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5:15pm - SaturdaySat 25th AprilApr 2015
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Woking
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FC Halifax Town
FC Halifax Town

Celebrate on Saturday!

Brian Caffarey
5:10pm, Thu 23rd Apr 2015
Woking v FC Halifax Town
5.15pm on Saturday 25 April 2015

The Cards may be out of the play-off race but there is much to celebrate on Saturday as Garry Hill’s side round off another successful season and as Woking fans mark the day when “super Kevin Betsy� hangs up his boots after a wonderful career. Come down to Kingfield if you possibly can and join in the celebrations – but don’t forget that it’s a 5.15pm kick-off! However, if you arrive early – the gates and Cardinals Bar will be open from 12.30pm – you can enjoy live football on the big screen.

WOKING

The draw at Nuneaton last Saturday finally put paid to the Cards’ hopes of making the play-offs but they are assured of 7th place, whatever the results this weekend. That itself is a tremendous achievement for a part-time club, coming on top of successive 12th and 9th finishes since Garry and Steve Thompson led the Club back into the top flight of the non-League game.

Garry and the players will be keen to put on a show on Saturday if they possibly can, not least to provide a fitting farewell for Kevin Betsy. With one or two other players possibly making their final appearances too, make sure you are there to show your appreciation for a fine season.

FC HALIFAX TOWN

The Shaymen have had a meteoric rise since re-forming in 2008 and starting life in the Northern Premier League Division One North. Four promotions later saw them start last season in the Conference Premier, with a late run catapulting them into the final play-off place. They lost 2-1 on aggregate to eventual winners, Cambridge United in the semi-final.

Earlier this season it looked as though they would claim a play-off place again as they started the campaign with five straight wins but results in the second half of the season have been poor. The Shaymen have won only one of their last 14 league games, although a good many were drawn. But they lost their last two games, at home to Eastleigh and, last weekend, Torquay United, both by a 2-0 margin. Before that they were well beaten 3-0 at Barnet.

Lois Maynard is the top scorer with 12 goals.

ADMISSION

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

The gates and Cardinals Bar will be open from 12.30pm with the match between Southampton and Spurs (kick-off 12.45pm) shown on the big screen. There will be hot pizza slices and other hot nibbles available free in the Bar from 12.30pm till 2.30pm. There will also be a free raffle for champagne for all those over 18 in the Bar at 2.30pm.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

There will be a strong demand for the final, bumper, programme of the season, so make sure you’re quick off the mark! This edition has been increased in size to 72 pages and includes an ‘end of season’ interview with Garry Hill in which he talks, among other things, about his plans to rebuild the side this summer. And, of course, there is a celebration of Kevin Betsy’s career, including his own interesting reflections on his two spells at Woking and his future plans. The programme remains priced at £3 and would make a great memento of the 2014-15 season.

If you can’t get to the game, you can pre-order a copy from the Club Shop on shop@wokingfc.co.uk

BOOST THE BUDGET

Please help Garry Hill prepare for next season by supporting the bucket collection on Saturday. Better still – if you can afford a minimum contribution of £10 a month – please become a regular BTB contributor. Forms are available in the Club Shop. The Cards Trust, via these contributions and the ‘Big Push’ initiative a couple of months ago, put in some £40,000 to Garry’s playing budget this season, all in return for shares purchased by the Trust, the second biggest shareholder. You can be sure Garry will spend the money wisely!

Please also join the Cards Trust if you haven’t already done so and help ensure that ordinary fans have a strong voice in the future of the Club.

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

FC Halifax Town 1 Woking 3
16 November 2014

This was arguably the Cards’ most impressive performance of the season – and, like the superb away game at Luton Town the previous campaign, it was played out in front of the TV cameras!

The Cards went into this game on the back of a very disappointing FA Cup exit at Wrexham, followed by an improved performance in a 1-1 draw against the same opponents in midweek. Fortunately for Woking fans, it was the Cards’ fine record of five away wins in the league that seemed to set the tone as they set about the home side in confident mood. The lead was gained through an astonishing, swerving 35-yard free-kick from Gez Sole, starting in place of the ill Jack Marriott. Shortly before half-time Adam Newton made it 2-0 with a fine strike after good work from Rendell and Sole. There was still time for Sole to hit the bar before the break.

The Cards had to withstand some Halifax pressure before, in the 59th minute, Newton made it 3-0 with another well-executed shot after another fine move. The home side eventually pulled a goal back through Paul Marshall from the penalty spot after James Clarke was adjudged to have brought down Jamie Jackson.

The three points took the Cards to third in the table.

Halifax Town: Matt Glennon, Kevin Roberts, Scott McManus, Marc Roberts ©, Adam Smith, Simon Ainge, Lois Maynard, Paul Marshall, Sean McGinty (Danny Schofield 46), Scott Boden (Jamie Jackson 69), Richard Peniket.

Unused subs: Phil Senior, James Bolton, Matty Pearson.

Goal: Marshall (penalty) 72

Woking: Jake Cole, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Joe McNerney, James Clarke, Theo Lewis, Josh Payne, Chris Arthur, Scott Rendell, Giuseppe Sole (John Goddard 77), Kevin Betsy.

Unused subs: Aaron Howe, Reece Beckles, Oliver Taylor.

Goals: Sole 24, Newton 44, 59.

Attendance: 1,415


Come on, you Cards!

Woking send Betsy off in style

Ben Mitchell
12:03pm, Sun 26th Apr 2015
Woking 3 FC Halifax Town 2
Vanarama Conference
25th April 2015

Whoever said that dead rubbers were dull affairs? Three penalties, a red card, and the bowing out of a club legend. This game had it all.

The match didn't go all Woking's way, conceding early on to a Scott McManus header, before Josh Payne pulled a goal back to go into the break all square. Will Hatfield put the visitors back in front with his first penalty of the game soon after the interval before throwing away the chance to increase the lead by missing his second. Scott Rendell got the Cards back on level terms with a penalty of their own before a breakaway initiated by Kevin Betsy (pictured) was finished off by Yemi Odubade with the last kick of the game.

Before the match began, a guard of honour welcomed Betsy onto the pitch for the final game of his illustrious career after which the ground fell silent to remember the 56 supporters who lost their lives in the fire at Bradford City 30 years ago.

The game got underway at a terrific pace and within ten minutes the Shaymen had nudged themselves into the lead when Woking failed to clear their lines, allowing McManus to head home only his second goal of the season.

The home side was soon back on level terms as John Goddard drifted down the wing, cut back inside two defenders before getting his shot away. It bounced off a defender to cries of 'hand ball' but Josh Payne was the only man to keep his eye on the prize and stay onside to coolly side foot the ball into the net.

The first half ended on a sour note with Halifax's Adam Smith scything down Betsy from behind, eliciting a rightfully livid reaction from the day's out-going skipper. Referee David Rock took his time and did not rise to the crowd's cries for a red card, showing instead a yellow only. The resulting free kick, 40-yards out, produced another Giuseppe Sole masterclass as he put his laces through a thundering effort on goal which fizzed hard and low and only a matter of inches wide of the target.

Half-time: Woking 1 FC Halifax Town 1

The second half started with a nightmare clearance from Jake Cole in the home goal, slicing a back pass into the path of the oncoming Danny Hattersley, who nudged the ball past the Cards' 'keeper and away from goal. The pair collided and the referee, to the consternation of the home fans, decided that it warranted the game's first penalty kick.
Cole, who received a yellow card for his part in the incident, guessed the right way, but could only watch as Will Hatfield's sweetly struck effort rose high into the top right hand corner of the net to restore the visitors' lead.

After this shock start to the second half, Woking began to pepper the Halifax goal and if not for the heroics of the Halifax's 'keeper Matt Glennon, free kicks from Payne and efforts from Betsy and Goddard would have seen the Cards at least back on level terms.

This increase in pressure led to a real domination of the game by the home side and appeared to begin to frustrate the visitors. After a fairly innocuous challenge in the centre circle by Keiran Murtagh on Matt Pearson, the Shayman centre back over-reacted, going head to head with the Woking man as both received yellow cards.
With the game into its final quarter, Betsy showed great vision as he sent a brilliant cross to the back post where Goddard brought another fine save from the 'keeper. The resulting corner saw the ball pinball around the box, with several shots coming in, before falling to Sole, who appeared to be hauled to the ground, but the referee instead gave a free kick the other way.

Having come so close to securing a deserved equaliser it then looked as though Woking's season was about to fizzle out as, with time beginning to slip by, the referee awarded the visitors another penalty.

Payne was adjudged to have tugged on the arm of Hatfield who hit the deck in somewhat dramatic fashion. The Woking midfielder was shown a red card for his challenge but Cole produced a superb save to keep out the spot kick as he dived low to his right.

The Cards pressed on, desperately looking for an equaliser when two Goddard free kicks came in quick succession. The first saw a dipping ball 25-yards out smash against the crossbar and his second, an inch or so outside the box, struck a raised arm as Halifax's Hatfield broke from the wall. As the PA announcer called for four minutes of extra time, the referee this time indicated a Woking penalty and Scott Rendell stepped up to send Glennon the wrong way to set up an exciting final few minutes of the game.

As the match entered the final minute of stoppage time, it seemed only fitting that the outgoing captain for the day should be the man to set up the goal that won it for the Cards. Betsy went on a blistering run deep into the visitors' half, working the ball wide to substitute Manny Oyaleke, whose cross found Odubade at the back post and he fired confidently into the bottom corner for the most pulsating of winners.

This was an exciting performance from Woking to cap off an admirable campaign and give great hope for the future as Messrs Hill and Thompson continue their tenure in charge.

The day, however, will be remembered by all those present as the day a Woking legend hung up his boots. I personally remember seeing a young man back in 1997, in my first Woking game as a five year old boy, breaking through defences and picking out pin point crosses. Almost two decades later, Kevin Betsy showed that he is still capable of all that, and more. A great ambassador for the club and a consummate professional. Thanks for the memories, King Kev. Enjoy your retirement - you've earned it.

Woking: Jake Cole, Adam Newton (Yemi Odubade 80'), Chris Arthur, Joe McNerney, Mark Ricketts, Josh Payne, Keiran Murtagh (Manny Oyeleke 65'), John Goddard, Kevin Betsy (c), Scott Rendell, Giuseppe Sole (Joey Jones 85')


Unused subs: Michael Crowe, Brian Saah

 
Yellow cards: Cole 46’, Murtagh 59' 


Red card: Payne 81'


Goals: Payne 17’, Rendell 90' (+3), Odubade 90' (+4)

FC Halifax Town: Matt Glennon, Kevin Roberts, Marc Roberts (c) (Steve Williams 56'), Graham Hutchison, Scott McManus, Adam Smith (Jamie Jackson 46'), Matt Pearson, Paul Marshall, Will Hatfield, Danny Schofield, Danny Hattersley


Unused subs: Phil Senior,  James Bolton


Yellow cards: Smith (35’), Pearson (59’), Hatfield (90’) 


Goals: McManus (10’), Hatfield (46')

Attendance: 2,175

Sponsors' Man of the Match: Jake Cole
WOKING LINEUP
23Jake Cole
2Adam Newton
32Chris Arthur
5Joe McNerney
4Mark Ricketts
7Josh Payne
8Keiran Murtagh
22John Goddard
11Kevin Betsy
9Scott Rendell
10Giuseppe Sole
BENCH
30Michael Crowe
24Brian Saah
21Joey Jones
29Manny Oyeleke
17Yemi Odubade
FC Halifax Town LINEUP

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