FA Cup (Q4)
3:00pm - SaturdaySat 25th OctoberOct 2014
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 1107

2 - 1

Boreham Wood
Boreham Wood

Cards face Cup test

Brian Caffarey
9:10am, Thu 23rd Oct 2014
Woking v Boreham Wood
FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
3pm on Saturday 25 October 2014

The Cards take on Boreham Wood on Saturday, hoping to reach the 1st Round Proper of the FA Cup for the first time in four years. But they will have to play a lot better than they did in last weekend’s surprising home defeat at the hands of bottom-of-the-table AFC Telford. The Wood, in contrast to Woking, have a fine record in the Cup in recent years and are going very well in the Conference South, so it looks like it will be a very competitive tie. Come down to Kingfield and cheer the Cards on in what we hope will be the beginning of a memorable Cup run.


About the only good thing that can be said about last Saturday’s defeat is that it should help to dispel any complacency on the part of the team about this cup tie.

We will have to see if any of the loan players prove to be cup-tied.

The winners of Saturday’s tie will receive £12,500 in prize money.


The Wood, managed by Ian Allinson, have started this season extremely well and currently lie in second place in the Conference South. Allinson reckons his current squad, with a number of very promising young players, is the strongest he’s had – so, Woking, be warned! Up front, Allinson can call on three young strikers in Junior Morias, Austin Lipman and David Moli, an ex-Wolves youngster who had been on loan but who has now joined permanently. Another option is the highly-experienced player/coach Mario Noto. Another well-known name is that of Ricky Shakes, who’s played for Ebbsfleet against us previously. Luke Garrard, Assistant Manager, is influential in midfield.

In the league the Wood have amassed 25 points from 13 games. Away from home they’ve won four and lost three, scoring 16 goals and conceding 7. Last Saturday they had a very comfortable 3-0 away win against Hayes and Yeading.

In the FA Cup to date, the Wood beat East Preston 3-2 at home before drawing 2-2 away at Frome Town and then winning the replay 1-0. Boreham Wood have recent happy memories of a Cup game at Kingfield: two years ago they beat Hayes and Yeading there before being drawn against Brentford in the First Round Proper. The Wood are aiming to reach the First Round Proper for the third season in a row. Last season they lost narrowly to Carlisle United away in a replay.


Season ticket holders should note that this is an ‘all pay’ game.

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

The match will be segregated, with Boreham Wood fans allocated the open Chris Lane terrace and part of the Leslie Gosden Stand.


Don’t forget to buy a copy of the special FA Cup programme, priced at £3. Saturday’s edition includes a look at Woking’s recent FA Cup record and recalls an FA Trophy semi-final encounter between the two sides. In addition, of course, there are match reports, previews and news of the Club’s community work and commercial initiatives, plus superb photos. If you can’t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on shop@wokingfc.co.uk


The Cards beat the Wood home and away in an FA Trophy semi-final in 2005-06 but the sides last met in the Cards’ Conference South-winning season in 2011-12. On 20 August 2011 the sides drew 0-0 at Kingfield. In the away fixture on 28 January 2012 the Cards won 2-1. Elvis Hammond gave the Cards the lead only for Mario Noto to equalise, against the run of play, early in the second half. Moses Ademola netted six minutes from time to gain a hard-earned win. The teams that day were:

Boreham Wood: Jordan, Sankofa, Jones, Garrard, O’Loughlin, Beckles, Hunter (Lechmere 75), Cox, Bryant, Noto, Lobjoit

Unused subs: Hutton, Wilkinson, Brathwaite, Akinola

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Keiran Murtagh, Alan Inns, Mike Cestor, Wayne Gray (Josh Griffiths 83), Jack King, Moses Ademola (Derek Duncan 90), Elvis Hammond, Mo Shariff (Luke Medley 74)

Unused subs: Jay Davies, Andy Little


On Saturday 1 November the Cards face a tough away trip to Braintree Town. The following Tuesday evening (4 November) sees the Cards begin their defence of the Surrey Senior Cup when they take on Ashford Town (Middx). We hope that Saturday 8 November will see the Cards in the 1st Round of the FA Cup. The next home league game at Kingfield, on Tuesday 11 November, is a very attractive fixture, with Woking looking to do the double over non-League giants Wrexham. Make sure the date is in the diary!

Come on, you Cards!

Woking bounce back to play with heart and Sole

Ben Mitchell
9:56am, Sun 26th Oct 2014
Woking 2 Boreham Wood 1
FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
October 25th 2014

Giuseppe Sole (pictured) became only the tenth centurion in Woking's 125 year history, scoring goals number 100 and 101 in a 2-1 victory against Conference South high-flyers Boreham Wood. The win sees the Cards progress to the 1st round proper of the FA Cup for the first time under Garry Hill. Woking will be ball number 80 in Monday evening's draw, to be shown on live television, but they made it harder than they needed to, against a Wood side who, on current form, would not look out of place in the Conference Premier.

After an end-to-end first half, Sole broke the deadlock with a superb glancing header early in the second, only for Wood's Ricky Shakes to cancel it out a minute later, with a simple tap-in. The club's new centurion then became the cup saviour for the home side by expertly finishing a well-timed pass from summer loan signing Chris Arthur. Despite constant pressure from Wood in the last 15 minutes, Woking did enough to power themselves over the line and will be looking forward to learning who their cup opponents for the next round on the 8th November will be.

The game started in a typically open FA Cup fashion, with both teams trying to get that first important goal. Wood looked dangerous on the counter-attack with the pace of Lee Angol and the guile of Graeme Montgomery allowing them to work dangerous efforts across home 'keeper Jake Cole's goal. Cole, who replaced cup-tied Ross Worner, proved influential throughout the match, with a variety of box-to-box long balls that allowed John Goddard, Scott Rendell and Sole to test opposite number James Russell's quick reactions.

A long ball from the Wood defence saw Angol unleash a first time volley from 20 yards which, if not for a stellar stop from Cole, would surely have seen them take the lead. Woking failed to clear the rebound as Adam Newton found himself hounded by Montgomery, who picked his pocket before whipping a dangerous ball straight across the six-yard box.

After a frantic first quarter, where both teams were trying to claim control of the game, Woking began to find that extra gear. Betsy continued to pepper the box with pinpoint crosses that saw two diving headers from Sole and Rendell go narrowly wide.

Keiran Murtagh was an ever-present force, controlling the middle of the park and drawing the first of three fouls in as many minutes as Woking turned up the pressure on their opponents. Wood's Sam Cox slammed the ball down in frustration after being called for a foul on Murtagh, Junior Morais then became agitated during a competitive tussle with Newton, shouldering the Woking full-back and receiving the game's first yellow card, before Josh Hill appeared to use Rendell as a ladder just outside the penalty area, which resulted in a dangerous looking free kick. Sole delivered the set piece which saw Betsy produce a header of his own, forcing yet another save from Russell to push it over the bar.

However, Woking failed to capitalise on this pressure by converting any of their many first-half chances.

Wood saw their opportunity and began to press high up the pitch. From one attack, the visitors felt aggrieved as vehement appeals for a penalty were waved aside by referee Justin Amey as the lively Angol used his pace to try to turn and move past Newton, resulting in a coming together between the two players.

Montgomery maybe should have finished his third chance of the game, the best of the bunch. Arthur found himself flat-footed as Wood's Jason Brown floated past him before dragging a low pass back to Montgomery, in space on the penalty spot, who leant back as he pulled the trigger, watching his shot sail high over the bar.

Woking had the final say of the half, however, as Betsy orchestrated a goalmouth scramble which saw shots from Sole and Rendell blocked before Murtagh's side-footed effort brought a good save from the feet of Russell.

Half-time: Woking 0 Boreham Wood 0

The visitors were the first of the sides to emerge from the tunnel after the break, looking to capitalise on what was a positive first half for the Conference South side. Immediately, a good interchange between Angol and Montgomery just outside the box showed their attacking intent.

A defensive slip-up between Arthur and Joe McNerney allowed Wood's Morais to turn sharply on goal and if not for the speed and agility of Cole, who flung himself at the striker's feet, their early pressure could have paid off.

It wasn't until the 56th minute that the deadlock was finally broken by the home side. Sole, Woking's player of the month for September, leapt the highest to get on the end of yet another superb cross from the wing, notching up his 100th goal for the club.

Unfortunately, it seemed as though eyes may have already been on Monday's draw as Ricky Shakes ghosted into the six-yard box, unmarked, to tap in Wood's equaliser just moments after they went behind.

After last week's performance, the home fans may have been fearing the worst but Arthur showed the strength and pace that Cards supporters have come to appreciate since he joined the club on loan in the summer. He picked out a low cross to Sole, who opened up his body and placed the ball into the bottom corner, just five minutes after his opener.

The Woking striker was then denied a hat-trick in the final quarter, with a sublime save from Russell, before being substituted to the sound of rapturous applause.

Woking began to live dangerously, but their well-drilled high line defence only allowed long-range shots. In particular, an effort from substitute David Moli would have been more suited to Kingsholm than Kingfield.

In the dying moments of the game Woking only managed to clear their lines as far as Wood's Junior Morias, who was waiting just outside the box to head the ball back into the danger zone. The ball spun up to a grateful Shakes, who headed it firmly into the back of the net. To the relief of the home fans, however, the assistant referee's offside flag came to the rescue and the referee signalled the end of the game shortly after.

So, a tough game for the Cards, who did just enough to ease themselves over the line. A win's a win, nevertheless, and injured club captain Mark Ricketts summed up Woking's display perfectly in a post-match interview: 'It's more important to play ugly and win, than play well and lose'. Woking's attacking wide play from Kevin Betsy and Chris Arthur was a major positive from the game and it was fitting that Sole was rightly named the sponsor's man of the match after reaching his century of goals.

The team now turn their attention back to the league as a difficult away trip to Braintree faces them this coming Saturday.

Woking: Jake Cole, Adam Newton, Joe McNerney (c), Josh Payne (Joey Jones 70), Keiran Murtagh, Scott Rendell, Giuseppe Sole (Jack Marriott 86), Kevin Betsy, John Goodard (Theo Lewis 70), Chris Arthur

Unused subs: Mike Cestor, John Nutter, Dean Morgan, Andy Little

Goals: Giuseppe Sole 56, 61

Cautions: Giuseppe Sole, Joe McNerney

Boreham Wood: James Russell, Luke Garrard, Jason Brown, Sam Cox, Josh Hill, Callum Reynolds, Mathew Whichelow (David Moli), Ricky Shakes, Lee Angol, Junior Morias, Graeme Montgomery (Scott Thomas)

Unused subs: Mario Noto, Austin Lipman, James Courtnage, Ryan Johnson, Greg Morgan

Goal: Ricky Shakes 57

Caution: Junior Morias

Sponsor's Man of the Match: Giuseppe Sole

Attendance: 1,107
23Jake Cole
2Adam Newton
32Chris Arthur
5Joe McNerney
6James Clarke
7Josh Payne
8Keiran Murtagh
11Kevin Betsy
22John Goddard
9Scott Rendell
10Giuseppe Sole
31Andy Little
3Mike Cestor
15John Nutter
21Joey Jones
14Theo Lewis
24Dean Morgan
16Jack Marriott
Boreham Wood LINEUP

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Woking 2 - 1 Boreham Wood (Giuseppe Sole Interview)

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