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3:00pm - SaturdaySat 23rd AprilApr 2016
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Lincoln City
Lincoln City
2 - 3

Woking
Woking

Cards target strong finish on final trip

Brian Caffarey
9:33am, Thu 21st Apr 2016
Lincoln City v Woking
Vanarama National League
3pm on Saturday 23 April 2016

Garry Hill was encouraged by his side’s display midweek against Grimsby Town in spite of the 3-1 defeat and will be hoping that they can take their recent improved form to Lincoln on Saturday for the final away game of the season.

WOKING

The Cards fought back well in the second half against a very strong Grimsby side, with Bruno Andrade bringing the scoreline to 2-1 before ace striker Padraig Amond settled the Mariners’ nerves with another superb strike to seal his hat-trick.

John Goddard took part in the pre-match routines before Tuesday’s match, although he wasn’t named in the 16 for the game. Cards fans will be hoping for at least one more glimpse of him in action before his touted move to a League club in the summer.

LINCOLN CITY

Manager Chris Moyses guided the Imps to an encouraging first half of the season, with the side sitting in fourth place when they visited Woking in early December (see below).

However, their defeat by the Cards began a poor run, with only one win recorded in ten league and cup games in December and January. The Imps now sit in 11th place with 61 points from 44 games. Last weekend they secured a 2-2 draw at Southport. Their home record is very respectable: ten wins, seven draws and only five defeats. Moyses has indicated that he will step down in summer due to work overload.

The Imps have some experienced hands, including keeper Paul Farman, defender Chris Bush (ex-Gateshead and Hereford amongst other clubs), long-serving skipper Alan Power, and strikers Matt Rhead and Jack Muldoon. The permanent cadre has been reinforced with a number of loans, including Shrewsbury winger James Caton, Leeds NI U21 striker Robbie McDaid, Barnsley forward George Maris and Sheffield Wednesday full back Courtney Wildin. Liam Hearn is on loan to Harrogate Town for the rest of the season.

Matt Rhead, the subject of a declined five-figure bid from Barrow a couple of months ago, is top scorer with 22 goals.

GETTING THERE

Sincil Bank Stadium
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
LN5 8LD

Official website: www.redimps.co.uk

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

By car
Exit the A1 at sliproad Lincoln A46. Follow the A46 into Lincoln (which leads onto the High Street) and the ground is indicated from there. There is plenty of street parking in the numerous side streets in the Sincil Bank area.

By train
The nearest station is Lincoln Central, which is a 10-15-minute walk from the ground. Trains from London KX involve at least one change. The 11.03 would get you to Lincoln, via a 30-minute wait at Newark for a connecting train, at 13.30. The 11.35, via a shorter change at Peterborough, is due in at 14.03, while the 11.48, via a change at Retford, gets in a minute later. The first train back after the game is the 17.22, arriving at KX at 19.42 via a change at Retford.
To get to the ground, turn left out of the station and left again at the main road (High Street) going over the level crossing. Take the seventh turning on the LHS (Scorer Street), and first right into Sincil Bank.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £18
Over 60/Disabled: £13
U18s/18-21 with student card: £7

The club runs an ‘early bird’ ticket purchase arrangement, giving a £2 reduction on adult tickets and £1 on other tickets: see the Lincoln City website for details.

Away supporters are housed in the Stacey West Stand.

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 3 Lincoln City 1
Vanarama National League
5 December 2015

Another superb home display saw Garry Hill’s side register an emphatic win over high-flying Lincoln City. Bruno Andrade, with some outrageous tricks, John Goddard and Dan Holman vied for the conjuror-in-chief title but there were fine performances throughout the side, with perhaps a special mention too to Matt Robinson, who caught the eye in midfield. Holman and Joe Quigley put the Cards two goals up by half-time, with Holman grabbing another, after a scintillating run and cross from Andrade, in the second half. The visitors got a late consolation goal before having a man sent off in extra-time.

Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice, Joey Jones, Brian Saah, Cameron Norman, Bruno Andrade (Keiran Murtagh 95), Mark Ricketts, Matt Robinson, John Goddard, Joe Quigley, Dan Holman (Terell Thomas 89)

Unused subs: Nick Hamann, Kadell Daniel, Jimmy Keohane

Goals: Dan Holman 6 and 68, Joe Quigley 40

Lincoln City: Paul Farman, Bradley Wood, Luke Waterfall, Jack Muldoon, Alan Power (Craig Stanley 58), Matt Rhead, Terry Hawkbridge (Greg Tempest 45), Lee Beevers, Matt Sparrow, Callum Howe, Nathan Blissett (Conner Robinson 69)

Unused subs: Aiden Grant, Chris Bush

Goal: Matt Rhead 76

Sent Off: Lee Beevers

Attendance: 1432

NEXT GAME

The Cards’ final game of the season, against play-off chasing Eastleigh, kicks off at 5.30pm next Saturday, 30 April. Come down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium to show your appreciation for the efforts of the management team and players in what has been a difficult season at times. Don’t forget that the End of Season Awards Dinner takes place in the Geoff Chapple Lounge after the game: see the news item of 8 April for full details.

Come on, you Cards!









Goddard off the bench to secure Lincoln league double and back-to-back away Cards' wins

Malcolm Wyatt
9:02am, Sun 24th Apr 2016
Lincoln City 2 Woking 3
Vanarama National League
April 23rd 2016


Man of the moment John Goddard was there at the right time in the right place with a left-footed finish at Sincil Bank on Saturday, securing the Cards a league double over Lincoln City.

The roving midfielder, back after a four-game absence following a hamstring injury, popped up with a decisive strike three minutes from time, allaying the visitors' fears after their Lincolnshire hosts rubbed out Woking's early two-goal lead.

The home side enjoyed most of the early pressure, Woking goalkeeper Jake Cole (pictured) on fine form to keep his side in the game, having to turn over from Terry Hawkridge before Keiran Murtagh checked Jack Muldoon, the Imps striker's resultant 20-yard free-kick clearing the wall but also Cole's crossbar.

A glancing header from Callum Howe caused slight flutters, but Cole was equal to his finish, and eventually Woking had their first telling attack, and made it count.

A cross from the right by former Imp Jake Caprice found Danny Carr, who was inches away from netting, the last defender putting behind for a corner. And from Matt Butcher's in-swinger from the right flank, Murtagh headed home, with 19 minutes on the clock.

With the hosts somewhat stunned, Caprice's next cross left the hosts chasing shadows, Bruno Andrade in the danger zone, swivelling slightly left then tucking beyond Paul Farman within three minutes of the opener for his second goal in two matches.

The Imps soon hit back though, Cole having to make a great save from George Maris, while in the next home attack Matt Sparrow beat the Cards' 'keeper with a strong finish but the flag was raised for offside.

Barnsley loanee Maris drilled wide with his next attempt, the Cards working as a unit to retain their two-goal lead, while a floated free-kick from Hawkridge found Howe again, Cole collecting calmly on his line, with little room for error.

Murtagh headed away the next danger-ball from Hawkridge, Woking standing their ground again, while Muldoon further tested Cole, the busy No.1 collecting down low, his defenders circling him to deny the Imps any opportunity to pick up a deflection.

Half-time: Lincoln City 0 Woking 2

What was said by outgoing home manager Chris Moyses in his final Sincil Bank half-time pep-talk is debatable, but the Imps clearly came out fired up and within two minutes of the restart top scorer Matt Rhead had halved the deficit with a header from a deep Eliot Hodge cross from the right channel, the striker taking his season's tally to 23 goals.

Woking then somehow contrived to lose possession more or less straight away, Muldoon away and unleashing a mighty left-foot finish that gave Cole no chance, levelling the scoreline in the 48th minute.

Garry Hill's visitors had a chance to quickly regain their lead when Andrade broke down the left and unselfishly picked out Robinson at the opposite edge of the area, but the midfielder blazed over as the 'keeper scrambled across to cover.

Cameron Norman came twice to Woking's rescue from there, first stopping a promising home attack with a well-timed interception, and then cutting out from Maris.

Changes were soon afoot, Lincoln introducing two subs, sacrificing Maris for Shrewsbury winger James Caton and Imps player of the season Bradley Wood, who had picked up a booking after a melee involving Woking striker Carr, who was also cautioned.

It was the Surrey visitors who went closest next after good work by Robinson forced a corner, but Murtagh was unable to get enough direction on his header from a Butcher set-piece.

Norman again did well to deny Muldoon space the first time then keeping enough pressure on the same man to ensure he shot over.

The hard-working defender was soon replaced by Joey Jones though, Hill freshening things up by bringing on all three subs within three minutes, with Gez Sole on for Carr and John Goddard replacing Butcher.

A slight touch from Sole deep in the area following a Caprice cross was not enough to fool Farman in the home goal, while the crowd showed their frustration as referee Jason Whiteley ignored calls for a foul by Jones, who won out fairly under pressure and inspired the next visitors' break, Sole firing over as the 'keeper raced out.

Lincoln made their last change, with Muldoon withdrawn, Andrade soon winning another Cards corner, taking it himself and reaching Brian Saah but seeing a defender head behind. Goddard took the follow-up, but no one was able to tuck away his searching delivery.

Cole rushed out to clear the next home raid, while Chris Arthur was booked for a foul on the left edge of the area, Hawkridge's free-kick headed wide by Howe.

And the home side were made to rue that miss as Robinson set up a counter-attack, winning out in the middle of the park and feeding Goddard on the left, the final sub with a perfectly-timed run, expertly drawing the keeper then firing through Farman's legs with a left-footed finish for his 16th league goal of the season … and what could well be his farewell strike in a Woking shirt.

There were still a few jitters from there as Lincoln looked for the equaliser, but the visitors stood firm and kept possession when it mattered, and Andrade might even have added a fourth but for a neat save from Farman in the closing moments.

It wasn't important though, these three points keeping hopes of a top-half finish alive and meaning the Cards have lost just one of their five matches in April, a marked improvement on their early-year form.

Lincoln City: Paul Farman, Bradley Wood (Alan Power 62), Luke Waterfall, Jack Muldoon (Robbie McDaid 76), Matt Rhead, Terry Hawkridge, Elliot Hodge, Lee Beevers, Matt Sparrow, Callum Howe, George Maris (James Caton 62)

Subs not used: Alex Simmons, Aidan Grant

Booking: Bradley Wood 62

Goals: Matt Rhead 47, Jack Muldoon 48

Woking: Jake Cole, Jake Caprice, Chris Arthur, Mark Ricketts (c), Brian Saah, Keiran Murtagh, Matt Robinson, Bruno Andrade, Danny Carr, (Giuseppe Sole 70) Cameron Norman (Joey Jones 71), Matt Butcher (John Goddard 72)

Subs not used: Godfrey Poku, Nick Hamann.

Bookings: Matt Robinson 36, Danny Carr 62, Chris Arthur 86

Goals: Keiran Murtagh 19, Bruno Andrade 22, John Goddard 87

Attendance: 2,518

My MOTM: Jake Cole - without the 'keeper's competence in goal early on, the Cards may well have been behind, and without the foundation to build this combative victory upon.
Lincoln City LINEUP
WOKING LINEUP
1Jake Cole
2Jake Caprice
3Chris Arthur
5Brian Saah
26Cameron Norman ('72)
4Mark Ricketts
28Matt Butcher ('71)
8Keiran Murtagh
14Matt Robinson
15Bruno Andrade
23Daniel Carr ('70)
BENCH
18Nick Hamann
7Joey Jones ('71)
12Godfrey Poku
11John Goddard ('72)
10Giuseppe Sole ('70)

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