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Bishops Stortford
Bishops Stortford

Cards have to win!

Brian Caffarey
8:56am, Fri 15th Apr 2011
Woking v Bishop’s Stortford
3pm on Saturday 16 April 2011

This has all the makings of a very competitive game as the Cards desperately seek to maintain their play-off challenge and the visitors fight to avoid the drop. Garry Hill’s side have got to win this game to maintain any realistic chance of finishing in the top five. So, come on down to Kingfield and cheer the team on to victory! And don’t forget to bring your completed Boost the Budget Standing Order form with you!


The Cards now lie in 8th place, two points behind Chelmsford City in 5th place but with Dover and Eastleigh, in 6th and 7th place, still very much in the hunt too. With so many games between the top clubs in the remaining four fixtures, the permutations are almost too complex to handle. The focus, for the moment, has to be simply on getting three points on Saturday and then seeing how it looks. For the record, though, other critical games tomorrow include Chelmsford City v Farnborough, Eastleigh v Ebbsfleet United and Dorchester Town v Dover Athletic.

Garry will be hoping that his side can rediscover a bit more of the élan they showed in propelling themselves into the play-off chase after recent nervous performances against Dorchester Town and Dartford. In particular, we need to see some of the newcomers like Lyle Taylor, James Walker and Michael Doughty show up more strongly after a few games to settle in.


Ian Walker’s side lie in 18th place in the table with 36 points from 38 games, only three points above the relegation places. Their away record is better than their home record: 6 wins, 3 draws and 10 defeats, with 27 goals scored and 38 conceded.

Starting backwards from last Saturday’s disappointing defeat by Basingstoke Town, their recent results have been:

Bishop’s Stortford 0 Basingstoke Town 2
Hampton and Richmond Borough 0 Bishop’s Stortford 3
Dover Athletic 2 Bishop’s Stortford 0
Ebbsfleet United 0 Bishop’s Stortford 0
Bishop’s Stortford 2 Chelmsford City 2

The Blues’ 3-0 win at Hampton was their first in the league since 8 January. It was also the first victory since Ian Walker, the ex-Spurs keeper, took over the managerial reins.

Harlee Dean, on loan from Southampton, has been the Blues’ most consistent performer in recent games, although Michael Bakare starred in the Hampton game.


This season

Bishop’s Stortford 0 Woking 4
12 February 2011

This was the game in which Garry Hill’s side first began to turn on the style after hard-fought league wins over Thurrock and St Albans City and a very disappointing FA Trophy exit to Salisbury City. The previous week had seen the departures of Alan Inns, Sam Hurrell and Jerome Maledon and the arrival of Jay Davies, on loan from Peterborough, who proceeded to make an impressive debut. It was a shaky start, though, from the Cards and Andy Little was lucky to profit from a rebound off the post after Garrod had seized on a loose back header. Gradually the Cards gained more attacking momentum and took a decisive 2-0 lead just before half-time. First, Elvis Hammond cut back superbly for Moses Ademola to crash the ball home and then the goalscorer lifted an excellent pass into the path of ‘man of the match’ Kieran Murtagh, who chipped the ball deftly over the advancing keeper. It was virtually one-way traffic in the second half as some scintillating Woking play created a host of chances. Murtagh got his second and Woking’s third with a fine drive from the edge of the box and then substitute Ollie Palmer scored with his first touch, striking a fantastic dipping volley from out wide.

Last season

Woking 1 Bishop’s Stortford 0
22 August 2009

The fifth league game of the season saw the Cards move up to 6th place in the table but it wasn’t a very convincing display from Graham Baker’s side, the winner coming from a somewhat fortunate penalty late on after a messy tackle on Craig Watkins. Gez Sole duly converted. Sam Sloma deputised for the injured Aswad Thomas at left back, while Moses Ademola partnered Watkins up front, with Luke Medley on the right flank. The Cards found it hard all afternoon to produce a penetrating final pass or decent finish and, in the first half, had to be grateful to the immaculate Ross Worner for keeping the score at 0-0 as he made a superb save. The second half saw the Cards develop more momentum but the game seemed likely to end in stalemate until the late penalty.

Bishop’s Stortford 0 Woking 3
8 December 2009

This performance went some way to redeem a dreadful 5-0 midweek hammering at Bath City, in which Trevor Benjamin made his last appearance in his brief spell at the Club. With Jamie Hand dropping to the bench and Mark Ricketts back in midfield to partner Harry Arter, and with Jon Boardman returning to defence alongside Tom Hutchinson, the Cards looked in determined mood. Increasing pressure resulted in a goal on 32 minutes as Matthew Wright, partnering his Palace team-mate Nathaniel Pinney up front, hit an excellent shot past the keeper from the right of the box. The home side had one or two chances to get back in the game, Charlie Sheringham going close, but a series of defensive blunders gifted the Cards their second goal, Moses Ademola gleefully netting from close range. With twenty minutes to go substitute Sam Sloma put Gez Sole through for a one-on-one with the home keeper. Gez was perhaps slightly fortunate to be brought down but, typically, he made no mistake from the spot to make it 3-0.


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 game. 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 sport on the big screen from 12 noon and fish and chips available from Seafare or the burger bar inside the ground which you can bring back inside.

After the Woking v Bishop’s Stortford game, the Cardinals Bar will be screening the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and Manchester City with ALL DRAUGHT beers again £2 a pint until close.


See the earlier news item for details of our great matchday programme, which includes a look at goalscoring goalkeepers. 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:

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

Cardinals see off the Bishops!

Alan Worth
6:56pm, Sat 16th Apr 2011
Woking 2 Bishops Stortford 0
Blue Square Bet South
16 April 2011

Woking completed a comfortable victory in this “must win game� over struggling Bishops Stortford to secure three points and a return to a play off place. Goals from Ademola and a first for James Walker were enough to see off the Bishops in a contest that the Cards generally dominated, particularly in the second half.

Garry Hill used Michael Doughty in midfield alongside Mark Ricketts and, as the game progressed, the young loan signing from QPR became ever more influential with Ademola and Dobson playing on the flanks. James Walker was paired up front with Elvis Hammond. Sam Bewick, the Cards’ second QPR loanee, made his first appearance on the bench.

In a first fifteen minutes that was characterised by long hopeful balls launched forward neither side appeared to settle quickly. Woking’s first chance came from a mazy run from Craig Dobson who cut in from the right across the box but eventually ran out of room and control as the visitors finally got the ball away.

Woking’s next opportunity came from the first of a number of well-taken free kicks from Doughty. His cross from the left was played back to McNerney whose flashing volley was just wide of the left hand post. Minutes later a second free kick, this time taken close to the bye line by Dobson, glance off the top of McNerney’s head and wide. And again, man of the match, McNerney (pictured) saw his goal-bound header from another Doughty free kick pushed away brilliantly by the visitor’s keeper Nicky Eyre.

Craig Dobson almost opened the scoring with yet another free kick. This time his curling effort from the left flank hit the top of Eyre’s cross bar and away for a goal kick.

On twenty-six minutes Woking finally took the lead after some excellent play by Dobson. Again he cut in from the right and saw his reverse pass put Moses Ademola through the Bishops Stortford defence. Ademola’s first touch was excellent as was his finish sliding the ball past Eyre and into the bottom corner of the net.

Woking had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down as Ademola chased down Ricketts dangerous through ball. The bouncing ball appeared to be handled by Habu but referee Mr
Knapp thought otherwise. Two minutes later the visitors had their own loud appeal for a penalty after a free kick from Bakare. Ming’s over enthusiastic demands for a spot kick only saw him become the first name in the book.

The Cards continued to create chances as they gradually took control. A quick break from Dobson saw him fail to pick out one of four Woking players free in the visitors’ box. Walker then played in Hammond but he was judged to be offside. Again some great interchanging play between Woking’s two forwards saw Hammond’s cross volleyed wildly wide by Ademola at the far post.

With five minutes remaining in the half Woking had a scare as a long ball deflected off the top of Doyle’s head but Gaisie was unable to make anything of the chance. At the other end Walker had a great chance to double the lead but he was leaning back as he fired Hammond’s excellent lay off over the bar, the KRE and out of the ground!

Half-time: Woking 1 Bishops Stortford 0

The Cards were in need of a second goal to capitalise on their dominance and to settle the nerves and it didn’t take long in coming once the second half was underway. After three minutes Dobson’s corner from the left was bundled away by the Bishops Stortford defence but only as far as Walker who smashed home his first goal for Woking from twelve yards.

Almost immediately after Thomas, who had dallied up field, found himself in possession outside the box. His powerful shot was scrambled round the post by a diving Eyre. There followed three Woking corners in quick succession but the Cards were unable to find the net for the third time and surely make the game safe.

And so it continued with Woking dominating, Craig Dobson leading the way with the step overs and the Bishops trying to benefit from the occasional break. On the hour the dangerous Ming almost made the Cards pay with a fierce shot from outside the box that fizzed just wide. Ten minutes later and after Hammond had worked a good chance but fired straight at Eyre, substitute Morris should have reduced the arrears as he headed over a Palmer cross with the goal gaping.

Ollie Palmer, now on for Walker, won an excellent header to put through Ademola but his cross across the box was behind Koranteng, on for Hammond, and unmarked in the six yard box. The visitors again provided Woking with a reminder that they were not yet safe as Morris again came close with a rasping shot just over Little’s crossbar.

Woking remained generally in charge as they comfortably saw out the game to secure the vital three points. With other results going the Cards’ way, next weekend’s game at Farnborough is ever more important and beautifully set up. Make sure you get down to the Rushmoor Stadium to add your support as Woking seek to secure a place in the play offs.


Woking: Andy Little, Rikky Anane, Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Craig Dobson (Sam Bewick 87), Michael Doughty, Moses Ademola, Elvis Hammond (Nathan Koranteng 76), James Walker (Ollie Palmer 76)

Unused subs: Andy Burgess, James Pullen

Bishops Stortford: Eyre, Lette Jallow, Anderson, Bowditch (Prestedge 82), Habu, Dean, Hahn (Morris 53), Rance, Gaisie, Ming, Bakare (Palmer 56)

Unused subs: Mason, Dawson

MOTM: Joe McNerney

Attendance: 1281

1Andy Little
2Ricky Anane
3Aswad Thomas
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Craig Dobson ('87)
8Michael Doughty
9Moses Ademola
10Elvis Hammond ('76)
11James Walker ('76)
12Andy Burgess
14Sam Bewick ('87)
15Nathan Koranteng ('76)
16Ollie Palmer ('76)
18James Pullen
Bishops Stortford LINEUP
1Nicky Eyre
2Bai Mass Lette Jallow
3Phil Anderson
4Ben Bowditch ('82)
5Mo Habu
6Harlee Dean
7Mitch Hahn ('53)
8Dean Rance
9Stefan Gaisie
10Sanchez Ming
11Michael Bakare ('56)
12Dean Mason
13George Dawson
14Aiden Palmer ('56)
15Reece Prestedge ('82)
16Daniel Morris ('53)

Garry Hill Interview after Woking 2-0 Bishop's Stortford

Joe McNerney Interview

David Holmes
5:29pm, Sat 16th Apr 2011
Interview with Joe McNerney following Woking's 2-0 win against Bishops Stortford today.

Joe McNerney:

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