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SHEERWATER got back to winning ways in the league after coming out on top in a six-goal thriller against Fleet Spurs on Saturday.

The Sheers returned from two consecutive defeats to net four times for the first time since September, as they edged out Spurs 4-2 at The Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Hat-trick hero: Shane Rideout was on target for The Sheers once again

After dropping points away to Sandhurst Town the previous week, Sheers’ boss Pete Ruggles made two changes to the starting XI, with new signing Danny Taylor – the third of the Taylor brothers – the most notable addition to the side after defecting from Abbey Rangers.

The visitors took the lead against the run of play after 24 minutes. However, Shane Rideout hit two goals with Danny Taylor adding a third before half-time to ensure the hosts were in control.

Rideout completed his hat-trick early in the second half, with Spurs only able to grab a consolation goal.

Speaking to the News & Mail after the match, Ruggles said: “It’s a pleasing win; yes, we could’ve done better and pushed on, but we got the three points.

“It’s great to see more options coming back, hopefully it’s the start of a good run,” he added.

For a full match report, see the 22 November edition of the News & Mail

INTERIM Knaphill manager Richard Keown made it three wins from three after a narrow win against CB Hounslow United at Redding Way on Saturday.

The win moves The Knappers up to 12th in the Premier Division table, the 1-0 victory keeping Keown’s fantastic start to frontline football management on track.

Richard Keown has led The Knappers to three wins from three

Despite taking all three points away at Camberley Town the previous week, Keown rung the changes ahead of the visit of Hounslow, with Yosof Aloui, Sheridan Campbell and Carl Bower all making their Knappers’ debuts.

The home side’s early pressure paid dividends when Jack Collins capitalised on a poor clearance and crossed the ball for Matt Kellet-Smith, who smashed his header home at the back post after 18 minutes.

Jack Collins helped make the goal for Knaphill. Picture by Andy Fitzsimons

The Knappers were saved by the post after Hounslow were awarded a spot-kick in the second half, and deservedly held on to their 1-0 lead to claim all three points and push their way back up to a more respectable mid-table standing.

Speaking to the News & Mail after the match, Keown said: “The players are buzzing and, with new additions, we’re making it harder for other teams to beat us.”

For the full match report, pick up the 22 November edition of the News & Mail

CHOBHAM slipped to their seventh defeat in 10 matches after they lost 19-16 at home against fellow strugglers Chichester.

After controlling large parts of the match, Chob were made to rue a mixture of mistakes and indiscipline, which saw their Sussex visitors leap-frog them in the London One South table.

Chris Kent in action for Chobham. Picture by John O’Brien

Speaking after the match, Chobham player coach Ryan Gregory said: “We were the creators of own downfall. It’s very frustrating and something we need to rectify as soon as possible to climb back up the table.”

Chobham travel to Thurrock this Saturday, who will present more stern opposition. However, Gregory knows his side has the ability to get the result in Essex to kick-start their season.

For the full match report and more pictures, see the 22 November edition of the News & Mail

WOKING manager Alan Dowson has no qualms about drawing Swindon Town away in the Second Round Proper of this year’s Emirates FA Cup.

Max Kretzschmar blasts the vital penalty against Torquay. Picture by David Holmes

A hard-earned 1-0 win against league rivals Torquay United on Saturday booked Dowson’s side in the next round, winger Max Kretzschmar smashing home his sixth penalty of the season three minutes into the second half to the delight of the 323 travelling supporters.

Speaking live on BBC2 from the Hampton & Richmond Borough’s Jezzards Beveree Stadium on Monday night, Dowson was notably pleased with the draw, citing it off camera as a “winnable tie” following the sacking of The Robins’ manager Phil Brown at the weekend.

Max Kretzschmar celebrates firing Woking into the Second Round of the FA Cup. Picture by David Holmes

Swindon reached the second round following their 2-1 win at home to National League North side York City, but Dowson senses an opportunity for the Cards.

“You always want to try and get a home draw, but if you happen to be drawn away from home, you want a league club, and we have.

“Swindon are in a bit of disarray at the moment; they’re struggling at the wrong end of League 2 and they’ve just sacked their manager, so we’ve got the best chance we’ll have of going there and potentially causing an upset,” he added.

For full match report and pictures, see the 15 November edition of the News & Mail

WOKING boss Alan Dowson praised his side’s character from coming back to draw 2-2 with Chippenham Town last Saturday.

A late stoppage time goal from Jamaica international footballer Jamar Loza was enough to give the cards a share of the points at Hardenhuish Park and maintain the charge on Billericay Town at the top of the National League South table.

 

Jamar Loza (left) celebrates with Max Kretzschmar. Picture by David Holmes

After a relatively uneventful first half, it was the hosts who got their noses in front just eight minutes before the break. And one goal soon became two nine minutes after the interval, when indecision at the heart of the Woking defence from a long throw enabled Karnell Chambers to capitalise again to double the hosts’ tally.

Woking were thrown a lifeline when Nuno Felix fouled Toby Edser in the box. It paved the way for Loza to pull a goal back for the visitors from the penalty spot with 20 minutes remaining.

With The Cards increasingly on top, an equaliser looked inevitable; so when Loza’s cross was deflected into the net to make it 2-2 two minutes into stoppage time, The Bluebirds were in meltdown.

Loza hits the ball across that leads to Woking’s equaliser. Picture by David Holmes

“I was disappointed with the two soft goals we conceded; however, I thought we played well and probably could have won the game had we taken a couple of other chances,” Dowson told the News & Mail.

“All in all, I was pleased with the players’ attitude and the character they showed to come back to draw 2-2,” added Dowson.

For the full report and pictures, get the 8 November edition of the News & Mail

SHEERWATER kept up the pressure at the top of the league as they eventually came good to beat basement club Cove 2-0.

The Taylor brothers took the game by storm as their goals helped The Sheers take all three points at The Laithwaite Community Stadium on Saturday.

After easing past Eversley & California 3-1 the previous weekend, Sheers’ boss Pete Ruggles made two changes to the starting XI, with defenders Luca Scanella and Andrew Charles both given the nod.

Luca Scannella battles hard for Sheers. Picture by Andy Fitzsimons

 

As many expected, the hosts dictated play from pretty much the first whistle in a match that had all the hallmarks of a home win.

The win now puts pressure on Bedfont & Feltham to win their two games in hand as the title chase starts to heat up ahead of the big freeze.

Speaking to the News & Mail after the match, Ruggles said: “I’m very happy with the result; I thought we played well and kept a clean sheet, which is all I can ask of the players.

“It took a while for us to score, but with all the chances we were getting, I knew we would score eventually. It was a dominant performance,” he added.

For the full match report, get the 8 November edition of the News & Mail

CHOBHAM’s season took another setback when they lost to Darfordians 37-17 in London One South last Saturday.

It was Chob’s sixth defeat in nine matches, which leaves them perilously close to the drop-zone, with only points difference separating them and Chichester.

Jayde Cruickshank forges on for Chobham. Picture by John O’Brien

Buoyed by their narrow home win against Havant the previous Saturday, Ryan Gregory’s injury-stricken squad travelled to Bexley, south-east London, in fighting spirit.

The first half ebbed and flowed, albeit with Dartfordians seizing the key moments to take a comfortable 21-3 lead into the break.

The visitors mirrored their bright start to the first half in the second, but again the home side stuck to their tasks to make life difficult for Chob in the final 22.

Chobham’s Dom Sammut on the charge. Picture by John O’Brien

They were, however, still able to register their first try through a fantastic driven maul from a lineout all of 20 yards out, superbly finished by Ed Wynne and converted by Robjohn.

With the score now 21-10, the visitors sensed they had more tries in them. Unfortunately though, the pendulum of good fortune fell the way of Darfordians, who capitalised on Chob’s high press to add two further tries and a penalty to run out 37-10 winners.

Speaking after the match, Gregory said: “It was another game that could have been, and indeed should have been for the taking, but yet again we come away empty-handed.”

For the full report, see the 8 November edition of the News & Mail

WOKING’s indifferent league form continued last Saturday after they lost 3-1 at home to fellow promotion-chasers Bath City.

The Romans leap-frogged The Cards into third in the National League South table after an accomplished performance at The Laithwaite Community Stadium.

The visitors raced into a two-goal lead inside the first 23 minutes, after Adam Mann and Robbie Cundy both found the back of the net, albeit with the aid of the crossbar.

Bath hit their third goal from the penalty spot. Picture by David Holmes

Max Kretzschmar pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 31st minute, before City’s Anthony Straker made it 3-1 with another spot-kick in the 38th minute.

Following their heroics in the FA Cup against Welling United to reach the First Round Proper, Cards’ boss Alan Dowson needed his players to show up in the league with memories of the club’s fall from grace last season.

Dowson shuffled the pack in the second half as The Cards searched for a way back into the game with on-loan Nottingham Forest midfielder Toby Edser curling a long-range shot wide.

Duane Ofori-Acheampong puts the Bath keeper under pressure. Picture by David Holmes

Kretzschmar then went inches away to doubling his and Woking’s tally midway through the second period; but after cutting inside into the area, his shot smashed against the post, which deflected out for a goal kick.

It was a much-improved second half performance from Woking, but they lacked the end product, with Hodges firing over after strong build-up play from Duane Ofori-Acheampong.

For the full report and pictures, see the News & Mail’s 1 November edition 

SHEERWATER went joint top of Division One on points after a comfortable 3-1 away to Eversley & California on Saturday.

Following a hard-fought victory against Dorking Wanderers Reserves in midweek, The Sheers moved up a gear at Fox Lane as they pulled apart their Hampshire opponents, racking up 30 points after 14 games and only sitting behind Farnham Town on goal difference.

With boss Pete Ruggles unavailable for the fixture, assistant manager Sean Wallace took charge of team affairs and made four changes to the starting XI, including a welcome return for Chris Machay.

Chris Machay was back on the score sheet for The Sheers

An early goal from Tom Hegarty and another from Shane Rideout on the half-hour put The Sheers on the front foot. It wasn’t all one-way traffic though and Andy Rider was forced to produce a superb finger-tip save to deny the hosts on the verge of half-time and maintain Sheerwater’s two goal cushion.

Wallace’s side continued their momentum in the second period, when wing-back Timmy Taylor released Machay, who curled a left-footed effort in off the post just three minutes after the restart.

There was a consolation goal for the home side, when Brad Brown’s clever back-heel beat Rider to reduce the arrears.

Speaking to the News & Mail after the match, Wallace said: “I had a great group of staff today who all helped, the togetherness at the club is a fantastic.”

See the full report in the 1 November edition of the News & Mail 

CHOBHAM managed to put an end to five straight defeats after edging past fellow-strugglers Havant 26-25 at Fowlers Wells last Saturday.

It’s been a number of years since Chob last got the better of their Hampshire opponents, so the four points were very much welcome after the previous week’s debacle against Camberley.

Ben Whale scoring Chobham’s first try. Picture by John O’Brien

Keen to get their season back on track, Ryan Gregory’s injury-stricken side produced some slick and controlled attacking play to open their try-scoring account through Ben Whale.

However, the visitors came back strongly with two converted tries of their own either side of a penalty to force Chob onto the back foot.

Ed Riley makes a run. Picture by John O’Brien

The trusted boot of Finlay Robjohn kept the home side in the game with a series of successful penalties, but they still trailed the visitors who grabbed an unconverted try to take the score to 25-19, with just 10 minutes remaining.

This spurred on the home side; and when Whale scored his second try of the match in the left corner, with Robjohn slotting the extra two points, Chob finally moved into the driving seat, hanging on to win by the skin of their teeth.

For the full report, see the 1 November edition of the News & Mail