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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 fall at first hurdle as Reid scores again

Will Thompson
12:00am, Tue 22nd Oct 2019
Woking 0 Ebbsfleet United 1
FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round
22nd October 2019

Woking crashed out of the FA Cup after falling to a desperately disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Ebbsfleet United in their fourth qualifying round replay. After bringing the tie back to Kingfield with a 1-1 draw at Stonebridge Road on Saturday, a solitary first-half Alex Reid goal was enough to send ‘The Fleet’ through to a first-round tie with Notts County.

On a cool, dry autumn’s evening, The Cards lined up in what looked like a fluid 3-5-2 formation, with Craig Ross retaining his place in goal. Nathan Collier, Ben Gerring and Jack Cook lined up in the centre of defence, whilst Josh Casey and Max Kretzschmar filled the wing back positions. Kane Ferdinand and Shaun Donnellan took up the deeper central midfield roles, behind Toby Edser in a more advanced position. Dave Tarpey and Ibrahim Meite started up front. The Fleet included a number of familiar faces in their line-up, including former Cards Jack King and Frankie Sutherland.; Gozie Ugwu started on the bench.

After a slow start, Donnellan managed the game’s first shot, but it was comfortably gathered by Jordan Holmes in the Ebbsfleet goal. Four minutes later, tricky play from Casey on Woking’s left brought a foul from Sutherland, winning The Cards a free-kick in a dangerous position. Unfortunately, Tarpey was unable to produce one of his finer efforts and Holmes safely collected his attempt.

In the 16th minute, Tarpey won himself a free-kick in a very similar position. The first ball was headed away, however Donnellan volleyed the clearance back at Holmes’ goal which he tipped around the post for a corner. Unhappily for The Cards though, it came to nothing. Three minutes later, yet another Tarpey free-kick flew comfortably wide of the goal.

The home side were dominating proceedings at this point, without managing to create any clear-cut openings, and were made to pay for their lack of penetration in the 24th minute when The Fleet took the lead against the run of play. A corner was swung into the Woking six-yard box by Curtis Weston, where Alex Reid was waiting unmarked to glance a header past Ross and into the back of net.

The Cards almost got back on level terms immediately, as Meite burst into the box and turned his marker brilliantly; however his shot was well blocked. The final 20 minutes of the half were fairly uneventful, Woking having lost their early control of the game and Ebbsfleet perhaps beginning to look the more threatening side.

Indeed, the best moment of the remainder of the half did come from the away side, Fleet striker Josh Umerah collecting a throw-in and driving strongly past his marker, but fortunately for The Cards sending his fierce shot into the side netting. Right on the stroke of half-time, another Woking free-kick from a dangerous position was comfortably cleared, providing a very appropriate ending to a disappointing half for the Surrey side.

Half-time: Woking 0 Ebbsfleet United 1

Both managers sent out unchanged sides for the second half - Cards manager Alan Dowson was no doubt looking for more cutting edge from his players - but it was the Kent side that began the half well on top. In the 47th minute, Sutherland had a great chance to double Ebbsfleet’s lead, however his free header from a deep Marvel Ekpiteta cross was well saved by Ross in the Woking goal. The Cards were struggling to make any impact on the second half, and it was no surprise to see Dowson make his first change, replacing Meite with Jake Hyde in the 57th minute.

Four minutes later, Paul Hodges replaced Shaun Donnellan, and the changes seemed to temporarily lift The Cards, Edser sending Woking’s first effort of the half over the bar.

Unfortunately, The Fleet gradually began to get themselves back on top and in the 68th minute, Casey was forced to take a booking after cynically fouling a Fleet player as he was about to break into the box. The resulting free-kick was played across to former Card Jack King, whose goal-bound shot was deflected just wide and out for a corner.

Umerah was then booked in the 71st minute for persistent fouling, but from the resulting free-kick Ebbsfleet broke and Reid’s dangerous shot was deflected out brilliantly by the Woking defence for a corner. Ayo Obileye replaced Alex Lawless for the away side and Jamar Loza took over from Kretzschmar for The Cards soon after, but the flow of the game didn’t change and time ticked away with the game seemingly drifting towards an inevitable conclusion.

In the 84th minute, Jack Cook did find a way into the Ebbsfleet penalty area, but his cut-back evaded all his team-mates and Ebbsfleet were able to clear. Loza hammered a tough chance over the bar shortly after.

The Cards had one last chance to send the tie into extra time as the game moved into injury-time, with Hodges breaking from his own half and playing the ball forward to Hyde down the right wing. Unfortunately, his dangerous-looking cross was well cleared, and the full-time whistle blew shortly after to bring another very disappointing Woking performance to a close.

Dowson’s side actually made a decent start, dictating most of the play for the first 25 minutes but without looking particularly threatening. After Ebbsfleet took the lead from another poorly defended corner, The Cards struggled to create anything of note – particularly in the second half - to threaten a Fleet defence that has only kept one clean sheet all season. When combined with the fact his side don’t look particularly solid at the back, it’s clear there are growing problems for the Woking boss to solve.

The Tyreke Johnson injury was a massive blow and results have taken a nose-dive in his absence. However, Woking may not see him again at all this season, and having now failed to win in 11 games, it is no surprise that in his post-match interview Dowse confirmed that he will be looking to make changes to his squad

Woking: Craig Ross, Nathan Collier, Josh Casey, Jack Cook, Ben Gerring, Max Kretzschmar (Jamar Loza 76’), Kane Ferdinand, Sean Donnellan (Paul Hodges 61’), Toby Edser, Ibrahim Meite (Jake Hyde 57’), Dave Tarpey

Unused subs: Sam Howes, Manny Parry, Mark Shelton, Godfrey Poku

Bookings: Casey 68’

Ebbsfleet United Jordan Holmes, Jack King, Alex Lawless (Ayo Obileye 72’), Andre Blackman, Myles Weston, Josh Umerah, Alfie Egan, Frankie Sutherland, Tyler Cordner, Marvel Ekpiteta, Alex Reid (Gozie Ugwu 90’)

Unused subs: Lawrie Wilson, Harry Palmer, Jamie Grimes, Tomi Adeloye

Goals: Reid 24’

Bookings: Sutherland 8’, Lawless 29’, Umerah 71’, Ekpiteta 79’

Referee: Adrian Quelch

Attendance: 942

Man of the Match sponsored by HSL Building Services: Dave Tarpey. Worked hard but received little service.
13Craig Ross
2Jack Cook
3Josh Casey
12Nathan Collier
5Ben Gerring
8Kane Ferdinand
16Shaun Donnellan ('61)
20Toby Edser
10Max Kretzschmar ('76)
7Dave Tarpey
18Ibrahim Meite ('57)
1Sam Howes
4Manny Parry
14Godfrey Poku
19Mark Shelton
11Paul Hodges ('61)
22Jamar Loza ('76)
9Jake Hyde ('57)
Ebbsfleet United LINEUP
21Jordan Holmes
22Marvel Ekpiteta
2Jack King
20Tyler Cordner
4Alex Lawless ('72)
8Andre Blackman
18Alfie Egan
19Frankie Sutherland
11Myles Weston
23Alex Reid ('90)
12Josh Umerah
13Harry Palmer
15Jamie Grimes
6Lawrie Wilson
5Ayo Obileye ('72)
25Toni Adeloye
9Gozie Ugwu ('90)

Woking 0 - 1 Ebbsfleet United | Dowse Interview

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