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Academy Bulletin | Tougher Week for Young Cards

Ian Tilley
3:25pm, Mon 27th Nov 2023
The Young Cards had a tougher time last week.

Upcoming Fixtures – W/C 27th November

Monday 27th November

19:45 – Uxbridge U18 vs. Woking U18, Isthmian Football League, Youth West Division
Horton Road, West Drayton

Wednesday 29th November

13:00 – Dover Athletic U19 vs. Woking U19, National League Alliance, Academy South
The Abbey School, Faversham

13:00 - Woking U19B vs. Eastleigh Blues, National League Alliance, Division E
Woking College, Rydens Way

Thursday 30th November

19.30 - Woking U23 vs. Aldershot U23, Suburban Football League, Premier Division
Redding Way, Knaphill FC

Match Reports and Results – W/C 20th November

22nd November, Woking U19 vs. Bromley U19, National League Alliance, Academy South
Match Postponed – Waterlogged pitch at Westfield

22nd November, Dorking Wanderers 2XI 2-2 Woking U19B
National League Alliance, Division E, River Lane, Leatherhead

Despite taking the lead twice and Mikey Verga saving a penalty, the Cards still had to settle for a point.

Worth looking at on the Academy twitter feed is Woking’s second goal, a breakaway from a Dorking corner. Not such good viewing is the missed opportunities to clear the ball in the build-up to the goal which made it 2-2.

Woking Starting XI: Mikey Verga, Alvaro Picon, Ben Smith, Aidy Silverstein, Sean Bull, James Orton, JJ Young, Tommy Seale, Ollie Saword, Harvey Brook, Byron Mitchell.
Substitutes: Bob Honey, George Elston, Charlie Sweeney, Jack Bashford, Roshaun Cooper.

Goals: Brook, Young.

23rd November, Woking U18 2-3 Camberley Town U18
Isthmian Football League, Youth West Division, Redding Way, Knaphill

Woking came in to this game with five wins from five games in the division they were moved in to this season. Camberley, traditionally one of the strongest teams in the division were mid-table, but with only three games played there was a suspicion this was a false position. This was to prove to be the case, as an even game was played at a good pace, and the visitors claimed a hard-fought victory.

Despite the efforts of both sides, with Woking perhaps having the upper-hand, it looked like the stalemate was going to continue until half-time, but there was a twist in the tale of the first-half. Camberley were awarded a free-kick on their right wing, and Jaydn Dundas lofted a high ball to the far post, where misfortune overtook Harry White. Perhaps the ball dropping through the glare of the floodlights didn’t help, but Harry missed his catch, spilling the ball just over the line, and turned his ankle over on landing to add injury to insult.

Half-time: Woking 0 Camberley Town 1

The Cards took up the challenge before them well, and were level within ten minutes of the restart. Tommy Seale battling well in midfield to create space for a shot from 20 yards. This time it was Dominic West in the Camberley goal who would have wanted to do better, the ball sliding off his block and finding its way in to the bottom corner.

We have become used to, this season, Woking going on from a position such as this, to win the game. However, Camberley proved stronger than previous opponents and were back in the lead on 63 minutes. Harrison Wood made an excellent block on an Andy Sullivan shot, but from the resultant corner Mackenzie Clayton was able to fire home. The flight of the ball again seemed to trouble White, and his misjudgement left the scorer with an open goal.

Woking did press forwards, but it was Camberley who were looking stronger and continuing to create chances. They might well have had their third on 81 minutes, but although Luke Jarvie hit his penalty well, it rebounded to safety off of the post.

Camberley did get their third on 85 minutes. Dundas had given a fine display of attacking intent throughout, and got his well-deserved goal with an unstoppable drive from the edge of the area. But Woking were not done. They responded well and Harrison Stevens, hitting his shot firmly in to the corner of the net after a corner-kick led to a goalmouth scramble, gave the Cards renewed belief as the game entered five minutes of added time.

Woking pressed well, winning free-kicks and corners, and really testing the resolve of Camberley, but the Krooners were equal to the task, and clinched the victory. The full-time whistle saw contrasting emotions between the two teams who look like they could be the strongest rivals for this season’s league title. Camberley celebrating with loud shouts, and Woking’s players unable to hide their disappointment – their passion a credit to them.

Woking: Harry White; Harrison Wood, Harrison Stevens, Aidy Silverstein; Liam Manby (Byron Mitchell 82), Tommy Seale (Sam Brittain 69), Ellis Byrne ©, Louis Pask (Jacob Farr 62); Lucas Boxall, Tom Dryer, Kyle Stanley. Unused subs: Mikey Verga (GK), Liam van der Ross.

Goals: Seale 54, Stevens 87

Camberley Town Starting XI: Dominic West, Hayden Stedman, Harry Baker, Mackenzie Clayton ©, Stan Pickup, Fin Cullen, Kris Eccleston, Jaydn Dundas, Ryan Rano, Josh Ewing, Andy Sullivan. Substitutes: Luke Jarvie, Isaac Dinsdale, Alfie Bradley, Lucas Wynn.

Goals: White o.g. 43, Clayton 63, Dundas 85

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