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Maidenhead United

Match Preview | Cards looking to build on King’s Lynn stalemate

Glen Harrington
2:51pm, Thu 10th Mar 2022
Woking vs Maidenhead United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 12th March 2022

Woking will aim to build on the first point under the stewardship of caretaker manager Ian Dyer when they host Maidenhead United at the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Saturday.

The Cards will undoubtedly be disappointed to have not taken more from Tuesday evening’s trip to relegation threatened King’s Lynn Town, for whom the goalless draw earned them just an 18th point of the season, but there were more encouraging signs, not least just a fifth clean sheet of the season for the visitors. However, the result does extend Woking’s winless run to nine games, from which they’ve taken just three points, and the managerless Cards will know the importance of breaking that run sooner rather than later, despite extending the gap to the relegation places to 12 points.

Dyer will be boosted on Saturday by the return from suspension of Rohan Ince and Jack Roles, who was retrospectively banned from his time at former club Crystal Palace, whilst David Longe-King also returned on Tuesday after missing six games. That means fellow defenders Kyran Lofthouse and Louie Annesley are the only players currently sidelined through injury. It will mean plenty of competition for places, particularly in midfield, where Max Kretzschmar made his first start in eight games last time out, completing 70 minutes before being replaced by Tarryn Allarakhia.

Opposition Watch

After a challenging start to the season, Maidenhead have been much improved since the turn of the year, losing just three of their last 10 league matches. Surprise wins over Chesterfield, FC Halifax Town, and Boreham Wood, plus a draw with Wrexham, have steered them clear of the relegation zone, and they now sit one place and one point above the Cards in 18th place. Their results so far this month have been poor however, with defeats at Dagenham and at home to Wealdstone either side of draw with Altrincham, all without scoring.

Their long-serving manager is Alan Devonshire, the former West Ham United midfielder, who has been in charge of the Magpies since 2015 – his second spell with the club having previously managed the club between 1996 and 2003. The 65-year-old, who has also coached Hampton & Richmond Borough and Braintree Town in a successful managerial career, has enjoyed a fine record against the Cards with Maidenhead, winning five and drawing two of 10 meetings across three different competitions, including October’s 3-2 victory.

Maidenhead’s squad includes several names which will be familiar to Woking fans – Kane Ferdinand leads the ex-Woking contingent, the midfielder has six goals so far this season, having played for the Cards between 2016 and 2021. He is joined by defender Manny Parry and utility man Shaun Donnellan. Their top scorer this season is Josh Kelly with 14.

Recent Meetings

• Maidenhead United 3-2 Woking – 23rd October 2021, National League (Kretzschmar, McNerney)
• Maidenhead United 2-1 Woking – 24th April 2021, National League (Ferdinand)
• Woking 0-0 Maidenhead United – 23rd January 2021, National League
• Woking 2-0 Maidenhead United – 29th February 2020, National League (Jarvis, Diarra)
• Maidenhead United 2-3 Woking – 23rd November 2019, National League (Diarra, Loza, Hyde)

On the Day

Ticket prices are £16 for Adults, Concessions £11, Students and Next Generation £8 and £3 for 16-year-olds and under – click here for more information and to book your tickets online.

This match will be segregated, with Maidenhead fans being allocated the Chris Lane Terrace and some seats in the Seymours Community LGS.

Last-gasp Woking shoot down the Magpies

Brian Caffarey
3:54pm, Sun 13th Mar 2022
Woking 1 Maidenhead United 0
Vanarama National League
12th March 2022

Ian Dyer marked his first home game as caretaker manager with a long-awaited three points courtesy of a superb 94th minute strike from substitute Nicke Kabamba after some excellent work from fellow substitute George Oakley. The fact that the goal was greeted like a Cup-final winner by the bench and fans showed how much it meant to both parties, perhaps for slightly different reasons. The goal lit up a game which was otherwise largely devoid of interest apart from a promising ten to fifteen-minute spell from the Cards in the first half which, unfortunately, turned out not to be a foretaste of what was to follow.

On a bright, breezy afternoon players and fans began with a minute’s applause to salute the bravery shown by the citizens of Ukraine in their fight against the senseless, unprovoked Russian invasion of their country.

The Cards made two changes from the starting line-up from their 0-0 midweek draw at Kings Lynn, with Rohan Ince returning from suspension and Jamar Loza getting the nod. Oliver Pendlebury and Kabamba dropped to the bench. The Magpies included three former Cards in the shape of Kane Ferdinand, Manny Parry and Shaun Donnellan.

The visitors looked more cohesive in the first ten minutes or so, although no chances were created at either end. But the Cards then sprang to life and put Maidenhead under sustained concerted pressure. Moussa Diarra had a header cleared off the line. Visiting keeper Nathan Ashmore then failed to collect a high ball before it was cleared. More attacks, corners and shots followed, with efforts by Max Kretzschmar, Ince, Loza and Inih Effiong all blocked by a defence ably marshalled by the experienced Allan Massey.

However, a quick break at the other end almost caught the Cards out. A header fell to the hard-working Josh Kelly, who poked the ball just wide under pressure from David Longe-King.

Shortly afterwards Effiong saw a similar poked effort go narrowly wide of the target after some good work by Josh Casey and Ince had created the opening. Another opportunity was missed in the 24th minute when Tyreke Johnson headed Casey’s cross over the bar.

That was about as good as it got in terms of chances created in the first half. The game turned into something of a stalemate with both sides guilty of wasting free-kicks and putting in poor crosses. About the only real goal threat came just before half-time when Parry headed a free-kick over the bar.

Half-time: Woking 0 Maidenhead United 0

As in the first half, Woking started pretty slowly after the break and the game continued to be a fairly dull affair, with virtually no chances created. Indeed, it’s hard to remember either keeper having a save to make the whole game, with activity being limited to a few catches and punches.

It was no surprise to see Ian Dyer bring on two substitutes in the 70th minute, with Kabamba replacing Johnson and Oakley replacing Effiong, who had worked hard but with fairly limited service. The changes did seem to give the Cards a bit of a lift, with Oakley appearing to find some space to the right. A shooting chance opened up for Solomon Nwabuokei but he seemed reluctant to take it. Long-Kinge’s header looked to have created a chance for Kretzschmar but he couldn’t take advantage and the offside flag was raised anyway.

As the minutes ticked away, it looked more and more as though it would be another 0-0 draw. Both sides fired in crosses but without much threat. A long ball appeared to catch out the Magpies’ defence, leaving Kretzschmar goalside but the ball somehow bounced up and Ashmore collected.

And, then, deep into the four minutes of added time Kretzschmar managed to find Oakley in the left channel. Holding off defenders, he played a smart ball crossfield to Kabamba. Neatly shimmying round a defender, he advanced into the right of the box and fired a superb shot into the far corner for his first Woking goal.

Kabamba ends his drought with late winner
Kabamba ends his drought with late winner
David Holmes

Once all the lengthy celebrations had finally finished, the Cards had only to see out a corner and a short passage of play before they could rejoice in three points gained for the first time in ten league games.

It wasn’t a great spectacle but Ian Dyer will no doubt take some justified satisfaction in gaining a win at last to add to the draw he secured in his first game in charge, neither of which saw Woking concede a goal. The side looked more balanced with four at the back and, at times in the first half, looked more threatening down the flanks, with Johnson’s and Loza’s pace.

The win takes the Cards to 16th place in the table, 15 points clear of the relegation places.

Woking: 13 Craig Ross, 3 Josh Casey, 6 Moussa Diarra, 4 Tom Champion, 22 David Longe-King, Max Kretzschmar, 8 Solomon Nwabuokei, 24 Rohan Ince, 7 Jamar Loza, 9 Inih Effiong (14 George Oakley 71’), 11 Tyreke Johnson (18 Nicke Kabamba 71’)

Unused substitutes: 16 Louie Annesley, 20 Jack Roles, 27 Oliver Pendlebury

Goals: Kamamba 94’

Booked: Casey, Johnson

Maidenhead United: 1 Nathan Ashmore, 5 Manny Parry, 6 Remy Clerima, 8 Shaun Donnellan, 10 Kane Ferdinand (11 Dan Sparkes 52), 15 Sam Beckwith, 16 Ryheem Sheckleford, 18 Emile Acquah (20 Shawn McCoulsky), 19 Ryan Upward, 22 Josh Kelly, 24 Alan Massey

Unused substitutes: 9 Nathan Blissett, 17 Reece Smith, 27 Charlee Adams

Booked: Parry, Clerima, Sheckleford

Referee: Scott Simpson

Attendance: 2,188 (130 away fans)

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13Craig Ross
22David Longe-King
3Josh Casey
4Tom Champion
6Moussa Diarra
24Rohan Ince
8Solomon Nwabuokei
10Max Kretzschmar
11Tyreke Johnson ('71)
7Jamar Loza
9Inih Effiong ('71)
16Louie Annesley
27Olly Pendlebury
20Jack Roles
14George Oakley ('71)
18Nicke Kabamba ('71)
Maidenhead United LINEUP
Nathan Ashmore
16Ryheem Sheckleford
15Sam Beckwith
5Manny Parry
6Remy Clerima
24Alan Massey
8Shaun Donnellan
19Ryan Upward
10Kane Ferdinand ('52)
18Emile Acquah ('81)
22Josh Kelly
11Dan Sparkes ('52)
17Reece Smith
27Charlee Adams
9Nathan Blissett
20Shawn McCoulsky ('81)

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