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Dowse faces former club as Cards start FA Trophy campaign

Glen Harrington
4:22pm, Thu 12th Dec 2019
Kingstonian vs Woking
The Buildbase FA Trophy – First Round
Sunday 15th December 2019

Woking make the relatively short trip to Kingstonian on Sunday in the first round of this year’s FA Trophy. It will be the first of at least two meetings between the old rivals this season, with the two clubs also set to meet in the Surrey Senior Cup next month.

For Woking manager Alan Dowson this will also be a chance to return to one of his former clubs. Dowse coached the K’s between 2007 and 2014, winning the Isthmian Division One South, as well as narrowly missing out on promotion from the Isthmian Premier Division, losing twice in the end of season play-offs. He takes with him to King George’s Field, a very in form team, with his Woking side chalking up five wins and a draw from the last seven games in all competitions, including Saturday’s impressive comeback win over Hartlepool United, which elevated the Cards back up to fourth in the National League table.

The Cards, of course, have a rich history in this competition and remain, alongside Scarborough and Telford United (both now defunct), the most successful side in the competition’s history with three wins – 1994, 1995 and 1997. However, it’s been quite some time since the club had a deep run in the competition, with the 2006 final defeat to Grays Athletic the last time Woking went beyond the quarter-final stage. The last three years have all ended in first round exits.

Kingstonian are in their eleventh straight season in the Isthmian Premier, the seventh tier of English football, two divisions below the Cards. Their last season in the National League (then Conference) was back in 2000/01. They are currently in 15th place with 22 points from their 16 matches, some 13 points adrift of a play-off place, albeit with several games in hand. Hayden Bird’s side did enjoy a strong run in the FA Cup this season, winning through four qualifying rounds before beating League 2 side Macclesfield Town in the first round, with their streak ended by AFC Fylde in round two.

The K’s are two-time winners of the FA Trophy, taking home the trophy in both 1999 and 2000, whilst they also hold the notable honour of being the last winners of the competition to taste victory at the old Wembley stadium. Recent years have been less kind to them – this is the first time they’ve made it through the qualifying rounds since 2012/13, when they were thrashed 4-0 by Dartford, and you have to go back to 2003/04 for the last time they made it past this stage. Two years earlier they had their last meeting with Woking in this competition, with the Cards winning 2-1.

Team News

Jamar Loza will be available again for Woking after serving his suspension against Hartlepool. However, Dowse will have to wait on the fitness of Moussa Diarra, who missed last weekend’s game after sustaining an injury against Chertsey Town in the Surrey Senior Cup.

Kingstonian could field a number of familiar names to Woking fans this weekend, including two former Cards, midfielder Fabio Saraiva and striker Louie Theophanous. The latter is the K’s current top scorer with nine league goals so far this year.

On the Day

Kingstonian are currently ground sharing with Corinthian Casuals. The ground can be found on Queen Mary Close; the postcode is KT9 1TQ – a drive of around half an hour from the Laithwaite Community Stadium. Parking is available on Davis Road and Jubilee Way. If you are looking to travel by public transport then please check the trainline website carefully as industrial action is due to take place.

There is a supporters’ coach running for the game which leaves from the Laithwaite Community Stadium at 1.00pm. Please arrive by 12.45pm. The price is £15 for adults and £10 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.

This match is all-ticket. The final chance to buy tickets is on Saturday (the day before the game) from the Laithwaite Community Stadium between 9.30am – 12.00pm. Prices are £10 for adults and £6 for concessions. There will be no tickets available on the day.

Next Up

The Cards have a fourth meeting of the season with Ebbsfleet on Saturday, this time at Stonebridge Road, with our next home game against Sutton United on Boxing Day.

Cards toil at Tolworth as worthy K’s win and progress

John Pearce
12:00am, Sun 15th Dec 2019
Kingstonian 3 Woking 1
Buildbase FA Trophy 1st Round
15th December 2019

Woking travelled to Tolworth in hope – and in expectation from the fans - for their FA Trophy 1st Round game against Kingstonian at the modest King George Field ground.

Sadly, the old football cliché of the game being a great leveller, and a ‘smaller’ club triumphing in a cup competition over a larger rival two levels above them in the Pyramid, played out again.

It proved to be a well-deserved win for the K’s against all off-colour Cards – and, to rub salt into the wounds, it was a former Card that scored the first of their 3 goals.

Woking fielded a full strength side, with the only difference from the line-up that had started against Hartlepool the previous week being Jamar Loza in for Stuart Donellan.

Kingstonian’s team including Fabio Saraiva, a dead ball specialist for the Cards during the 2016-17 season, and Louie Theophanous.

With a wind blowing from the south-west, it was otherwise relative mild and dry as Woking kicked off under a clear sky. In early moves, Tarpey shot into Tolfrey’s hands and a hopeful cross into the K’s box was cleared for a throw-in.

In the 9th minute, a cross from Tarpey on the right reached Loza whose attempted shot was cleared for a corner – swiftly followed by another as a further strike was deflected out.

5 minutes on, Hall shot to Ross’s left and past the post. Hyde struck the ball wide from a Kretzschmar cross a minute later.

A Kingstonian player was floored by Gerring in the 25th minute, by the right-hand corner of Woking’s penalty area, for which the latter picked up a yellow card. Saraiva took the free-kick, which deflected off the right-hand side of Casey's body in the Woking wall, leaving Ross (pictured above) stranded and watching helplessly as it passed him to his right to nestle in the corner of the net. 1-0 to the home side.

Woking sought to respond. A strong run by Casey ended with a cross to Kretzschmar who was tripped just outside of the K’s area in a central position. Tarpey’s free-kick flew over the bar.

Hector took the ball down Kingstonian’s right in the 42nd minute and passed to Theophanous who was fouled by Poku – another Woking yellow. Hall’s free kick was blocked and a shot from the rebound cleared Woking’s crossbar.

Towards half-time, a great run from Loza on the left, skilfully eluding 2 or 3 K’s defenders ended with him being tripped in the area. Kretzschmar coolly slotted the ball into the opposition net to Tolfrey’s left, to level things up. The home side’s Cook was booked for dissent. That was almost the last action of the first half.

Half-time: Kingstonian 1 Woking 1

Woking briefly displayed a bit more urgency the start of the second half. Tarpey took the ball into the Kingstonian area on the right but his shot was cleared for a corner which Casey floated in; a scramble in the goalmouth ensued with the ball eventually being cleared for a Cards throw-in.

In the 52nd minute, a Tarpey shot hit the K’s crossbar, and the rebound flew over the goal.

A minute later, Theophanous was brought down near the Woking box. His save was pushed away by Ross for a corner, which was headed out. The same striker was thwarted a minute later by a fine tackle as he advanced towards the Cards goal.

The ball finished in the back of the K’s net shortly afterwards but it was declared offside.

Kingstonian started to take hold of the game at this point. A strong attack in the 59th minute finished with a shot by No. 8 Sow that passed narrowly wide of Ross’ left-hand post. He was forced to make a save shortly afterwards. Bennett then hit the target with a close range shot from a pass into the box from the left. 2-1.

Barely 5 minutes later, the home side was awarded another free kick just outside of the Woking area – one which Bennett curled beautifully past a helpless Ross to score the second and effectively seal the game with the score at 3-1.

The Cards made two changes in the 73rd minute, with Ibrahim Meite replacing Tarpey and Paul Hodges in for Kretzschmar; it felt, however, like shutting the door after the horse had bolted.

A ball floated into the K’s box was volleyed by Meite against a defender and out for a corner and Hodges blasted over the bar two shortly after that, but there was little else to encourage the team or fans. Ross tipped another Theophanous free kick over in the closing minutes.

This was a dismal outcome to a disappointing performance from Woking, and a second exit from cup competitions at the first hurdle this season. They left with a need to regroup before the next episode at Ebbsfleet in their encouraging League campaign, and also think ahead to trying to exact revenge over Kingstonian in the Surrey Senior Cup.

Kingstonian 1 Rob Tolfrey, 2 Harry Osborne, 3 Fabio Saraiva, 4 Simon Cooper ©, 5 Ollie Cook, 6 Kenny Beaney, 7 Dan Bennett (17 Tutu Henriques90’), 8 Gus Sow, 9 Louie Theophanous, 10 Reece Hall,11 Dan Hector (Jerry Puemo 90’)

Unused subs: 12 Youssef Bamba, 14 Dan Thompson, 15 Calum Davies, 18 Lewis Pearch, 19 Reuben Bull

Goals: Saraiva 25’, Bennett 66', 70’

Bookings: Cook 44’

Woking: 13 Craig Ross, 2 Jack Cook, 3 Josh Casey ©, 12 Nathan Collier, 5 Ben Gerring, 8 Kane Ferdinand, 14 Godfrey Poku, 10 Max Kretzschmar (11 Paul Hodges 72’), 7 Dave Tarpey (18 Ibrahim Meite 72’), 9 Jake Hyde, 22 Jamar Loza

Unused subs: 21 Christian Paulat-Brigg, 4 Manny Parry, 24 Jake Gray

Goals: Kretzschmar 45’ (pen)

Bookings: Gerring 25’, Poku 42’

Referee: Sunny Gill

Attendance: 665

Man of the Match: Jamar Loza
Kingstonian LINEUP
1Rob Tolfrey
2Harry Osborne
3Fabio Saraiva
4Simon Cooper
5Ollie Cook
6Kenny Beaney
7Dan Bennett ('90)
8Gus Sow
9Louie Theophanous
10Reece Hall
11Dan Hector ('90)
12Youssef Bamba
14Dan Thompson
15Calum Davies
16Jerry Puemo ('90)
17Tutu Henriques ('90)
18Lewis Pearch
19Reuben Ball
13Craig Ross
2Jack Cook
3Josh Casey
5Ben Gerring
12Nathan Collier
14Godfrey Poku
8Kane Ferdinand
10Max Kretzschmar ('71)
22Jamar Loza
7Dave Tarpey ('71)
9Jake Hyde
21Christian Paulat-Brigg
4Manny Parry
21Jake Gray
11Paul Hodges ('71)
18Ibrahim Meite ('71)

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