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Woking V Basingstoke Town

Adam Horne
5:23pm, Fri 10th Sep 2010
Woking vs Basingstoke Town
Blue Square Bet South
3pm on Saturday 11th September 2010

The Cards host Basingstoke Town on Saturday afternoon as they continue their somewhat inconsistent form in the league. In their last three matches they’ve come away with a win, a loss and a draw, and they’ll be hoping to steady the ship tomorrow afternoon. A single Ricky Anane goal was enough to seal victory for Woking last week against St Albans, but they’ll need to ensure they improve against Basingstoke Town if they are to please the fans.


The Cards won their last outing against St Albans 1-0, thanks to a Ricky Anane goal, but despite the win, some fans will no doubt remain worried by the side’s inconsistency. Graham Baker will be happy with a win on Saturday, but will also be looking for that hunger and fluency that has so far been missing from Woking’s season.

The Club has said goodbye to striker Gomez Dali this week, after he revealed that he was yearning for more first team football, something he was not prepared to wait for at Kingfield. However, his absence will not worry the Cards as they can still rely upon top scorer Dave Gilroy upfront, partnered no doubt by either Andy Forbes or Craig Faulconbridge.

Jerome Maledon has been impressive in midfield recently, and will be hoping to be handed a starting place in the side tomorrow afternoon. He’ll face tough competition from captain Mark Ricketts and the creative Daryn Hennessy, however. Out wide Moses Ademola seems to be the favoured option on the right in recent times, but the manager will have to decide whether Sam Hurrell or Toby Little deserve to start against Basingstoke.

Woking currently lie 10th in the league, only two points ahead of Basingstoke, who will be looking to leapfrog the Cards at Kingfield. A win could see the Cards push upto 6th spot, which in turn, should help settle a ship that currently years for some consistency.


Basingstoke lie in 15th place, five places below Woking, but their goal difference is actually better, at -2, than Woking’s, which currently stands at -3. They don’t seem to concede many and their defence will prove a tough obstacle to beat for the Woking forwards tomorrow afternoon.

Frank Gray will hope the short journey to Kingfield ends favourably for The Dragons on Saturday, but having lost their last two matches, Basingstoke will be short of confidence, and will not be looking forward to the away trip.

Basingstoke are still searching for their first away win of the season, and to make matters worse, key striker David Pratt starts a three game suspension tomorrow afternoon, so Gray will lose some firepower upfront.

He’s hinted at making some changes to his team as they get ready to travel to Woking, so expect a refreshed, and excitable side to turn on tomorrow afternoon as they continue to search for that away win.


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Come on, you Cards!

Cards gain decisive home win

Brian Caffarey
8:58pm, Sat 11th Sep 2010
Woking 2 Basingstoke Town 0
11 September 2010

Graham Baker kept faith with the side that had won 1-0 at St Albans a week ago and was rewarded with three more, well-deserved, points – but he had substitute Craig Faulconbridge (pictured), with two expertly-taken goals, to thank for remedying the lack of incisiveness in the penalty box, which had hitherto threatened to make it another frustrating Kingfield afternoon. This win takes the Cards into 7th place in the table, three points adrift of the play-off places.

There were plenty of familiar faces among the visitors, with Frank Gray and Gerry Murphy in the dugout, and Matt Pattison, Jay Gasson and ex-Academy player Jide Ogunbote in the starting eleven. For the home side, the increasingly influential Jerome Maledon enjoyed a good afternoon against the club he’d played for before Graham brought him home to Kingfield.

The opening exchanges were pretty unremarkable as both sides struggled to stamp their authority on the game. Lenny Pidgeley had to field a very ambitious long-range effort from Warner – which proved to be just about the visitors’ only shot on target in the first half. His opposite number, Tardif, plucked the ball from above Moses Ademola’s head after strike partner Dave Gilroy had flicked on. Joe McNerney tried to bundle the ball in at the far post from a corner, whilst Chris Bush went close in the 15th minute as he glanced a header onto the roof of the net.

Five minutes later Downes flashed a shot past Pidgeley’s far post but it was increasingly clear by that stage that the momentum now lay with the home side as the likes of Ricky Anane and Ademola came more into the game.

A quick burst down the right by Ademola found Gilroy in the box but the ball was nicked off his toes as he prepared to strike home. Toby Little’s clever pass into the area then nearly set the striker free again before Basingstoke’s defence attempted suicide with a mis-kick and then a dreadful back pass. Seizing on the mistake, Gilroy attempted to curl the ball past Tardif but the angle always favoured the keeper..

More Woking pressure followed from a fluent move down the left, with the visitors’ defence fortunate to see the resulting corner deflected accidentally to Tardif.

Woking’s best chance of the half came in the 35th minute. Anane made a penetrating run into the heart of the opposing defence. His left-footed strike seemed unlikely to trouble Tardif but it was deflected into the path of the lurking Gilroy. Unfortunately, the Woking striker was off balance and facing the wrong way as the ball reached him. He swivelled and shot but the ball crept past the far post.

The hugely-promising Bush then ventured forward, slicing through the Basingstoke defence before unleashing a venomous shot which Tardif saved well.

Finally, Gilroy headed over from a Little cross. So, at half-time, it was the not unfamiliar story at Kingfield of the home side dominating the game but struggling to put the ball in the net.

Half-time: Woking 0 Basingstoke Town 0

Initially, it looked as though the Cards would continue to make the running in the second half as Ademola skipped down the right flank. His cross was laid off to Little, who struggled to get the ball out from under his feet but recovered well to put in a decent cross himself, with the move ending with Francis Quarm firing over the bar.

However, this brief flurry preceded the home side’s worst spell of the game as they stuttered and lost any rhythm. Jimmy Dack shouted ‘get the ball and pass it!’ but his charges struggled to do either for a time. Basingstoke began to have more of the play but without ever really looking like piercing a solid Woking back line.

An excellent Maledon cross just failed to reach Gilroy before, in the 65th minute, Graham Baker made the decisive move of bringing on Faulconbridge for Anane, closely followed by Sam Hurrell for Little. The last-named, in the meantime, had made a fine run into the box but seemed determined to dribble the ball into the net rather than shoot.

The Cards began to lift themselves out of their temporary doldrums, regaining the initiative as Ademola and Maledon combined well down the right and Faulconbridge flicked on for Gilroy. Hurrell’s corner saw Faulconbridge beat Tardif in the air but his header flew over the bar.

Basingstoke briefly threatened as Bush and Doyle were beaten for once, but the home breakthrough came in the 72nd minute. The influential Maledon powered through the middle, slipping the ball to Ademola on the right. The latter’s deep cross was met perfectly by Faulconbridge at the far post, planting his header in textbook style back over the keeper and under the bar. 1-0 to the Cards.

Woking immediately threatened to double their lead as Maledon made a superb overlapping run down the right and then Ademola’s cross nearly produced a repeat performance from Faulconbridge. An even better chance fell to Gilroy in the 76th minute. Maledon sent Hurrell away at speed down the left. His pace took him into the box and his low cross seemed perfectly weighted for Gilroy but the striker, uncharacteristically, fluffed his shot.

That was the end of Gilroy’s involvement since, having apparently picked up a facial injury, he was replaced by Alan Inns. To most fans’ surprise, his role was not to be that of an auxiliary defender but to scamper around up front in support of Faulconbridge!

The Cards had Pidgeley’s quick reactions to prevent an equalising goal as he got down smartly to block a shot after a neat one-two in the box.

With 85 minutes on the clock, Bush once more showed his strength and skill as he strode forward to fire in a rasping drive, which Tardif, at full stretch, turned away for a corner. Faulconbridge then headed Hurrell’s cross just past the far post.

At the other end, McNerney, again solid in central defence, had to be alert to slide in to thwart a quick attack, with the resulting corner leading to a blocked snap shot from Pattison.

As four minutes of injury time began, the Cards finally made the game safe with Faulconbridge’s second goal of the afternoon. Bush – presumably playing his last game before Aswad Thomas’s return from suspension – twisted and turned on the edge of the area, seemingly keeping possession for ages as he sought to create a shooting opportunity, but in the end he slid the ball to Faulconbridge, who swept it, left-footed, past Tardif and into the far corner.

This was a hard-earned, but well-deserved, win for Graham Baker’s side. Again, it was not the most fluent of performances but the Woking manager will be more than happy with: a decisive home win, a second victory on the trot, seven points out of nine in the last three games, three successive clean sheets and two goals from his substitute striker.

Let’s hope that the Cards can keep this run going at Welling next Saturday before FA Cup action interrupts an increasingly promising league campaign.

Woking: Lenny Pidgeley, Mark Ricketts, Chris Bush, Jerome Maledon, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Ricky Anane (Craig Faulconbridge 65), Francis Quarm, Dave Gilroy (Alan Inns 76), Moses Ademola, Toby Little (Sam Hurrell 69)

Unused subs: Matt Pegler, Andy Forbes

Sponsor’s (Pulsa Electrical Services) MOTM: Moses Ademola

Attendance: 1112

1Lenny Pidgeley
2Mark Ricketts
3Chris Bush
4Francis Quarm
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Ricky Anane ('65)
8Jerome Maledon
9Dave Gilroy ('78)
10Moses Ademola
11Toby Little ('69)
12Craig Faulconbridge ('65)
14Andy Forbes
15Sam Hurrell ('69)
16Alan Inns ('78)
18Matt Pegler
Basingstoke Town LINEUP
1Chris Tardif
2Rob Rice
3Matt Warner
4Ross Adams
5Jay Gasson
6Stuart Lake ('57)
7Nathan Smart
8Steve Laidler
9Jahson Downes ('69)
10Jide Ogunbote ('83)
11Matt Pattison
12Matt Finlay ('83)
14Greg Draper ('57)
15Gary Frewen ('69)
16Grant Powell
17Lee Allen

Jimmy Dack Interview after Woking 2-0 Basingstoke Town

Moses Ademola Interview

David Holmes
6:26pm, Sat 11th Sep 2010
Interview with Man of the Match Moses Ademola following Woking's 2-0 victory against Basingstoke today.

Moses Ademola:

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