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Woking
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3 - 3

Eastleigh
Eastleigh

Cards look for more home joy

Brian Caffarey
6:04am, Thu 29th Sep 2016
Woking v Eastleigh
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 1 October 2016

The Cards face another formidable test on Saturday when ambitious, well-resourced, Eastleigh, unbeaten in their last eight games and only one point off the play-off places, make the short trip to the Laithwaite Community Stadium. But Garry Hill’s side can take confidence from the fact that they have won their last three home games and played well at Tranmere last weekend even though they came away on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline. Come down and cheer on the side to another home win! And make sure you bring all the youngsters: on Saturday the Club will be celebrating the Junior Cards scheme (see below). The Club would like to thank Tremblays for sponsoring Saturday’s game.

WOKING

After losing their first three home games, Garry Hill’s side have racked up successive home wins over Chester, Torquay and Wrexham and put in some exhilarating performances in the process. It was disappointing that the side had no joy at Tranmere but Garry Hill took a lot of positives from the display and will no doubt be expecting his side to have a real go at the Spitfires.

Connor Essam, on loan from Eastleigh, won’t be eligible to play as part of the loan agreement but Cards fans will be very interested to see what role new loan signing, Matt Tubbs, will play in Saturday’s game. They will be hoping that he can add to his hugely impressive goal scoring record in League and non-League football.

EASTLEIGH

A relatively poor start to the season, in particular a 2-4 home defeat at the hands of Dover Athletic, saw Chris Todd quickly relieved of the managerial reins and replaced by the vastly experienced Ronnie Moore, most recently manager of Hartlepool United but associated for many years with Tranmere Rovers and Rotherham United. Moore has made an excellent start to his time at the Silverlake Stadium, recording five wins and three draws, including an impressive 1-0 win at Macclesfield Town in their last away game. Last Saturday they were a little fortunate, it seems, to claim all three points in beating Sutton United 2-1 at home, being heavily indebted to a ‘man of the match’ display from new keeper, Ryan Clarke.

The Spitfires’ squad is full of some of the best-known players in the non-League world, including striker James Constable, who was promoted with Oxford United through the play-off final; midfielders Andy Drury, best known for his time at Luton Town, Jai Reason, Luke Coulson, David Pipe and Jake Howells; and defenders Joe Partington and Ryan Cresswell.

Recent changes have seen keeper Ross Flitney leave, being replaced by Ryan Clarke, arriving after an unhappy spell at AFC Wimbledon, whom he joined from Northampton Town in the summer, while Yemi Odubade signed for Maidstone United, promptly scoring two goals on his debut for the Stones. Ben Strevens, midfielder and assistant manager, has also left but arriving this week was veteran striker Jamie Cureton, now 41 but with 45 appearances to his credit for Dagenham and Redbridge last season and an impressive career which has also included spells at Bristol Rovers, Norwich City, Reading and QPR.

A player who has caught the eye this season is 21 year-old French striker Mikhael Mandron, who joined from Sunderland in the summer, having had loan spells at Fleetwood Town, Shrewsbury and Hartlepool in recent seasons. He is top scorer with five league goals, followed by Luke Coulson with three.

The Spitfires have 22 points from 12 games and sit in 7th place in the table.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £18
Over 65/Students with valid student card £13
U16s £5

The game will be segregated, with away fans standing in the Chris Lane Terrace or seated in part of the Leslie Gosden Stand.

Adam Newton is the Special Guest in the Geoff Chapple Lounge on Saturday. Contact Elliot Machin (elliot.machin@wokingfc.co.uk) to enjoy the fine hospitality in the Lounge.

JUNIOR CARDS

Saturday’s game has been designated as a Junior Cards day with special activities, a half-time penalty shoot-out and a profiling of the Junior Cards. Every Junior Cards member receives three free match tickets as well as being eligible for many discounts, benefits and special events. Membership is £10 for the first family member and £5 for each subsequent child – so very good savings can be made.
(www.cardstrust.co.uk/junior-cards/)

COMING UP

The Cards follow Saturday’s game with two away fixtures: at Bromley on Tuesday (4 October) and Sutton United the following Saturday (8 October). With both games relatively easy to get to compared with previous away matches, it would be great to see a big turnout from Cards fans. Woking will be playing in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round on Saturday 15 October. (The 3rd Qualifying Round is being played this weekend.) The next home league game is on Saturday 22 October when Barrow are the visitors.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. It’s not too late to book for the Elvis Tribute Night tomorrow (Friday) evening: look up the details on the Club website.

Cards grab a point in a rousing comeback

Brian Caffarey
8:29pm, Sat 1st Oct 2016
Woking 3 Eastleigh 3
Vanarama National League
1 October 2016

Another rousing second-half performance saw the Cards claw back a valuable point after going behind in the 7th minute to a Luke Coulson goal, which Matt Tubbs, making his debut after his midweek loan signing, cancelled out with a deft header on 23 minutes. More poor defending, however, saw the Spitfires add further goals in the 29th and 45th minutes through Adam Dugdale and Joe Partington. Delano Sam-Yorke reduced the deficit in the 59th minute, with substitute Luke Kandi equalising in the 79th minute. In a thrilling finale either side could have claimed all three points but an animated Garry Hill was clearly delighted with his side’s stirring comeback.

The Cards were missing Jake Caprice and Gozie Ugwu through injury, Nathan Ralph through suspension and Connor Essam as a condition of his loan from the Spitfires. The two midweek signings, Tubbs and Frankie Sutherland, both claimed starting places, with only four substitutes on the bench. Ismail Yakubu, Joey Jones and Brian Saah formed the central three at the back, while the midfield five comprised Dennon Lewis, Sutherland, Keiran Murtagh, Charlie Carter and Fabio Saraiva, with Sam-Yorke and Tubbs up front.

Eastleigh started on the front foot, aided by some loose possession from the Cards. A panicky clearance from Carter, who otherwise had a fine first half, led to an attack down Woking’s right. As the cross came over, Coulson, unmarked, arrived at the far post to slot the ball past Michael Poke to make it 0-1 with only seven minutes gone.

The Cards continued to look shaky at the back as two more crosses were fired in, one just too high for Mikhael Mandron to direct his header. But Lewis began to threaten on Woking’s right, and Saraiva, Carter and Sam-Yorke combined well, with Carter’s blocked shot falling nicely for keeper Clarke. The last-named then needed two attempts to grasp a Jones header, from a Murtagh free-kick, which hung in the air at the far post.

On 23 minutes Tubbs showed all his striking instincts to position himself cleverly between huge defenders to guide a deft header off the far post and into the back of the net to make it 1-1.

Another fine move a minute later, involving Carter and Saraiva, saw Sam-Yorke guide a cross just wide. But the Cards were soon undone by more lax defending. A free-kick was messily defended in the box, with Dugdale getting behind Yakubu to lift the ball over Poke to make it 1-2 on 29 minutes.

The Cards’ defence continued to look vulnerable as James Constable ran clear on the right, planting the ball beyond the far post, and Coulson charged through the middle, leaving Jones in his wake, while a loose ball from Sutherland nearly proved costly. At the other end Tubbs slipped a cute ball through to Sam-Yorke, who was crowded out, and Lewis and Jones worked well to fashion a half-chance for the big Woking striker.

Just when the emphasis needed to be on getting to half-time only a goal down, more poor defending enabled the Spitfires to extend their lead. Partington looked unchallenged as he directed a near-post header past Poke from a corner.

Half-time: Woking 1 Eastleigh 3

A quiet opening ten minutes gave little hint of the drama to follow. The arrival of Anthony Edgar for Sutherland, who had nevertheless worked hard, injected urgency and vitality into Woking’s offensive play, which was aided too by Jones moving forward. Only three minutes later, in the 59th minute, Sam-Yorke glanced a Saraiva free-kick just inside Clarke’s post: it was not clear who was more surprised to see the ball nestling in the net.

With a vocal crowd urging the Cards on, Garry Hill’s side went all-out for an equaliser. Sam-Yorke did well to get down the by-line. His dinked cross nearly crept in at Clarke’s far post but Edgar kept it in play, with Carter’s header from Saraiva’s cross being clutched by the keeper. Two minutes later a Murtagh break unluckily came to nought as his pass inside was intercepted. Edgar then tore forward but his tantalising crossfield ball just eluded his team mates.

Saraiva tried from distance but shot well over, while Jones was foiled by Clarke after an astute Tubbs’ lay-off had given him sight of the Spitfires’ goal.

In what proved to be an inspired substitution Garry Hill brought on Luke Kandi for Carter in the 73rd minute. But Eastleigh came close to spoiling the Cards’ revival as a quick break was nullified only by a fine save by Poke, with Murtagh clearing off the line.

On 78 minutes Max Kretzschmar came on for Yakubu and immediately played a key role in Woking’s equaliser, playing the ball wide to Tubbs, who provided a perfectly-judged ball for the arriving Kandi just beyond the far post. Kandi still had a lot to do but, from a tight angle, fired superbly into the far side of Clarke’s goal.

In an enthralling finale, the visitors nearly grabbed the lead again as a header was blocked and then hacked away to safety. Edgar planted a free-kick narrowly wide after Sam-Yorke had been fouled just outside the box. In the four minutes of added time Sam-Yorke came agonisingly close to claiming a winner as he robbed Reda Johnson but he couldn’t quite prod the ball past Clarke, who might well then have brought him down.

The Cards left the field to a well-deserved ovation. Once again, the side had shown great spirit and commitment in making a tremendous comeback against fancied opponents after looking close to being dead and buried at half-time.

The Cards travel to Bromley on Tuesday evening in an important encounter against another side struggling to move away from the relegation zone. More of the same commitment – but with some better defending! – will be needed to come away with a result.

Woking: Michael Poke, Joey Jones, Ismail Yakubu (Max Kretzschmar 78), Brian Saah, Dennon Lewis, Frankie Sutherland (Anthony Edgar 57), Keiran Murtagh, Charlie Carter (Luke Kandi 73), Fabio Saraiva, Delano Sam-Yorke, Matt Tubbs

Unused substitute: Brandon Hall

Goalscorers: Tubbs 23, Sam-Yorke 59, Kandi 79

Booked: Sutherland

Eastleigh: Ryan Clarke, Joe Partington, Michael Green, Adam Dugdale, Reda Johnson, Andy Drury, Jai Reason (Adam Dawson 70), Luke Coulson, Jason Taylor, James Constable (Jamie Cureton 70), Mikhael Mandron

Unused substitutes: David Pipe, Ryan Huddart, Ryan Bird

Goalscorers: Coulson 7, Dugdale 29, Partington 45

Booked: Johnson, Partington

Sponsor’s (Tremblays) MOTM: Fabio Saraiva (pictured)

Attendance: 1403 (180 away fans)





WOKING LINEUP
1Michael Poke
16Dennon Lewis
14Fabio Saraiva
4Joey Jones
5Brian Saah
6Ismail Yakubu ('78)
8Keiran Murtagh
12Charlie Carter ('73)
23Frankie Sutherland ('57)
7Matt Tubbs
17Delano Sam-Yorke
BENCH
18Brandon Hall
15Max Kretzschmar ('78)
19Anthony Edgar ('57)
21Chike Kandi ('73)
Eastleigh LINEUP

Woking 3 - 3 Eastleigh (Garry Hill Interview)

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