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Another vital game on Tuesday

Brian Caffarey
9:37pm, Sun 22nd Mar 2015
Woking v Torquay United
7.45pm on Tuesday 24 March 2015

The Cards’ superb win over Forest Green Rovers on Saturday has put them right back in the mix for that hotly-contested fifth play-off place. If they could win again against Torquay United they would be only one point behind Rovers. Garry Hill is looking to Woking fans to come along in numbers on Tuesday evening to cheer on the team in another vitally important game. Make sure you are there!


It was almost a perfect day on Saturday for the Cards. Not only did they win a crucial ‘six pointer’ but they saw two play-off rivals, Eastleigh and Gateshead, lose, while FC Halifax managed only a point. The win put the Cards four points behind Forest Green Rovers with a game in hand and moved them up to seventh place in the table. A win on Tuesday evening would take the Cards up to sixth place, leapfrogging Eastleigh, who are not playing. In another twist, Halifax are at home to Gateshead on the same evening.

It was an excellent all-round team performance, but the central defensive partnership of Brian Saah and Joey Jones was outstanding against one of the most lethal forward lines in the league and, once again, Keiran Murtagh bestrode the midfield, making the most again of his opportunity to shine in Josh Payne’s continuing absence through suspension. Garry will have a nice selection problem on Tuesday evening now that Josh is able to return!


Unlike Bristol Rovers, the Gulls haven’t shone following their relegation last season from League 2. They currently sit in 15th place with 50 points from 38 games. On their travels, they have won five games, drawn six and lost eight, scoring 24 goals and conceding 27.

The season started very promisingly with seven wins, three draws and three defeats in August’s and September’s games. But this form wasn’t maintained and wins have been hard to come by subsequently. The Gulls had a particularly bad spell beginning in mid-February, when, coupled with losses home and away to Wrexham in the semi-finals of the FA Trophy, they experienced successive home defeats at the hands of AFC Telford, Chester and, last Tuesday, Braintree Town in a 1-5 scoreline. Much to Chris Hargreaves’s relief, the tide turned on Saturday when the Gulls beat Kidderminster Harriers 2-1 at Plainmoor, with the returning Ryan Bowman netting both goals after coming on as a substitute for on-loan striker John Campbell, who suffered a hamstring injury. By all accounts, it was a fine performance from Chris Hargreaves’s side and should serve to dispel any complacency on Woking’s part.

The Gulls’ squad contains a mix of players who stayed with the club in spite of relegation, including keeper Martin Rice, defenders Aaron Downes and Krystian Pearce, last season’s ‘player of the year’, and striker Elliot Benyon plus a number of signings made last summer. The latter include big striker Duane Ofori-Acheampong; winger Louis Briscoe, part of Mansfield’s Conference-winning side; former Hereford and York striker Ryan Bowman; skilful midfielder Toby Ajala, who had a spell at Welling last season; and midfielder and captain Luke Young, surprisingly released by Plymouth Argyle.


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


The Club’s stylish matchday programme is the same price as last season (£3) but now has 64 pages, with a soft laminate cover, a high quality ‘finish’ and improved design. Tuesday’s edition includes a look at the fate of League clubs relegated or demoted to the Conference as well as all the usual match reports, previews, news of commercial and community events and superb photos. If you can’t get to the game, you can pre-order a copy from the Club Shop on


If you can’t get to the game BBC Radio Surrey will be providing an online commentary at:


Torquay United 1 Woking 0
16 September 2014

The Cards travelled to Plainmoor unbeaten in the first nine games of the season but facing an equally in-form Gulls side, which had won four consecutive home games.

Not surprisingly, it proved a close encounter, with both sides having chances to get their noses in front. But just as the game looked set to end goalless, a tired lunge presented the home side with a free-kick. At 35 yards out, it looked a tall order for the Gulls’ captain Luke Young but a superb strike beat Ross Worner to inflict a first defeat of the season on Garry Hill’s side.

Woking: Ross Worner, James Clarke (Adam Newton, 13), Mike Cestor, Joe McNerney (c), Chris Arthur, Josh Payne, Joey Jones, Keiran Murtagh (Theo Lewis, 85), Dean Morgan, Scott Rendell, Giuseppe Sole (John Goddard, 71)

Unused Subs: Andy Little, Nick Arnold

Booked: Adam Newton

Torquay United: Martin Rice, Dale Tonge, Aaron Downes, Angus Macdonald, Tom Cruise, Toby Ajala, Courtney Richards, Luke Young (c) Jordan Chapell (Courtney Cameron, 61), Tom Bowman Duane Ofori-Acheampong

Unused Subs: Jordan Seabright, Krystian Pearce, Josh Wakefield, Ashley Yeoman

Booked: Courtney Cameron, Luke Young

Goal: Young 90

Attendance: 2,144


The Cards travel to Chester next Saturday. The Cards Trust is running a coach to this match, which leaves Kingfield at 9.00am. The cost is £20 for Cards Trust members and £25 for non-members. Pop into the Club Shop on Tuesday night to reserve your place or phone (01483 772470) or email (

The Cards’ next home game is on Saturday 4 April when Welling United are the visitors. With only two more home games after that, make sure you’ve got this date firmly in your diary!

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget to book your tickets for the Club’s 125th anniversary Summer Ball on Saturday 23 May: see the news item on 20 March for more details.

Miraculous comeback puts Cards back in play-off race

Adam White
11:05am, Wed 25th Mar 2015
Woking 3 Torquay United 2
Vanarama Conference
March 24th 2015

A stunning second-half fight-back saw Garry Hill’s Woking side overcome a two-goal half-time deficit to claim an invaluable win over Torquay United. The victory catapults the Cards back into play-off contention as the Vanarama Conference season hits the home straight. A towering header from centre back Aaron Downes on 17 minutes and a neat finish from Louis Briscoe three minutes later had given the visitors a deserved lead. However, an unerring second half display saw Woking chase down and overhaul their guests. Yemi Odubade’s close range strike, Josh Payne’s driven half-volley and Scott Rendell’s composed finish rescued three priceless points for Woking and puts Hill’s side up to sixth, just a point and a place outside a play-off berth.

In a first period characterised by individual errors and lapses in concentration, the home side started poorly. Captain Mark Ricketts’ misplaced pass presented a shooting opportunity to Torquay forward Ryan Bowman, who failed to truly test Ipswich Town loanee keeper Michael Crowe, while a minute later a weak Joey Jones headed clearance gave Gulls’ captain Luke Young a sight of goal, but his shot from the edge of the penalty area was comfortably dealt with by debutant Crowe.

Torquay were clearly on top in the opening exchanges: only a close range block after a spinning volley from tireless Woking forward Yemi Odubade provided any real encouragement for Garry Hill in the opening quarter of the match. The warning signs were there and on 12 minutes Downes saw his header skid wide, largely unchallenged after the pacey winger Courtney Cameron had supplied the cross. Crowe was then forced into his first real save of the evening, getting down smartly to his right-hand side to tip Ryan Bowman’s 18-yard effort round the post after a neat exchange with strike partner Briscoe.

From the resulting corner, Woking found themselves a goal down as Downes again outjumped his marker, this time to nod home from six yards with what was virtually a free header. Less than three minutes later Brsicoe doubled the visitors' advantage. The bulky Torquay number 7, excellent in the first 45, found himself with the time and space to confidently sweep home from Bowman’s low cross after a swift counter-attack. It could’ve been worse for Garry Hill’s men as only four minutes later a wayward pass from Josh Payne put Bowman through one-on-one with Crowe, but the 19 year-old 'keeper was able to palm the eventual shot to safety, keeping Woking in the game.

As the half wore on however, the home side began to exert themselves on proceedings. On 30 minutes, Odubade was unlucky not to connect with Scott Rendell's touch in a dangerous Woking counter-attack before Odubade was again unfortunate to see his glancing header strike the inside of the post after a Josh Payne free-kick. Four minutes later Woking created their clearest chance of the half, but Rendell could only join Odubade in thumping his shot off the post after he was put through on goal by an incisive John Goddard through ball.

Despite Woking’s resurgence, the pace of Cameron on the left and Toby Ajala on the opposite flank continued to worry the home side’s back four in what was an increasingly open encounter. Cameron’s pace up against Ricketts, who lined up at right back with Joey Jones playing inside him at centre half, proved a fruitful avenue for Torquay going forward, although it was Woking who fashioned the most presentable chance as the half drew to a close. Persistence from the excellent Odubade resulted in low cross which found Kevin Betsy. His goal-bound effort appeared to strike a Torquay arm but Referee Amey was unmoved and the half ended without further incident.

Half-time: Woking 0 Torquay United 2

The second half started in much the same vein. Chris Arthur’s failure to clear at the first opportunity saw him squander possession, leaving the Woking defender stranded and Ajala through on goal but the winger could only fizz his shot wide of Crowe’s goal. A definite let-off for Woking. However, with 53 minutes gone, the match began to swing the home side’s way. Wide on the left, John Goddard jinked his way past James McQuilkin and into the area and, although his fierce shot was blocked, Odubade was on hand to tuck the ball home from the rebound, putting Woking back in the contest.

Buoyed by the goal, Woking continued to press. Keiran Murtagh’s powerful 25-yard effort was blocked and scrambled clear, while Kevin Betsy’s smart change of direction took him inside a defender but only resulted in the veteran Woking forward blazing over from just inside the penalty area. Cards fans wouldn’t have to wait long for a second, however. On 61 minutes Odubade shrugged off Downes on the left wing to work a speculative shot from a narrow angle, forcing the corner which led to Woking’s equaliser. An unconvincing headed clearance fell to Josh Payne, who was lurking wide on Woking’s left and he drilled a superb first-time half-volley under Martin Rice in the Torquay goal to bring the sides level again.

Woking dominated from here on in. Payne came close again three minutes later from a dipping 25 yard free-kick, which only cleared the bar by a matter of inches with Rice scrambling, while Odubade’s admirable hard work again proved fruitful as his chasing down of a loose Torquay header presented him with the chance to shoot from a tight angle. His deflected effort, however, was saved at his near post by Rice. Rendell was next to threaten when his shot from around the penalty spot was blocked after Ricketts’ clever reverse header had fallen kindly following a deep cross.

Torquay’s only real chance of the half came on 76 minutes when Arthur misjudged a through ball which might’ve been cut out, although substitute Liam Prynn could only shoot straight at Crowe when clean through on goal - a lucky escape for the Cards. Five minutes later, however, the comeback was complete. A looping Betsy cross from the right toward the head of Odubade spun into the path of the wide open Rendell who was able to calmly slot past Rice from close range. A miraculous turnaround which Woking’s rumbustious and intense second-half performance wholly deserved: an imperious response to what was a massively disappointing opening period.

The remaining ten minutes were played out largely free of incident. Torquay looked beaten after what turned out to be Rendell’s winner and the travelling side were unable to create anything to trouble Crowe in the Woking goal as the youngster completed a competent debut. In fact, it was Woking who should have extended their lead. Giuseppe Sole escaped down the left flank and with Betsy and Goddard for support it was momentarily three on one. Sole’s eventual cutback found Betsy in acres of space eight yards out, but with the goal gaping he could only scoop his effort high over the bar when he really should have sealed Woking’s win.

Despite the poor start to the match, Garry Hill will no doubt be delighted with the result and the all-action second half display, especially considering the position they found themselves in at half-time. The win puts the Cards sixth and just a point behind Forest Green, who occupy the final play-off spot. With just six games remaining and a relatively favourable run-in, Woking can realistically harbour hopes of stealing into the play-off positions and a first shot at League football for many seasons.

Attentions now turn to a trip to Chester this Saturday and with five wins in six games Woking are hitting form at just the right time. Could tonight’s inspired revival, and rousing second-half showing from the likes of Odubade, Payne and Rendell propel Hill’s men toward League Two?

Woking: Michael Crowe, Mark Ricketts, Brian Saah, Kevin Betsy, Keiran Murtagh, Josh Payne (Charles Banya 75), Chris Arthur, Joey Jones, John Goddard, Yemi Odubade (Giuseppe Sole 86), Scott Rendell

Unused subs: Andy Little, John Nutter, Lionel Stone

Bookings: Goddard 72, Sole 90

Goals: Odubade 53, Payne 63, Rendell 81

Torquay United: Martin Rice, Krystian Pearce, Aaron Downes, Olivier Gueguen, James McQuilkin, Aaron Dawson, Luke Young, Courtney Cameron, Toby Ajala, Louis Briscoe (Ashley Yeoman 84), Ryan Bowman (Liam Prynn 64)

Unused subs: Dan Lavercombe, Ben Harding, Courtney Richards

Bookings: Gueguen 64

Goals: Downes 17, Briscoe 20

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Attendance: 1,506
30Michael Crowe
4Mark Ricketts
32Chris Arthur
21Joey Jones
24Brian Saah
22John Goddard
7Josh Payne
8Keiran Murtagh
11Kevin Betsy
17Yemi Odubade
9Scott Rendell
31Andy Little
28Lionel Stone
22John Goddard
12Charles Banya
10Giuseppe Sole
Torquay United LINEUP

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