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Determined Cards target home win

Brian Caffarey
7:00am, Thu 14th Aug 2014
Woking v Macclesfield Town
3pm on Saturday 16 August 2014

Macclesfield have won both of their opening matches, so the signs are that the Cards will have to be on good form to register their first home win of the season on Saturday. Garry Hill’s side did not do themselves justice on Tuesday night in their 1-1 draw against Dartford and will be eager to put that right on Saturday. Come on down to Kingfield if you can and cheer the Cards on to three points!


After such a strong performance in their opening day 3-1 win at Alfreton it was puzzling and frustrating to see virtually the same side struggle to achieve any cohesion on Tuesday night. It might well have been a different story if either Keiran Murtagh or John Goddard had taken the very presentable chances that fell to them in the opening quarter of an hour. But the Cards then became disjointed and ineffective, with too many hopeful balls punted forward and too little width and penetration. Things only perked up when substitutes Gez Sole, Joey Jones and Reece Beckles came on, with Gez scoring (with his head!) the vital equaliser in injury time.

It’s difficult to believe that such a talented squad will produce a repeat performance on Saturday, so expect the Silkmen to be sorely tested.


Macclesfield, in spite of their financial troubles, have had an encouraging start to the season, gaining a 1-0 home win over Braintree Town on the opening day, scored by the reliable Chris Holroyd, and then narrowly defeating AFC Telford 3-2 away on Tuesday evening. Macclesfield led 3-1 at half-time with a goal from Adriano Moke and two strikes from Waide Fairhurst but had to hang on grimly for all three points by the end, with keeper Rhys Taylor making a string of fine saves.

Manager John Askey made the following main signings during the summer: striker Waide Fairhurst, re-joining the club for a third stint, having had a loan spell at Whitehawk; David Gonzalez, a midfielder from Spanish side Caudal, who was once with Barcelona’s youth set-up; Adriano Moke, a winger previously with Stockport County; and Scott Barrow, a left-sided midfielder who spent two years at Tamworth before missing last season following a cruciate injury. Askey subsequently added 19 year-old Malachi Lavelle-Moore, a striker who has come through Notts County’s youth set-up, and Liam Gibson, an 18 year-old defender from Bolton Wanderers’ Development Squad.


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

Virtually all of the Leslie Gosden Stand seating was available on Tuesday night in spite of the building work taking place underneath the stand.

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


The first edition of the Club’s stylish new matchday programme produced many complimentary remarks on Tuesday evening. Have you given it a try? It’s still only £3 but now has 64 pages, with a soft laminate cover and better quality ‘finish’. Saturday’s edition includes an interview with Chairman Mike Smith, who explains what’s taking place beneath the Leslie Gosden Stand, some ‘topical thoughts’ from Geoff Chapple, some quick-fire responses from John Goddard, a round-up of all the Vanarama Conference games to date 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


Macclesfield Town 3 Woking 2
21 September 2013

Woking’s hopes of a Cheshire ‘treble’ following away wins at Chester and Hyde were dashed by a lacklustre display at winless Macclesfield, an undeserved gloss being placed on the scoreline by two late Cards goals.

John Goddard made his first start for Woking but it was Macclesfield’s front two of Connor Jennings (now with Wrexham) and Chris Holroyd who caught the eye, giving the nervy Woking defence a torrid afternoon. It took only 12 minutes for the home side to take the lead, a poor back pass letting in Holroyd, whose shot was blocked by the busy Sam Beasant, with the rebound being converted by Jennings.

In injury time it became 2-0 as Jennings headed home a fine cross from Peter Winn.

In the second half Anthony McNamee smacked a volley against the crossbar but it was no surprise when, with twelve minutes to go, Jack Mackreth made it 3-0 to the home side.

Woking rallied with two late goals: a fine strike from Gez Sole and a deflected effort from Joe McNerney, which signalled an anxious few minutes for home fans before the Silkmen deservedly claimed their first win of the season.

Woking 3 Macclesfield Town 2
22 February 2014

Three superb individual goals put the gloss on a well-deserved Woking victory against mid-table Macclesfield Town. Trailing at the interval to an accurate Scott Boden finish early in the game following a defensive mistake by Mike Cestor, the Cards hit back with two fine goals from Jack Marriott and John Goddard. They then missed a golden opportunity to extend their lead when Scott Rendell failed to guide home a Josh Payne free-kick from close range. Shortly afterwards, the visitors made them pay for their generosity when George Pilkington made the most of an error from Sam Beasant in the Woking goal to fire home an equaliser. Justice prevailed, however, five minutes later when Rendell netted a delightful winner to send the Kingfield faithful home happy and push the team three points closer to safety.


The Cards travel to familiar foes Welling United next Saturday, 23 August. Don’t forget to book your place on the coach. Let the Club Shop know at the same time if you would be interested in going by coach to Wrexham on Saturday 30 August. 28 ‘takers’ are needed to make the trip viable.

The next home game is on Bank Holiday Monday 25 August, at 3pm, when Dover Athletic are the visitors.

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 draw a blank but remain undefeated

Phil Batts
9:04pm, Sat 16th Aug 2014

Woking 0 Macclesfield Town 0
Vanarama Conference
16th August 2014

Woking and Macclesfield played out an entertaining goalless draw as both teams sought to extend good openings to the season, the Cards having taken four points from their first two games whilst the Silkmen boasted a 100% record. The home team will probably feel the slightly more aggrieved at not securing all three points as they created the better chances over the ninety minutes, although the visitors also had their moments throughout the match, so probably both managers will be relatively satisfied with a point apiece.

Woking made three changes to the team which grabbed a last-minute equaliser against Dartford on Tuesday night. James Clarke and John Nutter replaced Adam Newton and Mike Cestor in the full back positions and Joey Jones, unlucky to find himself on the bench on Tuesday following a good display at Alfreton, came into midfield in place of Keiran Murtagh.

The Cards once again lined up in a 4-4-2 formation and kicked off towards the Kingfield Road End on a bright and breezy afternoon. The visiting 'keeper Rhys Taylor was soon in action as he had to rush from his line to clear from Scott Rendell as the home forward chased a long through ball. Shortly afterwards, a poor back pass from John Goddard at the other end sent Waide Fairhurst scampering through on goal only to be superbly thwarted by a fine smother from Aaron Howe. Goddard then almost made amends with a snapshot from twenty-five yards which Taylor did well to tip onto his bar and over for a corner.

It was an all-action start, particularly from the home side. Next, it was John Nutter, returning to the team following a back injury, who stormed into the opposition box to collect a long ball from Joey Jones. It was only a desperate last-ditch tackle from a defender which prevented the left back from opening the scoring.

It was not all Woking, however, as a neat and compact Macclesfield, showing why they have started the season so well, looked dangerous from a couple of set plays.

The Cards then went back on the offensive. A delightful left-footed volley from Nutter on the edge of the area was deflected into the path of Rendell who brought out another good save from Taylor, who diverted the ball for a corner. Not to be outdone, Arthur Gnahoua fired in a tremendous effort for the visitors following a swift counter-attack which Howe saved expertly low to his left.

Both teams were looking quick and incisive in midfield and it seemed only a matter of time before the deadlock would be broken. However, despite plenty more attacking play during the remainder of the half, the match remained goalless at the break.

Half-time: Woking 0 Macclesfield Town 0

Woking went straight back on to the offensive at the start of the second half, forcing three corners in quick succession. From the third of those, Josh Payne rippled the side-netting from fifteen yards out as many in the crowd rose to acclaim what they thought was the opening goal. It was Payne again, having a typically swashbuckling afternoon and never far from the action, who played in a floated delivery which Rendell did well to get on the end of, only to see his well-directed header saved by Taylor at his near post.

Although the Cards were enjoying the territorial advantage in the opening exchanges of the half, the game remained very open with the Silkmen still a threat and a neutral would have been hard pressed to pick a winner at this stage. Indeed, the visitors then proceeded to have their best period of the game. Firstly, Adriano Moke seized onto a defensive error and shot wide of the far post when he should have done better, before the dangerous Fairhurst put in a couple of good efforts to remind the home fans that the match was still very much in the balance.

The final half-hour saw Garry Hill ringing the changes, replacing Goddard, Theo Lewis and Dean Morgan with Keiran Murtagh, Reece Beckles and Giuseppe Sole. Macclesfield, somewhat surprisingly, having named only four substitutes, elected to play throughout with the same eleven with which they started the match.

The last fifteen minutes saw plenty of gaps appearing for both teams to try to exploit. Woking, even though they were playing much narrower following the departure of Lewis and Morgan, continued to look the more likely team to find the breakthrough as they pressed forward. Both Joey Jones and Josh Payne pulled back dangerous looking balls from the byline but the finishing touch just went missing on both occasions as the visitors held firm to secure a share of the spoils.

Garry Hill was clearly a little frustrated after the game at not taking all three points in what he described as a "tight affair". It had been a very solid start to the campaign, in his view, nevertheless, with much more quality now evident in the squad compared with last season, although the pre-season loss of Kevin Betsy had clearly been a bitter blow.

Next up, a trip around the M25 this coming Saturday to Welling. Not, it has to be said, one of the Cards' happiest hunting grounds of late. Why not make the short journey to support the team and see if they can extend their unbeaten run to the season?

Woking: Aaron Howe, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, James Clarke, John Nutter, Joey Jones, Josh Payne, Theo Lewis (Reece Beckles 61), John Goddard (Keiran Murtagh 73), Scott Rendell, Dean Morgan (Giuseppe Sole 73)

Unused subs: Jake Cole, Adam Newton

Cautions: None

Macclesfield Town: Rhys Taylor, Andy Halls, Scott Barrow, Luke Waterfall, George Pilkington, Paul Turnbull, Paul Lewis, Waide Fairhurst, Adriano Moke, Arthur Gnahoua, Daniel Whitaker

Unused subs: Malachi Lavelle-Moore, Daniel Cowan, Liam Gibson, Ritchie Branagan

Cautions: None

Attendance: 1,340

Sponsor's MOTM: James Clarke
1Aaron Howe
4Mark Ricketts
15John Nutter
5Joe McNerney
6James Clarke
21Joey Jones
7Josh Payne
14Theo Lewis ('61)
22John Goddard ('73)
9Scott Rendell
24Dean Morgan ('73)
23Jake Cole
2Adam Newton
8Keiran Murtagh ('73)
10Giuseppe Sole ('73)
20Reece Beckles ('61)
Macclesfield Town LINEUP

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