Surrey Stalemate

Haran Naresh sees two teams at the foot of the table fail to make a winning breakthrough.

Woking and Southport played out a dire goalless game at Kingfield Stadium.

The result does not help either side’s quest to avoid relegation from the National League.

Jake Caprice produced the first bit of quality for Woking in the 19th minute when he went on a surging run down the right flank from his own half into Southport’s penalty area. He was soon surrounded by Southport players and he mis-controlled the ball to put an end to the attack.

Three minutes later Woking produced their first chance of the game when Chris Arthur swung in a cross which was met by Chigozie Ugwu, who tried to head back across goal for Max Kretzschmar when he could have gone for goal himself.

Deceiving

Woking started to build momentum and in the 27th minute Fabio Saraiva turned brilliantly with his back to goal, deceiving two Southport players before playing a through ball to Ugwu. Ugwu went down in the box but referee Steve Rushton dismissed Woking’s claims for a penalty.

Woking missed a glorious opportunity to take the lead in the 32nd minute when captain Ismail Yakubu headed straight at Southport keeper Magnus Norman from Arthur’s floated free-kick.

The Cardinals had another chance in the 39th minute when Caprice delivered an excellent cross to Ugwu who tried to back-heel the ball into the net but he could only scuff it wide.

Southport started the second half in the ascendency and Lindon Meikle sent in a cross into the box which was easily collected by Michael Poke.

In the 70th minute Keiran Murtagh hit a speculative effort from just outside the penalty area which went over the bar.

Teasing

Southport ended the game strongly and in the 75th minute the lively Meikle put in a good left-wing cross but nobody was there to meet it.

Two minutes from time Jamie Allen delivered a teasing ball into the box which went behind for a corner.

The home side were holding on in the final minutes of the game and they conceded a free-kick on the edge of their own area with second remaining. Meikle took the free-kick but his effort at goal lacked power and was easily gathered by Poke.

Southport nearly took all three points at the death after Kane Ferdinand gave an awful back pass to Andrai Jones who was through on goal but his shot was too close to Poke, who made good save to his left.

Both teams struggled to pass the ball on the muddy, deteriorating pitch in the second half.

Safety

The result leaves Woking one point above the relegation zone in 20th place while Southport are in the relegation zone in 22nd place, two points off safety.

Woking team: Poke, Caprice, Thomas, Jones, Yakubu (Hall 81’), Murtagh, Ugwu, Saraiva, Kretzschmar (Bonne 66’), Ferdinand, Arthur (Lewis 76’)

Southport team: Norman, Higgins, McKeown, Meikle, Jones, Hynes, Allen, Murray, Nolan, White, Stevenson

Referee: Steven Rushton

Attendance: 1,386

 

 

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