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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 3rd SeptemberSep 2011
| Att: 1214

Welling United
Welling United
3 - 2

Woking
Woking

Top-of-the-table clash

Brian Caffarey
7:20am, Fri 2nd Sep 2011
Welling United v Woking
3pm on Saturday 3 September 2011

It’s a bit early in the campaign to be talking about a ‘six pointer’ but this game between the current top two sides looks to be particularly significant since all the signs are that both clubs will put in a strong challenge for promotion this season. With both sides capable of scoring freely, it also promises to be an exciting clash between two very watchable teams. What could be more fitting on Non-League Day? Bring your Premiership-supporting friends along to experience some real football!

WOKING

The Cards have shown so far that, playing away from home against teams who are prepared to ‘give it a go’, they can take advantage of the available space to punish lax defences. Five goals at Sutton on the opening day and six at Tonbridge Angels on Bank Holiday Monday provide ample proof of that. But Eastleigh shut up shop to force a 0-0 draw and, at home against defensive formations, Garry Hill’s side have also struggled for ascendancy. It’s hard to believe, though, that Jamie Day’s Welling, having scored four goals more than the Cards and with home advantage, won’t fancy their chances. The Cards’ defence, a trifle complacent perhaps at Tonbridge in conceding three goals, will need to recover their previous resilience, whilst the Woking forwards will have to make sure that they don’t waste the chances created – which won’t be as easily come by as at Tonbridge.

It seems likely that, subject to any injuries, Woking will start with the same line-up as at Tonbridge, with Paris Cowan-Hall keeping out Gez Sole and with Jay Davies still having to bide his time.

WELLING UNITED

The Wings were unfortunate in some ways not to make the play-offs last season, missing the cut by a point after suffering a five-point deduction. Jamie Day, just announced as the BSBS ‘Manager of the Month’, has done a remarkable job at Park View Road, especially considering the relatively limited resources at his disposal, and has somehow managed to retain this season several players who seem to be coveted by clubs higher up the pecking order. Prominent among these are captain Jack Parkinson, Loick Pires and Jack Obersteller, who all had pre-season trials with League clubs. Pires and Andy Pugh (BSBS ‘Player of the Month’) have been in fine goalscoring form so far. Pugh has already netted seven goals in six games, whilst Pires has grabbed four. Other familiar names in a strong squad include two players signed from St Albans City: the former striker Lee Clarke, who won the Wings’ ‘player of the year’ award last season in central midfield, and tall defender Ben Martin.

LAST SEASON

Welling United 2 Woking 0
18 September 2010

An unbeaten three-game run came to an abrupt end at Park View Road. In a game of ‘two halves’, Woking threatened from the kick-off and enjoyed the best of the early exchanges, with Dave Gilroy and Moses Ademola both going close. The second half saw a strike by Welling’s Andy Pugh to give the Wings the lead and a late quick free-kick from Loick Pires which fooled Lenny Pidgeley and put the game out of the Cards’ reach.

Woking 0 Welling United 0
2 April 2011

The previous game had seen the Cards’ amazing 12-match unbeaten run come to a dramatic end at Eastleigh, so it was no surprise to see Garry Hill shake things up, introducing new loan signings Michael Doughty and Lyle Taylor. But neither side could make the decisive breakthrough in spite of the Wings having to hold out for the final half-hour with 10 men after Anthony Acheampong had been sent off for two bookings. The unwelcome draw left the Cards at the back of the eight clubs contesting the top five places.

GETTING THERE

Welling United FC
Park View Road
Welling
Kent
DA16 1SY
Website:www.wellingunited.com

By Coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 12.30pm. Prices are £13 for members and £18 for non-members. Ring or email the Club Shop (shop@wokingfc.co.uk) today to book.

By Car

Leave the M25 at Junction 2. At the roundabout, take the A2 towards Central London. Leave the A2 at the third exit (Danson Interchange, signposted A221 to Bexleyheath and Sidcup). Turn right (second exit) at the roundabout at the end of the slip road, and then turn right (third exit) at the next roundabout. Go under the A2 bridge and up the slope to another roundabout. Take the second exit and follow the road (Danson Road) to the traffic lights at the end. Turn left at the lights onto Park View Road. The ground is on the left. There is no car park, but plenty of street parking is available.

By Train

Nearest station: Welling

From Woking take the train to Waterloo. Then from Waterloo East catch the train to Welling. Direct trains are at 05 and 35 minutes past the hour and take 28 minutes e.g. the 13.35 arrives at 14.03 and the 14.05 arrives at 14.33. Other trains involve a change at London Bridge – or, alternatively, you could get the tube to London Bridge from Waterloo and start your journey from there. On the way back direct trains to Waterloo East are at 04 and 34 minutes past the hour. The ground is about 15 minutes’ walk from the station. Just walk down to the main road (Bellegrove Road/Welling High Street), turn left and keep going till you reach the ground on your right.

ADMISSION PRICES/FACILITIES

Adults: £12
Concessions: £7
U12: £3
Seating: £1

The club will be showing highlights of Welling’s season so far on the big screen in the Wings bar before the match from 1.30pm.

And there will be a ‘happy hour’ from 1.30pm until 2.30pm with all bottled beer and cider priced at £2. Pints of Fosters and real ale will be available at £2.50. There will also be hot and cold food available, pies £2, filled rolls £1.50 and chilli and rice £2.

Come on, you Cards!

N.B. Don’t forget that the Cards Trust’s AGM is at 7.30pm on Monday 5 September in the Cardinals’ Bar and that there is a Fans’ Forum next Thursday evening (8 September).

Defeat but no disgrace

Alan Worth
8:35pm, Sat 3rd Sep 2011
Welling United 3 Woking 2
Blue Square Bet South
3rd September 2011


Woking slipped to their first defeat of the season in this pulsating encounter at Park View Road. On Non-League Day this top of the table encounter was a credit to the Blue Square Bet South with both sides, roared on by a large and vociferous crowd, playing attacking football and going all out for the win.

In the end it was the home side that came out on top and so retain their top spot in the table with an already healthy lead of five points. Woking remain second thanks to Dartford’s slip-up at Basingstoke but should not be disappointed. They dominated the second half and, but for poor defending at set pieces, could have secured at least a draw, which on the balance of play would have been a fair result.

Garry Hill was forced to make one change with Aaron Howe making his first league start in goal after Andy Little had picked up a “niggling� injury that restricted his kicking. Unsurprisingly, the remainder of the team and starting formation, Paris Cowan-Hall up front with Elvis Hammond, was as for the Tonbridge game.

Playing up the slope, it was the Wings who made the brighter start and within minutes it was clear that their very tall side were going to use long balls into the box to set up chances with the hardworking midfield running on to any knock-downs. It was to be a tough first half for the Adam Doyle and Joe McNerney partnership at the back as the height and pace of the Welling attack made it difficult with long balls played forward quickly putting the Cards under immediate pressure.

Welling looked most dangerous from set pieces and after ten minutes they used their first corner of the game to open the scoring. It was a scrambled affair but the tall Ben Martin was finally on hand to bundle the ball home.

However, it didn’t take long for the Cards to equalise and they, in turn, showed that with their pace and prowess with the ball on the ground they could equally create chances. The goal came after a delightful flick from Moses Ademola that put Paris Cowan-Hall in on goal. His raw pace got him to the ball comfortably before the advancing Thomas and his accurate lob nestled in the bottom of the net.

Woking, spurred on by their success and travelling support, began to look more dangerous. A Dale Binns free-kick, after Hammond had been fouled on the bye-line, found a stooping Mark Ricketts but his header was deflected away. Another cross, this time from Joe McNerney, found a leaping Cowan-Hall but his header was wide. The young striker was almost in again after a reverse pass flicked on by Binns but the ball just rolled away from him and down the slope.

But Woking were still struggling with set pieces. A long free-kick, taken by Jack Obersteller from a central position, flicked off the top of McNerney's head but a flying Aaron Howe was just able to turn the ball round the post. But the Cards failed to take heed of the warning. On twenty-six minutes another Obersteller free-kick from well inside the Welling half was again flicked on by a Welling forward and into the path of Jack Parkinson, who made no mistake from close range.

A rather bizarre booking followed as the referee blew up to stop a promising Woking attack only to book Loick Pires who had jumped over the barriers to avail himself of the toilets before returning to the pitch in the same way.

For the remainder of the half Welling continued to look the most likely to score as their midfield continued to work extremely hard in joining the attack and then getting back quickly to stifle any Woking attacks. Pugh had a shot blocked by Adam Newton before Healy had the ball in the net but it was ruled offside. Ademola volleyed wide at the other end before Jack King also volleyed over after good work from Hammond.

Half-time: Welling United 2 Woking 1

A key question for Woking fans would inevitably be whether the Wings could maintain the work rate through the second half. As it transpired, it was the Cards who managed to dominate from the start as the Welling side began to lose their way.

Two minutes after the re-start Woking fashioned an excellent chance. An Ademola shot was deflected to Hammond on the right. His cross back into the box found an unmarked Dale Binns but, with more time than he appreciated, he volleyed his shot well over the bar. A minute later and the wing man had another opportunity but again his volley was off target. Next it was the turn of Cowan-Hall to draw a save from the diving Thomas.

At the other end Doyle was almost caught out by Pires after yet another Welling set piece and Fazakerly saw his long-range free kick fly straight into the arms of Howe.

After an hour Gez Sole replaced Dale Binns as Woking pushed for an equaliser. Ademola headed over from Newton’s cross and a Sole free-kick, looped to the far post with everyone in the box, was scraped away for a corner.

Against the run of play, Welling fashioned a couple of set piece chances – the second bringing them a third goal. First, Woking had Aaron Howe to thank as he made a fine double save after spilling a shot but saving what looked like a certain goal with his feet. But with twenty minutes remaining the Wings looked to have made the game safe.

Parkinson was again free at the far post to head home Fazakerley’s corner. The Cards should have done better. But again they showed great resilience to pull a goal back almost immediately. Ademola’s long cross field ball from the right was chested down by an unmarked Sole, who then drilled the ball into the far corner with his left-foot shot. Game on!

As the home side looked to be hanging on keeper Thomas almost gifted another chance to the Cards as he dwelt on the ball trying to waste a few more precious seconds. It almost cost him. Almost immediately Wayne Gray, on for Hammond, had a great chance but his point-blank header from a Sole cross was straight at Thomas.

As the game moved into the five minutes of added time Woking continued to pile on the pressure. A great cross from Paris Cowan-Hall was cleared almost off the line as Gray closed in. A final Woking corner and the final whistle was blown much to the relief of the Welling fans.

So, Woking just came up short but it was certainly a great attacking effort against a big, strong Welling side. But for the problem with set pieces it might have been a different story but there’s a long way to go yet and the Cards remain in good shape.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Paris Cowan-Hall, Jack King, Moses Ademola, Elvis Hammond (Wayne Gray 74), Dale Binns (Guisseppe Sole 61)

Unused subs: Derek Duncan, Jay Davies, Andy Little

Bookings: Mike Cestor 45, Joe McNerney 55

Welling United: Dan Thomas, Loui Fazakerley, Jack Obersteller, Joe Healey, Anthony Acheampong, Ben Martin, Jack Parkinson (Jordan Johnson 90), Lee Clarke, Luis Cumbers (Zac Attwood 80), Andy Pugh, Loick Pires

Unused subs: Stephen Camacho, Ollie Poole

Bookings: Loick Pires 31

MOTM: Mark Ricketts – a battling midfield performance from the Woking captain.

Attendance: 1214
Welling United LINEUP
1Dan Thomas
2Loui Fazakerley
3Jack Obersteller
4Joe Healy
5Anthony Acheampong
6Ben Martin
7Jack Parkinson ('90)
8Lee Clarke
9Luis Cumbers ('80)
10Andy Pugh
11Loick Pires
BENCH
12Zac Attwood ('80)
14Stephen Camacho
15Jordan Johnson ('90)
16Ollie Poole
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3Mike Cestor
4Mark Ricketts
5Joe McNerney
6Adam Doyle
7Paris Cowan-Hall
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola
10Elvis Hammond ('74)
11Dale Binns ('61)
BENCH
12Derek Duncan
14Giuseppe Sole ('61)
15Wayne Gray ('74)
16Jay Davies
18Andy Little

Welling United 3-2 Woking (Garry Hill Interview)

Alan Inns Interview

David Holmes
7:06pm, Sat 3rd Sep 2011
Interview with Alan Inns at half-time during Woking's 3-2 defeat at Welling today.

Alan Inns:








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