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Cards look to extend winning run

Brian Caffarey
9:48am, Thu 14th Feb 2013
Woking v Newport County
3pm on Saturday 16 February 2013

The Cards will be hoping for a big crowd on Saturday for the visit of Justin Edinburgh’s and Jimmy Dack’s side. County were the early-season pacemakers but their form has dipped in recent weeks. The Cards meanwhile have been enjoying a fine run, with six wins in their last seven league outings. Can Garry Hill’s side repeat their victory down at Rodney Parade and do the double over the Exiles? Come down to Kingfield for what should be a keenly-contested match.


The Cards have been making great strides towards Garry’s initial target of 50 points and now sit in 12th place in the table after 28 games, with 41 points and a game or more in hand on most clubs. Perhaps rather optimistically, some Cards fans have now begun to look at the gap which separates the team from the play-off places – Kidderminster in 5th place are nine points clear of Woking, having played two games more – rather than glancing over their shoulders at what is now a 12-point gap separating the club from the relegation places.

Garry will be without first-choice keeper Aaron Howe, who injured his wrist ligaments in Woking’s excellent 3-0 win at Alfreton last Saturday and who is likely to be missing for a number of weeks. Elvijs Putnins, who came off the substitutes’ bench in that game for his league debut, is expected to deputise again.

There will be fierce competition for starting places up front once more, with Jayden Stockley and Brett Williams both hoping to make the starting line-up, having watched Joe McNerney get the nod at Alfreton.


County sit in 4th place in the table with 53 points from 29 games after their encouraging 2-0 home win over in-form Mansfield Town on Tuesday evening. Their record since the turn of the year has been rather patchy, though, with two wins, two draws and two defeats (5-0 at home to Forest Green Rovers and 2-0 at home to Barrow).

Away from home, Newport have won seven league games, drawn one and lost four, with 28 goals scored and 22 conceded.

The Exiles have some money behind them this season and Justin Edinburgh has packed his squad with players with a strong non-League pedigree, including keepers Alan Julian and ex-Card Lenny Pidgeley; top BSP scorer Aaron O’Connor, formerly with Edinburgh at Rushden; Tony James, the hugely-experienced centre back previously with Hereford, Weymouth and Burton; the ex-AFC Wimbledon quartet of Lee Minshull, Max Porter, Ismail Yakubu and Christian Jolley; Danny Crow, the former Cambridge and Luton striker; and winger Robbie Wilmott, also with Cambridge and Luton on his CV. Two recent signings are Will Evans from Hereford, who’s been brought in following midfielder Lee Evans’s transfer to Wolves for an undisclosed fee, and Scott Donnelly from Farnborough.

Aaron O’Connor has missed recent games, having been injured in County’s shock defeat by Barrow.


Adults £15
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U16s £5


The Club will be selling, at a bargain price of £2, the programme printed for the original fixture on 22 January, which had to be postponed at the last minute when the snow suddenly descended. The programme is a ‘must’ for anyone interested in local football, with Bob Cumming’s review of the progress of teams in Surrey and beyond. There is also an interview with John Nutter, an opposing view from a Newport County fan, plus news from the BSP, match reports, previews, superb action photos and much more. If you can’t get to the game, you can order a copy from the Club Shop on


Newport County 2 Woking 3
27 October 2013

In one of the biggest shocks of the season to date, Woking, with only one win away from home, inflicted the first home league defeat on leaders Newport County.

The Cards got off to a perfect start as a clever ball from Gavin McCallum in the 6th minute found Kevin Betsy in the area. Betsy made space and finished from the tightest of angles. On the quarter-hour mark it was that man Betsy again, picking up the ball from a corner, beating two defenders and drilling past Lenny Pidgeley once more.

Woking looked worth their two-goal lead but just before half-time a superb Andy Sandell free-kick reduced the deficit. Newport looked much more determined in the second half, although Woking had chances on the counter-attack too. An inspired substitution from Garry Hill saw Bradley Bubb, coming on for Loick Pires, extend Woking’s lead in the 67th minute.

There was the usual last-gasp drama for Woking as Flynn headed home for County with two minutes remaining but the Cards held firm for a well-deserved victory.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson, Mike Cestor, Mark Ricketts, Jack Parkinson, Lee Sawyer, Kevin Betsy, Gavin McCallum (Adam Doyle 90) Loick Pires (Bradley Bubb 65)

Unused subs: Sam Beasant, Dean Sinclair, Brett Williams

Goals: Betsy 6 and15; Bubb 67

Cautions: Ricketts 24

Newport County: Lenny Pidgeley, Andrew Hughes, Tony James, Lee Minshull, Danny Crow, Andy Sandell, Jake Thomson (Jefferson Louis 71), Max Porter, Ben Swallow (Conor Washington 81), Aaron O'Connor, Lee Evans (Michael Flynn 84)

Unused subs: Jake Harris, Joe Perry

Goals: Andy Sandell 45; Michael Flynn 89

Attendance: 2088


The Cards face two long journeys: to Barrow on Tuesday (19 February) and then to Southport the following Saturday (23 February). The Cards’ next home game is the re-arranged fixture against promotion-chasing Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday 26 February.

Come on, you Cards!

Clinical Newport topple the Cards

David Richardson
9:37am, Sun 17th Feb 2013
Woking 1 Newport County 3
Blue Square Bet Premier
16 February 2013

Woking will clock up just over 1000miles on trips to Barrow and Southport next week. They would have liked to have taken a good performance and result on their travels to keep their recent magnificent form going.

Woking knew that it wasn’t going to be easy, though, as 4th-placed Newport County stood in their way. But a Woking team that have been “over-achieving� this season, according to manager Garry Hill, would have fancied their chances against the Exiles, having already beaten them at Rodney Parade 2-3 earlier in the season.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be as Newport’s Lee Minshull scored twice in the first fifteen minutes for the visitors, with Byron Anthony getting the third. Gavin McCallum’s late strike was merely a consolation as Woking’s great run of wins came to an end. But, as Hill said afterwards, “18 points out of the last 24 was a total I would have more than accepted a few weeks ago�.

Hill was forced into replacing the injured Aaron Howe with Elvijs Putnins, who made his first league start at Kingfield in goal. Other than Putnins, unsurprisingly Hill made no changes to his team that had been playing so well in recent weeks.

Woking kicked off and instantly surged forward with Billy Knott, who has been so influential in the Cardinals’ recent success, picking out a pass to Kevin Betsy, whose cross narrowly evaded the advancing red and white shirts.

The visitors’ first attack almost brought the first goal of the game. Striker Danny Crow hit the ball on the turn only for Putnins to make a brilliant save that Woking fan and Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Rob Green, who was watching, would have been proud of. Moments later Crow had another chance, this time a header, which Putnins comfortably saved. Knott, however, pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury and was then subsequently replaced by Gavin McCallum (pictured).

The Cards now relied upon Betsy to attack from the midfield. Finding some space around the edge of the box, his shot was blocked but fell to the versatile Joe McNerney, who also saw his follow-up effort do the same.

Arguably against the run of play, Andy Sandell fortunately got the bounce of the ball following Betsy’s attempt to win it and crossed for Minshull to rise above John Nutter and watch the ball roll over the line despite Putnins' best attempt to keep it out.

Crow saw his acrobatic attempt drift wide before Betsy’s effort was saved by ex-Card Lenny Pidgeley.

Both teams were battling hard on a heavy pitch and, though trailing, there was no doubt that Woking were very much in the game when Betsy’s tackle on Scott Donnelly was harshly adjudged to have been a foul. From the resulting in-swinging free-kick from Sandell, Minshull reacted first to the ball rebounding off the post and poked it into the back of the Cards’ net.

Newport added to Woking’s problems just three minutes later in the 37th minute when Anthony’s shot found the bottom corner of Putnins goal as the Cardinals failed to clear the Exiles' corner.

The Cardinals responded through Betsy, who looked to trouble Pidgeley again, forcing him to save, this time with his legs, which was then followed by Woking’s best chance of the half. McCallum swung in a cross from the right-hand side to McNerney, who was unmarked at the front post, but the Exiles keeper kept out his glancing header.

Going in three nil down at half-time, the score line slightly flattered Newport, given the chances Woking had created, but the visitors’ finishing in front of goal had been the real difference.

Half-time: Woking 0 Newport 3

Attacking the Kingfield Road End, Woking knew an early goal in the second half could spark a comeback yet nothing was falling for the Cards in the opening minutes. This prompted Hill to make changes, bringing on both Jayden Stockley and Brett Williams to play up front for Bradley Bubb and Lee Sawyer. McNerney moved into centre back with Brett Johnson, and Jack Parkinson moved into midfield alongside Mark Ricketts in a 4-4-2 formation.

Williams almost found the Newport net but his stabbed effort towards goal didn’t have enough purchase on it. Woking continued to press, although Newport remained disciplined and solid.

Williams saw his header go over, as did Crow up the other end with his bending shot from distance. However, McCallum made sure Woking maintained their run of scoring in every home league game this season in the 90th minute as his sweetly-struck half-volley from inside the penalty area found the bottom corner. Five minutes of injury time wasn’t enough, though, to see the Cards pull off a miraculous comeback as the final whistle went.

So, a disappointing defeat for Woking but one they shouldn’t feel too down about considering their recent run of seven wins in the last nine league games, featuring wins over Luton and away at Lincoln. Newport’s performance was summed up by manager Justin Edinburgh appropriately afterwards saying it was, ‘efficient without being spectacular’. The visitors’ finishing in front of goal was clinical and their constant work rate proves why they are succeeding in the league.

Woking will now travel to Barrow on Tuesday, where they will look to bounce back with a win, which is more than achievable given the Bluebirds' current form and league position. No result is certain in the Blue Square Bet Premier, however, and Garry Hill’s men will have to be back to their best to come away with a win.

Woking: Elvijs Putnins, Adam Newton, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Jack Parkinson, Bradley Bubb (Brett Williams 53), Kevin Betsy, Lee Sawyer (Jayden Stockley 53), Brett Johnson, Billy Knott (Gavin McCallum 15), John Nutter

Unused Subs: Mike Cestor, Andy Little

Cautions: Kevin Betsy 34, Jayden Stockley 64

Newport: Lenny Pidgeley, David Pipe, Tony James, Ismael Yakubu, Lee Minshull, Danny Crow, Andy Sandell, Michael Flynn, Byron Anthony, Christian Jolley (Robbie Willmott 83), Scott Donnelly (Jake Thomson 64)

Unused Subs: Conor Washington, Will Evans, Alan Julian

Attendance: 2116

Sponsors' MOTM: Gavin McCallum
18Elvijs Putnins
2Adam Newton
26John Nutter
8Jack Parkinson
16Brett Johnson
4Mark Ricketts
15Lee Sawyer ('53)
24Billy Knott ('15)
11Kevin Betsy
9Bradley Bubb ('53)
5Joe McNerney
Andy Little
3Mike Cestor
19Gavin McCallum ('15)
14Brett Williams ('53)
25Jayden Stockley ('53)
Newport County LINEUP
40Lenny Pidgeley
2David Pipe
5Tony James
6Ismael Yakubu
8Lee Minshull
9Danny Crow
13Andy Sansell
17Michael Flynn
21Anthony Byron
23Christian Jolley ('83)
26Scott Donelly ('60)
1Alan Julian
14Jake Thomson ('60)
24Robbie Willmott ('83)
25Conor Washington
34Will Evans

Woking 1 - 3 Newport County (Garry Hill Interview)

Aaron Howe & Giuseppe Sole Interviews

Nick Shaw
1:35pm, Sun 17th Feb 2013
David Holmes spoke to Aaron Howe & Giuseppe Sole before Woking's match against Newport County.

Aaron Howe:

Giuseppe Sole:

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