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Cards must get back to winning ways

Brian Caffarey
10:59am, Sun 28th Sep 2014
Woking v Nuneaton Town
7.45pm on Tuesday 30 September 2014

Garry Hill’s side will be very keen on Tuesday evening to put an end to their three-match losing streak. If they play like they did in the second half against Kidderminster on Saturday, they must have a very good chance of picking up all three points against a struggling Nuneaton side with a poor away record. But Woking’s defending will have to be a lot sharper than in recent games. Come on down to Kingfield and help the Cards get back on track!


Having started the season so well, going on a nine-match unbeaten run, the Cards have now suffered consecutive defeats away at Torquay and Bristol Rovers and, on Saturday, 3-2 at home to Kidderminster Harriers: all good sides but Garry will be very unhappy to have lost all three games.

There were some positive signs on Saturday in the ready way in which the partnership between Scott Rendell and Jack Marriott resumed, with both finding the net and reading each other’s game well, but the Cards still showed their vulnerability at set pieces. I’m sure Garry will be well aware that Nuneaton, like Kidderminster, have a long-throw expert in their ranks: the huge Exodus Geohaghan.


Boro finished in 13th position last season after a storming start, which tailed off after Kevin Wilkin left to become manager of Wrexham, with Brian Reid taking charge for the last few games. Unfortunately for Reid, this campaign began in the worst possible fashion, with Boro losing 3-0 at home to newcomers Eastleigh. In a generally difficult sequence of fixtures since then Boro have won only two games: 2-1 at home to Altrincham and 1-0 at home to Forest Green Rovers. Their only point away from home was in their second game of the season when they secured a very creditable 0-0 draw at Grimsby Town.

Reid was relieved of his post after seven games, with former Ebbsfleet manager, Liam Daish, being appointed last week. He did not have the best of debuts, with Nuneaton going down 2-1 at home to Dartford on Saturday.

Boro’s away form is particularly poor: they last won on their travels on 4 February at Lincoln City.

Boro have some useful players in their squad, including England C midfielder James Armson and the highly experienced Lee Fowler. Up front, they can call on Craig Curran, who scored the opening goal on Saturday; John Jorrin, a 23 year-old who was capped at England U16-U19 level and was originally with Aston Villa and Leicester City; Ben Hutchinson, who has played for Celtic amongst other clubs; and the reliable Andy Brown.


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


The Club’s stylish new matchday programme is picking up many plaudits. It’s still only £3 but now has 64 pages, with a soft laminate cover, high quality ‘finish’ and stunning photos. Tuesday evening’s edition includes an interview with Ross Worner; a celebration of Jack Marriott’s return to the Club on loan; news of the Woking FC Academy; and memories of a game which, many years ago, caused Woking some red faces; 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 and commercial initiatives. 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


Woking 2 Nuneaton Town 0
28 September 2013

Goals from Scott Rendell and Josh Payne ended Woking’s run of just one win in eight games, as the Cards picked up their first home victory of the season. It was an excellent all-round display from the Cards, who dominated proceedings throughout against a Nuneaton team standing second in the table but who had lost their last three games. Woking took the lead in the 13th minute after Rendell got in front of his marker and turned in Kevin Betsy’s low cross. Nuneaton had keeper James Belshaw to thank for several fine saves but shortly after half-time Gavin Williams teed up Payne to fire into the roof of the net.

Nuneaton Town 0 Woking 2
21 December 2013

Both sides had chances in a goalless first half on a blustery day, with Boro’s James Armson hitting the bar with Sam Beasant beaten. However, Jack Marriott gave the Cards the lead five minutes after the break, crashing the ball, left-footed, high into the net after being fed by Kevin Betsy. And it was Betsy who made the game safe for Woking ten minutes later with a fine goal, skipping into the area, evading a defender and sweeping a shot across the keeper.


The Cards aren’t at home again till Saturday 18 October, when AFC Telford United are the visitors. Before then Woking travel to Southport next Saturday (4 October) and Altrincham (11 October). The Cards Trust is not running a coach to Southport but call in at the Club Shop to book your place on the coach to Altrincham.

Come on, you Cards!

Sole Grabs Last Gasp Winner

Jamie Hall
10:36am, Wed 1st Oct 2014
Woking 1 Nuneaton Town 0
Vanarama Conference
30th September 2014

Woking secured the win they desperately needed to end a run of three consecutive defeats against a Nuneaton Town side sitting precariously close to the foot of the table.

A last minute free-kick from Giuseppe Sole was the difference in a 1-0 win for the Cards, just as it had been at Aldershot earlier in the month, to help Garry Hill's side return to winning ways.

Sole's goal against Aldershot may have been slightly more spectacular against their local rivals but there could be no doubting the importance of the local boy's late, late show in this encounter.

Nuneaton's previous game was a 2-1 home defeat to Dartford and they were looking to bounce back themselves against a Woking side who they would have been hoping would be low on confidence following their recent reversals.

Woking were forced to make one change to their starting line-up from Saturday's defeat to Kidderminster Harriers with Josh Payne missing through suspension and being replaced in midfield by Theo Lewis.

Garry Hill set his side up in a 3-4-1-2 formation with Ross Worner in goal, Mike Cestor, Joe McNerney and Joey Jones at the back, a midfield four of John Goddard, Theo Lewis, Keiran Murtagh and Chris Arthur with Dean Morgan sitting just behind the front two of Scott Rendell and loan signing Jack Marriott.

A pleasant surprise for the home fans came with the announcement of the early return of Kevin Betsy as one of the substitutes following his knee operation at the start of the season.

The first chance of the game came just five minutes in as a free-kick on the right-hand side of the 18 yard box was whipped in by Theo Lewis and perfectly met the run of Scott Rendell, who glanced his header just wide of the goal.

Even though Woking had the first clear-cut chance of the game, Nuneaton were holding their own in the early stages and looked dangerous on the counter-attack, using the wings to open Woking up.

A great chance for Woking to take the lead arrived when sponsor's 'man of the match' John Goddard (pictured) ran at the Nuneaton defence and forced Reice Charles-Cook in the visitors' goal into making a fine save low to his left with a rifling shot from 20 yards.

Chris Arthur, who was a constant threat on the left flank, then broke with impressive speed and close control from his own half and played an excellent ball through to the on-running Jack Marriott, who muscled past his man into the box and tried to place it in from a tight angle only for Charles-Cook to save well.

Just before the half-hour, Woking could, and probably should, have taken the lead. A quick free-kick was played by Dean Morgan on the halfway line to Chris Arthur on the left. The Wimbledon loanee beat his man with pace and played in a low ball to the feet of Jack Marriott, who nine times out of ten would have buried the chance, but on this occasion the youngster ballooned his effort high over the bar from six yards.

Just a minute later and Woking were at it again with John Goddard and Scott Rendell playing a neat one-two on the edge of the opposition box, but the former skied over when he might have expected to do better.

Next it was Chris Arthur, once again marauding down the left-hand side. He burst into the box only to slice his effort well wide of the goal. As half-time approached, it seemed only a matter of time before the home team would take the lead. Good skills from Morgan then won his side a corner, which he took himself. From this, there was an almighty scramble inside the penalty area. The ball appeared to strike the hand of a Nuneaton defender, but to the consternation of the KRE, the referee waved play on.

The mood soon lifted on this area of terracing, however, as the biggest cheer of the night so far was reserved for the sight of Woking's veteran midfielder limbering up on the sidelines to the chant of ‘Super Kevin Betsy’ as he readied himself for second-half action.

Half-time: Woking 0 Nuneaton Town 0

Woking came out in determined mood for the second period, hoping to find the goal that would give them some breathing space and it wasn’t long before they troubled Charles-Cook again. No surprises that it was Arthur again causing problems as his clipped ball to the back post found Goddard, whose effort was saved and went flying away for the corner.

A tremendous reaction save from the visitors' 'keeper just five minutes later kept the score at 0-0 when he tipped the ball around the post after a major goalmouth scramble in front of the Leslie Gosden Stand.

Another good chance then fell to the home side when Marriott burst away on the counter-attack and let fly from distance. His effort was blocked but the ball fell to Rendell, whose scuffed shot broke for Morgan, who could only steer the opportunity wide.

The tension was now starting to rise and the frustration mount around Kingfield as the home side was unable to turn territorial domination into a goal. Garry Hill threw on Betsy and Sole for Marriott and Morgan to try to break the deadlock. Betsy was straightaway involved when he was brought down in the penalty area. The referee immediately pointed to the penalty spot only to reverse his decision when alerted by his assistant to an earlier offside.

It was not all Woking, however. Home supporters' hearts were in their mouths with ten minutes remaining when James Armson raced through on goal for the visitors only to blow a golden opportunity by blasting the ball over the bar.

Just when it seemed as though the match was destined to end in stalemate, the breakthrough finally came as the fourth official was about to indicate four minutes of stoppage time. Woking were awarded a free-kick 20 yards from goal. Only one man was ever going to step forward and, sure enough, Gez Sole took careful aim and confidently placed the ball into the right-hand corner of the goal with consummate poise and skill, much to the relief and delight of Garry and Steve on the touchline.

This hard-earned victory takes the Card back up into the play-off places on goal difference and, more importantly, back to winning ways. Next up for Woking is a long away trip to Southport this coming Saturday.

Woking: Ross Worner, Mike Cestor, Joe McNerney(c), Joey Jones, John Goddard, Theo Lewis (Adam Newton 66), Keiran Murtagh, Chris Arthur, Dean Morgan ( Kevin Betsy 76) Jack Marriott (Giuseppe Sole 76) Scott Rendell

Unused Subs: Jake Cole and Nicholas Arnold

Bookings: Theo Lewis (63), Gez Sole (88) and Adam Newton (89)

Goal: Giuseppe Sole (90)

Nuneaton: Reice Charles-Cook, Leon McSweeney, Theo Streete, Gareth Dean, Connor Franklin, Anton Brown, Lee Fowler, Craig Curran (Jorrin John 75), James Armson, Adam Walker, Ben Hutchinson

Unused Subs: Ben Starosta, Delroy Gordon, James Wren and Ryan Quinn

Bookings: Anton Brown (31) and Charles-Cook (88)

Sponsor’s MOTM: John Goddard

Attendance: 1,313
30Ross Worner
14Theo Lewis
32Chris Arthur
5Joe McNerney
21Joey Jones
3Mike Cestor
8Keiran Murtagh
22John Goddard
24Dean Morgan
9Scott Rendell
16Jack Marriott
23Jake Cole
2Adam Newton
33Nick Arnold
11Kevin Betsy
10Giuseppe Sole
Nuneaton Town LINEUP

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