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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 15th AugustAug 2015
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Woking
Woking
2 - 0

Altrincham
Altrincham

Cards look for second win at home

Brian Caffarey
4:18pm, Thu 13th Aug 2015
Woking v Altrincham
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 15 August 2015

The Cards’ superb 2-0 win over Bromley on Tuesday night was just the fillip everyone needed after the dreadful news of Scott Rendell’s injury and the undeserved defeat at Tranmere. Garry Hill’s side played some excellent football to overcome a strong Bromley outfit. Come down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Saturday to cheer the Cards onto another victory and to show your support for the Club as everyone pulls together to help Scott and his family.

WOKING

Those Woking fans who feared for the Cards’ prospects without talisman striker Scott had a very welcome surprise on Tuesday night when they saw the side adapt magnificently to his absence, playing intelligently to the strengths of his team mates to record a very satisfying win. The centre back pairing of Ismael Yakubu and Brian Saah provided a tremendously solid platform, with Mark Ricketts offering an effective defensive shield, allowing John Goddard, Keiran Murtagh and Joey Jones to show their creative skills, well supported by Kadell Daniel, his replacement, Bruno Andrade, and sponsors’ ‘man of the match’, Chris Arthur, while Gez Sole, working tirelessly up front in a role which no one believes is his true vocation, played a crucial part in both goals. The temptation was avoided to throw high balls forward and, instead, clever movement and some good passing on the ground enabled Woking to pierce a Bromley defence that still seemed to be set up to cope with a conventional number 9.

Let’s hope the Cards are able again, on Saturday, to show just how good a footballing side they are.

ALTRINCHAM

Alty finished in 17th place last season, well clear of the relegation zone, in their first season back in the Conference Premier. They’ve started this season with two 1-0 defeats: the first at home to play-off prospects Forest Green Rovers and the second away to newly-promoted Guiseley. It sounds as if there was very little to separate the teams on the opening day but the Robins were undone by a Jon Parkin strike. Manager Lee Sinnott admits, however, that Alty did not play well in the first half at Guiseley and again went down to a set piece goal

Familiar names in Alty’s squad include the ever-reliable Damian Reeves in attack, long-serving keeper Stuart Coburn and captain Shaun Densmore. New faces include strikers Michael Rankine and George Bowerman, who played two games for Woking in 2013, and midfielder Anthony Griffith. Jordan Sinnott and former Northern Ireland international James Lawrie can threaten from the flanks. But midfielder Luca Havern pulled a hamstring on Tuesday and is expected to be missing.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £18
Over 65s and Students with NUS card £13
U16s £5

Don’t forget that there are big savings from having a season ticket: it’s not too late to apply!

Check out the great value hospitality offer in the Geoff Chapple Lounge for the first four home games: see the news item on 24 July.

SCOTT RENDELL FUNDRAISING

The Cards Trust will be shaking buckets again on Saturday to boost the fundraising campaign to raise money to cover Scott’s medical costs and the Club’s costs. The response so far from Woking fans and others has been astonishing, reflecting the great esteem in which Scott is held. If you haven’t already contributed, please do so via the bucket collection on Saturday.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Make sure you get your copy of the Club’s excellent 64-page matchday programme. Features include an interview with Club Chairman, Mike Smith; and Malcolm Wyatt’s reflections on the trip to Tranmere. There’s also a look at what’s been going at other National League clubs; and news from the Cards Trust, plus match previews, reports and the usual superb match action photos.

LAST TIME WE MET

Woking 2 Altrincham 0
2 December 2014

This proved to be a comfortable victory for the Cards, lifting them to second place in the table. Having dominated the first half but having wasted chances to score, Woking finally took the lead three minutes after the break when Jack Marriott tapped in a knock-down from Scott Rendell from a Josh Payne corner. In the 65th minute Scott got his own name on the score sheet when he slid in to convert a fine pass from Payne through the Altrincham defence.

Woking: Ross Worner, Chris Arthur, James Clarke, Joey Jones, Mike Cestor (Adam Newton 74), John Goddard, Josh Payne, Kevin Betsy, Keiran Murtagh, Jack Marriott (Giuseppe Sole 65), Scott Rendell (Dean Morgan 65)

Unused subs: Andy Little, John Nutter

Goals: Marriott 48, Rendell 65

Altrincham: Stuart Coburn, Adam Griffin, Gianluca Havern, Shaun Densmore, Tom Marshall, Jake Moult, Peter Cavanagh (Sean Williams 75), Ryan Crowther (Kyle Perry 70), Simon Richman, Damien Reeves, James Lawrie (Steven Gillespie 46)

Unused subs: Dave Parton, Greg Wilkinson

Attendance: 1,056

COMING UP

The Cards are away at Torquay United on Tuesday 18 August and are then at home to Chester on Saturday 22 August. Don’t forget on Saturday to book your place on the coach for the Torquay trip.


Come on, you Cards!

Holman the Hero as Cards cruise to second victory

Haydn Cobb
7:28pm, Sat 15th Aug 2015
Woking 2 Altrincham 0
The Vanarama National League
15th August 2015

Woking made it two wins on the bounce thanks to a man-of-the-match performance from new loan signing Dan Holman, who had a hand in Giuseppe Sole’s opener and sealed the victory against Altrincham with a debut goal.

Holman, whose loan from Colchester United had only been announced on the morning of the game, had instant impact in a dream debut which saw Woking fight off a spirited Altrincham side to record their second 2-0 home victory in the space of four days.

The 25-year-old’s first half long range effort on 32 minutes was spilled by Altrincham goalkeeper Stuart Coburn, allowing Sole to prod home for his first goal of the season. In the second half, Holman impressively linked up with the Woking midfield and grabbed his debut goal with 15 minutes remaining, firing low into the bottom right corner after clever interplay between substitutes Bruno Andrade and Kadell Daniel.

Despite a fightback from the away side, which saw James Lawrie hit the post and a late Damian Reeves effort cleared off the line by Brian Saah, the Cards looked largely untroubled as centre back pairing of Ismail Yakubu and Saah continued to flourish.

Woking will now look to make it three wins in a row when they travel to former League club Torquay United on Tuesday night and will be in a buoyant mood after recovering from the disappointment of losing star striker Scott Rendell to a season-ending knee injury on the opening day against Tranmere Rovers.

The home side started on the front foot with new signing Holman slotting straight into the starting line-up in attack, replacing Daniel, with Sole operating in a wide right position and John Goddard cutting in from the left.

Injured striker Rendell received a warm welcome from the crowd as he watched on from the dugout just a week after suffering his knee injury the previous week.

The home side began brightly with some excellent link-up play between the midfield and new man Holman. Sole had an early effort blocked by Altrincham defender Adam Griffin while at the other end centre back pairing Yakubu and Saah snuffed out any attacks and looked comfortable in front of Jake Cole.

After a quarter of an hour, Woking had the first good chance when Keiran Murtagh worked himself a yard of space on the edge of the box, shaped up to shoot but passed to Sole who was just to the right of the penalty spot, but his shot was again blocked by Griffin.

The Robins reacted strongly thanks to some trickery on the wing by Jordan Sinnott, who slalomed into the penalty box to tee up Michael Rankine but his first touch was poor, which enabled Murtagh to get in a challenge and clear the danger.

Despite being at the club less than 24 hours, Holman immediately showed his class by combining with his new team-mates as Woking’s frontline began to sustain some pressure on Altrincham.

Just past the half-hour mark, the Colchester United loanee unleashed a fierce strike 25 yards out which caught the goalkeeper Coburn off guard and he could only palm the ball towards the onrushing Sole, who calmly slotted the ball into the net for his first goal of the season.

Sole wheeled away to the Cards' technical area to celebrate with the injured Rendell and the pair were duly mobbed by their team mates.

The goal was the least Woking deserved approaching the interval as Sole once again went close as he attempted to steer in a dangerous cross from the left flank.

Half-time: Woking 1 Altrincham 0

After a sluggish start to the second half, the Cards soon picked up where they had left off and hunted a second goal to provide some breathing space.

Seven minutes into the second period the tireless Chris Arthur tore down the left flank and pulled the ball back to Holman, who went agonisingly close to a debut strike. After shifting the ball from his left foot and on to his right, the striker aimed to slot the ball into the right-hand corner but misjudged his angles and the ball drifted wide.

The away side, who were facing a third defeat in their opening trio of league games, made a substitution to refresh their attacking options with former Cards player George Bowerman replaced by Nicholas Clee and they slowly grew into the game.

Lawrie wriggled free of Woking captain Mark Ricketts 25 yards out and hit a powerful dipping effort which Cole palmed away at full stretch to concede a corner.

Altrincham’s attacks sparked Woking back into action and Holman made up for his earlier miss with a similar effort to score on his Cards' debut.

Clever work from substitutes Andrade and Daniel saw a quick switch of play stretch the away side out of position, which provided Holman the time to shift the ball on to his right foot and he made no mistake by driving a powerful shot in from 12 yards out.

With the two-goal cushion, Woking eased off slightly and were given a fright when Simon Richmon blasted an effort from the edge of the penalty box which had Cole beaten but the ball cannoned off the left-hand post and away to safety. Substitute Damian Reeves then stabbed an effort past Cole but Saah maintained his side’s clean sheet with an excellent goal line clearance.

After Woking’s opening three games, manager Garry Hill will be satisfied with his team’s results, taking six points from a possible nine while conceding just one goal, and in the shape of new loan signing Holman, he may have found vital cover for the injured Rendell.

Woking: Jake Cole, Chris Arthur, Brian Saah, Ismail Yakubu, Jake Caprice, John Goddard (Godfrey Poku 86), Joey Jones (Bruno Andrade 63), Mark Ricketts (c), Keiran Murtagh, Giuseppe Sole (Kadell Daniel 63), Dan Holman

Unused subs: Nick Hamman, Adam Newton

Goals: Sole (32), Holman (75)

Cautioned: Andrade, Ricketts

Altrincham: Stuart Coburn, Adam Griffin, Thomas Marshall, Scott Leather, Shaun Densmore, Jake Moult, Simon Richmon, James Lawrie, Jordan Sinnott, George Bowerman (Nicholas Clee 61), Michael Rankine (Damian Reeves 63)

Unused subs: Anthony Griffith, Tim Deasy, Josh O’Keefe

Cautioned: Marshall, Leather, Sinnott

Sponsors’ Man of the Match: Dan Holman – a dream debut for the striker, who had a hand in Sole’s opener and also grabbed himself a goal. Excellent link-up play and was a pain in Altrincham’s side all afternoon.

Attendance: 1,297
WOKING LINEUP
1Jake Cole
2Jake Caprice
3Chris Arthur
5Brian Saah
6Ismail Yakubu
4Mark Ricketts
7Joey Jones ('65)
8Keiran Murtagh
11John Goddard ('88)
10Giuseppe Sole ('65)
20Dan Holman
BENCH
18Nick Hamann
17Adam Newton
12Godfrey Poku ('88)
15Bruno Andrade ('65)
16Kadell Daniel ('65)
Altrincham LINEUP
1Stuart Coburn
2Shaun Densmore
3Adam Griffin
4Jake Moult
7James Lawrie
6Scott Leather
16Thomas Marshall
9Michael Rankine ('66)
8Simon Richmon
18George Bowerman ('62)
20Jordan Sinnott
BENCH
15Anthony Griffith
17Tim Deasy
10Damian Reeves ('66)
14Josh O Keefe
11Nicholas Clee ('62)

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