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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 30th NovemberNov 2019
Meadow Park | Att: 682

Boreham Wood
Boreham Wood
1 - 0

Woking
Woking

Cards aiming to complete excellent November

Glen Harrington
9:05pm, Fri 29th Nov 2019
Boreham Wood vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Saturday 30th November 2019


Woking travel to Boreham Wood on Saturday looking to extend the club’s unbeaten run to five National League games and complete a superb run throughout November.

After two months without a win throughout September and October, the Cards bounced back in style with 10 points out of a possible 12, including Tuesday evening’s well-deserved win over high-flying Bromley. Alan Dowson’s side fell behind early on to Luke Coulson’s goal before top scorers Dave Tarpey and Jake Hyde turned the result around in favour of the home side. Woking now sit fourth in the league table, with a four-point buffer on a play-off place, whilst they’re just three points adrift of current leaders Barrow. The Cards will now be looking to complete a near-perfect November against Boreham Wood on Saturday. The Wood won 2-1 at the Laithwaite Community Stadium earlier in the season and Dowse and co will be looking to put things right this time around.

Boreham Wood currently sit in 14th place, with 31 points from their 23 games, six points adrift of the top seven but a comfortable nine points clear of the bottom four. They’ve only won two of their last nine games in all competitions, away at Halifax and at home to Maidenhead, whilst they’ve suffered defeat at the hands of Barrow, Torquay (in the FA Cup) and AFC Fylde. However, they’re also unbeaten in five, with four draws against Aldershot, Yeovil, Hartlepool and Notts County, as well as that win over the Magpies. Luke Garrard’s side have one of the best defensive records in the league, conceding one goal fewer than the Cards, but they have scored two goals less. Top scorer Kabongo Tshimanga, who also struck against Woking for Oxford City last season, has found the net 13 times this year.

The team is in great form and could really do with your support once again this weekend so please come along if you can and get behind the boys.

Woking Team News

Dowse will have a midfield headache on Saturday with Godfrey Poku sidelined through suspension. Poku was one of Woking’s standout performers against Maidenhead and Bromley but picked up his fifth yellow card on Tuesday. Josh Casey and Ben Gerring are also one booking away from missing a game. With Kane Ferdinand presumably still sidelined, Poku’s absence leaves the Woking boss with a gap to fill in the centre of the park, with Max Kretzschmar and Jake Gray the only natural replacements.

Boreham Wood Team News

On Tuesday, the Wood scored a stoppage time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw with Notts County, their second successive game to end in that scoreline. Against County they lined up with former Ebbsfleet United goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore between the posts; in defence was Kane Smith, former York City and Dover Athletic man Femi Ilesanmi, the long-serving David Stephens, formerly of Barnet, plus popular ex-Woking man Mark Ricketts.

In midfield, another well-liked former Card, Keiran Murtagh played alongside the experienced Tom Champion, known for spells at Dartford, Cambridge United and Barnet. Further forward, a dynamic forward line included ex-Macclesfield winger Tyrone Marsh, Sorba Thomas and Brentford loanee Justin Shaibu, with star man Tshimanga leading the line.

Last Time Out

Woking 1-2 Boreham Wood – National League (28th September 2019)


This was the Cards second successive defeat after a 10-match unbeaten run and the club’s only loss on a Saturday afternoon so far this season. Kane Ferdinand gave the home side an early lead but the visitors turned it around through a brace from Tshimanga either side of half-time. Ricketts was sent-off 10 minutes into the second-half but his teammates were able to hold out for all three points.

On the Day

Meadow Park can be found on Broughinge Road; the postcode is WD6 5AL – a drive of around one hour and 10 minutes from the Laithwaite Community Stadium. The nearest railway station is Elstree & Boreham Wood which is located just under one mile away from Meadow Park. The station is served by trains from London St Pancras and Luton.

There will be a coach for supporters running for this game. Travelling fans should arrive by 11:45am for departure at 12:00pm. The cost Is £20 for adults and £15 for those under-16. Cards Trust members receive a £5 discount per person.

Ticket prices are £20 for adults, £15 for OAPs, £10 for under-16s and £7 for under-12s. A small discount is available for those who pre-purchase online.

Next Up

The Cards start their Surrey Senior Cup campaign on Tuesday evening at home to Chertsey Town. Our next league match is also at home against Hartlepool United next Saturday.

Cards' revival stalls

Brian Caffarey
10:17pm, Sat 30th Nov 2019
Boreham Wood 1 Woking 0
Vanarama National League
30 November 2019

The Cards’ recent revival in form came to an end this afternoon at the hands of a capable Boreham Wood side. The home team started brightly and took the lead in the 15th minute with a superbly-worked goal. The Cards clawed their way back into the game and their second-half performance probably deserved a share of the points, with Glen Rea unlucky to see his effort cannon down off the bar and away to safety. In added time Woking suffered the further misfortune of having Jamar Loza sent off for a second yellow card.

Missing the suspended Godfrey Poke and the injured Kane Ferdinand, Dowse drafted in Max Kretzschmar in what was otherwise an unchanged team from the side which started in the midweek victory over Bromley.

The Wood started strongly, with quick, probing passing among their mobile forwards testing the Woking defence. Star striker, Tshimanga, broke clear in the 5th minute but his misplaced pass let the Cards off the hook. Woking responded with a characteristic surging run from Loza. Cutting inside, he shot narrowly wide of the far post.

But the early Boreham Wood dominance paid off in the 15th minute. A Woking attack broke down when Dave Tarpey was hustled off the ball. It was quickly transferred forward to Tshimanga. Up against Ben Gerring, he created enough room for a fantastic cross to the onrushing Marsh, who slid the ball into the net to give the Wood a 1-0 lead.

The Cards refused to buckle and began to get more into the game. Tarpey had a cross blocked. Casey made a fine run, with Loza winning a corner, which led to Rea curling an effort not far wide of the far post. Another attack saw Casey, Loza and Kretzschmar combine well to force another blocked effort.

At the back, the hugely impressive Moussa Diarra repelled most of Boreham Wood’s forays, although Marsh was able to get down the byeline at one point from a throw-in, pulling the ball back to Thomas, who skied over the bar.

That ‘let off’ was followed by more Woking attacks. The Wood keeper, former Fleet stopper, Nathan Ashmore, briefly fumbled a cross but no Woking player was near enough to take advantage. He then tipped a deflected Tarpey cross over the bar. A goalmouth scramble ensued from the corner, with Jake Hyde unable to get the ball from under his feet and a couple of efforts blocked.

The best chance of all, though, fell to the usually reliable Tarpey in the 38th minute. A goal looked certain as Loza did wonderfully well to get down the byeline and pull the ball back to his team mate but, as with Hyde’s chance earlier, Tarpey seemed to get the ball stuck under his feet, allowing Ashmore to make an easy save from close quarters.

The half ended with both sides creating further chances before the referee blew for the break.

Half-time: Boreham Wood 1 Woking 0

Both sides continued to threaten in the early stages of the second half. In the 53rd minute the Cards came frustratingly close to grabbing an equaliser. Tarpey and Kretzschmar created an opening for Rea. The on-loan midfielder took deliberate aim, only to see his shot bounce down from the crossbar and away to safety.

Two minutes later the Wood ought to have made the game safe. Thomas got the better of Jack Cook and set Tshimanga free. A rather extravagant flicked effort with the outside of the boot saw the ball fly wide of Ross’s goal.

The Cards surged forward again. Hyde bulldozed his way into the box but ran out of space. A free-kick earned by Loza led to Kretzschmar’s free-kick flying narrowly over the bar. Casey and Loza fashioned a fine move, with a one-to-one move in the box, giving Kretschmar a sight of the goal but his strike hit the side-netting. That was his last contribution as Paul Hodges then came on in his place, quickly followed by Jake Gray coming on for Rea.

The ever-dangerous Tshimanga – surely destined for a Football League side – continued to threaten, getting the better of Diarra on the byeline and forcing a save from Ross. The same fate befell Diarra’s centre back partner, Gerring, shortly afterwards, but the striker’s shot was blocked.

With 90 minutes on the clock beckoning, another Woking attack saw Hyde cross, with Cook rising to head wide. In added time Ross did well to deal safely with an awkward back pass before Loza’s eagerness led an over-zealous referee to award him a second yellow card. The game ended with all 10 Woking players in the Wood box as they sought to profit from a final corner. Ross got closest but couldn’t quite connect as the ball beat everyone and rolled out of play, signalling the final whistle.

This was a decent performance against a very useful side. The team, as we have come to expect, showed a lot of character and determination to get back into the game after going behind and, on another day, would have shared the points against a side who played an attractive and effective passing game.

The Cards play Chertsey Town at home in the Surrey Senior Cup on Tuesday before taking on Hartlepool United at home next Saturday in the League.

Boreham Wood: Nathan Ashmore, Adam McDonnell, Tom Champion, Femi Ilesanmi, Mark Ricketts, Sorba Thomas, Dave Stephens (Jamal Fyfield 48), Kane Smith, Justin Shaibu (Ricky Shakes 75), Tyrone Marsh, Kabongo Tshimanga

Unused substitutes: Danny Woodards, Piero Mingola, Jordon Thompson

Goalscorer: Tyrone Marsh (15)

Booked: Adam McDonnell, Mark Ricketts

Woking: Craig Ross, Jack Cook, Ben Gerring, Moussa Diarra, Josh Casey, Max Kretschmar Paul Hodges 75), Shaun Donnellan, Glen Rea (Jake Gray 82), Dave Tarpey, Jake Hyde, Jamar Loza

Unused substitutes: Nathan Collier, Ibrahim Meite, Christian Paulat-Brigg

Booked: Max Kretschmar

Sent off: Jamar Loza (two yellow cards)

My ‘man of the match’: A lot of good displays but Moussa Diarra (pictured) was more consistent and influential than most.

Attendance: 682
Boreham Wood LINEUP
17Nathan Ashmore
19Kane Smith
3Femi Ilesanmi
6David Stephens ('48)
4Mark Ricketts
5Tom Champion
8Adam McDonnell
14Sorba Thomas
20Justin Shaibu ('75)
11Tyrone Marsh
9Kabongo Tshimanga
BENCH
2Danny Woodards
12Jamal Fyfield ('48)
16Jordon Thompson
7Piero Mingoia
15Ricky Shakes ('75)
WOKING LINEUP
13Craig Ross
2Jack Cook
3Josh Casey
5Ben Gerring
6Moussa Diarra
23Glen Rea ('82)
16Shaun Donnellan
10Max Kretzschmar ('75)
22Jamar Loza
7Dave Tarpey
9Jake Hyde
BENCH
21Christian Paulat-Brigg
12Nathan Collier
24Jake Gray ('82)
11Paul Hodges ('75)
18Ibrahim Meite

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