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Cards target second win

Brian Caffarey
7:24am, Thu 8th Sep 2016
Guiseley AFC v Woking
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 10 September 2016

The Cards travel to bottom-of-the-table Guiseley on Saturday very much hoping that they can secure their second win of the season against a side which has gained only one point so far. Although it’s early in the season to be speaking of ‘six pointers’, there is no doubt that victory would be a considerable shot in the arm for whichever side can win this game.

WOKING

Macclesfield away was probably one of the fixtures Cards fans least wanted after the relative euphoria of Bank Holiday Monday’s 3-1 win over a lacklustre Chester side. The pessimism, born of many fruitless trips to the Moss Rose, proved well-founded as the Silkmen comfortably outplayed Garry Hill’s side, with Woking also seeing the talismanic Ismail Yakubu leave the field with a calf strain before half-time.

The game against Chester showed that this side can play some decent football and have the necessary determination to fight for a result. They will need to show the same qualities in abundance at Guiseley, who will be equally desperate to claim three points.

GUISELEY AFC

The Lions have risen quickly in recent years up the non-League pyramid, being promoted to the Conference North in 2009-10 and then going on to be defeated in four successive campaigns in the play-offs before finally gaining promotion in 2014-15. In their first year in the National League the Lions…

Guiseley’s start to the season has been even worse than ours, with seven successive defeats and last Saturday’s 0-0 home draw against Braintree Town, rooting them to the bottom of the table. After five losses the Board dispensed with the services of manager Mark Bower, who had guided them to three promotions, and his assistant, midfielder Danny Boshell. Highly experienced central defender Adam Lockwood (ex-Yeovil and Doncaster) has taken temporary charge. His first game at the helm saw a 1-4 home defeat against Bromley on 27 August. Since then the Lions have lost 1-0 away to Tranmere Rovers - not a bad result in itself – and then drawn against Braintree.

Over the summer Bower brought in a number of new faces, the best known of whom is striker Michael Rankine, who has done the rounds of a host of Conference clubs. Others included keeper Tim Deasy, who, however, has already left the club, being replaced by Jonny Maxted on a three-month loan from Forest Green Rovers; Ashley Palmer, a defender who was part of North Ferriby United’s rise to the National League; left back Marcus Williams, with over 250 Football League appearances to his credit; Danny East, a midfielder from Grimsby Town; Javan Vidal, a midfielder/defender from Wrexham; Dave Syers, a midfielder formerly with Rochdale and Scunthorpe; and Jordan Preston, a 20 year-old striker from Blackburn Rovers. Lockwood has now added midfielder Simon Walton, who made over 30 appearances for Crawley Town last season in League 2, to the squad.

GETTING THERE

Guiseley AFC
Nethermoor Park
Otley Road
Guiseley
Leeds
LS20 8BT

Official website: www.guiseleyafc.co.uk
By coach
The Cards Trust is not running a coach to this game. The news item of 6 September announced that the Club had offered some train tickets to fans for a donation.

By car

Guiseley is about 220 miles from Woking and the AA gives a driving time of just over four hours. Head for the M1 and then the M621 (Leeds Centre). At J1 take the A6110/Ring Road exit to A653/Dewsbury Airport. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Ring Road/A6110. Follow A6110 for about a mile and a half till you reach the exit for Ring Road Farsley/A6120. Follow A6120 for about two and a half miles till you reach the exit onto Rawdon Road/A65. Follow A65 for about two to three miles until you reach the ground on your right.

There is a free car park extremely close to the ground on Netherfield Road (Sat Nav postcode LS20 9PD). Parking here is free and you can access Nethermoor by the footbridge in the back corner.  

By train

Guiseley is on the Wharfedale Line, served by trains from Leeds, Bradford and Ilkley. You’d probably want to take a train from London KX up to Leeds, which can be reached direct or via a change at Doncaster, but you might find a better price going via Bradford. The overall journey time from KX to Guiseley, via Leeds, varies but is roughly three hours. For example, the 10.03 from KX would get you to Guiseley at 13.13 via a change (and a 40-minute wait) at Leeds, while the 10.48 would get you there at 13.46 via Doncaster and Leeds. The last possible (and quickest) train from KX would be the 11.35, which would get you to Guiseley at 14.14 via Leeds. Look up www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.trainline.com for more details of times and prices.

Nethermoor is about five minutes’ walk from Guiseley station.   Exit into the station car park and walk diagonally across it towards the path between hedges that leads to a terrace of stone-built houses. Walk to the end of the terrace and turn right into Otley Road – Nethermoor is 200 yards on the right.

The first trains back after the game, via Leeds, leave at 17.26 and 17.52.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £15
Concessions £10
12-18 year-olds £5
Accompanied U12s Free

COMING UP

The Cards follow their Guiseley trip with two attractive home games against Torquay United (Tuesday 13 September) and Wrexham (Saturday 17 September). Make sure both matches are in your diary!


Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget to book your tickets for the “Evening with Elvis� on Friday 30 September: see the news item on 31 August for more details.

Cards rescue crucial point at Guiseley

Ian Toft
12:00am, Sat 10th Sep 2016
Guiseley AFC 1 Woking FC 1
Vanarama National League
September 10th 2016


A late deflected strike from Fabio Saraiva earned Woking a share of the spoils at fellow National League strugglers Guiseley.

Having been brought on as a late substitute Saraiva connected with a Chike Kandi cross and the fierce deflection took it away from the goalkeeper to level the scores. The goal restored parity after Adam Boyes had given the West Yorkshire side an early second half lead.

Coming off of the back of the defeat at Macclesfield Garry Hill adopted a 3-5-2 system with new loan signing Connor Essam joining Brian Saah and Joey Jones in defence. Jake Caprice and Nathan Ralph were employed as wing backs, getting up the field where possible to join the midfield trio of Murtagh, Kretzschmar and Lewis. In his first league start of the season Delano Sam-Yorke returned from injury to join Gozie Ugwu up front.

Wearing all yellow the Cards showed their intent from the start and put the Lions under immediate pressure. A back pass from the Guiseley defence to home goalkeeper Jon Maxted was miskicked into the path of Murtagh whose first time shot was hit powerfully but wide.

Guiseley hit back immediately with the speed and trickery of Reece Webb-Foster regularly at the heart of their attacking. The new loan signing from Bradford City saw an early shot curl narrowly over the Woking crossbar.

For the Cards Gozie Ugwu was intent on making himself a nuisance to the Guiseley defence. A good chance in the 6th minute was created by his tenacity. After twisting past two defenders the striker’s low shot was only denied by Maxted’s efforts to palm the ball beyond his post.

The home side again attacked with a Clee cross finding its way to Boyes who was free and in space to head for goal. Michael Poke in the Cards goal was relieved to see the shot narrowly clip the top of crossbar and out for a goal kick.

Minutes late the Lions pushed Woking back again as Will Hatfield surged forward on a mazy run. Once inside the box he shot powerfully but this was well read by Jake Caprice whose strong block took the ball away for a corner.

As the game see-sawed back and forth the Cards carved out a series of good chances to break the deadlock. In the 20th minute, an in-swinging corner from Kretzschmar found its way to an unmarked Ugwu. However his first time header was not low enough to trouble Maxted. Minutes later Lewis found the gap to shoot strongly for goal. The power of the shot showed a visible swerve but Maxted got across acrobatically to tip the ball around the post. From the resulting play some intelligent play by Sam-Yorke played in Ugwu. However, on this occasion, he was unable to trouble Maxted with his tame shot.

At the other end Webb-Foster was causing difficulties for the Cards defence. Having seen a 20 yard free kick narrowly clear the crossbar, he then played in Clee whose left footed shot looked goal bound until Poke got his fingers behind the shot to claw the ball beyond the far post.

As the first half drew to a close the Lions were beginning to find a way to control the pace of the game and Woking found their opportunities more at a premium. Shortly before the break Guiseley had one last chance to get ahead when Webb-Foster played in Purver. Again Michael Poke reacted well to the fierce shot to ensure parity at half-time.

Half Time: Guiseley 0 Woking 0

Worryingly for the Cards they appeared to come out of the changing rooms sluggishly for the second half. Within two minutes of the restart they were behind. After cutting inside from the left touchline Clee found time to cross into the box. Boyes read the move better than the Cards defence and he was able to meet the ball with a powerful strike that this time would be too far from Poke and hit the top corner of the net.

Immediately from the restart Woking were again on the back foot as the Lions searched for a quick second goal. Jordan Preston was sent clear with only Poke to beat. However this time the Cards goalkeeper did just enough to divert the shot for a corner.

The Cards got their first opportunity in the 52nd minute as Caprice made progress down the right hand flank. His cross looked to be good for Murtagh but the Cards Captain could only head wide of the goal.

However shortly after Murtagh again pushed forward and found the space and time to generate a strong long range shot. With Maxted, beaten the ball rose narrowly too high of the top corner of the goal.

In chasing the game it was becoming apparent that the Cards were now enjoying their best spell of the match. This was underlined by an excellent opportunity to level in the 60th minute when Caprice’s cross found Ugwu. After his initial shot was blocked by a Lions defender the ball came straight back to him but his follow-up sailed high over the bar.

With a frantic pace to the game and players understandably tiring Garry Hill called in the changes and introduced Saraiva, Kandi and Penny. It would prove to be the way back into the game for Woking.

In the 82nd minute Kandi was set loose down the right hand side. His quick thinking saw him cross early for an unmarked Saraiva approximately 12 yards out. As he met it first time to head goal bound an instinctive deflection diverted the ball away from the committed Maxted who could only see the net behind him bulge. Saraiva was joined by his teammates as they celebrated in front of the Cards fans standing behind the goal.

With time running out it was the Cards who pushed forward for the winner. Saraiva’s low cross had the home defence scrambling to clear and with the final attack shots from both Kandi and Saraiva were both frantically blocked as Guiseley held out for a point.

Some may argue that the result will do little to help either team in their respective battles to escape the lower reaches of the National League. However the Cards can take great heart that they found a way to battle back and deny a potential relegation rival victory in this proverbial ‘six-pointer’.

Woking 3-5-2: Michael Poke, Jake Caprice (Charlie Penny 79), Joey Jones, Brian Saah, Connor Essam, Nathan Ralph, Keiran Murtagh (c), Max Kretzschmar (Fabio Saraiva 65), Dennon Lewis, Gozie Ugwu, Delano Sam-Yorke (Chike Kandi 65)

Unused subs: Brandon Hall, Charlie Carter

Goal: Fabio Saraiva (82)

Booked: None

Guiseley 4-2-3-1: Jon Maxted, Javan Vidal, Ashley Palmer, Robert Atkinson (c), Nicky Clee, Jake Lawlor, Alex Purver, Jordan Preston, Reece Webb-Foster (Marcus Williams 60), Will Hatfield, Adam Boyes (Michael Rankine 90)

Unused subs: Dan Atkinson, Luke Porritt, Simon Walton

Goal: Adam Boyes (47)

Booked: None

My MOTM: Keiran Murtagh – A Captain’s performance with assured leadership. Pulled his side back up when the chips were down and led by example in looking for ways to get Woking back in the game. Keiran helped to break up play when Guiseley applied pressure but was also at the heart of Woking’s efforts to push forward in search of the equaliser.

Attendance: 649
Guiseley AFC LINEUP
WOKING LINEUP
1Michael Poke
2Jake Caprice ('79)
11Nathan Ralph
4Joey Jones
5Brian Saah
22Connor Essam
8Keiran Murtagh
15Max Kretzschmar ('65)
16Dennon Lewis
9Gozie Ugwu
17Delano Sam-Yorke ('65)
BENCH
18Brandon Hall
12Charlie Carter
14Fabio Saraiva ('65)
7Charlie Penny ('79)
21Chike Kandi ('65)

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