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3:00pm - MondayMon 28th MarchMar 2016
| Att: 550

Welling United
Welling United
2 - 1

Woking
Woking

Cards look to build on point gained

Brian Caffarey
11:40am, Sun 27th Mar 2016
Welling United v Woking
Vanarama National League
3pm on Monday 28 March 2016

The Cards will have taken heart from their draw against Kidderminster Harriers yesterday, which ended a miserable run of seven consecutive league defeats. But they will have to work hard to build on that tomorrow against a Welling United side who, like the Harriers, are still fighting for their lives down at the wrong end of the table.

WOKING

Garry Hill’s side performed encouragingly yesterday for a good part of the game and should really have got the three points in the bag before Harriers had the chance to rally and salvage a point. Garry was particularly pleased with the performance of goalscorer, Daniel Carr, who led the line. Garry has indicated that, with two games in forty-eight hours, he expects to make some changes in the side for tomorrow’s match.

WELLING UNITED

Loui Fazakerley, who masterminded the Wings’ miraculous escape from relegation on goal difference last season, was sacked in January and replaced by Dean Frost, who was first team coach under former manager, Jamie Day.

The Wings have gained three creditable draws in their last four games – away at Eastleigh on Good Friday, away at Southport and at home to Cheltenham Town (with the Robins only equalising at the last gasp) – but a point apiece has not been enough to close the gap on the teams above them. They now sit one place off the bottom with 29 points from 40 games, nine points from safety, having played more games than most of the teams around them. The point at Eastleigh on Friday was all the more remarkable because Michael Bakare was sent off in the 25th minute.

Recent changes to the Wings’ squad include the departure of midfielder Ricky Wellard and the arrival of several players: Scott Kashket, on a youth loan from Leyton Orient; Ibrahim Kargbo, former captain of the Sierra Leone national side, who has been banned from playing in the Netherlands as a result of match-fixing allegations; and keeper Jack Bloxsome, cover for Michael McEntegart, who is deputising for Fulham loanee Marek Rodak, who is on international duty. Well-known players include striker Sahr Kabba.

Former Card Kadell Daniel, who joined the Wings in the transfer window, was an unused substitute on Friday.

GETTING THERE

Welling United FC
Park View Road
Welling
Kent
DA16 1SY
Website:www.wellingunited.com
By Coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 12.30pm. Prices are £15 for members and £20 for non-members with U16s at £8/£10 (maximum of two per paying adult).

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 catch the train to Welling. Direct trains, from Platform A, are at 05 and 35 minutes past the hour and take 28 minutes e.g. the 13.35 arrives at 14.03 and the 14.05 arrives at 14.33. Other trains involve a change at London Bridge or Lewisham. On the way back, direct trains to Waterloo East are at 04 and 34 minutes past the hour. The ground is an easy 15-20 minutes’ walk from the station. Just walk down to the main road (Bellegrove Road/Welling High Street), turn left and keep going till you reach the ground on your right. Buses 89, 486 and B16 pass the ground.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £15
Over 60: £9
12-17 inclusive: £5
Students: £10 (with NUS card)
U12: Free with paying adult
Seating: £1 extra

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 2 Welling United 0
Vanarama National League
31 August 2015

John Goddard and new signing Jimmy Keohane scored the goals as the Cards maintained their one hundred percent home record with a comfortable victory over Welling United at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

After a goalless first period, Goddard opened the scoring just past the hour mark, heading home Bruno Andrade’s deep cross into the corner of the net. Keohane then made the game safe with just over ten minutes to go, collecting a pass from Keiran Murtagh on the edge of the area before skilfully turning his man and firing past the goalkeeper.

Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice, Chris Arthur, Terell Thomas, Brian Saah, Joey Jones, Keiran Murtagh (c), John Goddard (Ben Pattie 87), Kadell Daniel (Jimmy Keohane 68), Bruno Andrade (Andrew Mills 90), Dan Holman

Subs not used: Giuseppe Sole, Nick Hamann

Goals: John Goddard 62, Jimmy Keohane 78

Welling United: Tom King, Harry Osborne, Ben Jefford, Michael Chambers, Sam Corne, Harry Lee (Afolabi Obafemi 82), Reece Harris, Kevin Lokko, George Porter, Ricky Wellard (Kojo Awotwi 73), Xavier Vidal

Subs not used: Mike McEntegart, Zach Fagan, Tashan Adeyinka

Attendance: 1,675

NEXT GAME

The Cards are away at Southport next Saturday (2 April) and then at home to Gateshead on Saturday 9 April.


Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Why not pop along to the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Thursday 31 March and Tuesday 5 April to see the U18 side take on, respectively, their counterparts from Fulham and Brighton and Hove Albion? The Fulham game starts at 7.30pm, while the Brighton game kicks off at 7pm. Entry is only £3 for adults and £1 for U16s.






Another defeat for the Cards

Brian Caffarey
10:42pm, Mon 28th Mar 2016
Welling United 2 Woking 1
Vanarama National League
28 March 2016

Cards fans who had hoped that the point gained against Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday marked a turning point in a miserable end to the season were brought down to earth this afternoon as Garry Hill’s side slipped to their eighth defeat in their last nine league games against the struggling Wings. A combination of hesitant defending, poor finishing, some below-par performances and greater determination from the home side was enough to see the Cards leave empty-handed once again.

Garry made four changes from Saturday’s starting line-up, with Cameron Norman and Jake Robinson coming in at full back to replace Jake Caprice and Chris Arthur, and Godfrey Poku and Matt Robinson replacing Mark Ricketts and Bruno Andrade in midfield.

After a stormy night the Park View Road pitch, though sanded in places, was in remarkably good shape as the game started in bright sunshine and with the wind having abated. The Cards began reasonably promisingly, Joey Jones stepping out of defence to weave his way to the byline but with his cross falling behind Mike McEntegart’s goal. Daniel Carr, lively in the first half, played a fine ball across to John Goddard, whose quick shuffle opened up a shooting chance, blocked by a Welling defender – with the same fate befalling Carr himself a few moments later.

But Jones was soon in trouble at the back, with his failure to decisively clear the ball resulting in Sahr Kabba going down in the area. Vociferous shouts for a penalty resulted in a free-kick to Woking – much to the incredulity of the Welling bench and home fans.

Another Woking attack, with Carr again looking threatening, was followed by more indecision at the back, Saah selling Jones short, who was then booked for a late tackle on Kabba, who proved a thorn in the side of Woking’s central defenders until his enforced substitution early in the second half.

A smart turn in midfield from Carr led to another decent Woking attack as he fed Goddard. From the resulting corner Jones headed onto the top of the crossbar, with the ball being helped on its way by McEntegart. A minute later a scramble on the edge of the Wings’ area saw Keiran Murtagh nudge the ball to Carr, who fired a rising shot over the bar.

Welling went even closer in the 20th minute after Kashket had made an enterprising run through midfield, setting up Kabba, whose goalbound effort was saved by a sprawling Jake Cole, the ball hitting the Woking keeper on the head.

Carr impressed again as he rode two attempted tackles, only to be finally brought down not far outside the area. Goddard stepped up to send a fine free-kick curling onto to the top of the crossbar.

But it was the home side who made the breakthrough and, once again, it was Woking’s vulnerability at set pieces that was their undoing. Lokko was allowed a free header at the far post from only a few yards out and had no difficulty in placing the ball firmly into the net.

The goal, not surprisingly, gave the Wings a lift, with Kabba continuing to cause problems for Saah in particular.

The woodwork came to Welling’s aid again in the 33rd minute as Goddard just managed to reach a cross at the far post, poking the ball against the post. Somehow or other the Welling goal survived as the ball ran along the line and appeared to ricochet off a defender.

Shortly before half-time Goddard had to give way with what looked like a hamstring strain, with Bruno Andrade coming on to replace him. The three minutes of added time were notable only for a well-struck, left-footed effort from Carr which went narrowly wide.

The Cards left the field perhaps slightly unfortunate to be a goal down on the balance of play but with only themselves to blame for some poor defending.

Half-time: Welling United 1 Woking 0

The home side started the second half strongly, pressing the Cards back down the Woking left. It was something of a surprise, therefore, when Matt Robinson, who enjoyed a much better second half, linking up well with the overlapping Joe Robinson, skipped past the Welling left back and made for the byline. As he pulled the ball back it struck a Welling defender, who deflected it past McEntegart to pull the Cards level at 1-1.

Matt Robinson had the ball in the net some five minutes later but the referee had already blown for a foul from a corner.

Jones was perhaps lucky to stay on the pitch as he perpetrated a rash challenge in the 60th minute. But the Cards paid the penalty anyway as Nortei Nortey got in front of his marker to direct the free-kick just inside Cole’s post to make the score 2-1 to Welling.

But for a superb sliding block by Norman the lead could easily have been extended a minute later. This let-off might have been even more significant if the Cards could have taken advantage of several good chances which then came their way. Andrade, who had not managed to get into the match out on the left flank, was possibly taken by surprise as the ball reached him from a corner but his low downward header offered no threat. Murtagh then missed the best chance of all. A good cross from Matt Robinson presented him with a free header right in front of the goal but he failed to connect properly and the ball bounced off the turf and harmlessly away.

Garry Hill then threw Gez Sole on for Poku but the immediate threat came at the other end as Taylor bisected the Woking defence. A goal looked certain as Saggers strode clear but Cole pulled off a fantastic save and then, a minute later, executed another fine block.

Woking’s wastefulness in front of goal was evident again as Matt Robinson pulled the ball back to Sole, who sidefooted over the bar.

That, in effect, was the end of Woking’s offensive threat for the afternoon, although there was still some ten minutes of play, including four minutes of added time. Murtagh directed a flicked header towards the keeper but, for the most part, the home side managed to keep the play well away from any danger areas and stifled any attempts by the visitors to grab an equaliser.

Aside from a few flashes from Carr and Goddard in the first half and Matt Robinson in the second, and some more fine keeping from Cole, this was generally a pretty uninspiring performance from Garry Hill’s side. There was no lack of effort but the defence was sometimes hesitant, the midfield failed to impose itself and the good chances which were created were not taken. Against moderate, if determined, opposition the likes of Murtagh, Andrade and Butcher ought to have been able to have made more impact. Cards fans will be beginning to wonder if they are going to see another win before the season ends.

Welling United: Mike McEntegart, Barney Williams, Joey Taylor, Nortei Nortey, Kevin Lokko (Luke Saggers 73), Luke Wanadio, Ian Gayle, Sam Corne, Ibrahim Kargbo, Scott Kashket (George Porter 87), Sahr Kabba (Kadell Daniel 57)

Unused subs: Jack Bloxsome, Reece Harris

Goals: Kevin Lokko 28, Nortei Nortey 62

Booked: Ibrahim Kargbo

Woking: Jake Cole, Joe Robinson, Joey Jones (Chris Arthur 65) , Brian Saah, Cameron Norman, John Goddard (Bruno Andrade 42), Godfrey Poku (Giuseppe Sole 74), Keiran Murtagh, Matt Butcher, Matt Robinson, Daniel Carr

Goal: Ian Gayle o.g. 55

Unused subs: Jake Caprice, Mark Ricketts

Booked: Joey Jones and Joe Robinson

My MOTM: A difficult choice but it goes marginally to Daniel Carr for a lively first half performance.

Attendance: 550





Welling United LINEUP
WOKING LINEUP
1Jake Cole
27Joe Robinson
26Cameron Norman
5Brian Saah
7Joey Jones ('65)
8Keiran Murtagh
12Godfrey Poku ('75)
14Matt Robinson
28Matt Butcher
11John Goddard ('42)
23Daniel Carr
BENCH
2Jake Caprice
3Chris Arthur ('65)
4Mark Ricketts
15Bruno Andrade ('42)
10Giuseppe Sole ('75)

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