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Boxing Day test for Cards

Brian Caffarey
9:47am, Sun 24th Dec 2017
Aldershot Town v Woking
Vanarama National League
3pm on Monday 26 December 2017

Woking travel the short distance to Aldershot Town on Boxing Day, with fans hoping there isn't a repeat of last season's result. Turn off the TV and head down to the EBB Stadium to cheer on the Cards!

WOKING

Anthony Limbrick’s side produced a disappointing display in their 2-1 defeat at home to Barrow on Saturday. Paul Cox may no longer be the Bluebirds’ manager but it was entirely predictable that they would pump high balls into the box at every opportunity. The Cards’ defence was fortunate to concede only two goals as they struggled to cope, especially early on. Inih Effiong looked pretty isolated up front and the ball took too long to reach Joe Ward out on the flanks. Jason Banton, in his hour on the pitch, showed some nice touches as he gained more match fitness but didn’t really make any impact in areas which might have hurt Barrow.

Anthony confirmed in his post-match interview that Regan Charles-Cook has an ankle injury that is expected to rule him out for six to eight weeks and will therefore presumably mean that we won’t see him again before his loan spell ends.

ALDERSHOT TOWN

The Shots can point to more continuity in their squad than most National League sides. Amongst those remaining from last season are ex-Cards keeper Joe Cole and striker Scott Rendell, along with two other players who briefly figured for the club: defender Nick Arnold and midfielder Manny Oyileke. They were joined in the summer by another ‘old boy’, Chris Arthur, who had been released by Crawley Town, but he has recently left to join Leatherhead.

Other familiar names from last season are keeper Mark Smith, now on loan at Eastbourne Borough; defenders Will Evans, Cheye Alexander and Callum Reynolds; influential midfielders Jake Gallagher and Jim Kellerman; and strikers Shamir Fenelon, Bernard Mensah and Matt McLure.

New arrivals in the summer included defenders Kodi Lyons-Foster, previously with Spurs and Aston Villa academies and Bristol City, and George Fowler, on loan from Ipswich Town; midfielders James Rowe, previously with Cheltenham Town but with spells at Forest Green Rovers and Tranmere, and Fabien Robert, on loan from Forest Green Rovers but with experience at Doncaster Rovers and Swindon Town; and strikers Shaun Okojie, who notched 40 goals for Corinthian Casuals last season and who is now on loan at Eastbourne Borough, and Bobby-Joe Taylor, signed from Maidstone United, where he gained England C honours.

Keeper Lewis Ward joined the club on loan from Reading following Joe Cole’s injury, which led to a two-month absence.

The Shots sit in 5th place in the league, with 41 points from 25 games. They had an excellent run of four successive wins in early/mid-November before losing at home to FC Halifax Town and then suffering a surprise 4-0 defeat at East Thurrock United in the FA Trophy. Yesterday the Shots drew 1-1 at Guiseley thanks to a goal in added time by Shamir Fenelon.

GETTING THERE

Aldershot Town Football Club
EBB Stadium
High Street
Aldershot
Hants
GU11 1TW

Official website: http://www.theshots.co.uk

By coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves the Laithwaite Community Stadium at 1.30pm. Contact Alan Barnes (a.barn1572@btinternet.com) if you haven’t already booked your place.

By car

Head for Aldershot town centre. The ground is just by the railway bridge. Parking is available in the town centre ‘pay and display’ car parks, about a five-minute walk from the ground.

By train

There are no trains running on Boxing Day between Woking and Aldershot.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adult – Seating - £19; Standing - £17
Concession (Over 65, Military personnel ID required, Student 16-21 ID required) – Seating - £15; Standing - £13
Junior (11-U16) – Seating - £7; Standing - £5
Under 11’s – FREE (with paying adult – max 2 per adult)
Disabled same as above, with carer free in both sections.
Students can obtain a concession rate on production of an NUS card.

Woking fans will have to enter the ground via the Redan Hill turnstiles.

LAST SEASON

Aldershot Town 4 Woking 0
Vanarama National League
26 December 2016

This was probably the nadir of Garry Hill’s time in charge of Woking, but perhaps, in retrospect, the shock to the system may have been just enough to keep the Cards up by the time the season ended.

Both teams entered the holiday period in poor form but the Shots can rarely have enjoyed themselves as much as on this calamitous afternoon for Cards fans. Garry made four changes from the side which drew 0-0 with Guiseley, bringing in new signing Kane Ferdinand, Keiran Murtagh and Charlie Carter into midfield, while Frazer Shaw also returned, with Nathan Ralph pushed forward on the left of midfield.

The Shots tore into a meek Woking side from the kick-off. When the breakthrough came in the 8th minute it was gifted on a plate. Brandon Hall dropped a fairly simple cross over his head, the ball being promptly hooked in by Scott Rendell, whose celebrations were certainly not muted.

Three minutes later the Shots doubled their lead. The ball was threaded through the centre of the Woking defence, with Ismail Yakubu unable to stop Shamir Fenelon poking home. The Shots’ third goal duly arrived in the 25th minute. A corner was swung in. Rendell, effectively unchallenged, stooped and guided the ball into the corner. In the 42nd minute Fenelon spurned another chance for the fourth goal as he failed to take advantage of a free header. But it didn’t matter because, as the half moved into added time, a fine move, begun with a clever flick inside, saw Kanu drill a cross to the far post, where Rendell was waiting to stab home and complete his hat-trick.

The Shots, sated, spared the Cards the ignominy of adding to their goal tally in the second half, but another ‘old boy’ denied Woking a consolation goal, Joe Cole saving Anthony Edgar’s penalty kick.

The defeat left the Cards one place above the relegation zone on goal difference.

Aldershot Town: Jake Cole, Anthony Straker, Shamir Fenelon (Matt McLure 61), Scott Rendell (Jim Kellermann 77), Bernard Mensah, Cheye Alexander, Jake Gallagher, Dion Conroy, Idris Kanu, Kundai Benyu (Will Evans 83), Callum Reynolds

Unused sub: Mark Smith

Goals: Scott Rendell 8, 25 and 45; Shamir Fenelon 10

Woking: Brandon Hall, Jake Caprice, Ismail Yakubu (Terell Thomas 66), Brian Saah, Frazer Shaw, Joey Jones, Nathan Ralph (Anthony Edgar 60), Charlie Carter, Keiran Murtagh (Fabio Saraiva 60), Kane Ferdinand, Gozi Ugwu

Unused subs: Michael Poke, Delano Sam-Yorke

Attendance: 3456 (527 Woking fans)

COMING UP

The Cards are away at Eastleigh on Saturday 30 December. Don’t forget that the ‘return’ fixture against the Shots at the Laithwaite Community Stadium on New Year’s Day kicks off at 1pm.

Come on, you Cards!

Disappointing derby first leg

Emma Squibb
12:00am, Tue 26th Dec 2017
Aldershot Town 3 - 1 Woking
Vanarama National League
26th December 2017

740 Woking fans made their way to the EBB Stadium for a cold, rainy, Boxing Day derby against rivals Aldershot Town. Even before kick off the fans were in good voice, and the pressure was on for Woking to improve on their recent losses. There were four changes to Anthony Limbrick's side from the previous loss to Barrow, with Matt Young suspended for five yellow cards, replaced by Louis Ramsay, and Orlu and Jones on the bench in favour of Staunton and Isaac, back from injury. Nathan Baxter was back in goal today, with JoJo Wollacott on the bench.

Aldershot kicked off the first half, but Woking quickly took possession. Then, in just the second minute, Isaac, wearing the Captain's arm band, was fouled by Bobby-Joe Taylor right in front of the home team dug out. Referee David Rock awarded Woking the free kick, and their possession was maintained.

Disaster struck in the twelfth minute when a momentary defensive lapse allowed Fenelon to put in a scrappy goal, against the run of play, to give the home side the lead. The Woking physio was on the pitch straight after to check out Baxter, but he was deemed to be ok, and play continued.

Despite Aldershot seeming to take more possession, Charlie Carter played a great ball to Joe Ward, who delivered it flawlessly to Effiong, who put it straight in the back of the net to bring Woking level.

Almost as soon as play resumed, a high, late tackle by Jake Gallagher on Charlie Carter deep in the Woking half led to another Woking free kick, and Gallagher narrowly escaped a booking. Nathan Baxter played the free kick, and the following play gave Effiong yet another chance on goal, which unfortunately hit the crossbar.

The two teams seemed to have a balance of possession and control, until at twenty-one minutes Woking gave away a free kick on the edge of the box. What could have been a goal for Bobby-Joe Taylor was expertly saved by Nathan Baxter, showing the keeper's poise and control under pressure. Aldershot kept pushing at goal, but another shot on target was blocked by Wynter, rapidly followed by a spectacular double save by Baxter, parrying away the first attempt, and then holding onto the rebound shot.

Another momentary lapse allowed Fenelon past the back line to give Aldershot the lead back. The Woking fans, however, were not diminished in their enthusiasm, and were delighted to see Louis Ramsay preventing another attack on goal, and even more elated when, in the thirty-second minute Baxter pulled off another stunning save.

At forty-one minutes a foul on Chez Isaac, by George Fowler, just outside the box gave Woking their chance to equalise, and earned Fowler the first yellow of the match. After a dummy run by Nathan Ralph, Joe Ward took the free kick, and the wall did its job, deflecting the shot behind for a corner. Woking continued to push, and another shot directly into the back of the net by Kane Ferdinand, supplied perfectly by Joe Ward and Nathan Ralph, was disallowed, as the flag was raised for offside. Still pushing to the end of the second half, Nathan Ralph had a shot on target in the forty-fifth minute, which was unfortunately saved by Lewis Ward. In the two minutes of added time Aldershot took a corner, skilfully defended by Woking, and given to Joe Ward, who, despite a phenomenal run down the pitch, was unable to get on the score sheet.

Half-time: Aldershot Town 2 – 1 Woking

The rain was a heavy sheet by the time Carter kicked off the second half. Almost instantly, the referee brought out his second card of the match, a yellow for Taylor, after a foul on Louis Ramsay. The free kick didn't produce much momentum, with the play turning towards Woking's goal again. Once again, Baxter showed his prowess in the net, and pulled off another stunning save.

Woking then received two free kicks in quick succession, for successive fouls on Kane Ferdinand, by Jake Gallagher and Scott Rendell. It seemed that Aldershot's plan was to take the strength out of the Woking midfield, by force if necessary.

It seemed disaster had struck when Isaac fell victim to a vicious challenge by Jake Gallagher in the fifty-fourth minute, but the referee appeared not to notice what could easily have been an immediate red card, and Aldershot continued to push the Woking back line, whilst the Woking skipper was on the floor. After what seemed to fans like an age, Kane Ferdinand managed to get the ball out of play to allow the physio onto the pitch to see to Isaac.

The referee was then faced with a fifty-fifty decision, when there was a bit of rough play between Ralph and Fenelon, resulting in a free kick to Aldershot. Merely a minute later, however, there was no question about the foul being against Ralph, and Fenelon gave Woking a free kick. Aldershot continued with their bulldozer style of play, with a further foul on Ferdinand by Bernard Mensah.

Things took a turn for the worse when in the sixty-fourth minute, a break in the defensive line allowed Manny Oyeleke to scrape a messy ball past Baxter, to consolidate the Shots' lead. At this point, Woking brought on Fabio Saraiva, in place of Jason Banton, and Saraiva immediately integrated into play on the right wing with Joe Ward moving to the left. Woking made a second substitution a few minutes later, bringing on Jamie Philpot for Charlie Carter, changing the original formation to a 4-4-2.

Baxter then proceeded to show why, despite his young age, he is the first choice goalkeeper, saving two shots on target in as many minutes. But another Aldershot push forward ended with Jordan Wynter needing to be subbed off for Joey Jones, due to what appeared to be a thigh injury.

As the game drew to a close Woking had an amazing chance after a beautiful run by Effiong, the Aldershot defender slipped on the wet grass, but the referee called foul, and gave a free kick. Effiong kicked the ball away in disgust, but managed to avoid a yellow card for dissent.

Despite the four added minutes, and another foul on Ferdinand, Woking failed to rectify the score line, and the game ended Aldershot 3 - 1 Woking.

Woking are sure to be out to defend their honour when the Shots come to the Laithwaite Community Stadium on New Years' Day.

Woking: Nathan Baxter, Louis Ramsay, Nathan Ralph, Josh Staunton, Jordan Wynter (Joey Jones 78), Chez Isaac (C), Kane Ferdinand, Joe Ward, Jason Banton (Fabio Saraiva 65), Charlie Carter (Jamie Philpot 71), Inih Effiong.

Unused subs: JoJo Wollacott, Richard Orlu.

Goals: Inih Effiong, 14.

Bookings: None

Aldershot: Lewis Ward, Cheye Alexander, Will Evans, Shamir Fenelon (Matt McClure 73), Manny Oyeleke, Scott Rendell, Bernard Mensah (Matt Bozier 89), Jake Gallagher, George Fowler, Callum Reynolds (C), Bobby-Joe Taylor.

Unused subs: Jake Cole, Kodi Lyons-Foster.


Goals: Shamir Fenelon, 12 and 27, Oyeleke, 64.

Bookings: George Fowler, 41, and Bobby-Joe Taylor, 46.

Referee: David Rock

Attendance: 4181 (including 740 away fans)

Man of the Match: My Man of the Match today is Kane Ferdinand. His continual pushing of the ball forwards helped build the momentum for most of Woking's shots on goal, and the extent to which he was fouled indicates the threat Aldershot clearly felt he posed to them.
Aldershot Town LINEUP
34Lewis Ward
3Cheye Alexander
5Will Evans
22Callum Reynolds
21George Fowler
8Emmanuel Oyeleke
16Jake Gallagher
7Shamir Fenelon ('73)
27Bobby-Joe Taylor
11Bernard Mensah ('89)
9Scott Rendell
BENCH
1Jake Cole
10Matt McClure ('73)
15Kodi Lyons-Foster
24Matt Bozier ('89)
WOKING LINEUP
1Nathan Baxter
2Louis Ramsay
3Nathan Ralph
5Josh Staunton
15Jordan Wynter ('78)
8Chez Isaac
22Kane Ferdinand
12Charlie Carter ('71)
23Joe Ward
10Jason Banton ('65)
9Inih Effiong
BENCH
30Jojo Wollacott
6Richard Orlu
4Joey Jones ('78)
14Fabio Saraiva ('65)
20Jamie Philpot ('71)

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