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Cards seek win on the road

Brian Caffarey
6:35pm, Thu 2nd Oct 2014
Southport v Woking
3pm on Saturday 4 October 2014

The Cards will be hoping to build on their win against Nuneaton Town when they visit another lowly-placed side, Southport, on Saturday. However, the Sandgrounders had a very encouraging win midweek at Grimsby Town and are likely to provide tough opposition for a Woking side which has not been firing on all cylinders in the last few games.

WOKING

Thanks to another superb, last-minute, free-kick from substitute Gez Sole, the Cards eventually grabbed all three points on Tuesday night, but they made hard work of beating a fairly limited Boro side. Woking were missing the suspended Josh Payne in midfield, in addition to Mark Ricketts and James Clarke, but Cards fans were delighted to welcome back the ever-green Kevin Betsy, making a surprisingly quick return, as a second-half sub, from his post-op recuperation.

Up front and in midfield, Garry Hill now has the luxury, following Jack Marriott’s arrival and Kevin Betsy’s return, of a variety of different options: what isn’t yet clear is how to make the best use of the talents at his disposal.

SOUTHPORT

Southport now sit in 20th place after their win at Grimsby, which followed a run of four straight defeats in which they had failed to score. At home they’ve beaten Altrincham and Kidderminster but lost to Forest Green Rovers, Barnet, Alfreton and Bristol Rovers.

Their away win at Grimsby Town was a real surprise since they hadn’t won on their travels for over a year. It was all the sweeter for striker Richard Brodie, who scored the winner against a club for whom he had played on loan and whose fans had given him a hard time during the match. Other well-known names in the Port squad include Clayton McDonald, defender Luke Foster and former Stockport County striker Danny Hattersley. Keeper David Raya is on loan from Blackburn Rovers.

GETTING THERE

Merseyrail Community Stadium
Haig Avenue
Southport
PR8 6JZ

Official website: www.southportfc.net

The Cards Trust is not running a coach to this game.

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 (terracing): £13.50
Concessions: £10
12-18: £5
Under 11s: Free (if accompanied by a paying adult)

LAST SEASON

Southport 1 Woking 1
6 October 2013

This was a frenetic encounter which could easily have been won by either side. The Cards took a very early lead, Scott Rendell latching onto Darren Murphy’s defence-splitting pass in the third minute and slotting home. But the Cards’ defence was soon under great pressure and, in the 19th minute, Jamie Milligan equalised, following up his own free-kick to fire in a shot which evaded everyone.

Both sides came close to grabbing a winner right up until the final whistle, with the woodwork coming to the aid of both teams, but a draw was probably a fair result.

Woking: Sam Beasant, Mike Cestor (Giuseppe Sole 84), John Nutter, Joe McNerney, Jack Parkinson, Mark Ricketts, Kevin Betsy, Josh Payne, Darren Murphy (Adam Newton 51), Gavin Williams (Anthony McNamee 78), Scott Rendell

Subs not used: Aaron Howe, John Goddard

Woking 2 Southport 0
8 March 2014

Woking, looking to overtake a clutch of mid-table sides following their superb 3-1 away win at Barnet, took a while to overcome a stubborn Southport side, battling for their lives just above the relegation zone. The Cards hit the woodwork three times in the first half, with the visitors rarely troubling the home defence.

Southport’s luck ran out ten minutes after the break, Josh Payne’s superb whipped-in cross being glanced in by Scott Rendell. The Sandgrounders nearly scored a ‘goal of the season’ equaliser when O’Sullivan, in front of the dug-outs, chest-trapped the ball, flipped it over John Nutter’s head and then sent a volley just past the sprawling Howe’s far post.

The Cards eventually made the game safe when Keiran Murtagh, having perpetrated a sequence of misplaced passes, drilled home after being slipped in by Kevin Betsy.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, John Nutter, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Kevin Betsy, Josh Payne (Anthony McNamee 83), Keiran Murtagh, John Goddard (Joey Jones 78), Scott Rendell, Jack Marriott (Giuseppe Sole 78)

Unused subs: Sam Beasant, Reece Beckles

NEXT GAME

The Cards are away at Altrincham next Saturday (11 October). Book your place on the coach by ringing the Club Shop (01483 772470) or emailing shop@wokingfc.co.uk. The next home game is against AFC Telford on Saturday 18 October.

Come on, you Cards!




Rendell the hat-trick hero as Cards fire five past Southport

Malcolm Wyatt
8:34am, Sun 5th Oct 2014
Southport 2 Woking 5
Vanarama Conference
4th October 2014

A revitalised Woking side rediscovered their shooting boots on the Lancashire coast on Saturday, in a game where the first-half performance appeared to tell a familiar story.

The Cards might have been out of sight at that point, Martin Foyle’s hosts showing little of the spirit that saw them to a commendable midweek victory at Grimsby.

But all that stood between the sides at the turnaround was a perfectly executed Scott Rendell header, and there was a fear that Garry Hill’s visitors might soon rue all those other missed chances.

Woking got there in the end, however, and in emphatic style, moving up to fourth place while their hosts are fourth-bottom. Yet the game was fairly open up to the 80-minute mark.

In the end, though, Rendell took his season’s tally to a table-topping 11, while the away faithful witnessed yet another bit of set-piece magic from Giuseppe Sole.

Southport made the first foray on goal, Ross Worner coming out to deny Stephen Brogan, but as the sunshine dried up after a pre-match shower, Woking warmed to their task.

Rendell’s opener arrived right on five minutes, directing a seemingly nonchalant header past David Raya Martin after good work by first-half stand-out Joey Jones (pictured) led to a cross from Theo Lewis.

There were home appeals for a penalty after a swift Port raid inspired by Ross Dyer, but the referee was dismissive, while David Fitzpatrick and Brogan worked hard to make openings on the left. Yet Jones blocked out one attack and Worner the next.

The Cards were nearly in again as Keiran Murtagh and John Goddard combined to put away Jack Marriott, but Raya Martin was quick off his line and tipped away for a corner that came to nothing.

Lewis wasn’t far off with a header from a Chris Arthur delivery, while Paul Smith was unlucky with a dipping volley at the other end.

Goddard then drilled wide after good work by Josh Payne, while Lewis gave the home keeper a scare with a low header from Murtagh’s cross.

Lewis couldn’t capitalise on Goddard’s next ball after Jones engineered an opening, and on the rare occasions Foyle’s hosts created chances, Cards skipper Joe McNerney swept up.

Brogan caused flutters with a deep cross that led to a miscued Rendell clearance that had to be stopped by Worner, but the visiting striker did better on the break after Murtagh’s build-up play.

Jones headed away as Southport came forward again, while Fitzpatrick almost waltzed through the penalty area unopposed in the last meaningful attack of the half.

Half-time: Southport 0 Woking 1

Murtagh soon tested the keeper after the break after seeing off two defenders, while Worner denied Richard Brodie as Port countered.

Goddard could have done better after Arthur opened up the home defence, but waited too long, his resultant off-load falling just behind Rendell.

But in the 53rd minute Woking doubled their lead, Lewis finding a gap by drilling through a static defence for his debut league goal.

That should have settled the nerves, but the Sandgrounders fought back, and after Worner cut out from Luke Foster, a 58th-minute error by the on-loan keeper on the edge of his area let in Fitzpatrick, who fired past a covering McNerney on the line.

Fitzpatrick was involved in another raid as Woking wobbled, but this time Worner collected comfortably.

It proved a frustrating afternoon for fellow loanee Marriott, and on 64 minutes he made way for Sole, the Cards’ saviour on Tuesday against Nuneaton.

Lo and behold, within two minutes, Rendell won a free-kick to the left of the penalty area, and up stepped the dead-ball specialist.

We wondered if the home team had done their internet homework on Sole, seeing Raya Martin frantically organising his defensive wall.

But pretty soon he was picking the ball out of the back of the net, Sole with his seventh strike this term and 99th for the club.

The visitors’ pressure continued, and as Sole and Lewis combined, Matty Challoner put behind under pressure, while Payne caused problems with a free-kick of his own.

It wasn’t over yet, though, and after Worner was nearly caught out by a Brodie centre, Dominic Collins tested Worner with a header from sub Paul Rutherford’s cross, and from the following cross Luke Foster found a gap with a header.

That pulled Port back to 3-2 with 10 minutes remaining, and Dyer, proving a handful, blazed over soon after.

However, Murtagh came close for the visitors before Rendell added his second on 82 minutes from close range, after a great strike by McNerney struck the left-hand post.

Still Foyle’s fighters laboured, home sub John Marsden and away sub Kevin Betsy with half-chances before the seventh goal of the afternoon. This time a defender pulled down Sole just inside the penalty area, two minutes from time, and Rendell stepped up to complete the scoring, stuttering his run-up in customary fashion before sending the keeper the wrong way.

And while a home steward temporarily relieved the three-goal frontman of his prize after the final whistle, he was soon reunited with his souvenir matchball.

Southport: David Raya Martin, Dominic Collins, Scott Kay (Luke George 77), David Fitzpatrick, Luke Foster, Paul Smith (John Marsden 57), Ross Dyer, Matty Challoner, Richard Brodie, Stephen Brogan, Clayton McDonald (Paul Rutherford 46)

Unused subs: Joe Connor, Jonny Lynch

Caution: Foster 88

Goals: Fitzpatrick 58, Foster 80

Woking: Ross Worner, Mike Cestor (Adam Newton 77), Joe McNerney (c), Josh Payne, Keiran Murtagh, Scott Rendell, Theo Lewis, Jack Marriott (Giuseppe Sole 64), Joey Jones, John Goddard (Kevin Betsy 77), Chris Arthur

Unused subs: Jake Cole, Dean Morgan

Goals: Rendell 5, 82, 88 (pen), Lewis 53, Sole 66

Attendance: 730

My MOTM: Joey Jones – while Scott Rendell will get the headlines, Joey worked hard for the cause in a playmaker’s role that brought Southport plenty of problems.
Southport LINEUP
WOKING LINEUP
30Ross Worner
22John Goddard ('77)
32Chris Arthur
5Joe McNerney
21Joey Jones
3Mike Cestor ('77)
7Josh Payne
8Keiran Murtagh
14Theo Lewis
9Scott Rendell
16Jack Marriott ('64)
BENCH
23Jake Cole
2Adam Newton ('77)
11Kevin Betsy ('77)
24Dean Morgan
10Giuseppe Sole ('64)

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