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WESTFIELD got back to winning ways, avoiding a fifth straight defeat as they pulled apart Molesey on Saturday.

Victory was enough to move The Yellows up to ninth in the table as they struck four past a hapless Molesey at the Walton Road Stadium.

Aaron Watson was among the goals again for Westfield

An early penalty opened the scoring, before Aaron Watson picked up a brace and then turned provider for new signing Daryl Cooper-Smith to volley home.

“The team showed that they’re adjusting to the pace and physicality of the league, so I believe there’s more to come from the players,” said Westfield manager Tony Reid.

For the full report, get the 20 September edition of the News & Mail

ALAN Dowson bemoaned his lack of leadership as Woking slipped to their first home defeat of the season, losing 2-1 to Dulwich Hamlet at the Laithwaite’s Community Stadium.

Woking players dejected after first home defeat – Picture: David Holmes

Woking were missing captain Josh Casey while Ian Gayle was on the bench, and that lack of leadership showed as poor marking allowed Michael Chambers to put Dulwich ahead early on, heading the visitors into a third minute lead.

Harvey Bradbury equalised with his first goal for the Cards on his first start after signing from Oxford United earlier in the week.

However, it wasn’t to be a dream debut as the former Aldershot Town forward Iffy Allen won it for Dulwich just six minutes later as the league leaders suffered just their second defeat of the season.

For the full report and pictures, get the 20 September edition of the News & Mail

CHOBHAM’s unbeaten start to their 2018-19 campaign came crashing back to earth when they lost 27-8 away to Sevenoaks on Saturday.

Despite matching their hosts for large periods of the game, Chobham lacked the killer-punch in the final 22, which proved to be their undoing in comparison to previous weeks.

Chobham struggled to get on the front foot against Sevenoaks

 

The Surrey Heath side got off to the worst possible starts after gifting the hosts a seven-pointer straight from the kick off.

However, it wasn’t long before Chobham got themselves back in the game through a superb first phase move from the lineout; perfectly executed and finished by Josh Devitt, who was forced off the field at the same time.

The visitors missed several scoring opportunities, seemingly unable to find their way out of second gear, while Sevenoaks proved much more clinical.

“Our lineout faltered throughout the game and we struggled to get on the front foot, which is something we need to work on this week in preparation for Saturday’s game against Westcombe Park,” said Chobham’s player coach Ryan Gregory.

For the full report and more pictures, get the 20 September edition of the News & Mail

SHEERWATER advanced into the First Round Proper of the Buildbase FA Vase after an emphatic 5-0 win away at Chessington & Hook United on Saturday, writes Josh Boothroyd.

It was another day to remember for The Sheers, as they annihilated their Combined Counties League Division One rivals at Chalky Lane to continue their rich run of form.

Sheer’s Tom Hegarty, in white, clashes with Trey Masikini

After showing plenty of character to beat Bagshot in midweek, the Woking-based side knew they were just 90 minutes from making history again; and from a fixture that has never had a problem in producing goals.

And so it proved as Shane Rideout, Chris Machay, Luke Taylor and Robbie Wilson all found the back of the net to round out a fine win.

“We created more history; it would be nice to get a home draw in the next round,” said manager Pete Ruggles, speaking to the News & Mail after the match. “We shouldn’t fear anyone now.”

For full details and pictures, see the 20 September edition of the News & Mail

AFTER a superb 27-0 win away to Hove on the opening day of the season, Chobham returned home to face local rivals Cobham on Saturday.

The home side flew out of the blocks and crossed over for a five-pointer within minutes after a barnstorming pick from the scrum by returning Kiwi Ben Whale, who last started for Chobham five seasons ago.

However, while Chob showed plenty of vigour in the attacking third, they failed to show the same resolve in defence as they showed against Howe the previous week, which enabled the visitors to hit straight back with five-pointer of their own.

Dom Sammut strides forward for Chobham, handing off a Cobham opponent – Picture by John O’Brien

More tries followed from both sides as the lead swung back and forth, with the visitors five points ahead as time ticked away.

With the pressure firmly on the home side, Chobham produced some solid possessional play and the breakthrough finally came in the dying minutes, the ball  moved out wide for Harry Guy to level the scores in the corner.

And with seconds on the clock remaining, it was left to fly-half Clark to show his nerves of steel to calmly and expertly kick the extras to win the game for Chob 29-27.

See full report and more pictures in the 13 September edition of the News & Mail

CHOBHAM: Kuwana, Head, Wynne, Sammut, Gregory, Bosworth, Rowland, Whale, Kennard, Clark, Devitt, Williams, Cruikshank, Edwards, Guy, Evans, Kent, Dunne

MoTM: Whale

A LATE stoppage-time goal from Billy Knott held Woking to a 1-1 draw away to Concord Rangers on Saturday.

Greg Luer gave the Cards a 29th minute lead after neat work from Max Kretzschmar, but just as it looked as if Woking were heading for their eighth win in nine games, Knott gave Rangers a share of the spoils at the death.

Goal-scorer Greg Luer wins the ball in the air

Alan Dowson’s men started in the ascendency, with Luer testing the former Cards’ goalkeeper Sam Beasant in the fourth-minute.

The Cards’ pressure told just shy of the half-hour mark, when an in-swinging right-footed cross found Kretzschmer, who selflessly headed back across goal into the path of Luer to smash the ball home into an empty net.

But when striker Duane Ofori-Acheampong was sent off in the second half, reducing Woking to 10 men, Concord took advantage of the extra-man and grew back into the game, and the pressure finally told with Knott netting an equaliser for the home side with 90 seconds remaining.

For full report and pictures, see the 13 September edition

WOKING: Schotterl, Collier, Cook, Khinda-John, Casey, Little, Ferdinand, Luer (Ofori-Acheampong, 68’), Kretzschmar, Hodges (Young, 90’), Wheeler (Wassmer, 85’). Unused subs: Spence, Hayes

Attendance: 608

MoTM: Wheeler

SHEERWATER managed to ride their luck to draw 1-1 at home against Sandhurst Town on Saturday, writes Josh Boothroyd.

After a historic win in their Buildbase FA Vase tie the previous Sunday, Sheers’ boss Pete Ruggles was less complimentary about his side’s poor showing against The Fizzers, describing the performance as the “worst of the season”.

Shane Rideout was on target for Sheerwater once again

However, Ruggles was forced to reshuffle the pack ahead of the visit of their Berkshire-based opponents after a number of key players were unavailable. They included goalkeeper Andy Rider and the centre-back pairing of Jamie Doble and Neil Roisetter.

With The Fizzers having the better of the early exchanges, The Sheers eventually found their mojo when the ever-reliable Shane Rideout acrobatically beat Mathew Watson after seven minutes – much against the run of play. But in a game of many chances, the visitors were soon level.

Speaking to the News & Mail after the match, Ruggles said: “We didn’t play well, so we can count ourselves lucky that we still picked up a point.

“We had a number of players absent for the fixture, so on reflection we’ve got to be the happier of the two sides with a draw,” he added.

See the 13 September edition of the News & Mail for full report

SHEERWATER: Thomas, Cheeseman (Machay), Headland (Rothwell), O’Connor, Mills, Hegarty, Taylor, Dore, Rideout, Wilson (Bowden), Letch.  Unused sub: Ruggles

MoTM: Rideout

MAX Kretzschmar scored a vital brace as Woking came from behind to win 2-1 against second-placed Billericay Town to extend their lead to five points in the National League South table, writes Scott Taylor.

Jake Robinson gave the visitors an early lead, slotting away a 12th minute penalty for his tenth goal of the season, before Kretzschmar responded with another penalty just four minutes later.

Bundle! Woking celebrate extending their lead at the top of the table

Billericay had Tambeson Eyong sent off, and Woking made the extra man count, with Kretzschmar netting his sixth goal of the season to win it for The Cards.

Woking have been rejuvenated under boss Alan ‘Dowse’ Dowson, who said afterwards: “I was delighted with the players’ application throughout the match and the support from the terraces for the full 90 minutes, which made all the difference.”

WOKING: Schotterl, Collier, Cook, Khinda-John (Spence, 89’), Casey, Ferdinand, Little, Hodges (Young, 86’), Kretzschmar, Wheeler, Luer (Ofori-Acheampong, 68’).  Unused subs: Mason, Hyde

MoTM: Kretzschmar

For pictures and the full report, see the 6 September edition of the News & Mail

CHOBHAM got their new London One South season off to a flying start after beating newly promoted Hove 27-0 at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.

After a gruelling, but nonetheless positive pre-season, the Surrey Heath side were better prepared for their opening fixture than in previous years.

Matt Bosworth on the charge for Chobham

With recruitment key to Chobham’s success, player manager Ryan Gregory has already thrown down the gauntlet to this season’s opposition as he seeks to turnaround the club’s fortunes.

Chob’s coaching team were thrilled to start the season with maximum points on the board, and Gregory can draw comfort that his side still have plenty more to offer in the final third.

This Saturday, Chobham welcome local rivals Cobham to Fowlers Wells in what can only be described as the ‘battle for the h’. Kick-off at 3pm.

CHOBHAM: Kuwana, Doherty, Wynne, Sammut, Gregory, Buchanan, Rowland, Bosworth, Kennard, Clarke, Devitt, Williams, Cruikshank, Guy, Robjohn, Evans, Kent

MoTM: Sammut

See full report and pictures in the 6 September edition of the News & Mail

WOKING enjoyed a bank holiday bonanza, as The Cards notched up wins home and away.

Despite going in at half-time on Saturday 1-0 down to Truro City, thanks to a corner converted by visiting captain Jamie Richards, Woking stormed back to win the game 3-1 through goals from Kane Ferdinand and Jack Cook.

Match winner: Kane Ferdinand sealed the points for Woking on Monday

Then a late winner from Ferdinand maintained Woking’s place at the top of the National League South table with a 2-1 victory at Eastbourne Borough on Bank Holiday Monday.

After missing a penalty against Truro City on Saturday, Max Kretzschmar made amends by slotting away his third spot-kick of the season to give The Cards a fifth-minute lead.

Kane Wills equalised for the hosts in the 63rd minute, but Ferdinand won it with four minutes remaining, bringing an end to Borough’s unbeaten start to the season.

See the 30th August edition of the News & Mail for full reports and pictures