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3:00pm - MondayMon 28th DecemberDec 2015
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Woking
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Boreham Wood
Boreham Wood

Cards target second holiday win

Brian Caffarey
9:42pm, Sat 26th Dec 2015
Woking v Boreham Wood
Vanarama National League
3pm on Monday 28 December 2015

The Cards got off to a great start to their holiday programme with a 1-0 win at Aldershot Town this afternoon, lifting them to only five points short of the play-offs after their sixth win in their last seven games. Their opponents on Monday, Boreham Wood, also won and are sure to provide a tough test for Garry Hill’s side. Come on down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium to cheer on the Cards!

WOKING

John Goddard’s first half goal this afternoon, his twelfth of the season, secured a second successive win for the Cards at the Rec, bucking the historical trend between the two clubs. How nice it would be to do the double over our neighbours in a week’s time! But the Cards need to put those thoughts aside and focus on beating the Wood on Monday.

After an injury-hit first half of the season Garry Hill has had the benefit in recent games of being able to field a settled side. He’s also had the luxury of being able to bring on, as substitutes, Keiran Murtagh, returning from injury, and Gez Sole, back from his loan spell at Basingstoke Town, and Chris Arthur.

BOREHAM WOOD

The Wood have a number of talented players in their squad and it is perhaps surprising that they have found themselves slipping into the bottom four in recent weeks. Their 1-0 win today at home to Braintree Town lifted them above Welling United into 20th place.

Keeper James Russell pulled off some terrific saves in the recent FA Trophy tie (see below); the defence, including the experienced David Stephens and Scott Doe, looked very solid, especially in the air; and the midfield is particularly strong, with Conor Clifford and Clovis Kamdjo patrolling the central midfield and Anthony Jeffrey (scorer today) and Mauro Vilhete providing pace and trickery on the wings. If the Wood have a weakness, though, it is in failing to score enough goals, with only 24 scored in 26 games. But, to illustrate their defensive strengths, they have conceded only 30: four fewer than Woking.

ADMISSION PRICES

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

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 reflections on a topsy-turvy season so far and a celebration of all the Christmas festivities which have taken place around the Club. 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

Boreham Wood 1 Woking 2
FA Trophy 1st Round
12 December 2015

The Cards were perhaps a bit fortunate to be spared a replay in this recent Trophy First Round tie. The Wood had the better of the first half, with Conor Clifford and Clovis Kamdjo particularly influential in midfield, and looked good value at half-time for the 1-0 lead given to them in the 8th minute by the powerful Mustafa Tiryaki, who had fired through a group of players after the Cards had failed to clear a corner.

But, much to Garry Hill’s delight, the Cards fought back in the second half, equalising with a superbly-taken back-post volley from Brian Saah before substitute Gez Sole scored the winner with a wickedly-deflected free-kick in added time. Jake Cole, though, had to pull off a tremendous save before the end to preserve the Cards’ lead.

Boreham Wood: James Russell, Scott Doe, Callum Reynolds, Luke Howell (Charlie MacDonald 67), Conor Clifford, Clovis Kamdjo, Anthony Jeffrey, Mauro Vilhete (Ricky Shakes 71), Mustafa Tiryaki, David Stephens, Joe Devera

Unused subs: Danny Woodards, Junior Morias, Billy Clifford

Goal: Mustafa Tiryaki 8

Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice, Joey Jones, Brian Saah, Cameron Norman, Bruno Andrade (Keiran Murtagh 79), Mark Ricketts, Matt Robinson, John Goddard (Jimmy Keohane 90), Joe Quigley, Dan Holman (Giuseppe Sole 89)

Unused subs: Chris Arthur, Nick Hamann

Goals: Brian Saah 63, Giuseppe Sole 90

Attendance: 275

COMING UP

No Woking fan will want to miss the return leg of the Christmas/New Year ‘double’ against the Shots. So, make sure you’ve got 3pm on Saturday 2 January 2016 firmly in your new diary! Round up family and friends too for a great afternoon out at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Come on, you Cards!

Cards held to frustrating home draw

Glen Harrington
7:54pm, Mon 28th Dec 2015
Woking 0 Boreham Wood 0
The Vanarama National League
December 28th 2015

The Cards extended their unbeaten run to five games in all competitions, although the home side will undoubtedly be disappointed not to have come away with all three points against their relegation-threatened opponents.

In a tight and tense game of few chances, it was the two goalkeepers who emerged with the most credit, as 'man of the match' Jake Cole (pictured) and his opposite number James Russell both made a couple of important saves to keep the game goalless – Woking’s first 0-0 draw since January.

It was the hosts who just shaded the game, particularly in the second-half, with Russell doing well to get down low to his left and deny substitute Giuseppe Sole – who must have thought his header was destined to be the winner, two weeks on from his decider against the same opposition in the FA Trophy.

However, the visitors put in a determined display which belied their lowly position in the league table, and might have taken more from the game had Cole not been alert enough to palm away Mustafa Tiryaki’s ferocious first-half shot.

Garry Hill and Steve Thompson named an unchanged team for the fifth game in succession – despite this match coming just 48 hours on from the win over local rivals Aldershot Town – and the tiredness was showing for both teams as the game wore on.
Woking had the better of the early chances, with Matt Robinson and Joe Quigley both forcing saves from Russell, but the Cards were too often let down by the final delivery into the box – with Bruno Andrade finding the going particularly tough down the right-hand flank.

Tiryaki went close for the visitors before the home side once again got back on top, with the ever-dangerous Dan Holman finding some space for the first time and lashing a shot just over the bar from 30 yards out.

The striker, with 17 goals to his name already this season, had an unusually quiet afternoon – but did have the ball in the net two minutes before the break, getting his head to an Andrade free-kick, only to see the linesman’s flag raised for offside.

Half-time: Woking 0 Boreham Wood 0

Woking’s hopes of a fifth successive victory suffered a blow just ten minutes into the second-half as Quigley, arguably the Cards’ best outlet during the first-half, was forced off with a knock that he’d picked up earlier in the afternoon – Giuseppe Sole coming on as his replacement.

Cameron Norman also limped off after a heavy tackle, with Chris Arthur replacing him, and it was the second of these changes which gave the Cards a bit more of an attacking presence on the left-hand side, taking some of the pressure away from Andrade on the opposite flank – the powerful defender going close with one ambitious long range effort.

For the most part though, the two defences held firm, with Scott Doe and Callum Reynolds doing well to deny Holman as he attempted to worm his way through for a shot midway through the second-half, while Joey Jones and Brian Saah – supported well by Mark Ricketts just in front of them – continued to stand up well to the threat of the towering Tiryaki and the pacey Anthony Jeffrey.

It was Tiryaki who had the visitor’s best second-half chance – with an ambitious chip dropping just over the top of the Woking crossbar – although Ricky Shakes will have been disappointed not to have done better with a header from Jeffrey’s fine cross.

There was still time for Sole to be denied by Russell as Woking launched a late onslaught, while fellow substitute Keiran Murtagh also caused problems with a succession of dangerous crosses, twice forcing the Wood goalkeeper to punch clear under pressure.

As it was, both teams will have to make do with a point, a result which is likely to satisfy both managers following Boxing Day wins. Garry will no doubt be slightly disappointed not to have seen his team grab a late winner to keep up the momentum ahead of Saturday’s return game with Aldershot, but with the Cards now up to seventh place, there’s plenty of reasons to be positive heading into the New Year.

Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice, Cameron Norman (Chris Arthur 60), Joey Jones, Brian Saah, Mark Ricketts (c), Matthew Robinson (Keiran Murtagh 71), Bruno Andrade, John Goddard, Dan Holman, Joe Quigley (Giuseppe Sole 55)

Subs not used: Jimmy Keohane, Nick Hamann

Bookings: Mark Ricketts 80

Boreham Wood: James Russell, Ben Nunn, Dan Woodards, Scott Doe, Callum Reynolds, Sam Cox, Conor Clifford, Ricky Shakes, Mauro Vilhete (Luke Howell 19), Anthony Jeffrey, Mustafa Tiryaki

Subs not used: Charlie MacDonald, Junior Morias, Billy Clifford, Preston Edwards

Bookings: Anthony Jeffrey 64, Callum Reynolds 90

Attendance: 2,097

Sponsor's MOTM: Jake Cole – made one fine stop to deny Tiryaki midway through the first-half, and although he was rarely threatened thereafter, he put in a faultless display to ensure a clean sheet.
WOKING LINEUP
1Jake Cole
2Jake Caprice
26Cameron Norman ('60)
5Brian Saah
7Joey Jones
4Mark Ricketts
14Matt Robinson ('71)
15Bruno Andrade
11John Goddard
20Dan Holman
19Joe Quigley ('55)
BENCH
18Nick Hamann
3Chris Arthur ('60)
8Keiran Murtagh ('71)
23Jimmy Keohane
10Giuseppe Sole ('55)
Boreham Wood LINEUP

Woking 0 - 0 Boreham Wood (Garry Hill Interview)

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