7:45pm - TuesdayTue 6th MarchMar 2018
Gander Green Lane | Att: 2019

Sutton United
2 - 0


Cards looking to cure 'away blues'

Glen Harrington
12:00am, Sun 4th Mar 2018
Sutton United vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 6th March 2018

The Cards will be looking to record their first league victory away from home since October when they travel to our near-neighbours, promotion chasing Sutton United.

With Saturday’s game at Maidenhead United having fallen foul of the weather, the Cards are yet to play since picking up a hugely credible 0-0 draw with high-flying Boreham Wood the previous week, a game which has since been overshadowed by the ultimately career-ending injury to new signing Damon Lathrope. A fundraising campaign is already underway for Damon and we would urge you to donate if you can. Unfortunately, whilst the Cards’ home record has been looking up, they have continued to struggle on the road, where recent defeats at Hartlepool and Ebbsfleet have seen Anthony Limbrick’s side slowly slide back down the league table. There are plenty of reasons for optimism however with the Cards having beaten Sutton at the Laithwaite earlier in the season and, whilst we will certainly need to recreate that kind of dogged performance to stand a chance here, the team has demonstrated that they are more than capable of beating the best in the division.

Sutton have had an excellent season thus far, building on last year’s mid-table finish and admirable FA Cup run, they currently sit in second place with 63 points – five behind leaders Macclesfield Town who, incidentally, the Cards have already managed to beat away from home this season. Their last game saw a comprehensive 4-0 victory over lowly Guiseley, although their recent form has been patchy, having struggled to overcome Torquay United (3-2), drawn with Barrow (1-1), and been knocked out of the FA Trophy by Brackley Town. That being said, they are unbeaten in the league since the turn of the year and will no doubt prove stern opposition, particularly on their 3G surface.

We urge all supporters planning on travelling to the game at Gander Green Lane to check travel warnings and conditions before setting off in the aftermath of the recent bad weather; we wish all those who do make the journey a very safe trip.

Woking Team News

Lathrope’s sad issues aside, the Cards growing injury list will be a worry, with long-term absentees Louis Ramsay, Lazar Stojsavljevic and Bobson Bawling all still sidelined. Jordan Wynter also remains a doubt having not played since December but is expected to be fit soon. If the versatile defender does miss out then it will be between Joey Jones and Richard Orlu to fight it out for the central defensive spot alongside Josh Staunton, who was selected in the latest England C squad this week, with Matt Young and Nathan Ralph likely to continue on the flanks.

In midfield, Chez Isaac is the most obvious replacement for Lathrope, although Jones could also push forward to make way for a returning Orlu. Declan Appau could provide another, slightly more attacking option, whilst Fabio Saraiva could also be looking to make a rare start in a season heavily disrupted by injury problems of his own.

Up front, Reece Grego-Cox should be fit after being taken off early in the second-half last weekend as a precaution. He could again figure alongside Anthony Cook and Louie Theophanous, although the Cards have plenty of options with Jason Banton and Jonny Edwards also waiting in the wings.

Sutton Team News

The U’s hugely experienced manager Paul Doswell has assembled a very strong squad that has thrived this season, with further additions having been made in recent weeks to aid their promotion push, they now have a large pool of talent to choose from.

Against Guiseley, Doswell selected Jamie Butler in goal, a former Braintree stopper who was with Hemel Hempstead last season; a back four including two former Woking players, Terell Thomas (on loan from Wigan) and Aswad Thomas, plus Louis John and captain Jamie Collins; a midfield pairing of Kenny Davis and the experienced Simon Walton, who has played for the likes of Leeds, QPR and Plymouth; out wide were Kieron Cadogan and Tom Bolarinwa, recently signed from Grimsby Town, with Craig Eastmond supporting the on loan Byron Harrison – who was one of the league’s top players with Barrow last season.

They have plenty of options on the bench including midfielder Harry Beautyman, who has had spells with Peterborough and Stevenage, forwards Tommy Wright, Ross Stearn and Adam Coombes and defender Simon Downer. Former Woking players Ross Lafayette and Moses Emmanuel are currently out on loan at Maidstone and Maidenhead respectively.

Last Time Out

Woking 2-0 Sutton United (Saturday 16 September 2017 – Vanarama National League)

In arguably the most memorable performance of Woking’s season thus far, the Cards toppled the then league leaders thanks to a brace from Regan Charles-Cook, which at the time took them to within two points of the top of the table. The hosts rode their luck at times and had goalkeeper Nathan Baxter to thank for several top-class saves in the first-half, but their determination and resilience brought its reward, as the man on loan from Charlton kept his cool and picked his spot for the second after Inih Effiong had seen his initial effort saved.

On the Day

The Cards Trust will not be running a coach to this game. For those travelling directly, the ground is located at the Borough Sports Ground on Gander Green Lane, postcode SM1 2EY. The nearest railway station is West Sutton which only a short walk from the ground. Full travel details can be found on the Sutton website. Ticket prices for the game are £15 for adults, £8 for concessions and £3 for Under 16s. There is also a £2 ‘stand transfer’ per person.

Next Up

Our next game comes at home on Saturday when we will be taking on FC Halifax Town. The following week we are at home again, with Wrexham the visitors. Tickets for both games are now available through our new online ticketing system. Please come down and support the team for either game if you can!

Cards outmanoeuvred in battle for local pride

Ian Toft
12:00am, Tue 6th Mar 2018
Sutton United 2 Woking 0
Vanarama National League
6th March 2018

Woking suffered a two-goal defeat to local rivals Sutton United at Gander Green Lane. Goals either side of half time from Byron Harrison and Tom Bolarinwa gave local bragging rights to the U’s.

There was plenty of endeavour from Woking; however, it was hard to argue that they deserved anything from a game that felt throughout was always slipping away from them. Sutton had the lion’s share of possession and shots on goal and made it very difficult for the Cards to carve out any real opportunities to score.

Both teams had benefited from ten days rest given the widespread postponements in the league last weekend. Anthony Limbrick made one enforced change from the creditable draw with Boreham Wood in the previous outing. With that game overshadowed by a career-ending injury sustained to Damon Lathrope, the consequence was Limbrick offering a recall to club captain Richard Orlu for tonight’s line-up. With Orlu partnering Josh Staunton in the middle of the back four, this allowed Joey Jones to push further forward and partner Kane Ferdinand in the centre of midfield.

Woking attacked the Gander Green Lane end of the ground in the first half but instantly found themselves on the back foot. Beautyman broke free from Ralph down the right, and perhaps anticipating that the Cards may not be set in their positions, hit an early strike which trickled into the side netting.

The Cards first advance into Sutton territory saw a hopeful dribble forward from Jones. Sensing an overlap from Young he rolled the ball back to his teammate. Unfortunately the resulting cross was overhit and sailed over the crossbar.

Sutton immediately countered and after the ball was held up on the touchline a pass was played back infield to Eastmond who hit a fierce first time shot which beat Baxter but ricocheted off of the crossbar and away to safety.

Woking had one of their best opportunities to score in the twelfth minute when a careless back-pass from a Sutton defender ran into the path of Theophanous. Though he attempted to round Butler and hope to pass the ball beyond him he did so too closely to the U’s goalkeeper enabling Butler to kick out a foot and disturb the Cards’ forward’s run. The ball ran loose and was cleared to safety by one of Butler’s teammates.

Following on from this opportunity there began a period of sustained pressure from the home side. Good attempts by Aswad Thomas and Harrison, both from long accurate crosses were narrowly spurned. However, soon after, a long corner from Beautyman was headed back across goal by Collins into a mix of bodies. Harrison redirected the ball which then appeared to be spilled by Baxter resulting in the loose ball being bundled into the net at the second attempt by the on-loan Barrow striker.

Woking’s final chance of the half saw a corner swung in by Ralph which eluded all and was collected by Cook just inside the penalty area. As he switched his balance to take the ball away from his opponent there appeared to be late contact. To the surprise of many Cards players their protests for a penalty were firmly waved away by referee Rock allowing Sutton to collect the loose ball and clear.

Half-time: Sutton United 1 Woking 0

Home team manager Paul Doswell made an alteration for the second half, replacing Tommy Wright with another attacking player Kieron Cadogan. The Cards sought to get back in the game with an early attack. A free kick wide out to the left was hit powerfully by Cook. Butler was just quick enough to beat the ball away in time ahead of the onrushing Grego-Cox.

A free kick for Sutton was played in from the left by Davis which found its way through to Collins who rose ahead of his marker and headed goal bound. Only the quick reflexes from Baxter prevented the U’s from doubling their lead as he dived to collect the ball.

However, the following home attack was insufficiently cleared enabling Beautyman to find space and drag Young wide. This cleared the space for Bolarinwa to run into. When the pass was sent through it allowed the U’s forward time to be able to collect, run on and pick out a space in the far corner to pass the ball into the Cards goal for a two nil lead.

Anthony Limbrick sent on additional firepower in the form of Jonny Edwards in an effort to get a goal back. Unfortunately it was Sutton who continued to retain control of the game. Bolarinwa ran onto a through ball and only the quick thinking from Staunton anticipated the move enabling the Cards centre half to throw his body in the way of the resulting shot and avert danger.

The Cards had two final half chances in the efforts to take something from the game. A Cook free kick was hit powerfully but straight into the arms of Butler and at the death a set piece fell kindly to Orlu but his shot was high and wide.

Unfortunately this appeared to be one of those games where despite everything the Cards attempted to do it seemed that Sutton were one step ahead and there can be little argument that they were worthy winners on the night. With rivals Macclesfield having had their game postponed it allowed Sutton to close the gap in their bid for the league title. Woking remain in 15th place on 43 points.

The Cards must now look forward to a return to Kingfield on Saturday when they take on Halifax Town in what should be a closely contested encounter based on their hard fought meeting earlier in the season.

Woking: Nathan Baxter, Matt Young, Richard Orlu (c), Josh Staunton, Nathan Ralph, Kane Ferdinand, Joey Jones, Charlie Carter, Reece Grego-Cox (Jason Banton 72), Anthony Cook (Fabio Saraiva 88), Louis Theophanous (Jonny Edwards 57)

Unused subs: Sam Mason, Chez Isaac

Yellow Cards: None

Sutton United: Jamie Butler, Aswad Thomas, Louis John, Jamie Collins (c), Kenny Davis, Craig Eastmond, Terrell Thomas, Tommy Wright (Kieron Cadogan 46), Tom Bolarinwa (Craig Dundas 82), Harry Beautyman (Simon Walton 76), Byron Harrison

Goals: Harrison 33, Bolarinwa 54

Unused subs: Adam Coombes, Simon Downer

Yellow Cards: None

My MOTM: Kane Ferdinand: In a game where most of the team struggled to impose themselves on the game Ferdinand was at the heart of many of those passages of play that the team were able into the Sutton half. Acting as the proverbial “Quarterback� it was Ferdinand that best offered the drive and creativity to make something happen.

Referee: David Rock

Attendance: 2,019 (133 Woking supporters)
Sutton United LINEUP
26Jamie Butler
5Louis John
3Aswad Thomas
6Jamie Collins
19Terell Thomas
8Kenny Davis
15Craig Eastmond
31Harry Beautyman ('76)
30Tom Bolarinwa ('82)
22Tommy Wright ('46)
34Byron Harrison
27Simon Downer
22Simon Walton ('76)
10Adam Coombes
11Kieron Cadogan ('46)
14Craig Dundas ('82)
1Nathan Baxter
21Matt Young
3Nathan Ralph
5Josh Staunton
6Richard Orlu
4Joey Jones
22Kane Ferdinand
12Charlie Carter
23Anthony Cook ('88)
20Reece Grego-Cox ('72)
9Louie Theophanous ('57)
18Sam Mason
8Chez Isaac
14Fabio Saraiva ('88)
10Jason Banton ('72)
29Jonny Edwards ('57)

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