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Cards Travel To Eastleigh Tomorrow

7:58pm, Mon 22nd Aug 2011
Eastleigh vs Woking
Blue Square Bet South
7.45pm on Tuesday 23rd August 2011

Woking travel to the Silverlake Stadium on Tuesday evening looking to avenge their heavy defeat from last season. As Cards' fans won't need reminding, they were 2-0 down after 4 minutes and went on to lose 4-1, so will be keen to start strongly and not concede from set pieces, where Eastleigh are strong, with the likes of Jamie Slabber and Tom Jordan in their ranks.


Even if Adam Doyle is back in the country after missing Saturday's match against Boreham Wood due to work commitments abroad, Garry Hill is unlikely to replace loan-signing Mike Cestor after such a promising debut.

Although the Cards looked a little leggy against a spirited and determined Boreham Wood side on Saturday, the team is still unbeaten, and it would therefore be surprising if there are any changes made to the eleven who started that game. That said, Garry Hill has plenty of options available to him if he wants to freshen things up, with the likes of Jay Davies, Wayne Gray and Paris Cowan-Hall all no doubt keen to make their mark and force their way into the manager's reckoning.


Eastleigh have lost most of last season's squad following the decision to switch to full-time in the Summer, including the likes of Tony Taggart to Sutton United and Ian Herring to Basingstoke Town.

They've not got off to the best of starts, losing 2-0 at home to Basingstoke Town on the opening day, 2-1 away to Truro City, and 4-0 away to Tonbridge Angels on Saturday.


Silverlake Stadium

Ten Acres

Stoneham Lane



SO50 9HT

(Do not use this postcode with a SatNav, as it will take you to the Trojans Rugby Club instead)


By Coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 5pm. Prices are £13 for members and £18 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 & Yeading. To book your place on the coach please ring or email the Club Shop on 01483 772470 or

By Car

Take the M3 to J13. Turn right into Leigh Road. Go on till the crossroads and turn right at lights into Passfield Avenue. Go past Fleming Park Sports Centre on right. At the roundabout take second exit; at the next take the first exit; go past Concorde Club. Take the first turning right into Stoneham Lane and the ground is 100 yards on left-hand side. There are 500 “free parking" spaces at the ground.

By Train

The ground is a 20 minute walk from Southampton Airport Parkway station, and there are direct trains from Woking with travelling times varying between 40-60 minutes.


Adults: £12
Senior Citizens: £7.50*
Students: £7.50*
u16s: £4*
u12s: Free
Parking: Free
*Proof of date of birth required for Senior Citizens/u16s or copy of NUS card required for Students.

Come on, you Cards!

If you can't make it to Eastleigh tomorrow night, why not come down to Kingfield and watch Hayes & Yeading vs Bath City? Admission prices are £12 for Adults, £8 for Concessions, and £2 for u16s, with Woking season ticket holders getting in for half-price.

Woking draw blank again

Alan Worth
8:47am, Wed 24th Aug 2011
Eastleigh 0 Woking 0
Blue Square Bet South
23rd August 2011

A second goalless draw on the spin, this was another frustrating night for the Cards. Against an Eastleigh side that had yet to register a point in their first three games, Woking failed to break the deadlock and struggled to get in behind the Spitfires’ defence particularly in the first half.

Woking lined up as they had on Saturday apart from one enforced change. An unwell Derek Duncan was replaced at left back by loan signing Mike Cestor with the returning Adam Doyle partnering Joe McNerney in the centre of defence.

Eastleigh started with two former Cards’ players, Jamie Slabber up front with Andy Forbes playing in a rather more unaccustomed role in the back four.

On a grey and overcast night that felt more like November than August, Woking made a bright enough start with Hammond chipping the ball in from the right but just over Gez Sole’s head and Mike Cestor storming forward from the back. And it was Sole who had the first opportunity inside the first ten minutes. Ademola’s reverse played Gez in but, from a tight angle, Barfoot beat his shot away at the near post.

The half now settled into a pattern that was to be maintained for much of the game as Woking generally relied on getting the ball forward quickly to an often-isolated Elvis Hammond. Alternatively the long balls out of defence were quickly returned as Eastleigh’s defence coped easily with Woking’s game plan.

In fact it was the home side who gradually worked themselves into the game and created their first good chance when a clearance from a White cross found its way to Bottomley. His goal bound shot was deflected away for a corner.

After thirty minutes Gez Sole had an opportunity with a free kick but from twenty-five yards he blazed his effort well over. This was quickly followed by some excellent work down the left as Sole, Binns and Hammond combined. Just as it seemed that Elvis would get in behind the defence he was ruled offside in what looked like a tight decision.

A final Woking effort of the half came with Hammond brought down close to the touchline. From the resulting free kick a back post header knocked the ball out to Jack King whose rasping volley was just over.

The Cards had been unable to impose themselves on the half and despite plenty of possession their long ball approach was dealt with comfortably by the home side. For their part the Spitfires had also failed to create a great deal with the Cards also solid at the back.

Half-time: Eastleigh 0 Woking 0

As the second half progressed so Woking became more dominant but still found it difficult to break down the Spitfires. Ricketts flicked on an early free kick from Newton but it fell harmlessly to Barfoot. A neat flick from McNerney over the top almost fell for Sole but the pass was just too strong. Then a Gez Sole free kick to the far post was headed down by Doyle for McNerney only to stab the ball just wide.

Eastleigh had their moments also. Holder-Spooner, on as an early substitute for the injured Bottomley, crossed from the left and White was in on goal after a slip by Doyle. Andy Little was on hand however to make a good save from the forward’s close range effort.

More Woking pressure followed but without any end product and despite the encouragement of the travelling Cards’ fans behind the Spitfires’ goal. Cestor and Binns set up a Gez Sole effort but his shot was well wide. Hammond continued to work hard and finally managed to wriggle up the bye line past defenders but he his final shot was weak and wide.

On seventy minutes a Gez Sole corner from the left was met perfectly by Joe McNerney. His strong downward header was goal bound but unfortunately hit Hammond and was deflected wide when it looked as if the Cards must score.

The game was now beginning to open up as both sides looked to find that elusive goal and the three points. With ten minutes remaining came two chances in quick succession. First Gillespie was in for Eastleigh after a cross from the right. The striker looked to have scored as his shot was deflected but rolled towards the far post. Little got down however and managed to make a good save. Immediately play switched to the other end and Elvis Hammond was one on one with the Eastleigh keeper. He managed to get round Barfoot but did not get enough on his shot and the hosts managed to scramble the ball clear.

Two more efforts followed for the Cards. First a great run from Sole down the left flank saw him set up substitute Wayne Gray but his shot again hit the luckless Hammond. Paris Cowan-Hall, also a late substitute, then had a fine long-range effort turned away low down by a diving Barfoot. From the resulting corner an Ademola header flashed into the side netting.

It was now all Woking but they were almost caught cold in time added on. Sam Wilson, a sixteen-year-old substitute, came close to snatching all three points for the hosts. The Woking defence, appealing for an offside that wasn’t given had stopped but the youngster carried on and curled a great shot inches over Little’s bar.

Finally one last chance for Woking as Gez Sole took a free kick from twenty-five yards out but it was comfortably saved by Barfoot.

The final whistle was greeted with great celebration from the home fans as Eastleigh secured their first point of the season. For Woking it was a case of two points dropped as they slip down to fifth position in the table.

Woking: Andy Little, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Giuseppe Sole Jack King, Moses Ademola, Elvis Hammond (Paris Cowan-Hall 84), Dale Binns (Wayne Gray 73)

Unused subs: Nathan Koranteng, Jay Davies, Aaron Howe

Booked: Adam Doyle 16, Mark Ricketts 22

Eastleigh: Gareth Barfoot, Andy Forbes, Frankie Raymond, Jamie Brown, Tom Jordan, Ross Bottomley (Holder-Spooner 43), Andrew White (Sam Wilson 12), Danny Smith, Jammie Slabber, Richard Gillespie, Henrik Breimyr

Unused subs: Ben Wilson, Andy Cashin-Murray, Jack Vallis

Booked: Danny Smith 30, Henrik Breimyr 53, Frankie Raymond 72

MOTM: Mike Cestor – a second assured performance from the loan signing this time at left back and on a night when few members of the squad really shone.

Attendance: 665
Eastleigh LINEUP
1Gareth Barfoot
2Andy Forbes
3Frankie Raymond
4Jamie Brown
5Tom Jordan
6Ross Bottomley ('43)
7Andrew White ('84)
8Danny Smith
9Jamie Slabber
10Richard Gillespie
11Henrik Breimyr
12Sam Wilson ('84)
14Ben Wilson
15Jordace Holder-Spooner ('43)
16Andy Cashin-Murray
17Jack Vallis
1Andy Little
2Adam Newton
3Mike Cestor
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Giuseppe Sole
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola
10Elvis Hammond ('82)
11Dale Binns ('73)
12Nathan Koranteng
14Paris Cowan-Hall ('82)
15Wayne Gray ('73)
16Jay Davies
18Aaron Howe

Eastleigh 0-0 Woking (Garry Hill Interview)

Mark Ricketts Interview

David Holmes
1:06am, Wed 24th Aug 2011
Interview with Mark Ricketts following Woking's goalless draw at Eastleigh.

Mark Ricketts:

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