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Cards hope for big crowd and three points on Friday

Brian Caffarey
5:52am, Wed 12th Apr 2017
Woking v Macclesfield Town
Vanarama National League
3pm on Friday 14 April 2017

With free entry for kids and reduced admission for everyone else, the Club is hoping for a big crowd on Good Friday to cheer the Cards on to victory against Macclesfield Town. Garry Hill’s side remain one place and one point above the bottom four, so a win would be a huge boost in the fight against relegation. But the Silkmen have a strong away record and still harbour play-off ambitions, so the Cards have a real battle on their hands. Bring family and friends down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium this Friday afternoon!

WOKING

Not many will have fancied the Cards’ chances of gaining even a point at Barrow last weekend but, in the end, it was frustrating not to come away with all three. Barrow were reduced to ten men just before half-time but still managed to come back twice from being behind and, at the death, Woking were controversially denied what would have been the winning goal.

But other clubs at the bottom also had good results, with York City winning away at Chester and Torquay United gaining a point at Aldershot Town. However, Braintree Town lost, slipping into the bottom four, and Solihull Moors are looking in increasing danger after being hammered 9-0 by Tranmere Rovers in their fifth straight defeat.

The Cards are on 45 points, ahead of Braintree on goal difference, with Torquay United one point behind. Above the Cards are York City on goal difference, Solihull Moors on 48 points, and Maidstone United and Sutton United both on 50 points, but with the Stones having one game in hand. Some key fixtures on Good Friday are: Braintree Town v Guiseley, Lincoln City v Torquay United, Solihull Moors v York City, Wrexham v Maidstone United and Sutton United v Gateshead.

MACCLESFIELD TOWN

The Silkmen sit in 9th place in the table with 66 points. Their 3-0 home win over Maidstone United on Tuesday evening kept alive their slender play-off hopes: they are six points off 5th place with a game in hand. Their Achilles heel has been their home record, with only nine wins – only one more than Woking – but, away from home, they have notched up 11 wins, four draws and only five defeats, scoring 31 goals and conceding 23. Last Saturday they lost 4-1 at home to Dagenham and Redbridge, but on Tuesday night Rhys Browne gave them an early lead against the Stones, with the game being made safe late on with a penalty from Danny Whitaker and a strike from Joe Mackreth.

The Silkmen have reached the final of the Buildbase FA Trophy, beating Tranmere Rovers in the semi-final, and will be playing York City at Wembley.

Manager John Askey has a strong nucleus of players from last season, including midfielders Danny Whitaker and Danny Whitehead (the latter having returned on loan from Wigan Athletic), defenders Andy Halls, George Pilkington, David Fitzpatrick and Neill Byrne, and striker Chris Holroyd. New signings in the summer included winger Jack Mackreth, subsequently signed by Bury but who has recently returned on loan; combative midfielder Kingsley James, who was with FC Halifax last season; midfielder Ollie Norburn from Guiseley; left-back Mitch Hancox from Birmingham City, who was on loan to Crawley Town for part of last season; and keeper Craig Ross, a former England C international, who was at Whitehawk last season.

In the January transfer window Askey lost midfielders Paul Lewis and Danny Rowe to Cambridge United and Ipswich Town respectively, but made a number of signings, including keeper Scott Flinders, returning for a second spell from York City; Luke Summerfield, a very experienced midfielder from Grimsby Town; Andy Haworth, a winger from Barrow; defender Callum Evans on loan from Barnsley; and James Thorne, a striker from Nottingham Forest; striker Anthony Dudley, on loan from Bury; and Rhys Browne, a winger on loan from Grimsby Town.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults and Concessions £10
U16s FREE

There will be a marching band before the game and at half-time, and a penalty shoot-out involving the Junior Cards. KC Kat and KC Kitten will also be there handing out free sweets to the kids.

SPECIAL GUEST

Gez Sole is the special guest in the Geoff Chapple Lounge. Contact Elliot Machin to book a place in the Lounge.

LAST TIME OUT

Macclesfield Town 3 Woking 1
Vanarama National League
3 September 2016

Moss Rose is a ground where Woking rarely taste success and this trip followed the usual pattern. Though buoyed by their first win of the season, over Chester, the Cards struggled against a slicker Macclesfield Town side in the swirling rain. The ever-reliable Danny Whitaker gave the home side the lead in the 28th minute, with a sharp finish from Danny Rowe doubling the Silkmen’s lead in the 37th minute.

Dominating the midfield, Macclesfield continued to make chances before and after half-time but the Cards reduced the deficit in the 59th minute when Dennon Lewis shot home from 20 yards.

A fine run from Danny Rowe in added time opened the way for Chris Holroyd to add the Silkmen’s third goal.

Macclesfield Town: Craig Ross, Neill Byrne, George Pilkington, John McCombe, Jack Mackreth, Paul Lewis, Chris Holroyd, Danny Rowe, Ollie Norburn, Mitch Hancox, Danny Whitaker. 

Unused subs: Ritchie Branagan, David Fitzpatrick, Jack Sampson, Dan Cowan, John Roberts. 

Goals: Whitaker 28, Rowe 37, Holroyd 90.

Woking: Michael Poke, Jake Caprice, Joey Jones, Brian Saah, Ismail Yakubu (Charlie Carter 44), Nathan Ralph, Keiran Murtagh ©, Max Kretzschmar (Fabio Saraiva 74), Dennon Lewis, Charlie Penny (Zak Ansah 59), Gozie Ugwu. 

Unused subs: Brandon Hall, Ben Gordon.

Goal: Dennon Lewis 59.

Attendance: 1,221 (50 from Woking)

COMING UP

The Cards travel to Chester on Easter Monday. Book yourself on the Cards Trust coach on Saturday: only £10 for members. The Cards are at home to fellow relegation battlers, York City, on Saturday 22 April in a game which could determine the fate of both clubs. Make sure you’re there for the Cards’ final home game of the season! Woking end the season with a trip to Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday 29 April (12.15pm kick-off).

Come on, you Cards!


Crucial Cards win in bid for great escape

Ian Toft
12:00am, Fri 14th Apr 2017
Woking 1 Macclesfield Town 0
Vanarama National League
14th April 2017

Woking edged a nail-biting encounter this afternoon in their bid for survival in the National League. Gozie Ugwu was the calmest man at Kingfield this afternoon after his second half penalty kick was perfectly hit to secure a vital win at home to Macclesfield Town.

With many other relegation-threatened rivals also winning the bottom of the National League table has compressed together with little separating a whole host of teams. The Cards now enter a three game shoot out for the right to remain at this level next season. They remain outside the relegation places though only by virtue of having a better goal difference than some of their rivals.

Macclesfield Town arrived at Kingfield still with faint hopes of making the end of season play-offs. Their recent form had been impressive having won three of their last four games. Manager John Askey brought Ollie Norburn and Luke Summerfield into the side from the recent win over Maidstone. The Cards were also entering the game with much to feel confident about having taken four points from their last two games; this led Garry Hill to picking an unchanged side to take on the Silkmen.

The Cards faced the Jewson Stand in the first half; knowing that a win was imperative, Woking attacked from the kick off. An early build-up of play down the left between Ralph and Jones led to the latter feeding Murtagh in the centre of the Macclesfield half. With a narrow sight on goal his ambitious shot sailed over the bar. Soon after Murtagh floated a corner that was flicked back in by Sam-Yorke. Thomas beat his man to get there first but could only clip the ball wide of the post with Ross appeared beaten.

Macclesfield got their first surge forward in the seventh minute when Halls escaped from Ralph down the right. He put in an early cross into the onrushing strikers but Holroyd narrowly failed to collect the ball enabling Poke to comfortably collect.

Another Town attack was initially stopped by Murtagh defending on the edge of his area. The loose ball fell to Norburn but his curled shot narrowly rose above the top corner.

Woking again went on the attack in the 22nd minute when a Murtagh free kick from the left was curled in and fell back to Thomas. Though he was able to set up Delano Sam-Yorke for the shot he got under the ball and the attempt rose over the bar.

Sam Yorke escaped from his marker and began a searching run down to the right of the penalty area. However, he was tracked by Pilkington who was able to get a foot in at the moment the Cards forward looked to pull the trigger.

At the other end a probing run from Holroyd through the centre was played through to Browne looking to split the Cards defence. However, Browne’s hesitation enabled Yakubu to sense the danger and get back to dispossess his opponent.

In the 39th minute Woking thought that they had caught out Macclesfield’s back-line. A looping ball over the top by Ralph enabled Sam Yorke to run through the gap and collect the ball as he ran towards goal. Ross ran out from his penalty area towards Sam Yorke and appeared to connect with the Cards striker in his attempts to dispossess him. Despite appeals from the Cards players referee Brook waved play on.

Sam Yorke again attacked moments later. At first it looked as though he had taken the ball past the Macclesfield backline. Halls though put an impressive effort in to get back and excellently timed his tackle to win the ball back.

The best chance of the first half fell right at the end of the half to the visitors. Whitaker whipped in a dangerous cross which was spectacularly met by Holroyd with his back to goal. His attempted overhead scissor kick crashed against the bar with Poke committed and beaten. The rebound fell
back fortunately for Browne but his shot was rushed and it somehow managed to miss the widely open goal.

Half Time: Woking 0 Macclesfield Town 0

Garry Hill had decided in the half time break to mix up his attack line for the Second Half and in search of a crucial goal brought on top scorer Gozie Ugwu for Jamie Lucas.

After a slow start, Woking registered their first attack of the second half in the 53rd minute. Jones played a long ball through for Sam Yorke to chase. As the ball bounced up it disturbed the flow of his run before the Cards forward was able to get a shot away. This bought just enough time for McCombe to get back and crowd him out.

A heavy tackle on Ismail Yakubu proved to be the start of the game’s focal point. With the Cards’ captain off of the field gaining treatment the home side continued to play on. Caprice got away from his man and crossed into the box from the right wing. As a hoard of players scrambled to meet the ball the referee blew his whistle to award a Woking penalty having adjudged that Whitaker had pulled back Ferdinand. Whitaker was also booked for the foul.

With last week’s penalty taker Jamie Lucas having previously been substituted responsibility for taking the kick fell to Gozie Ugwu. As he stepped up to take the kick he coolly slotted the ball low into the opposite corner to Ross’s dive and the Leslie Gosden stand rose to their feet in celebration that the home side had taken the lead.

Two further substitutions followed as Charlie Carter was finally able to replace Yakubu whilst the Silkmen brought Hancox on for Summerfield.

Sam Yorke broke clear of the Macclesfield defence again in the 72nd minute. Having taken on two defenders he raced in on goal. The ball appeared to take a slight bobble and despite having only Ross to beat he was unable to regain control.

Macclesfield also continued to press the Cards backline as the minutes ticked by. Hancox beat Jones down the left and his cross found its way over to Whitaker in the penalty area. Having taken a touch to control his powerful shot fizzed at goal but was bravely blocked by Ralph to avert the danger.

Soon after Ralph played through a high searching ball for Ugwu to chase. With Ross running out from his goal-line Ugwu won the race to the ball but could only slide the ball around Ross wide of the near post.

Just as the Cards thought that they had done enough to hang on for the win Macclesfield posed one last challenge at their goal in added injury time. Fitzpatrick was able to find the space to get a shot away on the Cards goal from close range. Poke instinctively stretched out in anticipation and successfully guessed as he was able to tip the ball around his near post.

Referee Brook gave a blow of his whistle shortly after and the Cards were able to celebrate a hard earned three points to move their tally up to 48 for the season. They now prepare for the next game at Chester City on Easter Monday in their efforts to preserve their National League status.

Woking: Michael Poke, Terell Thomas, Ismail Yakubu (c) (Charlie Carter 61), Brian Saah, Jake Caprice, Joey Jones, Keiran Murtagh, Kane Ferdinand, Nathan Ralph, Jamie Lucas (Gozie Ugwu 46), Delano Sam-Yorke

Unused subs: Brandon Hall, Fabio Saraiva, Connor Hall

Goals: Ugwu (61 pen)

Booked: None

Macclesfield Town: Craig Ross, Andy Halls, John McCombe, George Pilkington, David Fitzpatrick, Danny Whitaker, Ollie Norburn (Danny Whitehead 85), Luke Summerfield (Mitch Hancox 63), Jack Mackreth (James Thorne 71), Chris Holroyd, Reece Browne

Unused Subs: Scott Flinders, Neill Byrne

Booked: Whitaker

Attendance: 2,068

Referee: Carl Brook

Sponsor's (Alan Barnes) MOTM: Nathan Ralph: Worked tirelessly. Delivered energetic runs down the left side and looked to feed his strikers with some accurate long deliveries.

WOKING LINEUP
1Michael Poke
2Jake Caprice
11Nathan Ralph
3Terell Thomas
5Brian Saah
6Ismail Yakubu ('61)
4Joey Jones
8Keiran Murtagh
22Kane Ferdinand
17Delano Sam-Yorke
25Jamie Lucas ('46)
BENCH
18Brandon Hall
12Charlie Carter ('61)
14Fabio Saraiva
9Gozie Ugwu ('46)
23Connor Hall
Macclesfield Town LINEUP

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