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Lewes, here we come!

Brian Caffarey
6:09am, Fri 25th Feb 2011
Lewes v Woking
3pm on Saturday 26 February 2011

Cards fans are expected to turn out in force at the Dripping Pan tomorrow in the hope of seeing their side’s sixth successive league win. But Lewes, though near the bottom of the table, have been in good form themselves, so it’s got all the makings of a compelling encounter.


Woking’s hard-fought but thoroughly merited 1-0 win at Maidenhead United on Tuesday night made it five league wins on the trot, with 10 goals scored and none conceded. You can’t ask for better than that! And we’ve seen some lovely passing football to boot. It was only a few weeks ago that the side was languishing 14 points off the play-off places. The gap is now down to five points. Another win would set the scene perfectly for Kingfield clashes against high-flying Ebbsfleet on Tuesday and Farnborough next Saturday.

Barring injuries Garry Hill may be tempted to start with the side that began the second half at Maidenhead, when Craig Dobson came on for Ricky Anane. Dobson’s pace and trickery certainly helped to unsettle the Maidenhead defence. Joe McNerney’s three-game suspension for his sending-off doesn’t kick in till the away game at Weston-super-Mare, so at least he’ll be available on Saturday and for the keenly-awaited Ebbsfleet and Farnborough matches.


The Rooks, in 21st place in the table, have been fighting all season to preserve their BSS status. A run of five unbeaten games was ended on Wednesday night by Ebbsfleet United, who came away from the Dripping Pan with a possibly flattering 3-0 win. The Rooks’ recent results, starting with that game, have been:

Lewes 0 Ebbsfleet United 3
Lewes 2 Havant and Waterlooville 1
Hampton and Richmond Borough 1 Lewes 2
Maidenhead United 0 Lewes 2
Lewes 2 Boreham Wood 2

Lewes have won three, drawn four and lost eight games at home, scoring 13 goals and conceding 25.

Manager Tim O’Shea has brought in striker Ben Hunt and midfielder Joe Tabiri, both from Dover Athletic, to aid their relegation fight. Gary Noel has been signed on dual registration forms from Carshalton Athletic and Lyle Taylor was brought in from Bournemouth in the transfer window.


Lewes FC
The Dripping Pan
Mountfield Road
East Sussex
Website: www.lewesfc.com

By coach
Leaves 11.30am; £12 members, £17 non-members. Phone the Club Shop (01483 772470) or email shop@wokingfc.co.uk today.

By car
The Dripping Pan is at the very start of Mountfield Road, directly behind the station. If you are coming from the north or west, turn off the A27 for Lewes and turn right (signposted Rodmell and Piddinghoe) after about a mile at the first set of traffic lights, adjacent to the prison. Follow that road until you get to a mini-roundabout by The Swan pub and turn left. Continue along this road to the ground.

There are limited car parking spaces in the Sussex Downs College and Priory School car parks down Mountfield Road past the ground. Metered street parking is available and there is a pay and display car park directly outside the ground but please be aware that Lewes has quite a number of 'keen' traffic wardens patrolling the town.

By train
You need to catch the train up to Clapham Junction to pick up the Lewes service (usually from platform 13). The 12.38 from Woking would get you to Clapham Junction at 13.11, from where you could get the 13.23 to Lewes, arriving at 14.22. Or if you want to give yourself more time to wander around Lewes and/or indulge in the splendid Harvey’s beer, you could travel an hour earlier, catching the 11.38 from Woking. On the way back there’s a train at 16.50 to Clapham Junction, arriving at 17.52, from where you could pick up the 18.02 to Woking, arriving at 18.27. The next train from Lewes is the 17.20.

Lewes railway station is only a two-minute walk from the Dripping Pan. When you leave the main entrance, turn left and follow the path over the bridge. The ground will be in front of you.


£10 adults; £5 concessions; children free.


This season

Woking 2 Lewes 1
24 August 2010

The Cards notched up their second win of the season, following disappointing defeats at the hands of Dover and Chelmsford and a much-needed away win at Dorchester. Once again it was Dave Gilroy whom the Cards mainly had to thank for the three points as he netted two more goals. In an exhilarating first half display Gilroy opened the scoring in the third minute, delicately deflecting Moses Ademola’s cross inside the near post. The second followed on the half-hour mark as Jerome Maledon made a fine break down the left flank, setting up Gilroy perfectly to slam the ball home. The second half was a different story as Woking struggled to maintain any impetus. Lewes pulled a goal back in the 55th minute when Jordan Lang converted a rebound off the post. Graham Baker threw on Gomez Dali and Craig Faulconbridge for Gilroy and Andy Forbes but without any effect. In the end the Cards hung on nervously and unconvincingly for the three points.

Last season

Lewes 0 Woking 2
29 August 2009

A Bank Holiday Saturday trip to Lewes was much enjoyed, for several reasons, by a large contingent of Woking fans. As usual, the Cards struggled to make their superiority count over a young Lewes side, with the home club’s very existence threatened by HMRC. Sam Sloma was influential but it was a counter-attack just before half-time that produced the lead, Ricky Anane surprisingly popping up at centre forward to smash the ball home. As Woking struggled to make the game safe Delano Sam-Yorke and Charlie Moone came on for Gez Sole and Craig Watkins, and it was Charlie’s snap shot four minutes from time that allowed Woking fans to truly celebrate. In the meantime Graham Baker had been red-carded for kicking the ball towards the linesman in an attempt to attract his attention for a substitution!

Woking 2 Lewes 0
3 April 2010

Two headed goals from Craig Faulconbridge, making it five goals in five games, earned a comfortable victory for the Cards in what proved to be the third win in the sequence that produced the improbable surge into the fifth play-off place last season. Faulconbridge, partnering Nathaniel Pinney up front, put the Cards in front in the 20th minute with a header from Nicky Nicolau’s corner and then doubled the lead in the 60th minute with a diving header from his strike partner’s cross.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget that the Cards are at home on Tuesday evening when play-off contenders Ebbsfleet United are the visitors. Make a date in your diary too for the Race Night next Friday evening. Tickets, only £5, including food, are available from the Club Shop at the Ebbsfleet match.

Rooks gunned down

Brian Caffarey
9:47pm, Sat 26th Feb 2011
Lewes 0 Woking 4
26 February 2011

Most Cards fans regard a trip to Lewes as one of the best outings of the season: we usually win, it’s a lovely town to wander round and a couple of pints (or more) of Harvey’s will induce a sense of well-being even if the football were to disappoint. (Any inaccuracies in this report are also to be ascribed to the lovely brew.)

All expectations were fulfilled in ample measure this afternoon as the Cards, backed by an impressive away following, won in a canter, notching up their sixth successive league win, with fourteen goals scored and none conceded. Andy Little didn’t have a save to make the entire afternoon. His powder blue kit was as pristine at the end as at the beginning: no need to wash it before the Fleet arrive on Tuesday evening.

In the absence of Reiss Noel, Ricky Anane reverted to right back but it was otherwise the same side that started the second half at Maidenhead United, with Craig Dobson on the right flank. The players took the field in bright sunshine but the black clouds looming over the Downs soon rolled in, scattering spectators from the open terraced banks to the covered stand behind the goal which the Cards attacked in the first half.

The game started in a very lively and open fashion. Adam Doyle – who subsequently didn’t put a foot wrong – allowed a through ball to bounce (and hit his chin!), opening up a shooting chance which rattled the outside of Little’s post. In the 5th minute Dobson slid a pass into Elvis Hammond’s path on the right of the box. An uncharacteristically weak shot from the normally lethal striker presented the keeper with a comfortable save. A minute later Hammond seized on a long ball but saw his shot blocked. Then it was his turn to lay on a chance for Dobson but, with defenders closing him down as he neared the far post, he shot wide with the aid of slight deflection. The burst of spurned chances continued as Lewes put another effort high and wide.

Kieran Murtagh and Jay Davies – who, between them, dictated play for most of the game – then began to take charge as the match settled down. But it was Hammond, in the 14th minute, chasing down a long ball, who brought about the opening goal. Forcing the keeper into a hurried clearance, the ball ricocheted off a defender, looping up into the air and coming down near the far post, where the advancing Dobson slammed it high into the net for his first goal for the Club.

With Woking now in complete control, the second goal soon followed. A through ball from Hammond, splitting the Lewes defence, set up a race between Dobson and the Lewes keeper. The pacy Dobson was too quick for his opponent, nicking the ball round him and then calmly controlling it before passing it into the empty net for his second goal of the afternoon.

The Cards continued to work hard against a Lewes side who often looked overwhelmed. At the back Doyle and Joe McNerney dealt decisively with any balls pumped hopefully forward, when not allowing them to run through harmlessly to Little. Mark Ricketts charged around, breaking up play. Murtagh, all silky skills, and Davies, forever running, controlled the midfield, sweeping the ball out to willing runners in Dobson, Anane and Moses Ademola, while Hammond was always looking to get on the end of balls threaded through.

A lovely pass from Davies to Hammond in the 28th minute looked for a moment as though it had set up the third goal but the linesman’s flag intervened – much to Hammond’s annoyance: dissent which earned him a booking. More link-up play between the same pair a couple of minutes later saw Hammond’s effort saved.

It was all one-way traffic apart from a Lewes shot well over the bar. Davies made a clever run from right to left across the face of the box but seemed reluctant to try his left foot for a shot, his eventual strike being blocked.

As the torrential rain ensued, the Cards continued to play passing football, including a delightful ‘nutmeg’ from Hammond, before going off to warm applause.

Half-time: Lewes 0 Woking 2

The second half was almost too easy for Woking, making it difficult to keep up the tempo of the first period. Even so they were too quick and skilful for a game but limited Rooks side. With the game played out almost exclusively in the Lewes half, it seemed just a matter of time before a third goal materialised, although, perhaps because they’d taken their foot off the pedal a bit, the Cards created fewer openings than in the first half.

Ademola side-footed over just after the break and Anane tried a long-range effort not long afterwards. The one potentially dangerous Lewes attack was snuffed out in the end by Murtagh, anticipating the danger and inserting his body between attacker and the ball – epitomising a great team performance.

In the 62nd minute Dobson, down the right, opened up a chance on goal for Hammond but the latter’s shot, from a tight angle, found the side-netting. He was then replaced by Ollie Palmer – we hope in order to rest him for Tuesday rather than because of any injury.

Ademola was now finding increasing amounts of space down the Woking left as the Lewes defenders tired – in contrast to the youthful enthusiasm of Palmer as he chased every ball.

Midway through the half a superb passing move, starting right at the back, ended with Ademola curling a shot round the far post. Two minutes later another admirable move produced the third goal. Aswad Thomas fed Ademola down the left flank. He passed inside to Murtagh, who struck a fine, low effort into the far corner.

The purple patch continued with a splendid fourth goal just two minutes later. Murtagh freed Ademola once more as Thomas made an excellent surging run in the inside channel. Picking up Ademola’s pass, Thomas swept the ball, left-footed, into the corner to make it 4-0.

The final ten minutes of a very one-sided game saw the Cards continue to press forward – not at full throttle but still energetically enough to create more chances and half-chances. McNerney headed a corner down and up over the bar and Palmer’s snap shot went only narrowly wide.

This was another hugely impressive display from Garry Hill’s side. Confidence is clearly sky high, with everyone eager to get on the ball. There is a really nice balance to the side now and it’s a joy to see the players persevere with passing football.

Bring on Ebbsfleet and Farnborough!

Woking: Andy Little, Ricky Anane, Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Craig Dobson (Craig Faulconbridge 71), Kieran Murtagh, Moses Ademola, Elvis Hammond (Ollie Palmer 63), Jay Davies (Charlie Turnbull 80)

Unused subs: Matt Pegler, Dave Gilroy

Booked: Elvis Hammond, Moses Ademola

My MOTM: Kieran Murtagh (pictured)

Attendance: 834

P.S. Make sure you’re at Kingfield on Tuesday evening when the Cards take on Ebbsfleet United!

1Chris Winterton
2Jack Evans
3Lewis Hamilton ('81)
4Jermaine Wright
5Chris Breach
6Calum Davies
7David Wheeler
8Joe Tabiri ('71)
9Gary Noel
10Lyle Taylor ('45)
11Rory Hill
12Ben Hunt ('45)
14Ismael Welsh ('71)
15Sonny Cobbs
16Anthony Barness ('81)
17Jamie Crellin
1Andy Little
2Ricky Anane
3Aswad Thomas
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Craig Dobson ('73)
8Kieran Murtagh
9Moses Ademola
10Elvis Hammond ('63)
11Jay Davies ('81)
12Dave Gilroy
14Craig Faulconbridge ('73)
15Charlie Turnbull ('81)
16Ollie Palmer ('63)
18Matt Pegler

Garry Hill Interview after Lewes 0-4 Woking

Lewes Interviews

David Holmes
6:22pm, Sat 26th Feb 2011
Interviews with Aswad Thomas & Craig Dobson following Woking's 4-0 victory away at Lewes.

Aswad Thomas:

Craig Dobson:

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