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7:45pm - TuesdayTue 11th JanuaryJan 2011
Crabble Athletic Ground | Att: 765

Dover Athletic
Dover Athletic
2 - 2

Woking
Woking

Cards face tough Crabble trip

Brian Caffarey
7:19am, Mon 10th Jan 2011
Dover Athletic v Woking
7.45pm on Tuesday 11 January 2011

The Cards travel to Crabble tomorrow evening hoping they can repeat their excellent victory there in the FA Trophy back in November rather than suffer a second league defeat at the hands of the Whites. However, they will need to raise their game considerably from the very disappointing display at Basingstoke on Saturday. A play-off challenge is still not impossible but it’s now going to take an exceptional run in the second half of the campaign to bridge the eight-point gap.

WOKING

Saturday’s defeat at The Camrose ended a 13-match unbeaten run, although there were too many draws in that sequence to give the Cards the momentum they really needed to march up the league table. In prospect the game at Basingstoke, then lying 17th in the table, looked winnable but, after a lively opening five minutes or so, Graham Baker’s side never looked likely to make much impact, with no outfield player, apart possibly from Adam Doyle, who was substituted at half-time, playing well.

Tuesday evening provides the proverbial early opportunity to ‘bounce back’: a big call but not an impossible one if the players produce something like the performance we know that they’re capable of.

Graham Baker seems likely to recall Joe McNerney after resting him on Saturday.

DOVER ATHLETIC

The Cards had much the better of their encounters with the Whites last season, beating them twice in the league and then defeating them in the two-legged play-off semi-final. But Martin Hayes’s side exacted some painful revenge this season with their 1-0 victory at Kingfield on the opening day of the season: a defeat which seemed to set the tone for some shaky home performances from the Cards thereafter. The Cards, however, turned the tables again in the FA Trophy in November, coming off the back of an exhausting midweek FA Cup replay against Brighton and HA to land a 2-1 win, with both goals coming from on-loan Jerome Federico.

Dover are going well in the league, currently sitting in 7th place, only one point off the play-off places and with a game or two in hand on most of the clubs above them. Their home record is unimpressive, though, with only three wins in ten games. (They’ve won more games away than any other side in the league, including trouncing Thurrock 7-2 on their last league outing.) Adam Birchall is grabbing all the headlines with his goalscoring feats but Woking know from experience that they need to be very wary too of towering defender Olly Shulz.

The Cards will be hoping that the Whites will suffer a reaction to their FA Cup exit at Huddersfield on Saturday. Martin Hayes’s side were unfortunate to ship two early goals, which made their task virtually impossible. But they dug in well to prevent any further goals against and might easily have reduced the deficit in the last ten minutes.

GETTING THERE

Crabble Athletic Ground
Lewisham Road
River
Dover
Kent
CT17 0JB
Website: www.doverathletic.com

By coach

The Supporters’ Club is not running a coach to this game.

By car

Follow the M25 eastbound and then the M26 onto the M20. Leave the M20 at J7 for the A249 (signposted Sheerness/Sittingbourne) and then take the M2 (following signs for Canterbury and then Dover) as far as the Whitfield roundabout. Take the fourth exit at this roundabout, down Whitfield Hill. At the bottom of the hill turn left at the roundabout and follow this road until the first set of traffic lights. At the lights turn right (180 degrees down the hill) and follow the road under the railway bridge. The ground is a little further up the road on the left.

By train

Getting down to Dover by train would not be too difficult, if time-consuming, but getting back to Woking the same night would be much more taxing.

Getting down there, the best bet would be to catch either the 17.10 or 17.40 from St Pancras International to Dover Priory, changing there to arrive at Kearsney at 18.43 or 19.09. Alternatively, cutting it very fine, you could get the direct 17.27 from Victoria, arriving at Kearsney at 19.25.

Returning, you’d have to get the 22.21 from Kearsney, via Dover Priory, arriving at St Pancras International at 23.51. You’d probably then have to wait around at Waterloo to catch the 01.05, arriving at Woking at 01.39. (Going back via Victoria, you’d have to rush away from the ground to catch the 23.09 from Kearsney, changing at Faversham, to arrive back in London at 00.07.)
If you get off at Kearsney, turn right as you leave the station, go under the railway bridge and then take the first road on the left (Lower Road). Follow Lower Road all the way along, past a pond on your right and Crabble Corn Mill on your left. At the end you will see the Cricketers pub on the other side of the road. Turn right and you should see the entrance to the ground. If you get off at Dover Priory it is probably best to get a bus or taxi to the ground as it is a long walk.
Log on to www.thetrainline.com for further information about train times and fares.
The game is almost certain to be segregated. Woking fans should follow the signs for ‘away’ fans.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. If you’re not travelling to Dover, why not come down to Kingfield and watch the Youth Team play Hampton and Richmond Borough in the Ryman Youth League? Kick-off is at 7.30pm.

Cards pegged back

Brian Caffarey
11:57pm, Tue 11th Jan 2011
Dover Athletic 2 Woking 2
11 January 2011

The Cards put on a good performance this evening, taking the lead twice but being pegged back on each occasion by the home side. In the end a draw was probably a fair result, although both sides wanted a win and went in search of three points right till the final whistle.

With probably not more than 30 Woking fans present, the Cards lined up in what looked like a 4-5-1 formation, with Joe McNerney restored at the back and with Jerome Maledon in to replace Joe Keehan, who has returned to Rushden and Diamonds.

The game didn’t get going in the first 15 minutes, with play being interrupted twice for injuries to Dover players, both incidents resulting in substitutions. Woking’s first real attack came shortly afterwards as Sam Hurrell, seeing quite a lot of the ball, had a shot blocked and then Flitney, the Dover keeper, had to clear twice, once after a poor punch. A few minutes later a nice move involving Lee Sawyer, Hurrell and Elvis Hammond ended with Hammond’s shot also being blocked.

Dover began to get more into the game about midway through the half as Long was given space on the left of the Woking area, only to fire tamely past the far post – a move repeated shortly afterwards by Simmonds.

Dover always looked threatening from set pieces and, on the half hour mark, Simmonds almost profited from a knock-down from a corner but his lunge took the ball wide of the goal and he found himself flagged for being marginally offside too.

However, it was the Cards who drew first blood a minute later following an excellent, swift break out of defence. Hurrell sped down the left flank, playing in Hammond, who finished superbly into the far corner to put the Cards 1-0 up.

Unfortunately, the lead lasted a mere six minutes and it was no great surprise that the Whites’ equaliser came from a set piece. Simmonds stole in from a corner and, unchallenged, rose to nod the ball past Andy Little from close range.

Elvis Hammond sought to restore Woking’s advantage with one of his characteristic, clever runs down the bye-line but Wallis responded with a pile-driver which flew narrowly over the bar.

More chances flowed as the game moved into injury time. Aswad Thomas shot wide from distance; Little punched clear; Ricky Anane sliced over his own bar; and Moses Ademola, taken by surprise as the ball unexpectedly reached him in the box, could only watch as the ball went across him in the goalmouth.

Half-time: Dover Athletic 1 Woking 1

The Cards enjoyed some good possession in the early part of the second half, passing the ball well along the ground and probing for openings. Thomas and Hurrell made useful progress at times down Woking’s left but few chances were created, with only a couple of off-target shots from Hurrell to show for a period of relative dominance. Dover responded, though, with a couple of more direct attacks and Little had to produce a terrific save in the 59th minute, leaping to his left to claw away Simmonds’ rasping effort.

Dover threw on their goal talisman, Adam Birchall, but it looked as though it was Long, a minute later, who had given them the lead as a fine pass bisected the Woking defence. But, much to the dismay of the home contingent, the linesman’s flag wiped out Long’s finish.

Graham Baker reinforced the Woking attack as he threw on Dave Gilroy for Lee Sawyer, with Ademola often making it three up front. Adam Doyle had an effort cleared off the line before Little was again called into action to deny Birchall.

Woking regained the initiative in the 70th minute with a lovely move. Thomas galloped down the left flank before firing in a low cross which Ademola, moving in, met perfectly, side-footing home emphatically past Flitney to make the score 2-1 to the Cards.

Gilroy threatened to extend the lead as he had a shot blocked and then nicked the ball away from Flitney. After the ball was pumped back in Hurrell had a run across the face of the area before the attack petered out. Flitney almost gave the Cards a helping hand as a poor kick set Anane free; Gilroy met his cross but his header was from an awkward angle and looped over the bar.

Woking continued to have their share of the attacking moves as Hammond’s clever footwork won several corners and, as the minutes ticked down, it looked as though the Cards might hold on to gain all three points. But, in the 83rd minute, some poor defending allowed Dover to make headway through the middle, with the ball then being played out left to Long, who side-footed home across Little and into the far corner.

With a point not really suiting either side, both teams continued to carve out openings. Thomas’s inviting low cross went begging. Birchall tested Little again and the Woking keeper then had to save at close range, followed by Thomas clearing off his line. With two minutes remaining McNerney rose at the far post to meet a Woking corner but his header was just wide of the target. Little was immediately back in action, just managing to grab a cross one-handed to foil another Dover attack.

Craig Faulconbridge was thrown on in injury time and might have welcomed an opportunity to meet an Ademola cross but the latter blasted a shot over the bar instead.

The Cards should take some confidence from this performance. With a bit more defensive solidity – Dover’s second goal in particular came from some unnecessary elaboration – Graham Baker’s side might well have taken all three points.

Woking: Andy Little, Ricky Anane, Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Moses Ademola, Jerome Maledon, Elvis Hammond (Craig Faulconbridge 90), Lee Sawyer (Dave Gilroy 65), Sam Hurrell

Unused subs: Matt Pegler, Alan Inns, Reiss Noel

Booked: Aswad Thomas, Adam Doyle

My MOTM: Elvis Hammond (pictured)

Attendance: 765



Dover Athletic LINEUP
1Ross Flitney
2Matt Fish
3Tom Wynter
4Sam Cutler ('6)
5Olly Schulz
6Rob Gillman ('14)
7Harry Baker
8Luke I'Anson
9Ben Hunt ('60)
10Donovan Simmonds
11Sam Long
BENCH
12Dean Hill ('14)
14Adam Birchall ('60)
15Jon Wallis ('6)
16Barry Cogan
WOKING LINEUP
1Andy Little
2Ricky Anane
3Aswad Thomas
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Moses Ademola
8Jerome Maledon
9Elvis Hammond ('90)
10Lee Sawyer ('67)
11Sam Hurrell
BENCH
12Craig Faulconbridge ('90)
14Alan Inns
15Dave Gilroy ('67)
16Reiss Noel
18Matt Pegler

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