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Cards seek third win in a row

Brian Caffarey
10:06am, Thu 9th Oct 2014
Altrincham v Woking
3pm on Saturday 11 October 2014

The Cards travel north again on Saturday, hoping to notch their third win in a row. Altrincham, though, have shown some improved form recently and are likely to prove tougher opponents than Southport, whom Garry Hill’s side defeated 5-2 last weekend. So, Garry will be looking for greater defensive solidity to complement the Cards' attacking prowess.

WOKING

Unlike most other sides, the Cards did not have a midweek league game and consequently slipped to 6th place in the table but they are only five points behind leaders Barnet with a game in hand. Instead, they played a training match against a Stevenage XI, which ended 2-2, with Dean Morgan and Jack Marriott scoring. The good news from that game was that Kevin Betsy played a full 90 minutes and that James Clarke and Jake Cole also re-appeared after their injuries. The bad news was that Mark Ricketts returned only to leave the field injured again.

Mark Ricketts’ continuing absence – assuming that he is unfit for Saturday – is a blow but it says much about the strength of Garry Hill’s squad this season that he can call on players of the calibre of Joey Jones to replace Mark.

ALTRINCHAM

The Robins were promoted back to the Conference Premier at the end of last season after an absence of three years. Not surprisingly, given that they are one of the least well-supported teams in the league, they have found life tough so far. They lost five out of their opening six games, the exception being a 2-1 home win over Bristol Rovers. A home win over Dartford followed, plus two draws against Alfreton and Eastleigh, before a dreadful sequence of three heavy defeats at the hands of Kidderminster, Barnet and, surprisingly, Welling at home (0-4). But recent form has been much improved with a 1-0 home win over local rivals Macclesfield Town, an amazing 3-1 away win at FC Halifax Town – the Shaymen’s first defeat since the Cards’ victory there last season – and, midweek, a very creditable 0-0 draw at Grimsby Town, where, by all accounts, they showed great spirit to survive a second-half Mariners’ onslaught.

Altrincham now sit in 18th place in the table with 15 points from 15 games. At home they’ve won three, drawn one and lost three. Damian Reeves is, as usual, top scorer with six goals. Other familiar names include keeper Stuart Coburn, who has amassed over 600 appearances for the Robins, captain Shaun Densmore and experienced striker Kyle Perry.

GETTING THERE

J Davidson Stadium
Moss Lane
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA15 8AP

Official website: www.altrinchamfc.co.uk

By coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 9.30am. Ring (01483 772470) or email (shop@wokingfc.co.uk) the Club Shop to book your place. The price is £25 for Cards Trust members and £30 for non-members.

By car

Leave M6 motorway at junction 19 (Manchester and Airport sign). Join A556 and follow Airport signs to M56. Do NOT take the M56 but carry straight on at roundabout on A56. At first traffic lights (1 mile) turn right for Bowdon/Hale (B5161). Carry on for 1 mile, passing The Quality Hotel on the right. Go through the traffic lights, then right at the mini roundabout into Hale Road (avoiding town centre). Carry on for approximately 1 mile, turning right into Westminster Road (opposite cemetery entrance). Carry straight on for approximately 3/4 mile into Moss Lane. The football ground is on the right.

By train

Trains run from Euston to Altrincham station, via a change at Stockport. Look up www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.trainline.com for details of times and prices. Altrincham station is about ten minutes’ walk from the ground. There is also a Metrolink tram service from Manchester city centre, about eight miles away.

ADMISSION PRICES

Standing: Adults £14, Concessions £9
Seating: Adults £15, Concessions £10
Disabled with Helper: Combined price £14
12-16 year olds: £5
Under 12: £2

The concessionary ages are, currently, for women 60 and over and for men 65 and over.

LAST TIME OUT

Altrincham 1 Woking 0
21 February 2009

The two sides last met in the season in which the Cards were eventually relegated from the Conference Premier.

The Cards played scrappily in the first half and went behind to a Chris Senior strike which resulted from a poor attempted clearance from left back Joe Anderson, making his debut on loan from Fulham. Woking dominated play in the second half but couldn’t put the ball in the net – with the best chance falling to Paul Lorraine from a corner.

The last ten minutes were notable for the sight of youth team central defender Joe McNerney being thrown on up front and making some very useful contributions.

Woking: Simon Eastwood, Patrice Konan, Paul Lorraine, Michael Kamara, Joe Anderson, Joel Ledgister (Liam Marum, 77), Oliver Bozanic, Paolo Vernazza (Kelvin Bossman, 56), Matt Pattison, Charlie Moone (Joe McNerney, 86), Wilfried Domoraud

Unused subs: Ross Worner, Dan Sintin

NEXT GAME

The Cards’ next home league game is on Saturday 18 October when they play AFC Telford. (The training game which had been arranged on Tuesday against a Reading XI has been cancelled.)


Come on, you Cards!


P.S. Don’t forget Race Night on Friday 17 October: see yesterday’s news item.



Robins clipped by superior second-half display from awayday specialists

Malcolm Wyatt
9:08am, Sun 12th Oct 2014
Altrincham 0 Woking 3
Vanarama Conference
11th October 2014

A masterful second-half performance ensured Garry Hill’s Woking climbed four places in the league to come within three points of leaders Barnet with a game in hand.

Altrincham gave as good as they got for large periods of the opening period at Moss Lane, but the 18th-placed hosts were overwhelmed from there, goals from Scott Rendell, Dean Morgan and Josh Payne doing the damage.

It proved to be a third straight win for the visitors, all in yellow and sixth before kick-off, carrying on where they left off at fellow North-West outfit Southport in last weekend’s 5-2 success.

Alty came into this match on the back of encouraging victories over Macclesfield and Halifax followed by a midweek draw at Grimsby, and were soon at their visitors.

Nicky Clee made an early opening, chipping into James Lawrie, but Mike Cestor coolly intercepted, the Cards hitting back with recalled Morgan's corner from the right, Joey Jones unable to beat veteran keeper Stuart Coburn.

Cestor played the Cards out of trouble again at the back and set up a John Goddard raid, the attacking midfielder advancing before finding Rendell, but the top scorer couldn't find the target.

Theo Lewis made a promising run and fed Rendell again, his speculative effort of no concern for Coburn, while Morgan broke through but failed to reach his support as the Robins survived.

A Chris Arthur cross found Goddard for the next opening, but it didn't fall kindly, and pretty soon the returned James Clarke, then Cestor, with a header, and keeper Ross Worner kept Alty out.

Morgan and Arthur combined well as Woking swept upfield again, but were unable to find Rendell in the centre, while Sean Williams drilled wide at the other end.

A Cestor foul led to a 25-yard free-kick from home skipper Shaun Densmore, but his effort was blocked by the Cards' wall and Clee struck the rebound wide.

Worner plucked the next home effort from the sky while Clarke stopped another raid, another home corner successfully defended as the heavens opened and the away fans fled for cover.

Play continued to flow amid the pouring rain, but Goddard's final ball ended one promising attack while Clarke was booked for a foul on marksman Damian Reeves as Alty countered. Clee's resultant free-kick was poor, however, and Adam Griffin's follow-up was woeful, and soon Woking turned up the pressure.

Jack Marriott – more of a threat than at Southport - almost grabbed a goal out of nothing with a cracking volley that the keeper punched over, the resultant corner being wasted.

Worner fisted away a deep Lawrie centre as the Robins resisted, while a delivery at the other end from Payne, skipper as a result of sub Joe McNerney’s illness, flew straight across the area.

A swift home attack then led to drama as Clarke failed to stop the on-rushing Reeves, but - faced with a one-on-one against Worner – he cut back to Lawrie, who sliced wide.

Woking hit back, Marriott setting up Goddard, whose effort was stopped by the keeper, Alty failing to clear, and Marriott was then barely inches from netting with a great effort that struck the top of the right post.

An equally good effort followed for the improving Cards, Cestor setting up Rendell, with a suspicion of handball as he controlled before firing on goal, his effort blocked and Payne's follow-up also testing the home defence.

The Robins countered, Jake Moult striking wide, before Garry Hill's side came again and from Morgan’s centre Theo Lewis headed just over. And the half finished with a long-range Moult pot that almost caught out Worner, the same fate befalling Jones at the other end, Coburn getting down to his fine strike.

Half-time: Altrincham 0 Woking 0

Lee Sinnott’s hosts looked sharp again after the break, Densmore running unopposed on goal until Clarke reacted, while Rendell was back to head to safety as Alty came once more.

A marauding Arthur run that typified his second half followed, making plenty of ground before playing in Rendell, whose header beat Coburn only to be judged offside.

Marriott came close again after Goddard’s through-ball, using his pace before testing Coburn, who saved with his legs, the striker finding the side-netting with the rebound.

The opening goal followed, a 52nd minute close-quarters finish from 12-goal Rendell after great work by Goddard opened up the home defence.

It then went from bad to worse for the hosts as a poor challenge on Lewis led to a straight red for Griffin, and when play resumed – thankfully with Lewis restored – Marriott was almost in at the near-post.

The Robins' problems were compounded by the departure of injured Simon Richman, while Marriott might have done better on the right of the box after a through-ball gave him a clear sight of goal.

But on 66 minutes Woking put the game to bed, a neat one-two between Morgan and Rendell leading to the former timing his finish perfectly, hesitating momentarily before lobbing Coburn.

Changes followed, Goddard and Morgan – recalled in the absence of Keiran Murtagh, on international duty with Antigua & Barbuda - sacrificed for Adam Newton and Kevin Betsy.

Alty weren't finished yet, and Clarke had to clear from sub Tom Marshall, while Payne struck over at the other end.

Marriott was replaced by Giuseppe Sole, but Betsy was next to strike on goal, his low effort flashing just wide after Rendell’s cutback.

Arthur's mighty shot from distance was deflected for a corner as the visitors’ pressure continued, while Betsy and Sole combined in the next raid, the Cards now rampant.

A few home fans drifted away, and for the final minutes the Robins were down to nine after sub Ryan Crowther limped off. But there was still time for a clinical finish from Payne, exchanging passes with Sole on the right flank before firing home with aplomb.

Arthur might even have added a fourth, but Coburn somehow reached his powerful long shot, with Sole – lurking nearby and eyeing up his 100th Cards goal – offside.

Woking: Ross Worner, James Clarke, Chris Arthur, Joey Jones, Mike Cestor, Josh Payne (c), Theo Lewis, Dean Morgan (Kevin Betsy 69), John Goddard (Adam Newton 69), Scott Rendell, Jack Marriott (Giuseppe Sole 77)

Subs not used: Joe McNerney, Jake Cole

Bookings: Clarke 29

Altrincham: Stuart Coburn, Shaun Densmore (c), Adam Griffin, Jake Moult, Gianluca Havern, Scott Leather, James Lawrie, Simon Richman (Ryan Crowther 60), Damian Reeves, Nicky Clee (Tom Marshall 74), Sean Williams (Peter Cavanagh 74)

Subs not used: Steven Gillespie, Kyle Perry

Sent Off: Griffin 54

Attendance: 1,218

My MOTM: Chris Arthur – difficult to call on the day, but Arthur’s second-half display was illustrative of Woking stepping up a gear.
Altrincham LINEUP
WOKING LINEUP
30Ross Worner
6James Clarke
32Chris Arthur
21Joes Jones
3Mike Cestor
14Theo Lewis
7Josh Payne
24Dean Morgan ('69)
22John Goddard ('69)
9Scott Rendell
16Jack Marriott ('77)
BENCH
23Jake Cole
2Adam Newton ('69)
5Joe McNerney
11Kevin Betsy ('69)
10Giuseppe Sole ('77)

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