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Woking
Woking
3 - 1

Lincoln City
Lincoln City

Cards face tough Imps challenge

Brian Caffarey
8:51am, Thu 3rd Dec 2015
Woking v Lincoln City
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 5 December 2015

After the disappointment of a narrow defeat at Barrow last Saturday Garry Hill will be hoping that his side can produce another home performance like the one that vanquished Tranmere Rovers 4-1 ten days ago. But this will be a tough ask against fourth-placed Lincoln City, who are unbeaten in their last five league games, including away wins at Aldershot Town and Torquay United. Come on down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium to cheer on the Cards!

WOKING

After quickly levelling after half-time at wind-swept Barrow last Saturday the odds all seemed to be on another Woking win, so it was a bitter pill to swallow to travel back 350 miles home on the end of a 2-1 defeat. Set pieces were again the Cards’ undoing.

But the previous wins at Chester and at home to Tranmere seem to have stopped the rot, with the side generally appearing more solid and showing greater self-belief, so Garry will be looking to his side to carve out another home win against the Imps.

LINCOLN CITY

Manager Chris Moyses, who arrived at Sincil Bank in November last year, has guided the Imps to an encouraging first half of the season. They now sit in fourth place with 40 points from 23 games. Away from home they have won six, drawn two and lost four – an identical record to Woking’s home form. Their most recent away games have produced a 2-1 win at Aldershot Town, a 3-1 victory at Torquay United and, most recently, a 1-1 draw at Boreham Wood. Last Saturday they drew 1-1 at home to Welling United, dominating possession and chances but having to rely on a second-half equaliser from Jack Muldoon against the stubborn Wings to share the points.

The Imps have an experienced-looking squad, including keeper Paul Farman, defender Chris Bush (ex-Gateshead and Hereford amongst other clubs), midfielders Craig Stanley (ex-Aldershot Town) and long-serving skipper Alan Power, and strikers Jon Nolan, Matt Rhead and Jack Muldoon (formerly with Rochdale). There was much publicity recently around Liam Hearn’s decision to move to Barrow on loan, with the striker making his debut last week against the Cards, but Lincoln have recently added ex-Kidderminster striker Nathan Blissett, on loan from Bristol Rovers.

ADMISSION PRICES

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

The game will be segregated, with away fans occupying the uncovered Chris Lane Terrace and part of the Leslie Gosden Stand.

NEW YEAR RAFFLE

Please support the Cards Trust’s New Year Raffle, with tickets at £1 and a first prize of £1,000 and more than 50 other prizes. The raffle is aimed at raising money to help offset the medical costs incurred by the Club as a result of all the injuries sustained this season. The draw will take place at half-time at the game against Aldershot Town on 2 January. Money and stubs have to be returned to the Club Shop by 31 December.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Another packed 64-page matchday programme includes a profile of Cards’ record appearance-holder and Geoff Chapple Lounge ‘guest of the day’, Brian Finn. Featuring too are a nostalgic look at a game in which Brian played, an interview with keeper Nick Hamann and a preview of the Community Christmas event on 16 December at the Laithwaite Community Stadium. In addition, there’s a summary of what’s been going on at other National League clubs; and news from the Club Board and the Cards Trust, plus match previews, reports and the usual superb match action photos. Great value at only £3!

LAST TIME WE MET

Lincoln City 0 Woking 2
28 February 2015

A fine display from the Cards saw them dominate this match and, but for some over-elaboration in the second half and some excellent goalkeeping by Paul Farman, they might have won even more comfortably.

Woking took the lead in the 20th minute when the home defence was caught out by a long ball, Scott Rendell nodding home. On the stroke of half-time Josh Payne was involved in a collision with Farman. After receiving treatment Payne rifled a tremendous free-kick into the top corner.

The Cards never looked in trouble in the second half, with the home side rarely threatening.

Woking: Jake Cole, Mark Ricketts (Keiran Murtagh 87), Joe McNerney, James Clarke, Josh Payne, Scott Rendell, Kevin Betsy (Adam Newton 81), Yemi Odubade (Giuseppe Sole 77),Joey Jones, John Goddard, Chris Arthur

Unused subs: Andy Little, Charles Banya

Goals: Scott Rendell 20, Josh Payne 45

Caution: Joe McNerney 55

Attendance: 2,347

COMING UP

The Cards don’t have another scheduled home game till Monday 28 December when they play Boreham Wood. And it’s the Wood who are their next opponents when Garry Hill’s side travel there next Saturday in the First Round of the FA Trophy. Following on from that game, the Cards travel to Gateshead on Saturday 19 December and to Aldershot Town on Saturday 26 December. Don’t forget to book your coach places on Saturday for the trips to Boreham Wood and Aldershot.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. How about booking tickets for the Blues Brothers Tribute Night on Friday 18 December? See the news item on 1 December for more details.

Cards' wizardry bewitches Imps

Brian Caffarey
8:43pm, Sat 5th Dec 2015
Woking 3 Lincoln City 1
Vanarama National League
5 December 2015

Another superb home display saw Garry Hill’s side register an emphatic win over high-flying Lincoln City. Bruno Andrade, with some outrageous tricks, John Goddard and Dan Holman vied for the conjuror-in-chief title but there were fine performances throughout the side, with perhaps a special mention too to Matt Robinson, who caught the eye in midfield. Holman and Joe Quigley put the Cards two goals up by half-time, with Holman grabbing another, after a scintillating run and cross from Andrade, in the second half. The visitors got a late, somewhat fortunate, consolation goal before having a man sent off in extra-time.

Garry Hill decided not to chance Chris Arthur’s hamstring, switching the impressively reliable Cameron Norman to left back while Jake Caprice got the chance to shine at right back against his former club. A welcome sight was the return of Keiran Murtagh to the bench after his operation.

On a very blustery, gloomy afternoon, with the wind in their favour, the Cards kicked off towards the KRE and quickly showed their attacking intent as Holman fired a speculative effort over the bar with less than a minute gone. Andrade went even closer a couple of minutes later at the end of a fine move, involving Robinson and Goddard, with keeper Farman tipping the winger’s shot round the post.

But it was a short reprieve for the Imps for, in the 6th minute, Goddard’s clever footwork created an opening for Holman, who, with a sharp drag back, made space to smash the ball home to give the Cards an early lead.

The wonderfully industrious Holman threatened again in the 10th minute, after an excellent tackle by Robinson, with the sting being taken out of his shot by a defender.

The visitors’ first real threat came on the quarter-hour mark when Nathan Blissett stuck out a foot to divert a shot towards the Woking goal but there was not enough pace on the ball to seriously trouble Jake Cole.

The Cards continued to attack vigorously, with Robinson setting up Andrade for another searing run, which only faltered when Goddard misread his through ball.

At the other end, it became apparent that the Imps’ main goal threat would come from Bradley Wood’s long throws and, in the 19th minute, Blissett nearly succeeded in bundling the ball into the goal from one such launch.

Another superb Woking move saw more splendid interplay between Goddard, Robinson and Holman, with the last-named having the ball nicked off his toes just as goal number two seemed in his sights.

Next up was another pacy run by Andrade but this time the winger wasted the break, using Caprice as the dummy run but failing to make progress inside. After Joey Jones – who again looked wonderfully composed at centre back – had fired over the bar after a short free-kick routine, there was a scare at the other end as Jones and Cole got in a muddle, but the intervening Blissett could only head harmlessly out for a goal kick.

Holman, far from sated by the opening goal, did superbly on the half-hour mark to ride a tackle, advance and then shoot narrowly wide from distance. The second goal, however, was not far away. After Andrade had crossed rather aimlessly on one break, on the next, supplied by Robinson, he put in a fine low cross to Quigley, only a few yards out. The on-loan Bournemouth striker controlled the ball well and slammed it home to make it 2-0.

The Cards made it safely to half-time, with the only anxious moments coming when Goddard lost the ball in a dangerous position, Cole saving the resulting shot, and when Cole had to punch clear from a corner.

Half-time: Woking 2 Lincoln City 0

The concern now was whether a two-goal lead would be enough if the Imps profited from having the wind behind them. An early effort by Rhead went just wide but Holman went closer still after some slick play from Caprice and Andrade saw Holman’s goal-bound header cleared by a defender. A few minutes later both Holman and Goddard saw their shots blocked as the Cards sought a third goal to kill off their opponents.

That goal was so nearly achieved in the 51st minute. Once again, Holman managed to hold off a defender to win the ball initially and then went on an excellent run down Woking’s left. Perhaps he should have crossed to Robinson, who had made a great accompanying run into the box, but he chose to shoot, seeing the ball cannon off the inside of the far post and away to safety.

A succession of Bradley Wood throws, now wind assisted, tested the Woking defence, which remained impressively solid. Jones also found time to register the next Woking attempt on goal, heading down from a corner, only to see the ball cleared.

In the 58th minute Craig Stanley, who had just come on, came the closest so far for the visitors, firing off a snap shot which Cole could only beat away for a corner. Stanley’s next effort, with the outside of his foot, produced a more comfortable save for the Woking keeper.

Woking resumed their attacking play as a fine move started by Andrade in the 65th minute saw the overlapping Caprice fire in an inviting cross for the ever-tenacious Holman, whose shot was however saved by the Imps keeper. The pressure continued as Robinson, Holman and Goddard combined once more in clever interplay. But that was quickly capped by a thrilling third goal. Quigley supplied Andrade, who set off on a dazzling run, bemusing defenders with his clever footwork, before pulling back a terrific cross which Holman, from a couple of yards out, netted emphatically to the delight of the crowd in the Leslie Gosden Stand.

The three-goal lead looked a bit less comfortable when, in the 76th minute, Lincoln grabbed a goal back. A quickly-taken long throw saw the ball headed backwards by Rhead, whence it caught the wind and sailed over Cole and into the far corner of the Woking goal.

Holman very nearly restored the three-goal margin a few minutes later when, latching onto a through ball, he tried to delicately chip Farman but got the angle wrong. Goddard, free on the other side of the goal, might have been a better bet but you couldn’t blame Holman for going for goal himself.

Lincoln then pushed for a second goal and there were a couple of worrying moments as balls were thrown into the Woking box and a couple of clearances were scrambled away.
As four minutes of added time began Andrade capped a fine display with a stunning piece of skill in beating a defender and crossing for Goddard, who was unlucky to see his shot deflected over for a corner. The subsequent short corner routine ended with Goddard being bundled over and then stamped on by Beevers, who, to no one’s surprise other than, apparently, his own, was shown a red card.

Caprice then showed some clever footwork of his own before, with Goddard’s effort being tipped round the post and then, at the other end, Cole punching clear the final Lincoln corner.

Justifiably, Garry Hill’s side left the field to very warm applause from the Woking faithful, who had enjoyed another display full of commitment, skill and enterprise.

The win moves the Cards up to 11th place, six points behind fifth-placed Wrexham.

Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice, Joey Jones, Brian Saah, Cameron Norman, Bruno Andrade (Keiran Murtagh 95), Mark Ricketts, Matt Robinson, John Goddard, Joe Quigley, Dan Holman (Terell Thomas 89)

Unused subs: Nick Hamann, Kadell Daniel, Jimmy Keohane

Goals: Dan Holman 6 and 68, Joe Quigley 40

Booked: Cameron Norman, John Goddard

Lincoln City: Paul Farman, Bradley Wood, Luke Waterfall, Jack Muldoon, Alan Power (Craig Stanley 58), Matt Rhead, Terry Hawkbridge (Greg Tempest 45), Lee Beevers, Matt Sparrow, Callum Howe, Nathan Blissett (Conner Robinson 69)

Unused subs: Aiden Grant, Chris Bush

Goals: Matt Rhead 76

Sent Off: Lee Beevers

Booked: Bradley Wood, Matt Sparrow

Sponsors’ MOTM: Dan Holman (pictured)

Attendance: 1432

WOKING LINEUP
1Jake Cole
2Jake Caprice
26Cameron Norman
7Joey Jones
5Brian Saah
4Mark Ricketts
14Matt Robinson
15Bruno Andrade
11John Goddard
20Dan Holman
19Joe Quigley
BENCH
18Nick Hamann
22Terell Thomas
8Keiran Murtagh
23Jimmy Keohane
16Kadell Daniel
Lincoln City LINEUP

Woking 3 - 1 Lincoln City (Garry Hill Interview)

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