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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 20th FebruaryFeb 2016
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Bromley
Bromley
2 - 1

Woking
Woking

Cards need good run

Brian Caffarey
11:15am, Thu 18th Feb 2016
Bromley v Woking
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 20 February 2016

Cards fans will be hoping that Garry Hill’s side won’t be distracted by discussions about off-field issues and that they will, instead, concentrate on putting on a more convincing display than they did against Guiseley last weekend. While achieving a play-off place is now looking considerably more difficult, the Cards are still only three points off fifth place: a good run till the end of the season could still leave them in contention.

WOKING

The Cards’ 1-0 defeat at home to Guiseley last weekend was the fourth league game in a row in which, with a place in the top five beckoning, Garry Hill’s side failed to grab all three points: a haul of two points out of twelve is a poor return for three home games against FC Halifax Town, Barrow and Guiseley and an away fixture at Altrincham.

Cards fans will be hoping that on-loan Yeovil striker Shaun Jeffers will have recovered from the injury which he received against Guiseley.

BROMLEY

The Ravens’ form this season has been just as erratic as Woking’s. After a fine opening day win at Wrexham they came off second best at Woking, which was the beginning of a six-game run without a win. There was then a dramatic upturn in fortunes which saw Bromley win nine out of the next ten games, including a 7-3 trouncing of Torquay United away from home. But, rather like the Cards, this was followed by a slump in form from mid-October, which has seen them gain only two wins, the last being at Dover Athletic on 28 December.

This poor run led to the departure of manager Mark Goldberg, with assistant manager, former Woking favourite, Neil Smith, taking charge pending a permanent replacement.

The Ravens made several promising-looking signings during the summer, including striker Alex Wall, who often impressed against us for Maidenhead United before signing for Luton Town, from where he had a loan spell with Dartford; and midfielder Max Porter, who won promotion from the Conference with Newport County and who has also had extensive experience at this level with Barnet, Rushden and Diamonds and AFC Wimbledon. Other well-known names include ex-Card Moses Emmanuel (formerly Ademola); former Don Lee Minshull, who was with Newport County for three seasons; ex-Barnet keeper Alan Julian; former Dover striker Sean Francis, who also had a loan spell with Chester last season; and captain Rob Swaine.

Winger Anthony Cook has recently left, re-joining Ebbsfleet United. Recent loan additions are striker Adam Coombes, a former Chelsea youngster who had a spell with Notts County; Rohdell Gordon, a 19 year-old winger from Stevenage; and Reise Allassani, a 20 year-old winger from Crystal Palace.

GETTING THERE

Bromley FC
Hayes Lane
Bromley
BR2 9EF

Tel: 020 8460 5291
Official website: www.bromleyfc.tv

By coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves at 12.30pm. The cost for Trust members is £14 for adults and £7 for U16s accompanied by a paying adult (maximum of two per adult). The corresponding prices for non-members are £19 and £10. Ring (01483 772470) or email (shop@wokingfc.co.uk) to book your place.

By car

Exit junction 4 of the M25 onto the A21. After 4 miles fork left onto A232/Croydon Road, then right onto B265/Baston Road. After 1.5 miles the ground is on the right after a mini-roundabout.

By train

Make your way to Clapham Junction and change onto a London Victoria train. There are frequent trains from there to Bromley South. The quickest take 16 minutes and generally leave at 07, 22, 37 and 52 minutes past the hour. On return, the fastest trains are usually at 05, 20, 35 and 50 minutes past the hour.

Walking from the station to the ground takes about 15 minutes. Turn left out of the station and then right shortly afterwards into Westmoreland Road, at the traffic lights by the T-junction near the Police Station and the Churchill building. Turn left just after the church into Hayes Road. Take care to follow the road when it bears round to the left rather than ending up in Cameron Road. At the end of Hayes Road turn right into Hayes Lane having first crossed Hayes Lane using the traffic island near the mini-roundabout. The drive to the ground is about 200m on your left.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £15
OAPs 65 and over: £10
Armed Forces, NHS and Emergency Services: £10
Students (16 years and over): £5
U16s FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult and arriving before 2pm; £5 otherwise)
Premier League and Football League season ticket holders: £10

Appropriate ID required for concessions. Tickets can also be purchased in advance via Bromley FC website.

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 2 Bromley 0
11 August 2015

The Cards went into this game on the back of the disappointing opening day defeat at Tranmere Rovers and, above all, still reeling from the shock of the season-ending injury to top scorer Scott Rendell. Newly-promoted Bromley arrived in confident mood after their excellent 3-1 win at Wrexham. Their line-up included ex-Card, Moses Emmanuel.

Giuseppe Sole came in for Rendell, while Bruno Andrade made way for Woking’s latest signing, Kadell Daniel. There was a surprise re-appearance for Adam Newton on the substitutes’ bench.

A fairly even opening half hour seemed to swing Woking’s way when the visitors lost both Rob Swaine and Lee Minshull to injury. Shortly afterwards Gez Sole played in John Goddard for the first goal of what has proved to be a prolific season for the talented midfielder.

The Cards doubled their lead shortly after the break. Sole managed to get the better of keeper Alan Julian in a tousle for the ball and it fell kindly to Goddard, who smashed it into the net.

Woking largely dominated the rest of the half, with Goddard passing up an excellent chance for a hat-trick. Adam Newton came on towards the end to help quell Bromley’s main threat, winger Anthony Cook.

This was a very encouraging win for Garry Hill’s side, suggesting that they might be able to cope better than expected with the loss of Rendell.

Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice (Adam Newton 83), Chris Arthur, Mark Ricketts (c), Brian Saah, Ismail Yakubu, Joey Jones, Keiran Murtagh, Giuseppe Sole (Godfrey Poku 79), John Goddard, Kadell Daniel (Bruno Andrade 64)

Subs not used: Reece Beckles, Nick Hamann

Goals: John Goddard 36, 51

Bromley: Alan Julian, Ugo Udoji, Ali Fuseini, Rob Swaine (Jack Holland 40), Bradley Goldberg, Anthony Cook, Joe Anderson, Lee Minshull (Reece Prestedge 20), Alex Wall, Moses Emmanuel (Louis Dennis 64), Sean Francis

Subs not used: Pierre Joseph-Dubois, Ben May

Attendance: 1,507

COMING UP

The Cards travel to Grimsby Town in the league on Tuesday evening (23 February) and have to make their way there again a few days later when they play the Mariners in the Quarter-Final of the FA Trophy on Saturday 27 February.


Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget the Sportsman’s Dinner with Paul Merson on Friday 26 February: see details on the home page of the website.



Cards suffer defeat at Bromley

Haydn Cobb
10:34pm, Sat 20th Feb 2016
Bromley 2 Woking 1
February 20th 2016
Vanarama National League

Woking slipped to a second straight defeat in the Vanarama National League to see their play-off hopes take another dent, after John Goddard’s opener was trumped by a Moses Emmanuel penalty and an Adam Cunnington strike to hand Bromley victory.

Garry Hill’s side made a blistering start to the game by going ahead inside ten minutes as Goddard latched on to a Joe Quigley knockdown. Despite the bright start, an injury to new signing Sam Smith midway through the first half, coupled with ex-Card Emmanuel’s penalty, saw momentum swing to the home team in a frantic opening period.

Former Woking loanee Cunnington then latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the penalty box to slam home and despite a spirited fightback by the Cards, now a striker light, they couldn’t crack the Bromley defence.

The result sees Woking drop a place to 11th in the league and five points off the final play-off spot held by Gateshead. The team's attention now turns to a double-header against Grimsby Town, firstly in the league on Tuesday night before returning to Blundell Park for the FA Trophy quarter-final tie at the weekend.

After a disappointing home defeat to Guiseley AFC last weekend manager Garry Hill rang the changes with four switches. Brain Saah and Chris Arthur returned in defence, with Bruno Andrade’s impressive cameo last weekend giving him a starting role in midfield and new signing Sam Smith from Brackley Town coming straight in to join Joe Quigley in attack.

Woking, in their yellow away kit, started brightly and grabbed the initiative with a goal after six minutes. Andrade dribbled unopposed into the Bromley half and passed to Caprice whose tempting cross from the right wing saw Quigley rise highest to head the ball down to Goddard who slammed home from six yards for his 15th goal of the season.

In the early stages, Bromley looked very much a side who had lost four consecutive league matches coming into this fixture with ex-Card Moses Emmanuel, formerly Ademola, leading the home side’s attack.

Garry Hill’s game plan needed an early change for the second game running when new signing Smith hobbled off with a groin injury after 20 minutes, with Keiran Murtagh coming on as his replacement. The change marked a swing in momentum as Bromley went close through Lee Minshull, whose long range effort was pushed away for a corner by Jake Cole (pictured).

The resulting corner swung dangerously towards the goalmouth and glanced off the crossbar and three minutes later Bromley grabbed their equaliser in slightly fortunate circumstances. With Cameron Norman attempting to clear the ball while on the floor, a ricochet pushed it into the path of a Bromley attacker who was bundled over.

The referee pointed to the penalty spot, much to the exasperation of Norman, and Emmanuel duly slotted the ball into the bottom-left corner having sent Cole the wrong way.

Despite their positive start, Woking were caught on the back foot and went behind on the half-hour mark through another former Cards player, Adam Cunnington. Emmanuel pinched the ball off Woking on the edge of the box and the ball fell kindly to Cunnington who lashed home with a powerful right foot strike before celebrating with new Bromley manager and another ex-Cards star Neil Smith.

The travelling side continued to pose a threat at the other end with Quigley clipping the crossbar with a cute chip from the edge of the area but it was the home side who enjoyed the more sustained pressure when in possession.

Woking were able to weather a couple of good chances for Bromley, with Cole making a smart save when Emmanuel sprinted through one-on-one. Overall, facing the elements and plenty of home pressure, the Cards were relieved to reach the interval just one goal behind.

Half-time: Bromley 2 Woking 1

With a chance to sit down and reorganise, Hill’s team started the second period in a more positive fashion and went close to equalising after smart work on the left found Quigley, whose snapshot produced a fine save from Alan Julian.

Substitute Murtagh was then inches away from connecting with a teasing Goddard cross but the ball skipped away on the greasy surface and out for a throw-in. At the other end, Emmanuel remained a constant thorn in Woking’s side but Norman kept him under close scrutiny.

There was more pain for Woking as an injury to centre back Brain Saah saw the central defender limp off with a hamstring problem, to be replaced by Joey Jones. Murtagh again went close to scoring after a goalmouth scramble but the Woking midfielder’s effort was blocked by Rob Swaine.

Woking goalkeeper Cole was again called into action by another one-on-one with Emmanuel, but the Cards stopper was up to the task and stood tall to claw away the striker’s effort, effectively keeping Woking in the contest with 15 minutes remaining.

The Ravens seemed content with their one goal advantage in the closing stages and began to drop back, happy to threaten on the counterattack only. The extra space in the middle of the pitch allowed Woking to impose their passing game but they struggled to find that telling final delivery to carve open the Bromley defence.

Nevertheless, Goddard thought he’d grabbed a point for his team with a brilliant right-footed long range effort but he was denied by a fingertip save from Julian. With the Bromley defence remaining resilient during added-on time, Woking were resigned to their second straight defeat as their play-off hopes continue to recede.

Woking: Jake Cole, Chris Arthur, Brain Saah (Joey Jones 71), Cameron Norman, Jake Caprice, John Goddard, Matt Robinson (Alex Smith 71), Mark Ricketts (c), Bruno Andrade, Joe Quigley, Sam Smith (Keiran Murtagh 20)

Unused subs: Nick Hamann, Scott Griffiths

Goal: Goddard (6)

Bromley: Alan Julian, Joe Anderson, Rob Swaine, Sean Francis, Jack Holland, Adam Coombes, Ali Fuselini, Lee Minshull, Rodell Gordon, Adam Cunnington (Ben May 79), Moses Emmanuel (Bradley Goldberg 87)

Unused subs: Reise Allassani, Pierre Joseph-Dubois, Paul Rodgers

Goals: Emmanuel 24 (pen), Cunnington 30

Yellow Card: Minshull 62

My MOTM: Jake Cole – the Woking stopper made a string of excellent saves to keep his team in with a shout until the very end

Attendance: 1,227
Bromley LINEUP
WOKING LINEUP
1Jake Cole
2Jake Caprice
3Chris Arthur
5Brian Saah
26Cameron Norman
4Mark Ricketts
14Matt Robinson
15Bruno Andrade
11John Goddard
19Joe Quigley
16Sam Smith
BENCH
18Nick Hamann
23Scott Griffiths
7Joey Jones
8Keiran Murtagh
20Alex Smith

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