The Wood are back on the road again this Saturday, November 10 (3pm), when we head to Southport, in the Emirates FA Cup. Here’s our preview… 

Match Details 

Prices for the game are as follows: Adults £10; Concessions £6; 12-18-year-olds £5; Under 11s free.

Tickets are now available for purchase online, click HERE to buy. Once purchased, you can either print the email or show the ticket on your phone at the turnstile.

Southport advise that all supporters purchase their tickets online before the match, although they will be available to purchase in the club shop on the day of the game.

PLEASE NOTE: Everyone who is travelling up on the official supporter’s coaches will have their tickets kindly paid for by the Chairman and do not need to purchase beforehand. You will receive your ticket on the coach, please contact if you require more info.

Team News

Luke Garrard has no fresh injury concerns.

Keiran Murtagh and Danny Woodards have both trained this week and will be available for selection. There will be a late assessment on Femi Ilesanmi.

Bradley Ash has returned following his loan spell with Weston-Super-Mare and will be hoping to continue his current form, having scored in both of his last two matches.

Form Guide

The Wood are now unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions, following Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Play-off chasing Solihull Moors.

A 2-1 win over Bromley and 1-1 draw with Aldershot Town preceded that, with the Wood impressing in all three matches.

The Wood reached this stage of the FA Cup thanks to a second-leg victory over Dagenham & Redbridge.

The Daggers had forced a replay with a late equaliser at Meadow Park, but Jamal Fyfield scored in the replay at Dagenham to ensure our progression with a 1-0 win.

Justin Shaibu was in excellent form in November, netting three times. Joshua Umerah remains our top scorer, with six goals.

Managed by 48-year-old Liam Watson, Southport have remained full-time since their relegation from the National League in 2017.

They currently sit 21st place in the National League North, but have lost just once in their last four matches.

They have won two of those four matches, including an impressive away victory over fourth placed Kidderminster.

One to Watch – Dion Charles

Dion Charles was signed from Football League outfit Fleetwood this year and has grown into an increasingly key figure for Watson.

Charles is a goal-scoring midfielder who has already made nearly 100 appearances in non-league football, at just 23-years-old.

He has scored more than 20 goals from midfield in that time, featuring for the likes of AFC Fylde and Halifax Town, as well as Southport.

Charles also has three international caps to his name, with the Northern Ireland Under 21s.

From the Dugout – Luke Garrard  

“We have done as much homework on them as I would do in a normal National League fixture, we are leaving no stone unturned and we’re giving them the respect that they deserve.

“We know that it is the FA Cup; we had Blackpool come here last year and we were fully focused on progressing through and we know that Southport will have that same idea.

“The FA Cup is such a great competition, it is a leveller. England loves an underdog and everyone in this country will want the underdogs to progress, so I can imagine that Liam Watson is using that tag.

“We know that they are good, and we know that they have got personnel in there who can hurt us.

“We go there fully focused though, there are no excuses come tomorrow, I have said to the boys that we are going there to do a job.

“So, get on the coaches up there – they are heavily subsidised as it is.  Get your family and your mates out, get on a coach and you get free entry into the ground.

“It is an unbelievable initiative and I think that it shows the support that the Chairman gives to this community.”


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