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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 19th AugustAug 2017
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 2885

Woking
Woking
0 - 2

Leyton Orient
Leyton Orient

Orient come to town

Brian Caffarey
9:28am, Thu 17th Aug 2017
Woking v Leyton Orient
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 19 August 2017

This Saturday’s game should be one of the highlights of the season, when the O’s, with Jake Caprice in their squad, will bring a huge following to the Laithwaite Community Stadium. Make sure you’re there to cheer on Anthony Limbrick’s side as they seek a third home win in a row. But Orient will be smarting from their 6-1 away defeat midweek at Bromley and will no doubt prove tough opponents.

WOKING

Anthony was clearly delighted to see his side grab three more valuable points on Tuesday evening against Eastleigh in a hard-fought, close encounter which caught fire in the second half. After the disappointment of last Saturday’s rather tame defeat at Barrow it was good to see the side play with great spirit and determination and no little skill at times. Anthony decided to start with Jamie Philpot, which seemed to give us a bit more by way of attacking options and also gave Anthony the opportunity to bring on later the fresh legs of Charlie Carter to stiffen the midfield when hanging on – fairly grimly on occasions – to a 2-1 lead was the priority. Kane Ferdinand, in his undemonstrative way, perhaps helped us to be a bit more careful in possession and impressed in a midfield defensive role alongside Chez Isaac. There were outstanding performances from Inih Effiong and Nathan Ralph, with Joe Ward also very eye-catching at times.

The Cards, looking a bit bereft of ideas in the opening 25 minutes or so, were fortunate to still be on level terms when, just before the break, Effiong produced a very smart turn and finish from Philpot’s cutback. They then upped their game in the second half to add to their lead thanks to some superb harrying by Effiong and an excellent cross, which forced the defender into conceding an own goal. Nathan Baxter then produced a vital penalty save to help see the Cards through to a very good result against a side that can be expected to challenge for a play-off place.

It sounds as if Jason Banton might be fit enough to claim a place on the bench on Saturday. Joey Jones missed Tuesday’s game and, towards the end, Matt Young had to come on for the injured Louis Ramsay.

LEYTON ORIENT

Orient fans will have already grasped that getting out of the National League isn’t going to be a piece of cake. (Just ask Wrexham, making their tenth attempt!) An opening day defeat at Sutton United was a warning. Home wins over Solihull Moors and Maidstone United engendered optimism, but that must have been badly dented by the 6-1 mauling they suffered at Bromley on Tuesday night. Perhaps Orient don’t like 3G pitches?!

The recent woes of the East London club have been well-documented but a new era started when a consortium headed by long-time fan, Nigel Travis, Chairman and CEO of Dunkin’ Brands Inc, bought the club from the reviled Francesco Becchetti. Former O’s manager, Martin Ling, was appointed as Director of Football, and then Steve Davis, formerly manager of Crewe Alexandra but with experience of non-League football from managerial stints at Nantwich and Northwich Victoria, was appointed manager. The new spirit at the club is reflected in record season ticket sales of over 3,500.

Not surprisingly, there has been an almost total revolution in the first team squad, with only the two young goalkeepers, Charlie Grainger and Sam Sargeant, midfielder Freddie Moncur and young winger, Josh Koroma, remaining.

But several former ‘favourites’ have returned to Brisbane Road, most notably striker David Mooney, who made over 170 appearances for Orient between 2011 and 2015 before moving to Southend, and 35 -year-old winger Jobi McAnuff, best known for his five-year spell at Reading. Some other high profile signings were those of midfielder and captain Charlie Lee, formerly with Peterborough, Gillingham and Stevenage; highly-experienced Cameroonian defender George Elokobi, once of Wolves but more recently with Colchester United and a loan spell at Braintree last season; midfielder Alex Lawless, who spent five successful years at Luton Town before a spell at Yeovil; defender Josh Coulson, arriving on loan from Cambridge United, where he has just received a testimonial game after over 300 appearances; former Card, Jake Caprice; striker Macauley Bonne, bought for an undisclosed fee from Colchester United, but with loan spells at Lincoln City and Woking last season; defender Joe Widdowson, switching from Dagenham and Redbridge; and Benin international midfielder Romuald Boco, who had three spells with Accrington Stanley amongst other more exotic locations.

Other arrivals include midfielders Craig Clay (ex-Grimsby and Motherwell), James Dayton (most recently with Cheltenham Town) and Michael Clark; and defenders James Sendles- White (ex-Swindon Town) and Christian Scales (who made his League debut for Crawley Town but had a spell at Whitehawk last season).

ADMISSION PRICES

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

The game will be segregated, with Orient allocated the open Chris Lane Terrace and part of the seated Leslie Gosden Stand.

Season ticket holders have the chance to sample the delights of the Geoff Chapple Lounge for only £36. See the website for details.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Don’t forget to grab a copy of ‘Cardinals’. Only £3 for interviews, previews, match reports, Academy updates and great photos.

COMING UP

The Cards make the long trip to Wrexham on Saturday 26 August. The Cards Trust is running a coach, so book your place on Saturday. At 3pm on Bank Holiday Monday (28 August) Torquay United are the visitors to the Laithwaite Community Stadium. Make sure the date is in your diary!


Come on, you Cards!


Cards suffer first home defeat

Brian Caffarey
9:23pm, Sat 19th Aug 2017
Woking 0 Leyton Orient 2
Vanarama National League
19 August 2017

The Cards can have no complaints about this defeat. There was no shortage of effort but a distinct lack of guile and penetration, with only one, weak, attempt on target the whole afternoon. After a dull, fairly even, first half Orient started the second period on the front foot and quickly took the lead when Macauley Bonne side-footed home an excellent cross from another ex-Woking player, Jake Caprice. Bonne made the game safe with a fine finish with a few minutes to go.

On a bright afternoon in front of a good crowd the Cards lined up as on Tuesday evening, the only change being the appearance of Jason Banton on the substitutes’ bench in place of Ivan Nsimbi.

Both sides started cautiously – understandably so in Orient’s case in view of the 6-1 hammering they had endured midweek at Bromley. But there was an absence of caution about the first talking point: a wayward header from Josh Staunton, from a strange back pass from Joe Ward, after five minutes which flew wide of Nathan Baxter for a corner. Neither side seemed able to wrest control of the game for more than a few minutes. Kane Ferdinand and Chez Isaac looked comfortable, but not especially creative, in midfield, while Orient had clearly done their homework on Ward, forcing him inside, where, on a couple of occasions, he might perhaps have had a pot shot rather than trying to get a better angle. Bobson Bawling, on the other flank, was also closed down. Woking’s attacking attempts weren’t helped by poor deliveries from the first two corners gained.

James Dayton, for the visitors, looked more creative, finding space, but in the first half at least little came of his promptings. On 19 minutes he fed Bonne, but the latter skied the ball high into the Leslie Gosden Stand. Jobi McAnuff shot across the goal soon afterwards and Baxter punched clear a Dayton free-kick.

The game continued to splutter, with both sides’ attacking moves tending to break down before the penalty area was reached. Richard Orlu could not get enough on a Ward free-kick to the far post to direct it back across the goal. Philpot went closest for Woking in the 33rd minute when he curled a shot wide of the far post, while Orlu’s long leg just foiled David Mooney when the experienced striker threatened to get clear in the area.

Two minutes before the end of an uneventful half Drayton dragged a free-kick wide of Baxter’s near post, having managed to evade the defensive wall. Joe Widdowson made a dangerous run into the right of the area but the move ended with Mooney being booked for diving.

As the half ended, both sides were probably content to go in on level terms but one or other needed to up their game if the stalemate was to be broken.

Half-time: Woking 0 Leyton Orient 0

It was Orient who quickly took the initiative after the break. Dayton latched onto a high ball, letting fly with a decent volley, which Baxter held cleanly down at his near post. Then Alex Lawless, from a central position, hit a rising drive narrowly over the bar. On 50 minutes the visitors’ pressure paid off. Dayton swung a ball wide to Caprice, who crossed low into the box, leaving Bonne with a relatively simple side-foot to open the scoring.

The Cards steadied themselves and, for a short time, looked as though they might stage a fight-back. Effiong barged his way into the area before being out-numbered. Philpot’s back heel freed Ward to fire in a fierce cross, which Josh Coulson did well to clear. Ward’s in-swinging corner forced keeper Charlie Grainger into a decisive punch under pressure.

But Orient soon resumed control and, in the 62nd minute, Anthony Limbrick made his first substitution, bringing on Charlie Carter for Ferdinand. However, the Cards still failed to get any rhythm going or to exert any real pressure on the Orient defence. Woking’s cause wasn’t helped by uncertainty at the back, with Orlu looking uncomfortable every time the side attempted to play their way out of defence: three times in a row this simply led to lost possession.

Anthony Limbrick then brought on Jason Banton for his first appearance in a Woking shirt, replacing Bawling. But this substitution too seemed to make little or no difference. It was Orient who looked more likely to fashion a goal. Dayton volleyed from distance, while Bonne got behind Staunton to meet a long high ball but could not get any power in his header, which was easily fielded by Baxter.

On 80 minutes Orient had a great chance to wrap the game up. McAnuff’s shot was blocked but the ball fell to Mooney only a few yards out. However, he was only able to direct the weakest of shots straight at Baxter. It proved to be the briefest of respites for Woking. In the 86th minute a Woking attack broke down all too easily, with the ball being played out quickly to Bonne down Woking’s right. He scampered towards the near post before opening his body and finishing smartly across Baxter and into the far corner.

Added time saw Staunton blocking a shot from substitute Josh Koroma before Grainger made his first save of the match as Ward struck tamely from a square pass from Carter.

Orient, on their second half showing, looked a useful side, who may well challenge for a play-off place. Anthony Limbrick, for his part, was left pondering on a disappointing display from his charges, who failed to achieve any momentum, looking short of attacking ideas. A better performance will be needed if anything is to be gained from the trip to Wrexham in a week’s time.

Woking: Nathan Baxter, Louis Ramsay, Josh Staunton, Richard Orlu, Nathan Ralph, Chez Isaac, Kane Ferdinand (Charlie Carter 62), Jamie Philpot, Bobson Bawling (Jason Banton 72), Inih Effiong, Joe Ward

Unused subs: Sam Mason, Matt Young, Jordan Wynter

Booked: Nathan Ralph, Richard Orlu

Leyton Orient: Charlie Grainger, Jake Caprice, Joe Widdowson, Alex Lawless, George Elokobi, Jobi McAnuff (Josh Koroma 89), Charlie Lee (Craig Clay 69), Macauley Bonne, David Mooney, Josh Coulson, James Dayton (Romuald Boco 90)

Unused subs: Sam Sargent, Jamie Sendles-White

Goals: Macauley Bonne 50 and 86

Booked: Charlie Lee, David Mooney, Jobi McAnuff, Alex Lawless, Craig Clay

Sponsors’ (Consilium Financial Planning) MOTM: Nathan Ralph (pictured)

Attendance: 2885
WOKING LINEUP
1Nathan Baxter
2Louis Ramsay
3Nathan Ralph
5Josh Staunton
6Richard Orlu
8Chez Isaac
22Kane Ferdinand ('62)
7Bobson Bawling ('72)
23Joe Ward
20Jamie Philpot
9Inih Effiong
BENCH
18Sam Mason
21Matt Young
15Jordan Wynter
12Charlie Carter ('62)
10Jason Banton ('72)
Leyton Orient LINEUP
1Charlie Grainger
2Jake Caprice
3Joe Widdowson
7Jobi McAnuff ('89)
18Josh Coulson
5George Elokobi
4Alex Lawless
8Charlie Lee ('69)
27James Dayton ('90)
9Macauley Bonne
10Dave Mooney
BENCH
6Jamie Sendles-White
11Romuald Boco ('90)
12Sam Sargeant
19Josh Koroma ('89)
23Craig Clay ('69)

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