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7:45pm - TuesdayTue 12th AugustAug 2014
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 1538

Woking
Woking
1 - 1

Dartford
Dartford

Cards seek second win

Brian Caffarey
6:57am, Mon 11th Aug 2014
Woking v Dartford
7.45pm on Tuesday 12 August 2014

Garry Hill’s side got off to a superb start with a 3-1 win at Alfreton on Saturday. Can they build on that on Tuesday evening when rivals Dartford come to Kingfield for the first of two successive home games? The Cards are a very capable side, playing an attractive, passing brand of football. Come on down to Kingfield if you possibly can and cheer them on to three more points!

WOKING

Garry believes that he has now got quality throughout his side, with healthy competition for places – and there was plenty of evidence of that at Alfreton even though the Cards were missing the influential Kevin Betsy and captain Mark Ricketts. The strike pair of Scott Rendell and Dean Morgan will surely plunder more goals, supported by a talented midfield in which newcomer Theo Lewis shone on the right flank. At the back Joey Jones did well alongside Joe McNerney at centre back, while Aaron Howe fully justified his selection in goal ahead of Jake Cole with a faultless display.

Garry has now got the “nice problem� on Tuesday evening of deciding whether he can accommodate the returning Mark Ricketts in the starting line-up. The decision may be made slightly easier if John Nutter has not recovered sufficiently from the injury which appeared to force him off in the second half at Alfreton.

DARTFORD

Tony Burman had made a number of signings, with a view to playing in the Conference South, before the news came through of the Darts’ reprieve from relegation. The one player who could not commit to the higher level was ex-Card Paul Lorraine, who had joined from Ebbsfleet.

Several of the ‘new boys’ are, in fact, familiar faces at Princes Park: another ex-Card Adam Green, who spent last season at Basingstoke after joining from Dartford; striker Andy Pugh, who had a loan spell from Cambridge United; defender Rory McAuley, who was also on loan from Cambridge last season; and striker Harry Crawford, returning from Barnet after having departed in January 2013. Another signing has a strong connection with the Darts: striker Tom Bradbrook, brother of the Darts’ captain Elliot. The wholly new arrivals are keeper Jason Brown from Sutton United; Luke Daley from Braintree; and Peter Sweeney, with some 250 League appearances to his credit. Burman has also added six Academy players to the first team squad.

Familiar names still at Princes Park include winger Ryan Hayes, Lee Noble, Lee Burns and former AFC Wimbledon defender Mat Mitchel-King.

On Saturday the Darts went down 2-1 at home to Wrexham, with Tom Bradbrook scoring. Dartford are always a tough side to take on, and the defeat will no doubt make them even more determined to avoid a worrying start to the season.

ADMISSION

This game will be segregated.

Please note that because of the building work taking place under the Leslie Gosden Stand only the lower section of the stand will be open for this game and the game against Macclesfield on Saturday, reducing the stand’s capacity to 863. There will be access to the toilets under the LGS for home fans from Gate 4, near the Westfield Avenue entrance.

Admission prices have been held at last season’s rates:

Adults: £15
Over 65s and Students with a valid NUS card: £10
U16s: £3

Don’t forget that season tickets are still available, offering a substantial discount over the season:

Adults - £275
Concessions - £160
Under 16s - £50
Disabled - £125

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

This season’s matchday programme is bigger and better – but still priced at only £3! The 64 page programme, now edited by Anthony Scott, has a brand new design and soft cover and this edition includes an interview with Garry Hill, Mark Ricketts’ reflections on the pre-season, a preview of the prospects of the teams in the Vanarama Conference and much more, including match reports, previews and of course some great photos. Make sure you try it out! If you can’t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on shop@wokingfc.co.uk

LAST SEASON

Woking 3 Dartford 0
12 November 2013

This was a very welcome result for the Cards, who were stuck in the bottom four following six league and cup games in which they had failed to achieve a win. Significantly, it marked the debut of loan signing Jack Marriott, who lit up Kingfield with his pace, power and eye for goal. All three goals came in a 15-minute spell in the second half, with Marriott grabbing the first and setting up the second for Scott Rendell before Joe McNerney headed home to make the three points safe.

Dartford 5 Woking 1
18 February 2014

The tables were turned emphatically in this match in which relegation-threatened Dartford crashed five goals against an out-of-sorts Woking side. Both teams came into the match on the back of fine away wins – Woking at Gateshead and the Darts at Wrexham. The Cards took a very early lead through Scott Rendell but it was immediately cancelled out by the on-loan Alex Wall. The game remained fairly even till the 33rd minute when Joey Jones was sent off. The Cards still remained well in the game till just before the break when Wall finished smartly to make it 2-1.

The second half proved increasingly miserable for the 10-man Cards as Max Cornhill struck twice and Lee Noble scored a fifth just before the end.

NEXT GAME

The Cards have another home game this Saturday when Macclesfield Town are the visitors. Come on down to Kingfield again to cheer on the team.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Please bear in mind that the A320 Guildford Road is closed both ways between the Harvester in Ottershaw and Brox Road, between the hours of 7am and 7pm until 26 August. Please, therefore, allow extra time for your journey to Kingfield if necessary.

Cards Grab Last Gasp Equaliser

Andy Jones
11:16am, Wed 13th Aug 2014
Woking 1 Dartford 1
Vanarama Conference Premier
12th August 2014

Woking went into their second league game of the season buoyed by their away victory at Alfreton on Saturday. They started the match with two changes from the team which delivered that excellent win. Mike Cestor replaced the injured John Nutter at left back and captain Mark Ricketts, back from suspension, replaced Joey Jones (who dropped to the bench) in the middle of the back four. The Cards dominated much of the first half and created a number of gilt-edged opportunities but were unable to find the back of the net in a goalless first half. Minutes into the second period they were made to pay for their profligacy when Rory McAuley headed the visitors in front from a corner. Woking then struggled to impose themselves for the rest of the match before substitute Giuseppe Sole popped up to nod an equaliser deep into stoppage time to the huge relief of the Kingfield faithful.

The Cards lined up for the match in a 4-4-2 formation as they had at Alfreton. After a quiet opening, the home team began to dominate proceedings, particularly in midfield, and had three good opportunities to take the lead. Firstly, following a John Goddard corner there was an almighty scramble inside the Dartford six-yard area when it looked as though a Woking player was odds-on to find the target but the opposition managed, with some difficulty, to clear. Following a flowing move down the left, Keiran Murtagh then had a right-foot effort from ten yards out which went wide of the post, when he should probably have at least worked the 'keeper, and Goddard also pulled a shot wide when well-placed. Shortly afterwards, Scott Rendell had a good shot saved by Jason Brown in the Dartford goal.

Dartford were also having their moments, particularly down their right flank, and it took a couple of alert saves from Aaron Howe to snuff out the danger. As the half wore on, a poor clearance from Adam Newton released Tom Bradbrook, who drove into the box but his shot was weak and was well gathered by the home 'keeper. Woking pressed again with a Theo Lewis right-foot shot just missing the Dartford keeper’s right-hand goalpost when the midfielder would have hoped to have done better. Dean Morgan then skilfully made space on the edge of the area, before releasing a fine shot which Brown got down to well.

Overall, the Cards would have been disappointed to come in at the interval still level as, on the balance of play, they had enjoyed much the better of the opening forty-five minutes.

Half-time: Woking 0 Dartford 0

Cards fans would have been expecting their team to continue to take the game to their opponents in the second half. It came as quite a shock, therefore, when the Darts took the lead three minutes after the break. A corner was swung in from the right and Rory McAuley, in a cluster of players, headed home from inside the six-yard box.

Woking replied with a John Goddard shot, which was cleared for a corner. The Cards were then awarded a free-kick just outside the area from which Josh Payne curled in a wicked delivery which unfortunately evaded all of the onrushing attackers and went harmlessly behind for a goal-kick. There was now a hint of desperation in the home side's play as they started to huff and puff, throwing plenty of long balls forward rather than relying on their crisp passing game. With a quarter of an hour remaining and the team starting to look increasingly leggy, Garry Hill started to ring the changes, replacing Murtagh, Lewis and Newton with Joey Jones, Giuseppe Sole and Reece Beckles.

Woking were now starting to press forward in search of the equaliser and were increasingly starting to leave gaps at the back. Dartford almost doubled their lead from one such situation but Howe kept the home side in the game when he saved well from an Andy Rich shot.

However, there was to be a late, late reprieve for Woking deep into five minutes of added-on time. Dean Morgan wriggled free down the left and his cross was gleefully headed home from six yards out by Sole. There was still time for the Cards to attack once more with the last action of the match but Joey Jones' effort hit the side netting when many inside Kingfield thought that the ball had found the back of the net.

Ultimately, this was probably one point gained rather than two points lost, given the Cards' dramatic late equaliser. Had the team taken one of their early clear-cut chances, however, it might have been a different story. As the manager said after the match "we didn't do enough tonight and seemed to lose our way". Still, four points from the opening two games is a more than acceptable start to the season.

Next up, another home game against Macclesfield Town this coming Saturday.

Woking : Aaron Howe, Adam Newton (Reece Beckles 82), Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts (Captain), Joe McNerney, Josh Payne, Keiran Murtagh (Joey Jones 75), Scott Rendell, Theo Lewis (Giuseppe Sole 76), John Goddard, Dean Morgan

Unused Subs: James Clarke, Jake Cole

Bookings: Theo Lewis (62), Josh Payne (66)

Goal: Giuseppe Sole (90+3)

Dartford: Jason Brown, Mat Mitchel-King, Adam Green, Luke Daley, Max Cornhill, Rory McAuley, Elliot Bradbrook (Captain), Tom Bradbrook, Andy Rich, Lee Burns (Nathan Collier 76), Peter Sweeney

Unused Subs: Ryan Hayes, Danny Harris, Harry Crawford, Deren Ibrahim

Bookings: Lee Burns (73)

Goal: Rory McAuley (48)

Sponsors' MOTM: Mark Ricketts

Attendance: 1538



WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton ('82)
3Mike Cestor
5Joe McNerney
4Mark Ricketts
7Josh Payne
8Keiran Murtagh ('75)
14Theo Lewis ('75)
22John Goddard
9Scott Rendell
24Dean Morgan
BENCH
23Jake Cole
6James Clarke
21Joey Jones ('75)
10Giuseppe Sole ('75)
20Reece Beckles ('82)
Dartford LINEUP

Woking 1 - 1 Dartford (Garry Hill Interview)

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