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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 16th SeptemberSep 2017
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 2193

Woking
Woking
2 - 0

Sutton
Sutton United

Surrey rivals clash

Brian Caffarey
6:48am, Thu 14th Sep 2017
Woking v Sutton United
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 16 September 2017

Saturday’s match has all the makings of a fine game, with a big crowd expected too. The Cards, buoyant from a fourth home win on Tuesday, take on league leaders and Surrey rivals, Sutton United, who have won four out of their five away games. Both sides like to play attractive football, but the Cards may need to show a more ruthless streak if they are to add to their Laithwaite Community Stadium tally.

WOKING

Anthony Limbrick’s side played some very patient, passing football in the first half on Tuesday night against Solihull Moors but ought to have had more to show for their dominance at half-time than a one-goal lead provided by the talented Jason Banton. Although initially under the cosh in the second half, and conceding a dubious penalty, it was good to see the side rally strongly to grab the winner through Charlie Carter’s third goal of the season.

The win moved the Cards up to 14th place in the table, two points off the play-off places and seven points clear of the relegation zone.

With no sign of the injured players returning in time for Saturday, it would be surprising if, barring any more injuries, the line-up changes.

SUTTON UNITED

The U’s had a very memorable first season back in the top tier of non-League football. The highlight was undoubtedly a wonderful FA Cup run, which saw them reach the 5th Round, losing out to Arsenal, having beaten Cheltenham Town, AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United along the way. In the league Sutton finished in a very respectable 12th position with 58 points, enjoying a particularly good home record on their new 3G pitch. But they won only two league games away from home.

Sutton had an excellent start to this campaign, winning four out of their five opening games, including beating Tranmere Rovers away, to move top of the table. They were then surprisingly beaten at home 3-1 by Maidstone before resuming pole position with a fine 1-0 win at Bromley, who have also started the season strongly. But they then suffered a second surprise reverse at home, losing 2-0 to Maidenhead United. On Saturday they drew 1-1 at home to Gateshead, Simon Walton’s penalty equalising an earlier one from the Tynesiders. On Tuesday night they went top of the table again with an impressive 2-1 win at Dagenham and Redbridge, with Craig Dundas equalising on the stroke of half-time and Kenny Davis heading the winner in added time.

Manager Paul Doswell made some notable signings in the summer, including bringing in two former Cards from Dover, Moses Emmanuel and Aswad Thomas, influential midfielder Kenny Davis, previously with Boreham Wood following six seasons at Braintree, and another Dover recruit in the shape of striker Ross Lafayette, who had a spell on loan with Woking. Other recruits included keeper Jamie Butler from Hemel Hempstead, very experienced defender Simon Walton from Guiseley but with over 300 League appearances on his cv, and strikers Josh Taylor, a former Crystal Palace Academy player, and Anthony Jeffrey, who was with Boreham Wood last season on loan from Forest Green Rovers, for whom he appeared in the 2016 Play-Off Final.

These recruits reinforced an already strong and sizeable squad. There is a great deal of experience at the back, with the trio of Dean Beckwith, Jamie Collins and Simon Downer plus full back Dan Spence and England C cap Louis John. There were already some formidable performers in midfield, too, including the ever-green Nicky Bailey and the talented former Arsenal player, Craig Eastmond. Team mates include winger Jeffrey Monakana and Jack Jebb, another former Arsenal graduate. Up front, in addition to his new signings, Doswell can also call on ex-Wealdstone winger Bradley Hudson-Odoi, former Welling striker Adam Coombes, Kieron Cadogan, the old warhorse Craig Dundas (over 400 appearances and 100 goals), Tommy Wright, who scored 50 goals for Salisbury while on dual registration, and Papa Gueye.

Former Woking keeper Ross Worner is recovering from injury. A recent change is the departure of full back Kevin Amankwaah and the arrival of 18-year-old defender Jordan Bentley on loan from Plymouth.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £18
Over 65/Students with valid student card £13
U16s £5

The game will be segregated, with Sutton supporters allocated the uncovered Chris Lane Terrace (standing) and part of the Leslie Gosden Stand (seated).

Woking FC season ticket holders can take advantage of the enticing offer of £36 per head for a meal and all the extras in the Geoff Chapple Lounge.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Don’t forget to grab a copy of ‘Cardinals’. Only £3 for interviews, previews, match reports, Academy updates and great photos. Saturday’s edition features a piece by Jon Woozley reflecting on the rivalry between the two clubs.

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 2 Sutton United 1
Vanarama National League
1 April 2017

The Cards, reeling from a 4-2 defeat at home by Maidstone United, desperately needed three points from this match. To make matters worse, Torquay’s midweek win had pushed Woking back into the relegation places, with only six games to play.

Garry Hill opted again to leave Gozie Ugwu on the bench, keeping faith with Delano Sam-Yorke and Jamie Lucas up front. Delano quickly justified his inclusion, heading home in the 5th minute from a lovely cross from Nathan Ralph, his fourth goal in three games since his return from his loan spell at Maidstone.

Sutton looked the more dangerous side and Woking’s defence, including ‘man of the match’ Terell Thomas, did well to repel a series of attacks. Jamie Collins went closest when his header hit the woodwork.

The second half started in similar fashion, with Woking looking to hit Sutton on the break. But it was the visitors who got on the scoresheet next, the ball ricocheting off Kieron Cadogan from an attempted clearance in the 62nd minute.

Garry Hill rang the changes and it was one of the newcomers, Gozie Ugwu, who grabbed what proved to be the winning goal in the 83rd minute following enterprising build-up play from Jake Caprice and Nathan Ralph.

Woking: Michael Poke, Charlie Carter (Connor Hall 72), Nathan Ralph, Terell Thomas, Brian Saah, Ismail Yakubu (c), Joey Jones (Jake Caprice 77), Keiran Murtagh, Kane Ferdinand, Delano Sam-Yorke, Jamie Lucas (Gozie Uwgu 72)

Unused Subs: Brandon Hall, Fabio Saraiva

Goals: Sam-Yorke 5, Ugwu 83

Sutton: Will Puddy, Ben Jefford, Louis John, Jamie Collins, Craig Eastmond, Nicky Bailey, Dan Spence, Roarie Deacon, Maxime Biamou, Adam Coombes (Bedsente Gomis 41), Kieron Cadogan.

Goal: Cadogan 62

Unused Subs: Adam May, Jack Jebb, Seb Brown, Simon Downer

Attendance: 1,537

COMING UP

The Cards are away to AFC Fylde next Saturday (23 September). The next home game is on Saturday 30 September when Hartlepool United are the visitors.


Come on, you Cards!


Cards topple leaders as fantastic home form continues

Glen Harrington
12:00am, Sat 16th Sep 2017
Woking 2 Sutton United 0
Vanarama National League
16th September 2017

Regan Charles-Cook scored twice as Woking defeated National League leaders Sutton United at the Laithwaite Community Stadium, but the scoreline told far from the full story on a memorable afternoon of action, which ended with the hosts moving to within two points of the top of the table.

After producing a commendable defensive performance for long periods of the game, particularly during a first-half in which the home side had goalkeeper Nathan Baxter to thank for keeping them in the game, it was the Cards’ pace on the counter attack that once again paid dividends as they claimed a fifth home win in six games.

The first goal arrived shortly after half-time, with Charles-Cook nodding home from close range after Josh Staunton had turned Chez Isaac’s corner goalwards, and the Charlton loanee grabbed his second deep into stoppage time as he followed up Inih Effiong’s original effort.

Sutton, who had countless chances in the first-half, grew steadily frustrated as the game wore on and were ultimately unable to breakdown the patched up Woking defence, which sadly lost full-back Louis Ramsay to a worrying looking injury mid-way through the second-half, in what was the only blemish to an otherwise superb afternoon’s work.

Woking manager Anthony Limbrick made just one change to the team that defeated Solihull Moors on Tuesday evening with Jamie Philpot making a rare start in place of Effiong. There was still no sign of injured trio Fabio Saraiva, Joey Jones and Richard Orlu, who will now likely be joined by Ramsay on the sidelines. Sutton meanwhile, who came into the game in fine form after beating Dagenham and Redbridge in mid-week, made two changes with Josh Taylor and Kieron Cadogan replacing Simon Downer and Kwame Thomas.

The visitors, who scored a stoppage time winner on Tuesday to go top of the table, continued that momentum at the start of today’s fixture – going close after just three minutes as Tommy Wright found himself in acres of space at the back-post but saw his header acrobatically tipped over by Baxter. And Woking’s number one had to be alert again soon after as he got down well to deny both Cadogan and Daniel Spence in the space of a couple of minutes.

However, his best moment came mid-way through the first-half, after Ramsay had brought down Simon Walton just on the edge of the Woking penalty area. The Chelsea loanee got down well to push away Kenny Davis’ free-kick and then, with a slice of fortune, was able to react quickly and grab hold of Wright’s poorly timed rebound attempt – the striker possibly caught by surprise with the speed of which the ball came back to him.

Woking’s best moments going forward often came through Isaac, wearing the captain’s armband in the absence or Orlu and Jones, who was once again at his best in midfield as he won loose balls and drove his side forward. But it was Philpot, full of running up front during a fairly thankless first-half, whose pressure created the Cards’ best chance of the first 45 minutes. The striker stole possession in midfield and Charles-Cook capitalised by playing Joe Ward clear down the right-hand flank. A heavy first touch from the Cards’ top scorer looked to have taken him too wide, but his exquisite low drive was still mere centimetres from finding the bottom left-hand corner as he stroked his shot across the goal, with U’s goalkeeper Jamie Butler beaten.

Half-time: Woking 0 Sutton United 0

Whilst the Cards were undoubtedly fortunate to go into the break level, they started the second-half brightly as Kane Ferdinand again found Ward in space, only for Butler to rush out quickly off his line to deny the winger and turn the ball behind for a corner. Chaos ensued from the resulting set-piece as Staunton got the ball trapped under his feet around the penalty spot. The ball pinballed around in the Sutton area and eventually fell to Charles-Cook, who was in the right place at the right time to nod home a simple header at the back-post. Despite several minutes of protests from the incensed visitors, who were convinced that the midfielder had been offside, the goal stood.

Sutton, who had played some very neat and eye-catching football in the first-half, suddenly became ragged and disjointed as they searched for an equaliser. A string of substitutions followed as both teams adjusted to the goal, and as the visitors committed more men forward, so more spaces opened up for the home side on the counter attack. The game was further delayed by the injury to Ramsay who required a stretcher to make his way off the pitch after a crunching challenge with a Sutton player – Matt Young his replacement.

Despite having plenty of possession and being camped largely in Woking’s half, Sutton were struggling to create many clear-cut changes, particularly compared with the first-half. Baxter was forced into a rare second-half safe with about 20 minutes remaining as he got down well to push Spence’s shot clear as it headed towards the bottom right-hand corner.

In fact, the Cards probably should have made the result safe sooner than they did, and would have were it not for the excellence of Butler in the Sutton goal – who came close to matching Baxter’s first-half exploits with several fine saves of his own. Charles-Cook and Ward both had shots saved when one-on-one, whilst the latter also saw an attempt cleared off the line, shortly after the match had entered seven minutes of stoppage time.

The hosts did finally get their second goal seconds before the end as Effiong went through on goal and Butler’s save rebounded to the feet of Charles-Cook. The midfielder did well to take his time and picked out the bottom corner as the Sutton defence desperately tried to get back to block him – the goal sending three-sides of the ground into incredulous delirium and driving the other quickly towards the exits.

Woking move up four places to tenth as a result of the win and, in an incredibly tight top-half of the table, sit outside the play-off places on goal difference alone. Just two points separate us too from new league leaders, and local rivals, Aldershot Town – who sit a point ahead of Sutton, who drop to fourth after their defeat. The Cards, with four wins in five in the league, will now travel to National League newcomers AFC Fylde full of confidence and hoping to continue an impressive march up the table.

Woking: Nathan Baxter, Louis Ramsay (Matt Young 70), Nathan Ralph, Josh Staunton, Jordan Wynter, Kane Ferdinand, Chez Isaac, Regan Charles-Cook, Joe Ward, Jason Banton (Charlie Carter 53), Jamie Philpot (Inih Effiong 64).

Subs not used: Sam Mason, Bobson Bawling

Goals: Regan Charles-Cook 49, 90+7

Bookings: Matt Young 80

Sutton United: Jamie Butler, Daniel Spence, Aswad Thomas, Louis John, Craig Eastmond, Kenny Davis, Simon Walton, Josh Taylor (Adam Coombes 77), Kieron Cadogan (Anthony Jeffrey 60), Tommy Wright (Moses Emmanuel 55), Craig Dundas.

Subs not used: Jordan Bentley, Simon Downer

Goals: None

Bookings: Daniel Spence 84

Attendance: 2,193

Sponsor’s (Rigby Taylor) MOTM: Nathan Baxter – kept the Cards in the game with a string of fine saves during the first-half, including that memorable double save to deny Sutton’s Tommy Wright from close range, and finished the match with his first clean-sheet of the season; honourable mentions to Josh Staunton, Jordan Wynter and Chez Isaac who were excellent throughout.
WOKING LINEUP
1Nathan Baxter
2Louis Ramsay ('70)
3Nathan Ralph
5Josh Staunton
15Jordan Wynter
8Chez Isaac
22Kane Ferdinand
11Regan Charles-Cook
23Joe Ward
10Jason Banton ('53)
20Jamie Philpot ('64)
BENCH
18Sam Mason
21Matt Young ('70)
7Bobson Bawling
12Charlie Carter ('53)
9Inih Effiong ('64)
Sutton United LINEUP
26Jamie Butler
3Aswad Thomas
5Louis John
15Craig Eastmond
11Kieron Cadogan ('60)
8Kenny Davis
14Craig Dundas
17Dan Spence
20Tommy Wright ('55)
22Simon Walton
23Josh Taylor ('77)
BENCH
21Moses Emmanuel ('55)
24Anthony Jeffrey ('60)
25Jordan Bentley
27Simon Downer
10Adam Coombes ('77)

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