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3:00pm - MondayMon 25th AugustAug 2014
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Woking
Woking
6 - 1

Dover Athletic
Dover Athletic

Home win is the target

Brian Caffarey
4:50pm, Sun 24th Aug 2014
Woking v Dover Athletic
3pm on Monday 25 August 2014

Garry Hill will be hoping that his side can grab their first home win tomorrow (Monday) afternoon when old rivals Dover Athletic visit Kingfield. The Cards have been the more accomplished side in all their games so far but have only one win and three draws to show for their endeavours. The Whites will have been boosted by a convincing home win over Eastleigh on Saturday. Come on down to Kingfield to cheer the Cards on in what should be a very competitive game!

WOKING

The Cards completely dominated the first half-hour at Welling on Saturday but failed to make their domination pay and got caught out in what was virtually the home side’s first attack. A scrappy second half saw them eventually gain an equaliser through substitute Adam Newton.

It was like a re-run of the first home game against Dartford and, to a lesser extent, the last home game against Macclesfield, although the latter remained goalless. Woking had plenty of possession, with some attractive approach play, but had little penetration in the box.

AFC Wimbledon loanee Chris Arthur made his Cards’ debut at Welling but new signing, defender Nick Arnold, was an unused substitute. With two Bank Holiday games coming so close together, and Garry clearly unhappy with the present balance of the side, it would be no surprise to see a few more changes in Monday’s line-up.

DOVER ATHLETIC

The Whites were promoted through the play-offs last season, beating Kent rivals Ebbsfleet United 1-0 in the final at Stonebridge Road. Manager Chris Kinnear, who returned to Crabble after a gap of 18 years to lead Dover into the play-offs, has kept faith with many of the players who gained promotion to the Vanarama Conference. They include winger Ricky Modeste, midfielders Barry Cogan and Chris Kinnear Jnr, strikers Nathan Elder and Jeff Goulding, keeper Mitch Walker and defenders Craig Stone, Richard Orlu and Sean Raggett. Ex-Card Moses Ademola was offered a new deal but decided to stay in the Conference South with Bromley.

Newcomers include striker Stefan Payne, who scored 31 goals for AFC Hornchurch and who numbers Fulham, Gillingham and Sutton among his previous clubs; Jake Reid, another striker, who has played for several Conference clubs, including Salisbury City and Newport County; highly-rated Italian midfielder Christian Nanetti, signed from Havant and Waterlooville; defender Tyrone Sterling, returning after a year away at Dartford; well-travelled midfielder Nick Deverdics, whose most recent club was in the Faroe Islands; and another midfielder, the busy Matt Lock, signed from Chelmsford City.

Dover’s results, in a testing start at the higher level, have been:

Dover Athletic 0 FC Halifax Town 1
Braintree Town 3 Dover Athletic 0
Grimsby Town 1 Dover Athletic 1
Dover Athletic 2 Eastleigh 1

The Whites’ confidence will have been considerably boosted by an excellent point gained at Grimsby and a well-deserved win over Eastleigh. The latter was achieved in spite of the loss of Sean Raggett, sent off shortly before half-time. The goals came from Stefan Payne and Nathan Elder.

ADMISSION

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

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Have you tried the Club’s stylish new matchday programme yet? It’s still only £3 but now has 64 pages, with a soft laminate cover, high quality ‘finish’ and stunning photos. Saturday’s edition includes an interview with summer signing James Clarke, some ‘Boardroom’ thoughts from Garry Richardson, some amusing quick-fire responses from Scott Rendell, a study by Alex Beck of the relationship between town size and club status, a round-up of all the recent Vanarama Conference games and much more, including match reports, previews and news of the Club’s community work. 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 TIME OUT

Woking 3 Dover Athletic 1
17 September 2011

Late goals from Paris Cowan-Hall and substitute Jay Davies ensured Woking took all three points in an entertaining game against fellow title favourites Dover Athletic.

The Cards took an early lead when Moses Ademola capitalised on a mistake by the Whites’ keeper Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz, but had that advantage cancelled out by a Steven Watt tap-in just before half-time.

A very even second half looked to be producing a draw, but an incisive break and finish from Cowan-Hall reclaimed the home side’s lead, before a close-range Davies header made the points safe.

Dover Athletic 0 Woking 3
19 November 2011

Any concerns that Garry Hill’s side might be a bit rusty after a two-week break from league action were soon dispelled by a scintillating first-half display from the Cards which made a mockery of Dover’s unbeaten home league record. Dale Binns put Woking one up after only nine minutes and Jack King’s typically assured penalty gave the Cards a more-than-deserved 2-0 lead just before the break. The second half was a more even affair but the Whites spurned the few openings that came their way and substitute Elvis Hammond rounded things off with a fine finish in injury time.

NEXT GAME

The Cards travel to Wrexham next Saturday. The Cards Trust is running a coach to this game. The coach leaves at 9.00am and the cost is £24 for members and £29 for non-members. Book your place at the Club Shop tomorrow or ring (01483 772470) or email shop@wokingfc.co.,uk during the week.

The next home game is on Saturday 6 September when Lincoln City 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 hit Dover for six

Brian Caffarey
9:55pm, Mon 25th Aug 2014
Woking 6 Dover Athletic 1
25 August 2014

The trouncing that Woking had threatened – but failed to produce – in their previous games this season finally came to pass at a soggy Kingfield this afternoon, though with help from some hapless Dover defending. Scott Rendell grabbed four goals and Gez Sole, reinstated as his strike partner, netted two as the outfield changes Garry Hill made from Saturday’s draw at Welling United proved to be typically astute.

On a predictably wet and miserable August Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, the Cards lined up with Jake Cole, making his debut in goal in place of Aaron Howe; a back three of James Clarke, Mark Ricketts and Joe McNerney; a midfield of Adam Newton on the right, Josh Payne, Keiran Murtagh and Chris Arthur, rampaging down the left flank; plus Dean Morgan, revelling in ‘the hole’ behind the front two of Rendell and Sole. Joey Jones and Theo Lewis dropped to the bench, along with Howe, while John Goddard was unavailable through injury.

As in all the previous games, the Cards were quickly on the offensive, with Morgan firing in a superb cross, which, somehow, none of his team mates managed to prod home. But it was Dover who nearly produced first blood in the 5th minute when a headed ‘goal’ was disallowed for a foul. There was another nervous moment for Cole as he dropped the ball a minute later but the Dover attacker had rightly been penalised for clattering into him.

A lively encounter then saw Newton go flying in the area as he chased a fine Payne ball inside the full back, with optimistic appeals for a penalty probably rightly being ignored. Two Woking corners followed in quick succession. The second, whipped in by Payne, was flicked on towards the goal by Rendell, with Sole applying a finishing touch (with his head again!) to deflect it past Mitch Walker in the Whites’ goal for a 10th-minute lead.

Having at last secured the early goal which they had failed to achieve in previous games, the Cards now pressed forward with even greater confidence. McNerney headed over and Walker saved after Orlu’s clearance cannoned off Sole.

But for all their fluency going forward, the Cards looked vulnerable at the back, struggling in particular to cope with Craig Stone’s long throws into the box, aimed at the towering Mambo and Elder.

A lovely quick break saw Newton play a beautifully measured through ball into Sole’s path but the ball skidded off him to Walker. But an even better move two minutes later saw Newton and Murtagh combine down the right flank, with Newton putting in a fine cross to the near post, where a determined Sole arrived first to fire the ball towards the opposite side of the goal to make it 2-0 with only 20 minutes gone.

Five minutes later it got even better for Cards fans. Morgan, out left, teasingly took his time to pick a pass into the area. Sole back-heeled deftly, Murtagh slipped but recovered sufficiently to poke the ball to Rendell, who side-footed it expertly just inside the post. 3-0.

Woking’s defensive uncertainty resurfaced as defenders failed to clear. Cole saved well and Clarke did even better to block the effort from the rebound. The Cards had another scare shortly afterwards after Clarke had lost possession, Chris Kinnear Jnr heading just wide.

The goal that Dover had threatened followed a minute later. Stefan Payne broke through a Clarke tackle and fired home, with the ball taking a deflection off Ricketts to confuse Cole.

Further Dover pressure briefly followed as more high balls were directed into the box but the home defence survived and, as half-time approached, the Cards regained their attacking momentum. Arthur had a header saved from a pinpoint Sole cross. Then the rejuvenated Woking striker spurned a great chance to grab a hat-trick. Rendell cleverly cushioned a pass to him but, with much of the goal to aim at, Sole steered the ball just wide of the far post.

Half-time: Woking 3 Dover Athletic 1

While the Cards had clearly been much the superior side, there was a worry that if Dover could get another goal back, the game might turn into a dog-fight, especially given the Whites’ aerial presence.

Elder’s back header was blocked before the powerful Arthur put Woking on the attack again, followed by another enterprising move which ended with Walker just foiling Newton after Rendell had picked out his run towards the far post.

But the shaky Dover defence cracked again in the 52nd minute as Sole wriggled past a couple of defenders in the box before squaring to Rendell, who gleefully fired home for his second goal and a 4-1 lead for the Cards.

Dover suffered their second disallowed ‘goal’ of the game after the impressive Christian Nanetti – the one bright star in Dover’s firmament on what was otherwise a thoroughly miserable afternoon for the Whites – curled over a free-kick which Elder headed in, but the referee had already blown his whistle for an infringement.

Dover’s afternoon became even worse as Rendell seized on a long ball on the edge of the box. He attempted to chip the ball through but it struck the unfortunate Sterling’s hand, with the referee immediately signalling a penalty – which Rendell duly despatched with aplomb to make it 5-1 to the Cards with 60 minutes on the clock.

Not surprisingly, the Whites by now looked a well-beaten side, and Woking were largely able to pass the ball around with ease. Joey Jones and Theo Lewis came on for James Clarke and Josh Payne. Jake Cole then appeared to twist his ankle, necessitating Aaron Howe’s introduction.

Rendell grabbed his fourth goal on 72 minutes to make it 6-1 to the Cards. Morgan slipped a ball through the back line to him and the Cards’ top scorer fired home, left-footed, in a clinical strike.

With no great urgency, the Cards continued to fashion some enterprising attacking moves. Newton nearly reached a superb floated cross from Morgan, whilst Murtagh, with a ridiculous amount of time from a short corner routine, side-footed just wide. Sole drove forward into the box in search of his own hat-trick but was just crowded out.

Lewis provided Dover with a chance to reduce the deficit with a badly-judged back pass. Howe and Ricketts did enough to delay substitute Jake Reid, enabling McNerney to head the eventual strike off the goal-line.

With the rain becoming more insistent again, the game wound down as five minutes of added time were played – mainly the result of the delay while Howe replaced Cole.

Garry Hill will no doubt be very pleased with the impact of the changes he made following Saturday’s game. Rendell and Sole combined well up front. Morgan looked much happier behind the front two, able to face, and take on, defenders and use his undoubted skill to create openings for his team mates. Murtagh looked more like the creative force of old, whilst Newton excelled again, taking up intelligent positions out wide on the right. Arthur, playing further forward, was able to demonstrate his ability to run powerfully down the left flank and to put in dangerous crosses or win corners.

So, this was a very pleasing display by Garry Hill’s side but they will need to be wary of over-confidence: it’s very unlikely that Wrexham next Saturday will be as accommodating as Dover were today.

Woking: Jake Cole (Aaron Howe 66), James Clarke (Joey Jones 62), Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Adam Newton, Josh Payne (Theo Lewis 62), Keiran Murtagh, Chris Arthur, Dean Morgan, Scott Rendell, Giuseppe Sole

Unused subs: John Nutter, Nick Arnold

Goals: Scott Rendell 25, 52, 60 (pen), 72 ; Giuseppe Sole 10, 20

Booked: Josh Payne

Dover Athletic: Mitch Walker, Craig Stone, Chris Kinnear Jnr, Richard Orlu, Nathan Elder (Jake Reid 77), Matt Lock (Tom Murphy 67), Stefan Payne, Tyrone Sterling, Yado Mambo, Tom Wynter (Nick Deverdics 31), Christian Nanetti

Unused subs: Barry Cogan, Brendan Owusu-Ansah

Goal: Stefan Payne 30

My MOTM: Scott Rendell (pictured)

Attendance: 1454
WOKING LINEUP
23Jake Cole
2Adam Newton
32Chris Arthur
5Joe McNerney
6James Clarke
4Mark Ricketts
7Josh Payne
8Keiran Murtagh
10Giuseppe Sole
9Scott Rendell
24Dean Morgan
BENCH
1Aaron Howe
15John Nutter
33Nick Arnold
15Joey Jones
14Theo Lewis
Dover Athletic LINEUP

Woking 6-1 Dover Athletic (Garry Hill Interview)

Interviews with Giuseppe Sole & Nick Arnold

Nick Shaw
6:32pm, Mon 25th Aug 2014
David Holmes spoke to goalscorer Giuseppe Sole and substitute Nick Arnold following the Cards' 6 - 1 victory at home to Dover Athletic today.






Giuseppe Sole:




Nick Arnold:

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