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Cards aim to consolidate play-off place

Brian Caffarey
6:27am, Fri 18th Mar 2011
Woking v Bromley
3pm on Saturday 19 March 2011

Having reached the play-off places with their astounding recent run, the Cards will be intent on consolidating it in their remaining nine games, starting with this encounter against fading Bromley. Tuesday’s game saw some sparkling football from Garry Hill’s side. Come down to Kingfield on Saturday and cheer them on!


The Cards’ 2-1 defeat of Hampton and Richmond Borough on Tuesday, combined with other results, saw them leap into 4th place in the table, only two points off second-placed Ebbsfleet United, although the Fleet have two games in hand. Woking have now won ten and drawn one of their last eleven league games, scoring 22 goals and conceding just two in the process.

They will be looking to take maximum points again from their second home game in a row before two vital clashes against rivals Eastleigh (away on Saturday 26 March) and Welling United (home on Saturday 2 April). (Incidentally, those two sides play each other on Saturday, so that provides an opportunity for Woking to put further distance between themselves and one or more of their rivals.) With only more Tuesday fixture before the end of the season (at home to Dorchester on 5 April), the Cards will soon be able to benefit from a bit more rest and recuperation between games.

Joe McNerney, though, should be fit and raring to go on Saturday, having now served his three-match suspension. He will no doubt be restored to central defence to partner the ever-reliable Adam Doyle.


Bromley were the early season pace-setters, winning their first seven games but financial troubles have taken a heavy toll in recent months. They have now gone seven league games without a win and have now slipped to 9th place, 12 points behind the Cards from the same number of games. They now look to be well out of play-off contention. Away from home they’ve won seven, drawn five and lost five but their recent form is less impressive, losing three and drawing one of their last four away games. Their recent results, starting with last Saturday’s draw at home to Boreham Wood, are:

Bromley 1 Boreham Wood 1
Havant and W 2 Bromley 0
Welling United 3 Bromley 1
Dorchester Town 0 Bromley 0
Bromley 0 Staines Town 1

Warren McBean has been the main threat to the Cards in past games.


This season
Bromley 2 Woking 2
9 November 2010

This was a fast, open game in contrast to Woking’s previous outing, at the Withdean Stadium, when they’d held Brighton and Hove Albion to a goal-less draw in the FA Cup. Graham Baker brought in Craig Faulconbridge and Dave Gilroy for the ‘rested’ Moses Ademola and Elvis Hammond, who dropped to the bench. The Cards took a fortuitous lead when a defender’s clearance looped off Gilroy’s back and into the net. But they were soon pegged back by a magnificent header from Warren McBean at the far post. The Cards had a host of chances immediately after the break but Bromley, second in the table, re-grouped and took the lead through Scarborough, latching onto a cross played back into the box. The Lilllywhites had plenty of opportunities to make the game safe and were made to pay for it in injury time when Hammond’s shot hit a defender’s hand. Gilroy insisted on taking the penalty and converted.

Last season
Bromley 3 Woking 1
17 October 2009

Bromley inflicted the Cards’ first away defeat of the season as the home side’s fast counter-attacking game caught out Woking’s defence. The ever-dangerous Warren McBean opened the scoring for the Lillywhites in the 18th minute with a great run, beating both centre-backs before firing home. Wilfried Domoraud, playing what turned out to be his last game for Woking, hit a post but Hall extended Bromley’s lead before the break from a dubious free-kick. The Cards battered the home side’s defence in the second half and hopes were raised when the lively Harry Arter scored after a fine diagonal run and shot. But L’Anson made it safe for Bromley in the 81st minute after the Cards’ defence had backed off him on a quick break.

Woking 2 Bromley 1
10 April 2010

A stunning trade-mark Gez Sole free-kick gave the Cards the lead in the 18th minute but the returning Steve Ferguson equalised just before half-time, tapping in from close-range. Mark Ricketts came on six minutes into the second-half, to the evident annoyance of the displaced Harry Arter, but it was Ricketts who scrambled home the winner with fifteen minutes to go after the Bromley keeper had parried Matthew Wright’s header from an excellent cross by Aswad Thomas. The win moved the Cards up to 7th place in their late charge for a play-off spot.


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Come on, you Cards!

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Cards finally beat the trap!

Alan Worth
6:43pm, Sat 19th Mar 2011
Woking 1 Bromley 0
Blue Square Bet South
19 March 2011

Another home win, another three points and another clean sheet as Woking’s magnificent run continues. But this was not an easy victory as Bromley’s defence, playing a very high line, made it so difficult for the Cards and what proved to be a particularly frustrating afternoon for hot shot Elvis Hammond. But in the end it was the introduction of Craig Dobson (pictured) that made all the difference. It took the flying right-winger just ten minutes to finally beat Bromley’s defensive line and secure the win.

Garry Hill made a number of changes from the Tuesday line-up. Joe McNerney, having finished his ban, was back to partner Adam Doyle while Andy Burgess moved to left back to replace the injured Aswad Thomas. James Walker made his first start on the right, with Dobson returning to the bench.

The home side made a very bright start playing at a high tempo and putting immediate pressure on the Bromley defence. After five minutes, good play between Murtagh and Ademola, linking well on the left, made room for Burgess. He beat his man and played a delightful ball through to the rampaging Davies but the young midfielder was unable to get the ball under control. And three minutes later a great ball in from Ricky Anane on the right flank found Hammond but for the first time he was offside. It wouldn’t be the last time that he would suffer the same fate.

Anane was again involved on ten minutes but this time called on to make an all-important block as Dunk’s ball to England created a dangerous attack for the visitors on the left. Almost immediately the dangerous Finn was allowed to track across the Woking box from the right but he delayed his shot and the chance was gone.

Back at the Kingfield Road End a well-taken free-kick from Burgess found Joe McNerney, who was able to get his head to the ball twice but the final looped header was easy for keeper Lovelock.

Woking won the first corner of the game after nineteen minutes. Bromley managed to clear but Murtagh, lurking on the edge of the box, was on hand to volley goalwards, but his shot was deflected away after hitting a Woking forward.

Bromley’s first corner followed almost immediately. Taken by Flnn, the corner was met by Harwood but his rocket header was straight at Little. Finn was again involved in a dangerous attack as he beat two defenders but was finally stopped by Doyle on the bye-line.

The visitors had clearly weathered the early storm and were now much more in the game and carrying something of a threat going forward. Meanwhile Woking looked quick on the break but were now regularly caught out by Bromley’s defensive high line as they attempted to get the ball over the top and into Hammond.

The half finished with neither keeper having been called on to make a meaningful save.

Half-time: Woking 0 Bromley 0

The second period began as the first with Woking taking control from the start. Almost immediately Ademola latched on to a long free-kick, beat his marker and flashed the ball across the box. As Lovelock flapped at the ball it evaded both defenders and attackers and was cleared. What followed was a period of sustained Woking pressure as Bromley struggled to clear, with Lovelock struggling to cope with high balls into the box.

On fifty-one minutes Woking had their first real shot on goal as Murtagh’s effort was deflected away for a corner. Hammond then had a half-chance but was blocked on the bye-line as he attempted to get round the back of the defence. Then Ademola delayed his cross after controlling an excellent cross-field pass from Davies. At the other end a headed back pass from Doyle was almost too strong but Andy Little stretched to collect and avert the danger as McBean looked to take advantage of any slip.

On fifty-seven minutes Garry Hill replaced James Walker with Craig Dobson. He immediately made a significant difference. But not before a resurgent Bromley created a number of half-chances. First, Finn wriggled into the box but a solid Woking defence cleared the danger. The dangerous winger then took a short free-kick to McBean, whose low cross was again cleared. McKenzie’s next effort was hacked away and then Finn again saw his free-kick palmed away for a corner by Little.

Rather against the run of play Woking finally broke the deadlock and the Bromley offside trap. A delightful ball from Jay Davies found Craig Dobson in plenty of space on the right. His speed took him into the box and he took his time before calmly drilling the ball past Lovelock and into the far corner.

With about fifteen minutes remaining a frustrated Hammond, who had been regularly caught offside, was replaced by Ollie Palmer, with Murtagh pushed further forward in support. Nathan Koranteng came on to replace Moses Ademola at the same time.

Woking now managed to take complete control of the game as Bromley tired. Dobson’s pace remained a continual threat as he regularly managed to beat his man and either cross dangerously or carry the ball into the opposition box.

With six minutes left Murtagh was through but as the ball was cleared it fell to Mark Ricketts. With shouts of “shoot!� ringing round the ground he took the ball down the right flank and fizzed a cross into the box but it managed to evade everyone. Dobson then saw his fierce shot parried by the Bromley keeper before he put Murtagh clean through. The midfielder’s goal-bound lob was just caught by a leaping Lovelock. He perhaps should have scored.

Woking almost doubled their lead in added time as a Dobson shot was parried; Murtagh’s effort from the rebound was also diverted away by Lovelock before Palmer smashed his shot over.

The win means that the Cards move up to third and will, no doubt, welcome the fact that they now have a full week to prepare for the next challenge – away at Eastleigh.

Woking: Andy Little, Ricky Anane, Andy Burgess, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, James Walker (Craig Dobson 57), Kieran Murtagh, Moses Ademola (Nathan Koranteng 74), Elvis Hammond (Ollie Palmer 74), Jay Davies

Unused subs: Reiss Noel, Matt Pegler

Bromley: Lovelock, Graves, Dunk, Henriques, Nnamani, Harwood, Finn, Harding, McKenzie, McBean, England (Sobers 86)

Unused subs: Udoji, Holloway, Hall

MOTM: Craig Dobson

Attendance: 1381

1Andy Little
2Ricky Anane
3Andy Burgess
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7James Walker ('58)
8Kieran Murtagh
9Moses Ademola ('75)
10Elvis Hammond ('75)
11Jay Davies
12Reiss Noel
14Craig Dobson ('58)
15Nathan Koranteng ('75)
16Ollie Palmer ('75)
18Matt Pegler
Bromley LINEUP
1Tom Lovelock
2David Graves
3Harrison Dunk
4Tutu Henriques
5Jerry Nnamani
6Liam Harwood
7Tony Finn
8Harry Harding
9Leon McKenzie
10Warren McBean
11Jamie England ('86)
12Ugo Udoji
14Jerrome Sobers ('86)
15Jake Hall
18Craig Holloway

Steve Thompson Interview after Woking 1-0 Bromley

Craig Dobson Interview

David Holmes
7:13pm, Sat 19th Mar 2011
Interview with Man of the Match Craig Dobson following Woking's 1-0 win against Bromley today.

Craig Dobson:

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