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5:30pm - SaturdaySat 12th NovemberNov 2016
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North Ferriby United
North Ferriby United

Cards must focus on league survival this Saturday

Brian Caffarey
6:10pm, Wed 9th Nov 2016
Woking v North Ferriby United
Vanarama National League
5.30pm on Saturday 12 November 2016

After the exhilaration of the Cards’ hard-fought Emirates FA Cup win at Stockport County last Saturday Garry Hill’s side return to the equally (if not more) important matter of trying to secure a win over one of their fellow relegation strugglers. The Cards have had little success so far when playing the teams around them. Now is the time to start putting that right. Come down to The Laithwaite Community Stadium to cheer on the side to a much-needed win! Don’t forget that this televised game kicks off at 5.30pm and that there is free entry for U16s and members of the Armed Forces.

WOKING

After just about surviving – largely thanks to inspired goalkeeping from Brandon Hall – a torrid opening spell at Stockport, in which defensive weaknesses were to the fore again, the Cards went on to show a lot of fight to equalise, take the lead and then to pull away from County after the disappointment of seeing themselves pegged back just before half-time. Although under the cosh for much of the second half as the corners and crosses rained in, Garry Hill’s side showed some very welcome resilience defensively and, thanks to some superb finishing from the few chances created on the break, came away with the £18k prize money and a place in the Second Round, at home to Accrington Stanley, safely pocketed.

Woking now need to concentrate on trying to improve their perilous league position and Saturday’s game presents a terrific opportunity, if they can take it, to put five points between themselves and another struggling side. Cards fans will be hoping that Jake Caprice, seen jogging round the pitch at Stockport, will be fit enough to come into consideration for Saturday.

NORTH FERRIBY UNITED

The Villagers have enjoyed great success in recent years. They were promoted to the Conference North in 2013, beat Wrexham on penalties in a dramatic FA Trophy Final in 2015 and then secured promotion to the Vanarama National League, through the play-offs, last season.

Not surprisingly, though, they are finding it tough going in their first season in the top tier of non-League football. They started reasonably well, drawing at home to Braintree Town and then beating Guiseley and Torquay at home after away defeats at Lincoln and Dover. But the following 15 games have seen them win only once, a 1-0 away victory at Gateshead on 13 September, while 13 have been lost and one drawn: their encouraging 0-0 home draw against Wrexham on Saturday. That sequence has seen them score only one goal, the winner against Gateshead. Defeats, though, have tended be narrow, which suggests that the side is not being completely outclassed. The problem is scoring goals. They may well feel, looking at Woking’s defensive record, with more goals conceded than any other side, that Saturday is as good a chance as they will get in this league to knock a few in.

North Ferriby now sit in 23rd position with 11 points, two places and two points behind Woking but having played one game more.

Manager Steve Housham can still call on quite a few players who have tasted success with the club in the last few seasons. Arrivals in the summer included 20-year-old keeper, Rory Watson, on loan from Hull City; Taron Hare, a young defender previously with York City and Scunthorpe; Jake Skelton, a 20-year-old defender from Leeds United; Conner Robinson, a striker from Lincoln City; and Connor Oliver, a striker from Blackpool. Perhaps the best known new face was that of experienced midfielder Simon Russell, who has played for Kidderminster, York and Cambridge amongst other clubs. Striker Kyle Wootton is on a three-month loan from Scunthorpe.

ADMISSION PRICES

Saturday’s game is free for U16s and members of the Armed Forces.

Adults £18
Over 65/Students with valid student card £13
U16s FREE
Members of the Armed Forces (with identity card) FREE

PRIORITY EMIRATES FA CUP VOUCHERS

The Club has introduced a priority scheme for tickets for any potential Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie.

From this Saturday’s game against North Ferriby United, there will be priority vouchers issued in every Vanarama National League programme and in the FA Cup Second Round Programme in the run-up to any potential Third Round Tie on the weekend of 7th January 2017.

If the Club reaches the Third Round, the following priority scheme will apply in applying for tickets:

1. Season Ticket Holders
2. Cards Trust Members
3. Programme Vouchers Collected (Max 6)
(The more vouchers that are collected, the higher the level of priority)

Make sure you start collecting your vouchers this weekend by buying a copy of the programme!

COMING UP

The Cards are at home to Walton Casuals in the Surrey Senior Cup next Tuesday evening (15 November). They then have two away games: versus Maidstone United the following Saturday (19 November) and against Dover Athletic on Tuesday 22 November. Their next home league game is on Saturday 26 November when Gateshead are the visitors, swiftly followed by another home game against Bromley on Tuesday 29 November and then the home Emirates FA Cup tie against Accrington Stanley on the weekend of 2-4 December.

Come on, you Cards!

Kandi treat leaves sour taste for visiting Villagers

Alfie Gates
12:00am, Sat 12th Nov 2016
Woking 1 North Ferriby United 1
Vanarama National League
12th November 2016

With BT Sport down at the Laithwaite Community stadium for this game it was set to be a cracker; in the end, the result possibly felt like a defeat for the visitors and a win for the home side but it ended all square.

The game started with the ball mainly being played in the midfield but the first bit of action came for the cards and it was Jake Caprice who tested the defence forst; the ex-Blackpool defender sprinted down the Right wing, and cut a low ball into the box which Delano Sam-Yorke tried to head home only for Brown to head away from danger (4th minute.

4 minutes later and it was Woking again with the chance. Former Merstham midfielder Fabio Sairava tried to curl a ball from distance; his curled shot failed to hit the target and ended up going wide of Watson’s Goal post.

An early substitution followed in the 18th for North Ferriby, as Simon Russell was forced off with an injury; Danny Emerton replaced him.

The first real chance for North Ferriby came on the 28th minute. Ryan Fallowfield tried to shoot from within the box after great inter-play; the North Ferriby striker’s shot was blocked by Woking’s No.5 Brian Saah.

The cards could then have taken the lead in the 34th minute as Gozie Ugwu did well to use his strength against the North Ferriby defence. The Cards’ top scorer tried to slot a ball into Sairava and succeeded, but unfortunately Fabio failed to deliver as his shot was blocked by the experienced North Ferriby side; the ball was cleared out to Keiran Murtagh who also tried a shot from range; his shot again was also blocked. The ball was in the air when Sairava tried to latch onto it for a volley, but this was comfortably saved by Watson.

Woking failed to deliver on many occasions. That man Sairava crossed in another great ball from a free kick, Sam-Yorke rose like a salmon only for the player’s header to go just wide again (36th minute)

Probably the best piece of play came 6 minutes before half time. Joey Jones chipped a long ball to the tall Ugwu, who did brilliantly to control the ball. He flicked it over Topliss; the striker ran towards goal in acres of space, and tried to play Saraiva in, but the latter’s shot went just wide for the 2nd time.

Rory Watson’s teammates must have been relieved when the goalkeeper made a save of the season contender. Delano Sam-Yorke had won the ball in a great position, and ran towards the keeper in a 1-to-1 position; he did well and unleashed a great shot but Watson somehow parried the ball away with one hand (42nd minute).

Another chance for North Ferriby came on the stroke of half time. Saah did well to tackle Thompson on the edge of the box; the ball took a deflection off Saah and somehow the deflection turned into a shot which forced England C goalkeeper Brandon Hall into another good diving save.

There was a minimum of 2 minutes of additional time to be played before half time. Murtagh brought down Brogan 20 yards outside the box; Woking were relieved to see Kieran not being penalised, but their relief was short-lived as Steven Brogan stepped up to convert the free kick from a very central position.

Half time: Woking 0 North Ferriby United 1

For North Ferriby, Curtis Bateson came on for Jake Skelton at the start of the half.

Ugwu again found himself in another great position, Gozie had a great run along the wing, he then decided to cut in from the right and unleashed a powerful shot which Watson did brilliantly to parry away for a corner (47th minute).

As my colleagues in the press box agreed, it just didn’t look like it was going to be Woking’s day. In the 49th minute, Murtagh collected the ball from the halfway line and ran through the middle before shooting from distance; the ball rattled off the post and was cleared away from danger.

4 minutes later, Delano Sam-Yorke tried another shot from distance which embarrassingly went far wide of Watson’s goal line.

In the 53rd minute, Caprice again tried using his pace and succeeded in crossing a low ball into Woking academy graduate, Charlie Carter; the youngster hit the ball first time but – for the second time - the ball hit the crossbar and was then cleared out of danger.

19 minutes into the second half and Sam-Yorke tried a shot just from inside the box; Watson again parried away with an incredible dive after classy skill by Delano.

Cards boss Garry Hill made 3 substitutions. Luke Kandi and Anthony Edgar replaced Carter and Jefford in the 65th minute, and Max Kretzschmar came on Caprice 3 minutes later.

Sam-Yorke once again got into a great position in the 66th minute; he crossed a dangerous ball into Max Kretzschmar and the ex-Wycombe player could have equalised but somehow the ball was hit wide of the opposition’s goal.

One of very last few chances of the game came with 10 minutes remaining when Sairava crossed in a high ball, Delano tried to head home but the ball was intercepted. Ugwu then collected inside the box but his shot was blocked; former West Ham youth Edgar tried a volley but sliced the ball well wide as the ball rolled out for a goal kick.

1 minute before the 90 minutes were up, Ugwu controlled the ball inside the box; the tall striker tried a dangerous shot but - just as the home fans stood up to cheer - Steven Brogan got between the ball and the goal.

4 minutes of time were added on. The spirit of Woking FC came alive. Luke Kandi received the ball from Jones; the former Brighton and Bognor Regis player moved skilfully past one defender, shoved off another and - just outside the box - looked up and blasted a shot into the corner of the goal to equalise with 1 minute and 30 seconds remaining.

Was there to be a very, very late upset by the visitors? Thankfully not, as Wootton came sprinting forward with Fallowfield; it was 2-on-2. Wootton tried a low shot which Saah blocked close to goal; the ball rolled just wide of Hall’s goal for the final whistle to blow.

Woking: Brandon Hall, Brian Saah, Ismail Yakubu, Jake Caprice (Max Kretzschmar), Ben Jefford (Anthony Edgar 65), Joey Jones, Keiran Murtagh, Gozie Ugwu, Delano Sam-Yorke, Charlie Carter (Luke Kandi 68), Fabio Saraiva.

Bookings: None

Unused subs: Terell Thomas, Frankie Sutherland

North Ferriby Line-up: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Steven Brogan, Taron Hare, Ben Middleton, Jake Skelton (Curtis Bateson 46), Danny Clarke, Simon Russell (Danny Emerton 18), Kyle Wootton, Reece Thompson, Ryan Fallowfield.

Bookings: Jake Skelton

Unused Subs: Mark Gray, Connor Robinson, Darryn Stamp

Sponsor’s (2G Electrical) MotM: Delano Sam-Yorke

Attendance: 1,357

Referee: Antony Coggins
WOKING LINEUP
18Brandon Hall
2Jake Caprice ('68)
24Ben Jefford ('65)
5Brian Saah
6Ismail Yakubu
4Joey Jones
8Keiran Murtagh
12Charlie Carter ('65)
14Fabio Saraiva
9Gozie Ugwu
17Delano Sam-Yorke
BENCH
3Terell Thomas
15Max Kretzschmar ('68)
23Frankie Sutherland
19Anthony Edgar ('65)
21Chike Kandi ('65)
North Ferriby United LINEUP

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