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Cards need to quickly refocus on league

Brian Caffarey
8:21pm, Thu 16th Nov 2017
Woking v Maidenhead United
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 18 November 2017

With all the excitement generated by the Emirates FA Cup, it’s going to be hard for Anthony Limbrick and his players to concentrate fully on the bread and butter of the National League. But this encounter against the Magpies is the first of two successive home games, providing an excellent opportunity for the side to get back into the play-off positions. However, Alan Devonshire’s side have fared well in their first season at this level and will prove tough opponents. Come down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium and cheer on the Cards!

WOKING

Even the most fervent and optimistic of Woking fans can’t really have expected the Cards to produce such a decisive result up at Bury, so massive credit is due to Anthony Limbrick and his players for putting on such a terrific display, bringing back fond memories of the days when Woking regularly discomforted League sides in the FA Cup.

Anthony stiffened the side by playing all three of Kane Ferdinand, Chez Isaac and Joey Jones, with Jamie Philpot dropping to the bench in a tactical change. Inih Effiong lived up to Anthony’s trust in him with a barnstorming display and a fine goal. It was good to see Charlie Carter making a return as a non-playing substitute, but disappointing to find Jason Banton missing again. Josh Staunton, as expected, was still out injured. Let’s hope the midweek exertions haven’t added to Anthony’s injury problems.

The creditable draw at FC Halifax Town last Saturday ended a run of three league defeats, with a clean sheet especially welcome after recent defensive lapses. Another clean sheet at Bury – and three goals! – provides a great platform for the Cards to march on in the league if they can re-focus quickly.

MAIDENHEAD UNITED

Devonshire didn’t take long to boost Maidenhead’s fortunes after returning there from Braintree Town in summer 2015. In his first season in charge the Magpies finished in 7th place in the Conference South. Last season, in spite of being pushed all the way by Ebbsfleet United, they lifted the title by two points. A huge factor was the 44 goals scored by Dave Tarpey, aided and abetted by ex-Iron favourite, Sean Marks, who made over 300 appearances for the Essex club over eight years. But there was also defensive solidity provided by Alan Massey, another former Iron, and Dean Inman, who had played for Devonshire when he managed Hampton and Richmond Borough.

Tarpey signed on again in the summer but was lured away away by Barnet on transfer deadline day. Inman has also recently departed, offered a deal by moneyed Billericay Town which he couldn’t refuse.

There are quite a few players in the Magpies’ squad who have worn the red and white halves at least briefly, including keepers Carl Pentney and Nick Hamann, both of whom also played for Braintree, Rene Steer and Moses Emmanuel, who is on a two-month loan from Sutton United, having moved there from Dover in the summer.

Pentney has been the regular keeper for the past two seasons. In defence we can expect to see: Remy Clerima, a French right back or central defender, who joined from Braintree in November last year; Jake Goodman, yet another former Iron, who joined in the summer, having also previously appeared for Margate and, before that, a number of other clubs on loan from Millwall; Alan Massey, formerly Braintree’s captain and making over 150 appearances over three seasons; Ryan Peters, player/coach, who moved with Devonshire from Braintree Town; and Rene Steer, a left-back who began his career at Arsenal before moving on to a number of other clubs, including Woking briefly, and then arriving at St Neots Town and Maidenhead. Other defensive options include youth graduate Maximilian Kilman, who was on loan at Marlow last season; and James Hammond, a right back recruited in the summer from Concord Rangers.

In midfield contenders for the starting line-up include Adrian Clifton, who returned to the club after two years away, having been on loan at Staines last season; winger Harry Pritchard, who scored in the 3-0 drubbing the Cards suffered in the FA Cup in 2015, and who has made over 150 appearances for the Magpies; James Conley, a driving force who joined permanently in the summer, having been on loan from St Albans City; Ryan Upward, a central midfielder who has been at the club since 2014; Sam Barratt, a highly-rated young player who was recently called up for the England C squad; Harold Odatemey, signed from Hampton and Richmond Borough, with previous appearances for a number of local clubs, including Walton and Hersham and Kingstonian; James Mulley, an experienced operator who won the Conference with AFC Wimbledon and another former Iron; and Christian Smith, who returned to the club from Bishop’s Stortford and with experience at a host of clubs, having originally started his career with Port Vale.

Up front, Devonshire, in addition to Moses Emmanuel and Sean Marks, can call on Jake Hyde, a locally-born player who signed from Stevenage in the summer, having originally been with Swindon Town and subsequently spending two seasons at Barnet and York City amongst other clubs; Christian McKenzie, who scored 21 goals for Romford last season and who has also played for Bromley; and youngster Josh Kelly.

The Magpies sit in 14th place in the table with 27 points from 19 games. So tight is the table that they are only two points behind the Cards in eighth place. Away from home, they have won three, drawn three and lost three in the league. Their last two away games have seen them draw at Dover and beat Bromley 3-2, so their recent form on their travels is good. But they played poorly last weekend in losing 3-0 at home to Gateshead, conceding two goals in the first ten minutes.

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COMING UP

The Cards are at home again next Tuesday (21 November) when Ebbsfleet United are the visitors.

Come on, you Cards!


Woking held to draw by Maidenhead United

Haydn Cobb
12:00am, Sat 18th Nov 2017
Woking 1 Maidenhead Untied 1
Vanarama National League
18th November 2017

Woking were restrained to their third draw of the season in the Vanarama National League in a feisty encounter against Maidenhead United to see the Cards slip to ninth place in the table.

Maidenhead United took a shock early lead through Adrian Clifton after 10 minutes but as Woking grew into the game, feeling the effects of Tuesday night’s fantastic FA 1st round replay victory over Bury, the home side found an equaliser through Charlie Carter.

Despite good opportunities for both sides to find a second goal neither team produced a clinical edge in the second half, which was overshadowed by some nasty challenges from the away side to slow down the closing minutes of action.

The draw sees Woking drop one spot to ninth in the league, with the chance to find a first league win since the 7th October next Tuesday with the visit of Ebbsfleet United to Kingfield.

Woking manager Anthony Limbrick made four changes to the starting line-up which shocked Bury in the FA Cup, with goalkeeper Nathan Baxter out injured, Nathan Ralph suspended and with Joey Jones and Inih Effiong dropping to the bench for a rest.

That handed Sam Mason his first competitive start for Woking, on the same day he made the England Colleges U18 squad, with Fabio Saraiva, Charlie Carter and Jamie Philpot also starting against Maidenhead.

After a subdued start to the game by both sides Maidenhead United silenced the home fans with the opening goal.

Jake Hyde, recalled into the Magpies’ line-up, played a quick one-two exchange with strike partner Clifton on the edge of the Woking penalty area, which enabled Clifton to work some space for a 20-yard shot which he dispatched for his seventh goal of the season, firing low past Mason’s outstretched arm.

Woking responded well to going a goal down by showing glimpses of sharp passing patterns and physicality against their opponents but the opening 30 minutes ticked by without the Cards testing goalkeeper Carl Pentney.

But Woking’s chances duly arrived with a sustained period pressure sparked by Regan Charles-Cook being fouled by James Mulley, who was the first player into referee Adam Bromley’s caution book. The resulting free-kick was punched away for a corner by Pentney but despite a barrage of following corners the Woking players couldn’t muster a clear-cut chance.

With the Cards crowd voicing encouragement, Jamie Philpot had his side’s first clear opportunity of the first half when he beat the offside trap to burst into the penalty area but his fierce shot was battered away by Pentney.

The pressure paid off minutes later when Woking’s fifth corner created the equaliser from Carter. Chez Isaac’s in-swinging cross was flicked on at the front post to eventually see the ball fall to the feet of Carter to poke in from two yards out for his fifth goal of the season in all competitions.

Woking hunted the lead before half-time and came close when Saraiva stormed free from left-back to unleash a dipping 25-year effort which forced the Maidenhead United goalkeeper into a fine save.

Halftime: Woking 1 Maidenhead United 1

Light rain greeted the return of the players for the second half and despite Woking dominating possession early on Limbrick made his first change with Effiong coming on in place of Philpot.

It was the visiting side who had the best chance immediately after the interval with Clifton breaking clear from his marker after a cross was deflected his way but his shot was boldly blocked for a corner by Jordan Wynter.

Effiong provided the physicality to hold-up play with the ball but the teams remained equally matched heading into the closing 20 minutes, with efforts from the substitute striker and Wynter providing the biggest threats from Woking.

Mason on his full Woking debut showed impressive steel, standing up to a cross under pressure while saving from a one-on-one chance against substitute Sean Marks.

With the next goal considering to be the winner, midfielder Isaac went inches away from providing it with a delicate 25-yard curling shot which narrowly went past Pentney’s left-hand post.

The final 10 minutes were somewhat overshadowed by a spikey cameo from Maidenhead United substitute Marks, who was involved in two bad tackles, one which left Kane Ferdinand with a bloodied head which required treatment. In the Ferdinand incident Woking assistant manager Jason Goodliffe was sent to the stands for his reaction.

But with the Woking fans in full voice the home side had a chance to win it with Saraiva’s 30-yard free-kick excellently saved by Pentney to share the points between the sides.

Woking return to action on Tuesday 21st November at the Laithwaite Community Stadium to welcome the visit of Ebbsfleet United in the Vanarama National League.

Woking: Sam Mason; Matt Young, Richard Orlu, Jordan Wynter, Fabio Saraiva; Chez Isaac, Kane Ferdinand, Charlie Carter (Joey Jones 69’); Jamie Philpot (Inih Effiong 56’), Regan Charles-Cook, Joe Ward (Declan Appau 85’)

Unused subs: None

Goals: Carter 39’

Bookings: Charles-Cook 49’

Maidenhead United: Carl Pentney; Remy Clerima, Jake Goodman, Alan Massey, Rene Steer; Harold Odametey, Ryan Upward, Harry Pritchard, James Mulley (Christian Smith 85’); Adrian Clifton, Jake Hyde (Sean Marks 75’)

Unused subs: Moses Emmanuel, Sam Barratt, Ryan Peters

Goals: Clifton 10’

Bookings: Mulley 30’, Upward 83’

Referee: Adam Bromley

Sponsors’ MOTM: Richard Orlu – the Woking captain marshalled an assured display by the defence.

Attendance: 1878
WOKING LINEUP
18Sam Mason
21Matt Young
14Fabio Saraiva
6Richard Orlu
15Jordan Wynter
8Chez Isaac
22Kane Ferdinand
12Charlie Carter ('70)
23Joe Ward ('85)
11Regan Charles-Cook
20Jamie Philpot ('57)
BENCH
4Joey Jones ('70)
17Declan Appau ('85)
9Inih Effiong ('57)
Maidenhead United LINEUP
1Carl Pentney
2Remy Clerima
3Rene Steer
5Alan Massey
24Jake Goodman ('90)
14Harry Pritchard
4Harold Odametey
17Adrian Clifton
19Ryan Upward
26James Mulley ('86)
10Jake Hyde ('75)
BENCH
7Moses Emmanuel
9Sean Marks ('75)
11Sam Barratt
23Ryan Peters ('90)
25Christian Smith ('86)

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