Seymours
VNLS
3:00pm - SaturdaySat 13th AprilApr 2019
| Att: 1611

Chelmsford City
Chelmsford City
2 - 0

Woking
Woking

Cards looking for return to form ahead of likely play-off semi-final

Glen Harrington
8:09am, Fri 12th Apr 2019
Chelmsford City vs Woking
Vanarama National League South
Saturday 13th April 2019


Woking will be aiming for a first win in five league games on Saturday as they travel to play-off bound Chelmsford City. Whilst the Cards know that the National League South title is likely to be beyond them after last weekend’s draw with runaway leaders Torquay United, a win over the Clarets this weekend would guarantee a top three finish, and thus a bye through the first round of the play-offs.

It’s been a tough few weeks for Alan Dowson and his team as they’ve fallen away from a title challenge with the Gulls, albeit whilst picking up credible draws against third-place Welling United, fifth-place Bath City, and Saturday’s 3-3 tie with Torquay, alongside a 1-0 defeat at home to Slough Town. Last weekend’s result was particularly hard to take as Gary Johnson’s side scored two late goals to cancel out Greg Luer’s brace and Kieron Cadogan’s superb solo goal. The good news for the Cards is that they are guaranteed to finish in at least fifth place, already above many pundits’ pre-season expectations, and know that a maximum of eight points from our final four games will guarantee second place and home advantage for throughout the play-offs. Efforts to secure that converted spot start at Melbourne Stadium where three points will ensure a bye through to one of the two second-round games.

Chelmsford have always provided a stern test for Woking and this weekend is likely to be no different – whilst also potentially providing a preview of a future play-off game. The Clarets have plenty of experience with end-of-season games. Last season they finished third in the sixth tier before losing to Dowse and Hampton and Richmond Borough. In fact, they’ve finished in the top five six times in the last 10 years, missing out every time, including a 2-1 final defeat to Ebbsfleet United in 2017. This season they have accrued 66 points from their 38 games, nine fewer than the Cards, and they currently have a six-point cushion on eighth place Wealdstone. Their recent form isn’t hugely strong considering their position with just two wins from their last eight games, a run which has included four draws, whilst their two most recent games have both ended in 3-1 defeats – away to Torquay and St Albans.

We hope as many fans as possible will make the journey on Saturday and cheer the team on to finish the season strongly as we prepare for an exciting play-off campaign!

Woking Team News

The Cards will be without Ben Gerring this weekend following his costly red card against Torquay. The defender’s second sending-off of the season will definitely rule him out of the games against Chelmsford and Concord Rangers with Nathan Collier likely to be his replacement. Jack Cook should move across to his more natural centre-back position with Collier returning at right-back.

Further forward, Dowse will once again be sweating on the fitness of Armani Little, who was struggling in the closing stages of Saturday’s game. If he doesn’t make it then Kane Ferdinand could be pushing for a first senior team appearance in 2019. The midfielder, who has been out since September, completed his first full 90 minutes since his return in Tuesday’s friendly game at Westfield.

Chelmsford City Team News

The Clarets, managed by Rod Stringer, selected the following team against St Albans: Nathan McDonald in goal, a back four of former Newport man Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, ex-Fulham, Norwich and Leyton Orient defender Elliot Omozusi, the experienced Michael Spillane, who can often be a danger from set-pieces, and Joe Anderson, who made his professional debut for Woking when on loan from Fulham back in 2009; in midfield was Anthony Church, Tom Wraight, Chris Whelpdale, who has bags of Football League experience with the likes of Peterborough, Gillingham and Stevenage, and another former Woking loanee in Billy Knott, signed recently from Concord Rangers. He won’t be playing against the Cards after a late red card against the Saints. Up front was the ever-dangerous pairing of Scott Fenwick and Rhys Murphy – the latter has 23 league goals this season, second only to Torquay’s Jamie Reid.

The bench on the day for Chelmsford included two other former Woking players, Chez Isaac and Matt Young, who were both unused substitutes. The Clarets also have Kiran Khinda-John, who started this season at Kingfield, on their books.

On the Day

The ground can be found on Salerno Way; the postcode is CM1 2EH – a drive of around one hour and 40 minutes from the Laithwaite Community Stadium. The nearest station is Chelmsford which is around a 30-minute walk from the ground.

Supporters can also book a place on the travelling club coach which departs at 11.30am. The cost is £20 for adults and £15 for under-16s with a £5 discount for Cards Trust members. To book your place please contact Adam Bowyer (adam.bowyer@cardstrust.co.uk) or call the club shop.

Matchday ticket prices are £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and students, £5 for young adults (aged 12 to 17) and free for those under-11. Tickets are also available online in advance via the Chelmsford website with a small discount for adults and concessions booking before 8pm on Friday.

Next Up

The Cards have an Easter double header, firstly at home to Concord Rangers on Good Friday, followed by our final away game of the regular season at Dulwich Hamlet on Bank Holiday Monday.

Cards Still At Play-Off Helm, Despite Defeat At Chelmsford

Dan Stobbart
12:00am, Sat 13th Apr 2019
Chelmsford City 2 Woking 0
Vanarama National League South
13th April 2019

Woking's recent run of frustrating form continued with a 2-0 defeat at fellow play-off chasers Chelmsford City. In a hard fought, energetic contest lacking decent end product from both sides, the home side punished a defensive lapse in concentration just before the break, Reece Murphy finishing well for the Clarets. Midway through the second half, the hosts doubled their lead via Adrian Cascaval’s header from a corner kick. The defeat leaves the Cards still in command of second place, but will need to produce results across the Easter weekend to make absolutely sure.

Dowse made one change from the side that started last weekend at home to Torquay, Nathan Collier coming in for the suspended Ben Gerring, Moussa Diarra therefore going to his natural centre half position, likewise Collier at full back. The opposition, boasting a few former Cards within their squad, started with last season’s skipper/injury specialist Chez Issac in central midfield, whilst full back Matt Young was on the bench.

On a sunny, cool day at Melbourne Park, the Cards kicked off facing towards the Gards & Son stand. Greg Luer looked to immediately continue his goal-scoring form from the previous weekend, the striker put through on goal inside the opening 30 seconds, looking to carefully place the ball beyond Nathan McDonald, but his effort was parried clear.

The Cards did have the better of the opening exchanges. Around the quarter-hour mark the Cards looked to find the willing Luer on a couple of occasions, the forward demonstrating neat footwork to round McDonald, presenting an eventual cut back to Max Kretzschmar, whose attempted lob could only find the top of the net. Shortly after, a tidy one-two between Olu Durojaiye and Kieron Cadogan led to a nicely measured through-ball from Durojaiye to Luer, who was just edged out by centre half and goalkeeper. Jack Cook also had a hooked effort go over the bar after good build up play.

The effort and endeavour from both sides was there to be seen in the middle of the park throughout the half, albeit unable to yield many real chances on goal at either end. Much of Chelmsford’s best work was from long balls and link up between skipper Anthony Church and forward Chris Whepdale. The front man had a speculative effort swirl over the bar from the left side of the area in the opening few minutes, and was put through well by Church a couple of times quickly after. Joe Anderson and Giles also linked well a couple of times, the latter dragging an effort wide. Whelpdale then nearly punished a failure to head the ball clear by Diarra, curling his effort narrowly wide.

A couple of flashes across the box around the half-hour mark for the Cards summed up the lack of cutting edge in the final third despite some sound approach play. Max Kretzschmar was just a few yards behind play to be able to latch on to a pacey Cadogan cross. Armani Little then dug out a clever chip down the right channel, Luer receiving it and to his own visible frustration delivering a ball to no Woking bodies in the box. Both respective centre half’s Cook and Diarra then couldn’t get on the end of a corner sent to the edge of the area minutes later, both going to ground one after the other.

As the skies literally began clouding over, the Cards were punished for a defensive mix up right before half time. An oncoming Craig Ross and Cook failed to communicate and take ownership of a long punt forward, allowing the pursuing Rhys Murphy to pounce on it, take a moment to set himself despite Diarra’s best efforts to stop him, and produce a measured finish from the edge of the box.

The Cards then went the closest they had done since the opening minute in first half stoppage time. A deep cross from Josh Casey was well met by Diarra, heading firmly and forcing a tip over the bar from McDonald. Diarra was then found again from the follow up corner, his header this time crashing off the bar, but it would have been ruled out for an infringement anyway should it have gone in.

Half-time: Chelmsford City 1 Woking 0

Woking mirrored the start made in the first period, again going close in the opening minute of the half. Following really good link up play between Little and Kretzschmar, the former eventually got a cross off from the left which via a deflection turned into a goal-bound effort, headed off the line by the centre half.

Chelmsford had made a few inroads down the attacking left in the opening minutes and went close by way of a flash header from defender Micky Spillane, the attempt just spiralling wide of target.

The continuation of much industry and endeavour from both sides in the middle of the park kept the game ticking over at an energetic pace, the competitive nature of the contest resulting in the first cautions of the game to Whepdale and Church. Neither keeper was being properly tested, efforts reduced to many blocked crosses and shots. For all the intent it was likely to be another momentary lapse or a set piece that would either restore parity for the Cards or double the home side's advantage.


Cards on the back foot; pic: David Holmes

Unfortunately, it proved to be the latter. It was former Card Chez Issac the instigator, first firing a free kick hard from the edge of the box and forcing a save from Ross, out for a corner. The resulting delivery, provided by Issac, managed to find Adrian Cascaval at the back post and he buried his header on the stretch on 71 minutes.

Straight after the goal Dowse made a change, Reise Allassani coming on for hard grafting James Ferry. Kretzschmar came more into the game in the second half, and was at the heart of the Cards late efforts to try and rescue something. He had a couple of efforts on goal, having a strike blocked following a nice link up between Luer and Josh Casey. He then forced a save from McDonald, striking a free kick excellently from 25 yards, the ball very much on target, aimed just under the bar. Late on his deliveries into the box found Diarra who again was unlucky not to nod home, and late sub Harvey Bradbury also headed over the bar.

Giles and Reynolds were sent through late for the home side and should have done better with their respective efforts, the latter making the most of minimal contact from Cook in an attempt to win a penalty. Five minute of injury time presented the Cards an opportunity to push for some consolation, but it wasn’t to be.

In a hard-fought contest the Cards will rue their lack of end product. The energy of Ferry and particularly Little, and the best efforts of Luer and Kretzschmar in spells up front, just couldn't get past well drilled, hard grafting opposition in Chelmsford, who were clinical when it mattered today. Dowse will be frustrated by the manner of both goals, and reflecting on previous weeks hope the Cards get back into more positive habits at both ends of the pitch prior to the play offs.

Woking: 1 Craig Ross, 2 Nathan Collier, 3 Jack Cook, 4 Moussa Diarra, 5 Josh Casey, 6 Oji Durojaiye, 7 James Ferry (Reise Allassani 73'), 8, Armani Little, 10 Max Kretzschmar, 9 Greg Luer, 11 Nathan Cadogan (12 Harvey Bradbury 83')

Unused subs: Sam Mason, Ian Gayle, Christian Jolley

Bookings: Cadogan 70’, Durojaiye 88’

Chelmsford City 1 Nathan McDonald, 3 Elliot Omozusi, 4 Max Porter, 5 Micky Spillane, 7 Jonny Giles (2 Jazzi Barnum-Bobb 92'), 8 Anthony Church (c), 10 Chez Issac, 13 Joe Anderson, 15 Adrian Cascaval, 18 Chris Whelpdale (16 Lamar Reynolds 78'), 19 Rhys Murphy (12 Jordan Chiedozie 68')

Unused subs: 9 Scott Fenwick, 17 Matt Young

Goals: Murphy 43, Cascaval 71’

Bookings: Whepdale 62', Church 63', Porter 74'

Referee: Lewis Smith

Attendance: 1611

Man of the Match: Armani Little – at the risk of sounding like a stuck record, the midfielder was constant with his willingness to try and make things happen, led the best example in keeping the Cards competitive in midfield when it was really vital today.
Chelmsford City LINEUP
1Nathan McDonald
13Joe Anderson
3Elliot Omozusi
5Micky Spillane
15Adrian Cascaval
4Max Porter
8Anthony Church
10Chez Issac
7Jonny Giles ('90)
18Chris Whelpdale ('78)
19Rhys Murphy ('68)
BENCH
2Jazzi Barnum-Bobb ('90)
9Scott Fenwick
12Jordan Chiedozie ('68)
16Lamar Reynolds ('78)
17Matt Young
WOKING LINEUP
1Craig Ross
2Nathan Collier
3Josh Casey
4Jack Cook
5Moussa Diarra
6Olu Durojaiye
7James Ferry ('73)
8Armani Little
9Greg Luer
10Max Kretzschmar
11Kieron Cadogan ('83)
BENCH
12Harvey Bradbury ('83)
14Christian Jolley
15Ian Gayle
16Reise Allassani ('73)
18Sam Mason

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