FA Trophy (R1)
3:00pm - SaturdaySat 10th DecemberDec 2016
Stonebridge Road | Att: 825

Ebbsfleet United
1 - 1


Cards begin Trophy trail

Brian Caffarey
7:23pm, Thu 8th Dec 2016
Ebbsfleet United v Woking
The Buildbase FA Trophy, 1st Round
3pm on Saturday 10 December 2016

The Cards will need to quickly put behind them the disappointment of their defeat last weekend in the Emirates FA Cup and turn their attentions to the Buildbase FA Trophy, another competition in which they have a proud history but which has rarely been reflected in recent seasons. Garry Hill’s side have been handed a tough draw, away against an ambitious club which is well resourced and lying in third place in the Conference South. Make the trip if you can to back the team!


Garry Hill and Steve Thompson will have been intent this week on encouraging the squad to cast aside the disappointing display against Accrington Stanley and to concentrate instead on showing more of their true quality in this FA Trophy tie – not to mention the even more important task of ensuring the Club’s survival in the Vanarama National League.

Charlie Carter’s red card on Sunday means he will miss this game, and it seems unlikely that Keiran Murtagh will be fit enough to start. For Brandon Hall and Gozie Ugwu, the trip to Stonebridge Road will be a return to a club they’ve played for previously.

As all Woking fans will know, the Cards won the Trophy in 1994, 1995 and 1997 and were runners-up in 2006. There has been little to get excited about, however, in subsequent seasons, although Garry Hill’s side did reach the quarter-finals last year, beating Boreham Wood, Maidenhead United and Oxford City before losing to Grimsby Town.

The Cards don’t have a good record against the Fleet in recent cup games, having been knocked out of the FA Cup by them in 2008 and 2012.

The winners of Saturday’s tie will pocket £5k. The eventual winners of the competition – the final will be played at Wembley on 21 May in a ‘double header’ with the final of the FA Vase – will earn at least £90k in prize money from the final and previous rounds.


The Fleet are well backed financially and have a number of ‘big name’ players in their squad, especially in midfield and attack. The former Luton star Andy Drury, who was sold to Ipswich by the Hatters for £150k, has recently joined from Eastleigh. Among his midfield colleagues are dangerous winger Anthony Cook, formerly with Bromley; Sam Deering, who has tasted success with Oxford United, Barnet and Cheltenham (over 150 League appearances) and Whitehawk; John-Paul Kissock, who has previously turned out for Southport, Luton, Macclesfield, Oldham Athletic and Whitehawk; long-serving Dean Rance; and Sean Shields, a winger who was previously with Dagenham and Redbridge. Kissock is now on a short-term loan at AFC Telford.

Up front the well-known names are Danny Kedwell, familiar from his time at Welling but who subsequently scored freely for Gillingham; Charlie Sheringham; Aaron McLean, an ex-Shot who enjoyed huge success in the League with Peterborough; and ex-Card Bradley Bubb, who joined in the summer after scoring 24 goals for Oxford City last season.

On-loan defender Yado Mambo is cup-tied and won’t be available.

The Fleet, who are managed by Daryl McMahon, were pipped for promotion last year by Maidstone United in the Conference South play-off final. They presently sit in 3rd place in the National League South, trailing Maidenhead United and St Albans City. Last weekend they had a 3-1 away win at Oxford City, with goals coming from Charlie Sheringham, Sean Shields and Bradley Bubb.


Ebbsfleet United Football Club,
Stonebridge Road,
Kent DA11 9GN

Official website:

By coach

Ring (01483 772470) or email ( to check if the Cards Trust is running a coach to this game.

By car

Leave the M25 at Junction 2 and take the A2 signposted Canterbury. Leave the A2 at the Northfleet/Gravesend West junction. At roundabout, follow signs to Ebbsfleet International Station/A226, which will take you on to Thamesway and past Ebbsfleet International. The stadium is at the end of the road.

There is limited parking space down side streets such as Grove Road, while Thamesway is designated a ‘Clearway’ and any cars parked along there are liable to be ticketed. There is also limited space available in surrounding residential streets.

Ebbsfleet International Station offers secure matchday parking in its Car Park C for a small charge. It is just over five minutes’ walk from the ground and is the best bet for a parking space in the area.

By train

The nearest station is Northfleet (take Gravesend service from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge). It is only about 300 yards from the ground. As you leave the station go (more or less) straight ahead until you reach the main road. Turn left, walk to the bottom of the hill and the ground is on your right. Trains from Waterloo East leave at 26 and 56 minutes past the hour and take 54 minutes, so, for example, the 13.26 would get you to Northfleet at 14.20. Going back, trains leave at 05 and 35 minutes past the hour and take 56 minutes, so the 17.05 would get you to Waterloo East at 18.01.

The high-speed rail service from St Pancras International (platforms 11-13) to Ebbsfleet International (15-18 minutes’ journey time) will also take you to within walking distance of the ground. Proceed through Car Park C and out on to the roundabout where you will see the stadium in front of you.


The Cards’ next league game, at home to Guiseley on Saturday 17 December, looks to be one of the most crucial of the season. Garry Hill’s side have won three out of their last four league games, putting a little distance between themselves and the bottom sides, including Guiseley. This match is therefore a great opportunity for the side to move into safer territory. Conversely, a defeat would risk seeing the Club sinking into the mire once more.

Come on, you Cards!

Woking pegged back by Ebbsfleet United to force FA Trophy replay

Haydn Cobb
12:00am, Sat 10th Dec 2016
Ebbsfleet United 1 Woking 1
FA Trophy 1st round
10th December 2016

Woking conceded an 85th minute equaliser against Ebbsfleet United, forcing a replay in the first round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.

Chike Kandi gave the Cards a deserved lead three minutes into the second half with a sublime left-footed curling effort to evade goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore as the away side made their dominance in the opening period count.

Aiming to hold on for victory, Woking were dealt a cruel blow with five minutes to go when Ebbsfleet United captain Dave Winfield’s header rebounded off the post into the luckless Joey Jones who inadvertently deflected the ball into the goal.

With neither side able to find a winner the pair will face each other again in a replay at The Laithwaite Community Stadium this Tuesday (13th December) for a place in the second round of the FA Trophy.

Garry Hill made one enforced change to his Woking starting line-up from the FA Cup game against Accrington Stanley with the suspended Charlie Carter replaced by Chike Kandi.

Woking began the game brightly with Jake Caprice creating inroads down the right flank but neither side could produce a clear-cut chance in the opening 20 minutes.

Looking to assert dominance onto the tie, Woking rotated the ball well and put pressure on Ebbsfleet’s backline. A left-footed out-swinging free kick by Fabio Saraiva was met well by Terrell Thomas but his header floated wide. Saraiva then had an opportunity of his own latching on to a loose ball on the edge of the box but he sliced wide his powerful shot.

With 36 minutes gone Ebbsfleet United had their first shot on target with Jack Powell’s flashing effort pushed out well by goalkeeper Brandon Hall. The resulting corner was nodded back across goal by Charlie Sheringham but Brain Saah rose first to clear from danger.

As the first half fizzled out both Woking and Ebbsfleet defences remained on top with neither team able to test the goalkeepers.

Halftime: Ebbsfleet United 0 Woking 0

With Hill’s words of instructions ringing in the players’ ears as they returned to the pitch, Woking started the second half on the front foot hunting an early goal.

The goal duly came with the first moment of genuine quality in the match when a loose ball fell kindly to Kandi on the edge of the box, which allowed him to pick his spot and with a beautiful curling effort bent his shot around the goalkeeper to see the ball nestle in the bottom left corner for his fourth goal of the season.

Woking’s lead somewhat rallied the home side but the Cards central defensive trio of Saah, Thomas and Ismail Yakubu stood firm while allowing full backs Caprice and Frazer Shaw to keep charging forward.

With the lower league side switching formation in the hope of forcing an equaliser Woking spent most second period in the own half defending and looking to strike on the counter attack.

Credit to Woking, the home team side didn’t produce a threatening effort on goal in the second half until the 64th minute when substitute Darren McQueen headed over from eight yards out. At the other end, Caprice was set free down the right flank by Dennon Lewis but his right-footed effort sailed over the bar.

With five minutes of normal time remaining a fortuitous free kick was awarded against Woking and Ebbsfleet loaded the box. Andy Drury’s floated cross was met by Winfield whose header hit the left-hand post and unluckily rebounded off Jones’s face and he was helpless to see the ball cross the goal line.

The equaliser gave the hosts a lift for the final minutes as they looked to snatch the tie from Woking. Danny Kedwell was threaded through the inside left channel by Sean Shields but his low effort from a very tight angle evaded both Hall and the far post to slide out for a goal kick.

Woking saw out the dying minutes of the game but will now face a replay at home against Ebbsfleet despite having controlled the match for much of the tie.

Ebbsfleet United: Nathan Ashmore; Anthony Cook, Sean Shields, Marvin McCoy, Dave Winfield; Kenny Clarke, Dean Rance (Darren McQueen 71), Andy Drury, Charlie Sheringham (Danny Kedwell 56); Bradley Bubb, Jack Powell (Stuart Lewis 56)

Unused subs: Jonathan Miles, Jack Connors

Goals: OG Jones (85)

Bookings: Rance

Woking: Brandon Hall; Jake Caprice, Brain Saah, Terrell Thomas, Ismail Yakubu, Frazer Shaw; Fabio Saraiva, Joey Jones, Dennon Lewis; Chike Kandi (Frankie Sutherland 75), Gozie Ugwu (Delano Sam-Yorke 83)

Unused subs: Michael Poke, Keiran Murtagh, Anthony Edgar

Goals: Kandi (48)

Bookings: Ugwu, Caprice

Referee: David Rock

MOTM: Chike Kandi – Gave Woking the lead with the only flash of quality in the match and was a terror to the Ebbsfleet defence all afternoon.

Attendance: 825
Ebbsfleet United LINEUP
18Brandon Hall
2Jake Caprice
24Frazer Shaw
5Brian Saah
6Ismail Yakubu
3Terell Thomas
4Joey Jones
14Fabio Saraiva
16Dennon Lewis
21Chike Kandi ('75)
9Gozie Ugwu ('83)
1Michael Poke
8Keiran Murtagh
23Frankie Sutherland ('75)
19Anthony Edgar
17Delano Sam-Yorke ('83)

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