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Chelmsford City
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Cards looking to overcome injury troubles and keep pace with league leaders

Glen Harrington
6:50pm, Thu 11th Oct 2018
Woking vs Chelmsford City
National League South
Saturday 13th October

The Cards will be looking to put a tough month behind them and end a run of three league games without a win on Saturday as they take on last season’s play-off semi-finalists Chelmsford City.

This will be manager Alan Dowson’s first meeting with the Clarets since leading his Hampton & Richmond side to a 1-0 win over City on route to the play-off final at the end of last season; no doubt Dowse and his management team, who will again take the lead in the dugout as the boss completes his three-match touchline ban, will be hoping for more of the same as their team looks to keep pace with league leaders Billericay Town – who lead the way on goal difference after 11 games.

Despite a difficult run of the league results which has seen the Cards twice surrender leads late on – away to Concord Rangers and Torquay United respectively – and lose an unbeaten home record at the hands of Dulwich Hamlet, morale boosting wins over Tooting & Mitcham United and Kempston Rovers in the FA Cup have kept momentum going and Saturday’s hosts now have a third successive FA Cup home match to look forward to in a week’s time.

For now, however, the focus is on Chelmsford who, despite their indifferent league position, will be sure to provide a stern test. With the third and fourth best attacking records in the division, with 39 goals between the two teams already, it’s a game which promises goals – so come along if you can and enjoy the action!

Woking Team News

The Cards have had a miserable time of it with injuries over the last few weeks. Oxford United duo Harvey Bradbury and Armani Little have both missed the last couple of games, whilst the likes of Kane Ferdinand, Paul Hodges and Josh Casey have all been carrying knocks, adding their names to an injury list which already contained long-term absentees Charlie Wassmer and Christian Jolley.

Dowse has promised changes after last weekend’s nervy 3-2 win over Kempston but it’s hard to guess where they might come; at the back Ian Gayle was shifted to right-back for FA Cup duty and scored the opening goal, whilst Kiran Khinda-John partnered Jack Cook in front of new goalkeeper Craig Ross, who made his home debut. Nathan Collier and Daniel Spence offer alternatives at full-back, although the former may be needed in midfield, whilst Dowse has suggested that a new signing could be in place before the weekend.

In midfield, Dowse handed a full debut to academy graduate Charlie Hester-Cook last weekend and the youngster impressed with his work rate and confidence on the ball. The teenager is currently on dual-registration with neighbours Westfield but could well be asked to continue in his new role if others are still not fully-fit. Up front, Jamar Loza enjoyed a promising debut, providing two assists for Jake Hyde, and the pair should continue alongside one of Hodges, Greg Luer or Nicky Wheeler.

Chelmsford City Team News

The Clarets were knocked out of the FA Cup in the second qualifying round, so their last game was two weeks ago against St Albans City, where they gave up a 2-0 half-time lead to eventually lose 4-2 – Ralston Gabriel scoring all four goals for the visitors.

At Melbourne Stadium, City lined up with Nathan McDonald in goal, a back five of Elliot Omozusi, who played a handful of Premier League games for Fulham a decade ago, ex-Bromley and Maidstone regular Joe Anderson, Rob Swaine, Amos Nasha and former Woking full-back Matt Young; in midfield was Anthony Church, Tom Wright, experienced ex-Gillingham and Stevenage player Chris Whelpdale and former Norwich and Brentford man Michael Spillane; whilst up front was Rhys Murphy, who has seven goals already this season.

Veteran manager Rod Stringer has a number of options available to him via the bench, including striker Scott Fenwick, who scored 11 goals in 11 games during the second-half of last season – although only has two so far this year – as well as former Eastleigh midfielder Jai Reason and another prolific forward, ex-Margate striker Jordan Chiedozie.

Admission Prices

• Adults £15
• Over 65s £10
• Disabled (Including carer) £10
• Students (U19) £5
• U16s £5

Our matchday programme 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

The Cards are at home again next Saturday in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup with Welling United the visitors to Kingfield. That’s followed by back-to-back home league games against Bath City and Hungerford Town the following week.

Cards fight back for point against battling Clarets

Ian Toft
12:00am, Sat 13th Oct 2018
Woking 1 Chelmsford City 1
Vanarama National League South
13th October 2018

Woking produced an improved second half performance to grind out a draw against a convincing Chelmsford City side.

After rueing a missed opportunity late in the first half Jamar Loza made no mistake with a similar opportunity midway through the second period with a well taken finish in his league debut for the Cards. With a victory today for next week’s FA Cup opponents Welling United, the Cards drop a place down to third with this draw.

After some fluctuating form in the past few weeks - both in the league draw against Torquay United and then making hard work of the victory against Kempston Rovers in the FA Cup - Alan Dowson took to making some selection changes. Former Billericay and Truro centre-half Ben Gerring came straight into the team in place of Kiran Khinda-John. Charlie Hester-Cook and Paul Hodges also dropped to the bench in place of two new loanees; French Midfielder Donovan Makoma has arrived from Stevenage, alongside Jamaican forward Jamar Loza in his second game. Both were keen to make their mark in the starting eleven.

On a warm but breezy afternoon, Woking attacked the MKJ end in the first half. However they soon found themselves on the back foot from a Chelmsford side high on confidence and intent. An early free kick 30 yards out was taken by Joe Anderson which was blocked by Gayle; the rebound settled at Whelpdale. He was unable to exploit the overlap as Casey sensed the danger and was able to crowd out his opponent before he could get sight of goal.

Moments later the Clarets were on the attack again. Jordan Chiedozie - son of former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder John - looked lively throughout on his first start for the visitors. His threaded pass for Whelpdale sent him clean through. Failing to see Murphy alone on the overlap, Whelpdale instead opted to shoot for the near post which failed to trouble Ross. Soon after, Chiedozie was again involved as he found space down the right side. His cross took a heavy deflection of Casey and dropped right under the goalframe. Ross was alert enough to follow the flight of the ball and get a hand outstretched to tip over his crossbar.

Woking were finally able to register their first attack by means of a counter-attack. From a Chelmsford corner, Woking were able to clear and thread through to Kretzschmar. Collecting deep in his own half he weaved forward before laying off a distant cross-field pass to Wheeler. After switching onto his right foot just inside the penalty area, he angled a curling shot which sailed narrowly wide of the far post.

Returning former Cards wing back Matt Young sought to make an impression as he beat Casey to a challenge and laid on an accurate looping cross into Murphy in the centre. Though his header was powerfully aimed at goal, the linesman raised his flag to signal a Woking free kick.

Having switched wings midway through the half Wheeler looked to enjoy better success against a resolute Clarets defence. After stepping past two challenges his floated cross deep into the Chelmsford zone was only narrowly missed by an onrushing Loza.

This miss was punished in the next phase of play as the visitors deservedly took the lead. Chelmsford won a corner which was floated in by Anderson. It was powerfully attacked by Chiedozie and the attempt crashed back against the crossbar. First to react was Whelpdale to decisively strike the rebound back into the heart of the goal before Ross could reposition.

Instead of being able to hit back at their opponents immediately Woking instead found themselves defending again. Whelpdale squared a short pass across to Nasha who switched the ball onto his left foot. His curving low shot looked primed for the bottom corner and only an impressive acrobatic diving save from Ross to palm around the post prevented the second of the afternoon for the visitors.
In a half of so few opportunities the Cards would have been grateful to be given their best chance to that point with the final attack deep into first-half injury time. A long ball from Casey was contested between Loza and Omozusi. A slip from the visiting defender was exploited allowing Loza to be able to advance clean through on goal with just McDonald to beat. As the angles narrowed he opted to place his shot for the far corner and the home fans looked on despairingly as it bobbled wide to ensure the visitors retained their lead going into the break.

Half-time: Woking 0 Chelmsford City 1

After being largely outplayed in the first half Alan Dowson’s side looked to alter the balance of power and make the most of attacking the significant size of support in the Leslie Gosden Stand. Kretzschmar collected Wheeler’s pass wide on the right and laid off a quick pass to Jake Hyde who found himself in a promising central position. Unfortunately he lost his footing at the crucial moment and fanned his attempted shot allowing the Chelmsford defence to recover and clear.

Woking were able to make amends for past narrow misses in the 57th minute. Loza was played in down the right side and was able to time his run perfectly behind Anderson to collect the ball for his second opportunity clear through on goal. Perhaps learning from earlier in the game he this time placed the ball calmly under an onrushing McDonald to earn the Cards a much needed equaliser.

Loza slots home Woking's equaliser from a difficult angle; pic: David Holmes

Wheeler was replaced by Paul Hodges (pictured above) who instantly added greater impetus to the Cards attacking options. After winning a fully committed challenge in the centre of the field the Woking substitute surged forward and slid a well weighted pass through to Hyde. His effort was returned back to Hodges via a McDonald save although he was narrowly unable to control in time to be able to place the ball into the open goal.

From an attack at the opposite end the Cards defence were able to clear out to Hodges who advanced forward in the middle of the park. Having averted two challenges Hodges was then felled by Spillane but managed to recover his footing and pass to Collier on the overlap on the left. Sensing the danger again McDonald’s mobility was able to crowd out Collier and prevent any shot reaching the goal.

Hodges continued to impose his influence on the game as he again collected and dribbled forwards. This time he laid off to Hyde who had gained some space. On this occasion it looked as though McDonald would have too much ground to make up and as such Hyde opted for the lob. Unfortunately his connection was not as he would have hoped and the attempt comfortably sailed over into the Leslie Gosden Stand.

As the fourth official signalled the final few minutes of additional time Woking attempted to make their last efforts count. Collier delivered an accurate cross deep to the back post. Under pressure from Swaine, Hyde timed his jump to get a header on the cross first. However his redirection was sent agonisingly wide of the post. With the final phase of play McDonald sliced a clearance which fell to Makoma. He quickly found Loza who in turn looked to shoot early. However his placed shot was too tame to trouble McDonald. As the Chelmsford goalkeeper collected the attempt referee Blake signalled the end of the game and a point a piece for both sides.

Woking now take another break from league action to take on league rivals Welling United in the 4th qualification round of the FA Cup next Saturday at Kingfield. The reward on offer is a place in the first round proper with the addition of league clubs entering at that stage. The Cards will be hoping to capitalise on a third straight home tie in front of their passionate and loyal supporters.

Woking: 1 Craig Ross, 2 Ian Gayle, 3 Josh Casey, 4 Jack Cook, 5 Ben Gerring, 6 Nathan Collier, 7 Nicky Wheeler (16 Paul Hodges 60’), 8 Donovan Makoma, 9 Jake Hyde, 10 Max Kretzschmar, 11 Jamar Loza

Unused subs: 12 Duane Ofori-Acheampong, 14 Charlie Hester-Cook, 16 Greg Luer, 18 Berti Schotterl

Goals: Loza 57’

Bookings: Gayle 50’, Casey 82’

Chelmsford City 1 Nathan McDonald, 3 Elliot Omozusi, 5 Michael Spillane, 6 Rob Swaine, 8 Anthony Church, 13 Joe Anderson, 15 Jordan Chiedozie (11 Tom Wraight 65’), 16 Amos Nasha (4 Max Porter 78’), 17 Matt Young, 18 Chris Whelpdale, 19 Rhys Murphy

Unused subs: 9 Scott Fenwick, 7 Jonny Giles, 10 Jai Reason

Goals: Whelpdale 35’

Bookings: Spillane 74’, Whelpdale 74’, Swaine 84’, Wraight 88’

Referee: Alex Blake

Attendance: 1,663 (111 Away Supporters)

Sponsors' Man of the Match: Jamar Loza. Made a notable impact on his Cards league debut. Should have ensured that the scores were even at half-time but learned from this setback to coolly finish later in the match and earn the Cards a much needed point.

1Craig Ross
2Ian Gayle
3Josh Casey
4Jack Cook
5Ben Gerring
6Nathan Collier
7Nicky Wheeler ('60)
8Donovan Makoma
9Jake Hyde
10Max Kretzschmar
11Jamar Loza
12Duane Ofori-Acheampong
14Charlie Hester-Cook
15Paul Hodges ('60)
16Greg Luer
18Berti Schotterl
Chelmsford City LINEUP
1Nathan McDonald
17Matt Young
13Joe Anderson
3Elliot Omozusi
6Rob Swaine
5Michael Spillane
8Anthony Church
16Amos Nasha ('78)
18Chris Whelpdale
15Jordan Chiedozie ('65)
19Rhys Murphy ('76)
4Max Porter ('78)
7Jonny Giles
9Scott Fenwick ('76)
10Jai Reason
11Tom Wraight ('65)

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