FA Trophy (R2)
3:00pm - SaturdaySat 16th JanuaryJan 2016
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 1006

6 - 1

Maidenhead United

Cards look to erase unhappy memories

Brian Caffarey
7:28am, Thu 14th Jan 2016
Woking v Maidenhead United
FA Trophy 2nd Round
3pm on Saturday 16 January 2016

The Cards will be doubly keen to win this one! Not only is Garry Hill eager to make progress in this competition, especially given our poor record in recent seasons in cup ties, but he will also want his side to put on a much better showing than they did in the embarrassing FA Cup defeat in October at York Road. Come on down to The Laithwaite Community Stadium to cheer on the Cards to a place in the Third Round!


Let’s hope that the Cards can continue their recent fantastic form – seven wins, one draw and one defeat in their last nine league and Trophy games – and put on a convincing display against the Magpies. Garry Hill’s side shook off the loss of top scorer, Dan Holman (now with Cheltenham Town), last weekend, putting on a tremendous performance in awful conditions to beat Wrexham 3-1 away: a victory which moved them up to 6th place in the table and only one point off the play-off places. Gez Sole came in up front to partner Joe Quigley, while Keiran Murtagh, now fully recovered from his recent operation, showed all his class in returning in midfield in place of Matt Robinson, who has returned to Luton Town at the end of his loan spell.

The Cards beat Boreham Wood away 2-1 in the last round, thanks to a deflected free-kick by Gez Sole in added time.


Alan Devonshire returned to Maidenhead in the summer after a successful spell in charge of Braintree Town.

The Magpies’ 3-0 FA Cup win over the Cards came during a spell in which they won seven league and cup games on the trot. Maidenhead went on to earn a hugely creditable draw at Port Vale in the following round before losing 3-1 in the replay. But the Cup heroics seem to have affected the Magpies’ league form. They have failed to win any of their last five league games, losing at St Albans City, drawing at Sutton United and Oxford City and, most disappointingly, losing 3-2 at home to Hemel Hempstead Town on 28 December. Their return encounter with Oxford City on New Year’s Day had to be postponed and, last Saturday, they lost 3-2 away to Margate –rather unluckily, by all accounts. As a result the Magpies have now slipped to 10th in the table, five points short of the play-off places.

There are many familiar names in the Magpies’ squad, among them several players who played for Devonshire at Braintree or Hampton and Richmond Borough, including defenders Ryan Peters and Alan Massey and midfielder James Mulley, who all followed Devonshire from Braintree in the summer, and defender Dean Inman and striker Dave Tarpey, who were both at Hampton. Other familiar names include keeper Carl Pentney and defender Rene Steer, both of whom briefly appeared for Woking, and strikers Ben Wright (who played for Devonshire at Hampton and Braintree) and Jake Reid. Wright is the top scorer but substitute Sam Barratt scored both goals for the Magpies last weekend. Massey was sent off in that game shortly after the interval and will therefore miss Saturday’s tie. But Devonshire is hoping that Dean Inman, Kieron Forbes and Rene Steer, who all missed the Margate game, will be back in contention for Saturday. A new arrival this week is 21 year-old defender Joe Gorman, signed from League of Ireland side Drogheda United but with experience also at Crewe Alexandra and Caledonian Thistle.

In the previous rounds of the FA Trophy the Magpies beat Bideford AFC 4-0 at home before defeating East Thurrock United 4-1 away in the last round.


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

Woking fans would be mad not to take advantage of the special offer to join Dereck Brown in the Geoff Chapple Lounge, while enjoying Tremblay’s fish and chips: see the home page of www.wokingfc.co.uk for details.

If a replay is required, it will take place on Tuesday evening at York Road, with a 7.45pm kick-off. The Cards Trust will run a coach to Maidenhead in the event of a replay.


The Club are producing a 32-page programme for this game at a reduced price of £2.50. It includes a profile of ‘guest of the day’, Woking legend and former Maidenhead Assistant Manager, Dereck Brown, with an appreciation by Geoff Chapple, and a look at Woking’s FA Trophy record. 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.


Maidenhead United 3 Woking 0
FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
24 October 2015

Cards fans had an uneasy feeling about this tie. The team’s form had been poor, with only one win in the previous seven games; Woking’s recent FA Cup record was disappointing, including a 4-1 thrashing at the Magpies’ hands only a few seasons ago; and Alan Devonshire’s side looked experienced and more than capable of upsetting the odds.

All those fears turned out to be fully justified, though even the most pessimistic Woking fan couldn’t have expected the side to be defeated quite so comprehensively. The home side got off to a flier when Kieron Forbes scored with a tremendous strike in the 4th minute. They then allowed Woking to come at them but the Cards lacked invention and rarely looked like equalising leading up to half-time.

Woking then threw the game away with some calamitous defending. Jake Cole was left exposed as Harry Pritchard broke clear and lifted the ball over him. And then Dave Tarpey pounced on a rebound to fire home.

Afterwards a despondent Garry Hill termed the display ‘unacceptable’, reflecting on the fact that his side had lost its way after a bright start to the season.

Maidenhead United: Pentney, Upward (Nisbet 77), Steer, Huggins, Massey, Inman, Tarpey, Forbes, Reid (Peters 65), Wright (Mulley 79), Pritchard

Unused subs: James, Barratt, Jenkinson, Wiltshire

Goals: Forbes 4, Pritchard 55, Tarpey 60

Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice (Kadell Daniel 60), Chris Arthur, Mark Ricketts, Joey Jones, Keiran Murtagh (Bruno Andrade 60), Giuseppe Sole, John Goddard, Matt Robinson, Dan Holman, Terrell Thomas

Attendance: 867


The Cards are at home to much-improved FC Halifax Town the following Saturday (23 January).

Come on, you Cards!

Second half Cards masterclass destroys Maidenhead

Haydn Cobb
10:54pm, Sat 16th Jan 2016
Woking 6 Maidenhead United 1
FA Trophy 2nd Round
16th January 2016

Woking produced a second half blitz to come back from a goal down and hammer Maidenhead United to bury cup football demons and progress to the third round of the FA Trophy.

Drawn against the same team which, according to Woking manager Garry Hill, embarrassed them in the FA Cup earlier in the season, the Cards recovered from a sluggish first half to roar back with six unanswered goals in a very impressive second period.

Man-of-the-match Giuseppe Sole (pictured) opened the home side’s account after latching on to a rebound before a quick-fire double from Keiran Murtagh gave Woking a cushion to make the visitors pay for previous reversals they had suffered against the lower league outfit.

An own goal bounced in off Maidenhead United’s captain Alan Massey and was quickly followed by Joe Quigley getting himself a much deserved goal for his efforts throughout the ninety minutes. Chris Arthur then added a final layer of gloss to the score with a thunderbolt strike to give Woking their biggest win of the season, beating last month’s 5-1 away league win against Gateshead.

The victory also continued Woking’s fine run of form by making it eight wins in the last ten games in all competitions and sets up an exciting final third of the season with the Cards into the last 16 of the FA Trophy and one point off the play-offs in the Vanarama National League.

The Woking boss made a number of changes to his starting line-up. Arthur came in for Jake Caprice while captain Mark Ricketts dropped into defence in place of the unwell Joey Jones, alłowing Matt Robinson, who returned to Kingfield on loan from Luton Town until the end of the season, slotted into central midfield alongside the fit-again Murtagh.

Looking to banish bad memories suffered at the hands of their opponents in the FA Cup, Woking started brightly without creating too many opportunities, while Sole was judged by referee Derek Eaton to go down too softly under the challenge of Dean Inman.

Some clever trickery from Andrade saw the winger make space to clip in a cross to the far post but Woking’s top scorer Goddard was crowded out. To the credit of the lower league team, Maidenhead United rarely let Woking settle in possession and began to pose their own questions with counter-attacking football.

In the 20th minute Sole had a good opportunity from a free kick which was pushed away by ex-Cards goalkeeper Carl Pentney. Sole, whose last minute free kick won Woking’s FA Trophy first round tie against Boreham Wood a few weeks earlier, produced a dipping effort which looked destined for the bottom right corner but the United stopper got down to turn it away for a corner.

Despite looking the better team, Woking went behind on the half-hour mark. Dave Tarpey attacked down the right flank for the visitors and after a strong challenge by Brian Saah the ball rebounded off Jake Reid to fall kindly for Tarpey and the winger gave Jake Cole in the Woking goal no chance.

Fearing a repeat of the FA Cup tie, Woking brightened up and narrowly missed out on equalising instantly through Quigley. The Woking forward received the ball on the edge of the box and cut back on to his right foot but his curling effort whistled past the far post.

A late flurry of chances for both sides could have seen goals at either end, with Quigley’s cross nipped off the toes of Goddard while Maidenhead United also went close as Reid failed to convert James Mulley’s pass.

Half-time: Woking 0 Maidenhead United 1

With Garry Hill’s words of wisdom no doubt ringing in their ears Woking started the second half perfectly with a timely equaliser from Sole. Andrade’s service from the right gave Quigley a chance to leap above his marker and his strong header was palmed out by Pentney, allowing Sole to latch on to the loose ball to score.

Not content to rest on their laurels Woking continued to push forward, with Robinson attempting a 30-yard blast which drifted over the bar. As the crowd stirred, the home side applied the pressure and they grabbed a second just after the hour mark. After Quigley saw an effort deflected for a corner, the home side loaded the box and with a superior physical presence, Murtagh rose highest to nod home at the back post. The Cards now had their opponents on the ropes and looked to make the game safe.

Sure enough, a third goal arrived five minutes later. Goddard carved his way down the left flank and smartly picked out the late-arriving Murtagh who slammed the ball past the Maidenhead goalkeeper for his second goal of the game.

A shell-shocked away side was reshuffled by manager Alan Devonshire but it failed to stop the Woking charge as the home fans were treated to an attacking masterclass. Chris Arthur twisted Maidenhead United’s defence inside out and his cross was parried by Pentney only to bounce off Alan Massey who failed to prevent the ball trickling in for the fourth Woking goal.

With the Cards' progress into the third round now looking assured it was a chance for the Cards to turn on the style. Smart work by Andrade gave him space to pick out a delightful cross for Quigley to volley in for a fifth.

The second-half demolition job was completed in stoppage time by Arthur who produced the goal of the game with a 30-yard thunderbolt to well and truly bury the demons from the FA Cup tie in November.

Woking are next in action on Tuesday night when they travel to near-neighbours Westfield in the Surrey Senior Cup, before they return to league action at home against FC Halifax Town on Saturday 23rd January.

Woking: Jake Cole, Chris Arthur, Brain Saah, Mark Ricketts (c), Cameron Norman, John Goddard, Matt Robinson (Godfrey Poku 83), Keiran Murtagh, Bruno Andrade (Jake Caprice 75), Joe Quigley, Giuseppe Sole (Gary Abisogun 86)

Unused subs: Nick Hamann, Alex Smith

Goals: Sole (47), Murtagh (61, 66), OG Massey (82), Quigley (86), Arthur (90+2)

Yellow card: Ricketts (71)

Maidenhead United: Carl Pentney, Ryan Gorman, Dean Inman, Alan Massey, Ryan Peters (Josh Huggins 67), Harry Pritchard, James Mulley, Ryan Upwood (Kyren Wiltshire 67), Dave Tarpey, Jake Reid, Sam Barrett (Ben Wright 82)

Unused subs: Mark Nisbet, Christian Smith

Goal: Tarpey (31)

Sponsors’ MOTM: Giuseppe Sole – a thorn in Maidenhead United’s side all game and opened the scoring for Woking’s onslaught in the second half

Attendance: 1,006
1Jake Cole
26Cameron Norman
3Chris Arthur
5Brian Saah
4Mark Ricketts
8Keiran Murtagh
14Matt Robinson
15Bruno Andrade
11John Goddard
10Giuseppe Sole
19Joe Quigley
18Nick Hamann
2Jake Caprice
12Godfrey Poku
20Alex Smith
24Gary Abisogun
Maidenhead United LINEUP

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