3:00pm - SaturdaySat 13th AugustAug 2011
Gander Green Lane | Att: 1200

Sutton United
0 - 5


Under way at last!

Brian Caffarey
10:41am, Thu 11th Aug 2011
Sutton United v Woking
3pm on Saturday 13 August 2011

The Cards get their season under way on Saturday with a difficult-looking, but eagerly-awaited, trip to newly-promoted Sutton United. Expectations are high among Woking fans, impressed by the promising side Garry Hill has assembled, so the pressure will be even greater than usual to make a good start to the campaign – in contrast to last season, which started with two deflating losses to promotion rivals. Of course, early results may not offer a sound guide to the season as a whole but, as Garry and Steve Thompson remarked on Tuesday evening, they can help to build momentum, instil confidence and ease pressure. Sutton United advise fans to arrive early to avoid last-minute queues at the turnstiles.


There is a feeling among Woking fans that, after two successive play-off defeats, this season represents a great opportunity to secure promotion back to the Conference Premier. Perhaps surprisingly, given the withdrawal of funding by Chris Ingram, Garry Hill has managed to assemble a squad that, on paper at least, looks decidedly stronger than those of the last two seasons, with stiff competition for places in most areas. As Garry has made clear, this has been achieved partly through the willingness of some players to accept substantial wage cuts, but also through the success of The Cards Trust’s Boost the Budget initiative, which will be contributing at least £2,000 a month to his playing budget. The ground-sharing deal with Hayes and Yeading has also boosted the Club’s funds at a vital time.

With a strong nucleus of players from last season, and only one relatively late signing, that of Derek Duncan at left-back, Cards fans are already pretty familiar with the look of Garry Hill’s side, although there still remain doubts in a few positions about his starting XI on Saturday. Those begin at number one, where Garry has the difficult choice between the highly-experienced, dependable Andy Little and new signing (but former Woking Academy graduate) Aaron Howe, who had a good record at Havant and Waterlooville and has impressed in pre-season friendlies. The back four looks more straightforward, with Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle and Derek Duncan expected to start, although Alan Inns will keep the centre backs on their toes. It becomes more difficult after that, although it’s hard to believe that Garry won’t start with Jack King and Mark Ricketts in midfield and Elvis Hammond up front. Other places will be contested by Wayne Gray, Moses Ademola, Dale Binns, Gez Sole, Jay Davies and Nathan Koranteng. Ola Sogbanmu won’t be in the reckoning, however, with the injury sustained at Heybridge likely to rule him out for at least two to three weeks. Promising Academy player Josh Griffiths will no doubt be hoping that he can grab a place on the bench.


Sutton’s squad looks strong too, with a lot of well-known, experienced players. There are plenty of Woking connections in the shape of Karl Murray, Karim El Salahi and Craig Watkins (signed from the Metropolitan Police in the summer, where he was top scorer last season). The experienced recruits this summer include Jay Conroy (ex-Farnborough), Anthony Riviere and Tony Taggart (both ex-Eastleigh), Neil Jenkins (ex-Eastbourne Borough) and Craig Dundas (returning to Sutton after a season at Hampton). Other squad members include Leroy Griffiths (ex-Hampton and QPR) and new signing Romone McRae, a midfielder from Peterborough.

Manager Paul Doswell says that he is very satisfied with the way the pre-season games have gone. At home the U’s drew with AFC Wimbledon, beat Carshalton Athletic, lost to Barnet and drew with a West Ham XI. In their final pre-season friendly Sutton lost away at Carshalton but it sounds as though not much can be read into that – as with the Cards’ draw at Heybridge Swifts.


The Borough Sports Ground
Gander Green Lane


By Coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 1pm. Prices are £11 for members and £16 for non-members. If you’re coming to Kingfield by car, please park in the rear car park since the front car park will be being used by Hayes and Yeading. To book your place on the coach please ring or email the Club Shop on 01483 772470 or

By Car

The AA recommended route is as follows. Head for M25. Leave at J9, taking A243 (Dorking). After about two miles take the A24 (C. London, Sutton, Epsom). About four miles later join the A232 (Sutton). Follow for about a mile and then, at St Dunstan’s Junction, turn left onto A217 (C. London, Wimbledon). After 350 yards turn right onto Alberta Avenue. Continue forward onto Frederick Road and, about 250 yards further on, turn left into Gander Green Lane. The AA estimates the journey time to be about 45 minutes.

By Train

West Sutton station is next to the ground. It is served by trains via Wimbledon or Sutton. Come out of West Sutton station and turn right into Gander Green Lane and the ground is about 100 yards further along. The 12.33 from Woking would get you to West Sutton at 13.51, whilst the 13.03 would get you there at 14.21, both via a longish wait at Wimbledon.


There are about 200 parking spaces in the car park behind the grandstand and lots of roads around Gander Green Lane in which to park.


Adults £11
Senior Citizens £6
Juniors £2
Stand Transfer £1

Come on, you Cards!

N.B. Don’t forget that the Cards are at home to Hampton and Richmond Borough at 7.45pm on Tuesday 16 August 2011.

Superb Cards notch five

Brian Caffarey
9:26pm, Sat 13th Aug 2011
Sutton United 0 Woking 5
13 August 2011

The cries of ‘champions, champions!’ were perhaps a little (!) premature, but Garry Hill’s side sent out the clearest possible message this afternoon with this crushing defeat of Sutton United. The scoreline didn’t flatter the Cards - had they taken more of several excellent chances in the first half, the margin could easily have been eight goals.

Missing Jay Davies and Ola Sogbanmu, Garry Hill started with Andy Little in goal, the expected back four of Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle and Derek Duncan, a central midfield of Jack King and Mark Ricketts, with Gez Sole in ‘the hole’ and Moses Ademola and Dale Binns flanking Elvis Hammond.

The hundreds of Woking fans didn’t have long to wait to celebrate as the Cards took the lead with only a minute on the clock. King – a powerhouse in defence and up front as well as in midfield – played a quick ball into Hammond’s path in the inside right channel. His cross landed perfectly at the feet of Binns at the far post to slot home comfortably.

Ademola, who clearly had the beating of his opposing full back, now took a prominent role. Having nearly slipped a ball through to Hammond, he did brilliantly to rob a defender out right and put in a pinpoint cross to Binns, who put a free header wide.

There was a brief flurry of corners from the home side before Hammond and Ademola resumed their tormenting of the Sutton rearguard. The elusive Hammond went on a wonderful run, slithering past defenders and breaking through attempted fouls before finally seeing his cross blocked.

Woking should have added to their single goal lead in the 23rd minute when a quick throw-out from Little sent Ademola away. He played a fine crossfield ball to King but the latter’s shot bobbled wide.

Ricketts – whose success in breaking up opposition play provided an important foundation for this win – then smacked a header against the crossbar from one of Sole’s many dangerous corners, with a follow-up shot also being blocked.

The Cards were frustrated again in the 41st minute when Ademola sent Hammond down the left. The Woking striker looked to have an unpromising angle for a shot but managed to rattle the outside of the post.

By this point there was a little apprehension on the part of Woking fans that their side’s dominance was still only reflected in a single goal lead – and Sutton duly sounded a warning note just before half-time. Leroy Griffiths’s awkward, low cross was palmed away by Little – making his first save of the game – and he did well to grab the loose ball before any damage was done.

Ademola nearly nabbed the long-awaited second goal in injury time, instantly controlling a pass from Duncan and jockeying a defender to force a fine save from the home keeper.

Half-time: Sutton United 0 Woking 1

No doubt the Woking management team emphasised at half-time the need to put the game beyond the home side’s reach as quickly as possible. An immediate response came from Sole, piercing the Sutton back line with a determined, enterprising run, only to be foiled by the keeper.

But, four minutes into the half, the Cards fashioned a superbly-constructed goal. Duncan and Binns combined cleverly down the left. Binns cut inside and slipped the ball to King, who had made an intelligent diagonal run into the left of the area. His cross to the far post was met by Hammond, who chipped the ball into the roof of the net. A contender for ‘goal of the season’ in the very first game!

Hammond and Ademola continued to threaten, prompted by King and Sole. A cute pass from King sent Ademola down the right. His shot appeared to be stopped by the hand of a diving defender but the referee waved away the Woking appeals for a penalty.

The game was wrapped up in the 58th minute. A long ball from McNerney found Ademola deep in the left corner. As he crossed to the near post Sole nipped in to divert the ball adroitly into the net.

Garry Hill now had the opportunity to rest his two strikers, with new signing Paris Cowan-Hall and Wayne Gray taking over. However, there was no diminution in Woking’s attacking intent. Cowan-Hall followed up Gray’s downward header by wriggling through, only to see his goalbound shot deflected for a corner.

Sutton had intermittently threatened to pull a goal back and came closest in the 81st minute when Kavanagh planted a free-kick just wide, with Little stranded.

Gray then latched onto Cowan-Hall’s flicked-on header, taking the ball wide of the keeper, who nevertheless recovered sufficiently to save his shot.

Little did well to tip Dundas’s over-head kick over the bar before the Cards finished with a flourish. In the 89th minute Sole made another determined run through the home back line. Initially blocked by the keeper, he managed to get in a shot from an acute angle. The ball ricocheted off the inside of the far post and rolled over the line on the other side of the goal.

The Cards’ fifth goal – and the one that puts them top of the table on a day when Dover, Tonbridge Angels and Dartford notched four each – owed much to King’s nous in finding space down the right, from where he whipped in an excellent cross to Gray. The keeper got a hand to his header but Cowan-Hall was on hand to nudge it over the line.

Of course, it is early days yet but Woking’s performance today fully justified the optimism felt by many fans about this season’s campaign. The defence will have to prove that it can withstand greater pressure than Sutton were able to muster but there is no doubt that there is huge potential further forward to dominate games and score plenty of goals.

Woking: Andy Little, Adam Newton, Derek Duncan, Joe McNerney, Mark Ricketts, Jack King, Giuseppe Sole, Dale Binns (Nathan Koranteng 73), Elvis Hammond (Wayne Gray 66), Moses Ademola (Paris Cowan-Hall 63)

Unused subs: Aaron Howe, Charlie Turnbull

Booked: Adam Newton, Derek Duncan

My MOTM: A tough choice between Jack King and Moses Ademola, with Mark Ricketts not far behind, but King gets my vote for sustaining his performance over 90 minutes plus.

Attendance: 1200

P.S. Don’t forget that the Cards are at home to Hampton and Richmond Borough at 7.45pm on Tuesday 16 August 2011

Sutton United LINEUP
1Kevin Scriven
2Simon Downer
3Alan Bray ('58)
4Karl Murray
5Karim El-Salahi
6Sam Page
7Anthony Riviere
8Tom Davis ('58)
9Leroy Griffiths
10Craig Dundas
11Tony Taggart ('74)
12Fola Orilionishe ('58)
14Craig Watkins ('74)
15Jay Conroy
16Romone McCrea
17Tommy Kavanagh ('58)
1Andy Little
2Adam Newton
3Derek Duncan
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Giuseppe Sole
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola ('64)
10Elvis Hammond ('67)
11Dale Binns ('74)
12Nathan Koranteng ('74)
14Paris Cowan-Hall ('64)
15Wayne Gray ('67)
16Charlie Turnbull
18Aaron Howe

Sutton United 0-5 Woking (Garry Hill Interview)

Giuseppe Sole Interview

David Holmes
6:07pm, Sat 13th Aug 2011
Interview with Giuseppe Sole following Woking's 5-0 win at Sutton United today, which sent the Cards to the top of the Blue Square Bet South table.

Giuseppe Sole:

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