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Cards look to slay Dragons

Brian Caffarey
9:24am, Thu 15th Oct 2015
Woking v Wrexham
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 17 October 2015

The Cards take on Wrexham on Saturday afternoon hoping to build on their win at Halifax and their draw against Torquay by grabbing three points against a faltering Dragons side who’ve not won in their last six games. Come on down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium to cheer on Garry Hill’s side!


Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw against Torquay United was full of incident but most Cards fans will probably be disappointed that Garry Hill’s side did not make more of their early dominance, having taken a quick lead through a superb strike from Kadell Daniel. In the end the Cards had to thank Dan Holman for rescuing a point with another sharply-taken goal, his third in two matches, after they conceded early in the second half and then found themselves behind in the 77th minute from a penalty. Although the Cards themselves were denied what must surely be one of the clearest penalties most fans have ever seen, it must be said that their uneven display probably didn’t merit three points against a resilient and combative Torquay side who threatened to over-run Woking early in the second half.

Most of Woking’s problems seemed to stem from midfield, with Joey Jones limping periodically throughout the match and John Goddard taking a knock, whilst neither Keiran Murtagh nor Mark Ricketts looked fully fit, with the former also being inhibited by a yellow card, which in any event rules him out of Saturday’s match.

Woking’s game was certainly lifted once Bruno Andrade, with his pace and trickery, came off the bench in the second half.


Wrexham appointed the former Gateshead boss, Gary Mills, as their new manager in the summer but, as in many previous seasons, are finding it difficult to live up to the expectations befitting a club of its stature and history. They currently sit in 13th place in the table, one point above Woking following last night’s 3-3 draw at home to Guiseley, having played one more game. Mills, not surprisingly, was disappointed with the result, with a draw only being obtained from a late equaliser, saying that his side were conceding too many goals and might have to become a little ‘uglier’. Let’s hope we don’t see too much of that on Saturday!

This is the Dragons’ eighth season at this level and Gary Mills, who guided York City to a play-off final win in 2012, is hoping to succeed where his predecessors, Brian Little, Dean Saunders, Andy Morrell and Kevin Wilkin, all failed, by leading them back into the League.

Mills made a lot of changes in the summer, releasing the experienced and popular skipper Dean Keates, Andy Bishop and Neil Ashton amongst others. Among the many new faces were returning midfielder Lee Fowler, two recruits from Welling, Dominic Vose (scorer of two goals last night) and Jamal Fyfield, keeper Cameron Belford from Swindon and striker James Gray from Accrington. Two recent loan additions are 18 year-old striker Joe Quigley from AFC Bournemouth and midfielder Jon Nolan from Lincoln City.

Wrexham’s main weakness has been away from home, having won two, drawn one and lost five. Their last two trips have seen them taste defeat at Dover and Chester.


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U16s £5


A packed 64-page matchday programme on Saturday includes two very interesting interviews: one with in-form striker Dan Holman and the other with the head of Woking’s youth set-up, Scott Harrison. Read what Scott has to say about the efforts being made to bridge the gap between the Club’s Development Centre and the first team. 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.


Woking 1 Wrexham 1
12 November 2014

This match immediately followed the Cards’ hugely disappointing FA Cup exit at the Racecourse Ground in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup. Garry Hill got the reaction he wanted with a gutsy, energetic display.

The Cards, missing Josh Payne and Joe McNerney, dominated the first half, with Jack Marriott, returning to form, hitting the bar but found themselves a goal down just before the break when Andy Bishop headed home to give the visitors an undeserved lead.

Scott Rendell equalised shortly after the interval, his 13th goal of the season. Both sides had chances thereafter to snatch victory, with Jake Cole making two outstanding saves to foil Joe Clarke and Wes York, but a draw was probably a fair result in an entertaining game.

Woking: Jake Cole, Adam Newton, James Clarke, Mike Cestor, Chris Arthur, Kevin Betsy, Theo Lewis (John Nutter 94), Joey Jones, John Goddard, Scott Rendell, Jack Marriott (Giuseppe Sole 73)

Unused Substitutes: Aaron Howe, Reece Beckles, Ollie Taylor

Goal: Scott Rendell 47

Wrexham: Andy Coughlin, Mark Carrington, Neil Ashton, Manny Smith, Blaine Hudson, Joe Clarke, Elliot Durrell (Connor Jennings 71), Andy Bishop, Wes York, Jonny Hunt, James Pearson (Ross White 77)

Unused substitutes: Louis Moult, Dean Keates, Robbie Evans

Goal: Andy Bishop 45

Attendance: 1418 (158 Wrexham fans)


The Cards are away at Maidenhead United next Saturday (24 October) in the 4th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. A week later the Cards travel to Kidderminster Harriers in the league. Visit the Club Shop on Saturday to book your places on the Cards Trust coach to both games.

The next home league game is against Braintree Town on Tuesday 10 November.

If the Cards get through against Maidenhead Town, their 1st Round Proper tie in the FA Cup will be played on the weekend of 7/8 November.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. How about going along on Monday evening to support the young Cards in their FA Youth Cup 3rd Round Qualifying tie v Pagham? Kick-off is at 7.30pm and the price of admission is only £4 for adults and £2 for concessions/U16s.

Cards slip up at home

Brian Caffarey
8:32pm, Sat 17th Oct 2015
Woking 0 Wrexham 1
17 October 2015

This was a disappointing display against a side who had not won in six games and who did not have to play particularly well to come away with all the points. Woking were reduced to ten men when already 1-0 down and appeared to be denied yet another clear penalty but the game was still only in the balance thanks to some profligate finishing by the visitors and several fine saves from sponsors’ ‘man of the match’, Jake Cole. The result continued the Cards’ slide down the table since the heady early days of the season, with them now occupying 16th place in the table but still only six points off the play-off places.

Garry Hill made two enforced changes from the side which rescued a point against Torquay midweek, with Godfrey Poku and Jimmy Keohane coming in for Mark Ricketts (injured) and Keiran Murtagh (suspended). Poku competed well in midfield before giving way to Gez Sole in the second half but Keohane found it very hard to get into the game. Wrexham’s Dominic Vose, the game’s standout player, showed how much Woking missed a genuine playmaker in midfield, calmly holding the ball up and nearly always finding a colleague with an astute pass. He did much to bring cohesion to the visitors, while Woking rarely managed to get their passing game going and too many balls were hit high towards Dan Holman, shepherded as usual by towering defenders.

Woking started quite promisingly, with Kadell Daniel getting an early ‘sighter’ and then John Goddard and Holman seeing shots blocked. The game then settled down, with neither side showing great urgency and with efforts on goal either ‘easy meat’ for the keepers or going well wide. A couple of Woking corners around the quarter of an hour mark raised home fans’ hopes but came to nothing. After making a ‘hash’ of a punch Jake Cole then did well to grab a through ball just ahead of a Wrexham attacker and to stay in his area after a lofted pass had eluded Terell Thomas, who then showed his considerable promise with a superb covering interception in the box just as Kayden Jackson was about to pull the trigger. Play quickly switched to the other end as Joey Jones was nearly put through by Goddard, and Daniel fired off another effort from out on the Woking right but straight at the keeper.

By now, though, the visitors, after a slowish start, were beginning to look the more cohesive side, prompted by Vose, and it was he who created what proved to be the decisive goal in the 28th minute. From a throw-in on the Woking left he was able to hold off defenders and make his way into the box, slipping a clever ball through to Connor Jennings, who finished well into the far corner.

Daniel immediately responded with a fierce strike which the keeper could only parry away for a corner but the chances were then few and far between for Garry Hill’s side as a Wrexham side, growing in confidence, pressed for a second goal before half-time. On one or two occasions the Cards looked as though they might create something, usually through Goddard’s invention or Holman’s industry, but the Wrexham keeper wasn’t tested. His opposite number, however, had to pull off two superb saves in added time, first tipping a free-kick round the post and then getting a hand to a header from a corner before Vose went very close with another free-kick which whistled past Cole’s right-hand post. It was in this period that Saah picked up a harsh yellow card, which ultimately led to his dismissal midway through the second half.

Half-time: Woking 0 Wrexham 1

It was no great surprise to see Bruno Andrade starting the second half, although Kadell Daniel could perhaps consider himself a little unlucky to be the player to give way. As against Torquay on Tuesday night, much of the subsequent threat from Woking came from Andrade’s pace and trickery.

But Jackson should have added a second for Wrexham in the 52nd minute when he was slipped through only to sky the ball over the bar: one of a number of decent chances which he and Jennings spurned. A few minutes later Jake Cole had to make another important intervention as he managed to foil Vose as the latter raced through. Then Jennings, unmarked at a corner, had a free hit, which he side-footed over the bar, with another chance going begging shortly afterwards as he shot wide.

Woking’s frustrations were added to by some blatant time-wasting which the referee seemed reluctant to deal with firmly.

Saah’s foul in the 66th minute, as he tried to atone for an error, saw him receive a second yellow card, with Woking being reduced to ten men. Ironically, almost immediately, Woking created perhaps their best chance of the match as Goddard picked up a loose ball in midfield, releasing Keohane to his left, but the Irishman’s shot was blocked by the Wrexham keeper and the latter was able to catch the ball as it came down as he lay on the ground.

Garry Hill brought on Sole for Poku at this stage. After Jennings had scooped narrowly over, following a flowing Wrexham move, Woking produced a good move of their own, with Sole and Jake Caprice combining well before Goddard’s shot was blocked. Sole, too, tried his luck from further out before Garry Hill brought on Ben Pattie for Caprice in the 74th minute.

Andrade outfoxed the defenders not for the first time to fire in a stinging shot which the keeper could only parry away but Pattie was then offside as a subsequent cross came in.

Woking seemed to be playing at least as well with ten men as they had with eleven and in the 83rd minute ought probably to have been thrown a lifeline, however undeserved on the balance of play. Goddard wriggled his way through and as he entered the area appeared to be tripped. While not as clear cut as the incident on Tuesday, it was still a huge surprise to see the referee wave away the vociferous appeals for a penalty.

The referee added four minutes but the Cards did not really look like grabbing a late equaliser in normal or added time. Holman had a snapshot but from too far out to trouble the Wrexham keeper and Andrade tricked his way into the area once more but only to see his shot blocked. It was the visitors’ Jennings who looked more likely to score as he raced through on Jake Cole. The latter went down in similar fashion to the penalty he conceded on Tuesday but this time he did exceptionally well to fingertip the ball away from Jennings’ feet.

While there were glimpses of fine play from some individuals this afternoon, the Cards did not look like a cohesive team. There were few extensive passing moves and too much apparent reliance on the hoped-for flair from Goddard, Daniel or Andrade or a rescuing snap shot from Holman, who did not receive very good service. Woking fans will be hoping that the malaise that seems to have afflicted the side in the last few weeks will not carry through to next Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Maidenhead: a decent Cup run might be just the fillip the side and fans need.

Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice (Ben Pattie 74), Chris Arthur, Brian Saah, Terell Thomas, Joey Jones, John Goddard, Jimmy Keohane, Godfrey Poku (Giuseppe Sole 68), Kadell Daniel (Bruno Andrade 46), Dan Holman

Unused subs: Nick Hamman, Craig Braham-Barrett

Booked: John Goddard

Sent off: Brian Saah (two cautions)

Wrexham: Cameron Belford, Javan Vidal, Sean Newton, Manny Smith, Blaine Hudson, Jamal Fyfield, Dominic Vose, Connor Jennings, Mark Carrington, Kayden Jackson (Wes York 74), Rob Evans (Liam Walsh 44) (Jon Nolan 69)

Unused subs: Ross White, Joe Quigley

Goal: Connor Jennings 28

Booked: Liam Walsh, Dominic Vose

Attendance: 1778

Sponsors’ MOTM: Jake Cole (pictured)

1Jake Cole
2Jake Caprice ('75)
3Chris Arthur
5Brian Saah
22Terell Thomas
7Joey Jones
12Godfrey Poku ('68)
23Jimmy Keohane
16Kadell Daniel ('46)
11John Goddard
20Dan Holman
18Nick Hamann
25Craig Braham-Barrett
15Bruno Andrade ('46)
10Giuseppe Sole ('68)
19Ben Pattie ('75)
Wrexham LINEUP

Woking 0 - 1 Wrexham (Steve Thompson Interview)

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