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Boreham Wood
Boreham Wood

Cards aim to maintain perfect start

Brian Caffarey
6:37am, Thu 18th Aug 2011
Woking v Boreham Wood
3pm on Saturday 20 August 2011

The Cards have got off to a great start to the season, with two consecutive wins and plenty of attractive, attacking football for Woking fans to admire. Boreham Wood have strengthened considerably over the summer and, on paper at least, should provide some very tough opposition. Come down to Kingfield on Saturday and cheer on Garry Hill’s side to another victory!


The Cards had to work hard on Tuesday night to overcome Hampton’s stubborn defence but eventually managed to wrap up the three points with a Jack King penalty to win 2-1. While there were fewer goals than in the opening 5-0 defeat of Sutton United, there was still some superb football to enjoy, with Moses Ademola and Dale Binns providing pace and trickery down the flanks, Elvis Hammond showing great skill and ball control up front, Gez Sole bursting through from midfield and Jack King – and even Mark Ricketts – getting forward frequently too. And then Garry could call on the likes of Wayne Gray, Paris Cowan-Hall and Nathan Koranteng from the substitutes’ bench.

Subject to any injuries, it seems likely that Garry will start with the same line-up, although, with games coming thick and fast, he will no doubt want to make full use of his squad, including giving some time on the pitch to Jay Davies in midfield at some point.


Ian Allinson, the Wood’s Manager, has had the luxury of a bigger budget with which to build his squad. He has made wholesale changes, bringing in some well-known names. Arrivals include the Farnborough quartet of keeper Michael Jordan, Osei Sankofa, James Smith and Daryl McMahon; Charlie O’Loughlin from Solihull Moors; Sam Hurrell from Woking; Inih Effiong, returning from St Albans City; and Ali Chaaban, re-signing from Chelmsford City. The most recent arrival has been that of Darren Currie, the subject of several expensive transfers between League clubs. Two long-term loanees are our own Ollie Palmer and Luke Wilkinson from Dagenham and Redbridge. Ollie will not be eligible to play, though.

Boreham Wood had a mixed pre-season and, by all accounts, did not play well in their opening home 1-0 defeat at the hands of Havant and Waterlooville. It seems that they only came to life in the second half when Ollie Palmer came on as a substitute. That said, they were missing a number of expected first-teamers, including Mario Noto and Luke Garrard.

On Tuesday night Wood, still missing a number of key players, lost 4-0 at Bromley.


Boreham Wood 0 Woking 0
30 August 2010

This was a dull Bank Holiday Monday ‘bore draw’, demonstrating, in some fans’ eyes, an over-cautious approach against one of the league’s weaker sides but, coming off the back of a poor 2-0 defeat at home by Maidenhead United on the Saturday, Graham Baker was no doubt relieved to have ‘steadied the ship’. The only bright spot was the display of Chris Bush, who’d joined on work experience terms from Brentford. In the second half Ollie Palmer came on to make his BSBS debut.

Woking 3 Boreham Wood 0
3 January 2011

The Cards moved to seven points from the play-off zone with this much-needed win over bottom-of-the-table Boreham Wood. It had all looked very straightforward when Sam Hurrell, scoring his first goal for Woking against the club for whom he’d netted four times on loan, opened the home side’s account after only 50 seconds. And the game should have been made safe in the 17th minute when Lee Sawyer, pulling the strings in midfield, won a penalty, but Elvis Hammond failed to convert. The Wood gradually pulled themselves back into the game and looked the better side until Craig Faulconbridge scored a ‘soft’ second goal in the 63rd minute. Late on, substitute Anson Cousins chased a ‘lost cause’, enabling Dave Gilroy to score Woking’s third.


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Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget to bring along your completed Cards Trust membership form to ensure that you can take part in the AGM on 5 September.

Little Luck

Glen Harrington
8:59pm, Sun 21st Aug 2011
Woking 0 Boreham Wood 0
Blue Square Bet South
20th August 2011

The Cards had keeper Andy Little to thank as, despite their own host of missed chances, they left grateful to escape Kingfield with a disappointing stalemate.

In a game that could have easily gone either way, the Cards defence were, for the first time this season, given a tremendous challenge in the form of powerful striker Inih Effiong. At the other end, Giuseppe Sole and Paris Cowan-Hall will feel they could have easily won the match for the hosts.

Garry Hill was forced into one change from the side victorious over both Sutton and Hampton, with the absence of Adam Doyle, through work commitments, and Alan Inns, victim of a broken toe, providing a minor defensive crisis. Although skipper Mark Ricketts could easily have been a candidate for retreating into a defensive role, the desire not to interrupt an impressive central midfield trio prompted Friday’s loan signing of Mike Cestor from Leyton Orient, the new man slotting straight into the team.

Cestor was almost immediately into the action as Effiong looked to barrage his way through the Woking back-line and create himself an early chance. Thankfully, the defender was straight into the good books of the home fans as he muscled Effiong away from possession and allowed Little to collect.

This was the first of several early chances for the visitors, who did not at all look a team that had lost and failed to score in their first two fixtures. Effiong was again the clear danger-man, twice finding space before shooting over, while captain Mario Noto’s long range free-kick forced the first save from Little.

The Cards belatedly got themselves into the game mid-way through the half with two excellent chances. Dale Binns’ dangerous low cross created the Cards opening opportunity, Moses Ademola diverting the ball back across the box before Giuseppe Sole somehow scooped over from six yards. Next, a smart interchange between Ademola and Elvis Hammond forced opposition keeper Putnins into action for the first time as he sprawled at the feet of the Ghanaian striker.

Little was not given long to enjoy seeing the ball at the opposite end of the pitch, touching over an Effiong volley before ex-Cards winger Sam Hurrell sent in another long range tester. The Woking stopper already having done more than in the first two games put together.

Chances continued to materialise at either end as first Ademola, a growing presence in the game, cut in from the right to force a fine diving save from Putnins before Little, not to be outdone, touched Effiong’s effort wide after a quick-pace Wood counter attack. Putnins made it a fine half for both keepers as he kept out another Hammond opportunity after Jack King had played him clean through on goal in stoppage time.

Half-time: Woking 0 Boreham Wood 0

Unfortunately, it was the visitors who initially looked the more dangerous after the re-start, Hurrell taking advantage of Joe McNerney’s hesitation to force Little into a close range save. The winger was causing problems again soon after, stealing possession from McNerney on the edge of the Cards area, only to shoot comfortably into the arms of Little.

It was clear that it was time for change for Woking and, for the first time this season, Jay Davies got his chance in place of Giuseppe Sole.

Despite the Cards finally beginning to dominate possession and territory, it was the visitors who continued to enjoy the lion's share of the chances, Effiong finally able to find a way round the impressive Cestor, only to be thwarted yet again by the Woking keeper.

However, a combination of Woking’s improving play and the visitors desire for their first points of the season saw the Wood starting to drop progressively deeper, a neat Cards move culminating in Hammond forcing Putnins into a smart stop.

With the Woking front-line unsurprisingly tiring in their third game in seven days, Wayne Gray and Paris Cowan-Hall were given their chance in place of Hammond and Binns. It did not take long for both to be involved in creating the Cards best chance yet, Gray flicking a header over the defence and allowing the speedy Cowan-Hall to race through on goal. With all the time in the world and the goal seemingly at his mercy, the ball sat up at just the wrong moment, the Cardinals winger crashing his volley goal-wards, but over.

The Cards disappointment at only leaving with a point turned quickly to the relief of keeping a clean sheet and maintaining their unbeaten record – a fine set of passing between substitutes Charlie Hunter and Simeon Akinola looking to have played them through on goal. Little was there in a flash, spreading himself well to block Akinola. As the Wood poured forward for what seemed their inevitable winner, Woking defenders threw their bodies on the line to block, somehow hacking clear and breathing a huge sigh of relief at the full-time whistle that sounded not long after.

All in all, probably a fair result for a frantic game in which both keepers will be credited as the day’s heroes. Although both sides will be disappointed not to claim the three points, a well organised and hard-working display from each set of defences suggested neither team deserved to lose.

Certainly, Mike Cestor deserves the upmost credit for coming into a new team and performing so well. McNerney was equally solid and it was be interesting to see whether the pair stays together for Tuesday’s visit to bottom of the table Eastleigh. If on that occasion, the Woking front-line can match the exploits of their defensive counter-parts, then the Cards will hope to get their fine start to the season back on track.

Woking: Andy Little, Adam Newton, Derek Duncan, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Mike Cestor, Giuseppe Sole (Jay Davies 65), Jack King, Moses Ademola, Elvis Hammond (Wayne Gray 76), Dale Binns (Paris Cowan-Hall 76).

Unused Subs: Aaron Howe, Nathan Koranteng.

Booked: Ricketts 37, King 38.

Boreham Wood: Elvijs Putnins, Osei Sankofa, Daniel Brathwaite, Luke Wilkinson, Charlie O’Loughlin, Mario Noto (Simeon Akinola 81), Sam Hurrell, Daryl McMahon (Steve O’Leary 66), Inih Effiong (Charlie Hunter 85), Pele Ruddock, David Bryant.

Unused Subs: Ali Chaaban, Michael Jordan.

Booked: Noto 18, O’Loughlin 44, McMahon 61, Hunter 90.

MOTM: Andy Little – Forced to come to the Cards rescue on many an occasion, a brave late save summing up his fine performance.

Attendance: 1,196
1Andy Little
2Adam Newton
3Derek Duncan
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Mike Cestor
7Giuseppe Sole ('65)
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola
10Elvis Hammond ('77)
11Dale Binns ('77)
12Nathan Koranteng
14Paris Cowan-Hall ('77)
15Wayne Gray ('77)
16Jay Davies ('65)
18Aaron Howe
Boreham Wood LINEUP
1Elvijs Putnins
2Osei Sankofa
3Daniel Brathwaite
4Luke Wilkinson
5Charlie O'Loughlin
6Mario Noto ('81)
7Sam Hurrell
8Daryl McMahon ('66)
9Inih Effiong ('85)
10Pele Ruddock
11David Bryant
12Steve O'Leary ('66)
14Ali Chaaban
15Simeon Akinola ('81)
16Charlie Hunter ('85)
17Michael Jordan

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