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Huge task facing the Cards

Brian Caffarey
6:31pm, Thu 25th Mar 2010
Newport County AFC v Woking
3pm on Saturday 27 March 2010

The Cards travel to champions, Newport County AFC, on Saturday with the daunting task of trying to take points away from a ground where only three sides have managed a draw in the league this season and none have registered a win.

WOKING

Two successive home wins, over Basingstoke Town (4-2) and Hampton and Richmond Borough (3-1), have ended a dismal and inexplicable nine-game sequence in which the Cards could manage only three draws and which looked to have ended their play-off aspirations, which had looked so bright at the turn of the year. Their chances of getting back into the top five are still slim, objectively, since they lie five points behind fifth-placed Welling United, with only seven games to play, numerous other sides in contention and a poor goal difference to boot. But, on paper, they have a relatively easy run-in after Saturday, so a positive result – perhaps even a point – at Newport would certainly boost their chances considerably.

Graham will have Matthew Wright back from suspension but fans will be waiting on news of Harry Arter’s injury. It was noticeable on Tuesday night that as soon as the combative midfielder went off Hampton and Richmond Borough came right back into the game. Certainly, if Harry is absent on Saturday, Graham will need to come up with a plan that allows someone to get forward from midfield in support of the front men.

NEWPORT COUNTY

Dean Holdsworth’s side have completely dominated the BSS this season, showing a remarkable degree of consistency, home and away. Prior to wrapping up the championship at home to Havant and Waterlooville nearly two weeks ago, they had been beaten only once this season, away to Staines Town last October. Last Saturday they clearly relaxed a little, allowing Thurrock to inflict only the second defeat of the season. They have not lost at home, winning 15 and drawing three so far. Ironically, two of the sides to come away with a point were Weymouth and Lewes, both of whom look doomed to relegation, but that was back in the summer; since then only Welling United, with a 2-2 draw on 6 February, have managed even a point.

The Cards may hope that Newport won’t be quite as formidable as earlier in the season, now that promotion is assured, but it’s hard to believe that they won’t want to end the season in style, especially in front of their own fans. So, if Woking come away with anything at all it will be quite an achievement.

Newport’s recent results have been:

27 Feb Newport County 1 Braintree 0
2 Mar Basingstoke Town 1 Newport County 5
6 Mar Weymouth 1 Newport County 3
12 Mar Newport County 1 Bishop’s Stortford 0
15 Mar Newport County 2 Havant and W 0
20 Mar Thurrock 2 Newport County 1

The main danger men have been Craig Read (22 goals so far) and Sam Foley (17 goals) but Foley will miss the rest of the season after picking up a hairline fracture at Thurrock. In the reverse fixture, back in mid-September, the Cards were perhaps a little unlucky to lose 1-0 to a Foley strike in the 20th minute but Woking showed their familiar failings in front of goal, exacerbated by Sam Sloma’s penalty miss.

GETTING THERE

Newport Stadium
Stadium Way
Newport International Sports Village
Newport
South Wales
NP19 4PT
Website: www.newport-county.co.uk

By coach
Leaves 11.00am; £17 members, £22 non- members; book at the Club Shop or phone or email (shop@wokingfc.co.uk).

By car
From the Severn Bridge on the M4 take the exit signed Newport (East) -Junction 24. Take the exit at roundabout signposted Newport International Sports Village, A48. Then go straight on at five roundabouts and take the first turning left into the Stadium car park.

By train
Newport (High Street) is the closest station to the ground. Either take taxi from railway station or the 5 min walk to bus station - walk straight into the city centre from railway station (via underpass), left at end of street, keep straight and pass between the Principality Building Society and Vodaphone (Skinner Street) and then turn into Upper Dock St; the bus station is off to left. Either the No 9 or No 16 bus will take approximately 15 minutes to get to the ground. www.thetrainline.com gives up-to-date train times and routes.

Please note that the match will be fully segregated and that Cards fans will not be allowed into the Club bar.
Away fans will need to go to the turnstile at the cricket pitch end of the ground.


The Cards’ next home game is at 3pm on Saturday 3 April when Lewes are the visitors.

Cards denied a point in injury time

Brian Caffarey
5:03pm, Sat 27th Mar 2010
Newport County AFC 1 Woking 0
27 March 2010


(Report based on BBC Surrey commentary)

The Cards faced a huge task this afternoon as they travelled to Spytty Park attempting to become the first side to take away all three points from the Exiles, champions-elect. Prior to this afternoon’s game Newport had won 15 and drawn three, scoring 42 goals and conceding only 7. The Cards looked to have gained a deserved point but, in injury time, Dave Gilroy, controversially, stabbed home from close range to snatch it from their grasp.

Graham Baker fielded an attacking line-up, bringing in Nathaniel Pinney up front, moving Ricky Anane to right back in place of Daniel Sintim, while Jerome Maledon (pictured) replaced the injured Harry Arter in midfield. Matthew Wright, returning from suspension, was on the bench.

Woking started well and, in the 11th minute, Craig Faulconbridge forced a good save from the Newport keeper, Glyn Thompson, after a great run from Mark Ricketts into the box. A few minutes later Woking went even closer as Jerome Maledon’s shot was deflected onto a post after a fine cross from Aswad Thomas and a header on from Craig Faulconbridge.

Newport responded with a quick break from danger man, Craig Read, who was just foiled by Tony Sinclair and then the Exiles saw a strike from Read rubbed out by the linesman’s flag. Read threatened again a few minutes later but was, once again, caught offside.

Woking bounced back, stretching Newport down the flanks, with some useful crosses from Moses Ademola in particular, while for Newport Read always presented a threat. But Woking, though having the best of the half, could not make a breakthrough and the scores remained level at half-time.

Half-time: Newport County AFC 0 Woking 0

Soon after the break Ross Worner had to make an excellent save as Newport started more brightly, while Gez Sole’s long-distance free-kick flashed past the post.

Woking were forced into a change after five minutes, with Nicky Nicolau replacing Moses Ademola, who’d been trying to shake off an injury incurred early on. Nicolau moved to the left flank, with Gez Sole switching to the right.

Read threatened again for Newport shortly afterwards and Danny Rose went close too from a free-kick. But Woking responded well with a header from Craig Faulconbridge from a Nicky Nicolau cross.

Newport continued to gain momentum, with Tony Sinclair having to make several crucial interventions. In the 71st minute Woking’s hopes were raised as they gained a free-kick on the edge of the area but Aswad Thomas, rather than Gez Sole, took it and it was hammered into the defensive wall.

Matthew Wright replaced Craig Faulconbridge shortly afterwards. An air-kick from Ross Worner, following a back pass from Aswad Thomas, nearly presented Read with a gilt-edged chance. But Woking responded immediately with a header from Pinney, which bounced off the cross bar.

With ten minutes to go, Rose headed over the bar for Newport from a cross by Henry.

Graham Baker brought on Billy Hussey for a tiring Nathaniel Pinney, with Gez Sole moving up front to join Matthew Wright.

In injury time Newport gained a questionable free-kick after an alleged foul by Jerome Maledon. Ross Worner’s attempted clearance fell to Dave Gilroy, who appeared to be offside but stabbed home from close range.

Woking: Ross Worner, Ricky Anane, Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts, Tom Hutchinson, Tony Sinclair, Moses Ademola (Nicky Nicolau, 50), Jerome Maledon, Craig Faulconbridge (Matthew Wright, 72), Nathaniel Pinney (Billy Hussey, 82), Giuseppe Sole

Unused subs: Daniel Sintim, Matt Pegler

Booked: Giuseppe Sole, Aswad Thomas

Attendance: 1742
Newport County LINEUP
1Glyn Thompson
2Paul Bignot
3Martyn Giles ('45)
4Wayne Turk
5Gary Warren
6Chris Todd
7Danny Rose
8Jamie Collins
9Craig Reid
10Ben Hunt ('74)
11Kerry Morgan ('78)
BENCH
12Charlie Henry ('45)
14Paul Cochlin
15Scott Rogers ('74)
16Dave Gilroy ('78)
17Keiron Blackburn
WOKING LINEUP
1Ross Worner
2Ricky Anane
3Aswad Thomas
4Mark Ricketts
5Tom Hutchinson
6Tony Sinclair
7Moses Ademola ('52)
8Jerome Maledon
9Craig Faulconbridge ('74)
10Nathaniel Pinney ('83)
11Giuseppe Sole
BENCH
12Daniel Sintim
14Billy Hussey ('83)
15Nicky Nicolau ('52)
16Matthew Wright ('74)
17Matt Pegler

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