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7:45pm - TuesdayTue 11th AugustAug 2015
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Woking
Woking
2 - 0

Bromley
Bromley

Cards target home win

Brian Caffarey
6:35pm, Sun 9th Aug 2015
Woking v Bromley
Vanarama National League
7.45pm on Tuesday 11 August 2015

The Cards will be hoping to get off the mark on Tuesday night following their undeserved defeat at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday. But newly-promoted Bromley have already served notice, with their impressive 3-1 spanking of Wrexham, that they will represent a real threat. In addition, Garry Hill has the bitter blow of having to cope with the loss of top scorer Scott Rendell in a squad which was already looking short of attacking options. Come on down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium to cheer the Cards on to victory!

WOKING

The Cards looked much the better side in the first half at Tranmere, with the outstanding Ismail Yakubu and Brian Saah very solid in central defence and the midfield generally in control, but they did not take a couple of good chances that came their way and the loss of Rendell just before half-time was a huge blow from which they never really recovered. Tranmere, still looking disjointed at times, gained more impetus in the second half, with Jay Harris scoring with an unstoppable strike after the Cards had given away a free-kick on the edge of the box. Picking the ball out of the net was just about all Jake Cole had to do all afternoon apart from a couple of punched clearances and a routine save in the first half. However, with not much threat up front, Woking never really looked as though they could pull the goal back once they fell behind.

Garry Hill gave a debut to late signing Bruno Andrade on the right flank, where his pace caught the eye at times, whilst another new signing, Kadell Daniel, came on as a substitute and looked lively and determined.

BROMLEY

The Ravens went up as champions from the Conference South and have made several promising-looking signings during the summer, including striker Alex Wall, who often impressed against us for Maidenhead United before signing for Luton Town, from where he had a loan spell with Dartford, and midfielder Max Porter, who won promotion from the Conference with Newport County and who has also had extensive experience at this level with Barnet, Rushden and Diamonds and AFC Wimbledon. Other well-known names include ex-Card Moses Ademola; former Don Lee Minshull, who was with Newport County for three seasons; ex-Barnet keeper Alan Julian; former Dover striker Sean Francis, who also had a loan spell with Chester last season; and Adam Birchall, who was unlucky to be injured soon after his high-profile move from Dover to Gillingham. Bradley Goldberg is the son of owner and manager Mark Goldberg.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £18
Over 65s and Students with NUS card £13
U16s £5

Don’t forget that there are big savings from having a season ticket: it’s not too late to apply!

Check out the great value hospitality offer in the Geoff Chapple Lounge for the first four home games: see the news item on 24 July.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Make sure you get your copy of the Club’s excellent 64-page matchday programme. Features include profiles of our new signings; Mark Ricketts’s thoughts on the new season; an overview of the Cards’ pre-season preparations; and a look at what’s been going at other National League clubs; news from the Cards Trust, plus match previews, reports and the usual superb match action photos.

LAST TIME WE MET

The two clubs last met in Woking’s Conference South-winning season in 2011-12. In September 2011 the Cards won away 4-2, and then beat the Ravens 3-2 at home on 14 January 2012. In the latter game the Cards took the lead after 20 minutes through Moses Ademola and were cruising early in the second half after Paris Cowan-Hall had made it 2-0. But Bromley fought back, with Danny Waldren scoring a penalty and, with three minutes remaining, substitute Orlando Smith equalised. However, deep into injury time Joe McNerney headed home to grab the three points which ought to have been made safe much earlier in the encounter.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor (Joe McNerney 80), Keiran Murtagh, Alan Inns, Adam Doyle, Paris Cowan-Hall (Elvis Hammond 68), Jack King, Moses Ademola (Luke Medley 68), Wayne Gray, Jay Davies

Unused Subs: Andy Little, Josh Griffiths

Bromley: Joe Welch, Tutu Henriques, Marlon Patterson, Freddie Warren (Mike Jones 60), Moses Swaibu, Liam Harwood, Lewis Taylor (Orlando Smith 36), Danny Waldren, Antonio German, Pierre Joseph-Dubois, Rory Hill (Gareth Williams 61)

Unused Subs: Aaron Rhule, Hakeem Araba

Attendance: 1612

COMING UP

The Cards are at home again this Saturday (15 August) when Altrincham are the visitors.


Come on, you Cards!


Goddard double ensures first win of the season

Glen Harrington
9:42am, Wed 12th Aug 2015
Woking 2 Bromley 0
The Vanarama National League
August 11th 2015


An excellent all-round performance from the Cards provided the perfect response to Saturday’s opening day disappointment at Tranmere Rovers, with a brace from John Goddard enough to see off newly promoted Bromley.

Woking’s midfield maestro scored either side of half-time to help ease the burden of Scott Rendell’s absence, while Giuseppe Sole – leading the line in Rendell’s place – also did well, working extremely hard throughout.

Defensively, the Cards were largely untroubled, with centre-back pairing Brian Saah and Ismail Yakubu marshalling the threat of prolific non-league striker Alex Wall. Mark Ricketts was also superb, winning everything in the middle of the park, and the home side were good value for the points.

Garry Hill made just two changes to the team that was narrowly beaten at Prenton Park, with Sole replacing the injured Rendell, while Kadel Daniel started on the right in place of Bruno Andrade. Full-back Adam Newton, out of retirement after just three months away from the game, made up the numbers on the bench.

The visitors were unchanged from their impressive 3-1 opening day victory over Wrexham, which meant a first appearance at the Laithwaite Community Stadium for Moses Ademola – playing with the name Emmanuel on the back of his shirt – since he left us in 2012.

The Cards started the game well, with Keiran Murtagh forcing an early save from goalkeeper Alan Julian, who spilt the initial effort and needed a nearby defender to hack the ball clear before the midfielder could pounce on the rebound.

However, a strong and physical Bromley side quickly worked their way back into the game, with the Ravens enjoying the better of the early chances. Jake Cole saved from Bradley Goldberg and Joe Anderson, although neither effort particularly stretched our number one.

After a hard-fought opening half hour which produced very few clear-cut opportunities, the game turned dramatically in Woking’s favour. The away side lost both Lee Minshull and Rob Swaine to injury, either side of the opening goal, throwing the plans of visiting manager Mark Goldberg into turmoil.


Goddard scored the first goal of Woking’s new season. Sole – positioned on the left-hand side of the penalty area – brought the ball down well out of the air, turned his defender, and squared his pass perfectly for the No. 11 to slot his strike past Julian and into the net. He celebrated in style too, lifting up his shirt to reveal his own get well soon message to Rendell.

Half-time: Woking 1 Bromley 0

Bromley were out early at the start of the second-half, with their new-look team intent on an early response. Unfortunately, they did anything but. The visitors, without leading defender and captain Swaine, were caught sleeping at the back and Woking had a second inside six minutes.

Sole was again the provider, beating Julian to the ball and forcing the goalkeeper into a save. Unfortunately for the former Newport and Dartford stopper, the ball then rebounded kindly into the path of Goddard, who was afforded the simplest of tasks to smash home his second. Despite Julian’s protests – with the keeper annoyed by Sole’s apparently rash attempt to reach the ball – the goal stood.


The home side, now full of confidence, dominated much of the second-half. The likes of Jake Caprice, Chris Arthur (pictured) and Daniel – only signed at the weekend – caused plenty of problems in the wide positions, while Murtagh and midfield partner Joey Jones held together an encouragingly balanced looking team.

Bruno Andrade – the second of our two most recent additions – was equally troublesome when he came on, chasing every loose ball and always keeping the defenders on their toes. Indeed, with Woking having had so much joy out wide, it’s sad to think what a night Rendell might have had against such opposition.

The scoreline might have been even more flattering, had Goddard taken his chance for a hat-trick, when he instead lashed the ball across the face of goal. Sole was also left frustrated when Goddard, again chasing his third, elected to shoot from a tight angle when his teammate was in a better position.

To their credit, Bromley kept fighting until the final whistle, with wide-man Anthony Cook particularly industrious down the left-hand side. In fact, it needed Newton – making his second debut for the club – to come on for the final few minutes, and help cancel out the threat of the 26-year-old playmaker.

All in all, it was an extremely positive night for the Cards. Until now, players, coaches and supporters alike haven’t have had many reasons to smile over the last couple of days, but this match will have gone a long way to easing any fears about the quality of our squad.

Anything other than a win could have left Garry Hill with some difficult questions to answer – particularly in relation to how we plan on replacing Rendell – and while that does still remain an issue, it’s good to know that we can produce a performance of such quality even without our main striker.

Bromley were a decent test and showed enough to suggest that they can more than hold their own at this level, but there will be plenty of tough opponents to come in the weeks ahead, starting with Altrincham this weekend at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Why not come down and support the team if you possibly can?

Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice (Adam Newton 83), Chris Arthur, Mark Ricketts (c), Brian Saah, Ismail Yakubu, Joey Jones, Keiran Murtagh, Giuseppe Sole (Godfrey Poku 79), John Goddard, Kadel Daniel (Bruno Andrade 64)

Subs not used: Reece Beckles, Nick Hamann

Goals: John Goddard 36, 51

Bookings: Daniel 37, Caprice 69

Bromley: Alan Julian, Ugo Udoji, Ali Fuseini, Rob Swaine (Jack Holland 40), Bradley Goldberg, Anthony Cook, Joe Anderson, Lee Minshull (Reece Prestedge 20), Alex Wall, Moses Emmanuel (Louis Dennis 64), Sean Francis

Subs not used: Pierre Joseph-Dubois, Ben May

Goals: None

Bookings: Alex Wall 43, Ugo Udoji 49

Attendance: 1,507

Sponsor's MOTM: Chris Arthur – he worked his socks off all night down the left-hand side. He was always back and ready to do his defensive duties when needed, while also pushing forward well.
WOKING LINEUP
1Jake Cole
2Jake Caprice ('83)
3Chris Arthur
5Brian Saah
6Ismail Yakubu
4Mark Ricketts
7Joey Jones
8Keiran Murtagh
16Kadell Daniel ('64)
11John Goddard
10Giuseppe Sole ('79)
BENCH
18Nick Hamann
17Adam Newton ('83)
12Godfrey Poku ('79)
15Bruno Andrade ('64)
14Reece Beckles
Bromley LINEUP
1Alan Julian
2Emmanuel Udoji
4Ali Fuseini
5Rob Swaine ('40)
10Bradley Goldberg
11Anthony Cook
13Joe Anderson
15Lee Minshull ('20)
17Alex Wall
18Moses Emmanuel ('64)
19Sean Francis
BENCH
6Jack Holland ('40)
7Pierre Joseph-Dubois
8Reece Prestedge ('20)
9Ben May
14Louis Dennis ('64)

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