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FA Trophy (R1r)
7:45pm - TuesdayTue 13th DecemberDec 2016
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 613

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Ebbsfleet United

Cards look to make Trophy progress

Brian Caffarey
10:56am, Sun 11th Dec 2016
Woking v Ebbsfleet United
Buildbase FA Trophy 1st Round Replay
7.45pm on Tuesday 13 December 2016

Come down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Tuesday evening to cheer on the Cards in this FA Trophy replay! Garry Hill’s side were unlucky not to finish the job at Ebbsfleet on Saturday, conceding a late equaliser after scoring an excellent goal through Chike Kandi and defending stoutly as the Fleet fought to get back into the game. Reduced admission prices apply, with U14s admitted free!


There was not a great deal between the sides on Saturday but it was encouraging to see how well Woking’s back three in particular coped with a fair amount of, fairly direct, second half pressure, as the Cards looked to play on the counter-attack, until conceding that late goal from a very well-executed header. Joey Jones, unlucky to be credited with an own goal, was prominent, too, in front of the back five. Up front, Gozie Ugwu worked hard but was well shackled by the Fleet defence, with Kandi’s pace a greater threat on the day.

Charlie Carter will again be missing following his red card against Accrington Stanley. Keiran Murtagh was an unused substitute on Saturday. With a clutch of league games coming up, Garry Hill will not want to risk him on Tuesday night unless he is genuinely fit enough to play, although his presence in midfield would no doubt give the Cards greater bite and creativity.


As Woking fans saw on Saturday – in the shape of Ebbsfleet’s almost-completed new stand – 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 re-joined from Eastleigh and made his debut on Saturday. Among his midfield colleagues are dangerous wingback Anthony Cook, formerly with Bromley; Sam Deering, who has tasted success with Oxford United, Barnet and Cheltenham (over 150 League appearances) and Whitehawk; long-serving Dean Rance; and Sean Shields, a winger who was previously with Dagenham and Redbridge.

Up front the well-known names are Danny Kedwell, familiar from his time at Welling but who subsequently scored freely for Gillingham and who came on as an influential substitute on Saturday; Charlie Sheringham, who started up front; 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. Brandon Hall made a crucial save from Bubb in the first half.

Young winger Jack Powell looked tricky and quick, although Jake Caprice generally managed to keep him in check. Substitute Stuart Lewis added some energy when he came on in the second half.

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. In their last league game they had a 3-1 away win at Oxford City, with goals coming from Charlie Sheringham, Sean Shields and Bradley Bubb.


Adults £10
Over 65/Students with valid student card £5

This is an ‘all pay’ game.


The Cards have a crucial league game next Saturday (17 December) when they take on Guiseley. This is a great opportunity for Garry Hill’s side to put some more distance between themselves and those sides, including Guiseley, currently in the bottom four places. The Club has reduced admission prices for this match too, so why not make the effort to come down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium to cheer on the side?

Come on, you Cards!

Woking bow out of Trophy with a whimper

Alan Worth
8:49am, Wed 14th Dec 2016
Woking 0 Ebbsfleet United 1
FA Trophy 1st Round Replay
13th December 2016

A little over a week after defeat in the FA Cup, the Cards found themselves dumped out of the FA Trophy by Ebbsfleet United and so ending any interest in this season’s two major cup competitions.

The visitors from North Kent were worthy winners, solid in defence, stronger in the tackle and overall working so much harder than their hosts. The Cards appeared flat from the start and never really matched the pace and ambition of the lower league side. But for the heroics of ‘Man of the Match’ Brandon Hall, Woking could well have faced defeat by a much larger margin.

Garry Hill made one change from the side that had started away at Ebbsfleet with a fit again Keiran Murtagh replacing Terell Thomas.

The Fleet started on the front foot and Cards fans had to wait until the 10th minute before a volley at the far post from Kandi was deflected away for a corner. But it was at the other end that most of the chances were being created.

A rasping drive from Jack Connors, after a breakaway by the dangerous Darren McQueen, was brilliantly turned away by Hall diving full length to his right. But on 20 minutes Woking had their best chance of the game. Jones’ long through ball found Caprice on the right. The full back switched inside to make space for a shot and almost squeezed the ball in at the near post.

After a Yakubu slip, Hall was called on again to parry away a fierce shot from Rance and then a wonderful chance to take the lead was spurned by Ebbsfleet – McQueen with a free header six yards out could only direct his header straight at Hall.

Finally just before half time Ebbsfleet had a strong appeal for a penalty. As Jones looked to usher a ball out of play it appeared to bounce up and catch him on the arm. For once referee Coggins waved the appeals away.

Half-time: Woking 0 Ebbsfleet United 0

From the start of the second period Garry Hill made a change with Frankie Sutherland replacing Murtagh, presumably to guard against any recurrence of the hamstring injury as the midfielder begins to build up his match fitness.

However the change and subsequent substitutions made little difference as Woking struggled to match the work rate and desire of the Vanarama South side and it came as little surprise when Ebbsfleet finally broke the deadlock.

On 50 minutes Hall again was called into action to make a fantastic save as Cook’s shot, following good interplay from Kedwell and Powell, seemed destined to find the corner of the net. However the subsequent corner was played in low and a sliced clearance from a Woking defender bounced up invitingly for Clark to nod home from close range.

As Ebbsfleet sat back to protect their lead Woking began to see a little more of the possession – but the final pass was often poor and wide players appeared incapable of getting behind a very well organised Ebbsfleet defence.

Woking’s one shot on target was from Kandi - cutting in from the left his effort was comfortably held by Ashmore. Apart from three long range efforts from Jones all wide of the target and a near post flick from Ugwu that was it from the Cards.

Ebbsfleet saw out the game comfortably and should have made it two when substitute Deering broke clear. One on one with Hall the Woking keeper again showed why he is keeping Michael Poke on the bench making a fine save with his feet.

Woking’s exit from the Trophy in such a manner will no doubt not sit well with Garry Hill who now has the difficult job of turning things round before Saturday’s crucial league fixture at home against fellow strugglers Guiseley. Woking’s performance will need to improve considerably if they are to get anything from that key encounter.

Woking: Brandon Hall, Jake Caprice, Brian Saah, Ismail Yakubu, Keiran Murtagh (Frankie Sutherland 46), Frazer Shaw, Fabio Saraiva, Joey Jones, Dennon Lewis (Anthony Edgar 65), Chike Kandi (Delano Sam-Yorke 59), Gozie Ugwu

Unused subs: Michael Poke, Terell Thomas

Bookings: Lewis, Jones, Edgar

Ebbsfleet United: Nathan Ashmore, Anthony Cook, Jack Connors, Marvin McCoy, Dave Winfield, Kenny Clarke, Dean Rance, Andy Drury, Danny Kedwell, Darren McQueen (Sam Deering 82), Jack Powell (Stuart Lewis 79)

Unused subs: Charlie Sheringham, Jonathan Miles, Bradley Bubb

Goal: Kenny Clark 51

Attendance: 613

MOTM: Brandon Hall - whose fine performance kept the score down to a single goal.

18Brandon Hall
2Jake Caprice
24Frazer Shaw
5Brian Saah
6Ismail Yakubu
4Joey Jones
8Keiran Murtagh ('46)
14Fabio Saraiva
16Dennon Lewis ('65)
21Chike Kandi ('59)
9Gozie Ugwu
1Michael Poke
3Terell Thomas
23Frankie Sutherland ('46)
19Anthony Edgar ('65)
17Delano Sam-Yorke ('59)
Ebbsfleet United LINEUP

Woking 0 - 1 Ebbsfleet United (Garry Hill interview)

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