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7:45pm - TuesdayTue 15th SeptemberSep 2015
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Woking
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2 - 1

Forest Green Rovers
Forest Green Rovers

League leaders visit the Laithwaite on Tuesday

Nick Shaw
2:48pm, Mon 14th Sep 2015
Woking v Forest Green Rovers
Vanarama National League
7.45pm on Tuesday 15 September 2015


Woking’s 100% home record so far this season will surely be severely tested by table-topping Forest Green Rovers, who have made a tremendous start to their bid for automatic promotion. Make sure you’re at the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Tuesday evening for this mouth-watering clash!

WOKING

Garry Hill described the Cards’ defeat at Macclesfield Town as a ‘reality check’, when his young side, shorn of key, experienced players in Scott Rendell, Ismail Yakubu and Mark Ricketts – and then losing Keiran Murtagh at half-time – found themselves distinctly second best to a Silkmen outfit which, in contrast, was full of players with lots of ‘know how’ at this level and above.

Woking will be looking to tighten up at the back after conceding four goals against Guiseley AFC at the weekend, and Joey Jones could return if he’s recovered from the injury that saw a late change to the starting lineup on Saturday.

FOREST GREEN ROVERS

Rovers have thrown down the gauntlet to all the other promotion-chasing sides, starting this season with nine straight wins.

Rovers are of course well backed financially through Ecotricity tycoon Dale Vince and have ambitious plans for a new 5,000 all-seater stadium (with capacity to increase to 10,000) as part of a proposed new £100m Eco Park off the M5. They have an impressive squad, with a mix of experienced League and top quality non-League players. Summer signings included the hugely talented, if somewhat wayward, Keanu Marsh-Brown, who was part of Barnet’s Conference-winning side last season; fellow striker Aaron O’Connor, top scorer with Newport County last season and who has previously played for Grays, Rushden and Diamonds and Luton Town; ex-Card Delano Sam-Yorke, joining Rovers after spells at Cambridge United and Lincoln City; keepers Steve Arnold, formerly with Stevenage, and Jonny Maxted; and highly-experienced central defender Darren Jones, returning to the club after six years, most recently having been Newport County’s ‘player of the season’ last year.

Those players still at the squad from last season include the ex-Salisbury trio of midfielders Clovis Kamdjo and Rob Sinclair and winger Elliot Frear; Jon ‘The Beast’ Parkin, who notched 24 goals for Rovers last season after a successful League career with Cardiff City amongst other clubs; captain David Pipe, another player who won promotion with Newport County; ex-Watford defender Dale Bennett; and midfielders Sam Wedgbury and Aaran Racine.

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. Features include interviews with Special Lounge Guest of the Day, Scott Rendell, and with new signing Jake Caprice, plus an assessment of Garry Hill’s five best signings for the Club – see if you agree! There’s also a look at what’s been going on 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 1 Forest Green Rovers 0
21 March 2015

This win, their fourth in five games, took the Cards to within four points of fifth-placed Forest Green Rovers with a game in hand, thus maintaining Woking’s late charge for a play-off place.

The Cards had the better of the play for the first half hour but were largely restricted to shots from the edge of the area, while Rovers came more into the game in the final 15 minutes, with Dale Bennett clipping the cross bar.

Four minutes after the interval Yemi Odubade went down under a heavy challenge from Charlie Clough. Scott Rendell made no mistake from the spot, converting confidently.

Shortly afterwards Stuart Fleetwood had the ball in the net for the second time but was again adjudged to be offside. The Cards had to endure heavy pressure towards the end but held out to inflict Rovers’ first defeat in twelve matches.

Woking: Jake Cole, Chris Arthur, Brian Saah, Joey Jones, Adam Newton, John Goddard (Charles Banya 88), Mark Ricketts (John Nutter 90), Keiran Murtagh, Kevin Betsy, Scott Rendell, Yemi Odubade (Giuseppe Sole 64)

Unused subs: Andy Little, Lionel Stone

Goals: Rendell (49 pen)

Forest Green Rovers: Steve Arnold, Marcus Kelly, Aaron Racine, Charlie Clough, Dale Bennett, Elliott Frear, Clovis Kamdjo, Sam Wedgbury (Tom Bender 64), Kurtis Guthrie (James Marwood 64), Jon Parkin, Stuart Fleetwood (David Pipe 82)

Unused subs: Sam Russell, Danny Coles

Attendance: 1,436

COMING UP

The Cards have another very attractive home game this Saturday (19 September) when Gary Johnson’s fancied Cheltenham Town side visit the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Come on, you Cards!

Woking topple league leaders to maintain perfect home record

Haydn Cobb
7:31am, Wed 16th Sep 2015
Woking 2 Forest Green Rovers 1
The Vanarama National League
September 15th 2015

Woking maintained their 100% home record with a hard-fought victory over league leaders Forest Green Rovers with goals from John Goddard and Jimmy Keohane as the Cards were made to sweat after a late Rovers' rally.

Goddard grabbed his seventh goal of the season to give Woking the lead with a tenacious solo effort in the first half and Keohane provided the home side with a much-needed cushion for the win before Kurtis Guthrie pulled a goal back for the visitors to set up a frantic final 15 minutes.

However, Garry Hill’s men had clearly learnt from last Saturday’s disappointment of conceding a stoppage time equaliser against Guiseley as they held firm to fend off the table-toppers and notch up a fifth consecutive home win while ending Forest Green’s 100% start to the season.

The victory lifts Woking up to fourth in the Vanamara National League, two points off second place Gateshead and seven behind Forest Green who remain top.
Garry Hill made one change to his starting line-up, with fit-again Keiran Murtagh returning in central midfield and inheriting the captain’s armband with Mark Ricketts still out injured.

The league fixture set up an intriguing scenario which posed Woking, with a 100% home record, against Forest Green Rovers, who had a flawless record after winning all of their opening nine league games.

During the opening stages, both sides gave the opposing goalkeepers early tests with shots from range, with Dan Holman and Goddard going close for the home side.

Woking enjoyed the first period of sustained pressure with a series of corners, the last of which saw Brian Saah rise highest to nod the ball towards goal but his effort was hacked off the line by a defender. The Cards gave their visitors a thorough examination with Murtagh stamping his authority in midfield with some hard but well-timed tackles.
For all of Woking’s attacking prowess, the away side demonstrated why they had only conceded four goals this season, entering the game with a watertight backline.

Garry Hill was blighted by yet another injury headache when Chris Arthur was forced off early in the proceedings holding his left hamstring and had to be replaced by Kadell Daniel at left-back. Forest Green Rovers also lost their left-back James Jennings to injury midway through the first half, with Marcus Kelly coming on to replace him.

Five minutes before halftime Forest Green Rovers thought they had gone ahead after Aaron O’Connor’s deft header floated past Jake Cole but the linesman’s flag shot up, much to the frustration of the away side.

That scare sparked Woking into action and almost immediately they marauded forward to take the lead. Goddard cleverly jinked between defenders to give himself space to unleash a powerful effort which the goalkeeper Jonny Maxted could only parry into the air and Woking’s top scorer made sure by following up to nod the ball into an empty net for his third goal in two games.

With the traveling fans stunned and the Laithwaite Community Stadium in fine voice, Woking ended the half threatening to double their lead but Rovers managed to keep the deficit to just the one goal.

Half-time: Woking 1 Forest Green Rovers 0

After a subdued start to the second period, Forest Green Rovers began to show menace but the Cards' defence stood firm. The league leaders, who were trailing in a game for the first time this season, continued to push players forward while Hill’s men looked content to soak up pressure and play on the counter.

After an hour, the Woking boss made his second substitution of the game with Giuseppe Sole replacing the on loan Reading forward Harry Cardwell.

With the home side's first real attack of note in the second half, they increased their lead courtesy of Jimmy Keohane’s second goal of the season. Bruno Andrade, who was a thorn in Rovers side all game, turned full-back Kelly inside out and whipped in a tempting cross which flicked off Holman and found Keohane at the back post who composed himself to slot home.

The Cards' two goal cushion lasted just four minutes as Kurtis Guthrie created a goal from nothing for the visitors. The Rovers' forward unleashed a dipping shot from the edge of the area which outfoxed Cole, who could only watch in horror as the ball trickled over the line.

The goal caused a pulsating finish to the match with both sides having good opportunities to score again.

Andrade once again left Kelly bamboozled down the right-hand touchline and slotted over an inviting cross for Goddard to poke towards goal but his effort went the wrong side of the far post.

As the clocked ticked down into the final ten minutes. Rovers had a golden chance to equalise with substitute Delano Sam-Yorke heading narrowly over from eighth yards out.

The away side fought hard for a leveller but the Woking defence held firm to claim a well-deserved sixth win of the season and end the league leader’s perfect record. The match ended on a slightly sour note when substitute Kelly was shown a second yellow card for a bad lunge on Godfrey Poku in the final minute.

Woking will now prepare for another tough test at home when they host Cheltenham Town in a third versus fourth clash at the Laithwaite Community Stadium this coming Saturday.

Woking: Jake Cole, Chris Arthur (Kadell Daniel 28), Terell Thomas, Brain Saah, Jake Caprice, Bruno Andrade (Godfrey Poku 87), Jimmy Keohane, John Goddard, Keiran Murtagh (c), Harry Cardwell (Giuseppe Sole 61), Daniel Holman

Unused subs: Nick Hamman, Ben Pattie

Goals: John Goddard (43), Jimmy Keohane (70)

Forest Green Rovers: Jonny Maxted, David Pipe (c), Dale Bennett, Aarran Racine, James Jennings (Marcus Kelly 20), Aaron O’Connor (Jon Parkin 67), Sam Wedgbury, Keanu Marsh-Brown, Rob Sinclair, Elliott Frear (Delano Sam-Yorke 75), Kurtis Guthrie

Unused subs: Charlie Clough, Darren Jones

Goals: Kurtis Guthrie (74)

Cautioned: Sam Wedgbury (63)

Sent off: Kelly (two yellow cards (45, 90)

Sponsors’ MOTM: Bruno Andrade

Attendance: 1,775
WOKING LINEUP
1Jake Cole
2Jake Caprice
3Chris Arthur ('29)
5Brian Saah
22Terell Thomas
8Keiran Murtagh
23Jimmy Keohane
15Bruno Andrade ('88)
11John Goddard
20Dan Holman
24Harry Cardwell ('66)
BENCH
18Nick Hamann
12Godfrey Poku ('88)
16Kadell Daniel ('29)
10Giuseppe Sole ('66)
19Ben Pattie
Forest Green Rovers LINEUP
23Jonny Maxted
2David Pipe
3James Jennings
6Dale Bennett
16Arran Racine
9Keanu Marsh-Brown
19Rob Sinclair
8Sam Wedgbury
11Elliott Frear
7Aaron O Connor
17Kurtis Guthrie
BENCH
10Marcus Kelly
20Jon Parkin
15Delano Sam-Yorke
4Charlie Clough
5Darren Jones

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