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Cards make long trip north

Brian Caffarey
5:38pm, Mon 5th Jan 2015
Gateshead v Woking
7.45pm on Wednesday 7 January 2015

The Cards make the long trip to Gateshead on Wednesday in a game which was originally due to be played last month. Woking still lie sixth in the table following the weekend games but with many clubs around them, including Gateshead, also eyeing the play-off spots. Garry Hill’s side could really do with a win after picking up only two points out of the last eighteen but even a share of the points on Wednesday would be a very good result.


Eastleigh’s surprise 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Altrincham at the weekend meant that they slipped behind Woking on goal difference but the fifth play-off place is now occupied instead by Kidderminster Harriers, who won 2-1 at Dartford and are now two points ahead of the Cards.

Woking’s home game against Eastleigh on New Year’s Day marked the end of Jack Marriott’s youth loan spell – just as he seemed to be returning to his best form after a slow start to his third loan spell at Kingfield – and also the end of Chris Arthur’s loan spell from AFC Wimbledon, to whom Ross Worner has already returned. We await news of any signings by Garry Hill.


Gateshead lie in 12th place but are only four points behind Woking with three games in hand. At the weekend, in the Third Round of the FA Cup at WBA, they matched Albion till nearly half-time but were then buried under an avalanche of goals, eventually losing 7-0. Manager Gary Mills said his team had been ‘gutted’ to lose so heavily, especially after holding their own for the first 40 minutes during which Albion didn’t have a shot on target and Heed’s John Oster missed a great chance to put Gateshead in front.

The Tynesiders’ league form has slipped in the last couple of months: since the middle of October they have won only two out of 11 league games and both of those were away from home: at Aldershot Town and Alfreton. In that spell, at home, they have drawn three (against Lincoln City, Southport and AFC Halifax Town) and lost two (to Barnet and Dover). Their last home league game saw them draw 2-2 at home to the Shaymen on Boxing Day.

Well-known names in the squad include former Everton and Sunderland midfielder John Oster; winger Alex Rodman, formerly with Grimsby Town and York City; experienced midfielder Phil Turnbull; midfielder JJ O’Donnell, formerly with Luton; and strikers Jon Shaw, Michael Rankine and Danny Wright.


The International Stadium
Neilson Road
Tyne and Wear
NE10 0EF

Official website:

The Cards Trust is not running a coach to this game.

By car

Take the A1(M) to its junction with the A194(M), just north of Washington Services. Take the A194(M) to the end of the motorway. At the roundabout turn left onto the A184 towards Gateshead. The International Stadium is on the right after about three miles. Car parking is available at the ground.

By train

It’s not possible to do the return trip on the same day. There are frequent trains from London KX to Newcastle, from where you can take the Metro to Gateshead. The stadium has its own Metro stop, which is only five minutes’ walk away. Look up or for details of train times and prices.


Tickets purchased on the day are priced at:

Adults: £15
Concessions: £10
16-17/Students: £8
U16: £3

There is a reduction of £1 if purchased online in advance, with tickets being picked up on the day.

Woking fans will be seated in the East Stand.


Gateshead 0 Woking 2
15 February 2014

This was undoubtedly one of the Cards’ finest performances of the season.

On a sodden pitch the Cards got off to a perfect start, with John Nutter slotting home Kevin Betsy’s cross in the 5th minute.

A talented Heed side, unbeaten in their last eight games, applied great pressure, with Marcus Maddison – recently sold to Peterborough United in a big money transfer – proving a particular threat but the Woking defence, with Joe McNerney outstanding, held firm. The Cards continued to offer a real threat on the break through Betsy’s mazy runs and the pace of Jack Marriott.

The Cards struck the second killer blow in the 70th minute, with Betsy’s run allowing John Goddard to strike home. Gateshead threw everything at Woking in an attempt to get back into the game but a gritty, determined Woking side refused to buckle.

Woking: Sam Beasant, Joey Jones (Niall Wright 90), John Nutter, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson, Kevin Betsy, Josh Payne, Scott Rendell, John Goddard, Jack Marriott (Giuseppe Sole 76)

Subs not used: Aaron Howe, Anthony McNamee, Reece Beckles

Bookings: Marriott 43, Goddard 88

Gateshead: Adam Bartlett, James Curtis, Ben Clark, Phil Turnbull, James Brown (Ryan Noble 52), Craig Baxter, James Marwood, Lewis Sirrell, Marcus Maddison, John Oster (Liam Hatch 60), JJ O’Donnell (Jamie Chandler 52)

Subs not used: Carl Magnay, Josh Walker

Attendance: 706


The Cards are away at Oxford City this coming Saturday (10 January) in the Second Round of the FA Trophy. (Phone or email the Club Shop to book your place on the Cards Trust coach.) The Cards’ next home game on Saturday 17 January should attract one of the biggest crowds of the season as Bristol Rovers, no doubt bringing many fans, make their first visit to Kingfield.

Come on, you Cards!

Hard-working Cards grind out valuable point

Alan Barnes
10:07am, Thu 8th Jan 2015
Gateshead 0 Woking 0
Vanarama Conference
7th January 2014

Woking travelled to Tyneside looking to move back into the top five of the Vanarama Conference after a poor run of results. Their hosts had also suffered an embarrassing reversal in their previous match, going down 0-7 at Premiership West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup third round.

It was a blustery night with rain at times, making conditions difficult for the two teams. Chances were created at both ends but, on balance, the home side had the more clear-cut ones.

Woking were missing Theo Lewis, who had transferred to Ebbsfleet United earlier in the week. Included in the side, however, were Chris Arthur, now signed permanently following his release from AFC Wimbledon and Jack Marriott, whose loan spell from Ipswich Town had been extended. There was also the welcome sight for Cards fans of club captain Mark Ricketts warming the bench, his first appearance since sustaining a knee injury at Aldershot in September. The team lined up in a 4-5-1 formation with Dean Morgan ploughing a lone furrow up front.

The Cards almost had a very rude awakening to the match as the Heed should have been in front after only three minutes, Alex Rodman heading wide when well-placed.

The visitors then settled to their task and their first attempt came in the twelfth minute as Morgan screwed his shot wide, having been set up by Kevin Betsy.

Jake Cole (pictured) in the Woking goal then did well to tip away a dangerous swirling cross from the right with the follow-up header being blocked.

Marriott had the ball in the net on twenty-five minutes but was ruled offside.

With the interval approaching, the home side also found the back of the net but, fortunately for the Cards, the 'goal' was ruled out as the referee had blown for a foul on Cole.

Half-time: Gateshead 0 Woking 0

The home side was first to return to the pitch after the break and might have broken the deadlock soon after but a shot from a Heed attacker went wide.

Soon after, a Rodman cross just evaded everyone and ended up as a throw for the Cards.

Woking then came back into it and Chris Arthur, turning on the burners, made a fine run from halfway, slicing through the home defence, but his shot across the face of the goal went just wide.

Marriott, who spent most of the game tucked in behind Morgan, was next in the action. The Ipswich youngster embarked on a good run but his shot narrowly missed the target.

After seventy minutes, a long ball forward was chased down by Giuseppe Sole, who had come on for Morgan just after the hour mark. Adam Bartlett in the home goal got there first but appeared to handle the ball just outside the area. The referee, however, waved play on.

As the minutes ticked down, Gateshead put in two dangerous crosses but they were both scooped away from danger by the impressive Cole.

Overall, a draw was a fair result on a night when two footballing sides found it difficult to play to their strengths due to the adverse weather conditions. All credit to the Cards, however, who came with a game plan and executed it to the letter. The attitude and commitment of the players was first-class throughout, with the goalkeeper and back four in particular showing great resolve to keep a clean sheet and help their side take an important point as the quest for a play-off place continues.

Woking: Jake Cole, Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, James Clarke, Josh Payne, ,Keiran Murtagh, Kevin Betsy, Jack Marriott(John Goddard 80), Joey Jones, Dean Morgan (Giuseppe Sole 65), Chris Arthur

Unused Subs: Andy Little, Mark Ricketts, John Nutter

Gateshead:Adam Bartlett, Andrai Jones, Jamie Chandler ,James Curtis, Ben Clark, John Oster (Michael Rankine 65), Phil Turnbull, Jon Shaw (Danny Wright 84), Rob Ramshaw, Matt Robson, Alex Rodman (Valentin Gjokaj 80)

Unused Subs: Craig Baxter, Matthew Pattison

Attendance: 772

My MotM: Jake Cole: excellent handling throughout on a difficult night for goalkeepers
Gateshead LINEUP
23Jake Cole
2Adam Newton
32Chris Arthur
6James Clarke
5Joe McNerney
21Joey Jones
7Josh Payne
8Keiran Murtagh
11Kevin Betsy
16Jack Marriott
24Dean Morgan
31Andy Little
15John Nutter
4Mark Ricketts
22John Goddard
10Giuseppe Sole

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