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Hayes & Yeading’s Kingfield stay set to be extended

By Jacob Greenwood

Hayes & Yeading are expected to spend even longer than expected as tenants at Woking’s Kingfield stadium as it was revealed they would need another £2M to complete their Beaconsfield Road ground.

United were due to move into their new ground in time for this season but continued financial problems have seen the building work delayed. This means the Conference South club could be forced to spend the whole season ground sharing with Woking.

The move would see fans having to complete a 40-mile roundtrip to watch ‘home’ games but chairman, Tony O’Driscoll, insist the club just don’t have the money to complete the ground at present. He told the Uxbridge Gazette:

“The builders are saying that there’s another £2million of work on the stand to get it finished, but we don’t have £2million so we need to see how much we can get done with the money we have got and see where we are then.

“The builders have pulled off and said that we owe them money.”

http://www.uxbridgegazette.co.uk/west-london-sport/hayesandyeading/2013/08/29/exclusive-hayes-yeading-need-2million-for-stadium-113046-33781740/

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Getting to know the opposition – Welling United

Jacob Greenwood

Thanks to a brilliant performance in Chester we now have our first three points on the board and we even scored a few goals!

Woking now return to Kingfield for the visit of newly promoted Welling United who recently took over as the new champions of the Conference South. We spoke to Mark Doig (@MarkDoigFC) to find out the latest at Park View Road.

Hi Mark,

First of all welcome to the Conference Premier. You’ve had somewhat of a baptism of fire playing Wrexham, Cambridge and Grimsby in your first three games. Despite the difficult start on paper, you’ve taken four points from those three games, you must be delighted?

It’s a promising start. After conceding a late winner at Wrexham we needed to get something out of the two home games, even if they were against full time clubs. The game against Cambridge was one of those rare games that I went home saying I enjoyed, even though Welling didn’t win (drew 2-2).

The Grimsby game was different but getting the first win was crucial and it was deserved.

After a very successful campaign last year, which saw you claim the Conference South title, are your realistic ambitions just to establish yourself in the league this season?

Probably, although a cup run to go with it would be good.

Do you look at how Woking and Dartford performed last year and take hope from that?

Not just those two. Any part time team who have established themselves in the Premier without splashing huge amounts of cash can give hope to others.

You’ve become Woking’s bogey side over the past few years including a victory at Kingfield in the FA Trophy last season, has Jamie Day got Garry Hill worked out?!

We lost at Kingfield two seasons ago so that would suggest Welling are not Woking’s bogey team. The trophy game last season and the 5-0 two years before that are the only times I remember us winning at Woking since we were last in the Conference.

A lot of Woking fans will be familiar with Loick Pires, how has he returned on his returned to Park View Road and who else should we be keeping an eye out for on Saturday?

I’m not sure that Loick Pires will start on Saturday. Welling’s success last season was built on a team ethos rather than star players however I’m looking forward to seeing how new signing Harry Beautyman fits in. He is the first player for whom Welling have paid a fee for a long time.

Pires will return to Kingfield tomorrow
Pires will return to Kingfield tomorrow

Last of all, what is your score prediction?

It’s a tough one to call. Until the league has started to take shape, I think I’ll back out of making any predictions.

Photo by David Holmes. The full set can be found at wokingfc.co.uk

The opening day – Friend or foe for the Cards?

Jacob Greenwood

August 10th has been a date in the diary for all conference football fans since the league came to a climax in late April. The opening day of the season is one of the most eagerly anticipated days of the season, but how have Woking fared in recent history on the first day of new campaigns.

Wrexham 3 Woking 1 (Bubb)

With Wrexham spending heavily on their squad and one of the favourites for promotion it was always going to be a difficult trip for the Cards. First-half goals from Rob Ogleby and Dean Keates brought Woking down to earth with a bump after a very successful 2011/12 season. Despite a goal from loan signing Bradley Bubb, Mark Creighton headed in late in the game to seal a 3-1 victory.

Sutton United 0 Woking 5 (Binns,Hammond,Sole,Sole,Cowan-Hall)

Many Woking fans thought that this year could be the season they finally saw their side win the Conference South and real belief was installed after a faultless performance at Gander Green Lane. With new signing Dale Binns slotting home in to an empty net after only two minutes the fuse was lit as the Cards fan riot in front of 1,200 fans. This performance set a standard for the reason as Woking went on to win the league title.

Binns scores the opener Vs Sutton
Binns scores the opener Vs Sutton

Woking 0 Dover Athletic 1

After losing the play-off final the season before to Bath City many Woking fans were positive that this could be the season they win automatic promotion. Dover were also strong favourites for the league and this was seen as a massive opening game. The game was ultimately decided when Woking ‘keeper, Lenny Pidgeley, tried to shield the ball out for a goal kick and failed miserably as Adam Birchall powered past him and set-up Elliot Charles to seal a 1-0 win for Dover.

Lenny Pidgeley loses the ball
Lenny Pidgeley loses the ball

Welling United 1 Woking 2 (Thomas, Sole)

After our relegation from the Conference National the season before, this was season as a new start for the football club and a chance to be a ‘big fish in a small pond’.

Woking went behind after conceding an early penalty but fought back with goals from Aswad Thomas and a late penalty from Giuseppe Sole stole all three points for the Cards, who after a slow start made the play-off final in their debut season in the Conference South.

Aswad scores the equaliser at Welling
Aswad scores the equaliser at Welling

All photos by David Holmes and can be found at http://www.wokingfc.co.uk/gallery/

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