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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 29th OctoberOct 2016
Meadow Park | Att: 405

Boreham Wood
Boreham Wood
2 - 1


Cards need big performance

Brian Caffarey
9:54am, Thu 27th Oct 2016
Boreham Wood v Woking
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 29 October 2016

Cards fans will be hoping that the damaging, shock home defeat at the hands of Braintree Town on Tuesday night will spur the side to a big performance at Boreham Wood on Saturday, where they can expect to come up against former Woking favourites, Mark Ricketts and Bruno Andrade. Make the short trip if you can to cheer on Garry Hill’s side in what is sure to be a testing encounter.


Having recovered well from conceding an unlucky early goal, via a deflected free-kick, on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 half-time lead – which would have been 3-1 but for a bizarre offside decision by an assistant referee – the Cards fell away badly in the second half, with a disjointed display allowing the Iron to grab all three points in a 3-2 win. The defeat left the Cards still sitting in 20th place but only on goal difference from Braintree, while another bottom four side, Southport, also won to draw level on 13 points.

The Cards missed the suspended Keiran Murtagh on Tuesday evening and will be glad to have him back to try to wrest control of the midfield.


The Wood, having achieved their third promotion in eleven years, did well to survive a testing first season in the National League, winning their last three games to escape the drop, and now look to have strengthened very considerably, boosted by their decision midway through last season to go full-time.

Apart from Ricketts, appointed captain, and Andrade (whose contract has already been extended), manager Luke Garrard’s summer captures included two players who were part of the exodus from Braintree Town: Iron skipper, midfielder Kenny Davis, and defender Matt Paine. Other new arrivals included keeper Grant Smith from Bognor Regis Town, whose impressive form has gained him an England C cap; winger Adriano Moke from Wrexham; left back Feli Ilesanmu from York City but also with over 100 appearances for Dagenham and Redbridge on his CV; striker Angelo Balanta, seven years with QPR but most recently at Carlisle United; Morgan Ferrier, a powerful young striker whose clubs have included Arsenal and Watford but who was with Bishop’s Stortford and Hemel Hempstead last season and who has recently been selected for the England C side; and Daniel Uchechi, a Nigerian U23 international forward, who was playing in Sweden last season but has spent time with West Ham and Leicester City amongst other top-flight clubs.

Players on loan include last season’s top scorer, Jamie Lucas, returning from Bristol Rovers; Aaron Kuhl, former captain of Reading’s U21 side; and Anthony Jeffrey, returning for a fourth spell after having been sold to Forest Green Rovers in January.

Other well-known players in a strong Wood squad include midfielder Ricky Shakes, former Barnet defender David Stephens, club captain Joe Devera and experienced defenders Ben Nunn and Danny Woodards.

A ray of hope for the Cards is that the Wood’s home record is less impressive than their away form. At Meadow Park they have won three, drawn two and lost three, with only six goals scored and five conceded. On Tuesday night they lost 2-0 away at Lincoln City, ending their unbeaten away record and their run of four wins in a row. Wood presently sit in 11th position with 27 points. In the FA Cup they had a comfortable 3-0 home win over Hendon in the 4th Qualifying Round and now play Notts County at home on Sunday 6 November, with extended TV highlights being shown.


Meadow Park
Broughinge Road


By Coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves the Laithwaite Community Stadium at 1pm and costs £13 for members and £18 for non-members, with accompanied U16s at £7/£9 (a maximum of two with one adult). Phone or email ( the Club Shop or email today to book your place.

By Car

Head for M25 west bound and exit J23, A1 Southbound to London. Exit slip road to Borehamwood. Join A5135 and go straight over two roundabouts. At third roundabout take second exit into Brook Road. Away supporters’ car parking is in the Brook Road car park. There is also parking in the Civic car park about five minutes’ walk away. The AA gives the journey time from Woking as about an hour but it would be wise to allow longer.

By Train

Nearest station: Elstree & Borehamwood on the Thameslink line

Take the train to Waterloo and then go by tube to St Pancras International or Kentish Town to pick up the Thamselink train to Elstree and Borehamwood. Direct trains from St Pancras International go from Platform B at 10, 24, 40 and 54 minutes past each hour and take 22/24 minutes.

Walking from the station to the ground takes around 20 minutes. When you come out of the train station entrance road, turn right and walk down Borehamwood High Street until you come to McDonalds on your left. Turn left into Brook Road. After about 500 yards turn right into Broughinge Road.

Trains back are at 08, 23, 38 and 53 minutes past each hour.


Adults: £18
Over 65s: £13
U16s: £8
U12s: £4

Judging by last season’s visit, the game is likely to be segregated, with away supporters occupying the South Stand, which can be accessed only from the entrance and turnstiles in the Brook Road car park.


The Cards travel to Stockport County on Saturday 5 November in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup. Contact the Club Shop to check if there are any remaining places left on the Cards Trust coaches! Woking FC is providing free entry to all those who travel with the Cards Trust.

The Cards’ next home league game is on Saturday 12 November when North Ferriby United are the visitors. This game, which will be televised by BT Sport, is free to all U16s and all members of the Armed Forces.

Bear in mind that if a replay is needed against Stockport County it is likely to take place on Tuesday 15 November.

More disappointment on the road for The Cards

Ray Avards
1:00am, Sat 29th Oct 2016
Boreham Wood 2 Woking 1
Vanarama National League
29th October 2016

Having suffered controversial and late defeat at home to fellow strugglers Braintree Town in midweek, The Cards made the two main changes available to them, Jake Caprice being absent with injury as it transpired. Ben Jefford came in on loan from FGR at left back, enabling Nathan Ralph to play at right back, Keiran Murtagh returning in midfield and Frankie Sutherland operating in front of the defence. with Fabio Saraiva being on the bench

Woking began brightly taking the game to The Wood as if they knew they must and an early cross from Terell Thomas for Tubbs was just cut out. Ilesanmi countered with a run deep into Woking territory, a foreboding of the threat to come down Woking’s right, before being dispossessed.

Ben Jefford was showing proficiency and confidence spreading passes across his back four and not afraid to get forward with an overlap and cross, but again could not find his strike forwards with his driven ball. At the other end a deep cross from the left found Andrade but his volleyed effort flew high over. Another Woking move worked in Matt Tubbs on the edge of the Wood penalty area, but his guided shot for the top corner was well held by keeper Grant Smith.

Ilesanmi again found space and crossed, cleared out by Woking for Andrade to return it from the right which was guide-headed away for safety by Joey Jones.

A diagonal cross by Jefford fell for Tubbs inside the penalty area but he could not line up his shot which was trapped by the defence and cleared. They had more success a few moments later from a corner won and swung in by Nathan Ralph superbly to meet the leap of Joey Jones, burying his header home for the lead.

The Wood reacted attacking down the Woking flanks and Kenny Davis arrived late from midfield to head down but into Hall’s arms. Another swift counter by the home side saw Jones sliding to get a vital touch deep in his area with attackers waiting, the ball being launched back in by right back Ben Nunn, but too high and out for a goal kick.

The Cards were trying to exert control and worked a moved with Jefford and Lewis for a teasing left wing cross for Ugwu but the ball was cut out. However, they were increasingly under the cosh as the half closed.

Andrade got a clear sight of goal moments later and hammered his shot straight at Hall who had the reflexes to block it from going through his legs. From a free kick not cleared the ball fell to centre back Matt Paine and he produced a surprising flighted shot for the top corner tipped over acrobatically by Hall.

An expression of frustration was Keiran Murtagh’s tackle in midfield and Referee Hair made the totting up gesture and booked him. Jefford was worked away on the left and had his foot hurt after a desperate late lunge by the Wood right back forced a corner that was cleared.

Scares again for Woking as the half closed. Andrade got clear on the right to cut back the ball into the penalty area but did not find a team mate. In the two minutes of stoppage time Balanta was found with a swinging right hand cross, from right back Nunn. All on his own the striker stooped and headed straight into Hall’s arms when either side of him would have been 1-1.

Half-time: Boreham Wood 0 Woking 1

Woking sought to rebound from being under pressure in the closing 15 minutes of the first half as Gozie Ugwu tried to find space on the edge of the penalty area but was blocked out from getting a shot in. Often the case as Woking could not find a ‘final ball’.

They could not resist growing home side energy and power though. Jeffery and Ilesanmi appeared trapped on the left touchline by two Cards’ defenders, but Ilesanmi whipped the ball in and there was Balanta to head powerfully through Hall’s desperate leap in the centre of goal, for the equaliser.

Attacks were coming from left and right now as Nunn, in particular, overlapped from right back for Wood and fired over crosses. Dennon Lewis was forced to come off and be replaced by Fabio Saraiva. That change encouraged probing down the left and Ugwu nearly broke through.

Any signs of recovery from the home side’s leveller proved a false dawn though, as space was again created deep into Woking’s area and this time the ball fell for Andrade, to coolly guide his shot inside Hall’s right hand post for what proved to be the winner.

Frustration at losing another lead showed as when Woking did create space centre field with neat passes, Saraiva fired from well out from goal , well over the bar. Murtagh created space and fired a low cross in but keeper Smith was down and and clutched it.

Ugwu somehow made space from his own challenge in the air in getting the rebound, but advancing on goal, he shot wide when a ball into the six yard area looked the better choice.
Wood weren’t done themselves and Jeffrey’s low bounding cross was just taken and clutched by Hall. Back came Woking and Ugwu headed down for Saraiva to fire more narrowly over.

A double substitution saw Delano Sam-Yorke come on for a tiring Charlie Carter, although really the swap was for Tubbs up front with Anthony Edgar coming on wide left, as Woking looked for an equaliser. Noticeably, Wood made just a single change at the same time as Jamie Lucas replaced the hardworking Kenny Davis in their midfield.

Jeffery broke on the counter for Wood but shot horribly wide from outside the Woking area.

Ralph worked space and curved a superb left foot cross in for Delano Sam-Yorke’s neat deflected header, but it just missed the far post. Edger charged and broke two tackles to reach the left hand edge of the area but, closing in, his cross was too high for teammates arriving on goal.

Murtagh produced a moment of real skill to create his own space, having worked into the penalty with the help of Ralph and his fierce and low left footer had Smith diving full length to tip round his far post.

Even closer was Saraiva’s free kick a couple of minutes later from wide right, which he hammered in and hit the near post of a shocked keeper Smith’s goal The rebound pinged around the 6 yard area and away when it could so easily have fallen to a Woking forward.

Five minutes of stoppage time produced a break by Ilesanmi and a vital touch by Jones to save a further goal, and little else, as the hosts held on to secure their continued climb in the top ten.

It is now 7 games without a league win and despite very creditable performances, the comeback against Eastleigh and the draw with high flying Barrow to pick two, Woking are not comfortable enough in games to hold what they have gained. With well over a third of the crowd being for Woking there should also have been more noise coming from the away fans who certainly encouraged their side throughout.

They will need to shout to be heard at Stockport where County will relish that match next Saturday. Having slipped into the bottom four with this result Woking must get their heads up again and rise to the occasion for that vital FA Cup first round clash.

Woking: Brandon Hall, Nathan Ralph, Joey Jones, Terell Thomas, Ben Jefford, Charlie Carter (Delano Sam-Yorke 72) Frankie Sutherland, Keiran Murtagh (c), Dennon Lewis (Fabio Saraiva 58), Gozie Ugwu, Matt Tubbs (Anthony Edgar 72)

Subs not used: Andy Little, Max Kretzschmar

Goals: Joey Jones 20

Bookings: Murtagh

Boreham Wood: Grant Smith, Ben Nunn, Matt Paine, Danny Woodards, Femi Ilesanmi, Mark Ricketts, Kenny Davis (Jamie Lucas 72), Conor Clifford, Bruno Andrade, Angelo Balanta, Anthony Jeffrey.

Subs not used: Adriano Moke, Daniel Uchechi, Ben Goodliffe, Aaron Kuhl

Goals: Balanta 55, Andrade 60

Attendance: 405

Referee: Neil Hair

MOTM: Joey Jones – ably assisted at times by Terell Thomas in the centre of defence - resisted Boreham Wood and made vital interceptions. He also tried to find a ball forward to pierce the home defence on the ground especially and capped it with the goal.

Boreham Wood LINEUP
18Brandon Hall
16Dennon Lewis ('58)
24Ben Jefford
4Joey Jones
3Terell Thomas
23Frankie Sutherland
8Keiran Murtagh
12Charlie Carter ('72)
11Nathan Ralph
7Matt Tubbs ('72)
9Gozie Ugwu
Andy Little
14Fabio Saraiva ('58)
15Max Kretzschmar
19Anthony Edgar ('72)
17Delano Sam-Yorke ('72)

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