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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 25th NovemberNov 2017
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Boreham Wood
Boreham Wood
2 - 1

Woking
Woking

Testing reunion with former Cards in store

Brian Caffarey
9:27am, Thu 23rd Nov 2017
Boreham Wood v Woking
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 25 November 2017

Anthony Limbrick and Jason Goodliffe will no doubt enjoy returning to the club at which they have both worked previously, Anthony as a youth team coach and Jason as assistant manager. For Woking fans, there are likely to be plenty of familiar faces in a talented Wood side, who will be looking to extend their eleven-game unbeaten run before, like Woking, turning their attention to an Emirates FA Cup tie against League 1 opposition. Make the trip if you can to support the Cards in what could be a challenging afternoon.

WOKING

Anthony’s hard-working side ground out a welcome 1-0 home win over Ebbsfleet United on Tuesday evening to extend their unbeaten run to five games but also to register their first league win in five. The three points moved them up a place to 8th in the table, one point off the play-off places.

Defensively, the Cards looked very solid on Tuesday, with Richard Orlu appearing especially assured, but he was well supported by all his co-defenders, while young Sam Mason must have been very pleased with his second game in goal, pulling off an exceptional reaction save in the second half and looking very calm throughout. Kane Ferdinand, now such a key player, deservedly won the ‘man of the match’ award as the Cards found themselves having to harry and hassle a side which seemed to manage to force Woking to play on the counter-attack but without offering a great deal of a threat themselves. In the end the Cards were grateful to hold onto a well-taken goal by Inih Effiong after 30 minutes and grind out a result.

Another bonus was that the Cards were at least able to name five substitutes, although there was still no sign of Jason Banton, Bobson Bawling, Josh Staunton and Louis Ramsay as well, of course, Nathan Baxter. Louis, however, has played in a Norwich City U23 game, so will presumably soon be able to come into the reckoning again.

BOREHAM WOOD

The Wood have established themselves firmly in the National League. Their first season at this level saw them win their last three games to escape the drop. The following summer they strengthened their squad, boosted by their decision to go full-time, capturing Mark Ricketts and Bruno Andrade amongst others. Last season they finished in a comfortable 11th place, and this season they have looked at times as though they could well be serious contenders for promotion, with Garrard having assembled a very useful-looking squad. As if to emphasise the point, they had an extremely impressive 4-0 away win at Maidstone United on Tuesday evening to lift themselves to 9th spot in the table, one point behind the Cards. Kane Smith, Dan Holman (2) and Blair Turgott (penalty) were on target. Neither Ricketts nor Andrade were among the 16 on the team sheet. The win was the Wood’s 11th game without a defeat and the third game in a row in which they have kept a clean sheet.

Grant Smith, capped for the England C team, is the regular stopper, following his transfer from Bognor Regis Town in summer 2016. In defence (almost invariably in a 3-5-2 formation) Garrard can call on: Danny Woodards, a hugely experienced player with nearly 400 appearances to his name, having had substantial spells at Exeter, Crewe, MK Dons and then Bristol Rovers before joining the Wood in 2015; Kane Smith, a highly-promising wing back signed in the summer from Hitchin Town, where he made 120 appearances in two seasons; Dean Wells, a veteran of over 550 appearances, including over 200 for Hampton and Richmond Borough, 100 for Braintree and 85 for Stevenage, before moving to Boreham Wood in the summer; David Stephens, a 6’4� central defender, best known for his time at Barnet, whom he left in 2015 to join the Wood; Ryan Johnson, a 21 year-old on loan from Stevenage, where he was their youngest-ever debutant, having switched from WBA; and Jamie Turley, another highly-experienced player, on a season-long loan from Newport County, whom he joined after stints at Salisbury, Forest Green Rovers and Eastleigh.

Mark Ricketts, Keiran Murtagh and winger Bruno Andrade need no introduction among Wood’s midfield contingent. Andrade has recently been on trial at Portsmouth and the league’s current top scorer looks likely to be snapped up by a League club before too long. Ricky Shakes is also a familiar name, the winger having played over 120 times for Ebbsfleet before joining the Wood in 2013. Tom Champion was a summer recruit, joining after a couple of seasons at Barnet but perhaps best remembered for three successful seasons at Dartford and a good spell at Ebbsfleet. Colombian-born Angelo Balanta joined in summer 2016, having started his career at QPR and subsequently helped Bristol Rovers to the Conference title before having a season at Carlisle. Sorba Thomas is a 19-year-old Academy player given a contract this summer. Blair Turgott is another player on loan from Stevenage, whom he joined from Bromley. He started off at West Ham and has also played for Leyton Orient and Coventry, being capped from England U16 to U19 levels and also gained an England C cap.

Up front, Garrard brought in Dan Holman on loan from Cheltenham Town in September. Holman, a great favourite at Kingfield in his loan spell from Colchester United, was signed by Cheltenham Town in January 2015 at the end of his loan spell with the Cards and went on to score 16 goals for them in 18 appearances as they secured the Conference title. But injury then struck and his loan spell at Boreham Wood is intended to help him recover his fitness. He joins the vastly-experienced striker, Paul Benson, who joined from Dagenham and Redbridge in the summer. Benson has made over 450 appearances, including spending eight seasons at the Daggers in his first spell, which was followed by moves to Charlton and Swindon, from where he had loans at Portsmouth, Cheltenham and Luton Town (with John Still again) before a further spell at the Daggers last season. Another summer recruit was Shaun Jeffers, who made one appearance for the Cards on loan from Yeovil, but caught the Wood’s eye with his goalscoring exploits for Chelmsford City last season. Bradley Ash is a 21-year-old on loan from Barnsley, whom he joined from Weston-super-Mare, being loaned back there last season. Bradley Sach is a 17-year-old Academy product, one of many young players coming through, including five selected for the England Colleges squad.

The Wood have been pretty consistent home and away this season, with Andrade’s form being a highlight. At home they have won four games, drawn three and lost three. The draws, interestingly, have come in their last three home games.

In the Emirates FA Cup, the Wood travel to Coventry in the Second Round, having had a fine win at home against Blackpool in the previous round, and having originally disposed of St Albans City.

GETTING THERE

Meadow Park
Broughinge Road
Borehamwood
Hertfordshire
WD6 5AL

Website: www.borehamwoodfootballclub.co.uk

By Coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves the Laithwaite Community Stadium at 12 noon and costs £13 for members and £18 for non-members, with accompanied U16s at £7/£9 (a maximum of two with one adult). Phone or email (shop@wokingfc.co.uk) the Club Shop today to book your place.

By Car

Head for M25 west bound and exit J23, A1 Southbound to London. Exit slip road to Borehamwood. Join A5135 and go straight over two roundabouts. At third roundabout take second exit into Brook Road. Away supporters’ car parking is in the Brook Road car park but space is limited. There is also parking in the Civic car park about five minutes’ walk away. The AA gives the journey time from Woking as about an hour but it would be wise to allow longer.

By Train

Nearest station: Elstree & Borehamwood on the Thameslink line

Take the train to Waterloo and then go by tube to St Pancras International or Kentish Town to pick up the Thameslink train to Elstree and Borehamwood. Direct trains from St Pancras International go from Platform B at 10, 24, 40 and 54 minutes past each hour and take 22/24 minutes. Another option is to take the Jubilee Line to West Hampstead and pick up the Thameslink train there.

Walking from the station to the ground takes around 20 minutes. When you come out of the train station entrance road, turn right and walk down Borehamwood High Street until you come to McDonalds on your left. Turn left into Brook Road. The ground is then on your right.

Trains back are at 08, 23, 38 and 53 minutes past each hour.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £18
Over 65s: £13
U16s: £8
U12s: £4

Judging by last season’s visit, the game will be segregated, with away supporters occupying the South Stand, which can be accessed only from the entrance and turnstiles in the Brook Road car park.

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 0 Boreham Wood 0
Vanarama National League
11 March 2017

This draw saw the Cards slip back into the relegation places on goal difference, with potentially tough away games at Gateshead and Braintree making their position look perilous.

Delano Sam-Yorke, who had just been the subject of a failed bid by Maidstone United following his successful loan spell there, started up front with Gozie Ugwu, Max Kretzshmar dropping to the bench. In a poor first half neither side created very much. But the Cards came to life after the break, mainly through the attacking endeavours of Jake Caprice down the right flank. As the game opened up, both sides had chances to grab the decisive goal, with the Cards surviving an almighty goalmouth scramble at the finish to cling on to a point.

Woking: Michael Poke, Jake Caprice, Terell Thomas, Brian Saah, Ismail Yakubu (Joey Jones 79), Chris Arthur, Kane Ferdinand, Keiran Murtagh, Fabio Saraiva (Max Kretzschmar 75), Gozie Ugwu, Delano Sam-Yorke (Ben Morris 75)

Unused subs: Brandon Hall, Charlie Carter

Boreham Wood: Grant Smith, Ben Nunn, Danny Woodards, Mark Ricketts (Ricky Shakes 72), Matt Paine, David Stephens, Kenny Davis, Tom Hitchcock (Bruno Andrade 64), Femi Ilesanmi, Jason Williams (Angelo Balanta 64), Joe Devera

Unused substitutes: Jai Reason, Ben Goodliffe

Attendance: 1157

COMING UP

The Cards take on Peterborough United in the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup at 2pm on Sunday 3 December. Before then the Laithwaite Community Stadium hosts 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?

Wood Too Good Despite Cards Fight

Ray Avards
12:00am, Fri 24th Nov 2017
Boreham Wood 2 Woking 1
Vanarama National League
25th November 2017

On a bright but briskly cold afternoon in Hertfordshire, the Cards faced what proved one of their stiffest examinations of a season so far, that has included Football league Bury in the FA Cup.

Woking made two changes from the winning side against Ebbsfleet United on Tuesday night, bringing in Joey Jones as holding midfielder in behind Chez Isaac and Kane Ferdinand, in place of Charlie Carter and his advanced role and Jamie Philpot for Regan Charles-Cook, wide right.

The Wood pressed Woking from the kick off and there was little respite throughout a first half in which the visitors struggled to create a chance at all. Jones was kept busy from the off and he had to get a foot in on the edge of the area, with vain appeals for a back pass to Sam Mason. Blair Turgot, in a free role for the home side, had his shot blocked on the edge of the area from a Bruno Andrade free kick. Keiran Murtagh headed on for Dan Holman to get in first and slide the ball past Mason, only for Nathan Ralph to somehow keep the ball out with a sliding stop.

A bizarre moment on the halfway line saw the ball go out for a Woking throw in, only for home manager Luke Garrard to cling onto the ball and have it wrestled from him by Young, only for another Wood backroom staffer to get involved physically and be sent from the dugout. This incident raised the temperature on and off the pitch at the time, but this game was played in a fair but competitive spirit throughout. If only the young Cards could also have matched the home side’s pace and power on the day; in fact they found themselves pressed and hurried on the ball most of the match and could not create any pattern of play.

A Ricketts shot was deflected just wide after Shakes had set up Andrade to lay on the ball. An Andrade free kick was over hit and went out for a throw in. A Wells free kick was headed behind for a corner. However, the ultimate price was paid when Tom Champion had time and space to head home a resulting corner from the edge of the six yard box for 1-0.

The home side swarmed forward with renewed energy. Yet another free kick was given away wide on the left only to be swung over by left back Wells and out for a goal kick.

Woking were finding it impossible to get out of their half, let alone launch an attack. Philpot switched wings with Joe Ward as they struggled to impose themselves, without the ball carrying Charles-Cook.

Chez Isaac played the ball back under pressure, and it was lost and Turgot found room to cross for Holman sliding in yards out, without making enough contact and for the Woking defence to scuff the ball away.

An isolated free kick won in the home side’s half was played in high by Ralph to be easily collected by keeper Smith. Another ball in was flicked on and Effiong clashed with the keeper as the ball ran out for a goal kick, leading to a needless altercation over a simple 50/50 clash.

Back came Wood and Ralph steered a header across his own penalty area from another Wells and free kick. Worse, Holman was set up by Turgot’s escape clear on the left again and the away goal survived only through a double ricochet, because the striker could not get a clean enough contact. Another flick , this time by Shakes and Holman could not quite connect with the ball on the slide again.

Mason was relieved to simply slide out to the edge of his area and gather in a right wing raid. Turgot went down in the area almost immediately after but referee Quelch was strict and had none of it.

Matt Young performed even greater heroics than Ralph’s earlier goal saving stop when he threw himself in the way of an Andrade shot and was struck the back from around the penalty spot, but the winger was flagged off side.

Half Time Boreham Wood 1 Woking 0

Woking came out for the second half determined to get on the front foot and probed the home side, especially with Ralph pressing from left back. Joey renewed his efforts on the ground and in the air to try to wrest possession and create a platform in front of his defence for the Cards where the play was happening, in Woking’s first third. They did not break through and a lull in play, as Mark Ricketts received several minutes’ treatment reversed the pattern, as Wood took charge again.

Champion spurned a chance from a free kick, given away by Wynter on Holman. Andrade twice hit the defensive wall through a free kick and a rebound, on the right. Kane Smith, from right back, exchanged superbly with Andrade to run inside and open up the whole goal, only for Mason to save superbly. Huge pressure resulted and with the ball flicked across the goal area Holman was one on one with Mason, but the young keeper saved superbly. Richard Orlu tried to get the rebound clear but Wood retained possession and worked back out to the right this time for Smith to drive his pass across the goal area.

Anthony Limbrick made his first change, Charlie Carter on for Chez Isaac, but it could not stem the tide and yet another free kick was swung in over the penalty spot, but Mason collected. Amidst this pressure the referee decided in favour of a linesman’s decision that Philpot had caught the ball over the touchline whilst still in play to the consternation of the Cards and management. It did seem an attempt to even up the score for the earlier technical sending off, a basketball sub-plot that probably affected Cards’ captain Orlu also. He subsequently got booked for dissent; costly, should it be the case, he misses next week’s FA Cup second round.

Louis Ramsey, returning to replace the hard working and committed Matt Young at right back, aided Woking as Ralph motored down the left and set up Philpot’s cross that Inih Effiong could not quite bring down to get a shot in. At least the Cards were on the counter attack when they could now. Ralph got away again and crossed but no Woking head could get on it and Ramsey’s return effort was blocked at birth.

Boreham Wood were making changes now. Balanta replaced the elusive Turgot and a little later Shaun Jeffers, a short term loanee at Woking in the past, came on for Holman. Garrard showing his strong hand by use of his bench. Woking broke down the right and Carter so nearly found Effiong, his high pass stopped by vital headed interception. Philpott’s pass back under pressure, exposed the Cards backline and Andrade was round Orlu , only to blaze his open goal chance way over the bar.

A passage of possession by the home side pinned the cards back and they could not get the ball back. Play was switched from wing to wing, ending in Andrade weaving along the goal line and going down under pressure from Orlu. No penalty!

Kane Ferdinand slotted back into defence to allow Jordan Wynter to reinforce midfield , a sign that the workload had been high in the engine room. Then Fabio Saraiva joined the action for Joe Ward and almost immediately set up a free kick for Wynter to head wide of the far post.

Then disaster, Effiong coming back to receive laid the ball off with a heavier touch and once Orlu was played into trouble Andrade was round him to the left and in, to score low past Mason.

Jeffers found a big hole in the inside right channel of the visitors’ rearguard and hammered his effort into the side netting. A final home replacement was Paul Benson, the ex-Dagger, for Andrade.

Four minutes were added and in that time, Jones found Philpott raiding on the left. When he swung in his cross Inih Effiong controlled instantly and rifled his shot from the edge of the area into the bottom half of the net.

Woking found what energy they could and drove forward. Ramsey combined with Jones on the right, but they could not create a telling cross. Too soon now, the game was over.

Boreham Wood: Grant Smith, Kane Smith, Tom Champion, David Stephens, Dean Wells, Mark Ricketts, Keiran Murtagh, Blair Turgot (Angelo Balanta 69), Bruno Andrade (Paul Benson 90), Dan Holman (Shaun Jeffers 76), Ricky Shakes

Subs unused: Erbil Bozkurt, Danny Woodards.

Goals: Champion 22 Andrade 82

Booked: Andrade

Woking: Sam Mason, Matt Young (Louis Ramsey 66), Richard Orlu, Jordan Wynter, Nathan Ralph, Joey Jones, Chez Isaac (Charlie Carter 59), Kane Ferdinand, Jamie Philpott, Inih Effiong, Joe Ward (Fabio Saraiva 81).

Unused Subs: Nathan Baxter, Daclan Appau.

Goal: Effiong 90

Booked: Orlu

Referee:Adrian Quelch

Attendance: 543

MotM: Sam Mason made two or three outstanding saves and Nathan Ralph’s goal saving other moves stood out, but for me, Joey Jones battled throughout the game to stem the home tide.
Boreham Wood LINEUP
1Grant Smith
2Kane Smith
4Mark Ricketts
5Dean Wells
6Dave Stephens
7Ricky Shakes
8Tom Champion
10Keiran Murtagh
23Blair Turgott ('69)
11Bruno Andrade ('90)
24Dan Holman ('76)
BENCH
13Erbil Bozkurt
3Danny Woodards
19Angelo Balanta ('69)
9Paul Benson ('90)
16Shaun Jeffers ('76)
WOKING LINEUP
18Sam Mason
21Matt Young ('66)
3Nathan Ralph
6Richard Orlu
15Jordan Wynter
8Chez Isaac ('59)
22Kane Ferdinand
4Joey Jones
23Joe Ward ('81)
20Jamie Philpot
9Inih Effiong
BENCH
1Nathan Baxter
2Louis Ramsay ('66)
17Declan Appau
14Fabio Saraiva ('81)
12Charlie Carter ('59)

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