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Cards make short trip to face old rivals

Glen Harrington
8:30am, Tue 3rd Aug 2021
Farnborough vs Woking
Pre-Season Friendly
Tuesday 3rd August 2021


Woking will make the short trip to play long-time local rivals Farnborough on Tuesday evening as the Cards continue their pre-season preparations in Hampshire.

Alan Dowson’s side have enjoyed a successful pre-season campaign thus far with Saturday’s spectacular comeback win over Chelsea’s Under-23s making it three wins in a row. The home side were unfortunate to trail 3-0 at half-time to their Premier League opponents, but goals from Moussa Diarra, Tahvon Campbell and a Max Kretzschmar penalty drew them level, before Inih Effiong struck a well-taken winner with eight minutes to go. Dowse has continued to add to his squad in the interim, securing the signing of exciting Birmingham City midfielder Kane Thompson-Sommers on loan until January, with the 20-year-old now in line to feature on Tuesday. He joins an already well stocked midfield and will be competing for a starting role alongside Rohan Ince, Tom Champion, Solomon Nwabuokei and Tommy Block.

Farnborough currently play in the Southern League Premier Division South, the seventh tier of English football, two leagues below Woking. They were 18th out of 20 teams at the start of last season before it was subsequently cancelled, having won one and lost six of their eight games, conceding 16 goals in the process. The previous season they were 12th out of 22 teams before the pandemic intervened. In their last fully completed campaign they finished ninth.

This is Farnborough’s penultimate pre-season friendly before their league season starts on 14th August at home to Walton Casuals. Thus far they have beaten Spelthorne Sports, Fleet Town and Cobham, drawn with Staines Town, Slough Town and Maidenhead United, and lost 7-5 to Aldershot Town. Their current squad includes former Woking youngster Reggie Young, on loan from Hemel Hempstead Town, former Cards defender Richard Orlu, and experienced ex-Ebbsfleet, Billericay and Dagenham midfielder Sam Deering. Their manager is Spencer Day who has been in charge since 2011.

The last competitive meeting between the two teams was in the FA Trophy in 2012 when Woking won 7-0 – the goals coming from Kevin Betsy, Jayden Stockley (2), Billy Knott (2), Brett Williams and Gavin McCallum.

Tickets

Tickets can be bought in advance online or on the night at the turnstiles. The price of admission is £10 for adults, £8 for concessions, £3 for under-16s and free for under-14s when accompanied by a paying adult. Entry is available from 6pm onwards.

The stadium address is Farnborough Football Club, Easy As HGV Stadium, Cherrywood Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 8UD. Parking is available on site for £2.

Full details available here: https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/farnboroughfootballclub/news/match-info-farnborough-vs-woking-2635473.html

Cards Denied Draw by Deflection at the Death

Nigel Beesley
10:28am, Thu 5th Aug 2021
Farnborough 2 Woking 1
Pre-Season Friendly
Tuesday 3rd August 2021

The Cards made the short trip across the border into Hampshire on a balmy Summer evening to take on Farnborough in their latest pre-season friendly match. A much-changed Woking line-up from Saturday’s second-half comeback against Chelsea U23’s played in their smart green and white away strip in front of a vocal home crowd who roared their approval at the final whistle.
The pitch looked in excellent condition, despite having been borrowed by Sutton United for their pre-season games, and this allowed for quick passing and movement throughout the game.

The hosts were liveliest in the early stages of the game which failed to produce any clear-cut chances. On ten minutes the visitors produced the first meaningful attack with Oakley feeding one Trialist who passed to another but saw his shot blocked well by the Farnborough goalkeeper.

It was then Farnborough’s turn to test the goalkeeper, when a left foot shot by former Card Reggie Young from the edge of the area was well held by Mark Smith at his feet, who cleared the ball up the field for Leo Hamblin to find George Oakley who spurned the chance by firing over the bar from close range.

The Cards then conceded an unusual indirect freekick in the box for a back pass but this came to nought. Shortly afterwards a mazy run by Fernandes, leaving several Woking players in his wake, was ended by a timely block after he had waltzed his way into the penalty area.

The same player was proving to be a thorn in the visitor’s side when his shot was well saved at the near post by Smith, with the follow-up being blocked and cleared to safety. The Cards then started to up the ante as half time approached and home skipper Jordan Rose was fortunate to escape a caution for a late challenge on a Woking Trialist, which the man in the middle let pass with just a strong word.

Woking opened the scoring with the last action of the first half on 45 minutes. A trialist turned inside on the left before cutting the ball back to another trialist whose shot was parried only as far as the third trialist who tapped the ball home through the legs of a Farnborough defender. There was no time left to kick off as referee Parsons blew his whistle to bring the half to an end.

A trialist opens the scoring for Woking
A trialist opens the scoring for Woking
Phil Fiddes


Half-time: Farnborough 0 Woking 1

The home side were clearly aggrieved to be behind and came out in the second half with renewed purpose. Their efforts were rewarded with an equaliser on 51 minutes. Cooksley's cross was only pushed away by Smith as far as Young who struck the ball cleanly first time into the bottom right corner with his left foot to restore parity and remind the visitors that they meant business.

Five minutes later the Cards almost restored their lead when a header from a Trialist cannoned off the underside of the bar with the home goalkeeper a mere spectator but alas the ball stayed out.

The Cards made five substitutions on 61 minutes with Craig Ross taking over from Smith in the Woking goal with Effiong, Campbell, Johnson, Skinner and Block all joining the action. They made two more changes on 67 minutes; Saied and Casey replacing a Trialist and Nwabuokei and then Farnborough also brought on two Trialists.

These reshuffles seemed to spur on Farnborough who attacked with aplomb and carved out several good chances and after 72 minutes the excellent Cooksley was replaced by Butler. Into the last 10 minutes and they almost scored twice from corners but failed to take their chances.

With the electronic scoreboard showing that the 90 minutes had elapsed, Farnborough won the match through Oyenuga. The full-back tried his luck from outside the box and the ball took a big deflection before spinning into the bottom left corner, giving Ross no chance.

The near 400-strong crowd were delighted to take the spoils from their neighbours and deny them a derby draw.

Dowse’s Cards were left to reflect on a disappointing result against opponents who played with purpose throughout and who eventually deserved their narrow last-minute victory. Next up for Woking is a trip to Hampton & Richmond on Saturday followed by a short trip to Woking Park to play Westfield on Monday evening to complete their pre-season games.

Woking: 1 Mark Smith (13 Craig Ross 61’), 4 Tom Champion, 8 Solomon Nwabuokei (3 Josh Casey 67’), 14 George Oakley (9 Inih Effiong 61'), 22 Kane Thompson-Sommers (11 Tyreke Johnson 61’), 24 Rohan Ince, 25 Leo Hamblin, Nathan Collier (21 Tommy Block 61’), Trialist A (19 Tahvon Campbell 61’), Trialist B (Jack Skinner 61’), Trialist C (Selim Saied 67’)

Unused subs: None

Goals: Trialist 45+1’

Bookings: None

Farnborough 1 Trialist, 2 Louie Paget, 3 John Oyenuga, 4 Nic Ciardini (Trialist 61’), 5 Jordan Rose©, 6 Seth Owens, 7 Michael Fernandes, 8 Tom Leggett, 9 Trialist, 10 Harry Cooksley (14 George Butler 72’), 11 Reggie Young

Unused subs: 15 Youel Emmanuel, 16 Trialist

Goals: Young 51’, Oyenuga 90+1’

Bookings: None

Referee: Gary Parsons

Attendance: 387

Man of the Match: A difficult choice with so many changes made but George Oakley played well before being substituted and the Trialist who scored also caught the eye with some neat touches.

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