Cards Go Down At Kingsmeadow
10:19pm, Sat 18th Jul 2009
Kingstonian 2 Woking 0
Pre-season friendly, Trevor Jones Memorial Trophy
18 July 2009
On a breezy afternoon at Kingsmeadow the Cards went down 2-0 to the Ks in Wokingâ€™s first official pre-season friendly. Graham Baker played a different team in each half, with the exception of Ross Worner, who was in goal for the whole game, and there were several trialists on view, a couple of whom remained unidentified at the end of the game even after enquiries had been made of Graham!
The game was preceded by an enjoyable small-sided game between Kingstonian and Woking â€˜legendsâ€™ in which the home side comprehensively outplayed their opponents. I lost track of the score but I think it was 9-0 or thereabouts. Among those appearing for Woking were Glenn Cockerill, Matt Crossley, Scott Steele, Martin Tyler, Jimmy Dack, Trevor Baron and Andy Clements.
Before the main fare kicked off the Kâ€™s announcer read out a comprehensive list of all the Kingstonian and Woking players, with numbers attributed. Unfortunately, in Wokingâ€™s case at least, they bore no resemblance to the side which took the pitch. (Is it really that difficult to give the announcer the right numbers and names?)
The first half side included most of Wokingâ€™s new signings but there were also appearances by four trialists: the returning Rob Gier at right back, Craig Barrett on the left wing, James Faulkner, partnering Gez Sole up front, and Hussain Sulaimani (? spelling) on the right wing. The last looked a slightly chunkier version of Goma.
After the Ks had spurned an early chance it looked as though Woking would seize the initiative. Faulkner put a great chance wide after Gez had made an excellent break down the right and then, two minutes later, Gez hit the post. He ought to have scored, in truth: in a one-on-one with the keeper, he allowed the latter to get a hand on his shot and divert it onto the woodwork.
But it was the Ks who began to look the more likely side, with the front two of Bobby Traynor and the imposing Carl Wilson-Denis looking more threatening. A great cross from the left on the quarter of an hour mark saw Traynor steaming in at the far post to slam the ball past Worner to give the home side a 1-0 lead.
Gez Sole shot wastefully over before the home side increased their lead in the 20th minute. Traynor this time was the provider, slipping a fine ball to his strike partner, who finished cleanly.
A Sole free-kick was deflected onto the roof of the net and Faulkner showed some neat footwork to create an opening but then shot fairly weakly but, by and large, the Ks defence coped comfortably with what the Cards were able to throw at them. In midfield, though, Harry Arter showed some nimble footwork and Mark Ricketts looked effective in the holding midfield role.
Half-time: Kingstonian 2 Woking 0
It was all change, bar Ross Worner, after the interval, while the Ks proceeded to make all their changes in waves during the half. The second half was pretty uneventful. The Cards were able to make little headway up front. The two players who stood out most were probably two trialists, Ricky ???, who showed an electric turn of pace and put in some decent crosses from a right back position, and Jake Reid, who, after a quiet start on the left wing, came to life midway through the half. The closest Woking came to pegging back the scoreline was through Joe McNerney, who began in midfield but then moved up front when Delano Sam-Yorke went off. Joe rattled the bar with a header in the 72nd minute and then flashed a just over.
Woking (first half): Ross Worner, Rob Gier, Tony Sinclair, Jon Boardman, Aswad Thomas, Hussain Sulaimani (? spelling), Mark Ricketts, Harry Arter, Craig Barrett, Giuseppe Sole, James Faulkner
Woking (second half): Ross Worner, Ricky ????, Tom Hutchinson, Daniel Sintim, Anson Cousins, Matty Powell, Joe McNerney, Billy Hussey, Jake Reid, Delano Sam-Yorke (???? sub), James ????