FA Cup (Q4)
3:00pm - SaturdaySat 23rd OctoberOct 2010
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 1048

3 - 2


Up for the Cup!

Brian Caffarey
7:30am, Fri 22nd Oct 2010
Woking v Eastleigh
FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
23 October 2010

Let’s hope Woking fans turn up in numbers not only to support their team in this vital FA Cup tie but to join in a minute’s applause for Colin Lippiatt, whose death was announced a week ago. It’s fitting in a way that Colin’s wonderful contribution to the Club and to non-League football in general should be celebrated on an FA Cup tie day: a competition with which he and Geoff Chapple will forever be associated when football historians and fans recall great Cup triumphs.


The Cards could do with a boost, with much recent gloomy news on and off the pitch. Colin’s death follows closely on that of another Club giant, Phil Ledger, both of whom seemed to epitomise the soul of the Club and its links with its glorious past. On the pitch, the team continues to struggle, especially in the scoring department, with only seven goals scored in eleven league games. But the Cards have made it – if somewhat hesitantly – to this stage of the FA Cup, bringing the tantalising prospect of reaching the First Round Proper and the chance of a glamorous, money-spinning tie.

Graham Baker seems to be re-shuffling his pack, with Andy Forbes already having gone on loan to Sutton United and Elvis Hammond coming in the other direction – and there are rumours of other players offered on loan or possibly on their way to Kingfield.

As usual, the conundrum will be who will Graham play up front, given that no one is currently banging in the goals. Last Saturday he started with Craig Faulconbridge and Ola Sogbanmu, replacing the latter with Elvis Hammond (who is not Cup-tied), but Dave Gilroy sat it out on the bench.

At the back Graham Baker will have Adam Doyle returning from suspension.


The Spitfires finished last season in a disappointing 11th position despite scoring more goals than any other BSS outfit. They’ve made a solid start to this campaign, currently sitting in 7th place with 17 points from 11 games. Away from home they’ve won two, drawn one and lost two. They’ve reached this stage of the FA Cup in convincing fashion with a 2-0 home win over Bognor Regis Town and a comprehensive 5-0 away demolition of Clevedon Town.

As if to highlight the Cards’ goalscoring problems, Jamie Slabber (briefly with Woking towards the end of last season but injured most of the time) has been hitting the target for Ian Baird’s side, having notched six so far. Eastleigh have a strong-looking squad – Baird describes it as ‘far and away the best group I’ve had since I’ve been at Eastleigh’. They include Tom Jordan at centre back and the tricky Richard Graham down the left flank, augmented recently by Tony Taggart on loan.


This is an ‘all pay’ game, with usual league admission charges:

Adults - £12
Juniors (u16s) - £2
Concessions / Students - £8

The Cardinals’ Bar will be open to both sets of fans from 12 noon, with a special offer of draught beer at £2 a pint till 1.30pm and live football action on the big screen. There will also be a free draw for a bottle of bubbly for everyone in the bar with a drink during the Club’s 90-minute promotion.


Saturday’s matchday programme will contain special tributes to Colin Lippiatt. If you can’t get to the game, you can order one from the Club Shop on shop@wokingfc.co.uk

Come on, you Cards!

Cards deservedly through

Brian Caffarey
8:38pm, Sat 23rd Oct 2010
Woking 3 Eastleigh 2
FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
23 October 2010

This game was preceded by a minute’s applause for Colin Lippiatt, whose huge contribution to Woking FC and to other clubs was recalled in the many warm tributes in the matchday programme.

Colin will always be remembered at Kingfield for the vital part he played in the Chapple/Lippiatt glory years of FA Cup, FA Trophy and league success. All Woking fans were hoping that the present team could mark the day, fittingly, with a win that would take the Club once more into the FA Cup 1st Round. The omens weren’t good, given the side’s recent form, but Colin would have been proud of the fighting spirit they showed in coming back from an early goal and, in the end, deservedly taking their place in tomorrow’s First Round Proper draw.

Graham Baker was able to bring Adam Doyle back into central defence on his return from suspension. Jerome Maledon was favoured over Francis Quarm to partner Mark Ricketts in central midfield, with Ryan Blake on the left flank. Elvis Hammond made his home debut up front with Craig Faulconbridge.

Eastleigh were quicker off the mark than their hosts and were rewarded with a goal with only two minutes gone. Richard Gillespie’s curling effort from distance, beating Andy Little’s dive to his left, was well executed but the Woking defence was at fault in allowing him the space to turn and shoot. The only consolation for Woking fans was that the goal had come so early that there was virtually the whole of the match still to try to retrieve the game.

Woking continued to live a little dangerously as, a few minutes later, Gillespie attempted to help a centre on over Little. Fortunately, he did not get enough elevation and the Woking keeper had a comfortable save.

Gradually, the Cards began to get back into the game and it soon became clear that their ace in the pack was the in-form Moses Ademola on the right flank, who seemed to be able to skip past the somewhat lumbering Eastleigh defenders at will. Elvis Hammond too drew an early foul from Tom Jordan, which earned the Spitfires defender a yellow card. Mark Ricketts was working hard in midfield and Craig Faulconbridge was also doing a lot of chasing up front.

Woking’s first chance to level the scores came in the 13th minute when Moses Ademola rose to glance a header just over the bar. The tricky Woking wide man was soon in action again, beating his man and putting a cross just behind his team mates, while Elvis Hammond was just beaten to a through ball by the Eastleigh keeper.

Woking perhaps needed a stroke of luck in this tie and it certainly came in the 20th minute. As the ball dropped around the Woking penalty area it was hooked onto the post and then rolled along the goal line before being cleared. Not many Woking fans would have given much for the Cards’ chances at two-nil down.

Perhaps Woking sensed that the gods might be with them after all as they worked hard for an equaliser. Ademola teased the Eastleigh defence in the penalty area before pulling the ball back intelligently to Jerome Maledon. Jerome’s side-footed attempt to place the ball just inside the post was only a fraction out. But the Cards did not have long to wait for what was becoming a deserved equaliser. On the half-hour mark Ademola did superbly to break through two defenders and then skip over another tackle before playing the ball inside to Maledon. The Woking midfielder did not connect properly but his shot crept in off the post to level the scores at 1-1.

Woking came close to taking the lead shortly afterwards when Faulconbridge’s flick released Hammond down the left. A slightly heavy first touch from Ricketts just enabled the Eastleigh keeper to block his shot from the resulting cross, with the ball spinning up and away for a corner.

The visitors briefly threatened with a header before, in the 41st minute, Ademola produced another piece of magic to earn the Cards a half-time lead. Turning inside quickly on receiving the ball, he steered an awkward diagonal cross through the Eastleigh defence towards the far post, where Faulconbridge had the relatively simple past of knocking the ball past the keeper.

Half-time: Woking 2 Eastleigh 1

It seemed unlikely at half-time that there wouldn’t be more goals in this game, with both defences looking a little vulnerable, and so it proved. Woking came close initially through Hammond as he tore into the box on the Woking left but the angle was too tight to beat the keeper. Almost immediately Eastleigh broke down their left, with ex-Card Jamie Slabber picking up the cross and making space for himself to shoot through defender and keeper to make it 2-2.

Ademola was nearly able to respond immediately when a long high ball came to him from Aswad Thomas. But, with only the keeper in front of him, he wasn’t able to bring it down and the chance was gone.

Eastleigh battled back and for a while it looked as though they were more likely to take the lead again. Gillespie had a snap shot which went wide and then another effort was messily cleared over the bar. Anane broke clear at pace but his pass to Ademola simply played his team mate into the hands of the Eastleigh defence. The visitors pegged the home side back again for a while before another break saw Blake lob a short ball through to Hammond, with an Eastleigh defender hammering his attempted clearance against one of his own players.

In the 66th minute, though, the pace of the Woking attack caught out the slow-moving opposition defence again. Ademola played the ball over a defender for Hammond. The defender’s attempted clearance rebounded off Hammond’s body and he was able to race on into the area and lift the ball over the Eastleigh keeper for his first goal for the Club. Ironically, it looked as though Gilroy had been just about to come in his place: a change duly made some ten minutes later.

Could Woking hold on to their lead? Andy Little worried home fans with a loose throw-out but more than made amends shortly afterwards with a brave punch clear from a free-kick. Ricketts, meanwhile, had produced a very respectable low drive which fizzed wide of the post.

Eastleigh threw on two tall substitutes and it was pretty clear that their game plan was now to throw as many crosses as possible into the Woking box. But the Cards came close to extending their lead in the 79th minute. Two good crosses from Blake saw Faulconbridge mis-direct a header before Thomas flicked the ball just over the bar. Ademola then had a fierce shot blocked as the Woking fans in the LGS finally came to life. As Eastleigh threw more men forward, more opportunities for quick breaks fell Woking’s way, but Gilroy wasn’t able to get enough height as he tried to chip the Eastleigh keeper from the edge of the area.

Graham Baker brought Francis Quarm on for Ricketts and Alan Inns on for ‘man of the match’ Ademola as he sought to hang on to a vital win. His hard-working side had to deal with a few more free-kicks – and on one occasion Little had to punch clear after Thomas was beaten – but they managed to prevent Eastleigh from getting any real momentum and the final whistle brought a deserved, and very welcome, victory and a place in tomorrow’s cup draw.

Let’s hope that this win – and in particular the three goals scored – produces a confidence boost that can carry over into the Cards’ league form, starting next Saturday at Hampton and Richmond.

Woking: Andy Little, Ricky Anane, Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts (Francis Quarm 80), Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Moses Ademola (Alan Inns 84), Jerome Maledon, Craig Faulconbridge, Elvis Hammond (Dave Gilroy 76), Ryan Blake

Unused subs: Matt Pegler, Ola Sogbanmu, Sam Hurrell, Josh Watkins

Booked: Jerome Maledon

Sponsor’s MOTM: Moses Ademola (pictured)

Attendance: 1048
1Andy Little
2Ricky Anane
3Aswad Thomas
4Mark Ricketts ('81)
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Moses Ademola ('84)
8Jerome Maledon
9Craig Faulconbridge
10Elvis Hammond ('77)
11Ryan Blake
12Dave Gilroy ('77)
14Francis Quarm ('81)
15Ola Sogbanmu
16Sam Hurrell
17Alan Inns ('84)
18Matt Pegler
19Josh Watkins
Eastleigh LINEUP
1Jason Matthews
2Warren Goodhind
3Luke Byles
4Anthony Riviere
5Tom Jordan
6Chris Holland
7Tony Taggart
8Danny Smith ('78)
9Jamie Slabber ('78)
10Richard Gillespie
11Richard Graham ('68)
12Ross Bottomley ('78)
13Gareth Barfoot
14Jamie Brown
15Brett Williams ('68)
16Shaun McAuley
17Peter Ademiyi ('78)
18Toby Osman

Graham Baker Interview after Woking 3-2 Eastleigh

Moses Ademola Interview

David Holmes
9:27pm, Sat 23rd Oct 2010
Interview with Man of the Match Moses Ademola following Woking's victory in the FA Cup against Eastleigh.

Moses Ademola:

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