Cards hope to bounce back against Southport

CARDS boss Garry Hill hopes that the return of some key figures can get his players back on track when Southport travel down from the Merseyrail Community Stadium to Kingfield on Saturday.

Speaking after the demoralising 2-0 loss at Dover last Friday night, the Woking boss said he was relieved to be getting some of his first-choice players back in contention: “We’re a very young squad [and] we’ve not got too many leaders at the moment, but one of the pluses out of tonight is that Mark Ricketts is back.

“Joey Jones is definitely back now, Keiran [Murtagh] has been playing well, and if we defend properly we’ll regroup before we play Southport at home.”

It’s been a stormy start to the new season up on the Lancashire coast with Southport posting just a solitary win from the opening 13 rounds of fixtures – a 3-0 victory against Altrincham at the end of August.

Despite sitting in the relegation places Sandgrounders’ boss Paul Carden – one of the league’s youngest managers at 36; some 19 years Hill’s junior – has overseen just one defeat in their last four – which came in Saturday’s 4-0 loss against Grimsby Town.

It’s seven games since their last win on the road – which came on the final day of last season away at Welling United to keep them up.

Carden’s men can claim the dubious honour of having the most red cards in the league, with six dismissals to their name already – defender Andrai Jones has collected two of that total.

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