Woking v Southampton XI
7.45pm on Tuesday 7 August 2007
Woking welcome Championship side Southampton for their last friendly game of the pre-season. The Saints always have a lot of talented youngsters coming through the ranks ? ?10m Spurs? signing Gareth Bale and Arsenal?s Theo Walcott immediately come to mind ? so even a youthful side will give the Cards a tough final work-out before the big day against Rushden and Diamonds on Saturday.
Woking fans will be praying that the old adage that the pre-season friendly results count for nothing is right! Frank Gray has been steadfast in asserting that he?s not bothered about the scorelines but some Cards fans will be a tad anxious after five defeats(all against lower league opposition), one draw (against Brighton and Hove Albion) and one victory (against AFC Wimbledon) so far. Moreover, Woking have managed only four goals in those seven games.
On Saturday the Cards went down 2-1 to Farnborough FC at Cherrywood Road, with Marvin Morgan netting for Woking.
The Saints were our opponents in our last game before the 2005-06 season got under way and a young Saints side, including the likes of Dexter Blackstock (now with QPR), was too sprightly for Jimmy Aggrey (I bet you?d forgotten him!) and co, ending up 4-0 winners.
Saints? main signings this summer have been striker Marek Saganowski, joining them from Troyes after a loan spell last season in which he scored 10 goals in 13 starts; Gregory Vignal, a French defender on a season-long loan from Lens but with previous experience with Liverpool and Rangers; Adam Hanwill, an exciting winger, on loan from Liverpool after a loan spell at Dunfermline last season; Youssef Safri, a 30 year-old Moroccan midfielder from Norwich City; and Alan Bennett, a central defender from Reading.
Leaving St Mary?s in addition to Gareth Bale have been Chris Baird, one of the Northern Ireland internationals who have joined Lawrie Sanchez at Fulham; Leon Best, a young striker who has joined Coventry City; and Martin Cranie, who has made the switch to Portsmouth.
Keeper Michael Poke, who had a loan spell at Woking last season, figured on the Saints? pre-season tour of Norway, thanks to injuries and World Cup absences. After returning from Norway the Saints beat Bournemouth, Exeter City, Millwall and Brentford away but lost at home 5-2 to Lazio. The Saints open their season on Saturday with a home game against Crystal Palace.
The Saints lost in the play-off semi-final on penalties to Derby County last season and will doubtless be challenging for promotion to the Premier League once more.
Tonight's Squad from Southampton:
1. Andrej Pernecky
2. Andrew Giallombardo
3. Joseph Mills
4. Lloyd James
5. Oliver Lancashire
6. Ruud Knol
7. Jhon Viafara
8. David McGoldrick
9. Bradley Wright-Phillips
10. Adam Lallana
11. Adam Hammill
12. Cedric Baseya
13. Matej Rondos
14. Jake Thomson
15. Kyle Davies
16. Josh Dutton-Black
Admission prices for any part of the ground are:
Senior Citizens ?5
WFC season ticket holders are entitled to free entry to one of the three home friendly games on production of Voucher A from their season ticket.