Cards aim to build on successive wins
10:09pm, Sun 16th Aug 2015
Torquay United v Woking
Vanarama National League
7.45pm on 18 August 2015
Garry Hillâ€™s side, buoyed by two excellent home wins last week, travel to Torquay United on Tuesday evening, who themselves will be full of confidence following their 3-2 victory at FC Halifax on Saturday. It was the Gulls last season who put an end to Wokingâ€™s nine-match unbeaten opening to the campaign. Letâ€™s hope that the Cards can avoid defeat on the road on this occasion and cement their encouraging start to the season.
The Cards produced another fine performance on Saturday to defeat a decent Altrincham side 2-0, once again making light of Scott Rendellâ€™s absence as their pleasing brand of skilful passing football opened up the Robinsâ€™ defence. New loan signing Dan Holman led the line vigorously and intelligently, making the first goal and scoring the second. Garry Hill will have been a little frustrated, however, that his side did not make the game safe earlier, passing up several good opportunities early in the second half to crush Altrinchamâ€™s resistance.
Torquay have had an eventful summer with a new Board and a new manager, Paul Cox, who was previously with Mansfield. Not surprisingly, there have been a lot of squad changes too, with an emphasis on bringing in young players who, it is hoped, will develop. But there are some experienced hands too in the likes of Luke Young and the very capable Louis Briscoe from last season and new signings such as giant defender Exodus Geohaghon and striker Waide Fairhurst from Macclesfield. Other arrivals include striker Tyrone Marsh, who was previously with Welling and then Ebbsfleet, German keeper Fabian Spiess, striker Alex Fisher, who played under Cox at Mansfield, and a number of youth loans, including defender Josh Carmichael and tall striker Joe Quigley, both from AFC Bournemouth, and Nathan Smith, a defender from Port Vale.
A notable departure was striker Ryan Bowman, who signed for Gateshead for an undisclosed fee.
The Gulls had a satisfying 1-0 home win over Macclesfield Town on the opening day before losing 3-1 at Wrexham. On Saturday they notched an impressive 3-2 win at FC Halifax Town, with goals coming from defenders Angus MacDonald and James Hurst and Alex Fisher, who also scored against Macclesfield.
Torquay United Football Club
Official website: www.torquayunited.com
Ring the Club Shop on 01483 772470 tomorrow to book your place on the Cards Trust coach. It leaves the Laithwaite Community Stadium at 10.00am, to allow some time in Torquay before the game, and costs Â£26 for Members, Â£31 for Non-Members, and Â£13/Â£16 for Under 16s. Please note that Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult, with a maximum of two Under 16s travelling with one adult.
M3, A303, A30 and M5 to Exeter. A380 to Newton Abbot (Penn Inn Roundabout). Follow signs to Torquay, past the Willows Shopping Centre, then next left at traffic lights. Follow signs for Torquay United/Plainmoor through three roundabouts. At top of hill traffic lights go straight on into Warbro Road. Ground is on the right-hand side. Away turnstiles are just off Warbro Road, down the lane next to the Gullsâ€™ Lodge. AA estimate: three and a half hours for 170 miles.
It is not of course possible to do a return trip by train on the same day. Getting down there by train is easy enough. For example, the 14.46 train from Woking would get you to Exeter St.Davidâ€™s at 17.42, from where you could take the 17.51 to Torquay, arriving at 18.37.
BRISTOW'S BENCH/AWAY SEATING
Â£10 (17-18 year-olds)
Â£6 (12-16 year-olds)
Â£5 (under-12s with a full paying adult)
Â£10 (17-18 year-olds)
Â£6 (12-16 year-olds)
Â£5 (7-11 year-olds with a full paying adult)
FREE (under-7s with a full paying adult)
LAST TIME OUT
Woking 3 Torquay United 2
24 March 2015
The Cards came back from two goals down in 20 minutes to score three times in the second half, lifting themselves to 6th place in the table, only a point off the play-off places.
Woking started poorly, with a number of misplaced passes, against a vibrant Torquay side, with Louis Briscoe starring. Early let-offs werenâ€™t heeded and in the 17th minute Aaron Downesâ€™ unchallenged towering header gave the visitors the lead. Three minutes later it was doubled when the excellent Briscoe converted smartly from a Ryan Bowman cross.
It wasnâ€™t until the half hour mark that Woking began to come into the game, with the lively Yemi Odubade hitting the woodword: a feat repeated by Scott Rendell before half-time.
After another lucky escape the Cards hauled a goal back in the 53rd minute, Odubade tucking away the loose ball after John Goddard had created the opening. The equaliser came in the 61st minute as Josh Payne volleyed home superbly after a corner had been poorly cleared. Wokingâ€™s winner came in the 81st minute when the ball spun kindly into Rendellâ€™s path for the Cardsâ€™ top scorer to add to his tally. Kevin Betsy missed a glorious chance at the end to add to the Cardsâ€™ lead, scooping the ball over the bar from a couple of yards out.
Woking: Michael Crowe, Mark Ricketts, Brian Saah, Kevin Betsy, Keiran Murtagh, Josh Payne (Charles Banya 75), Chris Arthur, Joey Jones, John Goddard, Yemi Odubade (Giuseppe Sole 86), Scott Rendell
Unused subs: Andy Little, John Nutter, Lionel Stone
Bookings: Goddard 72, Sole 90
Goals: Odubade 53, Payne 63, Rendell 81
Torquay United: Martin Rice, Krystian Pearce, Aaron Downes, Olivier Gueguen, James McQuilkin, Aaron Dawson, Luke Young, Courtney Cameron, Toby Ajala, Louis Briscoe (Ashley Yeoman 84), Ryan Bowman (Liam Prynn 64)
Unused subs: Dan Lavercombe, Ben Harding, Courtney Richards
The Cards are at home to Chester on Saturday 22 August. Make sure the date is firmly in your diary!
Thereâ€™s a very attractive offer on hospitality in the Geoff Chapple Lounge covering the first four home games: see the news item dated 24 July.
Come on, you Cards!