Seymours
FA Cup (R1)
3:00pm - SaturdaySat 5th NovemberNov 2016
Edgeley Park | Att: 4025

Stockport County
Stockport County
2 - 4

Woking
Woking

Cards hope for Cup away joy

Brian Caffarey
10:01am, Thu 3rd Nov 2016
Stockport County v Woking
Emirates FA Cup 1st Round Proper
3pm on Saturday 5 November 2016

The Cards will be hoping that their poor away form in the league will be banished on Saturday when they travel to Stockport County of the Vanarama National League North for an Emirates FA Cup tie which Garry Hill is very keen to win. Make the trip if you can to support the side in what should be a well-attended, intriguing contest.

WOKING

The Cards go into this game on the back of a poor run which has seen them win only one of their last nine games: the 2-1 FA Cup replay victory over Torquay United which saw them through to this tie against the Hatters. In the league they have yet to win a match away from home, managing only two draws in nine outings.

It is frustrating that, apart from the dismal 4-1 away defeat to Sutton United, the Cards have been in decent positions in many of their recent games, having been in the lead against Bromley, Braintree Town and Boreham Wood, only to fold far too easily when placed under concerted pressure.

Matt Tubbs has presumably returned to Forest Green Rovers at the end of his loan spell. We will have to see if any of the Cards’ recent absentees through injury – Ismail Yakubu, Zac Ansah, Jake Caprice and Brian Saah – are fit enough to be involved on Saturday. Left back loanee Ben Jefford had a promising debut at Boreham Wood and it is to be hoped that Forest Green Rovers have given permission for him to play in this Cup tie.

The two sides last met in the 2012-13 season when the Cards did the double over the Hatters, winning 2-1 away, with goals from Gavin McCallum and Loick Pires, and 1-0 at home, with Adam Doyle netting the winner. The Woking side on the latter occasion was: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor (John Nutter 43), Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Mark Ricketts, Dean Sinclair (Jack Parkinson 87), Billy Knott, Kevin Betsy, Bradley Bubb, Brett Williams (Loick Pires 69). The unused subs were Sam Beasant and Gavin McCallum.

STOCKPORT COUNTY

It is hard to believe that the Hatters, who finished 8th in the old Second Division (now the Championship) as recently as 1997-98, are now in their fourth season in the Conference North. But there are signs that a revival is under way, with the Board just having announced a substantial increase in manager Jim Gannon’s budget in recognition of an improving financial position, aided by their FA Cup run. Gannon returned to County for the third time in January this year, after a successful spell at Northwich Victoria. County’s declared ambition is to return to the Football League by 2020, possibly returning to full-time status on reaching the Conference National.

They currently sit in 12th place in the Vanarama National League North League table with 24 points from 15 games. Before their 1-0 home defeat by Kidderminster Harriers last Saturday, in front of a crowd of over 2,800, they had won their previous four games. At home in the league they have won three, drawn two and lost three. Their Cup run so far is as follows:

2Q Stockport County 2 Hyde United 0
3Q Stockport County 2 Salford City 1
4Q Stockport County 2 Bishop Auckland 0

Their best known player is probably highly experienced 6’ 3’’ striker, former Nigerian international, Jay Odejayi, whose previous clubs include Forest Green Rovers and Cheltenham Town. Leading scorer this season is Danny Lloyd with nine goals, having plundered over 60 goals for AFC Fylde in three seasons. The Hatters have recently brought in on loan 19 year-old striker James Hooper from Rochdale; he will be eligible to play on Saturday. Another player to look out for is Courtney Meppen-Walter, an imposing centre back, who was originally with Manchester City and captained England at U18 level before joining Carlisle United. Midfielder Lewis Montrose was formerly with Wigan Athletic and was part of promotion-winning sides at Wycombe Wanderers and Gillingham.

The winners of Saturday’s tie will receive £18,000 in prize money.

If a replay is required, it is likely to be on Tuesday 15 November.

GETTING THERE

Edgeley Park
Hardcastle Road
Edgeley
Stockport
Cheshire
SK3 9DD

Website: www.stockportcounty.com

By coach

The Cards Trust coaches leave Kingfield at 8.15am. The cost is £25 for Trust members and £30 for non-members, with U16s at £13/£15. To find out if there are any seats left, please email shop@wokingfc.co.uk or a.barn1572@btinternet.com or ring the Club Shop on 01483 772470.

All fans travelling on the Cards Trust coaches will receive free entry to the match, courtesy of Woking FC.

By car

Exit the M6 at Junction 19 (signposted 'Manchester Airport, Stockport A55, M56 East') and at the roundabout turn right onto the A556. At the Bowden roundabout after 4.2 miles, turn right (signposted 'Manchester M56') onto the M56 motorway. Exit the M56 motorway after 6.9 miles (signposted 'Stockport M60, Sheffield M67') onto the M60. Exit the M60 at Junction 1 (sign-posted 'Stockport Town Centre'). At the roundabout, follow signs to 'Cheadle A560' also 'Stockport County FC' into Hollywood Way. Go straight on at the first set of traffic lights and turn right at the next (signposted 'Cheadle A560, Stockport County FC') onto the A560 towards 'Ye Olde Woolpack' pub. After 1.1 miles turn left (no signpost, by the 'Farmers Arms') onto the B5465 Edgeley Road. After approximately 1 mile turn right into Dale Street at the traffic lights and take the second left into Hardcastle Road for the stadium.

Official, secure matchday parking is available at the Booth St car park (off Mercian Way). Secure parking is priced at £4 for cars.

Beware of restrictions if parking in local streets.

By train

There are frequent trains direct from London Euston to Stockport with a journey time of just under two hours. Trains leave at 00, 20 and 40 minutes past the hour e.g. the 12.20 arrives at 14.16. Trains back are at 04, 23 and 43 minutes past the hour, taking just over two hours, e.g. the 17.23 arrives at 19.25.

Stockport Railway Station is about ten minutes’ walk from Edgeley Park. Walk down steps from platform and turn left (opposite direction to booking office). Walk up Station Road, cross the main road at 'The Blue Bell' and continue up the hill towards the roundabout. Take the A5464 (Mercian Way) and turn left into Caroline Street for the stadium.

ADMISSION PRICES

Entry prices have been reduced for this game to encourage a big crowd:

Adults (18-64): £10
Concessions: £7*
6-17 years: £4
Under 6: Free (with full paying adult - Under 6's in County stands require a FREE ticket from the Ticket Office to gain entry.)

* Concessions are Students**, Disabled fans***, and fans aged 65+.

** Students must be in full time education - valid ID must be provided.

*** Disabled fans - proof of disability that may be required from supporters wishing to sit in any of the accessible areas, can be any of the following:
Â¥ A statement of high mobility/living allowance as issued by the Department of Work & Pensions
Â¥ Receipt of either the Severe Disablement Allowance or Attendance Allowance
Â¥ Blind or partially sighted registration certificate
Â¥ Enhanced Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

NEXT GAME

The Cards are at home to North Ferriby United the following Saturday (12 November). Please note that the kick-off is at 5.30pm because the game is being televised. There is free entry for the U16s and, in recognition of Armistice Day, also for members of the Armed Forces.

Come on, you Cards!

Cards survive Hatters’ fireworks to ensure welcome cup progress

Malcolm Wyatt
12:00am, Sat 5th Nov 2016
Stockport County 2 Woking 4
Emirates FA Cup First Round
5th November 2016

Gozie Ugwu’s brace helped Woking on the way to an enthralling Emirates FA Cup win at ex-Football League outfit Stockport County, their first victory on the road this season.

In a cup tie that had everything, progress wasn’t assured at Edgeley Park until stoppage time, both teams having led but the Cards ultimately exhibiting superior finishing.

From the start the National League North hosts proved they were not over-awed by higher-flight opponents, winger Danny Lloyd and two-goal Jimmy Ball truly a handful.

Yet keeper Brandon Hall was in inspired form, and his spirited side rallied around him, providing plenty of game-saving defence.

The vibes were good on a cold afternoon in Greater Manchester, a sizeable away contingent making themselves known and Brian Saah and Ismail Yakubu deemed fit enough to feature in the heart of defence.

But the Cards were soon up against it, their hosts quick out of the blocks, showing plenty of panache, Lloyd soon picking out striker Ball, whose effort was clawed to safety with an element of elasticity by keeper Hall, who then collected under pressure from Ball again.

There was a caution for Frankie Sutherland as Woking rocked a little, but Garry Hill’s side started to find their feet, Dennon Lewis‘ promising run almost seeing Delano Sam-Yorke in.

The Hatters were quickly away again though, Lloyd feeding Max Cartwright, Hall putting away for a corner, the Cards failing to clear properly, a long throw from the left on nine minutes finding Ball, who fired home from the edge of the area.

Woking were now putting moves together but prone to counter-surges, and after a foul from subsequently-booked Yakubu, the wall had to snaffle a 30-yard Lloyd free-kick.

Several players were involved in Woking’s next move, a few half-chances begging before Sam-Yorke fired over.

An equaliser arrived on 18 minutes, Ben Jefford’s throw leading to Sutherland’s set-piece, Joey Jones losing his marker, heading down and home, making it three goals in three games - all from corners.

Stockport hit back, Yakubu clearing another Ball delivery, his keeper clattered. And when play resumed, Sam-Yorke had to block from Michael Clarke at the resultant corner.

Jones went close again from Sutherland’s next corner after good work by Nathan Ralph, while Josh Amis’ shot on the turn was just over at the other end in an entertaining clash.

Saah was next in the book, holding up Amis as Jim Gannon’s outfit looked to advance, while Ball struck wide.

But Woking silenced a vocal home support on 32 minutes, a swift raid started deep in the Cards’ half leading to Ugwu teeing up a run by Lewis, who laid back off to the big striker, the former Wycombe man losing his marker, keeping his nerve to fire past Ben Hinchcliffe.

Woking looked more assured at the back now, but Amis came close with a header, Hall saving well, the next corner leading to a Ball centre that flew across the goalmouth.

Amis also finished poorly from a Ball delivery. But just when we thought Woking might have reached half time in front, calamity struck.

Whether Jones was clipped or lost his footing is debatable, but Lloyd advanced down the left then crossed low to Ball for an easy side-foot finish.

Half time: Stockport County 2 Woking 2

Stockport carried on where they left off after the break, Lloyd busy down the flank, yet Hall collected from his next 30-yard free-kick, much of the action in Woking’s half. Yet for all their build-up, County couldn’t find the space needed to cause further damage.

From the next long-range Lloyd free-kick, Clarke fired over, while after another quick attack Hall denied Clarke from a corner and Lloyd - still full of running - fired wide.

Hall saved from Sam Minihan as the pressure continued, Garry Hill soon making changes and the Hatters’ fans soon silenced again.

This time, Jones played short to sub Charlie Carter, his superb 40-yard pass picking out Ugwu, who showed quality to keep a defender at bay and hit low past Hinchcliffe, finding the target via the inside of the left post on 59 minutes.

Fabio Saraiva was next on, the hosts struggling to respond, Minihan firing wide again and Woking stronger now, Lewis and Carter particularly promising.

Saraiva snuffed out one home attack, while Saah hooked away the next delivery, and as Woking countered, Saraiva drilled wide, his side living off scraps as home moves broke down, Ugwu alone beyond half-way.

Lewis was deemed offside after Carter’s cross-field pass, while as the Hatters harried there were key touches from Saah, Jones, Nathan Ralph, Lewis and Jones again.

With 10 minutes left Ball and Amis were replaced, but Lloyd and the subs still threatened, Ralph again standing firm to deny an attack, everyone doing their bit as time ebbed away.

A four-man wall absorbed Lloyd’s next free-kick, while after Ugwu struck over on the break, County surged back upfield, a touch from Saah denying them breathing space.

The Cards survived three successive corners before an added-time decider ensured that first win in 11 away days this term.

Carter and Lewis’ neat touches on the right saw the latter’s cross nodded back by Ugwu to Saraiva on the left, who drilled low into the corner from the edge of the box, met by stunned silence and resignation at one end, and delirious celebrations in the far corner.

Stockport County: Ben Hinchcliffe, Mark Ross ©, Max Cartwright, Lewis Montrose, Michael Clarke, Chris Smalley, Sam Minihan (James Hooper 66), Gary Stopforth, Josh Amis (Kayode Odejayi 80), Jimmy Ball (John Marsden 80), Danny Lloyd.

Unused subs: Courtney Meppen-Walter, Ian Ormson, Craig Carney, George West.

Goals: Ball 9, 45.

Woking: Brandon Hall, Joey Jones, Ben Jefford (Fabio Saraiva 61), Brian Saah, Ismail Yakubu, Keiran Murtagh, Frankie Sutherland (Charlie Carter 57), Dennon Lewis, Nathan Ralph, Gozie Ugwu, Delano Sam-Yorke (Terell Thomas 90).

Unused subs: Andy Little, Max Kretzschmar, Anthony Edgar, Chike Kandi.

Goals: Jones 18, Ugwu 32, 59, Saraiva 90+2.

Cautions: Sutherland 7, Yakubu 14, Saah 30.

Referee: Thomas Bramall.

Attendance: 4,025.

My MOTM: Brandon Hall – while Gozie Ugwu’s finishing saw the Cards pull away, they might have been done for but for the keeper’s assured stops early on, giving a platform to properly organise and ultimately ensure a deserved victory.
Stockport County LINEUP
WOKING LINEUP
18Brandon Hall
4Joey Jones
24Ben Jefford ('62)
5Brian Saah
6Ismail Yakubu
8Keiran Murtagh
23Frankie Sutherland ('57)
16Dennon Lewis
11Nathan Ralph
9Gozie Ugwu
17Delano Sam-Yorke ('90)
BENCH
Andy Little
3Terell Thomas ('90)
12Charlie Carter ('57)
14Fabio Saraiva ('62)
15Max Kretzschmar
19Anthony Edgar
21Chike Kandi

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