3:00pm - SaturdaySat 18th SeptemberSep 2010
| Att: 708

Welling United
Welling United
2 - 0


Welling United V Woking

Adam Horne
11:02am, Fri 17th Sep 2010
Tomorrow afternoon Welling United host Woking FC at Park View Road as both sides look to continue their impressive recent form. Woking have won their last two, and haven’t conceded in three matches, whilst Welling have won 5 of their last 6 matches, scoring 14 goals along the way. On form, this is likely to be The Cards’ toughest fixture of the season yet, but Graham Baker and his side will be looking to win nonetheless.


Having won their last two matches, The Cards are high on confidence, and will be desperate to make it three out of three against The Wings. With many players on form, Graham Baker will have his work cut out trying to pick a side tomorrow afternoon.

Aswad Thomas returns from suspension for tomorrow’s match, but may just struggle to gain a starting place with young Chris Bush, on loan from Brentford, being terrific at left back in recent matches. Captain Mark Ricketts may well continue at right-back, where he’s deputised for the past three matches, allowing Jerome Maledon and Francis Quarm to start on central midfield, a defence-minded partnership that may just thrive against Welling tomorrow afternoon.

Should Mark Ricketts move back into midfield, Ricky Anane may return to right-back, after playing on the right wing the last few matches. That would signal a return to the right for Moses Ademola who has filled in up front for the last two matches. He will most likely make his way back to the right with the return of Andy Forbes to bolster the front line. Meanwhile, Craig Faulconbridge, who came off the bench against Basingstoke to net two goals will be hoping the manager puts faith in him to hand him a starting place.

There’ll be some extra spice to this encounter after Woking enticed Welling midfielder Sam Hurrell to Kingfield over the summer, and the left winger will be desperate to play tomorrow afternoon against his old club. Another keen spectator will be Woking assistant manager Jimmy Dack, who plied his trade at Welling United in 2008/09.


Welling have started the season in fine form, having lost only once against top of the table Bromley. They’ve scored 16 goals to Woking’s seven, but have conceded ten, whilst Woking have conceded only eight. The Wings will be high on confidence coming into this home match against a somewhat inconsistent Woking team, however Welling face off field problems that will no doubt affect their on field morale.

Welling have recently been handed a 5 point deduction by the Football Conference relating to their financial affairs. They have the right to appeal, but should they be unsuccessful, the 5 point deduction will go someway to undoing much of what they have achieved so early in the season.

Manager Jamie Day will be keen to ensure none of the off-field turmoil affects his players mental states however and will be hoping they focus purely on the task at hand; gaining three points against The Cards.

Striker Andy Pugh will be once for The Cards’ defence to keep an eye on. In eight matches he’s scored four times, standing as the club’s top striker. Having said that, his strike partner Luis Cumbers has scored three goals so far this season and will be equally threatening. With such a threatening front line, Graham Baker will need to strike a balance and ensure his midfield work back enough to cut off supply to the threatening strike force, but will also need to ensure Woking do not sit too deep.

Whatever the case, this match is likely to be a tight affair.


By Coach

Departs: 12:30pm
Members: £12
Non-Members: £17

By Car

Leave the M25 at Junction 2. At the roundabout, take the A2 towards Central London. Leave the A2 at the third exit (Danson Interchange, signposted A221 to Bexleyheath and Sidcup).
Turn right (second exit) at the roundabout at the end of the slip road, and then turn right (third exit) at the next roundabout. Go under the A2 bridge and up the slope to another roundabout. Take the second exit and follow the road (Danson Road) to the traffic lights at the end. Turn left at the lights onto Park View Road. The ground is on the left. There is no car park, but plenty of street parking is available.

By Train

Nearest station: Welling

From Woking take the train to Waterloo, then from Waterloo East take the train to Welling.
The journey should take around 1½ hours.

The ground is about a 15 minute walk from the station.

Cards lose at Welling

Stephen Donaghey
10:30pm, Sat 18th Sep 2010
Welling United 2 Woking 0
Blue Square Bet South
18 September 2010

The Card’s three game unbeaten run game to an end at Park View Road after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Welling United. The saying "a game of two halves� comes to mind when describing a match, which saw such a contrast across the two periods.

Woking, who fielded the same side that beat Basingstoke last weekend and started brightly, enjoyed the best of the early exchanges. Early on Mark Ricketts' cross found the head of a stretching Dave Gilroy who could only head wide of the right hand post.

The Cards first clear cut chance fell to Moses Ademola (pictured) on 10 minutes when he latched onto a high through ball by Ricketts and after tussling with Welling’s centre back, struck a powerful shot towards goal only to be denied by the legs of Charlie Mitten. Ademola then had a second chance to open the scoring from a corner after a cushioned header by Chris Bush picked him out but his diving header was straight into the hands of the home keeper.

Indecision in the Welling back four almost gifted the lively Ademola a further chance as he drifted in between the keeper and centre back. However with little time or space he managed to put his shot wide.

Welling’s first sight of goal came 20 minutes into the game. Hesitant defending by Francis Quarm allowed Day to rob him of possession and he hit a low shot, which was well saved by Pidgeley turning the ball into the side netting.

Just after the half hour mark quick feet by Quarm, who made amends for his earlier error, resulted in Woking winning a dangerous free kick just outside the box. Toby Little took responsibility and his curled effort beat the stranded keeper and scraped the post.

Just before the break Ricky Anane’s deep back post cross picked out Dave Gilroy who had got away from his marker. His header could only find the arms of a grateful Mitten who had been the busier of the two goalkeepers. If placed either side of the keeper the ball was destined for the net and would have given the Card’s a well-deserved half time lead.

The first half came to a close goalless and with Woking the more forceful of the two sides, enjoying most of the possession and creating most of the chances.

Half-time: Welling United 0 Woking 0

As so often in football if you don’t take your chances you get punished. Ultimately the Cards were finally caught out in a second half, where they also failed to create many clear cut scoring opportunities throughout a frustrating second period.

Just ten minutes into the second half Woking were left to rue their failure to convert their earlier chances and against the run of play Welling took the lead. A long lofted ball from the centre of the park found Pugh who latched onto the pass and lifted the ball over the on rushing Pidgeley to put the home side one up.

After going behind the Cards struggled to open up the now well-organised Welling back four and became ever more frustrated as time began to run out. The visitors finally managed to create an opportunity to equalise through good individual work by Dave Gilroy with a quick turn and shot from a tight angle gathered in by Mitten at the near post.

Substitute Sogbanmu had a half chance to make an instant impact in the game when the ball dropped to him inside the box after a failed clearance from a corner. His effort was scooped high over the bar.

The game was effectively over with seven minutes remaining, when Pires’ intelligent, quick free kick beat Pidgeley who was still arranging his wall, and found the top corner of the net.

The home side ended the stronger and were able to see out the remaining moments comfortably to secure their victory with the Cards left to return home empty handed.

A disappointing result then for Woking, who could quite easily have come away with all three points if only they had capitalised on their numerous first half opportunities. Woking will be able to take away many positives from the first half display and must find some answers to a disappointing second.

Woking Team: Lenny Pidgeley, Mark Ricketts, Chris Bush, Jerome Maledon, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Ricky Anane (Ola Sogbanmu 72), Francis Quarm, Dave Gilroy, Moses Ademola (Craig Faulconbridge 54), Toby Little (Sam Hurrell 60)

Unused subs: Inns, Pegler

Welling United: Mitten, Coyle, Andrews, Sambrook (Cracknell 54), Obersteller, Day, Fazakerely, Pugh, Cumbers, Clarke, Healy (Pires 75)
Unused subs: Johnson, Billings, Omogbehin

MOTM: Francis Quarm

Attendance: 708
Welling United LINEUP
1Charlie Mitten
2Jamie Coyle
3Jack Obersteller
4Jamie Day
5Graeme Andrews
6Lee Clarke
7Loui Fazakerley
8Andy Sambrook ('54)
9Luis Cumbers
10Andy Pugh
11Joe Healy ('78)
12Dean Cracknell ('54)
14Jordan Johnson
15Loick Pires ('78)
16Ben Billings
17Femi Omogbehin
1Lenny Pidgeley
2Mark Ricketts
3Chris Bush
4Francis Quarm
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Ricky Anane ('75)
8Jerome Maledon
9Dave Gilroy
10Moses Ademola ('53)
11Toby Little ('60)
12Craig Faulconbridge ('53)
17Sam Hurrell ('60)
15Alan Inns
16Ola Sogbanmu ('75)
18Matt Pegler

Jimmy Dack Interview after Welling United 2-0 Woking

Alan Inns Interview

David Holmes
7:19pm, Sat 18th Sep 2010
Interview with Alan Inns following Woking's 2-0 defeat against Welling today.

Alan Inns:

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