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Cards looking for hat-trick of away wins after Wednesday night madness

Glen Harrington
7:46pm, Fri 16th Nov 2018
Slough Town vs Woking
Vanarama National League South
Saturday 17th November


The Cards are looking to make it three away wins in the space of seven days on Saturday as they travel to play-off chasing Slough Town. The game follows last Saturday’s superb 1-0 win over Torquay United in the FA Cup and Wednesday evening’s incredulous 4-3 comeback win over Gloucester City.

Alan Dowson saw his side come from 3-1 down against the Tigers. After initially taking the lead through a Max Kretzschmar penalty, three goals in seven minutes including an unfortunate Ben Gerring own goal left the visitors with a mountain to climb, but Jake Hyde pulled one back before half-time, Kretzschmar grabbed a late second in bizarre circumstances as on loan Bristol City keeper Alhaji Sesay sliced his clearance against him and saw it rebound into the net, before the home side returned the earlier favour and diverted the ball into their own goal with virtually the last kick of the game – despite defender Jack Cook’s best efforts to claim a third goal of the season.

Slough, who were promoted from the Southern League Premier Division via the play-offs last season, have started strongly this season – advancing to the first-round proper of the FA Cup, where they face an upcoming replay with Sutton United, and amassing 24 points from their first 15 league games – leaving them in 13th place but with a couple of games in hand on many of the teams around them. In fact, if they were to win their game(s) in hand, they’d most likely be sitting in the top seven.

Whilst we appreciate that three long trips in the space of a week is a lot to ask, we know that the players and management team would be extremely grateful for your support this weekend. We hope to see you there!

Woking Team News

Dowse found himself with a depleted squad on Wednesday night. Nathan Collier was absent due to a family bereavement, for which we wish both Nathan and his family all the best, and was replaced by Ian Gayle; Charlie Hester-Cook, who has been a revelation since his first-team debut last month, missed out due to suspension – having accumulated yellow cards during his spell with Westfield earlier this season as well as with the Cards; whilst Jamar Loza only managed just over 20 minutes before limping off with a slight injury which, hopefully, shouldn’t keep him out this weekend.

The boss also suggested on Wednesday that Christian Jolley, who hasn’t played since August due to a career-threatening injury, could complete his miraculous recovery and return to the match-day squad this weekend. Kane Ferdinand and Charlie Wassmer remain out with the latter on loan at Leatherhead.

Slough Town Team News

The Rebels’ last league action came at home to Concord Rangers at the start of November, a game they won 1-0, and that afternoon managers Neil Baker and Jon Underwood selected former AFC Wimbledon and Staines man Jack Turner in goal; a back four of Sean Fraser, Josh Jackman, Mark Nisbet and Lee Togwell; in midfield was Lee’s brother Sam, who has experience in the Football League with Barnsley, Scunthorpe and Chesterfield amongst others and was most recently with Eastleigh, alongside former Aldershot-loanee Scott Davies, who made close to 100 appearances for the Shots in all competitions across three spells; out wide were James Dobson, scorer on the day, and Warren Harris; whilst up front was Chris Flood and dangerman Matthew Stevens, on loan from Peterborough United, scorer of eight goals in all competitions so far this season and 25 for Kettering last term.

There are two former Woking players in the Slough squad, defender Alan Inns and striker Manny Williams, but neither have featured recently. One other player to watch out for, who was on the bench last time out, is midfielder Louie Soares, another ex-Aldershot man who spent four years with our neighbours including two in the Football League and last year has a successful season with Hungerford.

On the Day

Arbour Park can be found on Stoke Road; the postcode is SL2 5AY – a drive of around 40 minutes from the Laithwaite Community Stadium. The nearest station is Slough which is a 15 minute walk away.

Supporters can also book a place on the travelling club coach which departs at 1.30pm. The cost for trust members is £15 adults and £10 for under-16s – with a £5 increase for non-members. To book your place please contact Adam Bowyer (adam.bowyer@cardstrust.co.uk) or call the club shop.

Matchday ticket prices are £13 for adults, £9 for concessions, £5 for students, £3 for children aged 5-15 and free for all those under the age of 4. There is no additional charge for a seat in the stand.

Next Up

The Cards are in FA Trophy action in seven days’ time as we host Folkestone Invicta in the FA Trophy. That’s followed by a trip to League 2 Swindon Town in the FA Cup and then an away game at Croydon in the Surrey Senior Cup. New dates for the league games against Welling United and Dartford are still to be confirmed.

Woking Gerring Back to Top of the Table with Ben’s Header

Ben Musgrove
12:00am, Sat 17th Nov 2018
Slough Town 0 – 1 Woking
Vanarama National League South
17th November 2018

After the highs and lows of Woking’s win at Gloucester City on Wednesday night, fans could be forgiven for wanting nothing more than a quiet 1-0 victory. Fortunately for the travelling fans, that’s exactly what they got. A driven corner bundled over the line by defender Ben Gerring was the difference between a determined Woking outfit and a compact, disciplined Slough Town side that could have taken a point but for the woodwork. The result puts Woking top of the National League South table, albeit with two teams having a game in hand.

The Woking line-up saw returns to the side for Charlie Hester-Cook and Nathan Collier, both of whom were unavailable of the Card’s midweek victory. After a tough 90 minutes in midweek, Jake Hyde was dropped to the bench in favour of Greg Luer up front, as Woking looked to do their best to guarantee control of the ball on an unfamiliar surface with a 4231 formation that didn’t include any natural wingers.

Slough’s starting XI included the Togwell brothers Lee and Sam, both of whom boast experience from professional League football. Midfielder Simon Dunne made his 100th appearance for the Rebels as part of the midfield in a compact 4-4-2 that looked to hit the strikers quickly and catch Woking on the break.

The artificial turf was a talking point before the game and certainly seemed to slow the game down in the early stages, as Woking dominated possession but failing to threaten. An early effort from Sam Togwell that skittered past Ross’s near post was the only real shot of note in the first twenty minutes, with Ben Gerring and Jack Cook (pictured above) spending more time in possession and dictating play than winning the ball for the visitors. Slough’s midfield worked hard to stifle Woking’s central players, and both Hester-Cook and Little found it difficult to progress the play; a booking for Armani Little was the only moment of note early on.

Woking’s first real chance, despite the stymied midfield, should have opened the scoring. A strong Woking counter down the left, driven by the hard running of Josh Casey, led to a corner from Kretzschmar that found Jack Cook unmarked in the six-yard box. The free header took everyone by surprise, including Cook; his effort was sliced wide of goal with the net gaping.

The chance was a warning shot across the bows, and Slough began to create chances with more intensity. A superb run inside from the right wing saw fullback Josh Jackson skip past two Woking challenges and leave Kretzschmar on the turf before blazing an over-excited effort over Ross’s bar, and a shot from Matt Stevens should have been on target but failed to test. The Rebels were finding some joy in going into the feet of Stevens and his strike partner Ben Harris before turning and running at the defence, with right-midfielder Warren Harris pushing high up on Josh Casey in support.

These efforts weren’t converted, and with Woking’s next corner, Slough were made to pay. A second ball from the left found Cook’s partner Gerring steaming towards goal, and the centre-half made no mistake in bundling the ball over the line past the flailing Jack Turner.


The Cards celebrate Ben Gerring's match-winning goal; pic: David Holmes


Again, Slough responded to adversity with hard graft, and created several good chances as Woking looked to soak up the pressure before half time. Ben Harris forced a corner from close range and then brought a good low save out of Craig Ross from the resulting cross. George Wells – a set piece danger all afternoon - curled a free kick just over the bar from the edge of the box, and with moments to go before half time, Charlie Hester-Cook was on hand to clear a Matt Stevens header off of the line from another corner.

Woking led at the break, but would need both good luck and continued hard work to take all three points from the game.

Half-time: Slough Town 0 – 1 Woking

The second half saw no systemic changes from either side, and the pattern of the game remained the same, with Slough on the front foot once more. Their first effort was a show-stopping 25-yard half-volley from fullback George Wells, who had Ross scrambling across to his far post to see the effort fly just wide.

The pitch again made itself felt in the opening stages of the half, and combined with the meticulous referring of official James Durkin, the game became increasingly stop-start. Three bookings in ten minutes were indicative of frustrations on both sides, with challenges in dangerous areas often waved away or let go, only for minimal contact in the middle of the park to draw foul after foul. Changes on the hour mark saw Slough go slightly more direct whilst removing their booked players from that area of the field; Lee Togwell and the impressive Ben Harris made way for long-serving Aldershot winger Louis Soares and Chris Flood.

Soares was involved in Slough’s biggest chance with 20 minutes to go, dovetailing down the left with Wells to create a crossing opportunity. Wells’ flashed cross took a wicked deflection beyond Ross and cracked the Woking crossbar, with Matt Stevens failing to bundled the rebound over the line. Woking’s scrambled clearance to the edge of the box was fired back in low by Scott Davies, but held well by Ross.

As Slough pushed in search of an equaliser, spaces began to open up for Woking to break and tick down the clock. Both Kretzschmar and Luer, marginalised in the first half, produced moments of exemplary hold-up play to retain possession and protect the lead. A number of breaks were thwarted at the final moment by a poor touch or offside call, and Gerring had a late chance from a corner to get his brace, only to nod wide of the goal at the far post.

With Woking having defended valiantly for the majority of the second half, Card’s fans would have expected one final big chance, but ultimately it never came. The late additions of Nick Wheeler and Ofori-Acheampong for the superb Hester-Cook and Paul Hodges helped tick down the clock, and the final whistle came to rapturous celebrations from the travelling fans.

Gerring’s header was ultimately enough to seal Woking’s third win in seven days – and a marked return to defensive form following the circus at Gloucester just four days earlier. An injury-time equaliser for Billericay at Hungerford kept them in touching distance of the Cards, but their failure to win leaves Woking top of the table for the first time since mid-September.

Slough Town 1. Jack Turner, 2. Josh Jackman, 3. George Wells, 4. Sam Togwell, 5. Mark Nisbet ©, 6. Lee Togwell (Louis Soares 65’), 7. Simon Dunne, 8. Scott Davies (Sean Fraser 72’), 9. Ben Harris (Chris Flood 60’), 10. Matt Stevens, 11. Warren Harris

Unused subs: 12. Guy Hollis, 18. Manny Williams

Goals: N/A

Bookings: L. Togwell 53’, Harris 58’, Dunne 87’

Woking: 1. Craig Ross, 2. Nathan Collier, 3. Josh Casey ©, 4. Jack Cook, 5. Ben Gerring, 6. Charlie Hester-Cook (Nicky Wheeler 83’), 7. Toby Edser (Duane Ofori-Acheampong 90+1’), 8. Armani Little, 9. Greg Luer, 10. Max Kretzschmar, 11. Paul Hodges

Unused subs: 14. Jake Hyde, 16. Dan Spence, 17. Sam Mason

Goals: Gerring 30’

Bookings: Little 17’, Kretzschmar 50’

Referee: James Durkin

Attendance: 1465

Man of the Match: Ben Gerring. The defender’s goal was his third in eight games and capped a superb defensive performance as marshal of a well-organised, tough-tackling back four that was key to Woking’s victory on the day.


Slough Town LINEUP
1Jack Turner
2Josh Jackman
3George Wells
4Sam Togwell
5Mark Nisbet
6Lee Togwell ('65)
7Simone Dunn
8Scott Davies ('72)
9Ben Harris ('60)
10Matt Stevens
11Warren Harris
BENCH
12Guy Hollis
14Sean Fraser ('72)
15Louie Soares ('65)
16Chris Flood ('60)
18Manny Williams
WOKING LINEUP
1Craig Ross
2Nathan Collier
3Josh Casey
4Jack Cook
5Ben Gerring
6Charlie Hester-Cook ('84)
7Toby Edser
8Armani Little
9Greg Luer
10Max Kretzschmar
11Paul Hodges ('90)
BENCH
12Duane Ofori-Acheampong ('90)
14Jake Hyde
15Nicky Wheeler ('84)
16Daniel Spence
18Sam Mason

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