Specsavers
Friendly
7:45pm - TuesdayTue 18th JulyJul 2017

Basingstoke Town
Basingstoke Town
A - A
0 - 1

Woking
Woking

Cards travel to the Camrose

Brian Caffarey
9:54pm, Sun 16th Jul 2017
Basingstoke Town v Woking
Pre-season friendly
7.45pm on Tuesday 18 July 2017

The Cards take on Terry Brown’s Basingstoke Town side on Tuesday evening in their third pre-season friendly after draws against a young Watford side and Leatherhead in their two previous games. With no trialists on view at Leatherhead, Cards fans will be particularly interested to see if there are any additions to the squad for this match.

WOKING

Anthony Limbrick has got 14 senior players signed up so far for the new season, including nine new faces. He will no doubt want to add several more before the campaign begins, with obvious requirements being at least one more striker and a second keeper. We’ll have to see whether these are going to materialise from straightforward signings, trialists or loans.

By all accounts the 2-2 draw at Leatherhead, who included some very experienced players in their squad, sounded like another good work-out for the Cards, although Josh Staunton won’t want to be reminded too often about the own goal which restored the Tanners’ lead. Once again Jason Banton didn’t figure because of injury.

BASINGSTOKE TOWN

Basingstoke have been going through some very difficult times in the last couple of seasons, which has seen them slip from the Conference South to the Southern League Premier Division, with very serious off-field problems too. Indeed, the Council is holding a meeting the following evening to discuss the future of the football club, which has recently become community-owned, given that it no longer owns the Camrose and that the company which does own it – whose biggest shareholder is former long-serving Chairman, Rafi Razzak – wants to apply for planning permission to develop it. The Council has already said that there is no Council-owned land on which a new stadium can be built and it seems unlikely that it would be able or willing to buy the Camrose to preserve it as a sporting venue.

Meanwhile, Terry Brown is charged with trying to get the club back into the Conference South. He took over the reins in March 2016 but was unable to prevent relegation. Last season the Dragons finished in 12th place in the Evo-Stik Premier but things look very difficult now that Mr Razzak has withdrawn his funding of the club. Terry Brown’s strategy has been to work with low-paid, young players but on a full-time basis, in the hope that they can develop quickly with intensive coaching and playing.

The Dragons’ results in their previous pre-season games have been:

Alton 1 Basingstoke Town 5
Solent 3 Basingstoke Town 3
Basingstoke Town 0 Eastleigh 4
Basingstoke Town 4 Merstham 1

Midfielder Ashleigh Artwell and Sam Smart both netted two goals each in the win over Alton, with well-travelled striker Ben Wright scoring the remaining goal. Other players who figured in that game included twin brothers Michael and Robert Atkinson, right back Marcus Johnson-Schuster, defender Charlie Kennedy and midfielder George Bennett, all of whom were with the club last season.

GETTING THERE

The Ark Cancer Charity Stadium
The Camrose
Western Way
Basingstoke
Hampshire
RG22 6EZ

Official website: www.basingstoketown.net

By car

Head for M3, leaving at Junction 6. Take the A339 towards Basingstoke. At the large roundabout with the A30, turn left onto the A30 Ringway South. At the next roundabout bear left, continuing along the A30. You should now pass the stadium over on your right. At the next roundabout take the 5th exit onto Western Way. At the mini roundabout turn right into the club car park entrance.

By train

Basingstoke station is about a mile and a half from the ground. There are fast trains from Woking at 18.13 (18.31), 18.35 (18.53), 18.46 (19.05). Trains back include those at 21.54 (22.28), 22.09 (22.28), 22.24 (22.58) and 22.38 (22.54).

If you’re walking – which would take you about half an hour – leave the station by the main entrance and head for the shopping centre opposite. Walk straight through it and the indoor area, Festival Place. This brings you out onto the pedestrianised Wote Street. Walk up this street and you'll arrive at the Market Square, with a McDonalds located directly in front of you. Turn right at McDonalds and at the end of the pedestrianised street, you'll arrive at a junction with traffic lights. Going straight across this junction and just after passing the Wheatsheaf Pub on your right, turn left into Winchester Road. Walking straight along Winchester Road you will eventually end up at the ground on your right. 

Alternatively, take a taxi or look up https://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables#tt for the times of bus services 1 and 3, which go near the ground.

ADMISSION

Adults £5
Concessions £2.50
U16s FREE

COMING UP

Wingate & Finchley v Woking - 3pm, Saturday 22nd July (The Maurice Rebak Stadium, N12 0PD)

Woking v Cambridge United - 7.45pm, Tuesday 25th July (The Laithwaite Community Stadium)

Woking v Swindon Town - 3pm, Saturday 29th July (The Laithwaite Community Stadium)

The season kicks off on Saturday 5 August 2017 when Woking are at home to Gateshead.


Come on, you Cards!

Before the Flood hit the Ark...

Ray Avards
12:00am, Tue 18th Jul 2017
Basingstoke Town 0 Woking 1 - Match Abandoned at Half Time
Pre-Season Friendly
18th July 2017

Woking set up as a 4-3-3 effectively, wearing white shirts and red shorts against ‘Stoke, in their usual all blue with yellow trim. Changes were few from the Leatherhead game. Richard Orlu started alongside Joey Jones at the back with Chelmsford trialist Matt Young at right back, who has had spells at Barrow and Dover in the last two years. In midfield Chez Isaac and Charlie Carter allowing Fabio Saraiva opportunities to get forward.

The Camrose looks a good playing surface, perhaps not entirely flat, but it would be tested later. There were few opportunities for either side in the opening exchanges until Joe Ward let fly over the cross bar from a neat Inih Effiong lay off.

Stoke countered with attempts to play the ball through the middle, Terry Brown’s young side looking to work the ball especially through their own play maker No. 11, Ashleigh Artwell. They were not getting a sight of goal and Woking had short spells of possession without really sparking.

Midway in the half Charlie Carter got in close on the left hand side of the penalty box and forced keeper Oualah to save with his right foot at the expense of a corner. Carter picked up another opportunity from further out and shot right footed wide of the left hand post. Nathan Ralph, playing as an orthodox left back, joined the attack and slid a shot just wide of the far post.

The lack of drama on the pitch was offset by activity in the heavens, a darkening sky being the back drop to ominous flashes of fierce light over the horizon in the west. Heavy rainfall began and Basingstoke sought to ride the tide with several neat attacks prompted by Artwell’s close control and running through the middle. These moves foundered on the Cards defence but not without some anxiety, Ralph at one point having to clear from the penalty spot.

Switching duties, the Cards’ left back threaded a ball through for Offiong to bend his right footed shot over the right angle of post and bar. Ward scampered away on the right and his low cross was just too near the keeper. Saraiva bent a free kick won on the right, onto Jones’ head, but keeper Oualah was well positioned centre goal.

Mild pressure told on the young home side as Ward again created an opportunity to cross and Effiong was there close in to head down, the ball squeezing home under the keeper and in. Immediately Effiong was set free on the right inside the area and fired his shot against the onrushing Oualah for the save of the game. Saraiva also tried his luck but was wide with his effort.

Stoke sought to counter but when they did set up a move that came back for No. 10 Callum Collins, his effort was horribly high and wide of Nathan Baxter’s goal. In the closing minutes of the half Ward shot from wide right when weaving his way in. His effort went away across goal. Saraiva tried his luck low for the bottom the corner of the net and won a corner. Joey Jones then shot well over as Saraiva’s flag kick was flapped out to him.

Lightning and thunder followed and with it a curtain of water fell in torrents leaving the players and staff looking at the referee and desperate to get off the pitch as half time was reached. That was the last action as Mr Robinson drew his own curtain across proceedings.

Half-time Basingstoke Town 0 Woking 1

Match was abandoned through apparent heavy rain and a lightning storm.

Basingstoke Town: Zaki Oualah, Marcus Johnson-Schuster, David Ray, Dan Bayliss, George Bennett, Jordan Aghatise, Sam Deafield, Charlie Kennedy, Ashleigh Artwell, Callum Collins, Aaron Jarvis.

Subs: Ben Badou, Will Shaw, Charlie McCann, Jordan Goater.

Woking: Nathan Baxter, Matt Young, Joey Jones, Richard Orlu, Nathan Ralph, Chez Isaac, Charlie Carter, Fabio Saraiva, Joe Ward, Bobson Bawling, Inih Effiong.

Unused subs: Joe N’Guessan, Jake Eales, Declan Appau, Ivan Nsimbi, Luke Sheldrick.

Goals: Effiong 36

Attendance: Not known

Man of the Match: Difficult to decide from only half a match. Game but limited opposition meant judgements were not easy. Young looked tidy at right back, Orlu assured at the back and comfortable to play out of defence. Joey Jones careered forward form his defence duties to launch occasional attacks and Ward showed clever touches and crosses. Probably it was Inih Effiong as he did make inroads in attack despite often being surrounded and also found his team mates.

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