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Cards look for pre-Christmas points haul

Brian Caffarey
7:27pm, Thu 17th Dec 2015
Gateshead v Woking
3pm on Saturday 19 December 2015

The Cards travel to Gateshead on Saturday in good spirits on the back of three wins in their last four games and with the side looking more stable than it has done for some while. Woking have a decent record at the International Stadium and Cards fans will be hoping that the side will be able to get something from this game to set them up nicely for the Christmas/New Year encounters with the Shots and Boreham Wood.


The Cards were perhaps fortunate to come away with a win at Boreham Wood last Saturday in the FA Trophy, with Gez Sole’s deflected free-kick securing victory in added time. But they had staged enough of a revival in the second half to deserve at least a draw and Garry Hill took understandable pleasure in the fact that for the first time this season they had recovered from being a goal down.

With Keiran Murtagh and Chris Arthur returning from injuries, Garry has an unusually long list of names to choose from but might well be tempted to stick with the same side that started against Lincoln City and Boreham Wood.


The Tynesiders lost highly-rated manager Gary Mills to Wrexham over the summer, appointing Malcolm Crosby in his place. Their season started promisingly with five wins, one draw and one defeat in August, became less comfortable in September and reached crisis point in October when the Heed won only one of seven league and cup games, with defeats including a 2-1 loss at home to Worcester City in the FA Cup. Matters got even worse in November, the Tynesiders being beaten 4-0 at Wrexham and then losing 4-1 at home to FC Halifax Town on 21 November. Crosby was then sacked and, ironically, Neil Aspin, who had only recently been dismissed by FC Halifax Town, was appointed a few days later. Since then Gateshead have beaten Chester at home and Kidderminster away (the latter being Aspin’s first game in charge) but have also lost at home to improving Southport. On Tuesday night they beat Stocksbridge Park Steels 4-1 at home in a postponed FA Trophy tie.

Rather like Woking, the Heed’s early season form means that, even after a very poor run, they are not far off the play-off places, sitting in 10th position, one place and three points ahead of the Cards and only five points behind Grimsby Town in fifth spot. The Heed’s home form has been their biggest weakness: they have won four, drawn three and lost five in the league at the International Stadium, scoring 16 goals and conceding 20.

The Heed have a capable keeper in Sam Russell and two very experienced defenders in Ben Clark and Craig Baxter, with the latter a real threat with his long throws into the penalty box. Wingers Adam Wrightson and CJ Hamilton, who is on loan from Sheffield United, provide pace on the flanks, while ex-Torquay United’s Ryan Bowman is the best known striker.


The International Stadium
Neilson Road
Tyne and Wear
NE10 0EF

Official website:

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

By car

Take the A1(M) to its junction with the A194(M), just north of Washington Services. Take the A194(M) to the end of the motorway. At the roundabout turn left onto the A184 towards Gateshead. The International Stadium is on the right after about three miles. Car parking is available at the ground.

By train

There are frequent trains from London KX to Newcastle, from where you can take the Metro to Gateshead. The 11.00 would get you to Newcastle at 13.49. Trains back are approximately on the hour and half-hour. The stadium has its own Metro stop, which is only five minutes’ walk away. Look up or for details of train times and prices.


Tickets purchased on the day are priced at:

Adults: £15
Concessions: £10
16-17/Students: £8
U16: £3

There is a reduction of £1 (apart from the U16 price) if purchased online in advance (, with tickets being picked up on the day.

Woking fans will be in the all-seater, covered East Stand.


Woking 3 Gateshead 0
11 April 2015

The Cards, sitting in 7th place in the table, went into this match knowing that, following a disappointing draw at home to Welling and defeat at Dover over Easter, they now had only an outside chance of making the play-offs with three games to go. The Tynesiders, losing play-off finalists the previous season, travelled with even fewer hopes of bridging the gap and this comprehensive defeat put those to bed.

The Cards took the lead in spectacular fashion in the 7th minute with another wonder strike from Josh Payne, profiting from a knock-down by Scott Rendell after a flowing move. The Cards generally dominated the game, benefitting too from some uncertain goalkeeping from the young Joel Dixon on loan from Sunderland, and added a second in the 23rd minute when Rendell prodded home after Joe McNerney had managed to get on the end of a cross. The Heed, though, playing some nice passing football to match Woking’s, came back into the game and were awarded a penalty for handball just before half-time. Fortunately for the Cards, Jake Cole produced a superb save to foil Alex Rodman.

Yemi Odubade continued to cause problems for the Heed defence in the second half and was up-ended by Ben Clarke after another mistake by keeper Dixon. With Scott Rendell off the field, Josh Payne stepped up to make it 3-0, whilst Clarke departed. The Cards might have gained another penalty in added time when Kevin Betsy was taken out but the referee perhaps decided the Heed defence had suffered enough for one afternoon.

Woking : Jake Cole, Adam Newton, Chris Arthur, Joe McNerney, Mark Ricketts(c), Josh Payne, Keiran Murtagh, John Goddard (Manny Oyeleke 81), Kevin Betsy, Scott Rendell (James Clarke 56), Yemi Odubade (Charles Banya 84)

Unused subs: Michael Crowe, Giuseppe Sole

Goals: Josh Payne 7, 67 (pen), Scott Rendell 20

Gateshead: Joel Dixon, Jamie Chandler, James Curtis, Jon Shaw(c), Josh Gillies (Ben Clark 46), Rob Ramshaw, Craig Baxter, Michael Rankine, Alex Rodman (Carl Finnigan 52), Matty Pattison, Kevin Sainte-Luce (Tom Allan 65)

Unused subs: Adam Bartlett, Jake Orrell

Sent off: Ben Clark

Attendance: 1,889


The Cards make the short trip to local rivals Aldershot Town on Boxing Day. Ring or email ( the Club Shop to check if there are any places left on the Cards Trust coach. On Monday 28 December the Cards entertain Boreham Wood and on Saturday 2 January the Cards stage the return game against the Shots. All games have a 3pm kick-off.

Come on, you Cards!

Five-star Cards start Christmas season with a cracker on Tyneside

Malcolm Wyatt
9:00am, Sun 20th Dec 2015
Gateshead 1 Woking 5
Vanarama National League
19th December 2015

A first-half Dan Holman double paved the way for a mighty victory for Garry Hill’s Woking at the International Stadium, on an unseasonably mild day when some classy visitors’ finishing capped an assured display.

But while the Surrey visitors climbed above their hosts to 10th place in the process, it wasn’t all one-way traffic, and for much of the first half this compelling clash was fairly evenly contested.

On-loan striker Holman set the ball rolling, twice giving his side the lead and unlucky not to get a hat-trick, with several more half-chances created before he succumbed to injury 20 minutes from time.

There were several other Cardinal stars on the day too, not least inspirational playmakers Bruno Andrade and Jake Caprice (pictured), who both helped run the Heed ragged.
Woking were ahead within three minutes, a couple of early corners leading to Andrade playing in the in-form Holman, who back-heeled home after great build-up play on the right flank.

The first half was pretty much an end-to-end affair, and after Cards' keeper Jake Cole denied Danny Johnson then blocked a Paddy McLoughlin effort from a Craig Baxter cross, the hosts levelled on 17 minutes, with McLaughlin on target this time from the tricky Adam Wrightson's cross, the visitors’ defending a little suspect.

Neil Aspin’s side remained in the ascendency, McLoughlin further testing Cole from distance while Wrightson continued to prove a nuisance with his pace down the right.
Andrade looked sharp at the other end, and after a move also involving Joey Jones and Joe Quigley, the latter saw his effort come back off the underside of the bar, the keeper getting the better of him from the rebound.

Vital touches from Jones and Brian Saah in defence followed before a painful shoulder injury led to Wrightson’s withdrawal on the half-hour. And the hosts never really looked as dynamic from that point.

By then, the home crowd were calling for Cameron Norman’s dismissal following an early yellow card, but the ref was unmoved and in time Woking settled again.

Holman went down in the penalty area after a through-ball from John Goddard in his 100th Cards performance, while home sub George Honeyman was denied by the same player at the other end.

Jones went on a marauding run but couldn’t execute his final ball, while Matt Robinson was booked for a challenge from behind, Jordan Cranston’s resultant free-kick coming to nothing.

The next home attack ended with a skyward finish from Sheffield United loanee CJ Hamilton, who wouldn’t see beyond half-time, and then four minutes before the break Woking were ahead again, Holman finding the top-left corner from the near post with an outstretched boot, following a short-corner routine on the right and an Andrade delivery.

And before the half was up, Holman was denied by an offside flag after a neat Quigley pass, then twice more missed out, Cole then having to palm away Honeyman’s sweet finish just before the turnaround.

Half-time: Gateshead 1 Woking 2

Amid a heavy drizzle as the skies darkened and the teams returned, Andrade was soon causing further home flutters with a fine centre, Holman only just missing out.

A great ball followed from skipper Mark Ricketts to Quigley, who drew home goalie Shaun McDonald but couldn’t pass him, while from the next Andrade centre, Holman couldn’t get a strong enough connection.

Caprice carried on his good work from before the interval and denied the next home attack, while on the break Holman went on a mesmeric run and won a free-kick, with Cranston booked, from which Norman curled around the wall but into the side-netting.

Caprice then won a corner on the right, with Holman almost in from Andrade’s delivery, the last defender getting enough of a touch to clear.

But Woking’s third goal arrived on 68 minutes, Andrade getting the goal his efforts deserved, firing powerfully home from the middle of the penalty area after losing his marker.

Quigley seemed odds-on for the next after another great Caprice cross, but was offside, while Cole made a fine reaction save to cut out from Gus Mafuta following a counter-attack.

After Saah put his best foot forward to stop the next Heed surge, a fourth visitors’ goal was added in the 77th minute, sub Giuseppe Sole – on for Holman - playing Caprice down the right, the latter’s fine delivery finished with aplomb by midfielder Robinson, the 'keeper given no chance.

The next home corner was competently dealt, with Cole well protected, while Andrade drilled just wide of the left post after further good work by Caprice.

Johnson looked to be in for a consolation goal as his side fought on, but Cole was equal to his finish, and then in added time Quigley completed the rout, advancing down the inside-right channel before firing past the last defender and beyond the keeper from a Sole lay-off, the rain still falling but Woking’s small band of travelling fans in jubilant mode, saluting their five-goal heroes.

Gateshead: Shaun MacDonald, Craig Baxter, James Curtis, Ben Clark ©, Rob Ramshaw, Gus Mafuta, Jordan Cranston, Danny Johnson, Adam Wrightson (George Honeyman 31), Paddy McLaughlin, CJ Hamilton (Nathan Buddle 46)

Subs not used: Sam Russell, Dean Briggs, Martin Smith

Goals: Paddy McLaughlin (17)

Bookings: Jordan Cranston (58), Ben Clark (63)

Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice, Brian Saah, Matt Robinson (Keiran Murtagh 84), Cameron Norman (Chris Arthur 81), Joey Jones, Bruno Andrade, Mark Ricketts (c), John Goddard, Joe Quigley, Dan Holman (Giuseppe Sole 70)

Subs not used: Nick Hamann, Jimmy Keohane

Goals: Dan Holman (3, 41), Bruno Andrade (68), Matt Robinson (77), Joe Quigley (90+2)

Bookings: Cameron Norman (19), Matt Robinson (37)

Attendance: 573

My MOTM: Jake Caprice’s pace and accuracy from the right channel proved to be one of many telling factors as Woking put their Tyneside hosts to the sword.
Gateshead LINEUP
1Jake Cole
2Jake Caprice
26Cameron Norman ('82)
5Brian Saah
7Joey Jones
4Mark Ricketts
14Matt Robinson ('84)
15Bruno Andrade
11John Goddard
20Dan Holman ('70)
19Joe Quigley
18Nick Hamann
3Chris Arthur ('82)
8Keiran Murtagh ('84)
23Jimmy Keohane
10Giuseppe Sole ('70)

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