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Huge test for Cards tomorrow

Brian Caffarey
7:20am, Fri 1st Apr 2011
Woking v Welling United
3pm on Saturday 2 April 2011

Tomorrow is a big day for Woking FC, both on and off the pitch. Last Saturday’s defeat at Eastleigh threatens to destroy all the magnificent work Garry Hill’s side has done in getting themselves into contention for the play-offs. Now 6th in the table, Woking face a Welling side who have trounced other play-off rivals in recent games. It couldn’t be much tougher! Come on down to Kingfield to cheer the side on! Tomorrow also sees the launch of the Cards Trust’s important Boost the Budget initiative: a real test of Woking fans’ support for their Club. Make sure you pick up a leaflet.

WOKING

The Cards will want to obliterate the ‘horror show’ at Eastleigh and will be hoping that the defensive frailties shown there were only a temporary aberration. Cards fans will have fingers crossed that Aswad Thomas will be fit enough to resume duties at left-back.

The Woking faithful will be expecting to see several new faces. Transfer deadline day saw the arrival of two young QPR midfielders, Michael Doughty and Sam Bewick, both of whom are highly rated at Loftus Road, and AFC Bournemouth striker Lyle Taylor, who played for Lewes against the Cards only a few weeks ago. Earlier in the week Garry signed keeper James Pullen, who can be expected to take up a place on the substitutes’ bench. The ‘downside’ is that we learned of the departure of Jay Davies, recalled to Peterborough so that he could sign a two-year deal with play-off rivals Farnborough.

Jay’s departure, following that of Kieran Murtagh, means the end of a very successful midfield partnership. We can only hope that Michael Doughty and Sam Bewick turn out to be good replacements.

Other play-off games on Saturday include Basingstoke v Ebbsfleet United, Dover Athletic v Bishop’s Stortford, Havant and Waterlooville v Chelmsford City and Staines Town v Eastleigh.

WELLING UNITED

The Wings’ form this season is even more impressive than a casual glance at the table suggests. They were deducted five points for financial irregularities and, but for that, would be right on the heels of Braintree Town and Farnborough. Moreover, they’ve been subject to a transfer embargo, only lifted on 11 March, so Player-Manager Jamie Day’s feat in producing such a successful side is hugely impressive.

The Wings’ recent results, starting with last Tuesday’s defeat of Eastleigh, have been:

Welling United 4 Eastleigh 2
Chelmsford City 0 Welling United 2
Welling United 1 Ebbsfleet United 1
Eastleigh 1 Welling United 4
Welling United 1 Dorchester Town 2

Lee Clarke, the former St Albans striker, scored all four goals in Tuesday’s game, including two from the penalty spot. Eastleigh had a man sent off just before half-time but pulled the score back to 3-2 before Clarke made the game safe for the Wings.

Day has recently signed centre-back Ben Martin from St Albans. Andy Pugh and Luis Cumbers have been the Wings’ top marksmen.

In the FA Cup Welling bowed out 2-0 away to Braintree Town in the 2nd Qualifying Round, whilst in the FA Trophy they lost 2-1 at home to Luton Town in a 3rd Qualifying Round replay after drawing 0-0 at Kenilworth Road.

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

This season
Welling United 2 Woking 0
18 September 2010

This was a classic ‘game of two halves’, with Woking well on top in the first period but failing to take their chances and being duly punished following the break. It was Andy Pugh who gave the visitors the lead soon after half-time, latching onto a long ball and lifting it over the advancing Lenny Pidgeley. Seven minutes from time, with Welling well on top, Loick Pires’s quick free-kick caught out the Woking keeper as he prepared his wall, and the game was over.

Last season
Welling United 1 Woking 2
8 August 2009

The Cards’ first-ever Blue Square South fixture saw them come from behind to secure victory. But the game started badly with Aswad Thomas conceding an early penalty, tucked away by Dean Cracknell. Woking had plenty of the resulting play, with Luke Medley failing to capitalise on several chances. It was not until the 75th minute that Woking equalised, Aswad Thomas powering home a header. Five minutes later Gez Sole was tripped in the box and duly despatched the penalty. Any thoughts of ‘walking this league’ were soon vanquished by a 2-1 home defeat by Chelmsford City a few days later.

Woking 0 Welling United 5
20 February 2010

The Cards went into this game on the back of three straight defeats, whilst Welling were unbeaten in their last eight games – and the difference in confidence soon showed. Missing Tom Hutchinson and Harry Arter, the Cards went behind to an Andy Pugh tap-in just before half-time. Things weren’t helped by Mark Ricketts’s departure only 40 minutes into his come-back game. Pugh made it 2-0 soon after the break and then it was 3-0 as Whitnell executed a deft flick. Pugh, from the spot, made it 4-0 and then Finn made it 5-0. A dreadful day for Cards fans in the middle of Woking’s worst run of the season.

ADMISSION

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

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

There will be football on the big screen from 12 noon and fish and chips available from Seafare inside the ground which you can bring back into the bar.

After the Woking v Welling main event, there will be more live action, with ALL DRAUGHT beers again £2 a pint until close.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

See the earlier news item for details of our great matchday programme, which includes an analysis of the ‘run-in’ of the play-off contenders and a profile of new interim Chairman Mike Smith. Buy a copy and support the Club!

Come on, you Cards!

N.B. Please bear in mind 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


Don’t forget that the Cards are at home again on Tuesday evening, when Dorchester Town are the visitors.

10 man Wings keep Cards at bay

Glen Harrington
8:55am, Sun 3rd Apr 2011
Woking 0 Welling United 0
Blue Square Bet South
2nd April 2011



Despite the Cards holding a man advantage for over half an hour they were ultimately left frustrated, unable to force their way past a stubborn Welling United defence. Woking now drop to eighth in the table, having failed to take advantage of Anthony Acheampong’s dismissal after receiving a second yellow card for holding back Elvis Hammond.

Garry Hill, unsurprisingly, made three changes to the team thumped at Eastleigh the week before, a result that ended the Cards' twelve-match unbeaten run in the league and halted an incredible play-off charge. His side showed off two new signings from transfer deadline day, with Lyle Taylor and Michael Doughty coming in, along with the return of Aswad Thomas. In turn, Reiss Noel and Moses Ademola dropped to the bench, while Jay Davies returned to Peterborough following his impressive loan spell.

The Wings came into the game with strong top five ambitions of their own, losing just one of their last eleven league ties, including ominous victories, home and away, over the Cards’ conquerors Eastleigh. Blue Square South’s top scorers United also started the day only six points adrift of leaders Braintree. The hosts' second highest league attendance of the season were desperately hoping to avoid a repeat of last season's corresponding fixture, which saw the Cards well beaten, 5-0.

Despite United keeper John Whitehouse juggling an early Andy Burgess free-kick it was the visitors who had the better of the opening stages, the likes of Andy Pugh and Loick Pires looking especially dangerous on the break, Welling’s first effort coming after just four minutes when Lee Clarke headed a Jack Obersteller cross straight at Andy Little. Soon after and Little was to the rescue again, forced into a strong diving save when Luis Cumbers broke one-on-one.

At the opposite end the Cards were slowly adjusting to the new additions within their 4-3-3 formation – Doughty slotting into the left of a three-man midfield alongside Ricketts and Burgess, with Taylor alongside Hammond and Dobson up top. Predictably, it was a piece of Craig Dobson trickery that sparked the hosts into life, beating three men down the right before finding Hammond – more than one of his victims left hacking at thin air as he sped past.

However, it was not long before Little was called into action yet again, a delicate chip over the defence from Clarke initially looking inch-perfect for Pires, until the Woking stopper raced out of his goal to block with his feet. New boy Taylor offered the Cards their best opportunity with a shot over, before Little again needed his wits about him to keep out a crashing twenty-five yard effort from Jack Parkinson.

Unfortunately, the half ended in ill discipline from both teams, United player-manager Jamie Day reduced to handbags with Hammond, seeing both players booked, before Acheampong saw yellow for persistent fouling. A sour end to what, despite the score-line, had been an entertaining first forty-five minutes.

Half-time: Woking 0 Welling United 0

The visitors started the second period as brightly as they had started the first, Clarke finding the run of Pires down the left, his cross narrowly missing the toe of a sprawling Pugh. Taylor headed over tamely for the Cards before Pires snatched at another chance, shooting straight across the face of goal.

The big turning point came on the hour mark. Hammond, who had been causing headaches all afternoon for the Wings defence, turned his marker Acheampong and started towards goal. The big defender, anxious to make up for his error, tugged back the Ghanaian repeatedly before eventually pushing him to the floor. The referee was left with no choice but to send Acheampong on his way.

The game changed dramatically, Welling suddenly leaving Pugh up front on his own and setting about securing a point, in the knowledge that they were one of the more secure members of the top five, and that a draw would suit them far more than their hosts.

As their visitors dropped off, so the Cards responded by pushing further and further forward, Hammond beating his man on the touchline and pulling back for Taylor, who was only denied by an excellent saving block from Parkinson. Minutes later and Dobson’s attempt to curl a free kick into the top corner looked to have worked, a late deflection all that saved the blushes of keeper Whitehouse, frozen to the spot.

With fifteen minutes to go Garry Hill and Steve Thompson rolled all the dice available to them, throwing on, first, James Walker, then Moses Ademola, and finally Nathan Koranteng as Cards supporters lost count of the number of forwards they had on the field. It looked not enough, a Hammond shot over and a tame Dobson effort as close as Woking came in regulation time.

Cue stoppage-time mayhem. Ricky Anane almost made himself the unlikely hero as a twenty-yard skimmer was smartly kept out by Whitehouse, holding the ball at the second attempt, having dived low to his right. Next, an astonishing passage of play saw three United players booked in three separate incidents – Pugh throwing himself to the ground in the Woking area (simulation), leaving Parkinson berating the referee more than necessary (dissent), before Clarke’s cynical trip on Thomas justified his place in the book. There was just enough time for Ademola to latch on to Dobson’s clever chipped free-kick, only to shoot wide from ten yards.

So once again the Cards are at the back of what looks like an eight-team pack. Braintree and Farnborough, still separated by a single point, look set to battle for the title alone following United’s draw, while the Wings will be joined by Ebbsfleet, Chelmsford, Dover, Eastleigh and Woking in the chase for those final three spots.

Although a draw with high-flying Welling is by no means a disaster, especially considering last weekend’s nightmare, it almost certainly means that maximum points must be taken from winnable games against Dorchester, Dartford and Bishop’s Stortford in the next two weeks. This is all before the crunch-tie with local rivals Farnborough on 23rd April. Assuming both sides still have plenty to play for, that will be one not to miss, but until then it’s down to the Cards to focus on this Tuesday’s task of the Magpies, who today claimed an impressive 1-1 draw at Braintree.

Come on, you Cards!

Woking: Andrew Little, Ricky Anane, Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts (Nathan Koranteng 86), Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Craig Dobson, Andy Burgess, Lyle Taylor (Moses Ademola 81), Elvis Hammond, Michael Doughty (James Walker 75).

Unused Subs: Reiss Noel, Matt Pegler.

Goals: None

Bookings: Hammond 42, Anane 70, McNerney 80.

Welling United: John Whitehouse, Loui Fazakerley, Jack Obersteller, Anthony Acheampong, Graeme Andrews, Jack Parkinson, Jamie Day, Lee Clarke, Luis Cumbers, Andrew Pugh, Loick Pires.

Unused Subs: Liam Bellamy, Andy Sambrook, Jordan Johnson, Louis Dennis, Ryan Dolby.

Goals: None

Bookings: Day 42, Acheampong 45 and 60, Pugh 90, Parkinson 90, Clarke 90.

Sent-Off: Acheampong 60

MOTM: Andy Little – A couple of excellent saves to keep the tie goalless during the visitors' period of dominance, assuring presence at the back and dealt well with United’s aerial threat.

Attendance: 1,475
WOKING LINEUP
1Andy Little
2Ricky Anane
3Aswad Thomas
4Mark Ricketts ('86)
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Craig Dobson
8Andy Burgess
9Lyle Taylor ('81)
10Elvis Hammond
11Michael Doughty ('75)
BENCH
12Moses Ademola ('81)
14James Walker ('75)
15Nathan Koranteng ('86)
16Reiss Noel
18James Pullen
Welling United LINEUP
1John Whitehouse
2Loui Fazakerley
3Jack Obersteller
4Anthony Acheampong
5Graeme Andrews
6Jack Parkinson
7Jamie Day
8Lee Clarke
9Luis Cumbers
10Andy Pugh
11Loick Pires
BENCH
12Liam Bellamy
14Andy Sambrook
15Jordan Johnson
16Louis Dennis
17Ryan Dolby

Garry Hill Interview after Woking 0-0 Welling United

Hammond and Little Interviews

David Holmes
6:41pm, Sat 2nd Apr 2011
Interviews with Elvis Hammond and Andy Little (pictured) following Woking's 0-0 draw with Welling today.

Elvis Hammond:








Andy Little:








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