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Cards look for more success on the road

Alan Worth
9:24am, Thu 21st Sep 2017
AFC Fylde v Woking
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 23 September 2017


This Saturday the Cards make the long trip to the north-west coast for their first encounter with ambitious AFC Fylde, who were promoted last season from the Conference North. The Cards have only gained three points on the road so far, so will be keen to grab at least a point from this game.

WOKING

A memorable game on Saturday saw the Cards collect another three points at home as they beat league leaders Sutton. After a rear-guard action for most of the first half with Nathan Baxter making a couple of outstanding saves to keep the visitors at bay, Woking’s speed on the break paid dividends. Two goals from Charlton loanee Regan Charles-Cook in the second half saw the Cards to another home victory and their first clean sheet of the season. Woking now have eighteen points, two off top spot and sit currently in tenth position in the league. They remain outside the play-off places on goal difference alone.

One unfortunate outcome of this local derby was the loss of full back Louis Ramsay with an ankle injury – he is likely to be out of contention for a number of weeks alongside Joey Jones and Richard Orlu. However Fabio Saraiva is now back in training and should be available fairly soon.

AFC FYLDE

The Coasters, who are based on the Fylde coast between Blackpool and Preston, were originally formed by the amalgamation of Kirkham Town FC and Wesham FC in 1988. Kirkham and Wesham went on to dominate the West Lancashire League Premier Division, joining the North West Counties League Division Two in the 2007/08 season, a campaign in which they won the FA Vase, beating Lowestoft Town 2-1. Both goals came from 17-year-old substitute Matt Walwyn, who was only on the field for the last 11 minutes! The club also won promotion to the North West Counties Premier Division.

At the beginning of the 2008-09 season the club changed its name to AFC Fylde (“The team of the Fylde Coast�) and won the Premier Division, securing promotion to the Northern Premier League Division One North. That championship was won in the 2011-12 season, with the Coasters then promoted via the play-offs in 2013-14 from the Premier Division to the Conference North. After two subsequent defeats in that league’s play-offs they gained automatic promotion to the National League as champions last season.

At the club’s AGM in 2007 a 15 year-plan was agreed, targeting promotion to the National League in 2017 and promotion to the Football League in 2022, so the club is currently on course to realise its ambitions. At the beginning of last season the club moved to a new ground, part of an £18m sports village, on the outskirts of Wesham, which includes a 6,000 capacity Football League-standard stadium.

Manager Dave Challinor joined the club during the 2011-12 season, citing the attraction of managing an ambitious club as the explanation for dropping down two leagues from his then berth at Colwyn Bay.

Challinor made a number of signings in the summer in readiness for the higher league. Quite a few seemed to consist in bringing in some of the best players from other Conference North clubs. Kidderminster were raided for central defender Jordan Tunnicliffe, previously with WBA and Barnsley and capped for England C; and full back Josh Ezewele, also previously with WBA and Yeovil. Midfielder Lewis Montrose arrived from Stockport, with loads of previous League experience after starting out at Wigan and Manchester City. Simon Grand, a highly experienced central defender, who has previously played for Carlisle, Morecambe, Grimsby and Barrow, arrived from Salford, for whom he scored nine goals last season. Also joining from Salford was keeper Jay Lynch, formerly with Manchester United, Bolton and Accrington. Other arrivals were midfielder Henry Jones, a former Welsh U21 international who began his career at Swansea City and who joined the Coasters from Bangor City; Jack Muldoon, a notable capture from Lincoln City, for whom he made nearly 70 appearances in midfield in the last two seasons and who played against Burnley and Arsenal in the Imps’ FA Cup run; and fellow midfielder Tom McCready, arriving after two seasons with Exeter. Other recent additions are Luke Burke, a 19-year-old full back on loan from Wigan, and Jordan Richards, another full back, arriving after a brief spell at Darlington but previously with Hartlepool. Winger Jonny Smith is on loan from Bristol City.

The Cards will need to be wary of top scorer Danny Rowe, who has notched over 120 goals since his arrival from Macclesfield in summer 2014. Midfielder David Morgan was a five-figure signing from Nuneaton Borough in March this year, whilst keeper Rhys Taylor arrived from Newport County in summer 2016. Left-back Zaine Francis-Angol joined at the same time from Kidderminster Harriers,

The Coasters have had a slightly difficult start to life in the National League, finding it hard to turn draws into wins. Their first three games brought draws against Boreham Wood at home and Chester and Ebbsfleet away before a 4-1 defeat at home to Maidenhead United, but the Coasters played much of that game with only 10 men. Following another draw, at home to Dagenham and Redbridge, the Coasters gained their first win, 2-0 away at Hartlepool United, and immediately followed it up with a second, 1-0 at home to Barrow. They lost narrowly at Halifax before drawing yet again, at home to Bromley. Last Tuesday they lost 2-1 at Macclesfield and on Saturday Fylde came from behind twice to secure a draw away at Eastleigh.

Fylde now sit in 20th position in the table, with 12 points from 11 games, having won 2, drawn 6 and lost 3.

GETTING THERE

AFC Fylde
Mill Farm
Coronation Way
Wesham
PR4 3JZ

Official website: www.afcfylde.co.uk

By coach

The Cards Trust is planning to run a coach to this game. It leaves at 8.00am and the cost is £29 for members, £34 for non-members, with U16s at £15/£17. Ring (01483 772470) or email (shop@wokingfc.co.uk) the Club Shop to book your place.

By car

The advice on the Fylde official website reads as follows:

There are excellent links to the ground to the local and strategic highway network. Access to the site via the A585 is less than a mile from the M55 Junction 3 to the north, which leads to Blackpool to the west and Preston and the M6 to the east. To the south, the A585 Fleetwood Road forms the Kirkham and Wesham Bypass and connects with the A583 Blackpool Road, a main route between Blackpool and Preston.

Access to the site by public transport is excellent. The closest bus stop to the development is a 5-minute walk from the centre of the site. The No. 61 bus service offers a service every 30 minutes and connectivity through Blackpool – Preston – Kirkham.

A map of the immediate area is here: http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=341525&y=433727&z=0&sv=pr4+3jz&st=2&pc=pr4+3jz&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf

By train

Kirkham and Wesham Railway Station is only a half a mile away from the ground. Trains from Euston leave on the half hour and take exactly three hours, including a change at Preston. So, for example, the 10.30 arrives at Preston at 12.38, with the 13.20 from Preston getting in to Kirkham and Wesham at 13.30.

ADMISSION PRICES

Away fans are accommodated in either the South Terrace (standing) or Section A of the West Stand (seated). Admission prices for South Terrace are: £13 for Adults and £5 for U16s. For the West Stand the prices are: £16 for Adults and £9 for U16s. Tickets can be bought online.

COMING UP

The Cards are at home to Hartlepool United on Saturday 30 September.


Come on, you Cards!

Second half fightback secures Cards’ third win on bounce

Malcolm Wyatt
12:00am, Sat 23rd Sep 2017
AFC Fylde 1 Woking 2
Vanarama National League
23rd September 2017

Anthony Limbrick’s in-form Woking secured a third consecutive league victory and fifth win in six matches after an impressive second-half display on their first competitive visit to the Fylde.

Last season’s National League North champions had the better opening 45 minutes, deservedly leading at the break. But two goals in two minutes from there changed everything, the Cards moving up to sixth place and within a point of early pace-setters and previous victims Sutton.

The recent demolition of Nene Park, grand former home of dissolved ‘90s success Rushden & Diamonds, offers a sobering reminder to an ambitious outfit targeting Football League status by 2022. But there’s no doubting the progress made so far, this impressive ex-West Lancs League club prepared for a rosy future judging by all you see on and off the field at Mill Farm.

At around the half-hour mark, the Cards were possibly heading for a fifth away defeat of the season. Yet again we witnessed spirit and tenacity from Limbrick’s young side – average age under 22 on the day – and the Surrey visitors were ultimately great value for their win.

In a tentative start, a strong wind favoured the hosts early on yet Dave Challinor’s side – with just two wins from 11 previous fixtures - took a while to get going. But ex-Wales U21 cap Henry Jones soon impressed for the Coasters, nicely served by first-time starter Serhat Tasdemir, 17.

Woking’s Regan Charles-Cook, Joe Ward and Matt Young also showed promise, but the away game plan took a blow in the 18th minute as Jones’ left-wing corner found its way through a crowded area to centre-back Jordan Tunnicliffe, the ex-West Brom youth and England C cap chesting home at close range, his second goal in as many matches.

Home pressure continued, Jones firing over from 35 yards after a quick free-kick, Challinor’s challengers taking the game to the Cards. But Woking were building, Kane Ferdinand working hard in midfield, feeding Charles-Cook, his deflected half-chance bringing a corner from which defender Josh Staunton came close with a glancing header.

As Fylde countered, top scorer Danny Rowe - who last faced Woking with Barrow and Macclesfield - drilled from distance, but Nathan Baxter got down to his finish. The next home corner also caused flutters but was too strong, a Jones free-kick leading to further palpitations.

That was nothing compared to the next raid, Simon Grand, Rowe and Lewis Montrose getting shots in as Woking crowded their goalmouth in what looked more like volleyball in the area.

The following Jones free-kick caught out everyone bar Baxter, the keeper seeing it late but pawing behind for another corner, from which another half-chance went wide. Despite their lowly position, the hosts were gaining confidence, the visitors trapped in their own half but with Staunton and Nathan Ralph thankfully reading the ball well.

It wasn’t just about corners and free-kicks, as you’d expect from a team managed by long throw expert Challinor, Woking living on their nerves as time and again the Coasters threatened to double the tally, skipper Andy Bond and former Lincoln midfielder Jack Muldoon threatening.

When they finally broke away, skipper Chez Isaac‘s free-kick was easily defended, a Ferdinand shot was deflected for a corner which came to nothing, and Charlie Carter’s run led to a Matt Young effort ending in a goal-kick.

Meanwhile, at the other end Jordan Wynter got a key interception before Baxter sprang from his line to collect from Muldoon, the Cards needing the break.

Half time: AFC Fylde 1 Woking 0

The Coasters carried on where they left off after the interval, Rowe looking for an opening and Muldoon playing into danger, the Cards thankfully clearing their lines.

Charles-Cook and Ralph combined on the left, the visitors looking for a way back, while Baxter kept out a Tasdemir header after good work by Wigan loanee Luke Burke and Muldoon.

Then came Woking’s 53rd-minute leveller, Isaac delivering their first corner of the half and the ball only half-cleared, Ward’s thunderous strike from distance taking a deflection then smacking keeper Jay Lynch’s right post, ricocheting into the net.

Suddenly all systems go, Jason Banton replaced Carter and was involved in the build-up as the Cards went ahead within a minute, Ralph’s great delivery met by a fantastic flying, flashing header from Jamie Philpot, prompting similarly-athletic celebrations from his gaffer on the line, rising and punching the air.

Baxter’s fine tip-over from a Jones volley followed after a promising Coasters move, and it needed a steady touch from Young to halt another attack. Yet Woking largely looked stronger now, and from Isaac’s next delivery Staunton went close with a downward header.

From a free-kick, Fylde spread wide but their visitors stood their ground, getting in a couple more key touches, second goalscorer Philpot soon making way for Inih Effiong, getting a hug from his boss as he departed.

Ward still had lots of running in him, combining well with Charles-Cook and Banton, the latter not getting the best of finishes following an Effiong cutback, Lynch collecting on the floor.

As the play swung, Staunton was first to impressive sub Jonny Smith’s free-kick, the hosts soon introducing Matty Blinkhorn, going for the kill, and seeing Burke’s effort from the right cut out by Baxter in mid-air, with another corner cleared and Ward almost in on the counter-attack but for a last-ditch home tackle.

Patient Woking build-up play saw Effiong in, but the flag was raised, while as Fylde countered Burke headed into the danger zone but no one could finish.

Charles-Cook remained a thorn in the hosts’ side and played Effiong in, the flag down this time but the sub losing his footing, while Bristol City loanee Smith had an effort blocked after Rowe struggled to find a gap at the other end, Smith’s next in-swinger put behind for a corner, Staunton heading powerfully out as the ball came over.

Burke and Jones combined before the latter’s cross was plucked out by Baxter, time running out for the hosts as Wynter, another Woking standout, sliced the next delivery behind, the resultant corner leading to the ball skidding all the way through, untouched.

Four minutes were tagged on, Montrose in the thick of it as the hosts desperately eyed an equaliser, Jones again whipping in and Grand’s glancing header just wide, the Cards soon celebrating a deserved second away win of term.

AFC Fylde: Jay Lynch, Lewis Montrose, Zaine Francis-Angol, Jordan Tunnicliffe, Andy Bond (c) (Matt Blinkhorn 73), Danny Rowe, Jack Muldoon (Jonny Smith 62), Simon Grand, Serhat Tasdemir (Tom McCready 82), Luke Burke, Henry Jones. Unused subs: Jordan Richards, Josh Ezewele.

Scorer: Tunnicliffe 18.

Yellow card: Jones 12.

Woking: Nathan Baxter, Matt Young, Jordan Wynter, Josh Staunton, Chez Isaac ©, Kane Ferdinand, Charlie Carter (Jason Banton 53), Nathan Ralph, Regan Charles-Cook (Declan Appau 89), Jamie Philpot (Inih Effiong 66), Joe Ward. Unused Subs: Bobson Bawling, Sam Mason.

Scorers: Ward 53, Philpot 54.

Yellow card: Isaac 31, Staunton 83, Young 89.

Referee: Karl Evans.

Attendance 1,532.

My MOTM: Josh Staunton – something of a defensive colossus, supplying one of many fine shifts by the determined visitors, toiling away throughout as Woking ultimately reaped the benefits of the power of application, belief and team spirit.
AFC Fylde LINEUP
13Jay Lynch
2Lewis Montrose
3Zaine Francis-Angol
5Jordan Tunnicliffe
6Andy Bond ('73)
11Jack Muldoon ('62)
15Simon Grand
20Serhat Tasdemir ('83)
22Luke Burke
27Henry Jones
9Danny Rowe
BENCH
14Tom McCready ('83)
16Jordan Richards
17Matt Blinkhorn ('73)
18Jonny Smith ('62)
21Josh Ezewele
WOKING LINEUP
1Nathan Baxter
21Matt Young
3Nathan Ralph
5Josh Staunton
15Jordan Wynter
8Chez Isaac
22Kane Ferdinand
12Charlie Carter ('53)
23Joe Ward
11Regan Charles-Cook ('89)
20Jamie Philpot ('66)
BENCH
18Sam Mason
17Declan Appau ('89)
7Bobson Bawling
10Jason Banton ('53)
9Inih Effiong ('66)

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