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Cards look to build on midweek draw

Brian Caffarey
12:32pm, Fri 13th Nov 2015
Woking v Macclesfield Town
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 14 November 2015

The Cards have another important home game tomorrow when they take on Macclesfield Town. A draw against Braintree Town on Tuesday ended a run of four league defeats but Garry Hill will be hoping that his side can improve on that by bagging all three points against the Silkmen. But the Cards can expect to be tested strongly by an improving Macclesfield side. Come down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium to cheer the Cards on to victory!


Things didn’t look too rosy at half-time on Tuesday when the Cards came off the pitch 1-0 down to a sharper Braintree Town side but a much improved second-half performance saw Garry Hill’s side gain a deserved equaliser from ‘man of the match’ John Goddard and put the Iron under considerable pressure in the closing stages as they searched for a winning goal.

Garry Hill will be hoping that his side can begin where they left off on Tuesday and start on the front foot this time.

The Club announced this week that Gez Sole and Godfrey Poku have joined Basingstoke Town and Havant and Waterlooville respectively on a month’s loan. The latter scored a hat-trick on his debut!


Macclesfield had a slow-ish start to the season but have been showing signs lately that they might soon challenge for a play-off place. Manager John Askey reckons that he’s now got the strongest squad in his time there.

Crucial to the Silkmen’s recent success has been the form of striker Kristian Dennis, who has already bagged 14 goals this season.

Macc currently sit in 12th place with 29 points from 20 games, four points and four places above the Cards, having played one more game. In their last match, on Tuesday evening, they defeated local rivals Altrincham 3-0, with goals from Dennis, Danny Whitaker and Chris Holroyd. A recent addition is Reece Styche, signed from Kidderminster Harriers. Ex-Card Shwan Jalal is expected to be in goal for the Silkmen.


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


Another packed 64-page matchday programme includes Glen Harrington’s assessment of Garry Hill’s five best away wins; a tribute to colourful, devoted fan David Fowles, who sadly died last week; and a sounding-off about the Football League’s decision to vastly increase parachute payments to clubs relegated from League 2. In addition, there’s a look at what’s been going on at other National League clubs; and news from the Cards Trust, plus match previews, reports and the usual superb match action photos. Great value at only £3!


Macclesfield Town 2 Woking 1
5 September 2015

Trips to Moss Rose rarely bring any joy for the Cards and this outing was no exception in spite of the fact that Garry Hill’s side arrived sitting in third place in the table and being unbeaten since the opening game of the season.

Kristian Dennis put the Silkmen ahead in the first half, with the Cards unable to really test Shwan Jalal in the home goal. In the 62nd minute Neill Byrne made it 2-0 after some jittery defending.

The Cards scored a late consolation goal through a tremendous strike from Joey Jones but couldn’t really claim to have deserved a draw against a vibrant Macclesfield side.

Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice, Chris Arthur, Terell Thomas, Brian Saah, Joey Jones, Keiran Murtagh (Jimmy Keohane 46), John Goddard (Ben Pattie 79), Kadell Daniel (Giuseppe Sole 74), Bruno Andrade, Dan Holman.

Subs not used: Godfrey Poku, Nick Hamann

Macclesfield: Shwan Jalal, Andy Halls, Neill Byrne, George Pilkington, Paul Turnbull, Paul Lewis, Chris Holroyd, Danny Rowe, Kristian Dennis, Tony Diagne, Danny Whittaker.

Subs not used: Ritchie Branagan, Theo Bailey-Jones, Dan Cowan, Danny Whitehead, David Fitzpatrick.

Attendance: 1,285 (83 from Woking)


The Cards’ next game is away at Chester a week tomorrow (21 November). If you want to travel by coach, please put your name down at the Club Shop tomorrow: the coach will only run if there are 25 people signed up seven days in advance. The same applies to the game at Barrow on Saturday 28 November.

The Cards’ next home game is on Tuesday 24 November, when promotion-hopefuls Tranmere Rovers are the visitors.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget to book your place at the Sportsman’s Dinner on Friday 20 November with Sir Geoff Hurst: see the news item of 9 November for full details.

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