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FA Trophy (R1)
3:00pm - SaturdaySat 11th DecemberDec 2010
| Att: 324

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Cards face tough Trophy trip

Brian Caffarey
7:27am, Fri 10th Dec 2010
Harlow Town v Woking
FA Trophy, 1st Round
3pm on Saturday 11 December 2010

The Cards expect to be back in action tomorrow as they battle to reach the last 32 of the FA Trophy. Graham Baker’s side had an excellent win at Dover Athletic in the last round but can expect a tough encounter against a club that has already accounted for three teams from higher leagues in the qualifying rounds of this competition this season.

WOKING

The enforced rest as a result of the bad weather – the Cards’ last game was their 2-2 home draw against Dartford two weeks ago – will at least have enabled players to shake off niggling injuries and, we hope, will have restored energy levels severely tested by a hectic November schedule.

New signing central defender Reiss Noel is cup-tied, so will be ineligible to make his debut tomorrow. Sam Hurrell has returned to Kingfield following his loan spell at Boreham Wood, where he notched four goals, but he too is cup-tied. Alan Inns has recovered from injury but is expected to go out on loan to regain match fitness. Daniel Sintim has gone out on loan again to Walton and Hersham, while Charlie Turnbull has returned from his loan spell there. Ollie Palmer, Ola Sogbanmu and Francis Quarm are all still out on loan.

Jerome Federico, who scored the two goals that knocked out Dover in the last round, has returned to Wycombe Wanderers.

HARLOW TOWN

Harlow Town lie in 10th place in the Ryman League Division One North, just one point behind Brentwood Town, who gave us such a hard time in the FA Cup. Like a lot of football clubs, their recent history is as much about money as it is about performances on the pitch. Following relegation from the Ryman Premier Division at the end of the 2008-09 season, only two years after gaining promotion through the play-offs, the club entered into a CVA last season and were facing being assigned to the Essex Senior League but they gained a reprieve as the result of other clubs’ similar woes.

The FA Trophy has brought them much joy so far this season, having disposed of two Ryman Premier League clubs and one Zamaretto Premier side in previous rounds, all at Barrows Farm. Bedford Town were the first victims, losing 3-2, followed by Carshalton Athletic, who went down 2-0, and, finally, Maidstone United, who lost 3-0. Woking will have to work hard to avoid being the fourth to bite the dust.

The Hawks have a very familiar face in their squad in the shape of Steve Ferguson. Other well-known non-League players include defender Sacha Opinel and striker Che Stadhart.


GETTING THERE

Barrows Farm Stadium
Elizabeth Way
Harlow
Essex
CM19 5BL

Website
http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/harlowtownfc/

Admission Prices
Adults: £9
Concessions: £5

Travel Information

By Coach

Departs: 11:30am
Members: £14
Non-Members: £19
Phone the Club Shop today or email shop@wokingfc.co.uk to book your place.

By Car

Head clockwise on the M25. At Junction 25 go north on the A10 (signposted Hertford, Cheshunt). After 7 miles take ramp left onto A414 towards Harlow. Then after 5 miles and, as you get into Harlow, take 4th exit on roundabout on to A1169 / Elizabeth Way. The ground is just over a mile on your right. The AA estimates the journey time at about 80 minutes.

By Train

Nearest station: choice of two as the ground is in the middle of Roydon Station and Harlow Town Station.

Take the train to Vauxhall, then the tube to Tottenham Hale, and get the train to Harlow Town.

Other routes are also available: check www.thetrainline.com for details.

From Roydon the ground is 1.7 miles away, and from Harlow Town station it is 1.5 miles (30 minute walk). On leaving Harlow Station, walk to the right to the roundabout. Cross over the A414 and walk along the A1169, passing the rugby and cricket grounds before coming to the ground on the right-hand side.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget that the Cards’ next home game is on Saturday 18 December, when they play St Albans City.

Cards gain comfortable Trophy win

Brian Caffarey
8:37pm, Sat 11th Dec 2010
Harlow Town 0 Woking 2
FA Trophy 1st Round
11 December 2010

The Cards reached the last 32 of the FA Trophy competition with a fairly comfortable win over Harlow Town this afternoon. A good first-half performance saw Graham Baker’s side, containing new signing Joe Keehan and Academy graduate Anson Cousins in place of the injured Aswad Thomas, take a 2-0 lead in the first 18 minutes but, typically, the second-half performance was less commanding, although the Cards dug in well to repel the home side’s attempted fight-back.

The sides took the field at Harlow’s neat new, well-appointed, ground on a comparatively balmy afternoon and there was one very familiar face in the opposition’s red shirts: former Kingfield favourite, Steve Ferguson.

Joe Keehan was pushed forward just behind Elvis Hammond (pictured) and made a promising debut, especially in the first half, when his neat touches and flick-ons created several openings, while also providing a bit of physical support for Elvis. The latter showed his trickery early on, wriggling past two defenders on the bye-line to draw a foul. With three minutes gone, an early chance went begging, as Cousins headed intelligently across the box into Moses Ademola’s path but Moses put it wide. Lee Sawyer was also caught by the linesman’s flag as he attempted to profit from Mark Ricketts’ header.

Another decent chance fell to Woking in the 8th minute. Cousins made an excellent run into the box out left to meet Ademola’s cross but, in attempting to loop his header over the keeper, put it over the bar.

The Cards continued to look dangerous up front as Hammond was just caught offside from a Sawyer pass but had a warning at the other end as Ferguson flicked the ball past Adam Doyle and put in a fine cross, which Ricky Anane cleared.

But in the 14th minute the Cards took the lead, a fine move ending with Ademola picking out Hammond in the box and the striker poking into the corner of the net.

Four minutes later the Cards doubled their lead. Hammond, so difficult to dispossess when on the ball, played a neat pass into Keehan. The new signing cleverly stepped back across the defender instead of shooting and was almost inevitably brought down for a certain penalty. The keeper went the right way but Hammond’s strike arrowed into the corner to make it 2-0.

The home side tried to bounce back but, although Andy Little was called into action on a couple of occasions, the linesman’s flag had already intervened. Woking’s central back three of Joe McNerney, Alan Inns and Adam Doyle looked very solid, as they were to do all afternoon.

A third goal would have sealed the game for the Cards and provided a comfortable afternoon for a change but, as the first half wore on, chances became fewer and the home side got more into the game. Midway through the half, though, Keehan attempted a chip after the ball had been played back to him following a corner but the effort was well over. Cousins fired a low effort wide after Ricketts had sent a back header to him in the left of the area, and Hammond blazed over after Keehan had opened up the defence.
Another excellent move involving Keehan, Cousins and Ademola ended with Sawyer’s shot being deflected for a corner.

Harlow came within a whisker of pulling a goal back in the 37th minute. A deflected ball through the middle suddenly saw Peagram yards clear of the Woking back line. He went round Little but McNerney, racing back, brilliantly cleared off the line.

Harlow continued to give as good as they got leading up to half-time but the Cards went into the dressing rooms with a well-deserved 2-0 lead.

Half-time: Harlow Town 0 Woking 2

Cards fans are used to a slow start in the second half and today was no exception. A brief opening flurry saw McNerney have a shot blocked and Hammond tackled on the edge of the box as he attempted to let fly but the momentum soon lay with Harlow as they made a concerted effort to get back into the game, with the diminutive, but skilful, substitute David Cowley posing a particular threat with his good delivery from free-kicks and economical use of the ball. Reece Yorke headed over from one of Cowley’s free-kicks and then Little was forced to tip the ball over the bar from another, followed by a decisive clearing header by Inns from the resulting corner.

Stubborn defending gradually took the sting out of Harlow’s attempted resurgence and the game became more even-handed, if a little sterile, with few chances being created at either end. For the home side, Cowley had a deflected shot saved by Little in the 59th minute, while Ricketts volleyed over the bar after the ball had been played back out to him from a corner. Sawyer went on a long run out of defence down the Woking left, shrugging off defenders, before Cousins side-footed to the keeper.

By now Keehan had dropped back and Ademola was playing in a more forward role supporting Hammond. But it was a defender, Doyle, who had the next effort on goal, letting fire from distance and sending his effort narrowly wide,

As the game moved into the last quarter of an hour Harlow threw on substitutes, while Ademola shot low and Inns fired over the bar. Graham Baker responded by bringing on Jerome Maledon for Sawyer and Dave Gilroy for Ademola.

The two substitutes were immediately in the thick of the action as Maledon surged into the box, setting up Gilroy, but although the striker netted, the linesman’s flag ruled out the effort. Gilroy continued to find useful space down the right as, first, a cross was blocked and then a shot was deflected for a corner.

With five minutes to go Craig Faulconbridge came on for Hammond but the closest we came to another goal was up the other end as Inns did well to stick a leg out to divert a dangerous cross up and over the bar. A final effort from the home side saw Wheeler head over the bar from a deep cross but the Cards were then home and dry.

This was a professional performance from the Cards, with everyone contributing well in a good all-round, committed display. Even in the second half, when the performance fell away somewhat, the side still looked pretty solid. In the first half in particular Hammond looked very lively and was well-supported by Keehan. Moses Ademola had his moments too and Anson Cousins looked very confident and assured. Alan Inns and Joe McNerney won almost everything in the air at the back and Adam Doyle tackled strongly. Mark Ricketts worked hard as usual in midfield and Lee Sawyer moved the ball around well, especially in the first half. Graham Baker is still looking to see his side dominate a game for 60-70 minutes, rather than 30-45 minutes, but it was, nevertheless, a good win on an afternoon on which it would have been quite easy to have been tripped up.

Woking: Andy Little, Ricky Anane, Adam Doyle, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Alan Inns, Moses Ademola (Dave Gilroy 78), Lee Sawyer (Jerome Maledon 78), Elvis Hammond (Craig Faulconbridge, 85), Anson Cousins

Unused subs: Matt Pegler, Charlie Turnbull

Booked: Ricky Anane

My MOTM: Elvis Hammond

Attendance: 324

P.S. Don’t forget that the Cards’ next home game is next Saturday, when St Albans City are the visitors. On Tuesday the Cards travel to Whyteleafe in the Surrey Senior Cup.




Harlow Town LINEUP
1James Hasell
2Christian Wheeler
3Bradley Barnes ('75)
4Reece Yorke
5Laurie Stewart
6Daniel Brown
7Steve Ferguson ('75)
8Getro Kilapi
9Che Stadhart ('32)
10James Peagram
11Clark Akers
BENCH
12Ben Bradbury ('75)
14Andre Humphrey-Modeste ('75)
15Joe Stevens
16David Cowley ('32)
17Rhys Madden
WOKING LINEUP
1Andy Little
2Ricky Anane
3Adam Doyle
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Alan Inns
7Moses Ademola ('79)
8Lee Sawyer ('78)
9Elvis Hammond ('85)
10Joe Keehan
11Anson Cousins
BENCH
12Jerome Maledon ('78)
14Craig Faulconbridge ('85)
15Dave Gilroy ('79)
16Charlie Turnbull
18Matt Pegler

Interviews from Harlow

David Holmes
5:39pm, Sat 11th Dec 2010
Interview with new loan signing Joe Keehan (pictured), and John Moore speaks to manager Graham Baker following Woking's away win in the FA Trophy at Harlow today.

Joe Keehan:








Graham Baker:








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