdjo, Stuart Sinclair, Angus MacDonald (Warren Feeney 78)

Unused subs: James Bittner, Jamie White, Ben Wright

Goals: Chris McPhee 17, Ricky Wellard 26, Tyler Harvey 90

Caution: Angus MacDonald 67

Attendance: 2,112


The Cards are away to Gateshead on Saturday 15 February and away to Dartford on Tuesday 18 February. Their next home league game is on Saturday 22 February when they entertain Macclesfield Town.

Come on, you Cards!

It's a White-Off for Woking

Ray Avards
12:17pm, Wed 12th Feb 2014
Salisbury City 2 Woking 0

The Skrill Premier

11th February 2014

First-half dominance for the Cards, characterised by neat control and passing, good ball-winning and movement off it, was not translated onto the score-sheet, unfortunately. This handed an opportunity to the Whites to turn the tables after half-time and complete an undeserved double over Woking.

Club captain Mark Ricketts returned to the team at right back in place of Adam Newton, in a 4-4-2 line-up again.

From kick-off, the first half pattern was set with a long ball from the back by Salisbury finding the willing run of Dan Fitchett, who shot wide. In contrast, Jack Marriott was nearly in on goal from a rebound after Keiran Murtagh worked a move. Murtagh nearly got through again after good work from Josh Payne as the two of them took control in midfield.

From a rare attack down the right by the Whites it was John Nutter who surprised his own 'keeper with a header back over a Salisbury forward that had Sam Beasant diving down to his right to gather in. Next, a Scott Rendell header on from a searching forward ball bypassed 'keeper Puddy as he rushed out to his penalty spot leaving a defender to tidy up behind him and clear. Payne then bisected the defence with a searching straight ball for Kevin Betsy into the penalty box but he delayed his pass, which was blocked. Marriott then looked to be in as John Goddard drove in from the left, but a deflection took the pace off the shot. Goddard looked to have broken through finally, after excellent work from Betsy, but the shot turned past Puddy, rolled agonisingly against the inside of the post and was cleared.

At the other end, Fitchett slid in on a low cross from Elliott Frear, who had scampered away down the left but Brett Johnson smothered his effort for a goal kick. Woking returned to the attack, Betsy breaking free for Marriott to play in Rendell, whose shot was blocked by Puddy. Murtagh then shot wide of the left-hand post and Goddard shot over. Next it was Marriott who had a shot saved as the visitors continued to press.

Woking were clearly having the better of the play and Goddard shot wide of the post after being slipped in by Betsy. Then a flurry of action as the first half neared its conclusion. Firstly, Murtagh combined well with Goddard to allow the former to get down the Salisbury right and drive in and shoot. His effort rebounded to Goddard but the energetic midfielder's shot in the centre was also blocked. Salisbury then retaliated with Warren Feeney getting in behind Brett Johnson and Mark Ricketts intervening in the nick of time as Elliott Frear broke in on the left.

Half-time: Salisbury City 0 Woking 0

For a few second-half minutes it looked like it would be attack versus defence again for Woking. Betsy got away wide on the left and his waist-high cross was guided wide on the side-foot volley by Murtagh. A John Nutter free-kick on the right then came to nothing and it seemed that the home side could finally sense their opportunity. Ryan Brett had already stretched the Cards and Dan Fitchett broke away with his effort just being deflected for a corner.

The Whites finally broke the deadlock just after the hour mark. Frear, Salisbury’s man of the match, was worked in on the left and picked out Clovis Kamdjo from the byline. The former Barnet man’s powerful side-foot shot gave Beasant no chance for the key first goal.

Woking tried to hit back, but Murtagh shot over and a Betsy-Marriott-Rendell move in the area was foiled. Cue Garry Hill’s turn to make changes, Goddard making way for Joey Jones, in midfield to begin with, and then at right back as Ricketts was replaced by Giuseppe Sole. Rendell then set Marriott free but his fierce shot went wide.

Woking continued to look for the equaliser but could not find that telling pass or shot to open up the home defence. With time ticking by, Salisbury made the game safe when they were awarded a questionable free-kick just outside the area. Up stepped Angus Macdonald to rifle his shot home with the aid of a slight deflection.

So, a question of what might have been for the Cards. Had they managed to turn their first-half superiority into goals, it could have been a different story but the home side seized their chance in the second period to grab a somewhat fortuitous three points. Next up, another tough away trip to Gateshead on Saturday, which sees Woking having to endure plenty of travelling in February.

Woking: Sam Beasant, Mark Ricketts (Giuseppe Sole 73), Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson, John Nutter Kevin Betsy, Keiran Murtagh, Josh Payne, John Goddard (Joey Jones 67), Jack Marriott Scott Rendell (Anthony McNamee 85)

Unused Subs: Aaron Howe, Niall Wright.

Cautions: Josh Payne 33, Joe McNerney 76

Salisbury City: Will Puddy, Glenn Wilson, Brian Dutton, Ryan Brett , Angus MacDonald, Chris McPhee (Stuart Sinclair 55), Elliott Frear, Clovis Kamdjo, Robert Sinclair (Ricky Wellard 75), Dan Fitchett, Warren Feeney (James White 62)

Unused subs: James Bittner, Adam Flint 

Goals: Clovis Kamdjo 64, Angus MacDonald 88

My MOTM: John Nutter - shaded it for his all-round skills and effort both in defence and attack.

Attendance: 624
Salisbury City LINEUP
18Sam Beasant
4Mark Ricketts ('73)
3John Nutter
5Joe McNerney
6Brett Johnson
20Josh Payne
26Keiran Murtagh
22John Goddard ('67)
11Kevin Betsy
21Scott Rendell ('86)
25Jack Marriott
1Aaron Howe
30Joe Jones ('67)
17Niall Wright
14Anthony McNamee ('86)
10Giuseppe Sole ('73)

Garry Hill Interview from Salisbury

Nick Shaw
10:21pm, Tue 11th Feb 2014
John Moore speaks to Garry Hill after the Cards' 2-0 defeat at Salisbury City.

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