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Cards seek win on the road

Brian Caffarey - 2nd October 2014

Cards seek win on the road Southport v Woking
3pm on Saturday 4 October 2014

The Cards will be hoping to build on their win against Nuneaton Town when they visit another lowly-placed side, Southport, on Saturday. However, the Sandgrounders had a very encouraging win midweek at Grimsby Town and are likely to provide tough opposition for a Woking side which has not been firing on all cylinders in the last few games.

WOKING

Thanks to another superb, last-minute, free-kick from substitute Gez Sole, the Cards eventually grabbed all three points on Tuesday night, but they made hard work of beating a fairly limited Boro side. Woking were missing the suspended Josh Payne in midfield, in addition to Mark Ricketts and James Clarke, but Cards fans were delighted to welcome back the ever-green Kevin Betsy, making a surprisingly quick return, as a second-half sub, from his post-op recuperation.

Up front and in midfield, Garry Hill now has the luxury, following Jack Marriott’s arrival and Kevin Betsy’s return, of a variety of different options: what isn’t yet clear is how to make the best use of the talents at his disposal.

SOUTHPORT

Southport now sit in 20th place after their win at Grimsby, which followed a run of four straight defeats in which they had failed to score. At home they’ve beaten Altrincham and Kidderminster but lost to Forest Green Rovers, Barnet, Alfreton and Bristol Rovers.

Their away win at Grimsby Town was a real surprise since they hadn’t won on their travels for over a year. It was all the sweeter for striker Richard Brodie, who scored the winner against a club for whom he had played on loan and whose fans had given him a hard time during the match. Other well-known names in the Port squad include Clayton McDonald, defender Luke Foster and former Stockport County striker Danny Hattersley. Keeper David Raya is on loan from Blackburn Rovers.

GETTING THERE

Merseyrail Community Stadium
Haig Avenue
Southport
PR8 6JZ

Official website: www.southportfc.net

The Cards Trust is not running a coach to this game.

By car
Leave the M6 at Junction 26 and take the M58 towards Southport. Leave the M58 at Junction 3 and take the A570 towards Ormskirk. Follow the A570 around Ormskirk Town Centre towards Southport. On entering Southport you will come to a large roundabout with Tesco's & McDonalds outlets. Take the 3rd exit onto Scarisbrick New Road (A570). You should now be able to catch sight of the ground over on your right. Pass the Richmond pub on your left and then turn right into Haig Avenue. The ground is down on the right. There is no car park at the ground. However, there are usually many spaces under a couple of minutes’ walk but watch out for parking restrictions around the streets.

By train
You can either get a train from Euston to Wigan and change there or travel to Liverpool Lime Street and then catch the Merseyrail to Southport. Look up www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com for details of train times and prices.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults (terracing): £13.50
Concessions: £10
12-18: £5
Under 11s: Free (if accompanied by a paying adult)

LAST SEASON

Southport 1 Woking 1
6 October 2013

This was a frenetic encounter which could easily have been won by either side. The Cards took a very early lead, Scott Rendell latching onto Darren Murphy’s defence-splitting pass in the third minute and slotting home. But the Cards’ defence was soon under great pressure and, in the 19th minute, Jamie Milligan equalised, following up his own free-kick to fire in a shot which evaded everyone.

Both sides came close to grabbing a winner right up until the final whistle, with the woodwork coming to the aid of both teams, but a draw was probably a fair result.

Woking: Sam Beasant, Mike Cestor (Giuseppe Sole 84), John Nutter, Joe McNerney, Jack Parkinson, Mark Ricketts, Kevin Betsy, Josh Payne, Darren Murphy (Adam Newton 51), Gavin Williams (Anthony McNamee 78), Scott Rendell

Subs not used: Aaron Howe, John Goddard

Woking 2 Southport 0
8 March 2014

Woking, looking to overtake a clutch of mid-table sides following their superb 3-1 away win at Barnet, took a while to overcome a stubborn Southport side, battling for their lives just above the relegation zone. The Cards hit the woodwork three times in the first half, with the visitors rarely troubling the home defence.

Southport’s luck ran out ten minutes after the break, Josh Payne’s superb whipped-in cross being glanced in by Scott Rendell. The Sandgrounders nearly scored a ‘goal of the season’ equaliser when O’Sullivan, in front of the dug-outs, chest-trapped the ball, flipped it over John Nutter’s head and then sent a volley just past the sprawling Howe’s far post.

The Cards eventually made the game safe when Keiran Murtagh, having perpetrated a sequence of misplaced passes, drilled home after being slipped in by Kevin Betsy.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, John Nutter, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Kevin Betsy, Josh Payne (Anthony McNamee 83), Keiran Murtagh, John Goddard (Joey Jones 78), Scott Rendell, Jack Marriott (Giuseppe Sole 78)

Unused subs: Sam Beasant, Reece Beckles

NEXT GAME

The Cards are away at Altrincham next Saturday (11 October). Book your place on the coach by ringing the Club Shop (01483 772470) or emailing shop@wokingfc.co.uk. The next home game is against AFC Telford on Saturday 18 October.

Come on, you Cards!




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