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Cards begin FA Cup campaign in Kent

Glen Harrington
8:19pm, Fri 18th Oct 2019
Ebbsfleet United vs Woking
Emirates FA Cup – Fourth Qualifying Round
Saturday 19th October 2019

The Cards begin another FA Cup campaign on Saturday as they make the trip to Stonebridge Road to face National League rivals Ebbsfleet United.

Alan Dowson’s side will be looking to put a difficult six weeks of league football to one side and focus on a competition in which the club has a fine recent record – as well as a rich history. Woking have reached the third round of the FA Cup on five occasions and the fourth round once. As supporters will fondly remember, the club’s most recent trip to the third round came just last season, when the Cards defeated League Two side Swindon Town before facing Premier League Watford at the Laithwaite Community Stadium, the Premier League team winning 2-0 in an entertaining game. Whilst it would arguably be greedy to expect a similarly memorable journey again this season, the magic of the FA Cup has produced stranger happenings in its long history, and everyone associated with Woking will be hoping that another good result this weekend sets the club on its way to history once again.

These two teams actually met in the same round of the FA Cup back in 2012. On that occasion the Fleet won 1-0 with Moses Ashikodi scoring the only goal in the dying seconds. It will, of course, be a very different Ebbsfleet side this time around. The team currently bottom of the National League, who have lost their last four games, are without a manager at the moment having sacked former Woking boss Garry Hill following a 4-2 home defeat by Torquay United earlier this month. Kevin Watson is currently in interim charge and lost his first game 2-1 at home to Maidenhead United on Saturday. Ebbsfleet have reached the first round of the FA Cup in each of the last two seasons, when they were knocked out by Football League sides Doncaster Rovers and Cheltenham Town respectively, and last failed to progress beyond this stage in 2016/17 when they lost to Merstham.

This game finished in a 2-2 draw just a couple of weeks ago and it could well be another entertaining match-up this weekend. So please do make the trip if you can and cheer on the team.

Woking Team News

Dowse made four changes against Barnet whilst also reverting to a 4-3-3 formation. Out went Jack Cook, Moussa Diarra, Godfrey Poku and Shaun Donnellan, whilst in came Nathan Collier, debutant Mark Shelton (on loan from Salford City), Max Kretzschmar and Ibrahim Meite. The Cards played well for much of the game, which ended in another 2-2 draw, with Shelton particularly standing out as he made an immediate impact with Woking’s second goal.

It will be interesting to see to what extent the Woking boss will choose to rotate his squad again this weekend. The likes of Paul Hodges and Toby Edser, who has had his loan deal from Nottingham Forest extended, will be desperate for more game time, whilst goalkeeper Sam Howes could be eyeing a debut after being kept out of the side by the superb form of number one Craig Ross.

Ebbsfleet United Team News

The Fleet squad is full of ex-Woking players – with defenders Jack King and Aswad Thomas, midfielders John Goddard, Josh Payne and Frankie Sutherland, plus striker Gozie Ugwu all part of the club’s setup.

Against Maidenhead they lined up with Jordan Holmes in goal – the Australian Under-23 stopper has ousted long-time number one Nathan Ashmore, now at Boreham Wood, in the Ebbsfleet net. He was previously with Premier League side Bournemouth. In defence was King, part of Woking’s Conference South winning team in 2012, Lawrie Wilson, known for his time at Stevenage and Charlton, Tyler Cordner, on loan from Bournemouth, as well as Newport County loanee Marvel Ekpiteta – part of the Hungerford Town side Woking played against last season.

In midfield was Andre Blackman, a recent addition from Southend United, Myles Weston, who has Football League experience with Brentford and Gillingham amongst others, Albie Morgan, on loan from Charlton Athletic, and Payne, on loan from Crawley Town, who made 92 appearances for Woking during a two-year spell between 2013-2015. Up front was Ugwu, who scored 21 goals for the Cards in 2016/17, and Josh Umerah, a summer addition from Charlton.

Last Time Out

Woking 2-2 Ebbsfleet United – National League (14th September 2019)

These two teams met just five weeks ago. Woking got off to the perfect start when Tyreke Johnson’s brilliant goal gave the Cards the lead. Jake Hyde’s penalty hit the crossbar and stayed out but Woking’s top scorer did get his goal 12 minutes from time to seemingly give the hosts an unassailable lead. But Ebbsfleet fought back with a goal from Alex Reid before Myles Weston got the equaliser with virtually the last kick.

On the Day

The ground can be found on Stonebridge Road; the postcode is DA11 9GN – a drive of around one hour from the Laithwaite Community Stadium. The nearest railway stations are Northfleet (take Gravesend service from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge) and Ebbsfleet International (direct train from London St Pancras). Both are within walking distance of the ground.

There is a supporters’ coach running for the game which leaves from the Laithwaite Community Stadium at 12.00pm. Please arrive by 11.45am. The price is £20 for adults and £15 for under-16s with a £5 discount for Cards’ Trust members. Those looking to attend should contact Adam Bowyer ( or call the club shop for more information.

There is no segregation in place for this game. Ticket prices are £17 for adults, £14 for concessions (aged 60+ or carrying a student ID), £9 for juniors (aged 12-16) and £1 for under-12s.

Next Up

The Cards have back-to-back home games to finish their October fixture list – against Eastleigh next Saturday before an exciting game against Notts County the following Tuesday evening. Our next away game is at Stockport County at the start of November.

Cards leave it late to rescue FA Cup campaign

William Bewsey
12:00am, Sat 19th Oct 2019
Ebbsfleet United 1 Woking 1
FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
19th October 2019

Woking began their FA Cup campaign with memories fresh in the minds from last season’s heroics, and had a strong starting lineup against the National League’s rock bottom side. Paul Hodges and Jack Cook replaced Jamar Loza and Manny Parry after the heartbreak of Barnet last Saturday.

Ebbsfleet have had a very poor start to the season, and popular former Woking boss Garry Hill left the club last week, and his assistant Kevin Watson is currently in charge. Ebbsfleet lined up with three former Cards, Josh Payne, Jack King and Frankie Sutherland, with former Woking forward Gozie Ugwu on the bench.

The Fleet began the game on the front foot, as they looked to break the deadlock early. After just two minutes, Woking failed to clear their lines and the ball fell to Alex Reid, but his shot went into the side netting.

Shortly after, Alfie Egan played a brilliant pass into the feet of Laurie Wilson, but his shot was well stopped by Craig Ross. Straight afterwards, Woking won a corner, and Casey’s whipped in ball was flicked on from Jack Cook, but Laurie Wilson was there to clear off the line.

Another corner for Woking created a chance for Hodges on the edge of the box, but his curling shot just crept over the bar. For the next twenty minutes, Ebbsfleet continued to be the better side, as Woking struggled to keep the ball.

Just before the half an hour mark, a through ball found Alex Reid, who saw Jack Cook off to put himself through on goal, and he finished into the bottom corner to give Ebbsfleet a deserved lead.

For the rest of the half, Ebbsfleet were comfortable with their one goal lead, but just before half time, Woking threatened the Fleet goal. Josh Payne had to make an important block in the box, before a poor pass back from a Fleet defender found Ibrahim Meite. The Woking forward made his way towards the edge of the box, before firing wide.

This was to be the last action of the half, a half where Woking never really got into the game, and Ebbsfleet were more than comfortable with their one goal lead.

Half-time: Ebbsfleet United 1-0 Woking

Woking were sent out early by Dowson, which seemed to help the Cards as they began the second half brightly, without creating much clear cut. Woking began to dominate possession for the first time in the game, and the likes of Dave Tarpey were trying to create chances for Meite, who was growing more and more into the game as time went on.

Nine minutes into the second half, Woking won a corner thanks to some great running from Meite. The corner caused havoc in the box, with Marvel Ekpiteta eventually clearing off the line. Minutes later, Mark Shelton decided to try his luck on the edge of the box, his shot just flying wide.

Hodges was replaced by Loza after 60 minutes, who would go on to have a very important say in how the match finished. However, it was Ebbsfleet who had a chance to double their lead, with Alex Reid again receiving a ball from over the top of Woking’s defence. Despite claims from both fans and players alike that he had controlled it with his arm, the referee allowed him to play on, and Craig Ross, who has been crucial for Woking so far this season, managed to gather the ball before Reid could get the shot away.

Woking continued to press for the all important equaliser, and came within inches of getting it, as Meite bursted down the wing, before putting a low ball into Tarpey, but his volley from a tight angle came back off the post, a massive let off for the Fleet.

That would be the last action from Meite, as he was replaced by Jake Hyde, Woking’s top scorer this season. Loza won a corner after a great run from him saw the ball saved by Holmes in the Ebbsfleet goal, and Shelton made way for Shaun Donnellan, who was about to be involved in controversy.

Woking won a free kick in a crossing position thanks to smart work from Hyde, and Kretzschmar’s ball in was headed up in the air by Donnellan, before Kane Ferdinand rose highest to power the ball past Holmes. But the linesman put his flag up straight away against Donnellan and despite the protests of the Woking players, the goal did not stand.

It was starting to seem like Woking were just going to run out of time, and needed that bit of luck that other teams had found against the Cards. Jamar Loza went on another run, and after going past Laurie Wilson, the Ebbsfleet right back went to ground inside the box. The referee did not hesitate in giving the penalty and Woking had a lifeline. After what seemed like forever, including a decision from Dowson to give Kretzschmar the responsibility, the Woking midfielder powerfully hit the ball into the roof of the net, sparking huge signs of relief and joy for the Woking fans and players.

There was to be no more major action, and Woking had kept their cup campaign alive for at least another 90 minutes.

Dowson will feel that the team were off the pace in the first half, and after dominating the ball in the second half, a draw was deserved. Despite being controversially disallowed a goal with ten minutes left, Woking dug deep and Kretzschmar showed nerves of steel to earn a replay.

Woking: 13 Craig Ross, 2 Jack Cook, 3 Josh Casey, 5 Ben Gerring, 7 Dave Tarpey, 8 Kane Ferdinand, 10 Max Kretzschmar, 11 Paul Hodges (22 Jamar Loza 60’), 12 Nathan Collier, 18 Ibrahim Meite (9 Jake Hyde 73), 19 Mark Shelton (Shaun Donnellan 76’)

Unused subs: 1 Sam Howes, 4 Manny Parry, 14 Godfrey Poku, 20 Toby Edser

Goals: Kretzschmar 91’ (pen)

Ebbsfleet United: Jordan Holmes, Marvel Ekpiteta (Gozie Ugwu 77’), Jack King, Tyler Cordner, Josh Payne, Alfie Egan, Frankie Sutherland, Laurie Wilson, Myles Weston (Alex Lawless 82’), Alex Reid, Josh Umerah (Ayo Obileye 77’)

Unused subs: Harry Palmer, Jamie Grimes, Andre Blackman, Toni Adeloye

Goals: Reid 29’

Referee: Tom Reeves

Attendance: 750

Man of the Match: Dave Tarpey helped Woking dominate the second half, he created chances and threatened the Ebbsfleet backline.
Ebbsfleet United LINEUP
21Jordan Holmes
22Marvel Ekpiteta ('77)
2Jack King
20Tyler Cordner
6Lawrie Wilson
24Josh Payne
18Alfie Egan
19Frankie Sutherland
11Myles Weston ('82)
23Alex Reid
12Josh Umerah ('77)
13Harry Palmer
15Jamie Grimes
5Ayo Obileye ('77)
8Andre Blackman
25Toni Adeloye
4Alex Lawless ('82)
9Gozie Ugwu ('77)
13Craig Ross
2Jack Cook
3Josh Casey
12Nathan Collier
5Ben Gerring
8Kane Ferdinand
19Mark Shelton ('76)
10Max Kretzschmar
11Paul Hodges ('60)
7Dave Tarpey
18Ibrahim Meite ('73)
1Sam Howes
4Manny Parry
14Godfrey Poku
16Shaun Donnellan ('76)
20Toby Edser
22Jamar Loza ('60)
9Jake Hyde ('73)

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