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Cards looking to bounce-back on Saturday

12:27pm, Thu 28th Jan 2016
Woking v Barrow
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 30 January 2016


The Cards take on Barrow this Saturday as they continue to target a play-off place come the end of the season. The Bluebirds are usually weaker on their travels than at Holker Street, so let’s hope Garry Hill’s side can make home advantage pay. Come down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium to cheer on the Cards!

WOKING

Woking will be looking to bounce-back following their 3-1 defeat away to Altrincham on Tuesday night, missing the opportunity to move to 4th in the league they remain in 6th place. Altrincham took the lead early on with Michael Rankine scoring from the penalty spot after Bruno Andrade’s foul on Jonathon Margetts. The home side made it 2-0 just before the break thanks to Burnley loanee Josh Ginnelly. Woking pulled one back with a trademark Giuseppe Sole free-kick in the 57th minute. Alex Smith made his debut for the Cards, replacing the injured Bruno Andrade who fans will be hoping will be fit again to face Barrow. The Robins sealed their victory with Margetts goal, ending Woking’s 9-game unbeaten run.

BARROW

The Bluebirds were promoted back to the top tier of non-League football this season following their relegation at the end of the 2012-13 campaign but have found the going tough, especially away from home, with manager Darren Edmondson paying the price in November. Ambitious owner, Dallas-based businessman Paul Casson, wasted no time in replacing him with Paul Cox, who led Mansfield Town to the Conference title in 2012 and who had a short spell at Torquay United earlier this season.

Barrow presently sit in 16th place in the table with 36 points from 29 games. Away from home they have won only three league games, drawing three and losing ten, scoring 16 goals and conceding a hefty 37. On Saturday they defeated Welling United 2-1 away from home, their first league victory since their 2-1 win against Woking back in November.

Some well-known names in Barrow’s squad include strikers Jason Walker and Andy Cook and central defender Simon Grand. A recent signing is promising Northwich Victoria midfielder, Jordan Williams. Dutch defender Benji van den Broek has been released for personal reasons but Mo Fofana has returned to the club following his loan spell at Boreham Wood. A repentant Liam Hearn has returned to Lincoln City following his spell at Holker Street.

ADMISSION PRICES

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

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Another packed 64-page matchday programme includes a profile of ‘guest of honour’ John Nutter and an interview with flying winger Bruno Andrade. 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

Barrow 2 Woking 1
28 November 2015

This defeat at Barrow came after back-to-back wins over Chester away and Tranmere Rovers at home and introduced a question mark about whether the Cards’ revival might stall. As we know, that was thankfully not the case as Garry Hill’s side notched up five straight wins subsequently before drawing at home to Boreham Wood on 28 December.
On a stormy day in Cumbria, and playing against the wind in the first half, the Cards got off to the worst possible start, the prolific Andy Cook nodding home in the 4th minute. The home side, galvanised by new manager Paul Cox, had the better chances in the remainder of the first half but the tables were quickly turned after the break, Joey Jones glancing a header home with only three minutes gone.

It looked as though the Cards might well go on and win the game but they were unable to grab the vital second goal and were then undone by defender Steve Williams, who scored with another set piece header seventeen minutes from time.

Garry Hill was very disappointed with the defeat, feeling that his side ought to have been able to have secured at least a point once they equalised early in the second half.

Barrow: Joel Dixon, Dave Symington, Nick Wilmer-Anderton, Simon Grand ©, Steve Williams, Paddy Lacey, David Mellor, Andy Haworth (Dan Pilkington 46), Andy Cook, Liam Hearn (Steve Rigg 80, then Alex-Ray Harvey 87), Otis Khan

Unused subs: Aaran Taylor, Ryan O’Reilly

Goals: Cook 4, Williams 73

Woking: Jake Cole, Chris Arthur, Mark Ricketts (c), Brian Saah, Joey Jones, John Goddard, Matt Robinson (Jimmy Keohane 62), Bruno Andrade, Joe Quigley (Kadell Daniel 55), Dan Holman, Cameron Norman (Jake Caprice 82)

Unused subs: Nick Hamman, Terrell Thomas

Goal: Jones 48

Attendance: 1,115

COMING UP

Next Saturday the Cards are again at home, this time against Oxford City in the Trophy. Their next league game is against Guiseley on Saturday 13 February.

Come on, you Cards!

Cards work overtime for attritional point

Matt Goldsmith
8:13am, Sun 31st Jan 2016
Woking 2 Barrow AFC 2

Vanarama National League

January 30th 2016


The top line is that Woking remained in sixth place after this two apiece draw with Barrow AFC. But that hardly tells the story of a game that had it all.

For starters, there was the small matter of this game not concluding until gone 5pm after an early injury to a linesman resulted in 15 (fifteen) minutes of added time in the first half.

All four goals arrived in the hour-long opening period, with the home side having to twice come from behind – John Goddard and Giuseppe Sole on target for the battling hosts.

Garry Hill made two changes to the side that lost 3-1 at Altrincham on Tuesday night: Joe Quigley coming back into attack, while Luton Town loan signing Scott Griffiths took his bow at left-back.

Little did 30-year-old Griffiths know, but his 28-day stint at Kingfield was about to get off to a nightmare start as he put through his own net after just 18 minutes. It wasn’t quite his first touch in the cardinal and white but the full-back’s unerring header certainly belied his diminutive stature!

Just as they were seven days earlier against Halifax, the Cards had to be up for a scrap to bank a home point against an archetypally physical team from the bottom half of the Vanarama National League.

Happily, man of the match John Goddard (pictured) had his shooting boots back on as he netted his first goal since 2nd January. The Cards' top scorer blasted home his 14th strike of the season expertly on the half volley from Quigley’s knock-down after 22 minutes.

Incredibly, there were still 38 minutes left on referee Chris Powell’s watch in the first half after the bizarre injury to his assistant Matthew Rushton just two minutes in. Standing at close quarters to a challenge between Bruno Andrade and Barrow’s Nick Wilmer-Anderton, the match ball somehow squirmed up, poleaxing the flag holder in the process. After a 12-minute evaluation of the head blow, involving club doctor Sanjeev Sekhon, it was decided that a shaken Mr Rushton should takes his leave from the field of play.

For the second week running, a distress call was put out over the PA system asking for any qualified officials in the house to come forward - long-time Cards' fan Alban Lee the man to answer that appeal.

Those two goals inside the opening quarter of the game merely served to light the touch paper as, before the half-hour mark, the Bluebirds led for a second time – striker Andy Cook marking a superb individual performance with a well-deserved goal as he headed in from six yards out.

One of many close calls to go against the Cards saw Joey Jones punished for a lunge on Cook’s strike partner Jordan Williams. With the Woking rearguard looking all at sea, winger Dan Pilkington’s inswinging free-kick found Cook and, despite initially being kept out at point-blank range by Cole, the former Grimsby Town hitman nodded his 15th goal of the campaign into an unguarded net after 28 minutes.

An anxious Kingfield naturally thought that rookie fourth official Lee had made a gaff with his electronic board when 15 minutes’ added time were indicated at the end of the first period. But Garry and his grafting players were grateful for the overtime when Sole levelled things up for the second time.

A miscued Griffiths shot across goal found its way to Sole, who, benefitting from a borderline offside call, deftly steered the ball low past 'keeper Joel Dixon and into the far corner, to take the sides in 2-2 after an epic opening first half.

Half-time: Woking 2 Barrow AFC 2

Just 15 minutes rest seemed too little after an exhausting opening period but both sides ploughed on looking for a winner. Goddard, time and again won his personal battle with full-back Dave Symington – flashing two shots across the Barrow bows.

Like Sole had earlier, Quigley almost benefitted as a loose ball into the box fell into his path; only some last-ditch defending by Bluebirds’ skipper Simon Grand and stopper Dixon keeping the scores level.

Youngster Quigley is still learning his trade, of course, and he could do worse than learn from the aerial prowess of his opposing targetmen, Cook and Williams – the Barrow duo were totting up the kind of heading success stats that the watching Scott Rendell would have been proud of.

Sole almost converted his second free-kick of the week ten minutes from time when he bent an effort inches over the angle of post and bar, but the closing stages remained doggedly contested, with the momentum swinging one way then the other.

Woking did almost carve out a killer blow with the final kick – or not, as was the case – of the game deep into, yet more, added time. A flighted ball into the box was helped on by Brian Saah and Jones to Quigley who, with the goal at his mercy six yards out, conspired to strike fresh air.

The end of a tough week saw Woking remain in sixth place. Dover’s game at Altrincham was postponed – Storm Henry arriving in Cheshire four days after Woking’s visit! – allowing Tranmere to swap places (fifth and seventh) with the Kent club after a 2-1 win over Torquay United.

As for Barrow, their taskmaster of a boss, Paul Cox has certainly built a prototypically robust outfit, which must rank among the fittest seen at Kingfield this season. After taking four points against the Cards this term, Cox looks well set to keep the Bluebirds flying in the National League next season.

For Garry and the squad, attention turns back to FA Trophy action – with Cheltenham Town's (3-0) conquerors, Oxford City due at the Laithwaite Community Stadium next Saturday for a Third Round clash.


Woking: Jake Cole, Cameron Norman, Brian Saah, Joey Jones, Scott Griffiths (Jake Caprice 72), Mark Ricketts, Matt Robinson (Keiran Murtagh 69), Bruno Andrade (Alex Smith 69), John Goddard, Joe Quigley, Giuseppe Sole



Unused subs: Nick Hamann, Godfrey Poku



Goals: Goddard 22, Sole 45+9



Booking: Norman 66

Barrow AFC: Joel Dixon, Dave Symington, Danny Livesey, Simon Grand (c), Nick Wilmer-Anderton, Niall Cowperthwaite (David Mellor 33), Ashley Grimes (Andy Haworth 75), Dan Pilkington, Andy Parry, Andy Cook, Jordan Williams (Jason Walker 85)



Unused subs: Steve Williams, Alex-Ray Harvey



Goals: Griffiths (o.g.) 18, Cook 28



Bookings: Parry 45+10, Grand 47



Attendance: 1,713



Sponsor’s MOTM: John Goddard – back on the scoresheet and his trademark slaloming runs down the left wing kept the Barrow defence honest all day
WOKING LINEUP
1Jake Cole
26Cameron Norman
23Scott Griffiths ('72)
5Brian Saah
7Joey Jones
4Mark Ricketts
14Matt Robinson ('69)
15Bruno Andrade ('69)
11John Goddard
10Giuseppe Sole
19Joe Quigley
BENCH
18Nick Hamann
2Jake Caprice ('72)
8Keiran Murtagh ('69)
12Godfrey Poku
20Alex Smith ('69)
Barrow LINEUP

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