7:45pm - TuesdayTue 5th AprilApr 2011
The Laithwaite Community Stadium | Att: 1028

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Dorchester Town
Dorchester Town

Only a win will do!

Brian Caffarey
3:01pm, Mon 4th Apr 2011
Woking v Dorchester Town
7.45pm on Tuesday 5 April 2011

This is a ‘must win’ game for the Cards – indeed, Garry Hill’s side have got to win all three of their remaining home games, and pick up some points away, to give themselves a decent chance of making the play-offs. But Dorchester’s draw on Saturday against leaders Braintree Town shows that it won’t be easy. Come down to Kingfield to cheer the side on! And don’t forget to bring your completed Boost the Budget Standing Order form with you!


The Cards now lie in 8th position, level on points with 6th and 7th-placed Dover Athletic and Eastleigh and two points behind Chelmsford City, who’ve played a game more than Woking. But Dover travel to Havant and Waterlooville this (Monday) evening (come on, Gez!). Tomorrow sees other crucial games in Boreham Wood v Braintree Town, Eastleigh v Farnborough and Staines Town v Ebbsfleet United.

Both Lyle Taylor, who looked quite lively, and Michael Doughty made their debuts on Saturday. Garry Hill may be tempted to restore Moses Ademola to the starting line-up to give us more attacking momentum.


The Magpies sit in 16th place in the table, seven points clear of the relegation zone. They’ve had a troubled season, with financial problems and lots of injuries to contend with. They’ve generally found goals hard to come by but are unbeaten in their last three games, notching eight goals in the process. Ryan Moss is top scorer and Sean Devlin has often caused problems on the flanks. There is experience in player-manager Ashley Vickers – who played under Garry Hill at three clubs – and Nick Crittenden.

The Magpies’ recent results, working backwards from Saturday’s draw at Braintree Town have been:

Braintree Town 1 Dorchester Town 1
St Albans City 1 Dorchester Town 4
Dorchester Town 3 Staines Town 3
Dover Athletic 2 Dorchester Town 1
Dorchester Town 1 St Albans City 3


This season

Dorchester Town 1 Woking 2
21 August 2010

After defeats at the hands of Dover Athletic and Chelmsford City, and the departure of Chairman Shahid Azeem, Cards fans at last had something to cheer about as a Dave Gilroy brace earned Woking their first points of the season. Adam Doyle made his debut in defence, whilst Darryn Hennessey appeared in midfield and Gilroy and Andy Forbes were partnered up front. It took the Cards some time to get going but a good move inspired by Jerome Maledon brought the opening goal from Gilroy in the 35th minute. Free-kick specialist Ryan Hill levelled the scores in the 63rd minute but in the 90th minute a long Pidgley kick was flicked on by substitute Craig Faulconbridge into the path of another substitute Toby Little, whose pass was swept home by Gilroy for the winner.

Last season

Woking 3 Dorchester Town 1
28 November 2009

The Cards’ poor home form was redeemed somewhat by this ultimately convincing win over a Magpies’ side which included Ian Selley. Woking started slowly, although Moses Ademola looked lively. And it was the visitors who took the lead in the 23rd minute, Jermyn crashing the ball home after the Cards had failed to deal with a corner. Harry Arter came into his own in the closing ten minutes of the first half, playing in a superb cross for Ademola to shoot home. It was virtually one-way traffic in the second half as the Cards sought a much-needed win. Graham Baker threw on Palace pair Matthew Wright and Nathaniel Pinney but it was Arter who got the vital second goal with a great strike. Pinney rounded things off in the 81st minute when his pace got the better of the Magpies’ defence to make it 3-1.

Dorchester Town 1 Woking 1
27 February 2010

The Cards went into this game on the back of four successive league defeats, including, most recently, a 5-0 home drubbing at the hands of Welling United. Graham Baker brought back Jon Boardman, Sam Sloma and Delano Sam-Yorke into his starting line-up but it was on-loan Nathaniel Pinney who looked to carry the greatest threat. The Cards gradually got on top in the second half and looked to have wrapped up the points in the 83rd minute when Pinney drilled past the keeper after latching onto a well-judged pass from substitute Moses Ademola. But four minutes later Ryan Hill equalised with a 35-yard free-kick.


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

The bar will be open from 6pm with a special promotion both before and after the match. From 6pm until 7pm ALL DRAUGHT beers will be £2 a pint, which gives you a bargain on Fosters, London Pride bitter and Guinness. There will be football previews and sports on the big screen and fish and chips available from Seafare or burgers from Striker Bites inside the ground, which you can bring back into the bar. Remember – the bar will also stay open during the game showing all the action from the night's matches on the big screen. And after the Woking v Dorchester Town main event, there will be more sport on the big screen with ALL DRAUGHT beers again £2 a pint until close.


See the earlier news item for details of our great matchday programme, which includes Mark Doyle’s comparison of our recent unbeaten run with past glorious Woking sequences. Buy a copy and support the Club! If yours is the ‘lucky programme’ you will win a full hospitality package for two to the game of your choice.

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

And don’t forget to buy your tickets for the Farnborough away game!

Nervy Cards collect the points

Brian Caffarey
11:19am, Thu 7th Apr 2011
Woking 2 Dorchester Town 1
5 April 2011

The Cards got the three points they desperately needed in their play-off campaign, lifting them to 5th place, but it was a close-run thing, with the visitors spurning several good chances to equalise in the second half against an uncharacteristically shaky Woking defence. Some of the more memorable elements of the evening were provided by the referee and his assistants with some bizarre and pernickety decision-making.

Missing Michael Doughty, on Wales U19 duty, from Saturday’s line-up against Welling United, Garry Hill brought in James Walker in an attacking formation which also figured Lyle Taylor (pictured) and Craig Dobson on the right and left flanks respectively. However, the midfield seemed to labour in the absence of the creativity of Kieran Murtagh and the mobility of Jay Davies.

The Cards started reasonably brightly, with Dobson making several enterprising runs down the right, and Hammond executing a clever turn and run in from the right. Both sides had free-kicks which were comfortably fielded by the respective keepers or fired wide. Around the quarter-hour mark the Cards gained three successive corners, one of which drew a vociferous appeal for handball, but attention soon turned again to the referee, issuing the first of his four yellow cards to Aswad Thomas.

Woking’s most fluent move of the half came in the 25th minute as Ricky Anane and Hammond combined to play in Taylor on the left of the area, but, as with his other efforts on the night, his shot flashed narrowly wide. Five minutes later some excellent inter-passing ended with a fine volley from Andy Burgess, which the Dorchester keeper saved. The Woking pressure continued as Aswad Thomas put in a teasing cross, which nearly resulted in a horrible mix-up between the keeper and a defender.

In the 41st minute the Cards got the goal their overall pressure had merited, with Adam Doyle peeling off the back of the line to head Andy Burgess’s free-kick emphatically into the far corner.

In injury time the lead was almost extended as Hammond’s reaction shot, after Mark Ricketts had blasted the ball into the area, was held by the keeper.

Half-time: Woking 1 Dorchester Town 0

The Cards started the second half poorly, conceding an early equaliser, and this seemed to set the tone for a generally listless, nervous and unconvincing 45 minutes in which the ball spent a good deal of time in the Woking half.

The equaliser came in the 49th minute when Doyle was robbed as he tried to shepherd the ball out for a goal kick. Mark Ricketts (I think it was) averted the immediate danger with a decisive tackle but then another defender lunged in unnecessarily and a penalty was given, which Devlin converted.

The Cards then had a very lucky break. A Dorchester defender, trying to clear a Dobson corner, hammered the ball against Taylor and it ricocheted beyond the keeper and into the net to make it 2-1 to Woking.

Subsequently the main points of interest for Woking fans came from the continuing officiating comedy of errors as the linesman dropped his flag twice and the referee had a running argument with the Dorchester keeper, who persisted, for reasons best known to himself, in trying to pinch a couple of inches at each goal-kick. The keeper was warmly, if ironically, applauded by Woking fans when, eventually, he realised that it might be better to start by keeping it within the ‘D’ – but rather spoiled it by falling over after he’d kicked the ball!

Briefly, Woking looked as though they might make the game safe as they pressed for a third goal. Dobson’s cross-cum-shot had the keeper scampering to cover his far post and Taylor had another couple of well-struck efforts but both were wide. Another exciting Dobson run enabled Hammond to play in Walker but he was blocked for a corner.

But the tide soon turned in the visitors’ favour as they seemed to find in increasingly easy to create openings. ‘Pinball’ in the Woking box led to a shot going wide and then a ball over Doyle forced Little into a fine save, followed by a bad miss as a header was off target. Another bizarre refereeing decision almost produced the equaliser as Little was flattened as he gathered a long ball, but, fortunately, the ensuing shot was over the bar.

Woking responded with a couple of attacks, Taylor firing wide, and Dobson over-running the ball after combining well with Hammond from a break out of defence. But the best chance, with about five minutes to go, fell to substitute Nathan Koranteng, who was unable to finish in a one-on-one with the keeper.

However, in the closing stages it was more a matter of hanging on anxiously as the visitors spurned another great chance. A Woking attack broke down. The ball was played swiftly over Doyle and into an attacker’s path. He put it over Little but wide. Cards fans breathed again.

So, the Cards got the win they needed but they will certainly have to play better than they did in the second half if they are to gain that much-coveted play-off place.

Woking: Andy Little, Ricky Anane, Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Craig Dobson, Andy Burgess, James Walker (Ollie Palmer 78), Elvis Hammond (Moses Ademola 90), Lyle Taylor (Nathan Koranteng 82)

Subs not used: James Pullen, Reiss Noel

Booked: Aswad Thomas

Sponsor’s MOTM: Adam Doyle

Attendance: 1028
1Andy Little
2Ricky Anane
3Aswad Thomas
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Craig Dobson
8Andy Burgess
9James Walker ('78)
10Elvis Hammond ('90)
11Lyle Taylor ('82)
12Moses Ademola ('90)
14Ollie Palmer ('78)
15Nathan Koranteng ('82)
16Reiss Noel
18James Pullen
Dorchester Town LINEUP
1Dan Thomas
2Kyle Critchell
3Neil Martin ('77)
4Mark Jermyn
5Nathan Walker
6Doug Bergquist
7Gary Bowles
8Reece Connolly
9Ryan Moss ('87)
10James Coutts ('87)
11Steve Devlin
12Chris Flood ('87)
14Jamie Symes ('77)
15Jake Smeeton
16Nick Crittenden ('87)
17Regan Coward

Garry Hill Interview after Woking 2-1 Dorchester Town

Adam Doyle Interview

David Holmes
10:48pm, Tue 5th Apr 2011
Interview with Man of the Match Adam Doyle following Woking's 2-1 win against Dorchester Town this evening.

Adam Doyle:

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