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Calling all Cards fans!

Brian Caffarey - 11th October 2012

Calling all Cards fans! Woking v Southport
3pm on Saturday 13 October 2012

Calling all Woking fans! Come on down to Kingfield on Saturday – appropriately, Non-League Day – if you possibly can and see the very attractive side which Garry Hill and Steve Thompson have now fashioned. Home and away, the Cards are playing the best football seen from a Woking side for many a year, so please give them your support!

WOKING

Not only are the Cards themselves playing some superb football, they are coming up against sides, like Cambridge United on Tuesday, who demonstrate that the standard of the Conference Premier has improved markedly in the three years we’ve been away. Tuesday night’s game was an enthralling encounter, with some excellent, passing football from both sides, fine goals and some steadfast defending.

In Kevin Betsy we have a player who’s already suggesting that he might have a similar impact on the Club’s fortunes as – dare I say it! – Clive Walker did in the great Chapple/Lippiatt era. He’s a delight to watch as his close control and sinuous movement allow him to bemuse opponents, set up team mates and score some fine goals himself. And in Lee Sawyer and Billy Knott (assuming he recovers from the injury he sustained on Tuesday) Kevin has two exciting midfield partners who can really make the Cards tick. But there are other players who’ve particularly caught the eye too, including the ever-improving Joe McNerney in central defence – surely, a target for League clubs if he continues his present form – and the pace and sharp-shooting of Bradley Bubb and Gavin McCallum up front.

No one can doubt that Garry Hill and Steve Thompson have made huge strides in 18 months in building a side that plays attractive, effective football, so let’s give them the backing they deserve!

SOUTHPORT

The Sandgrounders are in their second season back in the BSP. Like Woking, they are a part-time side working on a relatively low budget, but they showed last season that that is not an automatic bar to success in this league as they came close to making the play-offs. Manager Liam Watson is constantly unearthing new talent from lower down the non-League pyramid and, while they’ve found the going tougher so far this season, there is no doubt that they will provide another stern test for Garry Hill’s side on Saturday.

Southport currently sit in 17th place in a congested mid-table, with three points fewer than Woking in 10th spot. Away from home they’ve won at bottom-of-the-table Hyde, drawn at Alfreton and Kidderminster and lost at Cambridge, Newport, Luton and Barrow. The defeat at Holker Street on Tuesday was particularly hard to take since Southport were comfortably in control at 2-0 up before allowing their hosts to score three times in the final 20 minutes.

Southport have a few injury problems, with Michael Bakare, Chris Almond and Karl Ledsham all expected to miss the game. Striker Darren Stephenson has been recalled from his loan at Chorley as a result. Godfrey Poku, formerly with Luton, is the busy workhorse in midfield, with defender (and captain) Simon Grand dangerous at set pieces and the highly-rated Shaun Walley lively up front.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £15
Over 65s/Students £10
U16s £5

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Saturday’s 56-page programme marks Non-League Day with a fine piece by Phil Batts in which he recounts the roundabout route he took to becoming a Cardinals fan and urges people to support their local football team. The programme also includes an interesting interview with midfield maestro Lee Sawyer – yes, he gets asked about his collection of yellow cards! There’s also an ‘opposing fan’ view from a long-time Southport supporter plus all the news from the BSP, match reports, previews, great action photos and much more. If you can’t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on shop@wokingfc.co.uk

BOOST THE BUDGET

The Cards Trust will be holding a bucket collection to support its important Boost the Budget initiative, which is contributing at least £30k to Garry’s playing budget this year through the purchase of shares in the Club. Please give as generously as you can.

NEXT GAME

Don’t forget that the Cards are at home to Ebbsfleet in the 4th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup the following Saturday (20 October), with the winning side going into the hat with League 1 and 2 clubs in the First Round Proper. Come and cheer the Cards on to what we hope will be another famous FA Cup adventure!

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. WFC shareholders are reminded that the Club’s AGM is on Monday 15 October at 8pm. Please note that this meeting is open only to those who hold shares in the Club.

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