Cards travel to league leaders
10:38am, Thu 25th Oct 2012
Newport County v Woking
3pm on Saturday 27 October 2012
The Cards face a stern test on Saturday when they travel to league leaders Newport County, unbeaten at home in the league this season. It will mark a reunion with Justin Edinburgh, briefly at Woking with Colin Lippiatt and formerly assistant to Garry Hill at Rushden, and Jimmy Dack, Graham Baker’s assistant at Kingfield. And, of course, Lenny Pidgeley and Jefferson Louis are at Newport too! Both sides will be hoping to recover from disappointing FA Cup exits – in the case of the Exiles, a shock home replay loss to Yate Town on Tuesday night.
The Cards have hit a ‘low’ in the last couple of games, playing poorly to lose at home to Southport in the league and then putting in a lacklustre performance to go out in the Cup to a late goal against Ebbsfleet United. Garry Hill’s side are still shipping too many goals and, against Ebbsfleet at least, the front line looked off colour, with signs of weariness elsewhere. But Garry will have Joe McNerney available again after his suspension and we know that, at their best, Woking are a match for any side in this league. So, Cards fans won’t travel to South Wales without hope of a result.
The Exiles have some money behind them this season and Justin Edinburgh seems to have spent it wisely, with his side making the running so far in the BSP. They started the season at a lick, winning their first five games before coming unstuck at Wrexham and Dartford. Since then, though, they have notched up five wins and three draws in league encounters.
Newport now have 33 points from 15 games, winning five and drawing two at home. Only Stockport and Grimsby have come away with a point, both earning 0-0 draws. Home games tend to be short on goals: Newport have scored only 11 in those seven games, but they have shipped only two – so the Woking defence can’t afford to be as generous as it has been in some matches this season.
The Exiles suffered a very surprising defeat in the FA Cup at the hands of lowly Yate Town. Edinburgh’s side were fortunate to get a late equaliser in a 3-3 draw at Yate but then lost the replay 3-1 at Rodney Parade.
Aaron O’Connor, formerly with Edinburgh at Rushden, has been the main ‘danger man’ for the Exiles, notching 10 league goals. Apart from those already mentioned, familiar names in a strong squad include Tony James, the hugely-experienced former Hereford, Weymouth and Burton Albion centre-back; Lee Minshull, recently with AFC Wimbledon after moving from Tonbridge Angels; Max Porter, another former Rushden and AFC Wimbledon player; Danny Crow, the former Cambridge and Luton striker; and Ismail Yakubu, a third ex-Don, who came through the ranks at Barnet.
Official website: www.newport-county.co.uk
The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 11.00am. The cost is £16 for Trust members and £21 for non-members. To find out if there are any seats left, ring the Club Shop or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Exit the M4 at junction 25a, then take the first exit off the roundabout onto Heidenheim Way. Take first exit off the flyover and then take the second exit off the roundabout. At next roundabout take first exit across the River Usk. At the next traffic lights bear right onto Chepstow Road and then take the first right onto Cedar Road. Take first right onto Corporation Road and then take the first left onto Grafton Road. Rodney Parade is on your left-hand side.
There is no parking at the ground but parking is available in the streets around the ground and there are a number of public car parks in the city centre, which is a five-minute walk from the ground.
There are various possible routes, mainly via Reading. Look up www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com for details. The ground is only a ten-minute walk from Newport Station.
Away fans are seated in the corner of the Bisley Stand: the entrance is via Gate 6 off Corporation Road. Admission prices are:
Senior Citizen/Student: £11
LAST TIME OUT
Newport County 1 Woking 0
27 March 2010
The sides last met in Woking’s first season in the Blue Square South –a season in which Newport County ran away with the title. The champions-elect had not been beaten at home all season. The Cards looked to have gained a point when Dave Gilroy, subsequently a disappointing signing by Graham Baker, scored from close range.
The Cards are away to Gateshead in a re-scheduled game the following Saturday (3 November). The next home game is on Tuesday 6 November when Kidderminster Harriers are the visitors.
Come on, you Cards!
P.S. Don’t forget the Cards Trust’s Race Night on Friday evening!