1:00pm - TuesdayTue 1st JanuaryJan 2019
Beveree Stadium | Att: 1497

Hampton & Richmond
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Cards aiming to complete festive double over Hampton

Glen Harrington
10:03am, Mon 31st Dec 2018
Hampton & Richmond Borough vs Woking
Vanarama National League South
Tuesday 1st January

Whilst Saturday’s 2-0 win over Eastbourne Borough was not the Cards’ most fluent performance of the season, Alan Dowson’s side could not wish to be entering 2019 in better form, as they travel to Hampton and Richmond Borough in the return fixture from Boxing Day.

Woking are currently on their best league run in more than four and a half years having chalked up six consecutive victories. If they can add one more to that list, they will match the streak of seven Garry Hill produced between February and March 2011, just after taking over as manager. All the signs certainly look good for Dowse and co as he, along with Ian Dyer, Martin Tyler and a number of the playing squad, make their first return to the Beveree since guiding Hampton to the National League South play-off final last season. The Cards have lost just once in 11 away league games this season, with that coming at Wealdstone back in August, whilst the Beavers have lost their last three.

A defensive injury crisis at Hampton has somewhat unsettled their season with defeats to Torquay and Chippenham, either side of a 3-1 loss to the Cards at the Laithwaite in mid-week, seeing them slip to nine points adrift of the top seven. However, with the top half of the table still so congested, almost every team will still think that they can reach the play-off places with a strong second-half of the season. Manager Gary McCann has already acted in the last few days by bringing in former Woking defender Richard Orlu on loan from Welling, whilst pacey winger Rhys Murell-Williamson has gone the other way, joining Billericay Town on a permanent basis.

We hope as many supporters as possible will make the journey to support the team on Saturday. Please remember that, like Boxing Day, it’s a 1pm kick-off and also that tickets must be purchased in advance should you wish to travel. The link to buy is:

Woking Team News

Dowse once again resisted the urge to make major changes to his team for Saturday’s win over Eastbourne with the only switch coming on the right-hand side of attack – Aaron Eyoma replacing Max Kretzschmar. With the small matter of the third round Emirates FA Cup match with Premier League Watford coming just five days after this fixture he may reconsider that ploy of sticking with his settled team, although no doubt he will not be underestimating his former side, and will be desperate to continue our fine league form as we pursue Torquay at the top of the table.

The likes of Paul Hodges, Greg Luer, Nicky Wheeler and Noel Leighton will all be hoping to get the chance to impress and stake a claim for a place in the team on the 6th January.

Hampton & Richmond Team News

The Beavers made four changes on Saturday from the defeat at Woking as they went down to a 3-2 defeat at Chippenham Town – substitute Matty Whichelow’s brace not quite enough to overturn the initial three goal deficit.

There were wholesale changes in defence as Orlu made his debut in place of Michael Corcoran, who limped off against the Cards, whilst Luke Riddick returned from injury at right-back and Nathan Mavilla was promoted from the bench – goalkeeper Tom Lovelock and centre-back Rian Bray the only surviving members of the back five; those changes allowed Tyrell Miller-Rodney and Jack Connors, makeshift defenders against Woking, to push forward into midfield alongside Sam Cox and Ryan Hill, whilst Craig Dundas was back up front alongside Karl Oliyide.

On the Day

The Beveree can be found on Beaver Close; the postcode is TW12 2BX – a drive of around 30 minutes from the Laithwaite Community Stadium. The nearest station is Hampton which is a short walk from the ground.

Supporters can also book a place on the travelling club coach which departs at 11.00am. The cost for trust members is £10 adults and £5 for under-16s – with a £5 increase for non-members. To book your place please contact Adam Bowyer ( or call the club shop.

Matchday ticket prices are £13 for adults, £8 for concessions, £3 for under-16s. Remember, tickets must be bought in advance of the game to gain admission.

Next Up

The Cards are back in action on Sunday at home to Premier League Watford. If you can’t get a ticket for the match then you can catch the game on BT Sport. Our next league game is the following Wednesday at home to play-off chasing Welling United.

Three and easy Luer sinks Beavers

Alex Wright
12:00am, Tue 1st Jan 2019
Hampton & Richmond Borough 0 Woking 3
Vanarama National League South
1st January 2019

A Greg Luer hat-trick fired Woking to the top of the table (albeit until Torquay United played and won later in the day) in a feisty encounter against local rivals Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Luer opened the scoring in the fourth minute after a smart move, before rifling home on the half-hour and then rounding it off with a superbly taken second-half penalty to get 2019 off to the perfect start for the Cards.

But the victory was slightly marred by what looks like a serious injury to key playmaker Max Kretzschmar, which may rule him out of the FA Cup third round game against Premier League side Watford.

Woking were looking to do the double over their neighbours after last week’s 3-1 home victory. They were also seeking to extend a six-match winning run in the league, culminating in a 2-0 win against Eastbourne Borough at Kingfield, and keep up the pressure on leaders Torquay. The last time they won six matches in a row was in April 2014 in the Vanarama National League under Garry Hill.

However, with five games in the last two weeks and half an eye on their FA Cup tie on Sunday, manager Alan Dowson rested key players Jamar Loza and Jake Hyde.

Dowson and his management team returned to their former club for the first time since leading them to the Vanarama National League South play-off final which they lost 4-3 on penalties to Braintree Town.

But the Hampton side was almost unrecognisable after new boss Gary McCann made wholesale changes over the summer, bringing in a host of players from his former club Hendon. One familiar face in the home line-up, however, was ex-Woking skipper Richard Orlu, who joined Hampton on loan from Welling United last month.

The hosts were trying to halt a three-game losing run which had seen them slump to 15th in the table before kick-off.

Dowson shuffled his pack, bringing in Luer, Kretzschmar and Paul Hodges for Loza, Aaron Eyoma and Hyde, who all moved to the bench. On a mild January afternoon, the Cards lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with Luer in the middle of a front three and Kretzschmar on the left and Hodges on the right.

Woking got off to the perfect start on four minutes when Hodges sprung the offside trap with a delightful through ball that Luer latched onto and rounded the keeper to slot home.

Hodges was in the thick of it again on 12 minutes when the ball fell to him on the edge of the box but he fired wide of the right-hand post.

Moments later Kretzschmar was booked for a robust tackle on a Hampton player before going down with a suspected hamstring injury which will likely rule him out of the Watford game, to be replaced by Loza.

On 19 minutes, Josh Casey whipped in a free-kick from the right which Ben Gerring got on the end of only to head narrowly wide of the right post.

Tyrell Miller-Rodney joined Kretzschmar in the book minutes later for another strong challenge.

On 27 minutes Woking won another free-kick which Toby Edser fired into the box and the ball fell to Luer, who lashed it home.

Greg Luer strikes on his way to a hat trick; pic: David Holmes

Oliver Sprague then saw yellow for a clumsy tackle on the lively Hodges.

On 32 minutes Sprague almost made amends when he floated in a free-kick from deep which fell to Luke Ruddick, but he fired well over the bar.

Moments later Luer teed up Loza on the edge of the box, but his shot was comfortably saved by Tom Lovelock in the Hampton goal.

Loza turned provider on 38 minutes, setting up Hodges, but his shot low down to the left was turned around the post by Lovelock for a corner
On the stroke of half-time the hosts had their first meaningful attack when Craig Dundas shrugged off Gerring and played a perfectly weighted through ball to Ryan Hill, but Nathan Collier nipped in to deny him as he was about to pull the trigger.

Half-time: Hampton & Richmond Borough 0 Woking 2

Luer looked to clinch his hat-trick early in the second half, firing the ball just over from the wide right on 46 minutes.

Loza then slipped his marker down the left flank and fired across goal with Edser lurking on the line, but Orlu cleared the danger.

Hodges was next to try his luck on 53 minutes after being teed up by Edser, but his shot rolled wide of the right post.

Christian Jolley was then booked for protesting when Woking were denied a penalty on 61 minutes after Hodges had burst into the box and appeared to be brought down.

On 62 minutes McCann had seen enough and rang the changes, bringing on Chris Dickson for Karl Oliyide and Casey Maclaren for Matty Wichelow.

Miller-Rodney then handballed after trying to stop another mazy Loza run and referee Tom Bishop pointed to the spot.

Orlu was also booked for protesting, but Luer stepped up to fire home the spot kick with aplomb and secure his hat-trick.

On 69 minutes Dowson replaced Edser with Eyoma, presumably to rest the Nottingham Forest loanee for the Watford match.

Moments later, Maclaren was booked for going in hard on Jolley.

On 75 minutes Liam Sole came on for Sam Cox and Woking made their final change with Luer being replaced by Noel Leighton.

Craig Ross was next in the book after the referee deemed he had taken too long over a free-kick and Eyoma followed him moments later for another crunching tackle as the game petered out.

It was a hugely satisfying performance for Dowson as the Cards look to build on an impressive first-half of the season.

Whisper it, but this Woking side are showing shades of Hill’s 2011/12 promotion-winning team.
Next up the Cards host Watford in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Woking: 1 Craig Ross, 2 Nathan Collier, 3 Josh Casey ©, 4 Jack Cook, 5 Ben Gerring, 6 Christian Jolley, 7 Toby Edser (14 Aaron Eyoma 69’), 8 Harry Taylor, 9 Greg Luer (16 Noel Leighton 75’), 10 Max Kretzschmar (12 Jamar Loza 17’), 11 Paul Hodges

Unused subs: Berti Schotterl, Jake Hyde

Goals: Luer 4’, 27’, 65’

Bookings: Kretzschmar 13’, Jolley 61’, Ross 79’, Eyoma 82’

Hampton & Richmond Borough 1 Tom Lovelock, 2 Tyrell Miller-Rodney, 3 Oliver Sprague, 4 Sam Cox (15 Liam Sole 75’), 5 Luke Riddick, 6 Richard Orlu, 7 Matty Wichelow (16 Casey Maclaren 62’), 8 Ricky Wellard, 9 Craig Dundas, 10 Karl Oliyide (12 Chris Dickson 62’), 11 Ryan Hill

Unused subs: Jack Connors, Rian Bray

Goals: None

Bookings: Miller-Rodney 21’, Sprague 29’, Maclaren 71’

Referee: Tom Bishop

Attendance: 1,497

Man of the Match: Greg Luer, a superb hat-trick from a man bang in form
Hampton & Richmond LINEUP
1Tom Lovelock
2Tyrell Miller-Rodney
3Oliver Sprague
4Sam Cox ('75)
5Luke Ruddick
6Richard Orlu
7Matty Wichelow ('62)
8Ricky Wellard
9Craig Dundas
10Karl Oliyide ('62)
11Ryan Hill
12Chris Dickson ('62)
14Jack Connors
15Liam Sole ('75)
16Casey Maclaren ('62)
17Rian Bray
1Craig Ross
2Nathan Collier
3Josh Casey
4Jack Cook
5Ben Gerring
6Christian Jolley
7Toby Edser ('65)
8Harry Taylor
9Greg Luer ('76)
10Max Kretzschmar ('15)
11Paul Hodges
12Jamar Loza ('15)
14Aaron Eyoma ('65)
15Jake Hyde
16Noel Leighton ('76)
18Berti Schotterl

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