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Eastleigh

Cards hope for home comforts

Brian Caffarey
8:57pm, Sun 13th Aug 2017
Woking v Eastleigh
Vanarama National League
7.45pm on Tuesday 15 August 2017

The Cards’ second home game of the campaign on Tuesday evening sees the visit of unbeaten, ambitious Eastleigh, who had a torrid time last season but who, under manager Richard Hill, will be intent on making the play-offs next spring. Anthony Limbrick will be hoping that the Cards can bounce back from a disappointing display at Barrow on Saturday. Come on down to the Laithwaite to cheer on the Cards to another home win!

WOKING

Cards fans probably didn’t expect to get much out of the two away trips to Tranmere and Barrow but will be concerned about the manner of the 3-0 loss at Barrow on Saturday when, by all accounts, the side’s display was well below par. The side needs to show again on Tuesday the verve and determination that characterised much of the opening game of the season against Gateshead. It will be tough against Eastleigh but, with only three points on the board after three games, a point at least would be helpful in avoiding a situation in which the club quickly found itself battling to get away from the bottom of the table.

EASTLEIGH

The ambitious Spitfires will be hoping they can avoid last season’s turmoil, which saw them change managers three times mid-season as they eventually slumped to 15th place in the table, having started as one of the pre-season favourites. The managerial casualties were Chris Todd, Ronnie Moore and Martin Allen. Richard Hill, who had managed the club from 2012-15, including securing promotion from the Conference South and then reaching the play-offs, returned in February 2017, initially on a caretaker basis and then permanently. Andy Hessenthaler has joined him as Assistant Manager.

The Spitfires’ (large) squad is full of well-known players from the non-League world, including striker James Constable, who was promoted with Oxford United through the play-off final; fellow striker ex-Card Craig McAllister; midfielders Sam Togwell, Mark Yeates and Ben Strevens (who also coaches); wide men Chris Zebroski and Ross Stearn; and defenders Gavin Hoyte, Ryan Cresswell, Reda Johnson and Michael Green. Hill has two very experienced goalkeepers in Graham Stack and Ross Flitney. Recent signings include striker Ben Williamson, joining from Cambridge United, but with experience previously at Bournemouth, Port Vale and Gillingham; midfielder Cavanagh Miley from Jersey, recommended by Brian Little; young centre back Harvey Read, a former Stoke City scholar who started off at Southampton; and Sam Williams, arriving from Bournemouth for another loan spell.

Among departures were French striker Mikhael Mandron (to Colchester United), defender Connor Essam (now with Dover), keeper Ryan Clarke (now with Torquay) and striker Darius Henderson.

Eastleigh drew their opening game 0-0 at Bromley. Paul McCallum (ex-Leyton Orient) and Ben Williamson started up front, with Craig McAllister coming on as a substitute. Last Tuesday they narrowly beat Sutton United 1-0 at home, with Ben Williamson converting a rebound. On Saturday they came from behind to take a 2-1 lead against Dagenham and Redbridge, Williamson scoring both goals on the stroke of half-time, but the Daggers equalised in the second half.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £18
Over 65s £13
Disabled (Including carer) £13
Students (U19) £5
U16s £5

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Don’t forget to grab a copy of ‘Cardinals’. Tuesday’s programme includes an interview with captain, Richard Orlu.

LAST TIME OUT

Eastleigh 0 Woking 1
Vanarama National League
28 January 2017

Having defeated Torquay United on the road, the Cards looked for more away joy as they battled to continue their recovery from the Boxing Day debacle at Aldershot. They took the game impressively to Eastleigh, who were briefly under Martin Allen’s management at the time, and grabbed the lead with a bullet header from the lively Gozie Ugwu sinking a fine cross from Dennon Lewis.

There were chances for both sides in the remainder of the half, with new loan signing Macauley Bonne going close. The decisive moment in the second half came when Lewis picked up two yellow cards in the space of two minutes midway through the half. Predictably, this led to an onslaught on the Woking goal, with a combination of some brave defending and good fortune enabling the Cards to leave with three precious points.

Woking: Michael Poke, Dennon Lewis, Fabio Saraiva, Terell Thomas, Joey Jones, Brian Saah (Ismail Yakubu 24), Keiran Murtagh, Charlie Carter (Max Kretzschmar 81), Kane Ferdinand, Gozie Ugwu, Macaulay Bonne (Jake Caprice 69) 

Subs not used: Brandon Hall, Connor Hall

Goal: Ugwu 16

Eastleigh: Graham Stack, Hakeem Odoffin, Bondz N'Gala, Adam Dugdale, Michael Green (Sam Muggleton 45), Ross Stearn, Jai Reason, Sam Togwell, Tyler Garrett (Mikael Mandron 40), James Constable (Mekhi Leonard-McLeod 62), Darius Henderson 

Subs not used: Ben Strevens, Ayo Obileye

Attendance: 2,036

COMING UP

Cards fans won’t want to miss Woking’s next home game this coming Saturday (19 August), when Leyton Orient, with Jake Caprice in their squad, are expected to bring a huge following to the Laithwaite Community Stadium for an eagerly-awaited encounter.


Come on, you Cards!


Woking rally for gutsy victory over Eastleigh

Haydn Cobb
12:00am, Tue 15th Aug 2017
Woking 2 Eastleigh 1
Vanarama National League
15th August 2017

Woking held on for a second victory of the Vanarama National League season to maintain a perfect home record after seeing off a strong Eastleigh side thanks to an Inih Effiong strike and an own goal by Gavin Hoyte, while Nathan Baxter saved a penalty to secure the points for Anthony Limbrick’s team.

After riding out a dangerous start by Eastleigh, who hit the woodwork twice in the opening half hour, a goal just before halftime from Effiong gave Woking a much-needed lead which was doubled early in the second half as Hoyte diverted an Effiong cross into his own net.

But the Spitfires produced a fierce fightback with two penalties in two minutes, the first one from Ben Williamson saved well by goalkeeper Baxter, but the Chelsea loanee was powerless to stop the second taken by Ayo Obileye.

Despite both teams hunting further goals, Woking saw out a late Eastleigh assault on Baxter’s goal to clinch a second victory from the opening four games of Anthony Limbrick’s Woking career to move the Cards 12th in the early league standings.

New boss Limbrick made three changes from the defeat away at Barrow on the weekend with Chez Isaac installed into the midfield for the injured Joey Jones, while Joe Ward and Jamie Philpot replaced Charlie Carter and Jordan Wynter in the starting line-up.

Despite making a positive start in front of the home crowd, it was Eastleigh who went closest to breaking the deadlock early with Williamson striking the post inside the opening ten minutes. Woking struggled to clear a free-kick which saw the ball drop to Chris Zebroski who nodded Williamson into space in the penalty area and the striker’s fizzing effort clipped the outside of Baxter’s post.

Woking maintained composure against an early barrage of Eastleigh crosses and when the Cards were in possession moved the ball swiftly between defence and attack to pose their own questions to the Spitfires backline.

After a quarter of an hour, Philpot broke the Eastleigh offside trap and dinked the ball over the onrushing Ross Flitney, but defender Andrew Boyce was able to nip back and produce a goal-line clearance.

At the half-hour mark Eastleigh missed a golden opportunity to take the lead when Mark Yeates latched on to a misplaced pass in the midfield to see Eastleigh work the ball quickly to release Zebroski one-on-one with Baxter but the Chelsea loanee goalkeeper stood firm to make an impressive save which was partially cleared by Kane Ferdinand.

Eastleigh continued to apply the pressure before the interval with Andrew Boyce hitting the crossbar with a header after smart work by Yeates on the left wing. The Cards weathered the storm and finished the half strongly with Ward producing a fierce low effort which Flitney could only block out for a corner.

Woking made the most of the late attack with Jamie Philpot breaking clear on the left wing to deliver a low cross to Effiong who controlled it before turning his marker and firing hard and low past Flitney.

Halftime score: Woking 1 Eastleigh 0

Once again Woking started the half on the front foot as Philpot looked to have broken free from Eastleigh defender Callum Howe who tugged back the Woking attacker, who tumbled to the ground but his calls for a penalty were waved away by referee Richard Hulme.

Woking were rewarded for their persistence on the 53rd minute when Effiong bullied his way from the right flank to deliver a tempting low cross which Gavin Hoyte could only divert into his own net, taking it off the foot of the waiting Bobson Bawling.

Eastleigh boss Richard Hill rang the changes aiming to overturn the two-goal deficit and the travelling side were awarded their first lifeline when Isaac was judged to have handled the ball from a corner. Williamson, who had scored three goals in the opening three games for Eastleigh, stepped up but his tame low effort was saved by to the goalkeeper’s left.

But that joy was short-lived as the Spitfires were given a second penalty in the space of two minutes when Josh Staunton was judged to have taken down Yeates. The decision sparked fury from the Woking defence and in a melee Staunton and Baxter for Woking and Yeates for Eastleigh were all booked. Eastleigh substitute Ayo Obileye took over penalty duties from Williamson and duly slotted the ball low to Baxter’s right.

With a frantic final 20 minutes set up, both sides continued to press for more goals which stretched the match. Woking’s Ward had two very good efforts, the second a sweet right foot volley which was blocked, while Effiong saw a powerful header saved at full stretch by Flitney.

Eastleigh also continued to threaten as quick feet by Williamson produced a snapshot which was snuffed out by Staunton. With five minutes of additional time to play, Woking reverted to counting down the clock by clearing the ball at every opportunity.

A match-winning sliding challenge from Isaac on Yeates in the final seconds denied Eastleigh with their final attack of the match and ensured Woking would claim their second victory of the season in front of a terrific and noisy Woking crowd.

Woking: Nathan Baxter, Louis Ramsey (Matt Young 82), Richard Orlu (c), Josh Staunton, Nathan Ralph; Kane Ferdinand, Chez Isaac, Joe Ward, Bobson Bawling; Jamie Philpot (Charlie Carter 72), Inih Effiong

Unused subs: Sam Mason, Ivan Nsimbi, Jordan Wynter

Goals: Effiong 44, Hoyte OG 53

Bookings: Isaac 66, Staunton 67, Baxter 67

Eastleigh: Ross Flitney, Gavin Hoyte, Michael Green, Sam Togwell, Sam Wood (Sam Mathews 45); Mark Yeates, Danny Hollands (Ayo Obileye 63), Andrew Boyce, Callum Howe; Chris Zebroski (Craig McAllister 59), Ben Williamson

Unused subs: James Constable, Cavaghn Miley

Goals: Obileye PEN 68

Bookings: Hollands 31, Yeates 67

Referee: Richard Hulme

Sponsors’ MOTM: Joe Ward – a constant thorn in Eastleigh’s defence and key to Woking’s positive attack play.

Attendance: 1802 (154 away fans)
WOKING LINEUP
1Nathan Baxter
2Louis Ramsay ('89)
3Nathan Ralph
5Josh Staunton
6Richard Orlu
8Chez Isaac
22Kane Ferdinand
7Bobson Bawling
23Joe Ward
20Jamie Philpot ('73)
9Inih Effiong
BENCH
18Sam Mason
21Matt Young ('89)
15Jordan Wynter
12Charlie Carter ('73)
19Ivan Nsimbi
Eastleigh LINEUP
13Ross Flitney
27Callum Howe
22Andrew Boyce
7Sam Wood ('46)
3Michael Green
20Gavin Hoyte
14Sam Togwell
10Mark Yeates
19Danny Hollands ('64)
25Ben Williamson
11Chris Zebroski ('59)
BENCH
8James Constable
15Ayo Obileye ('64)
19Craig McAllister ('59)
24Cavanagh Miley
26Sam Matthews ('46)

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