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Southport

Cards aim to get back to winning ways

Brian Caffarey
8:53am, Thu 1st Oct 2015
Woking v Southport
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 3 October 2015

Garry Hill’s side will be very keen to end a run of three consecutive defeats, which has seen them slip down the table since their thrilling win over league leaders Forest Green Rovers. Southport have won only one game this season but may well fancy their chances of repeating last season’s unexpected victory at Kingfield. Come on down to the Laithwaite Stadium to cheer on the Cards to victory!

WOKING

The euphoria of being the first side to take any points off Forest Green Rovers evaporated all too quickly as defeats followed at home to Cheltenham Town and away to Braintree Town and Dover Athletic. All were tough fixtures against in-form sides but the manner of the last two losses in particular – marked by poor defending and little threat in front of goal – was worrying.

The Cards now begin a sequence of three games against sides struggling at the foot of the table and must look to capitalise and pick up points.

Let’s hope that the eight-day break will have helped to revitalise the side and that they can reproduce something at least approaching the form which they showed against Rovers.

SOUTHPORT

The Sandgrounders finished only two places above the relegation zone last season and look as though they face another battle this campaign to avoid the drop. They presently sit in 22nd position with only 8 points from 13 games, gained from a 3-0 win over Altrincham at the end of August and draws against Macclesfield (a), Dover (h), Tranmere (h), Halifax (a) and Guiseley (a). A warning to Woking lies in the fact that the last four draws were all secured last month – which rather reinforces the suspicion that the Port won’t be a ‘pushover’. Indeed, the indications from those games were that they showed a considerable improvement in form and were unlucky not to gain more points. Their confidence won’t have been helped, though, by a 4-0 home defeat in their last match, albeit against a strong Grimsby side. Manager Paul Carden was upbeat before that game, commenting “I’ve said it a few times in recent weeks that we’re a good side with good players and it’s up to us to prove it.�

The main threat seems likely to come from striker Louis Almond. His experienced partner up front, Andy Bishop, has been injured. The Sandgrounders have Ben Davies, a young defender, on loan from Preston, while striker Cole Stockton is on a three-month loan from Tranmere. A relief for Woking is that Mike Phenix, on loan from Barnsley and who previously troubled the Cards when playing for AFC Telford, will be missing through suspension, as will midfielder Gary Jones, sent off in the closing stages of the match against Grimsby: the Sandgrounders’ sixth red card of the season.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £18
Over 65s and Students with NUS card £13
U16s £5

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Make sure you get your copy of the Club’s excellent 64-page matchday programme. Features include an interview with Jimmy Keohane and Glen Harrington’s assessment of Garry Hill’s five best loan signings. There’s also a look at what’s been going at other National League clubs; and news from the Cards Trust, plus match previews, reports and the usual superb match action photos.

LAST TIME WE MET

Woking 1 Southport 2
20 December 2014

This unexpected defeat made it three losses in a row for the Cards in a difficult mid-season spell. Woking were undone by a combination of the familiar failure to defend set pieces, resulting in both Southport goals, profligate finishing and some superb goalkeeping from David Raya Martin. Woking fans’ unhappy memories of this game are reinforced by the knowledge that it was in this match that Mike Cestor incurred the cruciate injury from which he is still recovering.

A ‘sloppy’ start from the Cards saw the visitors take the lead in the 12th minute. A free-kick was flighted in from Woking’s left by David Fitzpatrick. An exposed Ross Worner missed his punch; the ball was half cleared, only to be headed back under the bar by Charlie Joyce.

Woking did create some decent chances during the remainder of the half but Raya Martin was equal to anything the Cards could conjure and Garry Hill’s side would surely have been two goals adrift had it not been for Cestor’s superb, but costly, block on Richard Brodie.

The away goal came under siege in the early part of the second half but led a charmed life as Kevin Betsy’s shot was headed off the line. The sucker punch came in the 67th minute when Dominic Collins headed in from another Fitzpatrick free-kick.

Gez Sole’s 87th minute goal from a well-worked move proved to be mere consolation in a disappointing defeat.

Woking: Ross Worner, Joey Jones, Joe McNerney, Mike Cestor (John Goddard 40), John Nutter (Chris Arthur 61), Theo Lewis, Keiran Murtagh, Josh Payne, Kevin Betsy (Giuseppe Sole 60), Dean Morgan, Jack Marriott

Unused subs: Jake Cole, Adam Newton

Southport: David Raya Martin, David Fitzpatrick, Dominic Collins, Luke Foster, Luke George, Richard Brodie (Danny Hattersley 80), Charlie Joyce, Joe Connor (Clayton McDonald 65), Paul Rutherford, Amadou Bakayoko

Unused subs: John Marsden, Mitchell Austin, Liam Roberts

Attendance: 1688

COMING UP

The Cards travel to FC Halifax Town next Saturday (10 October). Their next home game is on Tuesday 13 October when Torquay United are the visitors, followed by Wrexham on the following Saturday (17 October).

Come on, you Cards!

Woking slip to another defeat

Alan Worth
6:37pm, Sat 3rd Oct 2015
Woking 1 Southport 2
Vanarama National League
3rd October 2015



Woking slumped to their fourth defeat on the spin after a tepid and unconvincing performance at home to Southport.

The Sandgrounders arrived at the Laithwaite with only eight points from their first thirteen games and sitting in 22nd position. They had recorded only a single win against Altrincham along with five draws and were winless away from home.

The visitors were quickly in the lead and had doubled their account by half time. Only a change in formation and Garry Hill’s introduction of Gez Sole and Bruno Andrade after fifty minutes seemed to add some urgency to the Cards’ play. A Murtagh goal late on offered some hope but the Port coped comfortably enough and were able to see the game out for their second win of the season.

With Terell Thomas unavailable Garry Hill started with three at the back – Jones, Ricketts and Saah with Caprice and Braham-Barrett as wing-backs. Murtagh and Keohane looked after midfield with Goddard playing just behind the front two of Holman and Cardwell. A 3-4-1-2 formation hasn’t been employed since the pre-season and to be honest it was soon fairly evident that it wasn’t working.

It took the visitors just eight minutes to open the scoring and it came directly as a result of some sloppy defending. Braham-Barrett gave the ball way and as Southport crossed the ball from the right, Saah slipped and the resulting shot on the turn from Stockton deflected off Ricketts and past Cole into the far corner of the net.

The Port nearly had two as Beesley’s long range effort flew just wide of Cole’s right hand post. But on seventeen minutes the Sandgrounders did double their lead.

As they prepared to take their first corner of the game a huge explosion, possibly a large firework set off behind the KRE, silenced the Laithwaite Stadium momentarily. Everyone appeared slightly fazed by the noise, including the Woking defence, as the corner from the right sailed towards the far post where Stockton was again on hand to stab the ball home.

Woking’s best chance of the half came as the hard-working Holman, who was to have a hugely frustrating afternoon, for once was able to dispossess Jones inside the box. His sharp left-foot effort was deflected away for a corner.

With half an hour gone Southport should have made it three. Nolan rose unchallenged at another corner but directed his header wide of the target.

Half-time: Woking 0 Southport 2

No doubt the management team had plenty to say during the break but, apart from another Holman effort after Goddard had wriggled his way to the bye-line, it was much the same for the Cards. Long balls pumped forward coming straight back and a very comfortable afternoon for the visitors’ defence.

On fifty-two minutes Garry made three changes – Sole, Pattie and Andrade were on for Cardwell, Keohane and Holman.

Woking were now back in a more familiar 4-4-2 and it had an immediate impact. Caprice and Andrade combined well down the right and with the extra pace began to cause a few problems for Southport. A Jones long range effort was just wide after a free kick on the right, Pattie headed onto the roof of the net and a Sole free kick from the left edge of the box came back off the wall.

At the other end Cole made an excellent save to thwart Joyce, who was clean through on goal, and a volleyed back pass from Ricketts had the Cards’ stopper scrambling as the ball flew behind for a corner. Sole and Goddard both had opportunities before the Cards finally secured something of a lifeline.

With just over ten minutes remaining Sole hoofed a clearance down field from a Southport corner. Beesley miscued his attempt to get the ball under control and Woking found themselves with an unlikely corner of their own.

Goddard’s out-swinging delivery was met by Keiran Murtagh, who thundered his header home from the centre of the Southport area.

Woking had a couple of further opportunities to grab an unlikely point – Sole stretched at the far post to head Goddard’s cross just wide and another Murtagh effort from all of thirty yards was only just wide. Pattie had the ball in the net but was offside.

But it was all to no account as the Port saw out the game for a crucial victory. Woking must now hurriedly regroup as they travel next week to lowly Halifax – themselves on the end of a seven goal hammering at home to Cheltenham.


Woking: Jake Cole; Jake Caprice; Mark Ricketts; Brian Saah; Joey Jones; Keiran Murtagh; John Goddard; Daniel Holman (Bruno Andrade 52); Jimmy Keohane (Giuseppe Sole 52); Harry Cardwell (Ben Pattie 52); Craig Braham-Barrett

Unused subs: Kadell Daniel; Nick Hamman

Goal: Keiran Murtagh 78

Southport: Andy Coughlin; Will Beesley; Liam Nolan; Luke Foster; Andy Wright; Cole Stockton (Jamie Allen 90); Charlie Joyce; Paul Rutherford; Louis Almond (Matty Challoner 90); Andrai Jones; Ben Davies

Unused subs: Jon Viscosi; Adam Blakeman; Courtney Cameron

Goals: Cole Stockton 8, 17

Caution: Paul Rutherford 90

Attendance: 1510

MOTM: John Goddard – worked hard and created a few opportunities in a very lacklustre team performance.
WOKING LINEUP
1Jake Cole
2Jake Caprice
25Craig Braham-Barrett
7Joey Jones
5Brian Saah
4Mark Ricketts
8Keiran Murtagh
23Jimmy Keohane ('52)
11John Goddard
20Dan Holman ('52)
24Harry Cardwell ('52)
BENCH
18Nick Hamann
15Bruno Andrade ('52)
16Kadell Daniel
10Giuseppe Sole ('52)
19Ben Pattie ('52)
Southport LINEUP

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