3:00pm - SaturdaySat 21st OctoberOct 2017
Hayes Lane | Att: 1577

2 - 0


Cards prepare for tough trips

Brian Caffarey
6:04am, Thu 19th Oct 2017
Bromley v Woking
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 21 October 2017

The Cards’ recent upturn in form away from home will be greatly tested by their next two away games, starting with this trip to Neil Smith’s in-form Bromley side, who sit in seventh place in the table. Anthony Limbrick’s team laboured to get past a very stubborn Concord Rangers side in the Emirates FA Cup and will have to be on good form to return home with anything from Saturday’s trip. Make the short journey to Hayes Lane if you can to cheer on the Cards!


It took extra time on Tuesday evening for the Cards to defeat the Beachboys in Canvey Island. The side got off to a great start, with Regan Charles-Cook grabbing an early goal, but were then pegged back by the Beachboys. Thereafter, it was a very tense affair, with chances for both sides. Fortunately for Cards fans, Charlie Carter forced the winning goal in the second period of extra time to secure a home tie against Bury.

Tuesday evening saw the return from injury of Joey Jones, who came on as a substitute to play an influential role. With Josh Staunton also expected to be fit on Saturday, Anthony Limbrick will have some selection headaches.


The Ravens are now in their third season at this level. They finished in 14th place in their first season, with Neil Smith taking over as interim manager after the dismissal of Mark Goldberg. Smith’s position was then made substantive and last season he guided them to a very respectable 10th place finish. With new investment going into Hayes Lane in the shape of a new stand and a state-of-the-art 3G pitch, plus a thriving Academy, the Club started this season in an optimistic mood.

There was the usual substantial turnover of players in the summer. Among those leaving were keeper Ross Flitney, midfielder Lee Minshull, strikers Blair Turgott (moving to Stevenage) and Tobi Sho-Silva (who joined Dover), plus of course Jordan Wynter, joining Woking.

Arrivals included keeper David Gregory, who had spent eleven seasons at Crystal Palace, including a loan spell at Leyton Orient; left-back Tyrone Sterling, one of a number of departures from Dover, but who had previously played for Dartford and Cray Wanderers; young defender Ben Wynter, released by Crystal Palace; Academy defender Kristian Campbell, who has been on a short-term loan at Bognor Regis Town; another Academy product, midfielder Aiden Enver; Frankie Sutherland, who spent some time with Woking last season; Frankie Raymond, who made nearly 50 appearances for Dagenham and Redbridge in midfield; ex-Shot Adam Mekki, a winger signing from Tranmere Rovers; striker Brett Williams, arriving from Torquay United but who will need no introduction for Woking fans; wingers Luke Wanadio and Iffy Allen, joining from Dartford and Wrexham respectively; and Josh Rees, with Chelmsford City last season.

Among those remaining from last season are midfielder George Porter, winger/striker Louis Dennis and highly-experienced defenders Alan Dunne (400 appearances for Millwall) and Jack Holland (200 appearances for the Ravens).

Bromley started the season at a gallop with three wins and two draws in their opening five games, including a 6-1 hammering of Leyton Orient. They hit the buffers then with a 5-1 loss to Dagenham and Redbridge, followed by defeats by Sutton and Wrexham. Their last six league games have seen wins at home over Torquay, Solihull and a defeat by Tranmere, whilst away they have lost to FC Halifax and, most recently, had good wins over Maidstone and Gateshead. Last Saturday they drew 0-0 at Dover in the Emirates FA Cup. On Tuesday evening they had an impressive 3-0 win in the replay. Starting with defender Jack Holland up front in the absence of a recognised striker, they nevertheless rattled in three goals in the second half through Josh Rees, Adam Mekki and substitute Louis Dennis. They travel to Rochdale in the First Round Proper.

The Ravens currently sit in 7th place in the table, with 24 points from 15 games, four points and four places below the Cards. At home they have won four league games, drawn one and lost two, scoring 12 goals and conceding four.


Bromley FC
H2T Group Stadium
Hayes Lane

Tel: 020 8460 5291
Official website:

By coach

The Cards Trust is not running a coach to this game but some seats are available on the Club coach, which is leaving at 11.00am. Ring (01483 772470) or email ( the Club Shop to check the position.

By car

Exit junction 4 of the M25 onto the A21. After 4 miles fork left onto A232/Croydon Road, then right onto B265/Baston Road. After 1.5 miles the ground is on the right after a mini-roundabout.

By train

Make your way to Clapham Junction and change onto a London Victoria train, usually on platforms 12 or 14. There are frequent trains from Victoria to Bromley South from platforms 1 to 7. The quickest take 16 minutes e.g. 13.37 (13.53), 13.52 (14.08), 14.07 (14.23). There are fast trains back at 17.05, 17.20, 17.35 and 17.50.

Walking from the station to the ground takes about 15 minutes. Turn left out of the station and then right shortly afterwards into Westmoreland Road, at the traffic lights by the T-junction near the Police Station and the Churchill building. Turn left just after the church into Hayes Road. Take care to follow the road when it bears round to the left rather than ending up in Cameron Road. At the end of Hayes Road turn right into Hayes Lane, having first crossed Hayes Lane using the traffic island near the mini-roundabout. The drive to the ground is about 200m on your left.


Admission prices are as follows:

• Adult: £15.00
• Concessions (Over 65’s & Students** over 21): £10.00
• Armed Forces, NHS/Emergency Services & Football League Season Ticket Holders*: £10
• Under 16’s & Students** aged 16-21 yrs: £5.00
• Under 16’s go FREE when accompanied by a full paying adult

*Employers ID / Valid in date Football League Season Ticket required on entry
**Valid Student ID required on entry

The Bromley FC website has the following information for away supporters:

“Full segregation will be in place for this match which means away fans will enter the stadium via the away turnstiles where it will be PAY ON THE GATE!
Elderly or disabled visiting supporters requiring seating should contact the Club on 020 8460 5291, option 5.
Visiting supporters; please note you will have access to an outside bar. Hot food and drink will be available from the food outlet within the Away section.�


Woking 2 Bromley 1
Vanarama National League
29 November 2016

Despite Bromley coming into the game off the back of a five-game unbeaten run, Woking edged this close-fought encounter throughout, and deservedly snatched victory ten minutes from time after Fabio Saraiva brilliantly picked out the top right-hand corner from more than 25 yards out.

Gozie Ugwu had earlier given Woking a first-half lead, scoring his seventh goal in four games with a fine header from Frazer Shaw’s cross, only for Bromley’s leading scorer Blair Turgott to cancel out the opener from the penalty spot just two minutes later.

Both teams fought hard to find a winner in a game of few clear chances, but ultimately it needed a moment of magic from Saraiva to settle the match, and earn the Cards a little bit of revenge for the cruel late defeat they had suffered away at Bromley earlier in the season.
Woking: Brandon Hall, Jake Caprice, Frazer Shaw, Terell Thomas, Brian Saah (c), Frankie Sutherland, Charlie Carter, Fabio Saraiva (Ismail Yakubu 88), Chike Kandi (Anthony Edgar 67), Delano Sam-Yorke, Gozie Ugwu. 

Subs not used: George Brown, Aaron Smith-Joseph, Michael Poke

Goals: Gozie Ugwu 31, Fabio Saraiva 81

Bromley: Alan Julian, Dan Johnson, Joe Anderson, Ben Chorley, Jack Holland, Lee Minshull (Louis Dennis 84), Connor Dymond, Blair Turgott, Dave Martin (Jordan Higgs 76), Tobi Sho-Silva, George Porter (Adam Cunnington 56). 

Subs not used: Jordan Wynter, Reece Prestedge

Goal: Blair Turgott 34

Attendance: 1,057


The Cards have another very tough away trip on Tuesday, 24 October, when they travel to Dover Athletic, who are currently sitting in second place in the table. (The Cards Trust is planning to run a coach to this match.) The Cards’ next home game is on Saturday 28 October, when Guiseley are the visitors. The Cards will then be at home to Bury in the First Round of the Emirates FA Cup on the weekend of 4/5 November.

Come on, you Cards!

Defensive lapses end Cards' unbeaten run

Albert Cole
12:00am, Sat 21st Oct 2017
Bromley 2 Woking 0
Vanarama National League
21st October 2017

Woking’s six-match unbeaten run in the Vanarama National League came to an abrupt end in very windy, and occasionally wet, conditions at the exotically named H2T Group Stadium, as the Ravens, managed by former Cards skipper Neil Smith and with fellow ex-Cards Brett Williams in the starting line-up and Frankie Sutherland named amongst the substitutes, recorded their second win, and clean sheet, in less than a week, following on from their 3-0 FA Cup replay success over Dover on Tuesday. In truth however, there was little to choose between these two sides in the difficult conditions; and only two poor defensive lapses by the visitors, and the dismissal of Kane Ferdinand right at the start of the second half, were the difference.

Manager Anthony Limbrick made three changes from the side the laboured to an FA Cup replay victory over Concord Rangers in midweek; fit again Joey Jones made his first start for some time, Jason Banton started in place of Regan Charles-Cook, who picked up a knock in the win over Concord, and Jamie Philpot was restored to the starting line-up, with Inih Effiong dropping to the bench. Josh Staunton’s ankle was not risked on the 3G surface, and there was no sign of the injured trio Charlie Carter, Bobson Bawling and Louis Ramsey.

Woking started brightly, attacking from right to left, and took the game to their hosts from the off. After six minutes, Jason Banton did well to turn his marker on the edge of the box, but his effort was high, wide, and not very handsome.

Bromley eventually gained a foothold, with Luke Wanadio proving a thorn in the Cards’ side down the left, and following a shot in the eighth minute which was safely gathered in by Baxter, he provided an excellent low cross into the danger area five minutes later which the Woking defence just about managed to scramble clear for a corner.

Woking started to assert their authority again, Philpot testing Gregory in the home goal after good build-up play from the Cards, before Joe Ward cut in from the right and tried a shot from the edge of the box which sailed just over.

It looked for all the world like it was going to be goalless at half-time, with both teams largely cancelling each other out, but then double disaster struck for the Cards. On 42 minutes, a free kick was conceded on the left-hand side, just inside the Woking half of the field. Adam Mekki floated it into the box, Baxter thought about coming, hesitated, went back, and Ravens skipper Jack Holland planted a simple header into the bottom right-hand corner to give the home side the lead. It’s possible that Baxter may have been deceived by the ball holding up slightly in the swirling wind, but even so the teenage stopper will be disappointed with his efforts.

Woking tried to get back into the game immediately, Joe Ward working an opening for himself and firing towards goal, forcing David Gregory into a good save with his feet.

But that double disaster was lurking just around the corner. In the last minute of the half, Woking conceded another free kick in an almost identical position, slightly further inside their own half but nearer the byline. Mekki floated it in again, slightly deeper this time towards the far post, and this time the entire defence seemed to stop and look at each other as Josh Rees stole in and buried a free header to put the hosts two up.

Half-Time: Bromley 2 Woking 0

A two-goal deficit was harsh on the Cards, but less than two minutes into the second half and the game was effectively over as a contest. Kane Ferdinand went into a challenge on the centre circle, perhaps slightly late and perhaps with a slightly raised foot, but the Bromley players were incensed and surrounded the referee. After a bit of ‘handbags’ referee Sam Purkiss had a long talk with Ferdinand before brandishing a straight red card. That decision certainly looked harsh; the challenge was worthy of a yellow card but probably not a red. But red it was and Ferdinand had to walk, and will now presumably be suspended for the next three games, ruling him out of the FA Cup tie at home to Bury.

Just a few minutes later and it could have been three, another cross from the left by Wanadio was headed just wide by Rees.

To their credit though, Woking didn’t give up. Effiong joined the fray, Jason Banton making way. On 64 minutes, Isaac blazed way over after the ball came out to him on the edge of the area. Four minutes later, Ward drove at the home defence before also firing well over.

Joe Ward was full of running all afternoon, and several times provided decent crosses from the right flank, but these were too often easily gathered by Gregory as no-one seemed willing to attack the crosses that Ward was working so hard to provide.

On 75 minutes Bromley were also reduced to ten men, Roger Johnson picking up a knock and being unable to continue, and all three substitutions had already been made. Just a minute later came Woking’s best chance of the match. A good pull-back from Chez Isaac found Ward who fired in a good curling shot which looked goal-bound, only for Gregory to get down low to his right and push it away.

Woking continued with attacking intent, Declan Appau coming on to replace Joey Jones, but could not find a way through.

This was not a poor performance from the Cards, but the defence will certainly be disappointed with the manner of the goals conceded. Whilst Ferdinand was perhaps unlucky to see red, there must be concern as to the effect mounting injuries and suspensions might have on such a small squad, particularly with another very difficult away game at high flying Dover on Tuesday evening, before they welcome Guiseley, now finding their feet under new boss Paul Cox, to the Laithwaite Community Stadium next Saturday. It should be remembered that Paul Cox has already inflicted Woking’s heaviest defeat of the season so far, a 3-0 away reverse when he was manage at Barrow, and no doubt he will be keen to repeat the trick with his new charges.

Bromley: David Gregory, Alan Dunne, Josh Rees, Jack Holland ©, Frankie Raymond, Brett Williams, (Louis Dennis 59), Adam Mekki, (George Porter 68), Jordan Higgs, Tyrone Sterling, (Dan Johnson 66), Luke Wanadio, Roger Johnson

Unused Subs: Ben Wynter, Frankie Sutherland

Goals: Jack Holland 42, Josh Rees 45

Yellow cards: Alan Dunne, Jordan Higgs

Woking: Nathan Baxter, Nathan Ralph (Lazar Stojsavljevic 90+1), Joey Jones (Declan Appau 82), Richard Orlu ©, Chez Isaac, Jason Banton (Inih Effiong 55), Jordan Wynter, Jamie Philpot, Matt Young, Kane Ferdinand, Joe Ward

Unused Subs: Sam Mason, Ivan Nsimbi

Yellow card: Matt Young

Red card: Kane Ferdinand

Referee: Sam Purkiss

Attendance: 1577 (251 Woking fans)

My MOTM: Joe Ward – full of running and endeavour - nearly everything that was good about Woking came about through his efforts.
Bromley LINEUP
1David Gregory
2Alan Dunne
16Tyrone Sterling ('66)
6Jack Holland
19Roger Johnson
4Jack Rees
8Frankie Raymond
14Jordan Higgs
17Luke Wanadio
11Adam Mekki ('68)
9Brett Williams ('59)
12Ben Wynter
15Dan Johnson ('66)
21Frankie Sutherland
10Louis Dennis ('59)
18George Porter ('68)
1Nathan Baxter
21Matt Young
3Nathan Ralph ('90)
6Richard Orlu
15Jordan Wynter
8Chez Isaac
22Kane Ferdinand
4Joey Jones ('82)
23Joe Ward
10Jason Banton ('55)
20Jamie Philpot
18Sam Mason
24Lazar Stojsavljevic ('90)
17Declan Appau ('82)
19Ivan Nsimbi
9Inih Effiong ('55)

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