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Cards target home win

Brian Caffarey
7:57am, Sun 30th Aug 2015
Woking v Welling United
Vanarama National League
3pm on Monday 31 August 2015

After their draw at Boreham Wood yesterday the Cards will be keen to make home advantage pay against the Wings tomorrow afternoon but Garry Hill and Steve Thompson will have to quickly assess the extent of injuries received to key players. Come on down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium to cheer the side on to victory!

WOKING

The Cards now sit in fourth place in the table, having gained four wins and a draw and suffering only one defeat. Yesterday they looked to be on course to pick up three more points at Boreham Wood after Kadell Daniel’s terrific free-kick gave them a first half lead but injuries to Joey Jones and Mark Ricketts disrupted the midfield and, to add to Garry’s woes, star defender Ismail Yakubu also hobbled off after the Wood had equalised late on. One suspects that Garry’s first fallback for replacing central defenders was to call on Ricketts or Jones! Keiran Murtagh filled in there for the remainder of Saturday’s game but he’s surely too valuable as a creative force in midfield to leave there.

Whatever line-up Garry comes up with, there is still enough potency in this Woking side, with Dan Holman and Kadell Daniel looking sharp up front, to hope that the Cards can overcome the Wings and maintain their promising start to the campaign.

WELLING UNITED

Player/Manager Loui Fazakerley did a superb job to engineer the Wings’ escape from what looked like almost certain relegation when he took over the reins from Jody Brown (the short-lived successor to Jamie Day). Like Boreham Wood, the Wings look to have been handed a pretty tough start to the season and it was therefore particularly important to have claimed an opening day 1-0 home win over Guiseley. Narrow defeats followed at Forest Green Rovers and Macclesfield before they gained a creditable 2-2 draw at home to Eastleigh, which was followed by a last-minute 1-0 defeat at Wrexham last weekend. Fazakerley will have been disappointed by yesterday’s 2-1 home defeat by Braintree, with the Wings apparently well beaten after Abolafi Obafemi had given them an early lead.

Loui Fazakerley damaged his Achilles tendon in the opening game and missed yesterday’s match as he was recovering from an operation. He’s brought in a number of young players, either on loan or signed permanently, including 20 year-old keeper Tom King, on loan from Millwall; 21 year-old defender Michael Charles, who had a couple of loan spells from Crystal Palace last season, who had reportedly paid Dulwich Hamlet a considerable sum for his services; 20 year-old Harry Lee, a midfielder on loan from Leyton Orient; Nortei Nortey, 20, released by Chelsea; Kevin Lokko, a 19 year-old defender, who was previously with Norwich City and Colchester United; and highly-rated midfielder 20 year-old Xavier Vidal, another player from the Dulwich conveyor belt. Experienced signings come in the familiar (tall!) shape of midfielder Ricky Wellard, who won the Conference title with AFC Wimbledon and who was with Sutton last season; speedy striker Sahr Kabba, who was previously with Havant and Waterlooville and Weston-super-Mare; and midfielder George Porter, who has played for a number of League clubs after starting his career at Cray Wanderers. Still with the club from last season are strikers Abolafi Obafemi, Tashan Adeyinka, who scored the equaliser against us last season, and Kieron St Aimie, who has played for a number of non-League clubs.

ADMISSION PRICES

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

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Make sure you get your copy of the Club’s excellent 64-page matchday programme. In a packed edition features include an interview with Geoff Chapple Lounge Special Guest ex-Spurs and England Graham Roberts, quick-fire questions with Chris Arthur and a report on the Academy’s recent tour of Holland. There’s a new feature, Socially Speaking, which picks up news and views from social media, plus a Junior Cards Quiz. There’s also a look at what’s been going at other National League clubs; and news from the Cards Trust, plus match previews, reports and the usual superb match action photos.

LAST TIME WE MET

Woking 2 Welling United 2
4 April 2015

A lot hung on this game for both sides, with Woking pushing hard for a play-off place after six wins in their last seven games, and the Wings desperately – and ultimately successfully – fighting to avoid the drop under recently-appointed Player/Manager Loui Fazakerley.

As usual, Welling proved to be tough opponents. They took the lead in the 9th minute when Ross Lafayette, who had recently had a loan spell at Kingfield, stooped to head in a Dominic Vose free-kick. Woking had plenty of possession in the remainder of the half but couldn’t penetrate a porous-looking Welling defence.

The Cards broke through early in the second half, Scott Rendell scoring from the spot after Yemi Odubade had been tripped. And it was the on-loan striker from Eastleigh who gave the Cards the lead in the 68th minute, firing home following a good move. But the Wings bounced back with a header from Tashan Adeyinka to level the scores.

The point was enough to move the Cards into fifth place but the dropped two points, combined with the subsequent defeat at Dover Athletic, scuppered their play-off hopes.

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

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: Zach Fagan, Michael McEntergat

Goals: Ross Lafayette 9, Tashan Adeyinka 77

Attendance: 2819

COMING UP

The Cards follow Monday’s game with two long away trips: first to Macclesfield next Saturday (5 September) and then, a week later, to newly-promoted Guiseley. Call in at the Club Shop tomorrow to book yourself on the Cards Trust coach for both games.

Woking’s next home game is on Tuesday 15 September when top-of-the-table Forest Green Rovers are the visitors, closely followed on Saturday 19 September by another side expected to do well, Gary Johnson’s Cheltenham Town.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget to book your tickets for the Elvis Tribute Night this coming Friday (4 September).

Cards clinch fourth straight home win

Glen Harrington
8:02pm, Mon 31st Aug 2015
Woking 2 Welling United 0

The Vanarama National League

August 31st 2015

John Goddard and new signing Jimmy Keohane scored the goals as the Cards maintained their one hundred percent home record with a comfortable victory over Welling United at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

After a goalless first period, Goddard opened the scoring just past the hour mark, heading home Bruno Andrade’s deep cross into the corner of the net. Keohane then made the game safe with just over ten minutes to go, collecting a pass from Keiran Murtagh on the edge of the area before skilfully turning his man and firing past the goalkeeper.

The Cards were relatively untroubled defensively. Xavier Vidal came closest for the visitors, twice forcing Jake Cole to dive and push the ball away from danger, while Reece Harris clipped the frame of the goal mid-way through the first-half.

Garry Hill and Steve Thompson made two changes from the team that drew with Boreham Wood on Monday. Ismail Yakubu and Mark Ricketts, who both went off injured in that game, were replaced by Andrade and another new signing, Terell Thomas, who joined the club on loan from Charlton Athletic.

Elsewhere, Joey Jones, who also limped off last time out, was thankfully able to start, but Godfrey Poku – who replaced Jones in Hertfordshire – was missing. Keohane, formerly of Exeter City, was a surprise inclusion on the substitute’s bench alongside academy defender Andrew Mills.

This all meant that Woking started the game in a 4-3-3 formation, with Andrade and Kadell Daniel playing wide of lone striker Dan Holman. Goddard was then the most advanced member of our three man midfield, with Jones and Murtagh protecting the back four.

After a slow start, the game sparked into life just after the 15 minute mark, with Andrade finding space down the left and swinging the ball into the area. Goddard was in the right place at the right time but was only able to scuff his shot into the floor.

The chances continued to flow for Woking’s number 11 as a run and shot saw him fire just wide of the right hand post, before Daniel’s cross was headed back across the box by Andrade and our top scorer forced a decent save from goalkeeper Tom King.

But the best effort of the half came from Murtagh, who brought the ball down expertly on his chest before volleying towards goal. The brilliance of King, who needed his fingertips to push the ball around the post and out for a corner, was all that prevented the home side from taking the lead.

There was still time for the visitors to go close as well – a long ball over the top catching Cole out of position and forcing the goalkeeper to head clear. The ball went straight to Vidal, who responded with an audacious effort after spotting the home 'keeper off his line, but Cole was still able to recover and bat the ball away.

Half-time: Woking 0 Welling United 0

The second-half started in much the same fashion, with Woking enjoying the better of the chances in a free-flowing and entertaining game. Andrade cut in from the left and shot wide, before Vidal against tested Cole with a stinging shot from long-range.

Appropriately, it was Andrade and Goddard who linked up to provide the goal. The former picked up the ball wide on the left after the Cards had cleared a corner and burst clear down the flank. Despite the fans baying for the ball to be put across the box, Andrade turned instead and looked to have missed his chance, as the Welling defenders hastily retreated. However, he was still able to work himself the room to cross and provide the perfect ball to pick out Goddard arriving at the back post, who had the simplest of tasks to head past King and give the hosts the lead.

The goal gave the home side the confidence to push forward and search for a second – a strike which soon came from Keohane, just ten minutes after he had come on to replace Daniel. Murtagh passed the ball into his feet and he twisted and turned his way past the defender before firing into the bottom left hand corner of the net.

There was still time for Chris Arthur to go close with his ball across the box which missed everyone and for Mills, with his first touch after coming on, to loop a header towards goal, only for it to be hacked clear.

All in all, it was another very positive day for the Cards, who were after all without the core of the team – a leading centre-back, the captain and our main striker, Scott Rendell, who is of course out for the season.

Thomas was particularly impressive on debut. The 19-year-old looked thoroughly assured throughout – a remarkable achievement considering the fact that he’d probably only met the vast majority of his teammates earlier in the day.

The win keeps Woking firmly in the play-off places, just five points adrift of league leaders Forest Green Rovers. The Cards next play away to Macclesfield on Saturday, so why not make the trip if you possibly can and support the team as they look to extend their unbeaten run.

Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice, Chris Arthur, Terell Thomas, Brian Saah, Joey Jones, Keiran Murtagh (c), John Goddard (Ben Pattie 87), Kadell Daniel (Jimmy Keohane 68), Bruno Andrade (Andrew Mills 90), Dan Holman

Subs not used: Giuseppe Sole, Nick Hamann

Goals: John Goddard 62, Jimmy Keohane 78

Cautions: John Goddard 42, Jimmy Keohane 86

Welling United: Tom King, Harry Osborne, Ben Jefford, Michael Chambers, Sam Corne, Harry Lee (Afolabi Obafemi 82), Reece Harris, Kevin Lokko, George Porter, Ricky Wellard (Kojo Awotwi 73), Xavier Vidal

Subs not used: Mike McEntegart, Zach Fagan, Tashan Adeyinka

Cautions: Ben Jefford 75

Attendance: 1,675

Sponsor's MOTM: Bruno Andrade – made the first goal for Goddard with an inch-perfect cross and caused constant problems for Welling down the flanks – initially on the left and then latterly on the right.
WOKING LINEUP
1Jake Cole
2Jake Caprice
3Chris Arthur
5Brian Saah
22Terell Thomas
7Joey Jones
8Keiran Murtagh
11John Goddard ('87)
16Kadell Daniel ('68)
15Bruno Andrade ('90)
20Dan Holman
BENCH
18Nick Hamann
21Andrew Mills ('90)
23Jimmy Keohane ('68)
10Giuseppe Sole
19Ben Pattie ('87)
Welling United LINEUP
1Tom King
3Ben Jefford
5Harry Osborne
6Michael Chambers
7George Porter
8Harry Lee
11Ricky Wellard
19Kevin Lokko
20Sam Corne
22Reece Harris
32Xavier Vidal
BENCH
1Mike McEntegart
4Zach Fagan
14Tashan Adeyinka
17Afolabi Obafemi
24Kojo Awotwi

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