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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 5th MarchMar 2011
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Woking
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Farnborough
Farnborough

Big derby clash on Saturday

Brian Caffarey
7:05am, Fri 4th Mar 2011
Woking v Farnborough
3pm on Saturday 5 March 2011

Woking and Farnborough fans will be flocking to Kingfield on Saturday for a mouth-watering local derby between two in-form, play-off chasing sides. Garry Hill’s team, after a fantastic display against Ebbsfleet on Tuesday, will be seeking their eighth successive league win, whilst Steve King’s Boro side will be looking to consolidate their top five place. Don’t miss it – and bring a friend!

WOKING

Cards fans are still breathless after Tuesday’s wonderful display of attacking football, which destroyed second-placed Ebbsfleet in a mere half an hour. (If you were unfortunate enough to miss the game, watch the highlights on WFCTV!) You probably have to go back to the days of Clive Walker, Scott Steele et al to recall a Cards side that played with such flair. And it wasn’t just ‘gung ho’ stuff either: the side also defended as though their lives depended on it, maintaining their seventh successive clean sheet in the league. The Cards are now in 6th place in the table, five points off Welling United but with a game in hand.

The good news midweek was that Kieran Murtagh, a huge influence, with Jay Davies, in the Woking midfield, has had his loan from Wycombe Wanderers extended by another month. And now Garry has further strengthened the squad by adding two more forwards: James Walker and Nathan Koranteng, both of whom have signed till the end of the season.

Adam Doyle will be eager to impress against his former club, who were rather unhappy to lose him – and we can understand why, given his outstanding form all season.

FARNBOROUGH

Farnborough, promoted last season from the Southern League Premier Division, lie in 3rd place in the BSS, with 56 points from 29 games, seven points clear of the Cards from the same number of games. Their away record is impressive, with eight wins, one draw and four defeats, scoring 28 goals and conceding 18.

Farnborough’s recent results, starting with last Saturday’s game at home to Dorchester, have been:

Farnborough 2 Dorchester Town 0
Farnborough 1 St Albans City 0
Thurrock 2 Farnborough 4
Farnborough 0 Boreham Wood 1
Ebbsfleet United 0 Farnborough 3

Bradley Bubb has been the main ‘danger man’ for Farnborough, having already netted 14 times. Some familiar names in Steve King’s side include experienced midfielder Gary Holloway, strikers Michael Malcolm and Kezie Ibe, plus winger Dale Binns.

ADMISSION

Adults - £12
Juniors (u16s) - £2
Concessions / Students - £8

The game will be segregated. Farnborough fans should follow the ‘away fans’ signs.

The Cardinals Bar will be open from 12 noon with a special promotion both before and after the match. From 12 noon until 1.30pm ALL DRAUGHT beers will be £2 a pint, which gives you a real bargain on Fosters, London Pride bitter and Guinness.

There will be football on the big screen and fish and chips available from Seafare on the ground floor of the LGS which you can bring back into the bar.

Then the £2 a pint draught special will return after full-time.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

See the earlier news item for details of our great matchday programme, including the new ‘lucky programme’ attraction.

Come on, you Cards!

N.B. Don’t forget that the Kingfield Road Bridge is closed to vehicles.
Pedestrian access will remain via a footbridge, but those travelling by car to the ground may have to take a diversion. For more details about the diversion, including a map, please see the Woking Borough Council website: www.woking.gov.uk/en...nmap

Last gasp Boro' sting the Cards

Glen Harrington
8:37pm, Sat 5th Mar 2011
Woking 1 Farnborough 1
Blue Square Bet South
5th March 2011


A Dale Binns goal, deep into second-half stoppage time, cruelly denied the Cards all three points in an extremely scrappy affair at Kingfield. Kieran Murtagh’s early strike looked to have been enough to give Woking victory in a fiercely contested local derby, before Binns’ late effort.

Manager Garry Hill unsurprisingly named the same Woking side that had won so convincingly against Lewes and Ebbsfleet, new signing Nathan Koranteng also making the bench. His opposite number Steve King made just one change to the team that were 2-0 victors over Dorchester last weekend, bringing in Dale Binns in place of Michael Malcolm.

As has been well documented, both squads came into the game on the back of strong runs – the Cards victorious in their last seven without conceding, the visitors winning four of the last five, including matching their hosts' 3-0 victory over Ebbsfleet United.

With easily the best Kingfield crowd of the league season present, also the third highest of the Blue Square Bet South term so far, the game started with high volume and high tension. The Cards could not have asked for a better start to settle those nerves. A lovely move culminated in Elvis Hammond collecting possession on the edge of the area. Turning his defender, he slipped the ball through for Kieran Murtagh, recently awarded the league’s player of the month award for February, who finished coolly into the bottom left-hand corner.

Unperturbed, the visitors looked for an instant reply, Binns getting the ball into the area, only for Kezei Ibe to fire over under pressure from Adam Doyle (pictured), playing against his former club. Three minutes later and Doyle was again involved, looking as if he had brought down Ibe as he attempted to race clear in the area. Thankfully, the referee did not agree – no penalty.

However, Steve King in the Farnborough technical area appeared not to share the official’s lenient view. And that would be an understatement. After two minutes of continuing to berate the linesman, King was give his marching orders and, having eventually left his seat, headed straight down the tunnel.

Buoyed by the displeasure of their opposition's players and supporters, the Cards looked to press forward in search of a second – headers from Murtagh and McNerney forcing Boro’ keeper Michael Jordan into action.

But it was Moses Ademola who was to come closest to doubling the hosts' lead. A corner, swung in by Craig Dobson, was met by the head of Adam Doyle as the Cards continued their aerial dominance. Despite Jordan getting a leg to it, the ball deflected out to Ademola, who seemed certain to score from six yards, the goal gaping. It was not to be.

Shortly afterwards Moses again had his head in his hands – a flowing move from the Cards commencing with Hammond breaking free after a Farnborough corner, with Murtagh then being allowed the time and space in the middle of the park to pick out a pass for Ademola. Taking it first time, Ademola struck it with his left foot, disappointingly seeing the ball fly wide of Jordan’s left post. While it remained only 1-0, the visitors were still very much in the game.

Half-time: Woking 1 Farnborough 0

Minutes into the second half and Moses contrived to make it a hat-trick of chances. Collecting the ball from Murtagh, Ademola did well to hold off the defender, and attempt the shot on the turn,but was unfortunate to see what was the most difficult of his three chances go narrowly wide.

With Craig Dobson looking tired and struggling to get into the game on a heavy pitch, new signing Nathan Koranteng, another loan player from Peterborough, got his chance, almost immediately making a telling contribution. Aswad Thomas barrelled his way down the left and fed the ball down the line for Koranteng. A couple of strides later and the cross came in, Hammond unlucky to turn his shot wide.

The Boro’ continued to plug away and were proving, as expected, by far and away the biggest test of Garry Hill's and Steve Thompson’s magnificent run at Woking’s helm. Jack King hit his 65th minute volley straight at Andy Little.

With several other players in red and white also appearing to be feeling the strain of Tuesday’s win, Hill opted for two changes in quick succession, replacing the hard-working Davies with Ollie Palmer, and bringing on the more physical defensive presence of Reiss Noel in place of Ricky Anane.

The Cards' defending was becoming desperate and, despite an Ademola header wide, the visitors were enjoying their first real spell of sustained pressure on the Woking back-line. McNerney, Doyle and captain Mark Ricketts, in particular, were all doing wonderfully well to restrict the number of opposition chances – Binns driving his cross through the Woking area, only for no one to be able to connect.

Boro’ were running out of options and, in desperation, Assistant Manager Justin Skinner threw on the more attack-minded Anthony Thomas and Michael Malcolm in place of their two full-backs.

With no board signalling added time, the Cards were merely attempting to hold out until they heard the blissful sound of the referee’s whistle. They couldn’t hold on. Four minutes past the ninety and Ibe somehow made his way past Doyle, squeezing in his cross and leaving Binns free to tap in the first goal Woking have conceded in over twelve hours of football – sending the strong travelling support into waves of delight.

So, in the end, a little cruel on Woking who had battled bravely, especially in the second half, with the Boro’ side possibly showing the fitness advantage of having gone without a mid-week fixture. Adam Doyle, the Cards’ stand out player, much to the displeasure of those who once counted him one of their own, not only matching but surpassing his usual exploits, and doing well to ignore the jeers and taunts of the travelling support. Ricketts too was immense, chasing and harrying everything in midfield, and was one of those left spread-eagled on the floor at the sound of the final whistle.

Although many Woking fans may see this as two points dropped, especially with the Cards falling to eighth in the table, it is worth remembering the position this team was in at the start of the seven match winning run. The hosts remain unbeaten in eight league games, conceding just that single Binns goal, and have picked up a vital point in a game against high-flying opposition, who themselves made every effort to be worthy of the draw.

It is also worth noting that of the twelve games remaining the Cards face members of the current top five only three times, a game at home to Welling and visits to Ebbsfleet and Farnborough. The season is far from over and with the teams between second and eighth still separated by just nine points, anything really could happen. It all starts again with Tuesday’s visit to Weston-super-Mare.

Woking: Andrew Little, Ricky Anane (Reiss Noel 75), Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Craig Dobson (Nathan Koranteng 55), Kieran Murtagh, Moses Ademola, Elvis Hammond, Jay Davies (Ollie Palmer 70).

Unused Subs: Craig Faulconbridge, Matt Pegler.

Goals: Murtagh 4.

Bookings: McNerney 46, Anane 50, Doyle 87.

Farnborough: Michael Jordan, Osei Sankofa (Michael Malcolm 84), Craig Braham-Barrett (Anthony Thomas 84), Jack King, Steve Robinson, James Smith, Bradley Bubb, Gary Holloway, Kezei Ibe, Dean McDonald (Paul Booth 58), Dale Binns.

Unused Subs: Nic Ciardini, Owen Price.

Goals: Binns 90+4.

Bookings: Holloway 17, Braham-Barrett 68, Binns 72, Malcolm 88.

Sponsors’ and Supporters’ MOTM: Adam Doyle – Endured unwelcome abuse from the Farnborough supporters all afternoon, responding with one of his best performances yet. Did not deserve to see his side concede the late equaliser.

Attendance: 2,123
WOKING LINEUP
1Andy Little
2Ricky Anane ('75)
3Aswad Thomas
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Craig Dobson ('56)
8Kieran Murtagh
9Moses Ademola
10Elvis Hammond
11Jay Davies ('70)
BENCH
12Reiss Noel ('75)
14Craig Faulconbridge
15Nathan Koranteng ('56)
16Ollie Palmer ('70)
18Matt Pegler
Farnborough LINEUP
1Michael Jordan
2Osei Sankofa ('84)
3Craig Braham-Barrett ('84)
4Jack King
5Stephen Robinson
6James Smith
7Bradley Bubb
8Gary Holloway
9Kezie Ibe
10Dean McDonald ('57)
11Dale Binns
BENCH
12Nicholas Ciardini
14Owen Price
15Paul Booth ('57)
16Michael Malcolm ('84)
17Anthony Thomas ('84)

Garry Hill Interview after Woking 1-1 Farnborough

Adam Doyle Interview

David Holmes
7:19pm, Sat 5th Mar 2011
Interview with Man of the Match Adam Doyle, following Woking's home draw with Farnborough.

Adam Doyle:








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