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Away win has to be the target

Brian Caffarey
6:33am, Fri 7th Jan 2011
Basingstoke Town v Woking
3pm on Saturday 8 January 2011

The problem when you’ve got ground to make up at this stage of the season is that every game is ‘vital’, with very little scope for a poor result. If the Cards were sitting happily in the top five, they could probably view a draw at Basingstoke as a decent point but somewhere along the line Graham Baker’s side have got to garner some wins away from Kingfield as well as winning most of their home games. So, with difficult trips to the likes of Dover, Braintree, Farnborough and Ebbsfleet still to come, the Cards must view an encounter at 17th-placed Basingstoke as one of the more promising opportunities for a three-point haul.


Cards fans will be hoping that everyone has now recovered from the bug that laid low Mark Ricketts, Reiss Noel and Jerome Maledon at some point over the holiday period. Woking have looked much more threatening recently in a 3-5-2 formation, with Ricky Anane in particular enjoying the greater attacking licence he’s been given. Although the Cards must target a win tomorrow, it would not be surprising to see Graham bring in Mark Ricketts or Jerome Maledon to stiffen up the midfield.


Frank Gray’s and Gerry Murphy’s side struggled in the league in October/November with three successive defeats but they have shared the points in their last three league games, gaining 1-1 draws at Farnborough and Maidenhead, followed, on Monday, by a 2-2 draw at home to Weston-super-Mare. The Town were 2-0 up at one stage, through goals by Nathan Smart and Ross Adams, but let the lead slip in the last quarter.

In the FA Cup Basingstoke had wins over Bristol Manor Farm and Didcot Town before bowing out narrowly away to AFC Wimbledon. In the Trophy they beat Havant and Waterlooville in a replay but then lost, disappointingly, 2-0 at home to Salisbury City.

Town’s home record in the league reads won 3, drawn 2, lost 4, with 13 goals scored and 14 conceded.

The Woking connections don’t stop with the managerial team. The Stoke squad includes Jay Gasson, Matt Pattison and Jide Ogunbote. Delano Sam-Yorke was on loan at The Camrose from AFC Wimbledon until just before Christmas and may well return there. David Pratt has usually been the danger man but New Zealand international Greg Draper currently heads the goalscoring table.


Last season’s game at The Camrose, in early September 2009, was one of the most memorable of the campaign. Cards fans turned up in force to see Woking take the lead through a terrific opening goal from – ironically – Delano Sam-Yorke, getting on the end of a great cross from Sam Sloma. Disaster then struck with Ross Worner getting red-carded and, early in the second half, Sean Hankin equalised for the Stoke. But the ten-man Cards fought back strongly and took all three points through a superb long-range strike by Moses Ademola. All seemed set for a great season!

This season the Cards won 2-0 back in September thanks to a brace from substitute Craig Faulconbridge.


Basingstoke Town FC
The Camrose
Western Way
Basingstoke RG22 6EZ

By coach
Leaves 1pm; £10 members, £15 non-members; ring the Club Shop or email

By car
From M3 (simple route): exit at Junction 7 - (A30) follow dual carriageway to mini-roundabout - over roundabout, up to a large roundabout, take the 2nd exit into Western Way and the ground car park is 50 yards on the right.

By train
Trains leave Woking at 16, 35 and 46 minutes past the hour and take about 20 minutes. The ground, however, is a good half hour’s walk from the station. If you don’t fancy walking, you should be able to get a taxi at the station or catch the number 1 bus for Hatch Warren/Kempshott Park (not the Number 1 bus to Chineham) and ask the driver for The Camrose or Brighton Hill Retail Park. Trains back are at 19, 30 and 57 minutes past the hour.
If you’re walking, come straight out of the station and down the steps towards the road. Cross the road and go into the Malls shopping centre, next to Sainsbury's. Continue straight ahead, passing Primark, Boots, WH Smith's, Pound Land and New Look. You will reach some doors that go into the Festival Place shopping centre. Go through these and continue straight ahead again, passing Marks & Spencers, Zara and Greggs Bakery. Continue straight ahead past Madhouse and Gamestation. You will reach another set of doors that lead out of Festival Place. Go through these and take the walkway on the right that passes Sony and Barclays Bank
Head all the way up the hill in front of you, passing The Haymarket Theatre. You will reach a square which contains McDonalds and the old town hall. Take the turning to your right (not back down the other side of the town hall) and go past The Bakers Arms pub, Maidenhead Inn (Weatherspoons) and Bar Rock. You should now meet a junction with some traffic lights. Go straight ahead at these towards Domino’s Pizza. Take Winchester Road that goes to the left of Domino’s and continue down the road passing Scottish & Southern Energy. After 600 yards you will pass the King Of Wessex Pub. Continue along Winchester Road until you reach Winchester Road Roundabout.

Go straight over at the Roundabout using the underpasses provided (Make sure you come up on the right hand side of Winchester Road). Carry on straight ahead and you should see B&Q on the opposite side of the road and The Camrose main stand straight ahead in the distance. Continue to follow the road straight ahead, eventually passing behind the main stand. There is a walkway and some steps through the fence on the right that go into The Camrose car park. The Clubhouse is straight ahead.

Come on, you Cards!

Cards' run comes to an abrupt end

Glen Harrington
10:42pm, Sat 8th Jan 2011
Woking 0 Basingstoke Town 1
Blue Square Bet South
8th January 2010

Woking were brought crashing back down to earth this afternoon as Basingstoke Town deservedly ended the Cards' unbeaten run, which had stretched back as far as 16 October. A second-half goal from Matt Warner separated the teams, with the Cards only having keeper Andy Little to thank for keeping them in it right to the death.

Graham Baker came into the game with two changes from the relatively comfortable victory over Boreham Wood, skipper Mark Ricketts and Reiss Noel both returning from illness in place of Aswad Thomas and, perhaps surprisingly, Joe McNerney.

The Cards started brightly, Elvis Hammond weaving his way down the left before Lee Sawyer was able to switch play for Ricky Anane. The aggressive wing-back confidently cut back inside and did well to pick out the diving head of Craig Faulconbridge who was only to be denied by Dragons' keeper Simon Locke. A minute later and it was the turn of Joe Keehan, his shot from the edge of the area again neatly blocked by debutant Locke, recently signed on a one-month loan from Reading.

Three minutes gone and, debatably, this was about as good as it got for the Cards, at least in an attacking sense, and the home side quickly got themselves back into the game with David Pratt shooting wide and Matt Warner rippling the side-netting all inside the opening ten minutes.

There was little else to speak of in a half dominated by poor passing and slip-ups from both sides, especially in midfield. It was a situation not at all helped by a bumpy, muddy surface, no doubt caused by the recent, torrential rain, which severely hampered the flashes of quality that in particular Hammond, Sawyer and Ricketts attempted to show. However, it was Andy Little who kept out the half’s best effort from Jide Ogunbote, after ex-Card Matt Pattison somehow missed the ball all together from six yards with the goal at his mercy.

Half-time: Woking 0 Basingstoke Town 0

Graham Baker, seemingly and understandably frustrated by his team’s below-par first half performance, rang the changes at the break, bringing on both Moses Ademola and Aswad Thomas from the bench. With Hammond and Doyle coming off, it also meant a change of formation, reverting back to 4-5-1, with Inns and Noel striking up an untried partnership at the back. Thomas and Anane returned to the more traditional full-back roles behind Hurrell and Ademola respectively while it was left to Keehan to link up the play with lone front man Faulconbridge.

In a match littered with mistakes, where neither team was able to gain a visible foothold, it should have come as no surprise that the game’s defining moment came from a mistake. Ricky Anane was the unlucky culprit as he allowed the ball to bounce inside the area, over his head and to the feet of Warner who had all the time in the world to tuck the ball past Little.

It was a goal the Cards just never recovered from and, if anything, Basingstoke looked more likely to find a second as the visitors were forced to push more men forward in search of the equaliser. Twice Woking again had Little (pictured) to thank for keeping them in the game. First, following a weak volley from Ademola, the Dragons broke at speed and, with Pratt clean through, the Cards' number one pulled off a fantastic smothering save. It was a scenario almost precisely repeated twenty minutes later when he denied Warner, who time and again was proving a real danger man down the left, even finding the time to get his shot away when one-on-one.

The Cards' frustration was evident as an almost endless variety of decisions, offsides and fouls which seemed never to go their way, left them feeling hard done by. Twice players in red and white found themselves in the book for dissent and it was substitute Dave Gilroy who came closest to a goal, volleying over when under pressure from the Basingstoke man-of-the-match and captain Ross Adams.

In the end, a thoroughly disappointing end to what has been an extremely impressive two and a half months for the Cards. Indeed, since their last defeat, also 1-0 away, on this occasion at Staines, this was a side that had accumulated eight games unbeaten in the league – including tough matches with table-topping Chelmsford and Bromley – as well as three cup wins and two wonderful showings against League One Brighton & Hove Albion, who today advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Cards' next game sees them travel to Dover, a side they have already beaten four times in the last 18 months and who themselves suffered defeat today, losing their third round cup tie at Huddersfield. A big performance at Crabble will leave today’s defeat a distant memory before another exciting tie at AFC Wimbledon, where Woking will hope to right the wrongs of a 4-0 pre-season deficit. One to forget today, I’m afraid.

Woking: Andrew Little, Ricky Anane, Reiss Noel, Mark Ricketts, Alan Inns, Adam Doyle (Moses Ademola 46), Joe Keehan (Dave Gilroy 81), Lee Sawyer, Craig Faulconbridge, Elvis Hammond (Aswad Thomas 46), Sam Hurrell.

Unused Subs: Joe McNerney, Anson Cousins.

Bookings: Inns 11, Ademola 87, Gilroy 90.

Basingstoke Town: Simon Locke, Rob Rice, Jay Gasson, Ross Adams, Callum Reynolds, Stuart Lake, Nathan Smart, Jide Ogunbote, David Pratt, Matt Pattison, Matt Warner.

Unused Subs: Greg Draper, Tom Williamson, Jahson Downes, Steve Laidler, Grant Powell.

Goals: Warner 53.

Bookings: Lake 57.

MOTM: Andy Little – The only man completely faultless in Woking’s defeat; could do nothing about the goal and made two top-class saves to keep his side in it.

Attendance: 604
Basingstoke Town LINEUP
1Simon Locke
2Rob Rice
3Jay Gasson
4Ross Adams
5Callum Reynolds
6Stuart Lake
7Nathan Smart
8Jide Ogunbote
9David Pratt
10Matt Pattison
11Matt Warner
12Greg Draper
14Tom Williamson
15Jahson Downes
16Steve Laidler
17Grant Powell
1Andy Little
2Ricky Anane
3Reiss Noel
4Mark Ricketts
5Alan Inns
6Adam Doyle ('45)
7Joe Keehan ('81)
8Lee Sawyer
9Craig Faulconbridge
10Elvis Hammond ('45)
11Sam Hurrell
12Dave Gilroy ('81)
14Aswad Thomas ('45)
15Joe McNerney
16Anson Cousins
17Moses Ademola ('45)

Graham Baker Interview

David Holmes
7:15pm, Sat 8th Jan 2011
Interview with Graham Baker following Woking's defeat at Basingstoke today.

Graham Baker:

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