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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 6th SeptemberSep 2014
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 2160

Woking
Woking
3 - 1

Lincoln City
Lincoln City

Cards aim to extend unbeaten run on Non-League Day

Brian Caffarey
10:39am, Thu 4th Sep 2014
Woking v Lincoln City
3pm on Saturday 6 September 2014

Garry Hill is hoping for a big crowd on Saturday on Non-League Day – and his side certainly deserve great support after another terrific performance at Wrexham, including two top-class goals, saw them soar to fourth place in the table, following on from the 6-1 thrashing of Dover Athletic in their last home game. So, relish this break from Premiership ‘bling’ and come on down to Kingfield to see this talented, entertaining, resilient Woking side take on yet another of the Vanarama Conference’s former League sides. The game is also a big day off the pitch at Kingfield, marking the opening of the new Geoff Chapple Lounge. Support your local club!

WOKING

The signs are that this Woking side are good enough to challenge for a play-off place this season. Of course, we’re only six games into the campaign but the performances so far have borne out the feeling among Woking fans, pre-season, that the squad Garry has assembled is even stronger than the one that finished last season in such great form, with real depth in what is admittedly still a small squad compared with some of their full-time competitors. Much can happen in a long season but the talent is there.

Garry clearly realises, and shares, the increased expectations. Gone are the mantras of the last two seasons about achieving consolidation in the Conference Premier and just concentrating on getting to 50 points. After finishing 12th and 9th in the last two seasons, the implicit target is to challenge for a play-off place.

Dean Morgan’s arrival seems to have given the side that extra bit of invention and guile up front: he may not be the easiest of players to manage – or perhaps play with sometimes! – but if anyone can get the best out of this talented player it is surely Garry Hill and Steve Thompson, constantly looking to tweak formations and personnel in their search for the right blend but always demanding commitment and hard work. And, with leading Conference scorer Scott Rendell and a resurgent Gez Sole up front too, the Cards look a constant threat going forward, backed up by, amongst others, the creative force of Josh Payne and Keiran Murtagh in central midfield.

Adam Newton may be a doubt as the result of the injury he suffered at Wrexham, which led to a first-half substitution.

Aaron Howe commented, in his post-match interview, that he feels that ‘there is something special going on at Woking’. Come down to Kingfield and be part of it!

LINCOLN CITY

The Imps, who came a disappointing 14th last season in their third campaign following their relegation from the League, started this season strongly, drawing at home to Kidderminster Harriers and then registering two impressive 2-1 away wins at Altrincham and Barnet and a 3-2 home win over Braintree Town. But they have lost their last two games: 3-2 away to FC Halifax Town and 3-1 at home to Torquay United. However, they had a player sent off in each of their last three matches, including as early as the 8th minute against Torquay. They successfully appealed against Tony Diagne’s red card in the Braintree game but Nat Brown will be missing on Saturday as a result of his dismissal against the Gulls.

City have a strong-looking squad and, on paper at least, seem likely to provide the stiffest challenge yet to Garry Hill’s side as the Cards start a tough September sequence of games. Up front, the Imps can call on top scorer Ben Tomlinson, who netted 20 goals last season; Jordan Burrow, a new signing from Stevenage, who scored against Altrincham and Barnet; and local lad Conner Robinson. A recent addition is ex-Card Delano Sam-Yorke, returning to Sincil Bank for another loan spell from Cambridge United. In midfield or central defence a player to watch is clearly former Algerian U20 international Hamza Bencherif, who was originally with Nottingham Forest and who has scored three goals already. Other new signings include winger Sahr Kabba, who signed for an undisclosed fee from Havant and Waterlooville; and Karl Ledsham, whom we have previously seen playing for Southport. Other familiar names include ex-Hatter Arnaud Mendy, skipper Alan Power and left-back Sean Newton.

ADMISSION

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

BOOST THE BUDGET

There will be a Boost the Budget bucket collection on Saturday. Please give as generously as you can. Better still, sign up for regular monthly donations! Garry has shown on a number of occasions how valuable these additional funds can be in enabling him to strengthen the squad at key stages in the season.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

The Club’s stylish new matchday programme reflects the Club’s ambitions. 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 Glenn Cockerill, Guest of Honour for the day, writing about his strong connections with both Lincoln City and Woking; Scott Rendell amusingly answering some quick-fire questions; Ian Nicholson celebrating lower league football; and an interview with Executive Head Chef, Steve Tremblay, who will be cooking for Geoff Chapple Lounge patrons; plus 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 SEASON

Woking 0 Lincoln City 0
10 August 2013

The opening game of the season proved to be a hard-fought, cagey affair, with relatively few chances created by either side. In what was to become a familiar story, the Cards looked short of striking options and, not for the last time, Garry Hill resorted in the second half to throwing Joe McNerney up front to disturb an otherwise fairly comfortable Imps’ back line. Woking finished the stronger of the two sides but a draw was a fair result.

Lincoln City 2 Woking 2
25 January 2014

An exciting encounter saw both sides gain the ascendancy at different stages. With Kevin Betsy and Gez Sole up front, the Cards started quickly, hitting the post and bar in the opening ten minutes. Lincoln then pressed but it was Woking who took the lead on 19 minutes, Betsy netting from a narrow angle. The lead lasted less than five minutes, Nat Brown levelling after Lincoln had made easy progress down the right flank. The Imps then went ahead just before half-time, Ben Tomlinson curling his shot past Mason Springthorpe. Woking fought back well in the second half, eventually grabbing an equaliser in the 73rd minute after Anthony McNamee’s shot had been deflected to Gez Sole, who calmly stroked the ball home. There was a final twist in the last minute of normal time when Betsy was brought down in the area. But Farman made an excellent save from Sole’s spot kick.

NEXT GAME

The Cards travel to local rivals Aldershot Town on Tuesday evening for an eagerly-awaited game. The Shots have been in great form too, so this should be a terrific, fiercely-contested match. The Cards Trust coach leaves at 6pm and the cost is £5 for members and £10 for non-members. Book your place at the Club Shop on Saturday or ring (01483 772470) or email shop@wokingfc.co.uk on Monday.

The next home game is on Saturday 13 September when Chester City are the visitors.


Come on, you Cards!

Undefeated Woking up to third after Lincoln City win

Haydn Cobb
7:03pm, Sat 6th Sep 2014
Woking 3 Lincoln City 1
Vanarama Conference
6th September 2014


Woking maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a superb 3-1 victory over a battling Lincoln City side thanks to two goals from Dean Morgan either side of a Josh Payne free-kick.

The Cards move up to third place in the Vanarama Conference after seven games with four wins and three draws. Barnet and FC Halifax Town both won their fixtures, meaning the Cards remain three points off the top.

The home side took a comfortable two-goal lead into the interval thanks to a 15th minute strike from Morgan and a wonderful curling free-kick by Payne just a minute before halftime.

The Lincolnshire side battled back at the start of the second period and grabbed a goal through Jordan Burrow in the 56th minute in a penalty box scramble.

As the away side searched desperately for an equaliser, the Cards picked off Lincoln City on the break and Morgan’s second of the afternoon sealed Woking’s fourth victory of the season.

Woking manager Garry Hill will be pleased by his side’s resolution against a threatening comeback during the second half and their ability to pick off their opponents on the counter while soaking up pressure. The addition of Dean Morgan in the number 10 role proved pivotal for the Cards. The forward made a late burst into the box to score the opener and he remained cool to slot in Woking’s decisive third goal of the afternoon.

Both sides used the first few minutes to work out each other’s game plan, with Lincoln City controlling the majority of possession in the opening exchanges.

Lincoln City right back Jake Caprice made early inroads down the flank and forced a corner off Chris Arthur. Sean Newton’s in-swinging corner was met well by Tony Diagne but he could only head his attempt over Aaron Howe’s crossbar.

The home side’s first opportunity came after Scott Rendell won a free-kick for a push in the back from Diagne. Josh Payne’s 25-yard free kick from the right forced Lincoln into conceding a corner. Joe McNerney and Mark Ricketts came up for the corner but the Lincoln defence did just enough to deny Woking getting on the end of anything.
With a quarter of an hour played, Lincoln City’s Jordan Burrow attempted an audacious 30-yard dink over goalkeeper Howe but the ball looped harmlessly over the crossbar.

From Howe’s goal-kick Woking opened the scoring when Vanarama Conference top scorer Scott Rendell won a flick-on and charged forward down the right flank. With time to look up, he picked out strike partner Sole but new signing Dean Morgan gave Sole a shout to let the ball run on to him. With Morgan unmarked, he was able to throw a dummy and shift the ball on to his right foot and with a powerful low strike from the edge of the area, he gave Woking a 15th-minute lead.

The Cardinals continued their trend of scoring the first goal of the game early thanks to the pace and power of Rendell. Morgan, playing in his preferred number 10 role, was able to float into the Lincoln City area unnoticed and he had enough time and presence of mind to pick his spot rather than blasting his shot at Nick Townsend’s goal.

The tricky Caprice continued to cause Woking problems down the right-hand side. A deep cross was misjudged by Ricketts and enabled Ben Tomlinson to force a snapshot from 12 yards but his effort was lofted over Howe’s goal.

On 32 minutes Woking thought they had a second goal but it was ruled offside by a late flag. A crunching tackle from Josh Payne on City’s Josh Nolan bumped the ball into the path of Sole. The striker skipped past a challenge before threading a lovely pass behind the Lincoln City defence to Rendell. He took the ball neatly and rounded the goalkeeper, slotting it in from a tight angle but his celebrations were cut short by the offside decision.

Despite the score remaining at 1-0, Lincoln City were clearly rocked by Woking’s attacking threat and began to give up possession cheaply. The visitors were reduced to long, aimless passes which the ever-confident Howe was able to sweep up and clear from danger.

The worry for Garry Hill’s men was Caprice’s success down Woking’s left. Caprice won City’s second corner of the match, which was directed at the front post and flicked on by ex-Card Delano Sam-Yorke. His flick found Burrow, who had risen highest, but he could only head his effort past the post when he should have found the target.

With the half-time whistle fast approaching, Woking pushed for a two-goal cushion. Theo Lewis drilled a low cross towards Sole and the City clearance only found Payne. His snapshot rebounded back to him but the midfielder was brought down 25 yards out.

On the 44th minute Sole and Payne stood over the free-kick with an excited Cards following behind the goal. Payne’s magnificent right-footed effort got up and down and evaded the Lincoln City goalkeeper, nestling into the bottom left corner to the delight of the fans.

Half-time: Woking 2 Lincoln City 0

Whatever was said at half-time, Lincoln City came out with an added urgency and Jon Nolan attempted a 30-yard effort, which Howe saved. Such was the dominance of Woking in the first 45, it was the Imps' first shot on target.

Tomlinson won a free-kick on the left touchline after colliding into James Clarke. City captain Power swung in a floated cross which was grabbed comfortably by Howe, who barged through a couple of City players resulting in a furious reaction from Sam-Yorke. Referee Chris Rock had to intervene and tell the ex-Cards man to cool down.

Once the dispute was resolved, Woking went down the other end and very nearly grabbed their third. Sole worked himself a yard of space in the area and unleashed a stinging shot which was parried by goalkeeper Townsend. Rendell stretched to reach the rebound but five yards out he couldn’t get his effort on target. His blushes were spared as it would not have counted after the striker was judged to be offside.

Woking appeared to briefly stifle the re-energised Lincoln City but the away side looked the better side after the re-start.

Lincoln City’s Sean Newton did well to win a corner down on the left, which he took himself with the box loaded with bodies. With 65 minutes played, Woking failed to deal with Newton’s right-footed corner, which pinged around the six-yard box. The ball fell to Burrow, who poked the ball towards the goal and it deflected off Howe, along the line and off the post. Referee Rock didn’t give the goal but linesman Shaun Barry judged it to have crossed the goal line.

The goal rocked the home fans, who went into a nervous silence as the travelling Imps supporters roared their team back into the game with 25 minutes to play.

Lincoln City pushed more men forward and brought on an additional striker, Marcus Marshall, in search of the equaliser. The tactical switch gave Rendell and Morgan more space between the lines to latch onto loose balls. On the 73rd minute the away side failed to clear the ball and Rendell broke free from his marker to smash the ball towards goal. Goalkeeper Townsend could only parry the ball straight into the path of Morgan, who calmly slotted into an empty net with Townsend on the floor.

The home fans let out a cheer, more in relief, and Woking’s confidence in possession returned despite Lincoln still pushing men forward.

The away side left more gaps at the back, which enabled the Cards to counter-attack at will. Chris Arthur broke free with the ball and sparked a four versus three in Woking’s favour. Arthur twisted and turned defenders but his shot darted past the far post.

Woking’s backline stood resolute, with Howe coming to collect anything which floated above the defenders’ heads.

With the game fading out, Woking manager Hill shuffled his pack. Mike Cestor returned from injury on the left-hand side of the defence for Theo Lewis and Nick Arnold replaced Chris Arthur and took a position on the right side of the midfield.

With Lincoln City out of puff, Woking saw out the four minutes of injury time to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.


Woking: Aaron Howe, Chris Arthur (Nick Arnold 82’), Joe McNerney, Mark Ricketts (c), James Clarke, Theo Lewis (Mike Cestor 65’), Josh Payne, Joey Jones, Dean Morgan, Giuseppe Sole (John Goddard 56’), Scott Rendell

Unused subs: Andy Little, Reece Beckles

Goals: Morgan 15, 73; Payne 44

Booked: Arthur

Lincoln City: Nick Townsend, Jake Caprice (Sahr Kabba 77’), Sean Newton, Hamza Bencherif, Tony Diagne, Alan Power (C) (Karl Ledsham 73’), Jordan Burrow, Ben Tomlinson, Arnaud Mendy, Jon Nolan, Delano Sam-Yorke (Marcus Marshall 65’)

Unused subs: Paul Farman, Todd Jordan

Goals: Burrow 64

Referee: David Rock

Sponsors' MOTM: Joe McNerney

Attendance: 2160


WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
14Theo Lewis ('66)
32Chris Arthur ('82)
5Joe McNerney
6James Clarke
4Mark Ricketts
7Josh Payne
21Joey Jones
10Giuseppe Sole ('56)
24Dean Morgan
9Scott Rendell
BENCH
31Andy Little
3Mike Cestor ('66)
33Nick Arnold ('82)
22John Goddard ('56)
20Reece Beckles
Lincoln City LINEUP

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