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Crucial week for Cards' league hopes

Brian Caffarey
7:34am, Mon 22nd Nov 2010
Woking v Eastleigh
7.45pm on Tuesday 23 November 2010

It doesn’t seem a month ago since we stood on the terraces, before our FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round tie against Eastleigh, applauding the memory of Colin Lippiatt. The Cards that day produced a performance of which Colin would have been proud and, of course, since then have added to it two magnificent displays against Brighton and Hove Albion in the following round plus, on Saturday, a superb performance to knock Dover out of the FA Trophy at Crabble. On Tuesday evening Eastleigh are the visitors again as the Cards begin a week that could determine whether they can still mount a challenge for the play-offs. Please come along and give them your support on Tuesday night.


It’s risking disappointment to say it, but Graham Baker seems finally to have achieved the blend he’s been searching for all season. We have an experienced, reliable goalkeeper in Andy Little. We have a central defensive partnership in the hugely promising Joe McNerney and the equally reliable Adam Doyle that gets better with every game. Mark Ricketts is back to his combative best in midfield, aided by the energetic Jerome Maledon and Francis Quarm. Lee Sawyer looks to be the classy, creative midfield player we’ve been crying out for all season. Aswad Thomas and Ricky Anane, in addition to their defensive strengths, can get up and down the flanks to support the two wide men, Moses Ademola and Jerome Federico, and in Elvis Hammond we have a clever front man who, if the ball is played to his feet, will cause headaches for defenders.

The football we played in the first half at Dover, and in patches thereafter, was a joy to behold as well as being very effective. If – and it’s a big ‘if’, given how unpredictable football is – we can play like that against Eastleigh on Tuesday night and at home to Dartford on Saturday, our league campaign will be up and running at last.


The Spitfires finished last season in a disappointing 11th position despite scoring more goals than any other BSS outfit. They’ve made a solid start to this campaign, currently sitting in 11th place with 21 points from 14 games: three points more than the Cards from the same number of games. Away from home they’ve won two, drawn two and lost two, with nine goals scored and eight conceded.

The Cards shaded the FA Cup encounter at Kingfield but could easily have found themselves 2-0 down early in the first half. Up front, Richard Gillespie – probably partnered by young striker Brett Williams if Jamie Slabber is still injured – can be expected to give our defence a hard time, with wide men Tony Taggart and Richard Graham providing a good supply line. Centre-back Tom Jordan is always dangerous at set pieces. But the Spitfires’ defence looked vulnerable last time, especially when attacked at pace, and the Cards will hope that that they can do even better on Tuesday evening, with Jerome Federico, buoyed by his two splendid goals on Saturday, complementing the then ‘man of the match’ Moses Ademola.

The Spitfires also advanced to the next round of the Trophy at the weekend, disposing of Folkestone Town 2-1 at home. They should be fresher than the Cards but the latter’s new-found confidence will, we hope, compensate for tired legs and niggling injuries.


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Come on, you Cards!

Cards let lead slip

James Chadwick
12:00am, Fri 26th Nov 2010
Woking 1 Eastleigh 1
Blue Square Bet South
23rd November 2010

A poor second half performance saw the Cards’ first half efforts go to waste, and indeed could have lost the game had it not been for Andy Little’s 'man of the match' performance in goal.

The midweek clash between Woking and Eastleigh was a big game for both outfits; the two teams locked in mid-table and hoping to make a surge towards the play-off positions. It was Woking who started the game the better, dominating the possession early on and dealing well with what the visitors threw at them. The home side seemed to be looking to pick out front man Elvis Hammond with a number of long balls forward to the lofty Ghanaian. It was thanks to this tactic that Woking worked an excellent chance, Hammond taking the ball down well before spreading the play to Jerome Federico. The on-loan winger then played in Lee Sawyer, whose effort deflected wide of the goal. Sawyer was controlling play in the centre of the park, building on the confidence gained from a superb performance against Dover last weekend.

The Cards then began to harry Eastleigh down the wings and it was the unlikely source of Joe McNerney who crossed in to Moses Ademola – the clearance falling to Federico, whose powerful strike deflected wide. It wasn’t long before Eastleigh began to find their way in the game and when they struck the crossbar from something of a half chance, the Spitfires certainly seemed to be fired up. However, Woking didn’t take their foot off the pedal and with the two teams opting for an attacking approach, it seemed inevitable that a goal was in the offing.

Adam Doyle, perhaps drawing inspiration from his colleague in central defence, advanced forward with the ball; unfortunately for Woking, Hammond couldn’t reach Doyle’s through ball. Ademola then crossed in low to Hammond but the pursuing defender touched the ball away for a corner and once again nothing came of the home side’s pressure.

Five minutes later, however, that was to change. Aswad Thomas crossed into the box where Tom Jordan got a slight touch on the ball which proved enough to change its course and send it flying past his own ‘keeper. Woking had a deserved lead, but this was to be tested to the limit in the second half.

Half-time: Woking 1 Eastleigh 0

Woking started the second spell as they had ended the first, dominating the midfield and creating further chances. The Cards then made their first substitution, with Ricky Anane making way for Daniel Sintim in the 53rd minute. Perhaps as a result of this defensive shake-up, Woking conceded the equaliser. As Eastleigh sprung forward they cut through the Cards' backline with ease and when the ball fell to Richard Gillespie’s feet, he was left with a simple close-range finish to level the score.

The goal appeared to be something of a turning point in the game, with the Cards seemingly losing their concentration. The Spitfires then made a change themselves as Gillespie made way for former Woking forward, Jamie Slabber. He proved a menace to the Cards’ defence right from the off – getting into a dangerous position on the far post before ballooning a shot over the crossbar. Woking were still trying to create chances up the other end, though - Hammond losing out to the Eastleigh ‘keeper after giving chase to a lofted through pass. Woking then made their second substitution, Ola Sogbanmu replacing Ademola in the 67th minute.

In the 68th minute Eastleigh were left asking themselves how they hadn’t taken the lead, failing to take the advantage after two fine saves from Andy Little (pictured). The first came from Jamie Slabber’s powerful low drive – Little somehow stretching to block the effort, before reacting superbly to hold Riviere’s shot from the rebound.

With their opponents now seeming to take charge, Graham Baker had one more roll of the dice, bringing on Craig Faulconbridge for Federico in the 77th minute as the manager tried all he could to get Woking back into a winning position. It was captain Mark Ricketts who was the instigator for the home side’s next attacking move, chipping his free-kick into the Eastleigh box, where the ball was headed on to Hammond, who took a hopeful shot on the turn. With just a few minutes left to go in the game, Woking began to pile on the pressure and they eventually won a corner for their endeavours but the resulting kick did little to unsettle the visiting team. There was just one more chance for Woking in the game, as Faulconbridge reached a long aerial pass. The linesman, however, flagged for offside and there was nothing more Woking could do.

It was honours even at Kingfield, and whilst Woking had their sights set on three points, both sides will surely agree that on the balance of play a draw was a fair result. Up next for the Cards is a visit from Dartford, a game where Woking really need to get a victory.

Woking: Andy Little, Ricky Anane (Daniel Sintim 53), Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Moses Ademola (Ola Sogbanmu 67), Jerome Maledon, Elvis Hammond, Lee Sawyer, Jerome Federico (Craig Faulconbridge)

Unused subs: Francis Quarm, Dave Gilroy

MOTM: Andy Little

Attendance: 654
1Andy Little
2Ricky Anane ('54)
3Aswad Thomas
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Moses Ademola ('67)
8Jerome Maledon
9Elvis Hammond
10Lee Sawyer
11Jerome Federico ('77)
12Craig Faulconbridge ('77)
14Dave Gilroy
15Ola Sogbanmu ('67)
16Daniel Sintim ('54)
17Francis Quarm
Eastleigh LINEUP
1Gareth Barfoot
2Warren Goodhind
3Luke Byles
4Anthony Riviere
5Tom Jordan
6Chris Holland
7Peter Adeniyi ('82)
8Danny Smith
9Tony Taggart ('77)
10Richard Gillespie ('62)
11Richard Graham
12Ross Bottomley ('82)
13Jason Matthews
14Shaun McAuley ('77)
15Brett Williams
16Jamie Slabber ('62)

Jimmy Dack Interview after Woking 1-1 Eastleigh

Andy Little Interview

David Holmes
11:21pm, Tue 23rd Nov 2010
Interview with tonight's Man of the Match Andy Little.

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