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Cards hope to turn tables in derby

Brian Caffarey
6:02pm, Sun 7th Sep 2014
Aldershot Town v Woking
7.45pm on Tuesday 9 September 2014

Unbeaten Woking travel to fierce rivals, the Shots, on Tuesday evening for what should be a tremendous match. Our Hampshire neighbours have nearly always had the better of us in previous encounters but this Woking side has already shown this season that it has great resilience to back up its football skills. Could this be the Cards’ turn to be top dog? Make sure you’re there to cheer on Garry’s side!

WOKING

The Cards lie third in the table after four wins and three draws. They have won their last three games and are unbeaten on their travels in their last nine Conference Premier encounters. Saturday’s win over Lincoln City was fairly comfortable, with Woking always looking as though they could conjure another goal on the back of a talented and in-form front trio of Scott Rendell, Dean Morgan and Gez Sole. But they were equally reliant on some superb defending from, in particular, Joe McNerney and Mark Ricketts in central defence against a physically testing Imps outfit.

Unfortunately, Keiran Murtagh will be missing again on Tuesday evening, on international duty. Adam Newton was also absent on Saturday, and both Gez Sole and Chris Arthur clearly picked up knocks. Although Garry has more depth at his disposal than last year, he would not want to be missing too many of those players on Tuesday evening.

ALDERSHOT TOWN

The Shots have also made a promising start to the season in what has probably been a tougher sequence of fixtures than the Cards’. They started their campaign with a 3-1 home win over Altrincham, followed by an injury-time 1-0 away defeat at Eastleigh. Next up was a 2-0 win at Telford, followed by 1-1 draws at home to Forest Green Rovers and away to Torquay United. The Shots then inflicted a first defeat on free-scoring Grimsby Town 2-1 at home but lost 1-0 at second-placed FC Halifax Town yesterday. The Shots lie 13th in the table, with four points fewer than Woking.

Defender Chris Barker and midfielder Mark Molesley were missing from the Shots’ side yesterday, while substitute striker Joseph N’Guessan turned his ankle after coming on.

Brett Williams, in today’s Non-League Paper, has already thrown down the gauntlet to Garry Hill’s side, saying how much he enjoys playing against a club which, he feels, did not give him ‘a fair crack’. Woking fans, on the other hand, will wonder why he did not make more of the chances he was given at Kingfield.

Andy Scott’s new signings in the summer included ex-Portsmouth keeper, Phil Smith; defender Glenn Wilson from Salisbury City, who had a brief loan spell at Kingfield when with Crawley Town; defender/midfielder Sam Hatton, well known from his time with AFC Wimbledon and Grimsby Town; midfielder Damon Lathrope, previously with Torquay United; Kieron Forbes, midfielder, on loan from Forest Green Rovers; Salisbury City’s top scorer last season, Dan Fitchett; striker Joseph N’Guessan, on loan from Stevenage; Nabi Diallo, a midfielder who has appeared for Weston-Super-Mare amongst other clubs; and Tom Derry, a 19 year-old striker on non-contract terms, who was formerly with Gillingham.

GETTING THERE

Aldershot Town Football Club
EBB Stadium
High Street
Aldershot
Hants
GU11 1TW

By coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 6pm. The cost is £5 for members and £10 for non-members. Ring the Club Shop (01483 772470) or email shop@wokingfc.co.uk on Monday to find out if any places are left.

By car

Head for Aldershot town centre. The ground is just by the railway bridge. The club’s website advises parking in the town centre ‘pay and display’ car parks, about a five-minute walk from the ground.

By train

There are direct trains from Woking to Aldershot at 17.51(18.08), 18.21(18.40) and 18.53 (19.10). There is a train back at 22.04.

The ground is only a few minutes’ walk, down the hill, from the train station.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adult – Seating - £19; Standing - £17
Concession (Over 65, Military personnel ID required, Student 16-21 ID required) – Seating - £15; Standing - £13
Junior – Seating - £7; Standing - £5
Under 6’s – FREE

Disabled tickets: £13 (seat or terrace), carer admitted free. (Proof of eligibility required.) Wheelchair Users: limited spaces available. Tickets must be purchased in advance by telephoning 01252 320211. Carer free on both sections.

Students can obtain a concession rate on production of an NUS card.

LAST SEASON

Aldershot Town 2 Woking 1
26 August 2013

The Cards came into this game on the back of a disappointing home defeat by Welling United and suffering from early-season indiscipline, with Josh Payne, Jack Parkinson and Giuseppe Sole all suspended. Garry Hill started with a new central defensive partnership of Joe McNerney and Mike Cestor, with Gavin McCallum replacing Anthony McNamee. George Bowerman continued up front.

It was a disastrous start for the short-of-confidence Cards. With only 22 seconds on the clock, Matt Paterson brushed aside a challenge from Joe McNerney and strode on to plant a shot inside Aaron Howe’s far post.

The Shots doubled their lead in the 19th minute, Manny Oyeleke bursting through the Cards’ midfield to release Paterson on the left. His fine cross was met by Brett Williams at the far post, who guided the ball home. A few minutes later the Shots were denied a third goal by a hotly-disputed offside decision.

Woking offered little by way of response, with only Gavin McCallum looking at all threatening.

Woking reduced the deficit in the second half with a possibly fortuitous penalty, the Shots’ keeper being adjudged to have brought down Gavin Williams, who converted from the spot. But the Shots had ample opportunities to make the game safe, with substitute Aaron Wickham spurning three great chances.

Woking 1 Aldershot Town 2
21 April 2014

A crowd of over 4,700 saw the Shots secure Conference Premier safety with this somewhat fortunate win in the final game of the season. Missing four players (Marriott, Ricketts, Murtagh and Jones) who had contributed to a fine close to the season, the Cards nevertheless had the better chances in the first half. But midway through the second half, with the Shots increasingly dominant, Brett Williams scored from the spot after Mike Cestor was penalised for handball. Brett Johnson equalised seven minutes later but, with the Cards pouring forward in search of a winner, a Shots counter-attack in the 83rd minute saw a strike from Molesley take a huge deflection past Beasant.

NEXT GAME

The Cards are at home to Chester on Saturday. How about treating yourself to a meal in the new Geoff Chapple Lounge?


Come on, you Cards!



Unbeaten Cards win away at old rivals Aldershot

Andy Jones
1:37pm, Wed 10th Sep 2014
Aldershot Town 0 Woking 1
Vanarama Conference
Tuesday 9th September 2014


Woking faced fierce rivals Aldershot on Tuesday evening as they looked to defeat them in a league match for the first time on their home turf for many years.

The Cards went into the game unbeaten, third in the table and fresh from their comfortable victory against Lincoln City on Saturday. Garry Hill started with the same team that delivered that excellent win as he looked to continue the fine start to the season. The superb attendance of 679 travelling Cards fans at a game watched by over three and a half thousand showed how much the supporters were determined to will their side on to victory.

The Cards maintained a determined and well-organised defence during the first half despite losing both captain Mark Ricketts and keeper Aaron Howe within the first half-hour. Several chances up front failed to find the back of the net in a scoreless first period.

The team continued to stay strong and performed well in the second half. A brilliant Giuseppe Sole free-kick in the 70th minute from 35 plus yards out opened the scoring. Woking held onto the lead until the final whistle to secure a famous victory.

Former Cards player Brett Williams had thrown down the gauntlet in the Non-League Paper before the match, but Woking’s defence played well and Gary Hill said in his interview afterwards that “Man of the Match’, Joe McNerney, “had him in his pocket!� He also had warm praise for replacement goalkeeper Andy Little. Garry’s half-time talk was along the lines of “Dig deep and show what you are made of!� This group of talented, resilient and determined players certainly did just that!

The Cardinals had a chance early on when a Joey Jones shot went just wide of the goal in the 7th minute. Aldershot replied a couple of minutes later, but Josh Scott’s header from close range went just over the bar.

Mike Cestor replaced Mark Ricketts, following his injury, in the 13th minute. Three minutes on and a Brett Williams cross was blocked by Joe McNerney.

Both teams pressed attacks home with little to show for it. 25 minutes in, Aaron Howe took a knock but carried on bravely. But it didn’t look good and Andy Little was soon warming up ready on the sidelines.

Later on Josh Payne took a corner for the Cards. Smith, the Aldershot keeper, failed to gather but the Shots’ defence smuggled the ball away for another corner.

By now the injury to Howe had proved too bad for him to continue and Andy Little entered the fray. This was the veteran stopper’s first competitive game since April 2012.

Josh Payne was booked for a foul on Jaydon Gibbs and then Woking’s best first-half chance then came as Dean Morgan’s 40st minute curling shot from 25 yards hit the Shots' woodwork. Finally, a Josh Payne shot was blocked by the Aldershot defence.

Half-time: Aldershot Town 0 Woking 0

The second half started with plenty of action as Dean Morgan was fouled after showing great skill, but nothing came from the free-kick. Shortly afterwards there was a scramble in the Aldershot goalmouth. Despite the scrappy play from both sides Woking stayed strong and determined.

Giuseppe Sole later demonstrated great bravery when he blocked a shot with his body. Shots' sub Dan Fitchett came on for Sam Hatton. Andy Little showed form as he punched clear a corner. Sole then had a 35-yard shot deflected for a corner.

On the hour mark Scott Rendell used great skill to hold onto the ball before releasing Theo Lewis. The winger was in a good position but sliced his shot wide of the goal.

In the 70th minute Scott Rendell was fouled and the defining moment of the match resulted. Giuseppe Sole stepped up to take the free-kick from 35 plus yards out. His superb strike flew past the keeper Phil Smith’s outstretched hand into the far corner of the net. A moment of real class and one that sent the Cards supporters wild with delight!

A frustrated Aldershot struggled to reply and pressed forward as they tried, in vain, to find an equaliser. A Damon Lathrope cross found Josh Scott, but Joe McNerney, secure as ever, was on hand to clear the ball to the sidelines. Giuseppe Sole was then replaced by John Goddard to rapturous applause from the Woking faithful.

A foul on Scott Rendell in the 79th minute saw a Josh Payne free-kick cleared away by the Shots’ defence. Then a Brett Williams 86th minute header was well taken by Andy Little and that was as much as the hosts could offer.

Aldershot pressed but a resolute Cards side held firm. Three minutes of extra time meant further anxiety for Woking fans before the final whistle put an end to the long wait for a victory against Aldershot.

Next up, a home game against Chester on Saturday. Come down to Kingfield to support the Cards as they look to extend even further this wonderful unbeaten run!

Woking : Aaron Howe (Andy Little 32), Mark Ricketts (Captain) (Mike Cestor 13), Joe McNerney, James Clarke, Josh Payne, Scott Rendell, Giuseppe Sole (John Goddard 78), Theo Lewis, Dean Morgan, Chris Arthur

Unused Subs: Kieran Murtagh, Reece Beckles

Bookings: Payne (35)

Goal: Giuseppe Sole (70)


Aldershot: Phil Smith, Joe Oastler, Anthony Tonkin (Tom Derry 78), Damon Lathrope, Glenn Wilson (Captain), Sam Hatton (Dan Fitchett 57), Brett Williams, Josh Scott (Tristan Plummer 78), Jaydon Gibbs, Jordan Roberts, Kieron Forbes

Unused Subs: Dan Thomas, Nabi Diallo

Bookings: Forbes (69)

My MOTM: Joe McNerney

Attendance: 3567
Aldershot Town LINEUP
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe ('32)
14Theo Lewis
32Chris Arthur
5Joe McNerney
6James Clarke
4Mark Ricketts ('13)
21Joey Jones
7Josh Payne
24Dean Morgan
10Giuseppe Sole ('78)
9Scott Rendell
BENCH
31Andy Little ('32)
3Mike Cestor ('13)
8Keiran Murtagh
22John Goddard ('78)
0Reece Beckles

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