Determined Cards target home win
7:00am, Thu 14th Aug 2014
Woking v Macclesfield Town
3pm on Saturday 16 August 2014
Macclesfield have won both of their opening matches, so the signs are that the Cards will have to be on good form to register their first home win of the season on Saturday. Garry Hillâ€™s side did not do themselves justice on Tuesday night in their 1-1 draw against Dartford and will be eager to put that right on Saturday. Come on down to Kingfield if you can and cheer the Cards on to three points!
After such a strong performance in their opening day 3-1 win at Alfreton it was puzzling and frustrating to see virtually the same side struggle to achieve any cohesion on Tuesday night. It might well have been a different story if either Keiran Murtagh or John Goddard had taken the very presentable chances that fell to them in the opening quarter of an hour. But the Cards then became disjointed and ineffective, with too many hopeful balls punted forward and too little width and penetration. Things only perked up when substitutes Gez Sole, Joey Jones and Reece Beckles came on, with Gez scoring (with his head!) the vital equaliser in injury time.
Itâ€™s difficult to believe that such a talented squad will produce a repeat performance on Saturday, so expect the Silkmen to be sorely tested.
Macclesfield, in spite of their financial troubles, have had an encouraging start to the season, gaining a 1-0 home win over Braintree Town on the opening day, scored by the reliable Chris Holroyd, and then narrowly defeating AFC Telford 3-2 away on Tuesday evening. Macclesfield led 3-1 at half-time with a goal from Adriano Moke and two strikes from Waide Fairhurst but had to hang on grimly for all three points by the end, with keeper Rhys Taylor making a string of fine saves.
Manager John Askey made the following main signings during the summer: striker Waide Fairhurst, re-joining the club for a third stint, having had a loan spell at Whitehawk; David Gonzalez, a midfielder from Spanish side Caudal, who was once with Barcelonaâ€™s youth set-up; Adriano Moke, a winger previously with Stockport County; and Scott Barrow, a left-sided midfielder who spent two years at Tamworth before missing last season following a cruciate injury. Askey subsequently added 19 year-old Malachi Lavelle-Moore, a striker who has come through Notts Countyâ€™s youth set-up, and Liam Gibson, an 18 year-old defender from Bolton Wanderersâ€™ Development Squad.
Over 65s and Students with a valid NUS card: Â£10
Virtually all of the Leslie Gosden Stand seating was available on Tuesday night in spite of the building work taking place underneath the stand.
Donâ€™t forget that season tickets are still available, offering a substantial discount over the season:
Adults - Â£275
Concessions - Â£160
Under 16s - Â£50
Disabled - Â£125
The first edition of the Clubâ€™s stylish new matchday programme produced many complimentary remarks on Tuesday evening. Have you given it a try? Itâ€™s still only Â£3 but now has 64 pages, with a soft laminate cover and better quality â€˜finishâ€™. Saturdayâ€™s edition includes an interview with Chairman Mike Smith, who explains whatâ€™s taking place beneath the Leslie Gosden Stand, some â€˜topical thoughtsâ€™ from Geoff Chapple, some quick-fire responses from John Goddard, a round-up of all the Vanarama Conference games to date and much more, including match reports, previews and of course some great photos. Make sure you try it out! If you canâ€™t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on firstname.lastname@example.org
Macclesfield Town 3 Woking 2
21 September 2013
Wokingâ€™s hopes of a Cheshire â€˜trebleâ€™ following away wins at Chester and Hyde were dashed by a lacklustre display at winless Macclesfield, an undeserved gloss being placed on the scoreline by two late Cards goals.
John Goddard made his first start for Woking but it was Macclesfieldâ€™s front two of Connor Jennings (now with Wrexham) and Chris Holroyd who caught the eye, giving the nervy Woking defence a torrid afternoon. It took only 12 minutes for the home side to take the lead, a poor back pass letting in Holroyd, whose shot was blocked by the busy Sam Beasant, with the rebound being converted by Jennings.
In injury time it became 2-0 as Jennings headed home a fine cross from Peter Winn.
In the second half Anthony McNamee smacked a volley against the crossbar but it was no surprise when, with twelve minutes to go, Jack Mackreth made it 3-0 to the home side.
Woking rallied with two late goals: a fine strike from Gez Sole and a deflected effort from Joe McNerney, which signalled an anxious few minutes for home fans before the Silkmen deservedly claimed their first win of the season.
Woking 3 Macclesfield Town 2
22 February 2014
Three superb individual goals put the gloss on a well-deserved Woking victory against mid-table Macclesfield Town. Trailing at the interval to an accurate Scott Boden finish early in the game following a defensive mistake by Mike Cestor, the Cards hit back with two fine goals from Jack Marriott and John Goddard. They then missed a golden opportunity to extend their lead when Scott Rendell failed to guide home a Josh Payne free-kick from close range. Shortly afterwards, the visitors made them pay for their generosity when George Pilkington made the most of an error from Sam Beasant in the Woking goal to fire home an equaliser. Justice prevailed, however, five minutes later when Rendell netted a delightful winner to send the Kingfield faithful home happy and push the team three points closer to safety.
The Cards travel to familiar foes Welling United next Saturday, 23 August. Donâ€™t forget to book your place on the coach. Let the Club Shop know at the same time if you would be interested in going by coach to Wrexham on Saturday 30 August. 28 â€˜takersâ€™ are needed to make the trip viable.
The next home game is on Bank Holiday Monday 25 August, at 3pm, when Dover Athletic are the visitors.
Come on, you Cards!
P.S. Please bear in mind that the A320 Guildford Road is closed both ways between the Harvester in Ottershaw and Brox Road, between the hours of 7am and 7pm until 26 August. Please, therefore, allow extra time for your journey to Kingfield if necessary.