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Dorchester Town Vs Woking Preview

Adam Horne
11:20pm, Thu 19th Aug 2010
The Cards travel to the Avenue Stadium on Saturday afternoon to play Dorchester Town as they continue to search for their first league win of the season. After losing their opening two matches against Dover Athletic and Chelmsford, Graham Baker will be keen to ensure his side produce the goods on Saturday afternoon. Dorchester are currently just below Woking in the league table, after also suffering two defeats from their opening two games. Manager Ashley Vickers will be relishing the chance to regain some confidence on home turf after his side were well beaten 4-0 at home to Eastleigh earlier this week and this match could prove to be the kick-start that both sides need this season.


Woking certainly haven’t had the start to the season that they would have hoped for. Having lost their first two matches and having also suffered financial difficulties off the pitch, this match will give the Cards the perfect opportunity to bring some early season optimism to the Club. Fans will be looking to the decisions Graham Baker makes in regards to his team selection, no doubt hoping he opts for a positive approach.

A mixture of silly errors and lacklustre performances has contributed to Woking’s poor start to the season and the players must look to sharpen up on the pitch if they are to hold any hope of improving their results. Mistakes are punished at every level of football, and there’s no room for complacency in this game. The manager will be keen to remind his players of this fact on the day.

He opted to start with Craig Faulconbridge playing a lone striker role in a 4-3-3 formation against Chelmsford, a tactic that didn’t quite pack the punch he had hoped for. Despite Woking playing away from home, he may look to revert back to a 4-4-2 formation, utilising Craig Faulconbridge’s aerial ability and Dave Gilroy’s forward-thinking tenacity to punish the leaky Dorchester defence.

Lenny Pidgeley has made some outstanding saves in the Woking goal so far this season, but two massive errors have resulted in costly goals, and his days as first choice keeper could well be numbered. Meanwhile centre backs Alan Inns and Joe McNerney have been heralded by fans in recent matches and will be looking to continue their impressive form against Dorchester.


Dorchester find themselves in a similar position to Woking at the moment. The Magpies narrowly lost out away to Bromley in their opening match by a single goal, before their 4-0 home defeat against Eastleigh. However, only a fool would start to panic just two matches into the season, and it would take a fool to underestimate Dorchester on Saturday afternoon.

Manager Ashley Vickers was quick to take the blame for The Magpies' 4-0 whipping earlier this week, but can only divert the pressure from his players for so long. They currently lie bottom of the league, but a certain saying about a cornered dog springs to one’s mind. Vickers’ side will be battling hard this weekend, and will be keen to brush their recent form under the carpet.

Dorchester’s manager has named the side for both of his side's opening games, but can be counted on to name a changed side when they meet Woking. He will want to shake things up after his players failed to show any spark in their previous match, a disappointing performance that saw him use all three of his substitutions at the half-time break.

The Magpies don’t seem to have settled at all so far this season, and much the same can be said for Woking. This places added importance upon Saturday’s match as both sides look to post three points up on the board.


By Coach

Departs: 11am
Members: £15
Non-Members: £20

By Car

At Junction 1, the M27 becomes the A31. After approx 25 miles you reach Bere Regis roundabout. Take the A35 Tolpuddle bypass to Dorchester. After dual carriageway section you come to Kingston Maurward roundabout, continue across along the A35. Turn right at next roundabout and right again into the Tesco complex.At the roundabout inside the complex turn right past the entrance to the petrol station and take the left hand fork into the stadium parking area.Terrace entrances are situated adjacent to this, whilst the bar and stand entrances are on the opposite side of the ground.

By Train

Nearest station: Dorchester South

Direct trains from Woking leave on the hour every hour, and take just over 2 hours to get to Dorchester South.

Exit the platform through the ticket office, follow the station approach road to the end (next to the Station Public House). Take a left to the traffic lights. At the lights, continue straight across the railway bridge. The ground is about five minutes down the road on your left hand side, just after Tesco.

For the return journey on weekends trains leave 13 minutes past the hour.

Gilroy brace gives Cards first points

Michael Phillips
1:10pm, Mon 23rd Aug 2010
Dorchester Town 1 Woking 2
Blue Square Bet South
Saturday 21st August 2010

After a horrible start to the season including two consecutive defeats on-the-field and the departure of Chairman Shahid Azeem off it, the Cards finally got some points on the board thanks to a Dave Gilroy brace at the Avenue Stadium. They were well worth the three points with a hard fought and battling performance although the home side will feel a little aggrieved not to have got something from the match, especially after Gilroy netted the winner in the last minute. Graham Baker made four changes bringing in new signing Adam Doyle in defence, Daryn Hennessy in midfield and starting Andy Forbes and Gilroy up front in a 4-4-2 formation with Joe McNerney, Jerome Maledon, Toby Little and Craig Faulconbridge the players missing out.

Preparation was not ideal for the Cards, the team coach stuck in holiday traffic on the way down meaning they didn’t arrive till quarter to three and when the match kicked off over half an hour later, it was the home side that looked the brighter. Right back Ryan Hill saw his early free kick crash against the top of the crossbar and Mark Jermyn tested Lenny Pidgeley from just outside the area while dangerous left winger Sean Devlin caused all sorts of problems down the Woking right, especially after Mark Ricketts had to revert to right back after Ricky Anane went off injured after just thirteen minutes.

Finally, the Cards managed to settle into the match and Moses Ademola’s cross fell to Alan Inns in the area only for him to strike just over the bar. In the 35th minute, Woking managed to go ahead. The impressive substitute Jerome Maledon breaking forward from midfield and playing a neat one-two with Ademola before knocking the ball back to Ricketts who put a swirling cross into the area. Gilroy judged the flight of the ball perfectly and left two Dorchester defenders motionless as he calmly took the ball down on his chest before side footing the ball past Simon Evans and into the back of the net. The home side fought back well before the break but the Cards defence managed to stay strong and keep hold of their 1-0 lead with the wind against them.

Half-Time: Dorchester Town 0-1 Woking

Fans hoping that the Cards would kick on in the second half were to be disappointed though with the Dorchester having a lot of possession and a number of half chances but they only really looked like scoring from a Hill free kick. And in the 63rd minute, that was exactly what happened, as Hill smashed in a thunderbolt after Hennessy had taken out the tricky Devlin. Firing the ball up, over and around a rather unconvincing Woking wall the ball flew past Pidgeley and into the top corner to bring the home side right back into the match.

Hill went close again, after Devlin had won another free kick, this time on the right side up against Doyle. This time his low effort was parried away by Pidgeley and Nathan Walker headed the rebound wide, under pressure from Doyle. The Cards then survived furious claims for a penalty when Ryan Moss’s flick cannoned off Doyle’s arm in the area, though there was little the defender could have done to get his arm out the way of it. As time went on the match looked destined to end 1-1 with the home side forced to pot shots from outside the area but neither Devlin nor Moss worried Pidgeley with their efforts. At the other end, Gilroy latched onto to a Maledon header and escaped the defence but his attempted finish was well stopped by Evans.

However, the Cards snatched victory in the last minute with a neat, route one goal. Pidgeley’s goal kick was flicked on by substitute Faulconbridge and into the path of another substitute, Little, who gleefully squared the ball into the path of Gilroy who made no mistake, clipping the ball past Evans and into the net much to his and Woking fans delight. Woking set about holding on and did so without any real scares although Faulconbridge did pick up a booking after he was pushed over by Walker, an incident which sparked a bit of a melee.

It’s still clear Woking aren’t firing on all cylinders at the moment, Alan Inns said as much on BBC Surrey after the match, but hopefully this win will spark some better performances in some winnable matches coming up, starting with Lewes at Kingfield on Tuesday.

MOTM: Jerome Maledon – a few candidates, obviously Gilroy being one of them, but the midfielder put in an excellent, energetic performance in midfield after coming on as a substitute.

Woking: Lenny Pidgeley, Ricky Anane (Jerome Maledon, 13), Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts, Alan Inns, Adam Doyle, Moses Ademola, Daryn Hennessy, Andy Forbes (Craig Faulconbridge, 75), Dave Gilroy, Sam Hurrell (Toby Little, 69)

Unused subs: Francis Quarm, Ola Sogbanmu

Booked: Daryn Hennessy, Craig Faulconbridge

Attendance: 547
Dorchester Town LINEUP
1Simon Evans
2Ryan Hill
3Neil Martin
4Mark Jermyn
5Nathan Walker
6Kyle Critchell
7James Coutts ('58)
8Dave Allen
9Ryan Moss
10Stuart Douglas ('58)
11Steve Devlin
12James Frampton
14Nick Crittenden ('58)
15Kevin Hill
16Matt Groves ('58)
17Jamie Gleeson
1Lenny Pidgeley
2Ricky Anane ('13)
3Aswad Thomas
4Mark Ricketts
5Alan Inns
6Adam Doyle
7Moses Ademola
8Daryn Hennessy
9Andy Forbes ('75)
10Dave Gilroy
11Sam Hurrell ('69)
12Toby Little ('69)
14Craig Faulconbridge ('75)
15Francis Quarm
16Jerome Maledon ('13)
17Ola Sogbanmu

Mark Ricketts Interview

David Holmes
8:52pm, Sat 21st Aug 2010
Interview with Captain Mark Ricketts following today's victory over Dorchester Town.

Mark Ricketts:

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