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Cards facing difficult test to maintain lead at the top

Glen Harrington
11:04am, Fri 15th Mar 2019
Welling United vs Woking
Vanarama National League South
Saturday 16th March 2019


After Tuesday evening’s last-gasp win over Oxford City, the Cards are now sitting pretty at the top of the National League South table with a three-point lead, a gap they’ll be looking to at least maintain this weekend when they travel to play-off bound Welling United.

Woking were forced to come from behind last time out as, ironically, both Oxford United loanees Armani Little and Harvey Bradbury scored against their city rivals to cancel out Kabongo Tshimanga’s penalty and secure Alan Dowson’s side a vital three points. Torquay still have a game in hand and a superior goal difference but the Cards will know that if they can maintain their lead at the top then the pressure will be on the Gulls to respond in kind. However, they’ll no doubt get a stern test this weekend, with in-form Welling playing hosts and looking to maintain their own promotion push.

Welling have had a good season and, whilst they look almost certain to fall short of the title challenge many predicted for them, they are well set to improve on last season’s tenth place finish and secure a place in the end of season play-offs. They currently sit in fourth place with 60 points from their 34 games, a point behind third place Bath City, a spot which would get them a bye through the first play-off eliminator round. They also have a seven-point cushion on eight place Wealdstone. After a mid-season dip their form has picked up recently – they’ve lost only two out of nine league matches since defeat at Kingfield back in January, whilst they’ve also picked up 13 points out of a possible 15 from their last five games, which has included an impressive 2-0 home win over Torquay.

This is a crucial game in the title race so please come along if you can and support the team!

Woking Team News

Dowse is likely to make at least a couple of changes from the team which started against Oxford. In defence, Moussa Diarra is a doubt after being forced off in mid-week, with Jack Cook the obvious replacement to play alongside Ben Gerring, Nathan Collier and Josh Casey at the back.

In midfield, Olu Durojaiye should start against his former club, whilst it’ll be interesting to see if there is room for both Armani Little and Christian Jolley as Dowse potentially looks to strengthen his midfield. Up front, Jake Hyde should be available again after being protected on Tuesday night’s artificial surface, while goalscoring hero Harvey Bradbury will no doubt be pushing for a start.

Welling United Team News

The Wings, managed by Steve King, won 3-1 at Wealdstone in their last outing. Their team that day included Dan Wilks in goal; a back five of Caden Genovesi, on loan from Queens Park Rangers, former Woking loanee Craig Braham-Barrett, Anthony Acheampong, ex-Notts County and Barrow man Thierry Audel and Josh Hill, a promotion winner from this division with both Boreham Wood and Braintree Town.

In midfield was Montel Agyemang, signed late last year from Wealdstone, along with Julien Anau; while the front three included ex-Hampton winger Brendan Kiernan, who has 12 goals this season, another former Card in the shape of Gavin McCallum, and the dangerous Bradley Goldberg.

On the Day

The ground can be found on Park View Road; the postcode is DA16 1SY – a drive of around one hour from the Laithwaite Community Stadium. The nearest station is Welling which is around a 15-20-minute walk from the ground.

Supporters can also book a place on the travelling club coach which departs at 12.00pm. 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 (adam.bowyer@cardstrust.co.uk) or call the club shop.

Matchday ticket prices are £12 for adults, £8 for concessions, £5 for juniors and free for under-12s.

Next Up

The Cards return to the Laithwaite Community Stadium next Saturday when we host Slough Town. That’s followed by our crucial double header away to Bath City and at home to Torquay.

Cards Come Back to Level in an Exciting Game

Bob Raikes
12:00am, Sat 16th Mar 2019
Welling United 3 Woking 3
Vanarama National League South
16th March 2019

The match took place in a blustery wind - with the main stand protecting the pitch lower down and with the wind blowing from one side of the pitch. Despite the wind, the Woking fans behind the goal were very audible in a crowd of just 807.

Changes to the Woking team included Christian Jolley (picture) coming into midfield and Jake Hyde coming back to lead the attack while Greg Luer dropped out of the squad. Reise Allassani started on the bench.

Welling started the match three places below Woking and 12 points behind, but with ambitions, of course. to stay in contention for the play-offs.

Woking were the better team for the first 20 minutes - apart from the two goals that Welling scored! The Cards fought their way back to 2-1 at half time and looked to have the momentum. However, in the second half, Welling extended their lead to 3-1. It looked as though it was going to be a defeat for Woking, but two goals from substitute, Allassani, saw the Cardinals win a deserved point in an incident packed game that saw six goals and six bookings. The game was competitive but was played in a good spirit and was excellent entertainment with several goals of the highest quality.

Woking started well with lots of quick and sharp passes and in the second minute, a cross from Kretzschmar almost got to Hodges at the far post. Early on, it was clear that one of the key battles would be between the short, but speedy Welling attackers who barely came to the shoulders of Collier, Gerring and Diarra.

The Cards were dominating possession and a move by Little, Casey and Kretzschmar led to a dangerous cross that was just too close to the keeper. At seven minutes, Welling had still had no possession in the Woking third of the pitch.

In the ninth minute, Armani Little went down with an injury after a tackle, but was able to carry on. Just after he came back on, he was booked for a late challenge and Woking conceded a corner - the first possession that Welling had had in the Woking third of the pitch.

A corner to Welling in the fifteenth minute saw a strong header into the far corner of the net after a corner by McCallum (who played for Woking) and Thierry Audel rose above the Woking defence. Ross had no chance of stopping the goal.

Within three minutes, a good ball to Kiernan on the right wing saw him go past Casey and cut the ball back for another great volley from Audel and an eye-catching goal into the opposite side of the goal. Again Ross had no chance. That was 2-0 to Welling, despite the territorial advantage of Woking.

Cards fans were really nervous as another dangerous break threatened, but the attack was well defended by Durojaiye.

Woking then got a foothold in the match as a passing move down the left wing involving Casey, Kretzschmar and Little saw Casey surge into the box and get a cross over that was turned in by Jolley to reduce the deficit to 2-1 - after three goals in six minutes.

The goal revitalised Woking and an attack by Hodges and Little on the right looked threatening, but Little's cross went just over the bar.

The next incident of note saw Hodges and Little combine again, but the shot was cleared off the line, A second shot was also blocked and then Welling nearly put the ball in their own net with a sliced attempted clearance from the edge of their own area

It was end to end for most of the rest of the half. However on 43 minutes, Kiernan again got the ball to Goldberg who put Welling further ahead by firing a shot into the top corner. That meant that Woking went in at half time down 3-1.

Woking really hadn't threatened enough, with too many shots close to the keeper although Hyde was proving quite effective with his back to the goal. He looked very dangerous at one point as he swivelled well, but he couldn't get a strong shot away.

Half-time: Welling United 3 Woking 1

Welling didn't sit back and the first notes I had for the second half were all about Welling chances. They were pressing well and still threatening. On 55 minutes, Little's injury from the first half seemed to have got the better of him and he came off, to be replaced by Harvey Bradbury who added a physical presence further forward.

Hodges was fouled on the right hand side and the resulting free kick looked as though it might threaten, but was well defended by Welling. Bradbury was held and won a free kick around twenty five yards out and the ball was put in a great place to evade the keeper by Kretzschmar, but there was nobody on the far post to convert it.

At this point, neither side was dominating but Woking had a couple of chances. Bradbury was working hard to pressurise the Welling defence, but a bit too much pressure on Wilks, the Welling keeper, saw a bit of a 'melee' in the goalmouth and a booking for him and for Josh Hill who got involved.

0n 71 minutes, Allassani came on for Hodges and that turned out to be a turning point. For five minutes, he wasn't greatly involved, but then in a counter-attack, he moved to the side to create some space from outside the area and hit a superb goal into the top right corner of the Welling goal - 3 - 2

"Worldie" was the word of the moment in the press box and at 3-2 it was going to be 'game on' for the rest of the match. Woking again seemed to believe they could get something although Welling were not sitting back and continued to press well to put Woking's defence under pressure whenever they could.

At one point there was a dangerous attack by Welling, but Mendy and Goldberg got in each other's way and the ball was cleared for a corner.

It was end to end after that and a long ball to Bradbury saw him get a good header down but there was nobody there for the Cards to exploit the half chance. Allassani was cynically brought down by Kiernan who was booked in the 88th minute - the fourth Welling player to go into the book in the second half.

A flowing attack by Woking saw Hyde get the ball to Bradbury on the right hand side and he got his cross in for Allassani to put into the net - bringing the game to 3-3 at 90 minutes.


Reise Allassani fires home; pic: David Holmes


In the six minutes of added time, there were chances by both sides, but Welling had one weak shot and in another hit the ball straight at Ross. Woking thought they could get something when the ball bobbled around in the Welling penalty area after a free kick to Woking, but Bradbury's athletic shot was wide and weak and so the game ended at 3-3 with fans feeling that it was, in the end, a point gained, rather than two lost.

In the final analysis, the teams both attacked well at times, but were inconsistent in defence. Having said that, there were four really good goals and a lot of entertaining football for fans to enjoy. Had Woking managed to score as they did at Oxford the other evening, it would have been very harsh on Welling who showed their skill and never sat back even when well ahead.

Woking: Craig Ross, Nathan Collier, Josh Casey, Moussa Diarra, Ben Gerring, Olu Durojaiye, Christian Jolley, Armani Little (Harvey Bradbury 55’), Jake Hyde, Max Kretzschmar, Paul Hodges (Reise Allassani 71’)

Unused subs: Nicky Wheeler, Jack Cook, Sam Mason

Goals: Jolley 20’, Allassani 76’, 91’

Bookings: Little 12’, Jolley 38’

Opposing team Dan Wilks, Gaden Genovesi, Craig Braham-Barrett, Thierry Audel, Josh Hill, Anthony Acheampong, Brendan Kiernan, Arnaud Mendy, Bradley Goldberg (Anau 87’), Zack Newton, Gavin McCallum (L’Ghoul 82’),

Unused subs: Montel Agyemang, Tigana Quebe

Goals: Audel (15’, 18’) , Kiernan (43’)

Bookings: Acheampong (58’), Braham-Barrett (59’), Hill (67’)

Referee: Andrew Kitchen

Attendance: 807

Man of the Match: Reise Allassani – an easy choice. If I had needed to choose at half time, it would have been difficult as there were few outstanding performances, but Armani Little played quite well.
Welling United LINEUP
1Dan Wilks
2Caden Genovesi
3Craig Braham-Barrett
4Thierry Audel
5Josh Hill
6Anthony Acheampong
7Brendan Kiernan
8Arnaud Mendy
9Bradley Goldberg ('86)
10Zack Newton
11Gavin McCallum ('81)
BENCH
12Nassim L Ghoul ('81)
14Julien Anau ('86)
15Montel Agyemang
16Tigana Quebe
WOKING LINEUP
1Craig Ross
2Nathan Collier
3Josh Casey
4Moussa Diarra
5Ben Gerring
6Olu Durojaiye
7Christian Jolley
8Armani Little ('55)
9Jake Hyde
10Max Kretzschmar
11Paul Hodges ('71)
BENCH
12Jack Cook
14Harvey Bradbury ('55)
15Nicky Wheeler
16Reise Allassani ('71)
18Sam Mason

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