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TEN-man Westfield conjured a late equaliser at Wodson Park as they earned a point away to promotion rivals Ware.

“We weren’t at the races”: Westfield Manager Tony Reid

The Yellows manager Tony Reid had recently confirmed his sights of promotion, and while looking to surpass Marlow into third made just the one change, drafting in Louie Downey for Harry Carter.

With two strong penalty claims for Westfield rejected, as well as their woodwork being tested twice by thumping drives from Ware, it was a surprise there was only one goal separating the two sides as the match headed for full time.

Yet in the final five minutes The Yellows were awarded a penalty, captain Matt Steer striking from the spot to level the scores, before Graham Purdy was dismissed for two challenges on the home side’s keeper.

“We weren’t at the races and it’s two points dropped unfortunately,” said Reid.

For the full story get the 21 February edition of the News & Mail

WOKING won for the first time in four Vanarama National League South matches as they saw off East Thurrock United 3-0 at The Laithwaite Community Stadium on Saturday.

CELEBRATION: Collier, left, and Little, right, congratulate Tarpey

The Cards’ victory was their first in the league since they overcame Welling United at Kingfield on 9 January – exactly a month earlier.

So it was no exaggeration to say that the clash with The Rocks was one of Woking’s most important matches of the campaign.

Failure by Alan Dowson’s men to pick up three points would have given table-toppers Torquay United – whose home game with Chelmsford City was rained off – a crucial four-point advantage over the Surrey outfit, with both championship-chasers having played 27 times. As it was, The Cards closed the gap to one point.

New signing David Tarpey opened his account for Woking, before Greg Luer and Jake Hyde struck to kill off the Essex-based visitors.

For the full match report, see the 14 February edition of the News & Mail

THE Yellows turned on the style at Woking Park on Saturday as they swept aside Uxbridge to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches, winning 4-0.

Arsen Ujkaj lets fly to score the third of four goals against Uxbridge

Victory over their Hillingdon-based opponents saw Westfield climb to fourth place in the table.

Matt Steer, Harry Carter and George Frith returned to Westfield’s starting line-up.

After their midweek draw at Chalfont St Peter stopped The Yellows’ five-match winning streak in its tracks, the hosts looked to get back to winning ways.

After the match, Westfield boss Tony Reid said: “From the off we controlled everything. It was an all-round great  performance.” 

For the full match report, get the Thursday 14 February edition of the News & Mail

KNAPHILL boss Richard Keown says he wants to remain in the hot-seat next season.

Knaphill manager Richard Keown

The former Knappers under-23s manager, who was handed the first team managerial reins last October following the departure of Liam Parrington, wants a proper crack of the whip.

Since taking charge at Redding Way, Keown has virtually transformed the club’s fortunes from a side of also-rans to a side capable of achieving a top 10 finish in the Combined Counties League Premier Division on, reportedly, a shoe-string budget.

Speaking candidly to the News & Mail this week, the 31-year-old rookie boss pulled no punches about what he expects from his players and what the club requires to be able to properly compete at level 9 of the football pyramid.

“I had to change the emphasis from being a side that wanted to play attractive football, to a side that was difficult to beat.”

“I always knew that, if we could keep a clean sheet or concede just one goal, we had the potential to win more games.”

For the full interview get the 7th February edition of the News and Mail

KNOCKOUT - Jane and her team meet boxing legend Frank Bruno

KNOCKOUT - boxing legend Frank Bruno throws his support behind Jane and her team at their Christmas bash

WOKING Football in the Community coordinator Jane Spong says she is over the moon after the Cards were awarded the Blue Square Bet South Community Club of the Year award.

Jane and her amazing team engaged with more than 5,000 youngsters last season, and their tireless efforts did not go unnoticed by non-league football’s governing body at the Football Conference presentation evening.

All praise has to go to the team, without them none of what we do could happen

After school sessions, summer training camps, the continued development of a mental health team and a thriving Football For All programme has seen Kingfield make its mark as a pillar of strength within the local community.

A stunned Jane said: “It was totally out of the blue – we didn’t even know there were awards for work in the community but it’s great to get recognition for the hard work we do.

“All praise has to go to the team, without them none of what we do could happen. Chris, Ryan, Clive, everyone, they are the ones in schools, talking to teachers and delivering the football, I am just the one who gets to write about it.

“We’ve had immense support from the club and all our volunteers so we’d like to thank them for all the help and support they’ve given us, they’ve been marvellous.

“A big thing for schemes like ours is having support from the local county council. A lot of community projects lack support of their council but Woking Borough Council and Surrey County Council have been excellent and we’ve been lucky to have it.”

The award includes a £10,000 grant to help the club fund their fine outreach work but where does a team labelled “outstanding” by league officials go from here?

“We are always looking at different initiatives and every year we look to reach more people. We don’t sit still.

“Already we are looking into a scheme for older members of the community called walking football.

“It’s for ex-players who want to remain active and they already have something similar down at Bury Football Club. Hopefully that will be our next project and we can move on from there.

“Community schemes help the club in many ways. We go to people who might not necessarily approach football but once they engage with us they may think about Woking and then go and watch a match.

“We feel we are an integral part of the club and we are over the moon at the moment.”