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Cards' improved form faces tough test

Brian Caffarey
8:13pm, Sun 17th Apr 2016
Woking v Grimsby Town
Vanarama National League
7.45pm on Tuesday 19 April 2016

Saturday brought a win at last for the Cards after a wait of over three months. Looking at it even more positively, the result meant that Garry Hill’s side have only been beaten once in their last five outings. They will need their improved form on Tuesday evening against a Grimsby side who will be going all out for three points to consolidate their play-off place. Come down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium to cheer on the Cards in their penultimate home game of the season!

WOKING

The Cards have a fantastic record against Forest Green Rovers, so it was perhaps not so surprising that their long wait for a win came at the New Lawn on Saturday in spite of Rovers’ lofty position in the league table. In contrast, our record against Grimsby Town is dire, so the historical odds will certainly need to be thrown to the winds on Tuesday if the Cards are to get anything out of this game. But Garry Hill will be very much hoping that Saturday’s win is a real turning point and that his side can finish the season on a high note.

GRIMSBY TOWN

Until recently the Mariners looked very comfortably set for another tilt at the play-offs after their disappointments in the last three years. But they’ve recently found themselves on the wrong end of results against play-off rivals, with Braintree Town securing a win at Blundell Park, while Eastleigh managed a draw. On top of that, the Mariners have recently suffered defeats at the hands of Cheltenham Town and Macclesfield Town, and on Saturday they could manage only a draw at Dover Athletic. As a result Grimsby now find themselves in fourth place, two points behind Dover but with a game in hand. They are two points ahead of Braintree in 5th, who’ve also played one more game, and three points ahead of Eastleigh, who’ve played the same number of games. So, while the odds favour Grimsby – who also have a far superior goal difference – they will not want to slip up against Woking on Tuesday night.

The Woking side will be familiar enough with the quality in the Mariners’ squad, in particular the goal threat presented by Padraig Amond, Omar Bogle, Nathan Arnold and Jon Paul Pittman. They have recently added 20 year-old Swindon striker, Jordan Stewart, on loan till the end of the season.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults - £18
Over 65s, Students with NUS card, forces personnel and MOD civilian staff with recognised ID - £13
U16s - £5

The game will be segregated, with Grimsby fans allocated the Chris Lane open terrace and part of the seating in the Leslie Gosden Stand.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Another packed, full colour, 64-page matchday programme includes an end-of-season interview with Club Chairman, Mike Smith; a profile of special Lounge guest, Colin Fielder; and a look at promotion and relegation prospects. In addition, there’s a summary of recent league results; and news from the Club Board and the Cards Trust, plus match previews, reports and the usual superb match action photos. Great value at only £3!

LAST TIME WE MET

Grimsby Town 2 Woking 0
FA Trophy Quarter-Final
27 February 2016

The Cards travelled up to Grimsby for the second time in a week but the outcome was just the same: defeat at the hands of a Mariners side which won comfortably enough. In the midweek league fixture Grimsby had eased through 3-1 after Gez Sole had equalised Jon-Paul Pittman’s first minute goal, only for Padraig Amond to find the net twice just before half-time.

Garry Hill had made no secret of how keen he was to take the Cards to Wembley in the Trophy but, after a reasonably bright opening, the Mariners scored with virtually their first attack, an unmarked Nathan Arnold netting after the ball had been allowed to cross the Cards’ area. A second goal from Arnold duly followed and that was effectively ‘game over’, with the Cards not actually managing a shot on target till the 89th minute in what was a very disappointing performance.

Grimsby Town: James McKeown, Richard Tait, Shaun Pearson, Josh Gowling, Craig Disley, Padraig Amond, Andy Monkhouse (Gregor Robertson 88), Jon Paul Pittman, Nathan Arnold, Jon Nolan, Evan Horwood

Unused subs: Omar Bogle, Craig Clay, Aristote Nsiala, Anthony Straker

Goals: Nathan Arnold, 10 and 35

Woking: Jake Cole, Cameron Norman, Joey Jones, Mark Ricketts (Joe Robinson 70), Chris Arthur, Bruno Andrade, Keiran Murtagh (Joe Quigley 54), Godfrey Poku (Matt Robinson 67), Matt Butcher, John Goddard, Giuseppe Sole

Unused subs: Jake Caprice, Nick Hamann

Attendance: 1675 (69 away fans)

COMING UP

The Cards travel to Lincoln City next Saturday (23 April) for their last away trip of the campaign. Call in at the Club Shop on Tuesday to book your place on the coach and take advantage of the specially reduced price for Cards Trust members! The Cards’ final game of the season is at home to Eastleigh on Saturday 30 April with a 5.30pm kick-off.

Come on, you Cards!

Spirited Cards make a game of it

Brian Caffarey
9:06am, Wed 20th Apr 2016
Woking 1 Grimsby Town 3
Vanarama National League
19 April 2016

Any hopes that the Cards had of building on their win at Forest Green Rovers at the weekend were dashed by the expert finishing of the Mariners’ star striker, Padraig Amond, who netted a hat-trick to restore his place at the top of the league’s goalscoring charts. After Amond had put Grimsby 2-0 ahead in the 60th minute it looked like ‘game over’ but the Cards responded well to give the visitors an uncomfortable twenty minutes or so as Bruno Andrade pulled a goal back in the 71st minute. However, Amond restored order in the 85th minute with his third strike and the Mariners sealed a deserved win to consolidate their play-off place.

On a bright, clear spring evening the Cards lined up with an unchanged side, kicking towards the KRE. But it was the visitors who started quickest, making progress down the Cards’ right flank, as they were to do most of the first half. It wasn’t long before Jake Cole was called into action, palming away a vicious effort from the lively Omar Bogle at the foot of his post.

The Cards, though much more intermittently, showed some attacking promise, with Jake Caprice, whose pace troubled Grimsby, especially in the second half, firing in a low effort from distance, while Andrade broke at speed out of defence but was unable to find Daniel Carr, who, in contrast to the support which Bogle and Amond provided for each other, looked an isolated figure most of the time up front.

Grimsby continued to play patiently, moving the ball well as they stretched the Woking defence from side to side and then making quick, incisive darting moves at the heart of the Cards’ defence. But when the opening goal came in the 16th minute it resulted not from a flowing move but a moment of individual brilliance from Amond, seizing on a loose ball and rifling an unstoppable shot from 25 yards into the far corner.

The Cards nearly conceded again straightaway as Bogle broke clear, only to be foiled by Cole. The Cards then went close themselves. At the end of a promising move Carr was fouled a few yards outside the box. Cameron Norman’s excellent free-kick cannoned off the post with keeper McKeown well beaten.

Amond was less clinical with his next effort skying it well over the bar from a few yards out before Mark Ricketts and Matt Robinson combined to block another Bogle strike.

The Cards sprung into life again as an attacking force when Andrade spread a fine ball out of defence to Caprice on the opposite flank, whose well-directed cross found Carr at the far post but, under pressure, the on-loan striker could not hit the target.

Grimsby continued to look comfortable, keeping possession well and patiently looking for openings but the Cards’ defence did not come under particular threat leading up to half-time, with only a Bogle effort, swept over the bar, causing any real anxiety. But the Cards fashioned another chance immediately before the break as Andrade’s low cross to the near post found Keiran Murtagh just in front of his marker but the Woking midfielder miskicked and the chance was gone.

Half-time: Woking 0 Grimsby Town 1

The Cards made a lively start to the second half, seeming to gain more possession in the middle of the park, from where Robinson was able to feed Andrade and Caprice more often. A Caprice cross was initially fumbled by McKeown. But Cole had more to do as he initially smothered a fierce Bogle snap shot before grabbing the ball before it crossed the line.

A Norman effort from distance was deflected for a corner, from which Brian Saah side-footed over the bar. Caprice shone again as he whipped in a dangerous cross which went right across the face of the Grimsby goal.

But in the 60th minute the Cards’ hopes of an equaliser were suddenly dashed by another piece of top-class finishing by Amond. The ball was slipped into him just outside the area; he surged forward and lashed the ball past Cole to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

The prospect loomed of a dull remaining 30 minutes with Grimsby comfortably playing out the game to claim an easy win. But Jones’s substitution for Matt Butcher, which followed Gez Sole’s replacement of Carr, gave the Cards added impetus in midfield and up front and, with Caprice’s and Andrade’s pace always a threat, the Cards began to look more dangerous.

On 71 minutes Woking pulled a goal back. Caprice’s cross was flicked on by Sole to Andrade at the far post and, from a couple of yards out, he crashed the ball past McKeown.

Grimsby began to look a little rattled as Murtagh and Caprice combined to present Robinson with a half chance, with his deflected effort winning a corner. Then some brilliant wing play from Andrade, nutmegging his marker, enabled him to get down the line and put in a cross which a Grimsby defender completely miskicked. Norman put the ball back in but McKeown was able to grab Sole’s header. Woking threatened again as McKeown took the ball off Caprice’s head from an Andrade corner.

But just as we thought we were in for an interesting finale Amond popped up again in the 85th minute to restore order. Saah and Bogle challenged for a high ball, which Amond then ran onto before crashing it past Cole to claim his hat-trick.

It was then easy enough for the Mariners to see the game out, making three substitutions as they wound the game down to a close.

So, the Cards’ miserable record against the Mariners continues but the side at least showed more intent than they had up at Blundell Park in the FA Trophy tie. Grimsby are a fine side from back to front and their wealth of attacking options is in stark contrast to Woking’s. But the Cards showed, especially in the second half, that they can play a bit too, with the crowd demonstrating their appreciation at the end for a spirited display.

Woking: Jake Cole, Cameron Norman (Godfrey Poku 86), Mark Ricketts, Brian Saah, Chris Arthur, Jake Caprice, Matt Robinson, Keiran Murtagh, Matt Butcher (Joey Jones 66), Bruno Andrade, Daniel Carr (Giuseppe Sole 56)

Unused subs: Nick Hamann, Andrew Mills

Goal: Bruno Andrade 71

Grimsby Town: James McKeown, Richard Tait, Josh Gowling, Craig Disley, Omar Bogle (Shaun Pearson 90), Padraig Amond (Jon Paul Pittman 90), Andy Monkhouse (Craig Clay 88), Aristote Nsiala, Danny East, Jon Nolan, Evan Horwood

Unused subs: Ryan Jennings, Patrick Hoban

Goals: Padraig Amond 15, 60 and 85

Sponsor (Curchod and Co) Man of the Match: Mark Ricketts (pictured)

Attendance: 1394
WOKING LINEUP
1Jake Cole
2Jake Caprice
3Chris Arthur
26Cameron Norman ('87)
5Brian Saah
4Mark Ricketts
28Matt Butcher ('66)
8Keiran Murtagh
14Matt Robinson
15Bruno Andrade
23Daniel Carr ('57)
BENCH
18Nick Hamann
7Joey Jones ('66)
21Andrew Mills
12Godfrey Poku ('87)
10Giuseppe Sole ('57)
Grimsby Town LINEUP

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