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Play-off drama awaits!

Nick Shaw
1:55pm, Tue 3rd May 2011
Woking vs Farnborough
Blue Square Bet South Play-Off Semi-Final 1st Leg
7.45pm on Wednesday 4th May 2011

Get down to Kingfield tomorrow night if you possibly can for the biggest game of the season so far! The Cards made it to the play-offs on Saturday with a draw against fellow play-off side Ebbsfleet, and now face second-placed Farnborough in the Semi-Final. Garry Hill’s side achieved a home draw and an away win against Steve King’s side in the league. Can they overcome the bookies’ favourites this time round?


Garry Hill will be without midfield player Michael Doughty, who won't return from international duty in time. Doughty is currently away in Norway with the Wales U19 team, who are playing UEFA U19 Elite Qualifying matches.
Former Farnborough defender Adam Doyle, who won Woking FC Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season on Saturday, will be looking to play against his old team after missing out last time through suspension.

Cards fans will be hoping that captain Mark Ricketts will have recovered from the injury that forced him from the field on Saturday.


Farnborough finished the league campaign with a 3-2 win on Saturday against relegated Thurrock, finishing seven points behind champions Braintree Town and six points ahead of the Cards. Jay Davies, formerly with Woking on loan from Peterborough, made his second start for the club, setting up their opening goal from a corner. There was also a return for danger-men Kezie Ibe and Bradley Bubb, who missed the match against Woking ten days ago through injury.

Last 6 Matches:

Farnborough 3 Thurrock 2
Dorchester Town 2 Farnborough 1
Farnborough 1 Woking 2
Chelmsford City 0 Farnborough 1
Welling United 1 Farnborough 0
Eastleigh 0 Farnborough 3


This is an 'all pay' game, with normal admission prices:

Adults: £12
Concessions/Students: £8
U16s: £2

The game will be segregated.


Woking 1 Farnborough 1
5 March 2011

If this encounter is anything to go by, fans will be in for a very exciting game on Wednesday evening. In front of a 2,123 crowd the Cards took an early lead through Kieran Murtagh, only to concede an equaliser in the 97th minute scored by Dale Binns. In between Steve King had been sent to the stands and seven players were booked.

Farnborough 1 Woking 2
23 April 2011

Facing a daunting target of getting seven points from their last three games and playing against a side who still had a chance of catching leaders Braintree Town, Garry Hill’s team showed great determination, taking a deserved lead midway through the first half with a fine strike from Elvis Hammond, who’d been played in by Michael Doughty. An own goal by Farnborough keeper Michael Jordan, from an Andy Burgess free-kick, doubled the Cards’ lead shortly after the break. There was a nervous final ten minutes for Cards fans after McDonald pulled a goal back with a crisp shot. Alan Inns, making a surprise recall from his loan spell at Boreham Wood to replace the suspended Adam Doyle, took the ‘man of the match’ accolades.

Come on, you Cards!

Cards have it all to do

Brian Caffarey
12:52am, Thu 5th May 2011
Woking 0 Farnborough 1
BSS Play-Off Semi-Final, 1st Leg
4 May 2011

Garry Hill’s side have it all to do on Sunday in the second leg after a second-half strike from Gary Holloway earned Farnborough a 1-0 win at Kingfield. It could have been worse for the Cards for, near the end, Paul Booth scooped the ball over the bar with the goal at his mercy. Woking may feel that they deserved a draw on the balance of play but they could not turn several half-chances into a goal.

Mark Ricketts was declared fit, so the Cards lined up with the same side as at Ebbsfleet, with Michael Doughty on the bench in place of James Walker. On a clear evening the game started ten minutes late as the last of a crowd of over 2,700 made their way into the ground.

In a fairly quiet opening the Cards had marginally more of the attacking play, with Lyle Taylor getting in a deflected shot after a clever Elvis Hammond flick had created an opening. This was followed by a lovely sweeping move out of defence involving Moses Ademola (pictured) – perhaps the Cards’ greatest threat on the night with his quick footwork – Taylor and Hammond. From one of several free-kicks conceded by the Cards McMahon tried to catch Andy Little out by going for the near post but the ball was a yard or two off target. The visitors went even closer to taking an early lead after Ibe turned sharply in the box and chipped the ball over to Malcolm. Fortunately, Little was able to make ground quickly and grab the striker’s header.

Hammond’s quick turn in the 14th minute nearly enabled him to break clear of the Farnborough defence but he was just thwarted, with the ball deflecting to the visitors’ keeper, Jordan. As in the recent league game, Jordan did not look confident dealing with balls in the air and he was perhaps lucky not to get punished a few minutes later when he fumbled an Andy Burgess free-kick, with both Hammond and Ademola attempting to fire home as the loose ball bobbled around the box. From the resulting corner Adam Doyle headed just wide.

From about the 20th minute onwards the game seemed to take on the flavour of a stalemate, already giving rise to thoughts that only one goal might settle it. Woking continued to try to slip balls through to the elusive Hammond but too many balls from the back were in the air and were easily gobbled up by a physical Farnborough defence. Farnborough, for their part, seemed content to play it tight, knowing that the onus was on Woking to attack, while looking to profit from a breakaway.

Hammond came very close to slipping free when he chased a through ball from Ademola. Jordan did well to tackle him with his feet rather than to risk bringing him down. The Cards kept up the pressure as Ademola’s skilful footwork enabled him to open up the space for a cross and then Jordan, once again, lost the ball in the air, fumbling Craig Dobson’s free-kick but, not for the last time on the night, Woking couldn’t force the ball home.

Half-time: Woking 0 Farnborough 0

It was the Cards who made the running immediately after the break, with pressure round the box drawing a foul on Hammond. Jordan missed his punch from Burgess’s free-kick, with Ademola’s ball skills again enabling him to create a half-chance. A Hammond volley in the 55th minute was not far off target and the Cards continued to apply pressure round the box.

They were nearly caught out, however, by a breakaway as Little had to race far off his line to half-clear the ball, with the follow-up effort hit wide as Woking’s defence re-grouped.

In the 61st minute Garry Hill brought on Michael Doughty for Lyle Taylor, with Woking continuing to have more of the attacking play. A deflection to Hammond led to head tennis in the Farnborough area as Hammond tried to play in Aswad Thomas.

Once again, the game seemed to become something of a stalemate until, in the 71st minute, the visitors took an unexpected lead. In a comparatively rare attack Little tried to punch clear but only succeeded in sending the ball out to the feet of Holloway, who smacked it straight back under the bar.

The Cards pressed forward, inevitably leaving themselves more exposed at the back. Ademola did superbly to pick up a long pass and tear into the area. Jordan came out and seemed to have blocked Ademola’s path to goal but the Woking forward managed to create space, chipping the ball just wide of the far post.

The visitors now looked as though they might kill the tie off with a second goal. The Cards battled to clear two successive corners, followed by a cross which went right across the face of Little’s goal and then a free-kick which was whipped in dangerously.

In an exciting finale to a game which hadn’t hitherto really come to life, the Cards then gained successive corners, with Ollie Palmer, on in place of Ademola, using his height to advantage. Crosses were fired in in a desperate attempt to force an equaliser – and it looked as though that was bound to come in the 90th minute when Palmer and Hammond were so close to forcing home a Doughty cross but somehow the ball was cleared.

But Woking fans’ despair turned to relief a minute later as, at the other end, Booth somehow contrived to scoop the ball over the Woking bar from a couple of yards out.

There was just time for one final effort from the Cards. A foul on Palmer right on the edge of the box produced a free-kick. It was in a central position, though, and the defensive wall looked somewhat short of ten yards, so the odds were always against Burgess producing a last-gasp equaliser.

So, the Cards have got a very difficult task in front of them in the second leg on Sunday but they know that they have beaten Farnborough at the Cherrywood only a couple of weeks ago. And, in truth, there was very little between the two sides in this first leg, with Farnborough perhaps looking a bit more fluent and cohesive but with Woking looking threatening through Hammond and Ademola in particular.

Woking: Andy Little, Ricky Anane, Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Craig Dobson, Lyle Taylor (Michael Doughty 61), Moses Ademola (Ollie Palmer 86), Elvis Hammond, Andy Burgess

Unused subs: Alan Inns, Nathan Koranteng, James Pullen

Farnborough: Jordan, Conroy (Stevens 56), Braham-Barrett, King, Robinson, J.Smith, McMahon, Holloway (Davies 82), Ibe (Booth 62), Bubb, Malcolm

Unused sub: Robinson

Sponsor’s MOTM: Andy Burgess

Attendance: 2726
1Andy Little
2Ricky Anane
3Aswad Thomas
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Craig Dobson
8Lyle Taylor ('61)
9Moses Ademola ('86)
10Elvis Hammond
11Andy Burgess
12Alan Inns
14Michael Doughty ('61)
15Nathan Koranteng
16Ollie Palmer ('86)
18James Pullen
Farnborough LINEUP
1Michael Jordan
2Jay Conroy ('55)
3Craig Braham-Barrett
4Jack King
5Steve Robinson
6James Smith
7Daryl McMahon
8Gary Holloway ('82)
9Kezie Ibe ('62)
10Bradley Bubb
11Michael Malcolm
12Paul Booth ('62)
14Jamie Stevens ('55)
15Jay Davies ('82)
16Dean McDonald
18Stuart Robinson

Garry Hill Interview after Woking 0-1 Farnborough (Playoff Semi Final 1st Leg)

Andy Burgess Interview

David Holmes
11:36pm, Wed 4th May 2011
Interview with Andy Burgess following Woking's 1-0 defeat against Farnborough in the 1st leg of the Play-Off Semi Final.

Andy Burgess:

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