FA Trophy (R1)
3:00pm - SaturdaySat 16th DecemberDec 2017
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 648

0 - 2

Maidenhead United

Woking start their Trophy campaign

Alan Worth
9:53am, Thu 14th Dec 2017
Woking v Maidenhead United
Buildbase FA Trophy 1st Round
3pm on Saturday 16 December 2017

With Woking’s defeat at Peterborough on Tuesday and our exit from the Surrey Senior Cup in the First Round, Saturday’s home tie in the FA Trophy represents the Cards last chance to put together a long run in a knockout competition. Cup competitions frequently seem to send us into battle with the Magpies, so this tie probably shouldn’t come as a surprise. In addition, it’s only just under a month since we played Maidenhead in a league game here at the Laithwaite Community Stadium, with both sides sharing the points in a 1-1 draw.


Despite the defeat on Tuesday Woking produced another fine performance against League One opposition. The Cards were without Chez Isaacs and Regan Charles-Cook for that game but both should be back in the squad for Saturday’s encounter. Nathan Baxter’s injury, despite a fine performance against the Posh, is clearly still a concern. Anthony Limbrick has moved to secure the services of Bristol City’s keeper Jojo Wollacott on a month’s loan and presumably he will start against Maidenhead. Louis Ramsay only played for 45 minutes on Tuesday and also looks a possible injury doubt. However Matt Young’s fine goal and performance against Peterborough shows that cover at right back is very strong at the moment.

As all Woking fans will know, the Cards won the Trophy in 1994, 1995 and 1997 and were runners-up in 2006. There has been little to get excited about, however, in subsequent seasons, although Garry Hill’s side did reach the quarter-finals in 2015-16, beating Boreham Wood, Maidenhead United and Oxford City before losing to Grimsby Town. Last year the Cards lost at home to Ebbsfleet United, then of the Conference South, in a First Round replay.


The Magpies’ manager, Alan 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 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 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 played for the England C team; 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 one place below Woking in 13th in the Vanarama League table. Last Saturday they drew for the tenth time this season against Maidstone United, at home in a goalless draw.


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Woking 1 Maidenhead United 1
Vanarama National League
18 November 2017

Woking were held to their third draw in the league the season in this feisty encounter, slipping to ninth place in the table.

Anthony Limbrick made four changes to the starting line-up which had shocked Bury in the FA Cup, with goalkeeper Nathan Baxter out injured, Nathan Ralph suspended and with Joey Jones and Inih Effiong being rested.

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.

Maidenhead took a surprise early lead with a fine strike from Adrian Clifton after 10 minutes but, as Woking grew into the game, the home side found an equaliser through Charlie Carter shortly before half-time.

Despite good opportunities for both sides to find a second goal neither team produced a clinical edge in the second half.

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

Goal: Carter 39’

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

Goal: Clifton 10’

Attendance: 1878


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The Cards are at home again next Saturday in the National League when Barrow are the visitors.

Come on, you Cards!

No pre-Christmas cheer as poor Cards crash out

Albert Cole
12:00am, Sat 16th Dec 2017
Woking 0 Maidenhead United 2
Buildbase FA Trophy 1st Round
16th December 2017

Anthony Limbrick made five changes from the side that performed so well against The Posh in midweek; bringing in Bristol City loanee keeper Jojo Wollacott for his Cards debut, as well as Matt Young, Josh Staunton, Chez Isaac and Regan Charles-Cook returning to the starting line-up.

Maidenhead kicked off with the Cards attacking towards the Leslie Gosden stand, and apparently adopting an unfamiliar back three, Orlu, Staunton and Wynter in the centre, and Young and Ralph operating as wing backs.

The game was slow to get going, but Maidenhead were always on the front foot, and when skipper Orlu conceded a free kick some 30 yards out, quite central, Christian Smith had the first real go at goal, forcing Wollacott into a fine save at full stretch low down to his right hand side. It took Woking 25 minutes to even remotely threaten, Charles-Cook curling a 25 yarder just wide of Carl Pentney’s right hand post. That was followed by a flowing Maidenhead move, which forced another good save from Wollacott from Sean Marks’ glancing header.

Woking just couldn’t get going, and in truth there didn’t seem to be any urgency to do so. The visitors should have taken the lead on 32 minutes with a classic route-one attack. Marks flicked on to Moses Emmanuel, who found himself one-on-one with Wollacott on the right hand side of the penalty area, but somehow dragged his shot wide of the far post when he seemed certain to score.

Just before half-time, Wollacott got down quickly to his left to deny Emmanuel following a swift Maidenhead attack.

Half-Time: Woking 0 Maidenhead United 0

One hoped that a good half-time talking to from Anthony Limbrick and Jason Goodliffe might have galvanised the Cards, and for literally a couple of minutes Matt Young at least got forward and we dared to hope, but unfortunately that was as good as it got. Indeed just five minutes after the restart and Woking were behind. Former Cards striker Emmanuel broke free on the edge of the box and had time to compose himself before easily firing the ball past Wollacott and into the corner of the net.

Three minutes later and Jason Banton, still feeling his way back carefully from injury, came on to replace Josh Staunton, another feeling his way after a long lay-off. The afore-mentioned Jason Banton did at least manage to get a shot away from the edge of the box, a fine effort actually which was well tipped over by Pentney. From the resulting corner, Richard Orlu’s downward header was cleared off the line.

On 78 minutes, Woking won a central free kick some 25 yards from goal. Inih Effiong, for so long no more than an outlet for Woking’s hoofed clearances from defence, put the ball down. There then followed an apparent misunderstanding with Banton, who eventually came back to gently roll the ball to Effiong, who proceeded to blaze well over the top. A complete waste of a promising free-kick.

The game, which appeared to be drifting aimlessly towards an inevitable conclusion, was settled beyond doubt on 89 minutes. Orlu lost possession in defence, being robbed by Jake Hyde who turned and shot past Wollacott.

The visitors had their tails up and were finishing strongly. In injury time Harry Pritchard broke away on the left and shot wide of the far post when he should have done better, and there was yet still time for the same player to hit the post as the Cards defence stood and watched.

Woking: Jojo Wollacott, Richard Orlu ©, Jordan Wynter, Josh Staunton, (Jason Banton 58), Matt Young, Chez Isaac, (Charlie Carter 79), Kane Ferdinand, Nathan Ralph, Regan Charles-Cook, Joe Ward, (Jamie Philpot 73), Inih Effiong.

Unused Subs: Joey Jones, Sam Mason

Maidenhead United: Carl Pentney, Remy Clerima, Rene Steer, Harol Odametey, Alan Massey ©, Moses Emmanuel, (Adrian Clifton 85), Sean Marks, (Jake Hyde 85), Harry Pritchard, Maximilian Kilman, (James Mulley 81), Jake Goodman, Christian Smith

Unused Subs: Nana Owusu, Ryan Peters

Goals: Moses Emmanuel 50, Jake Hyde 89

Referee: Adam Penwell

Attendance: 648

My MOTM: The award goes to debutant keeper Jojo Wollacott, who made two or three really good saves, and was competent throughout.
30Jojo Wollacot
21Matt Young
3Nathan Ralph
5Josh Staunton ('58)
15Jordan Wynter
6Richard Orlu
22Kane Ferdinand
8Chez Isaac ('79)
23Joe Ward ('73)
11Regan Charles-Cook
9Inih Effiong
18Sam Mason
4Joey Jones
12Charlie Carter ('79)
10Jason Banton ('58)
20Jamie Philpot ('73)
Maidenhead United LINEUP
1Carl Pentney
2Remy Clerima
3Rene Steer
5Alan Massey
24Jake Goodman
24Max Kilman ('81)
4Harold Odametey
14Harry Pritchard
25Christian Smith
7Moses Emmanuel ('85)
9Sean Marks ('85)
23Ryan Peters
12Nana Owusu
17Adrian Clifton ('85)
26James Mulley ('81)
10Jake Hyde ('85)

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