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Basingstoke Town
Basingstoke Town

“Let's Get It On�

Brian Caffaray - Alan Worth
9:09am, Wed 24th Aug 2011
Woking v Basingstoke Town
3pm on Saturday 27 August 2011


WOKING

Following Tuesday’s disappointing result at Eastleigh, Garry Hill and his side will want to get back on track again with a strong performance against local rivals Basingstoke. A win will now be required if the Cards are to meet the initial target set by the manager of ten points from the first five games.

Apart from Derek Duncan who was unwell on Tuesday and the injured Ola Sogbanmu, the remainder of the squad should be available for selection. No doubt the manager will be considering how to freshen up the side after failing to score in two consecutive games. With matches coming thick and fast during the early season, Saturday may well be an opportunity to rest a couple of players while giving others a chance to start. Likely candidates would be Paris Cowan-Hall, who has impressed on his substitute appearances so far, and Jay Davies possibly getting his chance in midfield.

Speaking after Eastleigh, Garry Hill indicated that he wanted a game that was “nice and open� and hoped that Frank Gray would “leave the bus at home – let’s get it on!!�

BASINGSTOKE TOWN

There is a feeling in some quarters that Basingstoke Town might mount a promotion challenge this season. The signing of the veteran striker Tim Sills, who’s notched a few goals against us in his time, looks a good move and he’ll no doubt be an excellent mentor for ex-Card Delano Sam-Yorke, who seems to have found his goal touch since arriving at the Camrose last season, initially on loan from AFC Wimbledon. Delano got off the mark on the opening day with two goals in the ‘Stoke’s impressive 3-0 away win at Eastleigh.

After a draw away to Boreham Wood on Monday, our visitors are currently in eighth place one point behind the Cards.

LAST SEASON

Woking 2 Basingstoke Town 0
11 September 2010

The Cards had substitute Craig Faulconbridge to thank for this win after Graham Baker’s side had stuttered up front. A textbook header back across the keeper from a Moses Ademola cross gave Woking the lead. The three points were finally made safe in injury time when Faulconbridge swept home after some tremendous play from loanee Chris Bush.

Basingstoke Town 1 Woking 0
8 January 2011

In retrospect this game marked the ‘beginning of the end’ for Graham Baker, although there were two very good performances to follow at Dover in the league and at AFC Wimbledon in the Trophy. Baker and Jimmy Dack were left in no doubt by a number of Woking fans about what they thought of this abject display and the team selection and substitutions – a response which the Woking management team did not take kindly to!

This defeat ended an unbeaten run going back to 16 October but the Cards rarely looked like extending that record. Baker brought in Mark Ricketts and Reiss Noel in place of Aswad Thomas and Joe McNerney but the home side took control. Matt Warner scored the only goal of the game and but for some excellent saves from Andy Little the scoreline would have been more emphatic.

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Come on, you Cards!

Hard-fought win puts Cards second

Jacob Greenwood
8:43pm, Sat 27th Aug 2011
Woking 1 Basingstoke Town 0
Blue Square Bet South
27th August 2011


The visit of Basingstoke Town saw many old faces back at Kingfield including ex Cards keeper Ashley Bayes, Jay Gasson, Toby Little and manager Frank Gray. Delano Sam-Yorke was not included having failed to recover from a recent hamstring injury. Woking came into the game on the back of two goalless draws against teams that, in the eyes of the management team, only ever came looking for a point and defended to the end with the Cards left frustrated.

Early goals are always key in games such as these and this seemed to be the intention for Woking as an unchanged side from Tuesday’s draw with Eastleigh started with a bang. The game was only four minutes old when a ball over the top was chested down by Sole who was challenged. However the ball dropped straight to the feet of Moses Ademola on the edge of the box who smashed his shot past Ashley Bayes and onto the woodwork. The rebound found Elvis Hammond who slotted home well from close range for his second goal of the campaign.

Gary Hill would have been delighted with the way in which the Cards started and this positive approach continued when Newton won the ball inside the Woking half and charged forward and straight through the Basingstoke midfield. Playing a quick one-two with Moses he then lost the ball on the edge of the box. And the positive attacking style didn’t stop there as Woking again came forward with Sole playing a ball in from a tight angle that ended up cleared off the line.

Basingstoke’s’ only answer to the Cards style of play was to go route one, hitting long balls into the box and relying on set pieces with limited success. They created no real goal threat and came closest on the stroke of half time when Matt Warner tried an overhead kick, which was blocked with the rebound being sent wide.

Half-time: Woking 1 Basingstoke Town 0

The second half started with Dale Binns replaced by Nathan Koranteng to try and reinforce the attacking threat. However this wasn’t evident as early opportunities were passed up with Ademola just missing out on a through ball and Jack King (pictured) smashing a free kick into the defensive wall. Woking were still creating chances and substitute Koranteng made a good run down the left wing, played a good ball into the middle for Elvis to take down. The Woking front man could only mishit his shot.

As time ticked on Basingstoke seemed to grow in confidence and the game was increasingly on top of Woking who were finding it hard to break out of their own half. This new found Basingstoke confidence was again on show when for the second time in the match they tried another overhead kick from a knock down. This time it was Pratt; his effort was closer but still way over the bar and into the Leslie Gosdon stand.

A change was needed for the Cards and on the hour mark Garry Hill replaced Gez Sole and goal scorer Elvis Hammond with Wayne Gray and Jay Davies. However the home side still looked to be hanging on. Every move made to escape their half ended up in giving the ball away to Basingstoke who were right back in the game.

Woking will feel hard done by that they didn’t get a chance to extend their lead after a couple of penalty shouts waved away by the ref. As the game entered the final few minutes Woking were still pushing for a second and had a final chance when Gray flicked on towards the back post but Ademola couldn’t connect. The last key action of the match was a free kick in a central position and a chance for Basingstoke to save a point but Toby Little could only find his namesake in the Woking goal.

Although at times the win was unconvincing Woking can take some positives from the game and, not least, another clean sheet. The win sees Woking move up to second in the table after Dartford and Truro both failed to win. Woking remain unbeaten and have only conceded a single goal to date, giving Cards fans a lot to be positive about ahead of Monday’s trip to Tonbridge Angels.

Woking: Andy Little, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Giuseppe Sole (Jay Davies 64), Jack King, Moses Ademola, Elvis Hammond (Wayne Gray 64), Dale Binns (Nathan Koranteng 46)

Unused subs: Aaron Howe, Paris Cowan-Hall

Booked: Mike Cestor, Adam Newton
Basingstoke Town: Ashley Bayes, Rob Rice, Toby Little, Ross Adams, Jay Gasson, Stuart Lake (Jide Obunbote 76), Wes Daly, Shaun McAuley (Rob Gradwell 64), Tim Sills, David Pratt, Matt Warner (Nathan Smart 82)

Unused subs: Simon Dunn, Wilson Gondwe

MOTM: Jack King

Attendance: 1207
WOKING LINEUP
1Andy Little
2Adam Newton
3Mike Cestor
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Giuseppe Sole ('64)
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola
10Elvis Hammond ('64)
11Dale Binns ('46)
BENCH
12Nathan Koranteng ('46)
14Paris Cowan-Hall
15Wayne Gray ('64)
16Jay Davies ('64)
18Aaron Howe
Basingstoke Town LINEUP
1Ashley Bayes
2Rob Rice
3Toby Little
4Ross Adams
5Jay Gasson
6Stuart Lake ('76)
7Wes Daly
8Shaun McAuley ('64)
9Tim Sills
10David Pratt
11Matt Warner ('82)
BENCH
12Nathan Smart ('82)
14Jide Obunbote ('76)
15Simon Dunn
16Rob Gradwell ('64)
17Wilson Gondwe

Garry Hill Interview after Woking 1-0 Basingstoke Town

Jack King Interview

David Holmes
6:12pm, Sat 27th Aug 2011
Interview with Jack King following Woking's 1-0 win against Basingstoke today.

Jack King:








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