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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 2nd JanuaryJan 2016
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Woking
Woking
2 - 1

Aldershot Town
Aldershot Town

Cards seek historic double over Shots

Brian Caffarey
7:55am, Thu 31st Dec 2015
Woking v Aldershot Town
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 2 January 2016

The Cards have never done the ‘double’ over the Shots and, indeed, have lost to them in the last four matches between the teams at Kingfield. Could this be the season the tables are finally turned? Come on down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Saturday to cheer on Garry Hill’s side to what we hope will be an historic win!

WOKING

The Cards had to be satisfied with a point on Monday against Boreham Wood, following their 1-0 win over the Shots at the EBB Stadium two days previously. A very solid Wood defence ensured that few chances fell to Woking, with the best, a header from substitute Gez Sole in the closing stages, being superbly saved by the Wood’s impressive keeper, Jack Russell. Garry Hill had no complaints about the result, preferring to emphasise the latest stage of his side’s revival, going into the New Year in 7th place in the table after being 17th as recently as mid-November.

Several of Garry Hill’s side, including Dan Holman, Cameron Norman, Joe Quigley and Matt Robinson, have loans which are due to end with this game, so – if they are leaving – let’s hope that they can sign off with a flourish.

ALDERSHOT TOWN

The Shots had plenty of possession in the Boxing Day game but failed to seriously test Jake Cole – a familiar problem for Aldershot this season: the Shots have managed to score more than one goal on only one occasion in their last 15 league and cup games. Nevertheless, the Cards will want to try to restrict the number of crosses coming in since the Shots cannot surely be quite as wasteful again.

Barry Smith’s side gained a creditable 1-1 draw at Eastleigh on Monday, conceding an early penalty but equalising with one of their own, converted by Sam Hatton. Smith made one change up front for that game, Charlie Walker replacing Richard Brodie.

The Shots have fared better on their travels this season than at home, having won five, drawn three and lost five, scoring 18 goals and conceding 21.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults - £18
Over 65s, Students with NUS card, forces personnel and MOD civilian staff with recognised ID - £13
U16s - £5

400 CLUB

This match sees the launch of a new fundraising venture by the Cards Trust. Trust members and others can join the 400 Club for only £1 a month, with prizes drawn every quarter and a bumper prize every Christmas. Look out for details in the matchday programme and elsewhere or email John Hooker on john.hooker@cardstrust.co.uk for an application form.

NEW YEAR RAFFLE

Don’t forget to return your money and stubs to the Club Shop before kick-off for the Cards Trust’s New Year Raffle. The draw will take place at half-time with a first prize of £1,000 and 50 other prizes. All proceeds go towards helping the Club defray medical costs for players injured this season.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Another packed 64-page matchday programme includes: an in-depth look at the fierce and eventful rivalry between the Shots and the Cards, recalling some of the key games; captain Mark Ricketts’s insights into how the side went about recovering from their recent slump in form; and Malcolm Wyatt’s reflections on watching the Cards in northern climes. 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

Aldershot Town 0 Woking 1
26 December 2015

For the second year running the Cards managed to carve out a narrow win at the EBB Stadium. This time, instead of a miraculous Gez Sole free-kick, it was a clever move just before half-time between Dan Holman and John Goddard, with the latter finishing smartly for his twelfth goal of the season,that took the points back to Surrey.

In a game of few chances, the Shots had plenty of possession but rarely looked like troubling Jake Cole, with any headers that were on target dropping safely into his arms. The Cards generally looked sharper when they did attack and should have extended their lead when Matt Robinson blazed over midway through the second half. The defence, meanwhile, superbly marshalled by ‘man of the match’ Joey Jones and Brian Saah, soaked up the Shots’ pressure and stifled most attacking moves.

WOKING: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice, Mark Ricketts, Brian Saah, Bruno Andrade, John Goddard (Giuseppe Sole 84), Matt Robinson, Bruno Andrade (Keiran Murtagh 69), Joe Quigley (Chris Arthur 77), Dan Holman, Cameron Norman

Goal: John Goddard (40)

Unused subs: Nick Hamann, Jimmy Keohane

ALDERSHOT TOWN: Phil Smith, Joe Oastler, Sean McGinty, Sam Hatton (Dan Walker 72), Jim Stevenson, Tom Richards, Cheye Alexander, Omar Beckles, Jake Gallagher, Richard Brodie, Daniel Carr (Charlie Walker 63)

Unused subs: Dan Thomas, Damon Lathrope, Luke Oliver

Attendance: 3150 (710 Woking fans)

COMING UP

The Cards travel to Wrexham next Saturday (9 January). (The Cards Trust are offering a special reduction for members for this trip, so make sure you book at the Club Shop on Saturday.) The following Saturday (16 January) Woking are at home to Maidenhead United in the 2nd Round of the FA Trophy. The Cards’ next home league game is on Saturday 23 January when they entertain FC Halifax Town.


Come on, you Cards!

Cards do the double over the Shots

Brian Caffarey
9:40pm, Sat 2nd Jan 2016
Woking 2 Aldershot Town 1
Vanarama National League
2 January 2016

The Cards achieved their first-ever ‘double’ over the Shots this afternoon but it was a close-run thing in the end as a spirited Aldershot side hammered at Woking’s door in the closing stages.

Woking had taken the lead midway through the first half when Joe Quigley (pictured) had swept home after some typically skilful play from John Goddard had created the opening. Shortly before half-time the Cards added a second as Quigley reciprocated, nodding the ball on for Goddard to finish coolly past the Shots’ Phil Smith. The visitors pulled a goal back in the 74th minute when substitute Rhys Browne hammered home after Jake Cole had blocked the initial effort from Jim Stevenson. Corners and free-kicks rained in on the Woking goalmouth towards the end, with the woodwork saving Garry Hill’s side with two minutes to go, but the Cards held on for a win which puts them only three points off the play-off places.

On a damp, grey afternoon, with a slippery pitch still scuffing up standing water in places, both sides lined up unchanged from the sides which had started their respective drawn games the previous Monday. In a bright opening, Bruno Andrade broke quickly down the right and also headed wide, whilst Daniel Carr hit a rising effort over the bar from distance.

With Mark Ricketts and Matt Robinson both working effectively in midfield, the Shots were largely kept well at bay, but, at the other end, an Omar Beckles slip nearly allowed Goddard in on goal, Holman headed over and a slick Woking move broke down when Goddard momentarily lost control of the ball. From the resulting corner the Cards nearly gained a very early lead, Joey Jones’s downward header being scrambled away at the foot of the post before Smith seized it.

After the lively Charlie Walker had tried another effort from distance the game settled down for a while, with generally scrappy play in midfield, with neither side being able to conjure any clear opportunities.

In the 20th minute Jones shot well over from long range, while the visitors’ Carr crossed for Stevenson to shoot not far over the Woking bar.

In the 25th minute, however, a touch of magic from Goddard produced the crucial opening goal. In typical fashion, he feinted to turn inside, leaving two defenders in his wake as he crossed low for Quigley to side-foot home from about ten yards out.

A few minutes later there were premature celebrations from the home fans for goal number two as Quigley volleyed in from a free-kick, only for the linesman’s flag to intervene, much to the delight of the Shots fans.

Andrade then distinguished himself in a defensive role, chasing back impressively to foil an Aldershot counter-attack.

The Shots came closest to equalising in the 37th minute when a cross by substitute Dan Walker, on for Sam Hatton, was met by Charlie Walker but Cole was equal to the test, tipping his header over the bar. The resulting corner saw Charlie Walker, from a very tight angle beyond the far post, loop the ball onto the top of the crossbar as it went on its way out of play.

A minute later Holman robbed a defender on the bye-line. Goddard was free in the centre of the goalmouth but Holman’s chip – whether intended for him or as an effort on goal – hit the side-netting via a deflection.

After Jones and Andrade had both defended stoutly Woking attacked again. Goddard’s free-kick produced an excellent save from Smith as he clawed the ball away from under his bar. But it was only a short reprieve for the Shots for, on the stroke of half-time, Jones played the ball forward to Quigley, who nodded on. Holman was possibly marginally offside at this point but it was Goddard who scampered through and advanced to calmly slot the ball past Smith to give the Cards an arguably flattering 2-0 lead at half-time.

Half-time: Woking 2 Aldershot Town 0

Holman – presumably injured – did not reappear for the second half, Gez Sole coming on to replace him. The opening quarter of an hour was pretty comfortable for the home side, with relatively little threat from the visitors. Robinson had two chances to put the game beyond their reach. Seizing on a nice lay-off from the energetic Sole, he shot narrowly wide. Then a quick break out of defence saw Quigley play the ball out wide to Andrade. With the Shots’ defence at sixes and sevens, Andrade crossed early into the path of the on-rushing Robinson but he failed to connect cleanly – in fairness, arriving at speed on a very greasy pitch – and the chance was lost.

Perhaps encouraged by this ‘let off’, the Shots gradually came more into the game. Jones had to block an effort and then the Woking defence nearly conceded an own goal as the ball spun off a defender only to be cleared off the line. Jake Gallagher had a good sight of the Woking goal but blasted over and Charlie Walker shot narrowly wide of Cole’s left-hand post, although the Woking keeper had it covered. Oastler then planted a header over the bar.

In the 60th minute Garry Hill brought on Chris Arthur for Andrade and, while Arthur may have helped to stiffen the defence, the change also seemed to have the effect of limiting Woking’s outlets as the game wore on – and this was intensified when Keiran Murtagh replaced Quigley in the 77th minute. Clearances tended to result in further opportunities for the Shots to load the ball into the box – more in the hope, it seemed, of feeding off loose balls than winning clean headers.

And it was from a loose ball in the box that the Shots gained a lifeline in the 74th minute. Stevenson’s initial effort was saved by Cole but he stood no chance as substitute Rhys Browne blasted the rebound into the net.

With their tails up, the Shots pressed hard for an equaliser, conscious that time was running out. Browne headed wide but the Cards also had two promising attacks as Caprice’s low centre evaded everyone and then Murtagh managed to get down the bye-line to set up a half-chance for Robinson. But in a nerve-racking finish for home fans the ball was soon down the other end and into the side-netting for another corner.

With only two minutes to go, the Cards had a stroke of luck when Charlie Walker slammed a loose ball against the woodwork. With four minutes of added time to play, there was still time for a succession of crosses and free-kicks in a nail-biting finish, which ended with Sean McGinty putting the last chance over the bar to the relief of the home fans.

Although the Cards had looked comfortable at half-time and during the early part of the second half, this proved to be a hard-fought contest in the end as a spirited Shots side pressed hard right to the finish. Woking had looked the more accomplished side in the first half, with Goddard, Andrade, Holman and Quigley combining well; with Ricketts and Robinson working effectively in midfield; and with the wonderfully composed Jones and hard-working Cameron Norman in particular looking solid in defence. But, having failed to extend their lead after half-time, and perhaps disrupted to some extent by substitutions, the Cards had to dig deep to secure this precious win.

Cards fans will be hoping that the recent surge towards the play-off places won’t be halted by the potential loss of a handful of loan players who have all played with exemplary commitment and no little skill.

Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice, Joey Jones, Brian Saah, Cameron Norman, Bruno Andrade (Chris Arthur 60), Matt Robinson, Mark Ricketts, John Goddard, Dan Holman (Giuseppe Sole 46), Joe Quigley (Keiran Murtagh 79)

Unused subs: Nick Hamann, Jimmy Keohane

Goals: John Goddard 25, Joe Quigley 45

Booked: Jake Caprice

Aldershot Town: Phil Smith, Joe Oastler, Sean McGinty, Sam Hatton (Dan Walker 32), Jim Stevenson, Tom Richards (Rhys Browne 50), Charlie Walker, Cheye Alexander, Omar Beckles, Jake Gallagher, Daniel Carr

Unused subs: Damon Lathrope, Luke Oliver, Dan Thomas

Goal: Rhys Browne 74

Booked: Cheye Alexander, Sean McGinty

Sponsors’ MOTM: Joe Quigley

Attendance: 3708 (808 away fans)
WOKING LINEUP
1Jake Cole
2Jake Caprice
26Cameron Norman
5Brian Saah
7Joey Jones
4Mark Ricketts
14Matt Robinson
15Bruno Andrade ('60)
11John Goddard
20Dan Holman ('45)
19Joe Quigley ('79)
BENCH
18Nick Hamann
3Chris Arthur ('60)
8Keiran Murtagh ('79)
23Jimmy Keohane
10Giuseppe Sole ('45)
Aldershot Town LINEUP

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