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Cards target home win

Brian Caffarey
9:57am, Sun 19th Nov 2017
Woking v Ebbsfleet United
Vanarama National League
7.45pm on Tuesday 21 November 2017

The Cards have another tough home game on Tuesday evening when the Fleet, with only two defeats on the road this season, visit the Laithwaite Community Stadium. Come down and cheer on the Cards to three points!


Young Academy keeper Sam Mason had an encouraging first team debut. It was unfortunate that his first bit of action was to pick the ball out of the net, but it is doubtful if Nathan Baxter would have been able to do anything about Adrian Clifton’s fine strike. Thereafter he performed well, with a couple of good saves and a brave punch in the second half. Saraiva proved a capable deputy for Nathan Ralph at left back and also showed that he’s lost none of his ability to shoot powerfully, with a ‘piledriver’ in the first half and a last-minute free-kick two of the best efforts of the afternoon.

The Cards kept possession well and looked the more accomplished outfit but lacked sufficient penetration, with Joe Ward having a fairly quiet game.

Let’s hope Saturday’s match hasn’t added to the injury list and that one or two other players might be available on Tuesday evening. It sounds from Anthony’s post-match interview that Lazar should be fit to return and that Louis Ramsay could be close to re-appearing. Nathan Ralph will be available too.

If your glass is half full, you will note that the Cards are unbeaten in their last four league and Cup games. Those with a more pessimistic outlook will note that the side has now failed to win in their last five league games. Woking now sit in 9th place in the table.


Promoted through the play-off final last season, the Fleet started this campaign with an extraordinary run of results which saw them draw nine of their first 11 games. They then hit a winning streak in late September, with three victories in succession, and have since had some steady results. Their last four games have seen a surprise 1-0 defeat at home to Torquay United, a 0-0 draw at Sutton United, a 2-1 home win over Leyton Orient and, on Saturday, they lost 2-0 at rapidly-improving Wrexham. Manager Daryl McMahon was pleased with his side’s performance and disputed both Wrexham’s goals. The Fleet now sit in 12th place in the table with 28 points from 20 games. Away from home they have won two games, drawn six and lost two, scoring and conceding 12 goals.

The Fleet have some very well-known players in their squad, including midfielders Andy Drury and Luke Coulson, wingers Anthony Cook and Myles Weston and strikers Danny Kedwell, Aaron McLean and former Card, Bradley Bubb.

Their regular keeper is Nathan Ashmore, who was part of a very successful Gosport Borough side for five years before signing for Ebbsfleet in March 2016. In front of Ashmore we are likely to see full-back Sam Magri, an outstanding performer for Dover for the last couple of seasons who joined the Fleet in the summer. He started his career at Portsmouth before joining QPR and represented England at all levels from U16 to U19. Jack Connors has 14 caps for the Republic of Ireland U21 side. He came through the Dagenham and Redbridge and Fulham youth systems and made over 50 appearances for the Daggers, having a loan spell at Boreham Wood before signing on at Stonebridge Road in summer 2016. In central defence we can expect to see Kenny Clark and Chris Bush. Clark joined the Fleet in summer 2014 and has now made over 100 appearances. He was a much-valued performer at Thurrock, Chelmsford City and Dartford before his switch to the Fleet, where he was last season’s supporters’ ‘player of the year’. Bush, who had a spell on loan at Woking, originally began his career at Brentford and has played for a host of non-League clubs, including Chelmsford City, for whom he appeared in last season’s play-off final against the Fleet. Other options in defence include the giant Yado Mambo, formerly with Charlton and now in his third spell with Ebbsfleet, and Marvin McCoy, a right back who started his career with Arsenal and Watford before good spells at Wealdstone, Wycombe Wanderers and York City.

In midfield McMahon can call on the vastly experienced Andy Drury, now in his second spell at the club, and whose career has seen big money moves to Ipswich, Luton Town and Eastleigh and a Conference title with Stevenage, after starting off at local Kent clubs. Luke Coulson is the other star performer in midfield, signed in the summer from Barnet. A product of Manchester City’s Academy, he quickly made his name with Oxford City on his release, leading to Eastleigh and Barnet both paying record transfer fee before Fleet paid out in the summer to bring him to Stonebridge Road. Other central midfield options are Jack Powell, a set piece expert who started his career with West Ham and Millwall before loan spells with Concord Rangers and Braintree; Jack Payne, a summer signing from Blackpool, who spent five years with Gillingham before making a £750k move to Peterborough United in 2013; and Dean Rance, the Fleet’s longest-serving player, having made over 150 appearances since joining in 2013, having started his career with Gillingham and enjoying loan spells at Maidstone, Bishop’s Stortford and Dover. Out wide, the Fleet have several very useful performers in Anthony Cook, who came to prominence at Chelmsford City; Myles Weston, with over 320 Football League appearances on his CV, including promotions at Gillingham and Southend; and Sean Shields, originally with Spurs before making waves at St Albans City and then joining the Daggers.

Up front, the ‘main man’ is that old warhorse Danny Kedwell, who, after playing for a host of local Kent clubs, scored freely for Welling United and Grays Athletic before moving to AFC Wimbledon, for whom he scored 67 goals in three seasons. Next stop was Gillingham, where he was top scorer in their League 2 championship-winning side, before becoming the Fleet’s big name signing in January 2015. Bradley Bubb has been injured and lacking fitness so far this season but made his first appearance from the bench yesterday. He played with McMahon in the successful Farnborough Town side before moving to Aldershot Town, with loan spells at Woking and Eastleigh, followed by a brief period at Royal Antwerp and then hitting 24 goals for Oxford City last season. Aaron McLean has made only two appearances this season. He is best known for his four seasons at Peterborough United, where he scored 70 goals in two promotion-winning sides, but he has also played for Aldershot Town, Grays Athletic, Hull City, Ipswich Town and Birmingham City and Barnet. Darren McQueen was originally with Spurs and Ipswich before having a goal-scoring spree with Maldon and Tiptree, joining the Fleet in summer 2016.


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

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


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


The Cards travel to Boreham Wood next Saturday (25 November). Their next home game is the Emirates FA Cup 2nd Round tie against Peterborough United on Sunday 3 December at 2pm. (The Vanarama National League fixture against Tranmere Rovers, scheduled for Saturday 2 December, will be re-arranged.)

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget that Woking FC will be hosting the Premier League International Cup fixture between Legia Warsaw and Hertha BSC on Wednesday 29 November. This Group B match between the Under 23 sides kicks off at 7pm at The Laithwaite Community Stadium, with admission costing £5 for adults and only £2 for U16s. Some very fine players will be on show, so why not come down and take a look?

Effiong strike earns narrow win over Ebbsfleet

Nathan Thomas
12:00am, Tue 21st Nov 2017
Woking 1 Ebbsfleet United 0
Vanarama National League
21st November 2017

Inih Effiong’s first half strike earned Woking a narrow victory over Ebbsfleet United at the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Tuesday night to stop a run of five games without a win. Sam Mason’s acrobatic save prevented Danny Kedwell from equalising in the 67th minute in a game that lacked many clear-cut chances.

The Cards were looking to avenge last season’s shock 1-0 defeat by Ebbsfleet in the FA Trophy when the visitors at the time were in the National League South. Woking were without a win in the league since mid-October but knew three points could propel them back into the play-off places, depending on results elsewhere. Woking made two changes from the 1-1 draw against Maidenhead on Saturday with Inih Effiong and Nathan Ralph replacing Jamie Philpot and Fabio Saraiva. One notable inclusion for the visitors was the inclusion of Anthony Cook, brother of Woking’s Regan Charles-Cook.

Woking kicked off on a fairly mild night for the end of November against the visitors who were in navy shorts and socks with a bright yellow shirt to accompany it. Woking’s first attack came in the 7th minute as Charlie Carter drove into the box but his ball aiming for Effiong was well cleared by the visitors. Joe Ward’s curling shot on the edge of the box shortly after was also comfortably dealt with.

The first 20 minutes saw no real chances for either side as they both continued to cancel eachother out, it was plain to see why only two points separated the sides in the National League. 17-year-old Woking academy graduate Sam Mason was called into action twice with a looping header and a shot from distance within the early stages. A dangerous free-kick allowed the visitors to have a clearer sight of Mason’s goal in the 21st minute. Jack Powell flashed the set-piece wide of the goal with the aid of a Woking head, the resulting corner came to nothing.

The breakthrough came for Woking to finally liven up what had been a drab affair until the half hour mark. A good run by Charles-Cook was halted by a heavy touch, the resulting clearance found Richard Orlu on the halfway line. The Woking centre back had great vision to loft the ball into the path of Inih Effiong 25 yards from goal. Effiong found a gap between the two Ebbsfleet defenders but he still had a lot to do; he took a strong touch to beat the two defenders who were static to leave him one-on-one with Nathan Ashmore. The Woking No.9 guided the ball under Ashmore’s legs and into the net. He showed a calm head and good composure to provide the finishing touch.

Ebbsfleet had a good chance to equalise four minutes before the break as the Woking defence found themselves short at the back. The visitors poured men forward following an interception and despite a strong challenge from Nathan Ralph the ball eventually found an unmarked Luke Coulson on the edge of the box thanks to industrious work from Powell. Coulson however could only bend his shot just wide of the Woking goal - a let-off for the Cards. The visitors were then forced into a change after Andy Drury was struck with the ball from in his own man in the face - not ideal for a Tuesday night in November. He was replaced by Myles Weston.

That was the last action of the half as Inih Effiong’s calm finish on the half-hour mark separated the two sides. Luke Coulson’s shot past the right-hand post was the closest the visitors came to a first half equaliser. A fairly scrappy encounter.

Half-time: Woking 1 Ebbsfleet 0

The start of the 2nd half was almost a carbon copy of the 1st with no side having any clear-cut chances. Another driving run from Carter into the box in the 50th minute looked ominous but he held onto it for too long and was eventually halted. Ward had two chances to cut in from the left and unleash a shot but they were both prevented by an Ebbsfleet challenge.

The visitors were seeing more and more of the ball as the clock ticked past the hour mark as they searched for the equaliser. But credit to Woking; chances were at a premium with Orlu and Wynter marshalling the back-line well. Ebbsfleet’s growing pressure finally allowed the dangerous Coulson t0 spring the offside trap via a lofted ball in the 65th minute. He could only fire well over the bar from a narrow angle; Mason did enough to put him off.

The 17-year-old then produced an incredible save in the 67th minute to prevent a certain leveller. A long throw found Danny Kedwell on the edge of the 6-yard-box. Kedwell’s header was guided on target for a certain goal but Mason produced a fine acrobatic touch to tip it over his bar. The visitors growing dominance forced Anthony Limbrick into a tactical change; he opted to bring on Joey Jones for Carter in the 70th minute. The dangerous Coulson who spurned two great opportunities in the evening was also hauled off for Danny Mills.

Woking then had a golden opportunity of their own shortly after the subs as Kane Ferdinand was prevented by a super double save from Ashmore. A Woking cross found Ferdinand’s head just outside the six-yard-box and his downward header was pushed back to him from Ashmore. The visitors’ keeper was alert to get back to his feet and prevent the Woking midfielders certain tap-in. The flurry of subs had certainly livened up the game, Limbrick also brought on Millwall loanee Jamie Philpot for Charles-Cook in the 78th minute as Woking searched for an elusive 2nd.

Mason then tipped over his bar for the second time in ten minutes as Ebbsfleet substitute Danny Mills whipped in a shot/cross which resulted in a corner for the visitors. The corner led to a quick Woking counter-attack and Effiong guided a ball into the onrushing Ward, who cut inside and was brought down. Despite strong shouts of a penalty from the Woking faithful, Ward was booked for diving. The visitors poured men forward in the final ten minutes which allowed Woking to become a threat on the counter-attack.

Mason was once again alert and off his line to prevent substitute Mills again in the 85th. He was showing a performance beyond his ages. Ebbsfleet continued to take a more direct approach to try an force an equaliser but Woking were continue to plug any threat the visitors tried to create through Kedwell. Joey Jones dropped into a back 5 to add bodies into the back line.

Despite the visitors’ constant pressure in the four minutes added time, they lacked any quality in the final third/ The Cards put in a solid defensive performance to protect their first-half lead.

Woking stopped a five game winless run thanks to Effiong’s calm finish in a game that lacked many chance. The result meant Woking climbed a place to 8th and are only outside the playoffs on goal difference.

Woking: Sam Mason, Matt Young, Nathan Ralph, Richard Orlu, Jordan Wynter, Chez Isaac , Kane Ferdinand, Charlie Carter (Joey Jones 70’), Regan Charles-Cook (Jamie Philpot 78’), Joe Ward (Fabio Saraiva 88’), Inih Effiong

Goals: Effiong 30’

Booked: Ward: 80’

Unused subs: Declan Appau, Lazar Stojsavljevic

Ebbsfleet: Nathan Ashmore, Sam Magri, Chris Bush, Kenny Clark, JackConnors, Andy Drury (Myles Weston 42’), Jack Powell, Dean Rance, Anthony Cook (Shaun Shields 57’), Luke Coulson (Danny Mills 71’), Danny Kedwell

Unused subs: Jonathan Miles, Marvin McCoy

Attendance: 1580

Referee: Alan Young

Sponsors MOTM: Kane Ferdinand, industrious as ever in the middle and was vital in screening the backline as Ebbsfleet piled on the pressure.
18Sam Mason
21Matt Young
3Nathan Ralph
6Richard Orlu
15Jordan Wynter
8Chez Isaac
22Kane Ferdinand
12Charlie Carter ('71)
23Joe Ward ('90)
11Regan Charles-Cook ('77)
9Inih Effiong
4Joey Jones ('71)
24Lazar Stojsavljevic
17Declan Appau
14Fabio Saraiva ('90)
20Jamie Philpot ('77)
Ebbsfleet United LINEUP
1Nathan Ashmore
24Sam Magri
3Jack Connors
6Kenny Clark
26Chris Bush
4Dean Rance
8Andy Drury
7Jack Powell
12Anthony Cook ('57)
25Luke Coulson ('71)
9Danny Kedwell
13Jonathan Miles
2Marvin McCoy
11Myles Weston
17Sean Shields ('57)
19Danny Mills ('71)

Woking 1 - 0 Ebbsfleet United (Anthony Limbrick Interview)

Woking 1 - 0 Ebbsfleet United (Kane Ferdinand Interview)

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