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Cards hope for a change in fortune

Brian Caffarey
4:28pm, Mon 15th Mar 2010
Thurrock v Woking
7.45pm on Tuesday 16 March 2010

The Cards travel to Thurrock tomorrow evening for what, a few weeks ago, would have been a critical play-off clash. But Graham Baker’s side, following a disastrous run of six defeats and two draws, now sit eight places and nine points adrift of the play-off berths. Only an astonishing run-in could enable the team to recover lost ground now, with only ten games remaining. Thurrock too have slipped a little recently, with three defeats in a row, and now lie in 9th place, three points ahead of the Cards.


To make matters even more difficult for Graham Baker, Matthew Wright begins his three-match suspension tomorrow evening. The Cards will continue to be without Jamie Slabber, recovering from his knee operation. New signing, Craig Faulconbridge, who came off the bench at Staines on Saturday, may be looking to start up front.

In the reverse fixture just over a month ago, on a day when the focus at Kingfield was on remembering Phil Ledger’s life, the Fleet triumphed 1-0 with a fine counter-attacking goal from Paul Olima.


Having escaped relegation last season thanks only to Team Bath’s demise, Hakan Hayrettin’s side were expected to struggle again in this campaign but instead have been consistently lodged at the right end of the table..

At home the Fleet have won 8, drawn 4 and lost 3, with 28 goals scored and 20 conceded.

Thurrock’s recent results have been:

6 Feb Woking 0 Thurrock 1
13 Feb Thurrock 0 St Albans 0
20 Feb Eastleigh 2 Thurrock 8
6 Mar Bath City 1 Thurrock 0
9 Mar Thurrock 1 Braintree Town 2
13 Mar St Albans City 1 Thurrock 0

The Fleet’s main danger men are Leon McKenzie, who re-signed from Bishop’s Stortford in September, with 12 goals, and David Bryant with 11. The speedy Fola Orinolishe also has to be watched. At the back Lee Flynn is a highly-experienced captain, having played for Hayes, Barnet, Stevenage and St Albans City amongst other clubs, and the lumbering Rob Swaine found Woking’s crosses ‘meat and drink’ in the first encounter.


Thurrock FC
South Way,
Ship Lane,
Essex RM19 1YN

Website: www.thurrock-fc.com

By coach
Leaves 4.30pm. Members £10; non-Members £14. Phone the Club Shop (01483 772470) or email shop@wokingfc.co.uk to book.

By car
Head for the eastbound M25. When going through the Dartford tunnel use the left-hand bore. On emerging from the tunnel leave the motorway at the first exit, Junction 31. This leads to a large roundabout controlled by traffic lights. Take the third exit, which is Ship Lane, and the ground is about 75 yards on the right.

By train
Purfleet Station on C2C line (Fenchurch Street to Southend) is about 3 miles from the ground.
Chafford Hundred Station (Lakeside Shopping Centre) is about 2 miles from the ground. Bus route 372 runs from Lakeside to Ship Lane.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget that the Cards’ next home game is this Saturday, 20 March, when they take on Frank Gray’s Basingstoke Town.

Cards gain a point

Brian Caffarey
10:05pm, Tue 16th Mar 2010
Thurrock 2 Woking 2
16 March 2010

Graham Baker rang the changes tonight and they nearly paid off as the Cards took the lead twice before being pegged back by the home side.

In came Ricky Anane, Craig Faulconbridge, Moses Ademola and Giuseppe Sole. There was no place even on the bench for Jamie Hand and Sam Sloma.

Woking were on the front foot right from the kick-off but Ross Worner had to make a fine save from the Fleet’s top scorer, Leon McKenzie, in the second minute.

The Cards deservedly took the lead in the 18th minute. Gez Sole’s free-kick crashed off the post. Aswad Thomas reacted quickly, putting in a deep, fine cross, which Craig Faulconbridge (pictured), making his full debut, buried with a diving header.

Harry Arter then went close with a blocked shot and, on the 25th minute, Ademola’s lob from the edge of the area bounced up and over the bar. Woking continued to create the best chances but couldn’t take advantage of several promising openings, with Moses Ademola failing to connect with a fine Sole cross.

Thurrock came back into the game, however, as the half progressed, with Fola Orinolishe threatening down the left flank.

In injury time Graham Baker was forced to bring on Nathaniel Pinney for Faulconbridge.

Half-time: Thurrock 0 Woking 1

Soon after the break Mark Ricketts had to be quick to foil David Bryant after the ball had fallen into his path. But, seven minutes in, Kenny Clark, from a flick-on, netted from a corner to level the scores at 1-1. And Orinolishe then nearly gave the home side the lead.

But the Cards responded quickly, with Sole putting a ball to the far post, Ademola centering and then Arter blasting home from four yards to make it 2-1 to the visitors.

Thurrock bounced back and Worner had to be on his best form to foil Orinolishe, off his line quickly to block the Fleet forward on the penalty spot. And the Woking keeper got lucky a few minutes later as the ball rebounded to him. A quick counter-attack, though, saw Ademola shoot wide after Arter had broken forward.

But, once again, Woking conceded at a set piece, Phil Anderson heading home from a corner, with 17 minutes to go, to level the scores at 2-2.

With three minutes left, the Cards missed a great chance to seal a win, as Pinney swung and missed before Arter’s shot was saved. Two minutes later, a quick counter-attack was wasted as Arter failed to play in one of his team mates.

The home side threatened again on the stroke of the final whistle from another corner but the Cards held out to preserve a point.

Woking: Ross Worner, Tony Sinclair, Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts, Tom Hutchinson, Jon Boardman (Jerome Maledon 90), Ricky Anane, Harry Arter, Craig Faulconbridge, Moses Ademola, Giuseppe Sole
Subs used: Nathaniel Pinney, Nicky Nicolau, Jerome Maledon
Subs not used: Billy Hussey, Charlie Moone
Thurrock LINEUP
1Joe Woolley
2Craig Pope
3Lee Flynn
4Rob Swaine ('38)
5Kenny Clarke
6Leon McKenzie
7Matt Bodkin
8Leon Lalite
9David Bryant
10Paul Olima
11Fola Orilonishe
12Phil Anderson ('38)
14Jamie Doyle
15Matt Paine
16Reiss Gilbey
17Lewis Smith
1Ross Worner
2Tony Sinclair
3Aswad Thomas
4Mark Ricketts
5Tom Hutchinson
6Jon Boardman ('90+4)
7Ricky Anane
8Harry Arter
9Craig Faulconbridge ('45)
10Moses Ademola ('84)
11Giuseppe Sole
12Nathaniel Pinney ('45)
14Nicky Nicolau ('84)
15Charlie Moone
16Billy Hussey
17Jerome Maledon ('90+4)

Graham Baker Interview after Thurrock 2-2 Woking

Jack Taylor Interview

David Holmes
12:48am, Wed 17th Mar 2010
Audio interview with physiotherapist Jack Taylor, to find out about the injuries sustained during tonight's match with Thurrock

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