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Cards host FA Trophy finalists in penultimate home game

Glen Harrington
12:00am, Thu 12th Apr 2018
Woking vs Bromley
Vanarama National League
Saturday 14th April 2018

The Cards welcome Bromley to the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Saturday looking to put an end to an eleven game winless run. The match will be the home side’s 1000th game in the fifth tier of English football and there will be several iconic figures from the club’s past there on the day to, hopefully, help cheer us on to an important three points.

If the Cards are to continue to add to that 1000 game tally beyond the end of this season, then they will likely need to pick up all three points against the FA Trophy finalists, who will surely have one eye already on their upcoming trip to Wembley. Tuesday’s defeat to Maidenhead United severely underlined how quickly football can change in the space of just a few minutes. When Jonny Edwards put the visitors ahead with less than 15 minutes remaining we were edging reassuringly closer to safety, but two late goals from the Magpies have plunged the Cards deep into trouble, with just one point separating us from the bottom four. Even more alarmingly the side directly below us, Barrow, still have two games in hand. Meanwhile, fellow relegation rivals Solihull Moors are up to 18th after another win. Our best opportunity now appears to be in catching Maidstone United who have played the same number of games, have just two more points, and are in equally poor form.

Bromley, managed by former Woking favourite Neil Smith, have had an excellent season and currently sit in tenth place – the same position they finished last season – with 60 points from 41 games. They are nine points adrift of the play-off places but still have two games in hand on the teams in sixth and seventh. The Ravens have been in indifferent form of late, winning just two out of their last ten league games, and last time out were beaten 3-2 by already relegated Chester. With a top seven finish potentially now beyond them their focus is likely to shift almost exclusively onto their upcoming FA Trophy final against Brackley Town next month. It’s a competition the club have never won before and they will no doubt be desperate to make the most of their big day out.

With just a couple of games to go and the Cards’ fate still in the balance the team will need all the support you can give. So please come down to Kingfield if you possibly can and back the boys. Remember that you can buy your tickets in advance right now from our website.

Woking Team News

The interim management team of Geoff Chapple and Jason Goodliffe have chosen the same team and the same 4-4-2 formation for each of the last two games. Their back four looks relatively settled with Matt Young and Louis Ramsay flanking Josh Staunton and Jordan Wynter. Richard Orlu has not been involved for several games and Joey Jones is more likely to be employed further forward. The only change could come in the form of Nathan Ralph who Goodliffe has confirmed is close to a return.

We could add a more attacking dynamic to the midfield by adding Anthony Cook or Fabio Saraiva, who would both add some more natural width, with the alternative to stick with the quartet of Chez Isaac, Charlie Carter, Kane Ferdinand and Regan Charles-Cook.

Up front, Jonny Edwards will be hoping for a start after his goal from the bench on Tuesday, and he could start alongside either Louie Theophanous or Reece Grego-Cox.

Bromley Team News

After their surprise defeat against Chester the Lillywhites could choose to make a couple of changes to their starting line-up. Last time out they started with young goalkeeper David Gregory, a product of Crystal Palace’s academy; a back four of Luke Woolfenden, on loan from Ipswich Town, former Premier League defender Roger Johnson – previously of Birmingham, Wolves and West Ham amongst others – captain Jack Holland and former Dover man Tyrone Sterling.

In midfield was the highly impressive Josh Rees, scorer of 16 league goals this season after joining in the summer from Chelmsford City, and former Woking man Frankie Sutherland; out wide were former Dagenham pair Frankie Raymond and the dangerous Louis Dennis, who has 21 goals in all competitions this year; and up front was Charlton Athletic loanee Brandon Hanlan alongside George Porter.

Their options from the bench include veteran defender Alan Dunne, who played over 300 games for Millwall before leaving in 2015, midfielders Jordan Higgs and Iffy Allen, striker Omar Bugiel, who is on loan from Forest Green Rovers, and winger Luke Wanadio.

Last Time Out

Bromley 2-0 Woking (Saturday 21 October 2017 – Vanarama National League)

The Cards came into this game with just one defeat in 11 games, unbeaten in eight and with five wins and a draw from the last six league games. Incredibly, only four more wins have followed in all competitions this season. It was a disappointing start to a miserable run of form at Hayes Lane where first-half goals from Jack Holland and Josh Rees, both just before half-time, put the visitors well and truly on the back-foot. Kane Ferdinand’s controversial red card at the start of the second-half all but ended the Cards’ hopes of a comeback and only the efforts of Joe Ward gave the visiting supporters anything to cheer about.

Admission Prices

• Adults £18
• Over 65s £13
• Disabled (Including carer) £13
• Students (U19) £5
• U16s £5

Our matchday programme, ‘Cardinals’, will be on sale for £3. Don’t forget to grab your copy on the way in! You’ll also be able to visit the club shop for more great offers.

Next Up

We travel to bottom of the table Guiseley next Saturday, who are likely to be relegated by the time they entertain the Cards, where we will again be in desperate need of three points. Our final game is the following Saturday at home to Dover Athletic.

After the Ravens depart, Cards are left with a towering challenge

John Pearce
12:00am, Sat 14th Apr 2018
Woking 0 Bromley 2
Vanarama National League
14th April 2018

With a strong hint that spring might have finally arrived, it was a warm, sunny afternoon for this National League encounter, and the Woking fans in the 2,000+ crowd must have been hoping that the brightness would be matched by something equivalent in the performance of the team.

Ideally, the occasion would commemorate 1,000 Woking games at Level 5 of English football though the celebration as such may have been muted by the preceding 11-match run without a win. The parlous position of the club in the National League table meant that many would be wondering whether the 1,003rd game at this level would be a matter of months or years away; sadly, another defeat and an extension of the run points increasingly to the latter. The hope that keeps one going has turned into the slow dawning that the word ‘Concession’ that appears on each page of one’s Season Ticket book may be a reference to watching Woking concede another home defeat.

The return of the usually reliable Nathan Ralph at left back was welcomed, with Louis Ramsey moving to his more natural position of right back, replacing Matt Young who dropped to the bench. Anthony Cook also came into starting line-up in place of Louie Theophanous who started in the depressing performance at Maidenhead and who was not in the squad today.

Bromley, in yellow and managed by the familiar figure of former Woking stalwart Neil Smith, included another ex-Card in midfielder Frankie Sutherland; other notable players in their team included very experienced defender Roger Johnson – over 450 League appearances for Birmingham City, Wolves and others – and FGR loanee striker Omar Bugiel.

The Ravens kicked off towards the KRE, and early exchanges were fairly even. Some good interplay between Isaac and Ferdinand put the Bromley defence under pressure. In the 7th minute, Bromley’s George Porter crumpled in a heap after a ball from Jordan Wynter struck him in the ‘midriff’. Shortly after that, it all kicked off between the two teams when Frankie Raymond floored Kane Ferdinand with an aggressive tackle near the left corner of Woking’s box, which earnt him a yellow card.

A wild shot by Sutherland sailed over the Woking bar and, at the other end, Charlie Carter spurned a great opportunity in the Bromley area by gently dribbling the ball into David Gregory’s hands. On 17 minutes, Nathan Baxter came out to the left hand corner of his box to thwart attempts by two Bromley players to shoot; from his clearance, Regan Charles-Cook broke down the left and passed to Grego-Cox who shot over the Bromley bar.

More Woking pressure led to innocuous attempts at scoring which either flew over the bar or rolled gently into the Bromley keeper’s hands. A cross from Anthony Cook in the 27th minute was headed wide of the goal by Josh Staunton; 3 minutes later, a great ball from Reece Grego-Cox in front of Moaners Corner was met by Charles-Cook’s head but cleared the goal.

Raymond was bought down just outside the Woking box but Sutherland’s free-kick was blocked and flew out for a throw-in; the Woking defence failed to deal with a long ball into the box and Jordan Higgs flew in to nod it into the back of the net and give Bromley a 1-0 lead.

A Woking ball in from the right-wing was lifted towards the top-left corner of Gregory’s goal but he saved it. After 39 minutes, Sutherland blasted the ball over Woking’s wall and to the left of the goal from a free-kick which arose from Chez Isaac bundling Bugiel over on the edge of the box. The first half ended with a Charles-Cook shot being blocked during one minute of time added on.

Half-time: Woking 0 Bromley 1

And so, as the well-worn cliché has it, began a second 45-minute period which was to have a significant bearing on Woking’s immediate future.

In early action, Higgs and Porter both finished on the floor in Woking’s box simultaneously in what appeared to be separate incidents.

In the 54th minute, Cook was bundled over by Dunne who received Bromley’s 3rd yellow card for his troubles. Following the resulting free-kick, which was headed out, Wanadio broke for Woking’s opponents but his ball was knocked out of play. Another free-kick by Cook, from a Sutherland foul on him, narrowly cleared the opposition’s bar and a cross from him was just wide of his brother Regan as he advanced in the Bromley area.

The visitors made their first substitution, with Luke Woolfenden coming on for Dunne.4 minutes later, a ball slotted through to Porter in the Woking box resulted in a blocked shot and a claim turned handball which was turned down; Omar Bugiel became the 3rd visiting player to go into the book, this time for dissent.

Then, in the 67th minute, a corner from the left-hand end of the LGS fell into the Woking goalmouth and, after an initial block, was stabbed home by veteran defender Johnson - a second goal for Bromley.

Brandon Hanlan replaced Bugiel, and shortly afterwards made an impressive run towards goal, only for his to be deflected out for a corner.

On 72 minutes, Sutherland joined the growing list of names that the referee was compiling for a block on Charles-Cook; an upset Neil Smith was spoken to by the 4th official.

Woking made a couple of substitutions in the space of a minute, with Fabio Saraiva coming on for Charles-Cook and Jonathan Edwards for Chez Isaac, while Porter made way for Luke Dennis in the Bromley team.

A Woking ball was played into a dangerous position on 83 minutes but there was no one there to meet it and put it away. Right at the death, after 4 minutes of time added on, Woking won a corner on the CLT side of the pitch; but the resulting kick dropped gently into Gregory’s hands.

Although it had been evenly matched up to the time of Bromley’s first goal, Woking had generally flattered to deceive and were outplayed after that. An all too familiar story; no sense of leadership on the pitch, no passion, no pattern, more often than not losing out in one-on-one balls and, to be honest, no sense that anyone would score even if they’d carried on playing until the middle of June.

There were some exceptions, with Kane Ferdinand generally looking composed and retaining good possession in midfield, and Grego-Cox working hard up front but probably feeling frustrated.

However, as it stands, Woking can only hope that Barrow don’t pick up another point in their remaining games and even then must worry that Torquay is no longer a ‘slumbering giant’.

Woking: Nathan Baxter, Nathan Ralph, Jordan Wynter, Josh Staunton, Louis Ramsey, Kane Ferdinand, Chez Isaac © (Jonathan Edwards 77’), Charlie Carter, Regan Charles-Cook (Fabio Saraiva 76’), Anthony Cook, Reece Grego-Cox

Subs not used: Sam Mason, Matt Young, Joey Jones

Bookings: Isaac 36’

Bromley: David Gregory, Jack Holland ©, Frankie Raymond, Jordan Higgs, Tyrone Sterling, Luke Wanadio, George Porter (Louis Dennis 81’), Roger Johnson, Frankie Sutherland, Alan Dunne (Luke Woolfenden 61’),Omar Bugiel (Brandon Hanlan 68’)

Goals: Higgs 32’, Johnson 67’

Bookings: Raymond 10’, Dunne 54’, Bugiel 65’, Sutherland 72’

Subs not used: Josh Rees, Dan Johnson

Attendance: 2,027

Referee: Adam Penwell

Sponsor’s MOTM: Nathan Baxter
1Nathan Baxter
2Louis Ramsay
3Nathan Ralph
5Josh Staunton
15Jordan Wynter
8Chez Isaac ('78)
22Kane Ferdinand
12Charlie Carter
23Anthony Cook
11Regan Charles-Cook ('76)
20Reece Grego-Cox
18Sam Mason
21Matt Young
4Joey Jones
14Fabio Saraiva ('76)
29Jonny Edwards ('78)
Bromley LINEUP
1David Gregory
2Alan Dunne ('61)
16Tyrone Sterling
6Jack Holland
19Roger Johnson
8Frankie Raymond
21Frankie Sutherland
14Jordan Higgs
17Luke Wanadio
18George Porter ('81)
25Omar Bugiel ('69)
15Dan Johnson
23Luke Woolfenden ('61)
4Josh Rees
9Brandon Hanlan ('69)
10Louis Dennis ('81)

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