7:45pm - TuesdayTue 26th JanuaryJan 2016
The J. Davidson Stadium | Att: 826

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Cards travel to Altrincham on Tuesday

12:47pm, Mon 25th Jan 2016
Altrincham v Woking
Vanarama National League
7.45pm on Tuesday 26 January 2016

The Cards travel to Altrincham on Tuesday evening looking to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games, knowing a draw at least would move them up to 4th in the league. It won’t be easy pickings though against an Altrincham team who have good form at home and a win for them would take them out of the bottom four.


Woking will be without Chris Arthur following the defender’s red card on Saturday against FC Halifax Town. This could see Jake Caprice returning to the starting line-up, or a debut for new signing Alex Smith who can play left-back.


The Robins finished in 17th place last season, well clear of the relegation zone, in their first season back in the Conference Premier. But, in spite of a reputation for playing good football under manager Lee Sinott, it looks as if they may well have a relegation fight on their hands this time round. They haven’t played a league game since 2 January when they drew 1-1 at Chester. As a result they have slipped into the bottom four, with both Boreham Wood and FC Halifax Town climbing above them, although they do have games in hand on the clubs above them. In the FA Trophy their much-postponed tie against Leamington was finally played on the 16th, with Michael Rankine scoring two goals to give Altrincham the victory, but the following Tuesday the Robins exited the Trophy in a 2-1 defeat away to Bognor Regis Town.

The Cards need to take note, however, that Alty’s home form is very respectable, with five wins, three draws and three defeats – in contrast to their away form, where they have won only twice in 16 outings.

Familiar names in Alty’s squad include the ever-reliable Damian Reeves in attack, long-serving keeper Stuart Coburn, captain Shaun Densmore and fellow defender Luca Havern. New faces included strikers Michael Rankine and George Bowerman, who played two games for Woking in 2013, and midfielder Anthony Griffith. Jordan Sinnott and former Northern Ireland international James Lawrie can threaten from the flanks. Keeper Coburn has been a long-term absentee and Nicky Clee was stretchered off in the game against Chester. The Robins also have a young, England U20 striker called Harry Cain! (Yes, I know the spelling is different!)


J Davidson Stadium
Moss Lane
WA15 8AP

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

By car

Leave M6 motorway at junction 19 (Manchester and Airport sign). Join A556 and follow Airport signs to M56. Do NOT take the M56 but carry straight on at roundabout on A56. At first traffic lights (1 mile) turn right for Bowdon/Hale (B5161). Carry on for 1 mile, passing The Quality Hotel on the right. Go through the traffic lights, then right at the mini roundabout into Hale Road (avoiding town centre). Carry on for approximately 1 mile, turning right into Westminster Road (opposite cemetery entrance). Carry straight on for approximately 3/4 mile into Moss Lane. The football ground is on the right.

By train

Trains run from Euston to Altrincham station, via a change at Stockport, but it’s not possible to do the return trip after an evening fixture. Look up or for details of times and prices. Altrincham station is about ten minutes’ walk from the ground. There is also a Metrolink tram service from Manchester city centre, about eight miles away.


Standing: Adults £14, Concessions £9
Seating: Adults £15, Concessions £10
Disabled with Helper: Combined price £14
12-16 year olds: £5
Under 12: £2

The concessionary ages are, currently, for women 60 and over and for men 65 and over.


Woking 2 Altrincham 0
15 August 2015

Woking made it two wins on the bounce thanks to a man-of-the-match performance from new loan signing Dan Holman, who had a hand in Giuseppe Sole’s opener and sealed the victory against Altrincham with a debut goal.

Holman, whose loan from Colchester United had only been announced on the morning of the game, had instant impact in a dream debut which saw Woking fight off a spirited Altrincham side to record their second 2-0 home victory in the space of four days.

The 25-year-old’s first half long-range effort on 32 minutes was spilled by Altrincham goalkeeper Stuart Coburn, allowing Sole to prod home for his first goal of the season. In the second half, Holman impressively linked up with the Woking midfield and grabbed his debut goal with 15 minutes remaining, firing low into the bottom right corner after clever interplay between substitutes Bruno Andrade and Kadell Daniel.

Despite a fightback from the away side, which saw James Lawrie hit the post and a late Damian Reeves effort cleared off the line by Brian Saah, the Cards looked largely untroubled as centre back pairing of Ismail Yakubu and Saah continued to flourish.

Woking: Jake Cole, Chris Arthur, Brian Saah, Ismail Yakubu, Jake Caprice, John Goddard (Godfrey Poku 86), Joey Jones (Bruno Andrade 63), Mark Ricketts (c), Keiran Murtagh, Giuseppe Sole (Kadell Daniel 63), Dan Holman

Unused subs: Nick Hamman, Adam Newton

Goals: Sole (32), Holman (75)

Altrincham: Stuart Coburn, Adam Griffin, Thomas Marshall, Scott Leather, Shaun Densmore, Jake Moult, Simon Richmon, James Lawrie, Jordan Sinnott, George Bowerman (Nicholas Clee 61), Michael Rankine (Damian Reeves 63)

Unused subs: Anthony Griffith, Tim Deasy, Josh O’Keefe


The Cards are at home to Barrow next Saturday (30 January). John Nutter will be the Special Guest in the Geoff Chapple Lounge.

Come on, you Cards!

Defensive mistakes prove costly as Cards' unbeaten run ends

Malcolm Wyatt
10:15am, Wed 27th Jan 2016
Altrincham 3 Woking 1
Vanarama National League
January 26th 2015

A mighty second half strike from dead-ball specialist Giuseppe Sole was not enough to see off-colour Woking past lowly hosts Altrincham on Tuesday night, the Cards slipping to defeat at Moss Lane.

Garry Hill’s side were second-best at times against Lee Sinnott’s strugglers, who seemed to grow in stature as the night wore on, clearly enjoying their first home league game in 66 days. The Robins pulled themselves out of the National League drop zone accordingly, and their Surrey visitors could have no real complaints.

In the first attack of note, central defender Brian Saah was on hand to hook away under pressure, and when the ball came back in from the right, Jake Cole gathered comfortably, the Cards 'keeper far the busier, Sinnott's hosts looking hungry and Woking were soon very much on the back foot.

Simon Richman struck wide for the Robins from a corner after visiting defender Cameron Norman headed behind an Adam Griffin delivery, while at the other end John Goddard made a promising break, but home custodian Tim Deasy was equal to his finish. Then, as Woking spread the ball wide, Bruno Andrade showed his pace but over-hit a centre.

The next attack proved fruitful for the home side though - an initial ball into the Cards’ goalmouth punched by Cole straight back to the hosts and a looping header beating the 'keeper but cleared off the line by a scrambling Jake Caprice. Joey Jones then had to head away, but only found Tranmere loan striker Jonathon Margetts, who - while looking to regroup - was brought down by Andrade. The ref pointed to the spot, Michael Rankine blasting powerfully home on 13 minutes, giving Cole no chance.

Margetts and influential 18 year-old Burnley loanee Josh Ginelly remained a handful, the former further testing Cole with a stinging volley, the ball bouncing back from his grasp before the goalie gathered.

The experienced Rankine was back defending to put behind a Goddard free-kick as Woking hit back, while as Altrincham pushed again a corner was headed away by Keiran Murtagh, and a promising move started by Ginnelly ended with a wayward effort by Marcus Holness, also in from Tranmere.

Goddard fired on goal for Woking but Deasy recovered from a spill to hold on, the visitors keen to stretch their unbeaten league run to 10 matches – a sequence going back to defeat at Barrow on November 28th.

Visitors’ skipper Mark Ricketts was typically tenacious and denied Margetts as he shaped up for another shot on goal. The Cards' skipper then set up Andrade but his team-mate could only find heavily-shepherded Murtagh, the move breaking down. Meanwhile, Goddard struck left of the post with a free-kick from distance.

As Alty countered, Margetts took a deflection off Saah and ran on goal, his effort going out for a corner after a key touch from Ricketts. A free-kick from ex-Huddersfield Town midfielder Jordan Sinnott – the manager’s son – also missed the target.

Murtagh was unlucky with a glancing header from a Sole set-piece, but just when the Yellows’ pressure was increasing, the hosts broke and doubled their advantage two minutes before the interval, Woking again caught out at the back. This time, Cole failed to hold Richman's effort, the ball falling kindly to unmarked Ginnelly, who tapped into an unguarded net from eight yards.

Half-time: Altrincham 2 Woking 0

Swirling rain continued after the break and Altrincham looked sharper again, keen to kill the game off. But a Sinnott free-kick from distance was snaffled up by the Woking wall, the visitors soon looking more promising.

Jake Caprice (pictured) was instrumental, making two promising right-wing raids and putting in a couple of decent crosses, Andrade coming closest to taking advantage in the centre. But then up the other end, Ginnelly fired over from a free-kick, while in the next home attack Rankine saw off his marker but his cross was cut out by Saah, with Margetts ready to pull the trigger.

Two more home corners followed before Norman cleared and set Andrade on his way, the pacy midfielder carrying on where he left off against Halifax with a mighty run, this time curtailed 25 yards out by Ryan Crowther, who was cautioned. The resultant free-kick was in Sole territory, the lone Woking striker stepping up and making no mistake, his 57th-minute party-piece beating the home wall and finding the corner with Deasy left diving at shadows.

Altrincham fought back and Rankine netted at the other end, but the referee had already blown, the experienced striker’s free-kick less effective but leading to a corner from which Joey Jones tidied up. Yet Sole continued to cause anxiety for the hosts with another set-piece, and Jones wasn’t far off from a deep Norman delivery, Woking chasing the game now.

However, Sinnott came close again with a free-kick of his own, just wide, while the Robins called for a penalty after Norman denied Crowther. Sinnott‘s next free-kick was cleared, prompting changes from the Cards' dug-out, with Joe Quigley replacing Saah and debutant Alex Smith on for Andrade as Hill tinkered with his formation, moving Ricketts back into defence.

While the visitors were chasing the game, they proved susceptible to counter-attacks and errors and a poor Norman clearance led to a further Rankine raid, Woking just about recovering on this occasion however.

They were soon further behind, though, as Margetts got the goal he deserved on 71 minutes, finding himself in space on the left from Rankine’s headed pass before unleashing an assured finish beyond Cole.

Woking were not quite done, but a hopeful four-player move ended with the Cards squeezed out, while Deasy denied Sole after a Caprice cross. Sole was soon in the book, the frustration showing, and Cole did well to stop a stinging effort from Rankine before Caprice cleared as Margetts loitered with intent.

Goddard wasn’t far off as the Cards pushed again, while Sole did everything but finish in the next attack, although the linesman’s flag was already raised.

And the home fans knew they were safe after a mighty Quigley effort that the loan striker got all wrong, his shot finishing closer to the corner flag than to the onion bag in the last real assault as the home side eased to a comfortable victory.

Garry Hill was in philosophical mood after the game, conceding that his team had been disappointing on the night and "second best all over the park".

Next up, a home league fixture this coming Saturday against Barrow with the Cards looking to prevent the Cumbrian side completing the double over them following a 2-1 reversal in November.

Altrincham: Tim Deasy, Adam Griffin, Jake Moult (c), Scott Leather, Simon Richman, Michael Rankine, Josh Ginnelly (Dylan Mottley-Henry 86), Ryan Crowther (James Lawrie 74), Jordan Sinnott, Jonathon Margetts (Josh O'Keefe 89), Marcus Holness

Unused subs: Damian Reeves, Sam Heathcote

Goals: Rankine (pen) 13, Ginnelly 43, Margetts 71

Bookings: Crowther 55, O’Keefe 90

Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice, Cameron Norman, Brian Saah (Joe Quigley 65), Joey Jones, Mark Ricketts, Keiran Murtagh (Godfrey Poku 84), Matt Robinson, Bruno Andrade (Alex Smith 68), John Goddard, Giuseppe Sole

Unused subs: Nick Hamann, Gary Abisogun

Goal: Sole 57

Booking: Sole 77

Attendance: 826

My MOTM: Jake Caprice – while Woking’s defence were caught out at key times, Jake Caprice personified the Cards’ ability to bounce back, and on another night his positivity might have inspired at least a point.
Altrincham LINEUP
1Jake Cole
2Jake Caprice
26Cameron Norman
5Brian Saah ('66)
7Joey Jones
4Mark Ricketts
8Keiran Murtagh ('84)
14Matt Robinson
15Bruno Andrade ('68)
11John Goddard
10Giuseppe Sole
18Nick Hamann
12Godfrey Poku ('84)
20Alex Smith ('68)
19Joe Quigley ('66)
24Gary Abisogun

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