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FC Halifax Town
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Woking
Woking

Cards look to end poor run

Brian Caffarey
9:04am, Thu 8th Oct 2015
FC Halifax Town v Woking
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 10 October 2015

The Cards will be hoping that their visit to the struggling Shaymen will enable them to put an end to their miserable run of four consecutive defeats. Their hosts suffered a 7-1 home defeat at the hands of Cheltenham Town last weekend but had a convincing win at Altrincham on Tuesday night. All the signs are that this will be a testing trip for Garry Hill’s side.

WOKING

Garry Hill’s side looked very short of confidence in their 2-1 home defeat against Southport last Saturday, with only two or three players performing to anything like the standard of which they are capable. Such a contrast to the scintillating display against Forest Green Rovers only just over a fortnight previously! In the meantime, though, the Cards had suffered increasingly disappointing defeats at the hands of Cheltenham Town, Dover and Braintree. There seems to have been a collective and individual loss of form and confidence, which must be a source of serious concern for Garry and Steve as they try to find a permutation to stop the slide down the table.

Garry Hill will have young centre back Terell Thomas available after the latter’s loan from Charlton Athletic was extended this week till 2 January. It’s possible too that Chris Arthur will be in the reckoning as well following his lay-off with a hamstring pull.

FC HALIFAX TOWN

The Shaymen have had a very disappointing start to the season after their 9th place finish last year. They currently sit in 22nd place with ten points from 15 games. A warning to Woking, though, is that, before Tuesday night’s win at Altrincham, all their points had been gathered at home: from a win over Barrow and draws against Bromley, Kidderminster, Southport and Gateshead.

Long-serving manager Neil Aspin left the club in September, to be replaced by former Oldham manager Darren Kelly, assisted by ex-Morecambe and Forest Green Rovers manager Jim Harvey. Kelly’s first game in charge was the 7-1 thrashing last Saturday by Cheltenham Town. But he was very heartened by the impressive 3-1 away win at Altrincham, describing the performance as “exceptional�. Ex-Stevenage striker Jordan Burrow notched two goals before Kingsley James rounded things off with a late penalty.

The Shaymen’s decline set in earlier this year as they fell away from the play-off chasing places. A big turnaround in personnel in the summer failed to arrest the slide. But Kelly still has some experienced players at his disposal, including defenders Kingsley James and Scott McManus, midfielders Hamza Bencherif and Kevin Roberts and strikers Danny Hattersley and Richard Peniket.

GETTING THERE

The Shay Stadium
Halifax
HX1 2YT (2YS for sat navs)

Official website: www.halifaxafc.co.uk

By coach

The Cards Trust is not running a coach to this match.

By car

Take the M62, exiting at junction 24. Follow signs for A629 Halifax into Skircoat Road, then on to Shaw Hill, where you will find the ground.

By train

Trains to Halifax leave from Kings Cross and are nearly all via a change at Leeds. The 10.03 would get you in at 13.13, with the 10.48 (direct) arriving only a minute later. Later trains are at 11.03 (14.13) and 11.35 (14.40). The first train back is at 17.06. Look up www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com for more details of times and prices.

The ground is five to ten minutes’ walk from Halifax station. Leave the car park, turn left and the ground is on your right in half a mile.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £17
Concessions £13
U16 £6
U12 £6
U7 £3

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 3 FC Halifax Town 2
25 April 2015

Kevin Betsy’s last game for Woking saw an extraordinary late turnaround in fortunes, with the on-loan Yemi Odubade grabbing all three points with the last kick of the match after the Cards had trailed the Shaymen 2-1 with less than four minutes of added time left.

With nothing at stake for either side this might have proved a damp squib but it proved to be an engrossing and thrilling affair, providing a great send-off for the Cards’ legend and captain for the day.

But it didn’t start well for Garry Hill’s side as Scott McManus nodded home within ten minutes to give the visitors the lead. But Woking equalised soon afterwards as Josh Payne netted after John Goddard’s effort was deflected into his path.

The second half also began badly for the Cards and especially for keeper Jake Cole as he sliced his attempted clearance from a back pass and was then judged to have fouled Danny Hattersley. Fortunately for Cole, the referee brandished only a yellow card but he could not prevent Will Hatfield from putting Halifax 2-1 ahead from the penalty spot.

Woking now began to dominate the game and, but for the heroics of Matt Glennon in the visitors’ goal, would have equalised well before Halifax were awarded another penalty when Josh Payne was judged to have tugged Hatfield in the box. Josh was sent off but Jake Cole produced a superb save to keep the score at 2-1.

The drama continued when, after hitting the cross bar with one free-kick, Goddard’s next effort resulted in Woking being awarded a penalty for handball. Scott Rendell converted to level the scores with added time already being played.

But there was still more drama. As the match moved into the final minute of stoppage time Kevin Betsy went on a run deep into the Halifax half, with Manny Oyeleke then slipping the ball to Odubade, who finished confidently into the bottom corner.

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

COMING UP

The Cards have two attractive home games coming up: against Torquay United this Tuesday evening (13 October), when Paul Merson will be the Guest of Honour in the Geoff Chapple Lounge, and against Wrexham on Saturday 17 October.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget to get your ticket for the Cards Trust Race Night on Friday 23 October.

Holman at the double as Cards get back to winning ways

Malcolm Wyatt
10:19am, Sun 11th Oct 2015
FC Halifax Town 0 Woking 3
The Vanarama National League
10th October 2015


Two strikes from Dan Holman, sandwiched around a mighty free-kick from an equally-impressive John Goddard, saw Garry Hill’s Woking break a dismal run of four straight losses on Saturday.

Holman put the Cards ahead in the 11th minute, setting the tone for an encouraging 45 minutes in which the sole concern was that the visitors only finished the half one goal to the good.

But this performance will have done the Surrey side's confidence levels wonders, and Goddard doubled the lead on 58 minutes before Holman put the game to bed with his second two minutes later.

Woking were soon camped in the home half, with Holman a threat in the middle and a promising early build-up leading to a Jake Caprice centre which was just too strong for Keiran Murtagh.

The first of many roving runs from Goddard followed, Chris Arthur – back in the starting line-up after his hamstring injury – initially playing forward, but with Woking unable to take advantage of Goddard’s resultant corner.

Goddard caused flutters again a minute later, and from his next left-wing corner Brian Saah was unlucky, his header just off target.

When Halifax – beaten 7-1 by Cheltenham last weekend at The Shay - did finally push up, Terell Thomas, whose loan from Charlton had been newly extended, looked assured at the back and headed away the next two hopeful deliveries.

Then came Holman’s opener, a move started by Joey Jones – another Cards player full of invention and running on the day – leading to a Kadell Daniel run and a crisp cross which left the Colchester loanee with time and space to coolly finish, giving home keeper Matt Glennon little chance.

While Halifax struggled to find their feet - failing to show the form that saw them win 3-1 at Altrincham in midweek - the Cards’ confidence grew, a foul on Holman leading to a 30-yard Goddard free-kick. It proved similar to that from which he scored at Guiseley four weeks before, but this time 37-year-old birthday boy Glennon parried it away then just beat Daniel to the rebound.

As the pressure continued, the Shaymen looked increasingly fragile, and a powerful shot by Murtagh had to be punched away, the same inspirational midfielder soon in again, although this time Julian Banton cleared.

Daniel, a livewire in Woking’s attacks, fired over from a further free-kick, the Cards enjoying what was arguably their most one-sided half of the season so far.

Ex-Oldham boss Darren Kelly clearly has his work cut out at The Shay, his team seeming to lack confidence all over the pitch, despite the sterling efforts of Banton and Kingsley James on the day.

Shaun Tuton managed a shot on goal, but it was no problem for Jake Cole, who was better tested by a Saah back-header soon after.

A further free-kick followed as Jones was fouled on the move, 35 yards out, the resultant set-piece played in to Holman, whose shot was blocked.

Murtagh then won a corner on the left, Goddard and Jones combining before the former tested Glennon with a stinging finish the veteran could only gather at the second attempt.

A promising home break followed, but again the Cards proved solid at the back, despite a worrying moment when captain Mark Ricketts received treatment for a knock.

Home debutant Kieran Sadler was the first to properly concern Cole, the Eire Under-21 international – formerly with West Ham – unleashing from distance , Cole getting to it but the ball rebounding to Jordan Burrow, who should have done better from close range.

Woking were quickly on the attack again, great work by Arthur down the left and Holman in the middle leading to another Goddard corner that James had to head away.

Holman then saw his drilled effort go just wide after a deflection, following neat work by Murtagh, Caprice and Daniel on the right, while after a foul on Daniel, the next lofted free-kick again caused concern.

Halifax were faster on the break now, but still Cole and his defence were unmoved, Tuton’s promising run on goal halted by Saah.

Holman and Goddard then both had half-chances, while from a Daniel right-wing corner James again came to Halifax’s rescue. And after Thomas saw off Hamza Bencherif in the following home break, the ref blew for the interval.

Half-time: FC Halifax Town 0 Woking 1

Kelly‘s half-time team-talk clearly led to a more combative approach from the hosts, but the Cards quickly resettled and were soon back on top, Daniel testing home captain Glennon with a powerful effort, Murtagh taking a tad too long to react to the rebound.

Twice Caprice lofted promising deliveries into the danger zone, Goddard not far off from the second, while Holman’s next effort after a Daniel lay-off was easy pickings for the keeper.

As the Shaymen countered, Scott McManus struck just over, the ball deflected behind for a corner, from which Bencherif was unable to direct his header on target.

Ricketts looked back to his best for much of the afternoon, and was nearly on the scoresheet with a mighty effort from distance as the visitors pushed up again, Glennon tipping over this time.

And then, after good work by Daniel and Murtagh, Goddard’s next free-kick found its way around the wall and into the corner, Glennon again reduced to spectator status.

Goddard and Daniel remained a threat with their pace, and pretty soon the Cards had their third, Holman recovering from a slip to get up - his back to goal - and beat Daniel to a loose ball, turning and firing home from all of 25 yards, Glennon again left flat-footed.

Halifax still huffed and puffed, carrying gamely on, but Thomas denied James while Jones headed away from a corner after Matthew Brown’s effort was put into the side-netting.

Holman, chasing that hat-trick, was in on goal again, but this time Glennon pulled off a fine save, Giuseppe Sole soon replacing the Woking striker.

Bencherif headed just wide from a corner, while sub Connor Hughes did the same, while at the other end Jones and Goddard continued to frustrate the home defence, displaying the invention the hosts so badly needed.

Nice touches from Thomas and Caprice quelled the next attacks before they had a chance to develop, the Cards happy enough to just live off the odd loose ball, their midfield dominance a major factor.

Sole was nearly in from a late Daniel cross but was deemed offside, while the determined James gave the crowd something to cheer with a mighty run before being blocked at close quarters, the home fans soon drifting out.

There was still time for Daniel to break up one more home move, while late sub Jimmy Keohane and Goddard carved out one final Woking opening, the latter’s effort stopped by Glennon on a birthday he’d probably much rather forget, the Cards moving up to 12th place and their hosts – after a 10th defeat of the season – now second from bottom.

FC Halifax Town: Matt Glennon ©, James Bolton, Matthew Brown, Julian Banton, Kingsley James, Hamza Bencherif (Josh Macdonald 87), Shaun Tuton (Connor Hughes 54), Jordan Burrow, Kevin Roberts, Scott McManus (CJ Hamilton 54), Kieran Sadler

Subs not used: Jordan Porter, David Brooks

Cautions: none

Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice (Ben Pattie 89), Chris Arthur, Mark Ricketts © (Godfrey Poku 84), Brian Saah, Terell Thomas, Keiran Murtagh (Jimmy Keohane 87),Joey Jones, John Goddard, Kadell Daniel, Dan Holman (Giuseppe Sole 68)

Subs not used: Nick Hamann, Bruno Andrade

Goals: Dan Holman (11, 60), John Goddard (58)

Cautions: none

Attendance: 1,155

My MOTM: Dan Holman. There were great performances all over the pitch, with Kadell Daniel, John Goddard and Terell Thomas pushing him close, but Dan’s opener put the Cards on the way to victory, and a cracking second – Woking’s third - put the game to bed.
FC Halifax Town LINEUP
WOKING LINEUP
1Jake Cole
2Jake Caprice
3Chris Arthur
5Brian Saah
22Terell Thomas
4Mark Ricketts ('85)
7Joey Jones
8Keiran Murtagh ('87)
16Kadell Daniel
11John Goddard
20Dan Holman ('68)
BENCH
18Nick Hamann
12Godfrey Poku ('85)
23Jimmy Keohane ('87)
15Bruno Andrade
10Giuseppe Sole ('68)

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