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7:45pm - TuesdayTue 22nd FebruaryFeb 2011
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Cards target fifth successive league win

Brian Caffarey
7:19am, Mon 21st Feb 2011
Maidenhead United v Woking
7.45pm on Tuesday 22 February 2011

Four successive league wins. Nine goals scored. None conceded. And some lovely passing football too! The Cards go into Tuesday night’s game on a roll but Woking fans will remember that the Magpies so nearly derailed our late charge for the play-offs last season. Garry Hill doesn’t seem like the sort of manager, though, who’d have much truck with complacency.

WOKING

Saturday’s comfortable 2-0 win against Staines Town sets the Cards up nicely for two away trips, to Maidenhead tomorrow and Lewes on Saturday. Both sets of opponents are fighting for their lives at the other end of the table, and Lewes in particular are in good form, so no one in the Kingfield camp will be thinking that the points are in the bag. But if the Cards play the sort of football we saw in the second half at Bishop’s Stortford and at times on Saturday they will be very hard to resist. No doubt, injuries permitting, Garry will start with the same eleven as on Saturday but Craig ‘step-over’ Dobson will be itching to have another outing on the right flank after his cameo appearance against Staines so Ricky Anane et al will have to be on their toes.

MAIDENHEAD UNITED

The Magpies sit in 20th place in the table with 25 points from 26 games. They’ve won only two league games at home, drawing four and losing six, with eleven goals scored and twenty-two conceded. They haven’t won a league game since beating Bromley away 2-0 on 30 December 2010.

The Magpies’ squad includes ex-Card Bradley Quamina in midfield. The most significant Woking connection, though, comes in the shape of their Assistant Manager, the legendary Dereck Brown.

Manager ‘Drax’ Hippolyte brought in Cliff Akurang from Thurrock earlier in the season to boost their goalscoring options. Kieron St Aimie has generally been the ‘danger man’ in recent seasons, although the rangy, bustling Alex Wall also caused us a few problems down the Maidenhead right flank in the Cards’ defeat at home in August: one of Woking’s worst displays of the season. And it was Wall who scored on Saturday in Maidenhead’s 2-1 defeat at Welling United. Hippolyte has recently brought back Jermaine Hinds to the club and signed left-back Leon Soloman. Will Hendry, a one-time target of Graham Baker’s, has been out with a fracture but captain Mark Nisbet has just returned to action.

GETTING THERE

Maidenhead United
York Road
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 1SF

Tel: 01628636314
Website: www.maidenheadunitedfc.co.uk

Because of previous low take-up for Tuesday night away games the Supporters’ Club is not running a coach to this match.

By car

From Woking head to the M25, which you then leave at junction 15 to join the M4 (signposted The West, Reading, Slough). Leave the M4 at junction 8/9 and follow signs for Maidenhead town centre. Proceed to the first roundabout on the one-way system and take the fourth exit, thereafter taking a left at the cinema. Go down the hill and the ground is the second exit on the right.

By train

You can either go via Guildford or Basingstoke and Reading or head up to town and join the commuters at Paddington. On the former route, which is probably quicker and a bit cheaper, the 17.25 will get you to Maidenhead at 18.47 via Guildford; the 17.46, via Basingstoke, will get you there at 19.05; and if you really want to play it tight, the 18.13, also via Basingstoke , sees you arriving at Maidenhead at 19.32. Direct trains from Paddington are at 18.18 (18.39), 18.36 (19.03) and 19.06 (19.27). York Road is a very short walk from Maidenhead station. Cross the one-way system and walk to the end of Bell Street. Trains back are at 22.01 via Reading and Guildford or at 22.41 via Reading and Virginia Water. Trains to Paddington are at 21.47 (22.32) and 22.30 (23.17). Return tickets cost from £14.30, according to www.nationalrail.co.uk

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

This season

Woking 0 Maidenhead United 2
28 August 2010

Wins against Dorchester away and Lewes at home had tempered the disappointment of the opening defeats against Dover Athletic and Chelmsford City but this result engendered more gloom about prospects for the new season. Things weren’t helped when Andy Forbes had to leave the field early: he was to make only one further start for the Cards before being sent out on loan to Sutton United. The visitors took the lead when Adam Doyle unluckily deflected Wall’s shot past Pidgeley. There was nearly an own goal at the other end as Nisbet’s header cannoned off and down from his own crossbar but the referee judged that it hadn’t crossed the line. Daryn Hennessy and Sam Hurrell came on for Jerome Maledon and Moses Ademola in the second half but the Cards still struggled and Maidenhead extended their lead with a fine effort from St Aime. Boos greeted the final whistle.

Last season

Woking 1 Maidenhead United 1
12 September 2009

Luke Medley’s deflected shot gave the Cards an early lead on a balmy late summer’s afternoon at Kingfield. However, a sloppy Sinclair pass let the Us claim a point to the disappointment of the Woking faithful.

Maidenhead United 1 Woking 2
13 April 2010

The Cards had to win this game to keep their play-off hopes alive, with just two more games remaining. It was about as precarious a victory as you can get. At half-time they were 1-0 down and only gained all three points via an own goal and a penalty eight minutes from time. Graham Baker was soon regretting his decision to play Jon Boardman at right back, as the latter looked distinctly uncomfortable there and then gave away a penalty on the half-hour mark with a rash tackle. In the second half Harry Arter and Nicky Nicolau were brought on for Jerome Maledon and Boardman but it was Matthew Wright’s arrival in place of Tom Hutchinson which changed the game. The Palace loanee’s header was deflected into the net in the 74th minute and then eight minutes later he was tripped for a penalty, which Gez Sole nervelessly converted. Cue wild scenes of jubilation from the travelling fans!


Come on, you Cards!

P.S. If you’re not travelling to Maidenhead why not pop down to Kingfield to see the youth side take on Hayes and Yeading? Kick-off is at 7.30pm and entrance is only £4 for adults and £2 for concessions.

Cards Win At Maidenhead

10:34am, Wed 23rd Feb 2011
Maidenhead United 0 Woking 1
Blue Square Bet South
Tuesday 22nd February 2011


With thanks to Andy Avery for this report

For a while it looked like it was going to be ‘one of those’ games where Woking did everything but score, but in the end Elvis Hammond’s well taken goal was enough to seal all three points for Woking and help with their push towards the play-offs

Woking lined up with the same starting XI as the Staines game, with Craig Dobson, once again on the bench after his entertaining debut. Maidenhead lined up in a 4-4-2 with Alex Wall being their main outlet up front.

Woking started brightly, passing the ball well and having the lion’s share of possession. The first real chance came in the 8th minute when a Murtagh free kick was met by McNerney, but his header went wide.

Two minutes later, Woking should have taken the lead. Hammond blocked a clearance and found himself clear of the last defender. He took the ball on a few paces but then shot weakly giving Williams a comfortable save.

Maidenhead’s main attacking intent came from long balls played forward for Wall to run onto but they provide little real attacking quality – their only attack of note in the first 20 minutes ended with a cross so high, a giraffe would have struggled to get on the end of, and the ball sailed harmlessly over the goal line.

In contrast, Woking were passing well and working hard to get the ball back, Davies, Hammond and Doyle in particular gave their opponents little time, although the whole team was getting in on the act, and it was no surprise when the next best opportunity fell Woking’s way.

Ademola played the ball into Hammond just inside the area. He flicked it first time round his defender but as he tried to follow the ball, Fyfield blocked him, right in front of the referee, who had no hesitation in awarding the penalty. Ademola stepped up, but went for precision rather than power, and his side-foot shot was easily saved by Williams.

Hammond fashioned another chance, chasing after a loose pass, and although he got to the ball before the keeper, he was only able to nudge it quite wide, and the angle was too tight for him to score.

Maidenhead’s only real chance of the first half came in the last minute, when a free kick was headed just wide.

It was a frustrating half for Woking – they had a lot of possession, but with Williams in the Maidenhead goal, organising his defence well like a shepherd herding his sheep, too often, the final ball let Woking down, along with some weak finishing, when they did get a chance.

Half Time: Maidenhead 0 Woking 0

Garry Hill obviously felt things needed a change at half time so the second half started with Dobson on for Anane down Woking’s right flank.

Maidenhead started much more brightly and played some nice football, much more akin to a team connected with Dereck Brown, than the long-ball tactics of the first half. However, Woking’s defence stood firm and Little was virtually untroubled.

What had been a well-natured game, exploded in the 55th minute. McNerney went in with what looked like a high tackle on Wall and a fracas followed involving everyone bar Wall and Dobson. It was interesting to note how the whole Maidenhead team rushed to get involved yet not one of them went to see how Wall was leaving him lying prostrate on the ground!

When the officials had wrestled back control, McNerney was banished to the dressing rooms for his tackle, whilst Nisbet saw red for Maidenhead for his role in the ensuing melee.

This seemed to spark Woking into life, and they started to use the extra space well. Craig Dobson, whose first touch in the game had been to tread on the ball (!) found he had the beating of his man, and Woking were more than happy to give him plenty of possession, and he put in a good performance – looking dangerous throughout the half.

In the 61st minute, the excellent Jay Davies, burst through the centre, beating two men, but his shot was saved by Williams. A minute later, a fabulous cross from Dobson was headed over by Doyle, who had stayed up from a set piece.

The Woking fans, who had been in great voice all night, continued to roar their team forward, although you could sense the nervousness in them, that it was going to be their night.

Finally, in the 72 minute, the breakthrough came. A lovely through ball by Doyle released Hammond who went by his man easily, and this time his shot was well placed and flew into the corner of the net, past William’s despairing dive. Cue wild celebrations behind the goal!

Maidenhead pushed forward and their first goal attempt on target in the whole match, came in the 78th minute but Wall’s shot was easily saved by Little, who can’t have had a much easier game than this one in recent months.

The last 10 minutes was all Woking. A lovely passing move found Murtagh in space, but his shot was well blocked by a defender.

A minute later, Dobson found Ademola in space, but he shot narrowly wide, when he could have done better.

As the referee indicated 5 minute of stoppage time, Ademola did do better, his powerful shot was heading in, but Williams did very well, flinging a hand out and diverting it onto the underside of the bar and it bounced to safety.

Hammond was subbed in the 92 minute and was given a huge ovation but the Woking fans who appreciated his impressive contribution to the game. Almost immediately, the referee blew for full time, leaving the players confused as there had only been 2 minutes of the allotted 5, and the Maidenhead manager stormed onto the pitch to confront the referee – we can only assume, there was a delay in showing the amount of injury time before the board went up.

Full Time: Maidenhead 0 Woking 1

Woking didn’t care though, they had secured another 3 points, another clean sheet and another confidence boost for the team and fans. On paper, February looked like an easier month for Woking, but you still have to do the business and get the wins – what has pleased so many people, has been the style in which this has been achieved – Hill and Thompson have brought the feel good factor back to the club in a few short weeks, so who knows where it will end up going!

It was easy to see why Maidenhead have slipped into the bottom three – their performance was flat like unleavened bread – they need something to provide the yeast or they will slip out of the division with a whimper.

Man of the match – Elvis Hammond. His work-rate was immense, his touch on the ball was superb – only his finishing had let him down, but he made up for it with a well-taken goal. Special mentions to Doyle and Davies who ran him close – both giving strong performances.

Woking: Little, Noel, Thomas, Ricketts, McNerney, Doyle, Anane (Dobson 46), Murtagh, Ademola, Hammond (Palmer 90), Davies (Turnbull 84)

Subs not used: Faulconbridge, Pegler

Attendance: 402
Maidenhead United LINEUP
1Steve Williams
2Leon Solomon
3Tom Baddeley ('79)
4Ashley Nicholls
5Mark Nisbet
6Jamal Fyfield
7Martel Powell ('66)
8Jermaine Hinds ('59)
9Cliff Akurang
10Alex Wall
11Kieron St Aimie
BENCH
12Ashley Smith
14Daniel Brown ('59)
15Andrew Fagan ('66)
16Kieran Knight ('79)
17Rhys Marshall
WOKING LINEUP
1Andy Little
2Reiss Noel
3Aswad Thomas
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Ricky Anane ('45)
8Kieran Murtagh
9Moses Ademola
10Elvis Hammond ('90)
11Jay Davies ('84)
BENCH
12Craig Dobson ('45)
14Craig Faulconbridge
15Charlie Turnbull ('84)
16Ollie Palmer ('90)
18Matt Pegler

Steve Thompson Interview after Maidenhead United 0-1 Woking

Moses Ademola Interview

David Holmes
12:31am, Wed 23rd Feb 2011
Interview with Moses Ademola following Woking's 1-0 victory away at Maidenhead United.

Moses Ademola:








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