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New Year’s Day Derby Match

Brian Caffarey
10:53am, Sun 31st Dec 2017
Woking v Aldershot Town
Vanarama National League
1pm on Monday 1 January 2018

Anthony Limbrick will be very keen to build on the encouraging draw at Eastleigh on Saturday, which stemmed a run of four successive league defeats. The result was all the more commendable since the Cards found themselves down to ten men early in the second half. Make your way to the Laithwaite Community Stadium for what should be a fiercely-contested afternoon as the Cards seek to avenge their Boxing Day defeat. Don’t forget it’s a 1pm kick-off.


After the disappointing defeat at Aldershot Town on Boxing Day the Cards showed a lot of character to earn a point at Eastleigh. Things looked ominous when Chez Isaac was sent off in the 54th minute and, even more so, when the Spitfires took the lead ten minutes later. But substitute Charlie Carter evened things up in the 70th minute, and then earned a penalty, which Inih Effiong converted, to go 2-1 in front in the 83rd minute. Unfortunately, Anthony’s young side couldn’t hold on, with Eastleigh grabbing an equaliser on the stroke of full-time.

As expected, Jordan Wynter was missing after sustaining a thigh injury on Boxing Day, along with Nathan Ralph. Anthony brought in the returning Matt Young, as well as Richard Orlu, Joey Jones, Fabio Saraiva and Jamie Philpot into the starting line-up, with Effiong, Jason Banton and Carter dropping to the substitutes’ bench.

Chez Isaac will of course miss the game against Aldershot as well as the home games against Maidstone United and Tranmere Rovers.

The Cards remain in 13th position with 34 from 26 games.


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.

On Saturday the Shots grabbed a very late goal to salvage a somewhat fortunate point against Maidstone United in a 1-1 draw at the Rec. Gary Waddock commented that their performance was well below that on Boxing Day. They remain in second spot in the table.


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Woking 1 Aldershot Town 2
Vanarama National League
1 January 2017

The minimum requirement for Woking FC management and fans alike a year ago, following the Boxing Day fiasco at the Rec, was a committed, gutsy performance. That was certainly provided but football can be a cruel game when you are ‘down’ – and Woking had to swallow a very bitter pill in added time as the Shots scrambled a winner to deprive Garry Hill’s side of a thoroughly deserved point. Having quickly equalised Scott Rendell’s headed opener in the 63rd minute – Max Kretzschmar lifting the ball deftly over Jake Cole two minutes later – the Cards looked the more likely winners as an absorbing contest came to a close. Anthony Edgar had a gilt-edged chance in the 89th minute to claim all three points but fluffed his lines – immediately followed by a cruel blow as Jake Gallagher poked the ball home in a melee at the far post.

The defeat left the Cards in the relegation places again but, in retrospect, this wholehearted performance was the beginning of an upturn in form which, in the following weeks, saw narrow, unfortunate defeats to some top sides but crucial wins over the likes of Torquay United, Eastleigh and Solihull Moors – with the Cards eventually escaping the drop.

Woking: Michael Poke, Dennon Lewis, Joey Jones, Terell Thomas, Brian Saah, Nathan Ralph, Kane Ferdinand, Keiran Murtagh, Fabio Saraiva (Anthony Edgar 71), Max Kretzschmar (Frankie Sutherland 75), Gozie Ugwu

Unused substitutes: Brandon Hall, Jake Caprice, Chike Kandi

Goal: Max Kretzschmar 65

Aldershot Town: Jake Cole, Anthony Straker, Shamir Fenelon (Matt McLure 70), Scott Rendell, Bernard Mensah, Cheye Alexander, Jake Gallagher, Dion Conroy, Idris Kanu (Will Evans 90), Kundai Benyu (Jim Kellermann 77), Callum Reynolds

Unused sub: Mark Smith

Goals: Scott Rendell 63, Gallagher 90

Attendance: 3224 (including 1117 away fans)


The Cards have two more very interesting home games coming up. Maidstone United are the visitors this coming Saturday (6 January), followed by Tranmere Rovers a week later (13 January). (The latter game was originally due to be played on 2 December and was initially re-scheduled for 9 January.)

Come on, you Cards!

Rendell double enforces narrow defeat against the Shots

Nathan Thomas
12:00am, Mon 1st Jan 2018
Woking 1 Aldershot Town 2
Vanarama National League
01 January 2018

Former Woking striker Scott Rendell came back to haunt his old side on New Year’s Day with his double either side of Kane Ferdinand’s equaliser, earning The Shots the bragging rights for the second time in six days. Rendell’s first half header was cancelled out by Ferdinand’s equaliser shortly after half time but Rendell agonisingly struck again a minute from fulltime.

Woking welcomed Surrey rivals Aldershot Town on New Year’s Day with The Cards looking to avenge the 3-1 defeat suffered five days earlier on Boxing Day. A bumper crowd packed into the Laithwaite Community Stadium for the 1pm kick-off expecting a feast of derby day football to cure the sore New Year’s Eve heads. Woking could look back at 2017 with relatively fondness: securing their place in the National League for another season after a frantic end to the season, an FA cup run that saw them beat League 1 side Bury 3-0 away and the start of new era under Anthony Limbrick.

Joey Jones was booked early in the first half after a cynical foul preventing a quick counter-attack by the visitors following sloppy play by Jones and Staunton. The resulting free-kick was headed in by Will Evans following Scott Rendell’s flick on to send the visiting fans into raptures but their celebrations were short-lived as Evans headed the ball into the net from an offside position. A surging run by Jones just after the offside goal forced the first corner of the game for the hosts but Lewis Ward punched the delivery away.

The visitors enjoyed the majority of possession in the early stages and spurned a golden opportunity to open the scoring as Jake Gallagher fired over from 8 yards following Jim Kellerman’s cutback in the 17th minute. The Shots then forced Nathan Baxter into a superb save halfway through the first half, the Chelsea loanee tipped over his bar acrobatically after Alexander Cheye was given time to pick the top corner with a rasping drive from 25 yards out.

The visitors’ first half dominance finally produced the opening goal in the 27th minute and it was the former Woking striker Rendell with a glancing header to open the scoring. James Rowe’s delivery from the right-hand side was inch perfect for the unmarked Rendell who used to pace of the cross to guide his header across Baxter and into the left-hand corner. Woking were struggling to get to grips with the visitors’ fast start and just couldn’t assert any dominance on the game.

Inih Effiong was nearly gifted an equaliser just before halftime as Woking finally got their first chance in the 38th minute. Good defending by the Cards resulting in a long ball for Effiong to chase. Effiong forced Lewis Ward off his line and he had the goal gaping but his curling effort from a narrow angle was cleared off the line by Fowler.

Woking then had a carbon copy of the chance two minutes later on the opposite side of the box. More questionable goalkeeping by Ward allowed Banton to square the ball to Charlie Carter but his driven shot was also cleared off the line and deflected over by an Aldershot defender. The visitors were struggling to deal with Effiong’s bullish nature but his frustrations were visible after he was booked for kicking the ball away.

The halftime whistle blew as Woking finished the first half the better team. Chances for Carter and Effiong were the only opportunities created as The Cards came close to an equaliser. Rendell’s glancing header after the visitors’ early dominance gave The Shots a slender lead going into the break.

Half-time: Woking 0 Aldershot Town 1

The Cards continued their momentum into the second half as Kane Ferdinand scored the equaliser in the 47th minute. Good link up between Jones and Banton down the right allowed the latter to get to byline and produce composed cutback to Ferdinand unmarked in the box. He drove his effort into the goal via a deflection from another Aldershot defender. This time the deflection fell to the hosts’ favour and Ferdinand’s shot nestled into the bottom left hand corner to give Woking the perfect start to the second half.

Effiong continued to cause problems for the Shots backline and his looping cross on the hour found Joe Ward’s head, but the winger’s header was too weak and looped harmlessly in the air.

Joey Jones blocked Rowe’s powerful shot that was on target as both sides looked to take the lead as the game was finely poised going into the last half-hour. Rendell was also prevented from doubling his tally shortly after as Nathan Baxter held a shot low to his right. Rendell spurned another opportunity in the 67th minute as he was found unmarked at the back post but he could curl a shot harmlessly over the bar.

Jason Banton made way for Jamie Philpot in the 70th minute as Anthony Limbrick opted to go more direct as Woking looked for a winner.

Baxter tipped away a dangerous cross in the 81st minute aiming for the dangerous Rendell as The Shots searches to regain the lead. Substitute Matt Mclure also drove a shot wide of Baxter’s goal.

The visitors growing pressure eventually told as The Cards backline switched off in the 89th minute. A ball was played in behind and it was Scott Rendall again with the definitive finish, firing past Nathan Baxter one-on-one into the roof of the net, triggering more crowd trouble similar to last season. It was a sickener for The Cards who had fought bravely in the second half.

The Cards had five minutes added time to find an equaliser following a lengthy stoppage due to the Aldershot fans encroaching the pitch but it wasn’t to be.

Scott Rendell’s late winner was enough to give the visitors the bragging rights yet again on derby day. Woking fought bravely in the second half but a lapse of concentration at the back was the home side’s undoing.

Woking: Nathan Baxter, Matt Young, Louis Ramsay (Fabio Sariava 90’), Josh Staunton, Richard Orlu, Joey Jones, Kane Ferdinand, Joe Ward, Jason Banton (Jamie Philpot 70), Charlie Carter, Inih Effiong

Goal: Ferdinand 47’

Booked: Jones 11’ Young 22’ Effiong 45’

Unused subs: JoJo Wollacott, Lazar Stojsavljevic, Declan Appau

Aldershot: Lewis Ward, Alexander Cheye, Will Evans, Manny Oyeleke, Scott Rendell, Bernard Mensah (Matt McClure 79’), Jake Gallagher, Jim Kellermann, James Rowe (James Blanchfield 72’), George Fowler, Bobby Joe Taylor

Goal: Rendell 27’, 89’

Booked: Oyeleke 51’

Unused subs: Jake Cole, Kodi Lyons-Foster, Matt Bozier

Attendance: 3,790

Referee: Carl Brook

Sponsors MOTM: Josh Staunton: Defended resolutely until the closing stages.
1Nathan Baxter
21Matt Young
2Louis Ramsay ('90)
5Josh Staunton
6Richard Orlu
4Joey Jones
22Kane Ferdinand
12Charlie Carter
23Joe Ward
10Jason Banton ('71)
9Inih Effiong
30Jojo Wollacott
24Lazar Stojsavljevic
17Declan Appau
14Fabio Saraiva ('90)
20Jamie Philpot ('71)
Aldershot Town LINEUP
34Lewis Ward
3Cheye Alexander
5Will Evans
16Jake Gallagher
21George Fowler
8Emmanuel Oyeleke
17Jim Kellermann
18James Rowe ('72)
27Bobby-Joe Taylor
11Bernard Mensah ('79)
9Scott Rendell
1Jake Cole
10Matt McClure ('79)
15Kodi Lyons-Foster
24Matt Bozier
28James Blanchfield ('72)

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