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Another testing trip for Cards

Brian Caffarey
5:16pm, Thu 21st Feb 2013
Southport v Woking
3pm on Saturday 23 February 2013

The Cards could do with a boost on Saturday after two disappointing defeats, injuries and Lee Sawyer’s sending-off. Historically, Woking have rarely come away with anything after the long haul up to Southport but Garry Hill will be looking for a much more determined performance as he attempts to guide the club towards his 50-point initial target and safety.

WOKING

Lee Sawyer’s sending-off at Barrow was particularly unwelcome since the Cards were already stretched in midfield following Billy Knott’s hamstring injury against Newport County. Seb Brown will presumably be in goal again on Saturday as Aaron Howe continues his recovery from an arm injury.

The Cards are still fairly comfortably placed in mid-table but Garry will be well aware that it’s all too easy for a club to slip into trouble with a poor run at this stage of the season. Woking’s record away from home is comparatively weak, however: no team has lost more games on their travels.

SOUTHPORT

Liam Watson’s side sit one point and one place above Woking in the table, having played one game more. They are unbeaten in their last four league games, having registered impressive draws at Wrexham and Hereford and, more recently, a 1-0 away win at Nuneaton and a 5-2 home win over Barrow. The Sandgrounders’ home record is mixed, with six wins, three draws and six defeats and 24 goals scored and 27 conceded.

Unlike the Cards, Southport were spared a long midweek trip, their game at Braintree being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. This will have given more time for influential captain Simon Grand to recover from the injury he sustained against Barrow, but defenders Steve Akrigg and Chris Lynch and midfielder Alan Moogan will be missing.

Shaun Walley is the Sandgrounders’ main danger man: Port turned down several offers for him in the January transfer window.

Recent arrivals on loan are Neil Byrne, a young central defender from Rochdale and Scott Kay, a young central midfielder from Huddersfield Town.

GETTING THERE

Merseyrail Community Stadium
Haig Avenue
Southport
PR8 6JZ

Official website: www.southportfc.net

By coach
The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 9am. The price for members is £24 and for non-members £31. Phone or email the Club Shop (shop@wokingfc.co.uk) to book your place.

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: £13.50
Concessions: £10
Under 18s: £5
Under 11s: Free

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 2 Southport 3
13 October 2012

Defensive errors were once again the Cards’ undoing in this game. Coming off the back of a good midweek win over Cambridge, the Cards started in confident mood and quickly took the lead when fine interplay between Kevin Betsy and Gavin McCallum allowed the former to score.

Southport gradually worked their way back into the game, equalising just before half-time through Andrew Parry. The Port were down to ten men five minutes after the break when Liam Willis received a second yellow card but still went on to take the lead through Chris Lynch.

The Cards’ desperate search for an equaliser succeeded when McCallum netted in a goalmouth scramble. But the Cards then threw away all the points when an under-hit back pass from Brett Johnson led to Joe McNerney hauling down a Southport striker. McNerney was dismissed and Chris Lever scored from the spot.

Woking: Sam Beasant, Mark Ricketts, Mike Cestor (Brett Williams 69), Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson, Jack Parkinson, Dean Sinclair (Loick Pires 56), Lee Sawyer, Kevin Betsy, Bradley Bubb, Gavin McCallum

Unused Subs: Aaron Howe, Adam Doyle, George Frith

Southport: Tony McMillan, Chris Lever, Simon Grand, Chris Lynch, Liam Willis, Andrew Parry, Shaun Whalley, Russell Benjamin, Godfrey Poku, James Ellison (Charlie Joyce 53), Darren Stephenson (Steven Tames 90)

Unused Subs: Zac Hibbert, Alan Moogan, Chris Almond

Attendance: 1,739

NEXT GAME

The Cards have three tough home matches in a row coming up after Saturday’s trip: on Tuesday evening v Forest Green Rovers; on the following Saturday (2 March) v Lincoln City; and the following Tuesday evening (5 March) v Mansfield Town.

Make sure that you’ve got all Woking’s re-arranged fixtures in your diary!

Come on, you Cards!

Woking punish ten-man Southport

Frankie Hullett
12:00am, Sun 24th Feb 2013
Southport 1 Woking 2
Blue Square Bet Premier
23rd February 2013

Bradley Bubb returned from illness to score a brace to secure Woking's fifth away win of the season against an in-form Southport. Bubb was one of three changes boss Garry Hill made to the side that was defeated 2-0 by Barrow the previous Tuesday, with John Nutter and Joe McNerney also coming in to replace Lee Sawyer, Gavin McCallum and Brett Williams. Southport were reduced to ten men when Simon Grand was shown a straight red card midway through the first half and Woking made them pay with a goal from Bubb just before the break. Southport pulled level early in the second half with a neat free-kick from Aaron Chalmers but Bubb popped up with the winner to secure all three points for Woking.

Southport came out of the blocks quicker in Arctic conditions at the Merseyrail Community Stadium. Shaun Whalley found an opening in the box but was snuffed out before he was able to find room for a shot. Woking were unable to string many passes together in the opening fifteen minutes and Jayden Stockley was looking isolated as the Cards' lone striker.

Woking had had barely any of the play when, in the twenty-fourth minute, Simon Grand lunged in dangerously on Mark Ricketts and was shown a straight red card by the referee, giving the Cards the impetus to take the match by the scruff of the neck.

Woking now started to assert some pressure and a high ball into the box was dropped by the Southport 'keeper and fell to Joe McNerney, who was unlucky to see his effort blocked on the line. Mike Cestor was the next to have an opening when a smart back heel from Kevin Betsy found him free in the box but he completely missed his kick.

It was only a matter of time before the Cards would take one of these chances and, sure enough, it came on the stroke of half-time when Stockley released Bubb down the right wing and he used his pace to get into the box and struck a powerful low drive into the far corner of the net.

Half-time: Southport 0 Woking 1

The ten men of Southport came out in the second half with fighting spirit and were level on the hour. Andy Owens won a free-kick on the edge of the Woking penalty area and Aaron Chalmers stepped up to calmly curl the ball around the wall for the equaliser.

The home team now started to assert themselves and were unimpressed when a penalty appeal was turned down shortly afterwards as Woking's on-loan 'keeper Seb Brown looked as though he may have bundled over Shaun Whalley. Minutes later, however,and against the run of play, Woking regained the lead. Bradley Bubb received the ball on the left and accelerated into the area before unleashing a shot which went in via a defender. This was the Woking forward's thirteenth goal of the season.

Southport now had to chase the game yet again and Woking's numerical advantage was starting to show. Cestor had a good chance to increase the lead but his shot was deflected wide. The home team made a triple substitution in the seventy-eighth minute and one of these changes almost reaped an instant reward when Steven Tames headed narrowly wide from a corner.

As the fourth official indicated four minutes of added time, Brett Williams could have made the game safe but shot tamely at the 'keeper when well-placed. The Cards were not to be denied, however, and held on without further incident to bag the three points.

This victory now moves Woking up to eleventh place in the league with three successive home games to come, beginning on Tuesday evening with an appetising clash against promotion hopefuls Forest Green Rovers.

After the game, a clearly delighted Garry Hill told the Woking FC Website: "We knew it would be a tough battle. To come here today and get a good three points, a very valuable three points of course, it certainly makes it a lot easier".

Woking: Seb Brown, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor (Gavin McCallum 82), Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Jack Parkinson, Bradley Bubb, Kevin Betsy, Brett Johnson, Jayden Stockley (Brett Williams 67), John Nutter

Unused Subs: Elvijs Putnins, Loick Pires, George Frith

Goals: Bubb 42, 69

Cautions: Cestor 31, Johnson 45, Stockley 59, Newton 64, Ricketts 81, Parkinson 90

Southport: Tony McMillan, James Smith, Andy Owens, Simon Grand, Neill Byrne (Steven Tames 78), Aaron Chalmers (Andrew Parry 78), Shaun Whalley, Scott Kay, Karl Ledsham (Liam Willis 78), Godfrey Poku, Chris Almond

Unused Subs: Zac Hibbert, Russell Benjamin

Goal: Chalmers 61

Sent Off: Simon Grand 24

Attendance: 911

MOTM: Bradley Bubb - took both goals well and was a danger to the Southport defence throughout.
Southport LINEUP
1Tony McMillan
2James Smith
6Simon Grand
9Andy Owens
14Nell Byrne ('78)
15Aaron Chalmers ('78)
7Shaun Whalley
8Karl Ledsham ('78)
21Scott Kay
22Godfrey Poku
11Chris Almond
BENCH
13Zac Hibbert
23Liam Willis ('78)
5Andrew Parry ('78)
12Russell Benjamin
18Steven Tames ('78)
WOKING LINEUP
30Seb Brown
2Adam Newton
3Mike Cestor ('82)
5Joe McNerney
16Brett Johnson
4Mark Ricketts
8Jack Parkinson
11Kevin Betsy
26John Nutter
9Bradley Bubb
25Jayden Stockley ('67)
BENCH
18Elvijs Putnins
22George Frith
7Loick Pires
19Gavin McCallum ('82)
14Brett Williams ('67)

Garry Hill Interview from Southport

Nick Shaw
6:37pm, Sat 23rd Feb 2013
John Moore speaks to Garry Hill following Woking's 2-1 win at Southport this afternoon.



Garry Hill:








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