FA Trophy (Q3)
3:00pm - SaturdaySat 20th NovemberNov 2010
Crabble Athletic Ground | Att: 818

Dover Athletic
Dover Athletic
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Big Trophy test for Cards

Brian Caffarey
8:14am, Fri 19th Nov 2010
Dover Athletic v Woking
FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
3pm on Saturday 20 November 2010

Graham Baker may be having a hard task in bringing his players back down to earth after their tremendous FA Cup performance on Tuesday night, but the Cards have now got to concentrate on the ‘bread and butter’ of the Blue Square Bet South and the FA Trophy. The latter competition, as all Cards fans know, is one which has brought the Club great success in the past, and a good run can bring substantial financial benefits, so it’s important that the chance of making progress isn’t just passed up in the aftermath of the FA Cup. The Whites have already beaten us once this season and have been in fine form – witness their superb 2-0 win at Gillingham in the Cup – so Woking can’t afford a ‘post-Cup reaction’ day. Surely, the prospect of a possible trip to Wembley should be motivation enough for any non-League player?


Woking fans must hope that the players’ main reaction to the Brighton cup tie is not one of deflation but a realisation that they are – or can be – a better team than their results so far this season suggest and that, accordingly, they now need to go out and impose themselves more on teams at their own level. We have seen that the Cards can defend superbly; that they can launch swift counter-attacks; and that in Elvis Hammond they now have a player who can shield the ball on the ground expertly and whose trickery in the box can cause problems for the opposition.

A boost in confidence might just compensate for the downside of aggravated niggling injuries and the immense physical exertion of Tuesday’s display.


The Cards had much the better of their encounters with the Whites last season, beating them twice in the league and then defeating them in the two-legged play-off semi-final. But Martin Hayes’s side have already exacted some revenge this season, with their opening 1-0 victory at Kingfield on the opening day of the season: a defeat which seemed to set the tone for some shaky home performances from the Cards thereafter. Dover are going well in the league, currently sitting in 6th place, but, like Woking, their home record is unimpressive with only two wins. In the FA Cup they had a memorably sweet victory over former Manager Andy Hessenthaler’s Gillingham in the First Round of the FA Cup and now face Aldershot Town. Adam Birchall, who has already scored 10 goals this season, is grabbing all the headlines but Woking know from experience that they need to be very wary too of towering defender Olly Shulz. The Dover squad includes two ex-Cards in Nicky Nicolau and Jason Norville, the latter scoring the Whites’ winner in their recent 3-2 win at Boreham Wood.


Crabble Athletic Ground
Lewisham Road
CT17 0JB
Website: www.doverathletic.com

By coach

Leaves 11.30am; £15 members, £20 non-members; ring the Club Shop today (01483 772470) or email shop@wokingfc.co.uk .

By car

Follow the M25 eastbound and then the M26 onto the M20. Leave the M20 at J7 for the A249 (signposted Sheerness/Sittingbourne) and then take the M2 (following signs for Canterbury and then Dover) as far as the Whitfield roundabout. Take the fourth exit at this roundabout, down Whitfield Hill. At the bottom of the hill turn left at the roundabout and follow this road until the first set of traffic lights. At the lights turn right (180 degrees down the hill) and follow the road under the railway bridge. The ground is a little further up the road on the left.

By train

Direct trains leave London St Pancras for Dover Priory station at 12 minutes past the hour and take about 70 minutes. This is Dover’s main station but is about 2 miles from the ground. A better bet may be to catch the service at 42 minutes past the hour and change at Ashford International onto the service to Dover Priory, which then connects with a train to Kearsney, which is about 15 minutes’ walk from the ground. For example, the 12.42 from St Pancras arrives at Ashford International at 13.20. You can then catch the 13.30 to Dover Priory, which arrives at 14.01. From there you can take the 14.05 to Kearsney, which arrives at 14.09. (Trains from Dover Priory to Kearsney only run at 05 past the hour, so you’d have a much longer wait at Dover Priory if you catch the 12 minutes past train from St Pancras.)

An alternative route is to catch a train from Victoria to Faversham and change there. Trains leave at 22 minutes past the hour. The 12.22 would get you to Faversham at 13.39, from where you can take the 13.45 to Kearsney, arriving at 14.21.
If you get off at Kearsney, turn right as you leave the station, go under the railway bridge and then take the first road on the left (Lower Road). Follow Lower Road all the way along, past a pond on your right and Crabble Corn Mill on your left. At the end you will see the Cricketers pub on the other side of the road. Turn right and you should see the entrance to the ground. If you get off at Dover Priory it is probably best to get a bus or taxi to the ground as it is a long walk.
Log on to www.thetrainline.com for further information about train times and fares.

The game will be segregated. Woking fans should follow the signs for ‘away’ fans.

Come on, you Cards!

Cards excel in Trophy win

Brian Caffarey
7:01pm, Sat 20th Nov 2010
Dover Athletic 1 Woking 2
FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
20 November 2010

The question lurking in Woking fans’ minds before this game was whether the Cards would suffer a post-Cup reaction or take strength and confidence from their displays against Brighton. To the players’ immense credit, it was soon evident at Crabble that it was the latter, as the Cards produced, especially in the first half, some of the best, passing football seen for a long time, capped by two superbly-worked and finished goals, both netted by Jerome Federico (pictured). Dover made life more difficult in the second half and reduced the deficit with a penalty but the Cards saw out the game in determined fashion to secure a thoroughly-deserved place in the next round. The only disappointment of the afternoon was that so few Cards fans had made the trip to Dover.

Graham Baker started with the same side that had begun against Brighton in midweek but with Lee Sawyer replacing Francis Quarm in midfield. Sawyer immediately impressed in an advanced midfield role, showing excellent control and time on the ball and using it constructively. Behind him the defence settled straightaway with Joe McNerney winning everything in the air and he and Adam Doyle getting their foot in to frustrate the Dover forwards. Ahead of them Mark Ricketts snapped into tackles and Jerome Maledon worked energetically, while Federico and Moses Ademola provided the outlet as Sawyer worked the ball out wide and Elvis Hammond always looked a threat.

In a sign of things to come Sawyer moved the ball out left to Federico in the 7th minute but this time the young loanee’s strike was weak, causing no trouble for the Dover keeper, Flitney. The Whites threatened briefly as Baker found himself in space on the Woking right but he blasted high and wide.

Woking upped the pressure after Hammond had cleverly won the first of two corners and a very assured first quarter of an hour was rounded off with a delightful goal, as Sawyer slid the ball behind the full back, for Federico, making an excellent run in from the left flank, to finish adroitly past Flitney.

A couple of minutes later it was 2-0 to the Cards following another excellent move. This time Sawyer and Maledon moved the ball out wide to Ademola on the right. He skipped down the wing before firing in a fine, low cross, which Federico controlled superbly before shooting past Flitney for his second goal of the afternoon.

Dover’s attempted fight-back began with a shot from Tabiri in the 18th minute which spun awkwardly out of Andy Little’s hands and over the bar. Olly Shulz threatened from the corner but McNerney and Doyle combined to see him off.

A short corner routine, with the ball then moved sweetly by Ricketts and Doyle, opened up another shooting opportunity for Federico but the strike this time lacked power.

Dover exerted some concerted pressure midway through the half but the Cards defended stubbornly and nearly profited from a quick break involving Sawyer and Federico.

The Cards’ next real chance came in the 36th minute when a penetrating run by Federico was followed by a cross to Hammond to the right of the Dover area but Flitney got his positioning right and pushed the Woking striker’s shot away for a corner. As the corner came over McNerney rose highest but his header was over the bar.

The clever Birchall did well to create space for himself on the edge of the Woking area in the 40th minute but his shot was easily saved by Little. Woking then came close to adding a third as Maledon headed just wide.

Half-time: Dover Athletic 0 Woking 2

It was no great surprise to see the home side make a determined effort early in the second half to get back in the game, and the Cards found it harder to maintain their splendid passing game of the first half, although at times they managed to blunt Dover’s momentum by skilfully keeping possession for substantial periods.

L’Anson tried a long-range effort in the 51st minute but Hammond immediately found himself in a good position in the box after Maledon had played him in. Unfortunately, he seemed to want too much time and he was soon tackled.

Dover came close to pulling a goal back in the 56th minute when L’Anson, given too much space on the Woking left, crossed for Hunt to glance narrowly wide.

Graham Baker, no doubt trying to spread the workload with another game to follow on Tuesday, began to make changes, bringing on Ola Sogbanmu for Ademola, who’d just been booked, soon followed by Quarm for Maledon.

In the meantime Little had been forced to make an excellent save from Birchall and then save again as the Dover forward fired in the rebound.

Dover got their breakthrough in the 69th minute when Ricky Anane was adjudged to have committed a foul just inside the area. Hunt duly converted.

With Dave Gilroy now on for Hammond, the game was nicely balanced as Dover pressed for an equaliser and Woking had quite a few chances to seal the game on the break. Flitney nearly threw the game away for the home side, passing the ball out to Anane. But the latter’s chip was over the bar. A few minutes later an excellent move saw Aswad Thomas advance into the box but he was just caught as he readied himself to shoot.

As we moved into the final ten minutes the Woking defence continued to frustrate the Dover attackers, while Gilroy slipped a neat pass to Quarm but the midfielder’s effort was blocked.

A Dover cross-cum-shot landed on top of the bar before the Cards had a very narrow escape, a deflected shot from Birchall cannoning off the post.

The Cards saw out the four minutes of extra time fairly comfortably, largely keeping the ball down the Dover end. Anane might have wrapped things up as he made a run from right to left across the box but tried to pass instead of shooting with his weaker, left foot and the chance was gone. Sawyer epitomised a tremendous Woking display with a crunching tackle to break up an attempted Dover break.

This was an admirable Woking performance on many levels, including some great football in the first half. It’s a lot to ask after such an exhausting schedule but if they can play like this in the next few league games they will surely begin to move up the table.

Woking: Andy Little, Ricky Anane, Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Moses Ademola (Ola Sogbanmu 60), Jerome Maledon (Francis Quarm 63), Elvis Hammond (Dave Gilroy 72), Lee Sawyer, Jerome Federico

Unused subs: Craig Faulconbridge, Daniel Sintim

Booked: Mark Ricketts, Moses Ademola

My MOTM: Lee Sawyer

Attendance: 818

Dover Athletic LINEUP
1Ross Flitney
2Matt Fish
3Bobby Aisien
4John Wallis
5Olly Schulz
6Robert Gillman
7Harry Baker
8Joe Tabiri
9Ben Hunt
10Adam Birchall
11Sam Long ('58)
12Barry Cogan ('58)
14Sam Cutler
15Nicky Nicolau
16Sam Raggett
18Lee Hook
1Andy Little
2Ricky Anane
3Aswad Thomas
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Moses Ademola ('62)
8Jerome Maledon ('66)
9Elvis Hammond ('74)
10Lee Sawyer
11Jerome Federico
12Craig Faulconbridge
14Dave Gilroy ('74)
15Ola Sogbanmu ('62)
16Daniel Sintim
17Francis Quarm ('66)

Jimmy Dack Interview after Dover Athletic 1-2 Woking

Lee Sawyer Interview

David Holmes
6:01pm, Sat 20th Nov 2010
Interview with Lee Sawyer following Woking's win in the FA Trophy today at Dover.

Lee Sawyer:

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