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Cards in vital league game

Brian Caffarey
6:21am, Thu 15th Dec 2016
Woking v Guiseley
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 17 December 2016

Garry Hill will be hoping to see his side bounce back on Saturday after very disappointing displays in the FA Cup and FA Trophy. Saturday’s match against Guiseley is a huge opportunity for the Cards to put some more distance between themselves and the teams in the bottom four, including Guiseley. The Club has once again reduced admission prices, so please come along if you can to cheer on the side in this vital game.

WOKING

The FA Cup and FA Trophy games came after a much better sequence of results in the league, with the Cards winning three out of four games to haul themselves out of the relegation zone. They now sit in 19th place, three points ahead of Braintree Town in 21st place, who occupy the last relegation slot but who have a game in hand on the Cards. Guiseley sit in 22nd place, five points behind the Cards, with Garry Hill’s side also having a game in hand. So, a win would stretch Woking’s lead over Guiseley to eight points and also perhaps enable them to overhaul Maidstone and Torquay, who are both two points clear of the Cards.

However, Woking’s record against teams below them has been very poor so far. In games against the teams currently below them, Woking have managed only two draws (Guiseley away and North Ferriby at home), while losing to Southport and York away and Braintree at home.

Woking will also have to play much better than in recent games if they are to take all three points on Saturday. Garry Hill had every reason to lambast Tuesday night’s performance, hinting at changes for Saturday. Only Brandon Hall could be happy with his contribution. However, Garry’s options are limited, given that Charlie Carter will still be suspended and Zak Ansah, Nathan Ralph and Max Kretzschmar are still presumably unavailable. Keiran Murtagh played only in the first half on Tuesday but will no doubt have a bigger role on Saturday. It would be no surprise to see Terell Thomas, the Cards’ best defender recently, back in the starting eleven.

GUISELEY

The Lions have risen quickly in recent years up the non-League pyramid, being promoted to the Conference North in 2009-10 and then going on to be defeated in four successive campaigns in the play-offs before finally gaining promotion in 2014-15. In their first year in the National League the Lions just avoided relegation, finishing one place and one point above FC Halifax Town.

Guiseley’s start to this season was disastrous, with seven successive defeats. After five losses the Board dispensed with the services of manager Mark Bower, who had guided them to three promotions, and his assistant, midfielder Danny Boshell. Highly experienced central defender Adam Lockwood (ex-Yeovil and Doncaster) took temporary charge and was subsequently confirmed in post.

Over the summer Bower brought in a number of new faces, the best known of whom is striker Michael Rankine, who has done the rounds of a host of Conference clubs. Others included keeper Tim Deasy, who, however, quickly left the club, being replaced by Jonny Maxted on a three-month loan from Forest Green Rovers, recently converted into a permanent signing; Ashley Palmer, a defender who was part of North Ferriby United’s rise to the National League; left back Marcus Williams, with over 250 Football League appearances to his credit; Danny East, a midfielder from Grimsby Town; Javan Vidal, a midfielder/defender from Wrexham; Dave Syers, a midfielder formerly with Rochdale and Scunthorpe; and Jordan Preston, a 20 year-old striker from Blackburn Rovers.

Lockwood has since added midfielder Simon Walton, who made over 30 appearances for Crawley Town last season in League 2; Elliot Green, a centre back who has recently played in Sweden and Canada; James Weslowski, an experienced midfielder with a number of League clubs, including Oldham and Shrewsbury; right back Connor Brown, formerly with Oldham and Sheffield United; and Billy Whitehouse, a 20 year-old wing back on a three-month loan from Leeds United.

The Lions’ away form is their undoing in the league. They have yet to win a league game on their travels, having drawn two and lost ten of their twelve games. But they will have no doubt taken heart from their first away win of the season last weekend when they beat Chorley 1-0 in the FA Trophy with a goal from Michael Rankine. In the FA Cup the Lions did well to force a 0-0 draw at Lincoln City but lost at home in the replay.

ADMISSION PRICES

The Club has reduced admission prices for this game:

Adults £15
Over 65/Students with valid student card £10
U16s £5

Check out the Club’s website for details of the offerings in the Geoff Chapple Lounge on Saturday.

LAST TIME OUT

Guiseley 1 Woking 1
10 September 2016

The Cards came into this game on the back of a 3-1 away defeat at Macclesfield Town. Connor Essam was playing his first game in his loan spell from Dover Athletic, joining Brian Saah and Joey Jones in central defence, while Delano Sam-Yorke made his first start of the season after recovering from injury.

Both sides had chances in the first half but it was the Lions who looked livelier at the start of the second half, quickly taking the lead when Adam Boyes was first to Nicky Clee’s cross. The Cards fought back, having their best spell of the game, and eventually secured a somewhat fortunate equaliser when substitute Fabio Saraiva’s strike was diverted to wrong-foot the Lions’ keeper.

Woking 3-5-2: Michael Poke, Jake Caprice (Charlie Penny 79), Joey Jones, Brian Saah, Connor Essam, Nathan Ralph, Keiran Murtagh (c), Max Kretzschmar (Fabio Saraiva 65), Dennon Lewis, Gozie Ugwu, Delano Sam-Yorke (Chike Kandi 65)

Unused subs: Brandon Hall, Charlie Carter

Goal: Fabio Saraiva (82)

Guiseley 4-2-3-1: Jon Maxted, Javan Vidal, Ashley Palmer, Robert Atkinson (c), Nicky Clee, Jake Lawlor, Alex Purver, Jordan Preston, Reece Webb-Foster (Marcus Williams 60), Will Hatfield, Adam Boyes (Michael Rankine 90)

Unused subs: Dan Atkinson, Luke Porritt, Simon Walton

Goal: Adam Boyes (47)

COMING UP

The Cards make the short trip to Aldershot Town on Boxing Day. Don’t forget that the kick-off is at 12.15pm. On New Year’s Day the Shots visit the Laithwaite Community Stadium for the return fixture: kick-off for that game is at 1pm.

Come on, you Cards!


Cards lack cutting edge in Guiseley stalemate

Nathan Thomas
12:00am, Sat 17th Dec 2016
Woking 0 Guiseley 0
Vanarama National League
17th December 2016

The Cards made four changes to the team that were shocked by Ebbsfleet in midweek, with Nathan Ralph returning from injury. They faced a Guiseley team three places and five points below them in the table. Guiseley's last away win in the league was against Woking back in February.

The game kicked off with the visitors in an all-yellow strip on what was a fairly mild December afternoon. Woking played in a rigid system with Ugwu joining Sam-Yorke upfront. It was the visitors who started the brightest out of the two teams, looking slightly more comfortable on the ball. But it was Woking who won the first corner of the game in the 3rd minute, only to find a Cards head which trickled wide.

Another set-piece came for the Cards three minutes later after Sutherland was bundled over 25 yards from goal. Fabio Saraiva stood over the ball, looking for another stunner to add to his collection this season, but just bent a delicious free-kick into the side-netting. Sutherland then caused more problems for the visitors in the 10th minute as he nicked the ball in the middle of the field and fizzed a powerful drive which Maxted could hold onto.

It was then Guiseley's turn for a dangerous set-piece in what was a fairly bitty start to the first half. But a combination of Yakubu and Sam-Yorke eventually dealt with it comfortably. Woking carved a good chance in the 20th minute after tenacious work by Ugwu found the marauding run of Caprice. The Woking right-back then bent in an inviting ball trying to find Nathan Ralph at the back post but the visitors saw it out for a corner.

Guiseley had a huge chance a minute later after a goal kick beat the Cards defence .It was busy work by the Yorkshire outfit which eventually found an unmarked Jordan Preston at the back post but he could only direct his header way over Woking's goal.

Guiseley continue to find joy from their direct style of play, pumping long balls into their strikers. Woking seemingly looked to be dealing with their style comfortably until another golden chance fell to Guiseley's Preston. A long pull directed at Brandon Hall was spilled half an hour in. The ball then rolled to Preston who had a gaping goal to roll it into. But instead the winger decided to loft the ball over the net. The imperious figure of Woking's Yakubu may have put him off but it was a huge chance.

Woking's top scorer then had a nasty scare on the 36th minute; a good ball by Saraiva put Ugwu in behind, but he was then bundled over advertising boards by Connor Brown. There was a collective sigh of relief as Ugwu rose to his feet. He was unaffected by the fall two minutes later as Woking's clearest chance of the half came. Jake Caprice put in yet another inviting ball which found Ugwu. His header looked destined for the bottom left hand corner, only to be prevented by the strong palm of Atkinson.

Five minutes before half-time saw Guiseley handed yet another golden chance. Another long ball beat the Cards defence and fell to Cassidy who had beaten the offside trap. Cassidy then had all the time in the world to pick his corner - he only had Hall to beat. Instead, Cassidy poked a fairly tame effort onto the left-hand post which rebounded back into the grateful arms of Brandon Hall. Another let off for the Cards.

Woking found themselves lucky to be level at half-time after two golden chances for the visitors were spurned. Ugwu's header on target was Woking's only real chance of note in a fairly uninspiring first half.

Half-time: Woking 0 Guiseley 0

As darkness fell in the second half so did the temperature, Cards fans hoped for a rousing performance that would warm them up.

Saraiva was booked early in the 2nd half as he pushed the ball away in frustration after the referee looked to have given a soft foul against the Cards. Chances were at a premium again at the start of the half with no team not carving any real opportunities. Caprice continued his lively work down the right finding Saraiva, who could only produce a speculative volley from the edge of the area.

Despite the lack of chances, Woking started the half with much more urgency and desire in coming up to the hour mark. Sam-Yorke was unlucky to be judged offside following a long ball triggering groans from the Woking end.

Guiseley once again produced a good opportunity after a quick run from Preston got himself to the by-line; he then the fizzed a ball in the Cards box which was blazed off target again. Preston continued to cause problems down the left forcing another chance which Hall held onto comfortably.

The flurry of chances for the away side saw Garry Hill swap Jake Caprice for Watford loanee Dennon Lewis in the 64th minute. A Cards corner almost instantly after the change, nearly broke the deadlock as Brian Saah's header was cleared off the line. The cross following the clearance then found Saah's head again. Saah went down after pressure from the away side, but the referee waved away any penalty claims.

As the game opened up 68 minutes in, so did the amount of chances, a superb effort from the edge of the area from Guiseley's Cassidy forced a smart stop from Hall who got down low to his left to palm away the shot on target.

The 75th minute then saw the introduction of Luke Kandi for Delano Sam-Yorke in a straight swap. Woking's continued efforts were struggling to be converted into opportunities.

The final 10 minutes were frantic with both teams wanting that elusive winner, a succession of Guiseley corners came to efforts off target. Saraiva tried to win the game with another good long range effort that was just wide of the right-hand post. The same man then had another opportunity in the 85th minute after being found on the penalty spot by Luke Kandi. Unfortunately, he could only swivel and direct a weak effort into the arms of Maxted.

The fourth official added three minutes onto the second half, but Woking could not muster an opportunity. The 2nd half saw more chances fall to the Cards but they just lacked the cutting edge required to win the game.

Woking: Brandon Hall, Jake Caprice (Dennon Lewis 64), Terell Thomas, Nathan Ralph, Ismail Yakubu, Brian Saah, Joey Jones, Frankie Sutherland, Fabio Saraiva, Gozie Ugwu, Delano Sam-Yorke (Luke Kandi 75)

Subs not used: Michael Poke, Anthony Edgar, Fraser Shaw

Bookings: Saraiva 52

Guiseley: Jonathan Maxted, Connor Brown, Daniel Lowe, Will Hatfield, Michael Rankine, Ashley Palmer, Jordan Preston (Joel Logan 90), Marcus Williams, Simon Walton, Jake Cassidy, James Wesolowski

Subs not used: Daniel Atkinson, Adam Boyes, Alex Purver, Elliot Green

Booked: Brown 68, Simon Walton 76)

Referee: Sam Allison

Attendance: 969

Sponsors MotM: Terell Thomas, defensively resolute and dealt with the away sides direct threat with relative ease. Also found himself in good attacking positions on several occasions.
WOKING LINEUP
18Brandon Hall
2Jake Caprice ('64)
11Nathan Ralph
3Terell Thomas
5Brian Saah
6Ismail Yakubu
4Joey Jones
23Frankie Sutherland
14Fabio Saraiva
9Gozie Ugwu
17Delano Sam-Yorke ('75)
BENCH
1Michael Poke
24Frazer Shaw
16Dennon Lewis ('64)
19Anthony Edgar
21Chike Kandi ('75)
Guiseley AFC LINEUP

Woking 0 - 0 Guiseley AFC (Garry Hill Interview)

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