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Garry calls for support!

Brian Caffarey
6:59am, Thu 2nd Apr 2015
Woking v Welling United
3pm on Saturday 4 April 2015

With only five games left, every match seems more critical than the last in the chase for the play-off places. Saturday’s game is one the Cards will be desperate to win, playing at home against a side struggling against relegation – but that means that Welling too have a huge incentive to get a result. Garry has urged Woking fans to turn up in numbers on Saturday – and it’s a KIDS FREE day (plus some Easter chocolate!), so bring the whole family down to Kingfield to cheer on the Cards!

WOKING

The Cards’ 3-2 win at Chester – sealed by an amazing strike from Josh Payne – was their sixth in their last seven outings and the fourth successive win away from home. The Cards now sit only one point behind fifth-placed Forest Green Rovers from the same number of games.

Nearly half of the Conference Premier games are taking place on Friday afternoon, so Woking will know how some of their rivals have fared when they take the field on Saturday afternoon. Cards fans will be particularly interested in the outcome of the Forest Green Rovers v Aldershot Town and FC Halifax v Macclesfield Town encounters. For once, Woking fans will be cheering on the Shots! Macclesfield, in fourth place, are now only four points ahead of the Cards from the same number of games, while Halifax are four points behind Woking with a game in hand.

On Tuesday evening Gateshead, Woking’s next opponents at Kingfield, could only draw 1-1 at Dartford and now lie six points behind the Cards from the same number of games, so their chances of making the play-offs now seem very remote.

Manny Oyeleke, signed on loan from Brentford just before the game at Chester, was an unused substitute there. Garry Hill, not surprisingly, has moved in the week to extend Brian Saah’s loan from Dagenham and Redbridge till the end of the season. Saah has performed extremely well in the absence of Joe McNerney, injured at Dartford.

James Clarke, Adam Newton, Aswad Thomas and Mike Cestor were also still on the ‘defenders, injured’ list at Chester.

WELLING UNITED

The Wings seem to have been badly hit by the departure of former manager Jamie Day in early December, joining ambitious neighbours Ebbsfleet United after a five-year spell at Park View Road in which he achieved wonders on a very limited budget. His immediate successor, Jody Brown, lasted only 73 days, being dismissed after the Wings had suffered their seventh defeat in a row. Tough-tackling full back Loui Fazackerley was appointed caretaker manager and results have certainly picked up a little with a draw at Gateshead and a win at Lincoln City but they were then beaten 5-0 at Barnet, with Chris Bush being sent off, and last Saturday lost 2-0 at home to Grimsby Town.

Welling now sit in 22nd place, seven points adrift of Alfreton Town but with a game in hand.

There has been quite a change-over in personnel since Jamie Day’s departure but one face will be very familiar to Woking fans: the Wings have re-signed Ross Lafayette on loan from Luton Town, the striker having only recently had a loan spell at Kingfield. Other recent arrivals include striker Tashan Adeyinka from Maidenhead United; Harry Osbourne, a defender having another loan spell from Charlton Athletic; Anthony Jeffrey, a striker most recently with Boreham Wood but who was formerly with Arsenal and Wycombe Wanderers. The loans of keeper Jonathan Henly (Reading) and defender Sam Berry (Sheffield United) have recently been extended. Two experienced players have recently left the club: Karl Duguid and Darren Purse, both brought in by Jody Brown.

ADMISSION

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

The Cardinals Bar will be open from 12.30pm, with the big match between Arsenal and Liverpool shown on the Big Screen from 12.45pm.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

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. Saturday’s edition includes a look at all the relegation and promotion issues and an update on the Academy. If you can’t get to the game, you can pre-order a copy from the Club Shop on shop@wokingfc.co.uk

ONLINE COMMENTARY

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/13629210

LAST TIME OUT

Welling United 1 Woking 1
23 August 2014

This was a frustrating afternoon for Cards fans. Woking had gone into this game on the back of an opening day win at Alfreton Town and two somewhat disappointing draws at home to Dartford and Macclesfield Town. Woking proceeded to completely dominate the first half hour but rarely troubled the Wings keeper, with the best chance falling to Theo Lewis, who saw his shot touched onto the post and away.

Just beyond the half-hour mark Harry Beautyman, later signed by Peterborough United, got in behind the left of the Woking defence, beat the on-rushing Aaron Howe and fired home to give the Wings a most unlikely lead.

The goal lifted the Wings and from then on the game was much more evenly balanced. The Cards didn’t look like making a breakthrough till Adam Newton came on in the 70th minute, immediately finding good positions out right. And it was Newton who salvaged a point for Garry Hill’s side, nodding home after Joe McNerney had flicked on.

The prescient match reporter ended his report by saying that he thought that, if only Woking could get an early goal, a resounding win would follow. The Cards beat Dover Athletic 6-1 in their next game!

Woking: Aaron Howe, James Clarke, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Chris Arthur, Theo Lewis (Adam Newton 70), Josh Payne, Joey Jones (Keiran Murtagh 62), John Goddard (Giuseppe Sole 62), Scott Rendell, Dean Morgan

Unused subs: Jake Cole, Nick Arnold

Booked: Joe McNerney

Welling United: Lee Butcher, Loui Fazakerley, Jamal Fyfield (Barney Williams 46), Jake Gallagher, Zack Fagan, Chris Bush, Harry Beautyman, Kieron St Aimie, Tyrone Marsh (Malachi Hudson 77), Afolabi Obafemi (Jon Nouble 72), Sam Corne

Unused subs: Jamie Turner, Charlie Gorman

Booked: Afolabi Obafemi, Sam Corne

Attendance: 634

COMING UP

The Cards are away at Dover Athletic on Easter Monday afternoon with a 3pm kick-off. Check at the Club Shop on Saturday to see if there are any places left on the coach or email shop@wokingfc.co.uk . On Saturday 11 April Woking play their penultimate home league fixture when Gateshead visit Kingfield.

Come on, you Cards!

A draw takes Cards to fifth

Brian Caffarey
12:10am, Sun 5th Apr 2015
Woking 2 Welling United 2
4 April 2015

With results going their way the previous day, the Cards went into this match knowing that a win would enable them to leapfrog Forest Green Rovers into fifth place with a lead of two points. Almost inevitably, it didn’t quite work out like that. Welling United, so often a bogey team for the Cards, came to Kingfield in a desperate fight against relegation and nearly made off with all three points. As it is, the draw gained by the Cards was enough to take them above Rovers on goal difference – and they were buoyed by the news that Eastleigh had surprisingly lost at home to Dover, leaving the Spitfires two points behind but with a game in hand. Nevertheless, the pressure will be even more on the Cards to come up with a result at Crabble on Easter Monday afternoon.

Woking fielded an unchanged line-up but with Adam Newton back on the bench after his absence through injury. The visitors’ side included Ross Lafayette, so recently on loan from Luton at Kingfield but now back temporarily at his former club.

The opening few minutes looked promising for the Cards as they quickly made inroads into the Welling defence, with Kevin Betsy getting a dangerous cross in with less than a minute on the clock and then John Goddard, one of Woking’s better performers on the day, making a fine run through the middle only to see his shot blocked. The pressure was maintained with two corners before the Cards conceded a free-kick on the left of their defence. Set pieces have so often been Woking’s undoing defensively this season and so it proved again as Lafayette, unchallenged, stooped to meet a well-hit in-swinging cross from Dominic Vose to put the Wings 1-0 ahead with only nine minutes gone.

Almost immediately Chris Arthur’s poor control of a cross-field pass almost set the visitors on their way again but there was a reprieve on this occasion. The Cards re-grouped and, in the following minutes, came closest to a reply when Yemi Odubade, profiting from a Scott Rendell flick-on, hammered the ball just wide of the near post. A few minutes later Josh Payne had a shot blocked and then John Goddard volleyed over but it was noticeable that, while the Cards made good progress towards the box, they gave the Wings’ keeper, Henly, very little to do. Midway through the first half the Wings’ keeper nearly caused his own downfall, though, when a poor kick led to Rendell being put through but his volleyed effort didn’t have enough height to clear the keeper.

Welling continued to threaten from time to time, with Crowe having to palm away a dangerous cross and then having to watch anxiously as a Vose cross flashed across the box.

Frustration began to set in for the Cards as the final ball so often failed to find its man or crosses were easily dealt with. As the half drew to a close, Welling came very near to extending their lead when Vose found himself free at the back post but he failed to connect and then Crowe rushed out of his area to be beaten to a through ball near the touchline only for Chris Arthur to save the day with a sliding tackle. There was just time for headers to go wide at both ends, from Healy and Odubade, before the whistle blew for half-time.

Half-time: Woking 0 Welling United 1

The Cards quickly levelled the scores after the break. A Josh Payne free-kick led to the ball being played up in the air in the box. As it came down, Yemi Odubade just managed to get his foot on it before he was tripped. Scott Rendell’s penalty kick wasn’t his best but it found the net in spite of Henly getting a trailing leg to it.

The momentum was now with Woking and a second goal for the Cards looked likely. Henly dropped the ball from a cross and was lucky to be able to grab it before suffering the consequences, while Odubade was unfortunate not to break through the defence as the ball ricocheted off a defender. Having looked as though they had weathered the storm, the Wings then found themselves trailing in the 68th minute to a really well-worked goal. Kevin Betsy managed to work the ball into the box after his initial cross was blocked and it was then transferred sweetly across the area from Rendell to Goddard and, finally, Odubade, who fired home.

Just as one thought that Woking would surely go on to win the game fairly comfortably, they were undone by some poor defending. Ricketts's headed clearance was too central, enabling the ball to be swept wide quickly and, from the cross, Tashan Adeyinka, only just on as a substitute, headed home to make it 2-2.

It could so easily have been 2-3 almost immediately as the Wings forward line broke through the Woking defensive line once more only to be thwarted by a superb last-ditch tackle from Chris Arthur.

Garry Hill brought on Manny Oyeleke and Gez Sole for Kevin Betsy for Yemi Odubade and both substitutes impressed, with Oyeleke making a clever run into the box and Sole using the ball well on several occasions.

Josh Payne went close to grabbing a winner with two minutes to go as he ran onto an Adam Newton cross, heading the ball just wide. Scott Rendell had the ball in the net during the five minutes added on but the assistant referee flagged for offside – a decision which appeared very dubious to those fans who were in line with the play. Final efforts from Goddard and from Rendell again were of no avail as the Cards had to settle for one point on a day when three would have put them in such a strong position.

Woking: Michael Crowe, Mark Ricketts, Joey Jones, Brian Saah, Chris Arthur, Kevin Betsy (Manny Oyeleke 78), Keiran Murtagh (Adam Newton 69), Josh Payne, John Goddard, Scott Rendell, Yemi Odubade (Giuseppe Sole 79)

Unused subs: Andy Little, Charles Banya

Goals: Scott Rendell (pen) 52, Yemi Odubade 68

Bookings: Joey Jones, Chris Arthur

Welling United: Jonathan Henly, Jake Gallagher, Dominic Vose (Sam Corne 74), Keiron St Aimie, Ross Lafayette, Ben Jefford, Sam Berry, Barney Williams, Harry Osborne, Reece Harris (Tashan Adeyinka 74), Joe Healy

Unused subs: Zac Fagan, Michael McEntergat

Goals: Ross Lafayette 9, Tashan Adeyinka 77

Bookings: Sam Berry, Jake Gallagher, Ben Jefford

Sponsor's MotM - Scott Rendell

Attendance: 2819


WOKING LINEUP
30Michael Crowe
4Mark Ricketts
32Chris Arthur
21Joey Jones
24Brian Saah
7Josh Payne
8Keiran Murtagh
22John Goddard
11Kevin Betsy
17Yemi Odubade
9Scott Rendell
BENCH
31Andy Little
2Adam Newton
29Manny Oyeleke
12Charles Banya
10Giuseppe Sole
Welling United LINEUP

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