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Staines Town
Staines Town
3 - 0

Woking
Woking

Another tough test tomorrow

Brian Caffarey
9:44am, Fri 12th Mar 2010
Staines Town v Woking
3pm on Saturday 13 March 2010

The Cards travel to Wheatsheaf Park tomorrow for the second leg of their ‘double header’ against promotion rivals, Staines Town. The Swans offered little last Saturday but nevertheless came away with a point thanks to Woking’s enduring problems in finding the net. Although Graham Baker’s side have now slipped to 12th place, they are still only seven points off the play-off places, with a game or two in hand on most of the clubs above them. But wins, rather than draws, are needed in the next few games to revive promotion hopes.

WOKING

I spoke to Graham this morning for an update. Jamie Slabber is still recovering from his operation. Delano Sam-Yorke hurt his ankle in training yesterday and will need to be assessed today. No one is suspended, although Matthew Wright’s three-match suspension will kick in from Tuesday. Charlie Moone is still on loan at AFC Totton; Daniel Sintim has begun a second month at Croydon Athletic; and Joe McNerney is into the first week of his loan spell at Ashford Town (Middx).

Graham says that they will be looking for a win tomorrow at Staines but with an emphasis on making sure that they are not defeated. He says that things are not yet at the stage when they have to throw caution to the winds and go all out for wins. The aim is to build on the confidence gained from the draws at Dorchester and against Staines last Saturday – which stopped the run of defeats – and push on if at all possible. He emphasised, in view of some apparent misunderstanding of his recent comments, that the team is not going out on the pitch aiming for a draw.

STAINES TOWN

Staines have been on a good run in recent months, having been beaten only once since their defeat at Newport County before Christmas. Recent league results have been:

6 Feb Staines 3 Weymouth 1
13 Feb Bromley 0 Staines 2
20 Feb Staines 4 St Albans 3
27 Feb Staines 1 Eastleigh 2
2 Mar Weymouth 1 Staines 2
6 Mar Woking 0 Staines 0

On Wednesday night the Swans beat Enfield Town away 3-0 in the semi-final of the Middlesex County Cup, with goals from Mazin Ahmad, Howard Newton and Leroy Griffiths.

Staines have been hampered recently by the absence of injured strikers Ali Chaaban, Marc Charles-Smith and Elliot Onochie. As we saw last Saturday, their squad includes two ex-Cards in Simon Jackson and Michael Kamara. Woking’s Harry Arter and Tamer Tuna will be both be returning to a club at which they enjoyed loan spells. Howard Newton is often the player to make the Swans tick but, like the rest of his colleagues, had a quiet game at Kingfield last Saturday. It would be surprising if the Swans don’t prove a much tougher proposition on home territory.


GETTING THERE

Wheatsheaf Park
Wheatsheaf Lane
Staines
Middlesex
TW18 2PD
Website: www.stainesmassive.co.uk

By coach
Leaves 1.00pm; £10 members, £14 non-members; phone the Club Shop or email shop@wokingfc.co.uk.

By car
Leave the M25 at Junction 13 and turn east onto the London bound A30. At 'The Crooked Billet' roundabout, exit for Staines town centre. Go right through the town, passing the Elmsleigh Centre car parks; next bear left at the junction opposite the Thames Lodge hotel and into Laleham Road. Go under the iron railway bridge next to the river and follow the road for about 2/3 of a mile, turning right by the bollards and into Wheatsheaf Lane. The ground is on the left and signposted Staines Town FC / The Thames club.

By train
Staines station – accessible by changing at Weybridge or Clapham Junction – is a 3/4 mile walk from the ground. Exit onto Gresham Road and turn left at T junction into Laleham Road, Wheatsheaf Lane is about 1/2 mile on the right. www.thetrainline.com gives up-to-date train times and routes. A good choice might be the 13.03 from Woking, arriving at Weybridge at 13.13, followed by the 13.33 from Weybridge, reaching Staines at 14.02.

Come on, you Cards!


Cards well beaten

Alan Worth
8:43pm, Sat 13th Mar 2010
STAINES TOWN 3 v WOKING 0

13th March 2010

ALAN WORTH


The grim expression on the faces of Graham Baker and his Woking team as they left the field at Wheatsheaf Park this afternoon said it all. The Cards had been comprehensively and comfortably defeated by local rivals Staines Town and any lingering hopes that Woking might make a play-off place were surely buried as their dreadful run showed no sign of being turned around.

Apart from the returning Ross Worner, Woking started with the same line-up that had secured a draw at Kingfield in part one of this double-header. On the bench was new signing Craig Faulconbridge from Carshalton, alongside Sole, Ademola, Anane and Nicolau.

Staines introduced two new loan signings – Andrew White, a forward on Reading’s books, and the impressive Elliott Godfrey, another forward from AFC Wimbledon. Ali Chaaban, Staines’s leading scorer, returned to the bench.

Woking started brightly and for the first quarter looked comfortable at the back, with Hutchinson commanding in the air, and Pinney looking sharp up front. In the fourth minute he muscled his way past a Staines defender and managed to get to the bye line. The young forward hesitated and his cross was cleared away for a corner.

The hosts’ first real chance came on 14 minutes. An excellent ball over the top from Risbridger saw Godfrey in the clear but the debutant’s shot was well over Worner’s bar. Two minutes later a dangerous corner from the left saw Mambo unmarked at the back post but he was just unable to get his head to the ball. On 22 minutes Ross Worner had to make an excellent point blank save from Griffiths, who had been put in on goal by White’s pass.

On 25 minutes came controversy and a huge let-off for the Cards. A free-kick was taken by Staines’ keeper, Louis Wells, after an offside decision. His huge kick was missed by Hutchinson in the area and its extravagant bounce took the ball over Worner’s despairing leap and into the back of the net. Referee Serrano initially gave the goal, as Staines players rushed to congratulate their bemused keeper. But then, to the relief of the travelling Cards fans, he decided to rule the goal out, presumably as he believed that the ball hadn’t been touched and he had awarded an indirect free-kick.

Rather than picking up the pace, and being spurred on by this good fortune, Woking now began to look far less secure at the back as Staines continued to dictate with the lion share of possession.

On 38 minutes Hand’s ball to Wright saw the striker get to the bye line but his cross was deflected behind by Wells. On 40 minutes Pinney’s long cross-field ball from the left picked out his partner Wright, whose shot on the volley flew past the far post. For Staines, White’s shot from outside the box was well over and a snap shot from Griffiths was wide of Worner’s post

HALF TIME – Staines Town 0 Woking 0

Staines immediately took the lead within a minute of the re-start. Ross Worner hesitated in clearing a back pass and saw his effort ricochet off the advancing White and into the net.

A Ricketts shot immediately afterwards caused Wells problems but the Staines keeper gathered the ball after he had fumbled the long-range effort.

The game was now opening up, with Arter put through by Pinney, but he was quickly surrounded by Staines defenders and, on 51 minutes, a vicious in-swinging free kick from Sloma was deflected away for a corner as Hutchinson stooped to head the ball goalwards.

On 54 minutes a dreadful back pass almost handed Staines a second freak goal as Worner’s clearance again hit White as he closed down on the Cards keeper. This time the ball was cleared.

Staines doubled their lead on 57 minutes. Ex-Card Simon Jackson found Scarlett on the edge of the box and the midfielder buried his shot, with Worner going the wrong way thanks to a slight deflection. It was no more than the home side deserved.

Another long Staines clearance found Godfrey in the clear but Worner just managed to head the ball way to safety from outside the area.

On 71 minutes Craig Faulconbridge replaced Pinney to make his Woking debut while at the other end Ali Chaaban had been brought on and the speedy forward immediately caused Woking problems. His central free-kick after he had been fouled fortunately only found Woking’s defensive wall.

With ten minutes remaining, Sole’s quick turn gave him a half chance but his shot was deflected for a corner. A final chance for the Cards came after Faulconbridge’s flicked header was controlled by Sole, now on for Arter. He played in Hutchinson, playing up front in a last ditch effort to find some form of consolation goal, but again the Staines defence managed to squeeze the ball out for a corner.

Finally, in time added on, Staines piled on the agony with a third goal. Woking, stretched at the back, allowed Scarlett acres of space on the edge of the box and the midfielder again finished clinically to make it 3-0.

And so Staines march on towards the play-offs while Woking look condemned to mid-table obscurity. The away form that brought such fine performances at Basingstoke and Dover has disappeared without trace.

MATCH DETAILS
SCORERS: Staines Town - White 9, Scarlett 57, 91
BOOKED: Woking – Hand 86
ATTENDANCE: 962
HALF-TIME: Staines Town 0 Woking 0
MOTM: Tom Hutchinson
WOKING LINE-UP: Ross Worner, Tony Sinclair, Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts, Tom Hutchinson, Jon Boardman, Harry Arter (Giuseppe Sole 59), Jamie Hand, Matthew Wright (Nicky Nicolau 61), Nathaniel Pinney (Craig Faulconbridge 71), Sam Sloma
UNUSED SUBS: Ricky Anane, Moses Ademola
STAINES TOWN LINE-UP: Wells, Jackson, Sterling, Gordon, Mambo, Scarlett, Newton (Brown 80), Risbridger, White (Chaaban 68), Godfrey, Griffiths
UNUSED SUBS: Ifura, Ahmad, Kamara
REFEREE: A. Serrano
ASSISTANT REFEREES: D. Berry, I. Douglas


Staines Town LINEUP
1Louis Wells
2Simon Jackson
3Dominic Sterling
4Danny Gordon
5Yado Mambo
6Andre Scarlett
7Howard Newton ('81)
8Gareth Risbridger
9Andrew White ('69)
10Elliott Godfrey
11Leroy Griffiths
BENCH
12Marien Ifura
14Mazin Ahmad
15Michael Kamara
16Darty Brown ('81)
18Ali Chaaban ('69)
WOKING LINEUP
1Ross Worner
2Tony Sinclair
3Aswad Thomas
4Mark Ricketts
5Tom Hutchinson
6Jon Boardman
7Harry Arter ('60)
8Jamie Hand
9Matt Wright ('63)
10Nathaniel Pinney ('72)
11Sam Sloma
BENCH
12Ricky Anane
14Moses Ademola
15Giuseppe Sole ('60)
16Nicky Nicolau ('63)
17Craig Faulconbridge ('72)

Graham Baker Interview after Staines Town 3-0 Woking

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