Woking pulled further away from relegation danger with a comfortable win over struggling Southport.

Joe McNerny saw his header come back off the crossbar before Sandgrounders keeper Danny Hurst saved from the same player on the rebound.

The hosts went in front when Scott Rendell headed Josh Payne's cross past Hurst.

Keiran Murtagh wrapped up the win with a goal from close range as Woking moved up to 14th.

Post-match: Woking manager Hill

Woking boss Garry Hill told BBC Surrey:

"It was a game we were certainly in control of by having the most opportunities and hitting the post three times in the first half and we had to watch them at 0-0.

"We bossed for long periods in the second half and the first goal was a big boost for us, as was keeping a clean sheet and creating chances. We fully deserved the result."

"It's a very thin dividing line between the sides in this league apart from Luton and Cambridge. But it was a very hard three points today and it gives us nine days to prepare for Luton."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Woking

  • 01 Howe
  • 05 McNerney
  • 02 Newton
  • 03 Nutter
  • 22 Goddard (Jones - 78' )
  • 20 Payne (McNamee - 82' )
  • 04 Ricketts
  • 11 Betsy
  • 26 Murtagh
  • 25 Marriott (Sole - 78' )
  • 21 Rendell

Substitutes

  • 30 Jones
  • 10 Sole
  • 34 Beckles
  • 18 Beasant
  • 14 McNamee

Southport

  • 01 Hurst
  • 05 Flynn (Challoner - 17' )
  • 07 Nsiala
  • 20 Fitzpatrick
  • 10 Ledsham
  • 06 Brown
  • 27 O'Sullivan
  • 18 George
  • 09 Walker
  • 21 Osawe (Brodie - 83' )
  • 15 Hattersley (Mukendi - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Joyce
  • 08 Mukendi
  • 19 Wimmer
  • 25 Brodie
  • 12 Challoner
Ref: Brett Huxtable
Att: 1,504

Match Stats

Shots

15 11

On target

6 4

Corners

0 0

Fouls

6 10

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Woking 2, Southport 0.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Woking 2, Southport 0.

90:00 +2:21

Foul by Scott Brown (Southport).

90:00 +2:21

Joey Jones (Woking) wins a free kick.

90:00 +1:54

Foul by Scott Brown (Southport).

90:00 +1:54

Kevin Betsy (Woking) wins a free kick.

89:03

Foul by Vinny Mukendi (Southport).

89:03

John Nutter (Woking) wins a free kick.

88:02

Attempt saved. Keiran Murtagh (Woking) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

86:48

Attempt saved. Jason Walker (Southport) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

85:32

Offside, Southport. Jason Walker tries a through ball, but Jason Walker is caught offside.

84:11

Attempt missed. Vinny Mukendi (Southport) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Challoner with a cross.

82:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southport. Richard Brodie replaces Osayamen Osawe.

81:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Woking. Anthony McNamee replaces Josh Payne.

80:50

Foul by Giuseppe Sole (Woking).

80:50

Matthew Challoner (Southport) wins a free kick.

79:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Woking 2, Southport 0. Keiran Murtagh (Woking) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kevin Betsy.

78:06

Corner, Woking.

77:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Woking. Joey Jones replaces John Goddard.

77:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Woking. Giuseppe Sole replaces Jack Marriott because of an injury.

74:35

Attempt missed. Josh Payne (Woking) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

74:05

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Southport).

74:05

Jack Marriott (Woking) wins a free kick.

73:48

Attempt saved. Vinny Mukendi (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

69:55

Offside, Southport. Matthew Challoner tries a through ball, but Matthew Challoner is caught offside.

66:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southport. Vinny Mukendi replaces Danny Hattersley.

66:14

Offside, Southport. Jason Walker tries a through ball, but Jason Walker is caught offside.

64:33

Attempt saved. John Goddard (Woking) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

62:15

Attempt missed. Jack Marriott (Woking) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.

60:27

Attempt missed. Jack Marriott (Woking) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

59:05

Attempt missed. Kevin Betsy (Woking) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

58:00

Attempt saved. Aristote Nsiala (Southport) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by John O'Sullivan.

57:39

Corner, Southport.

56:01

Offside, Woking. Jack Marriott tries a through ball, but Jack Marriott is caught offside.

54:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Woking 1, Southport 0. Scott Rendell (Woking) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Payne with a cross.

53:25

Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

52:41

Attempt missed. Josh Payne (Woking) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

51:08

Corner, Woking.

50:11

Attempt saved. Osayamen Osawe (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

48:57

Offside, Woking. Kevin Betsy tries a through ball, but Kevin Betsy is caught offside.

46:03

Attempt blocked. David Fitzpatrick (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:11

Foul by Mark Ricketts (Woking).

45:11

Karl Ledsham (Southport) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Woking 0, Southport 0.

45:00 +3:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Woking 0, Southport 0.

45:00 +2:27

Attempt missed. John Goddard (Woking) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

45:00 +1:38

Foul by Scott Rendell (Woking).

45:00 +1:38

Scott Brown (Southport) wins a free kick.

45:00 +0:56

Attempt missed. Danny Hattersley (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

42:07

Corner, Woking.

41:40

Foul by Scott Brown (Southport).

41:40

John Nutter (Woking) wins a free kick.

41:01

Foul by Scott Brown (Southport).

41:01

Keiran Murtagh (Woking) wins a free kick.

40:49

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Southport).

40:49

Scott Rendell (Woking) wins a free kick.

39:21

Offside, Southport. Luke George tries a through ball, but Luke George is caught offside.

38:56

Corner, Southport.

38:30

Foul by Josh Payne (Woking).

38:30

Karl Ledsham (Southport) wins a free kick.

36:22

Foul by Keiran Murtagh (Woking).

36:22

Scott Brown (Southport) wins a free kick.

35:42

Offside, Southport. Danny Hattersley tries a through ball, but Danny Hattersley is caught offside.

33:20

Kevin Betsy (Woking) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the right side of the box.

32:46

Corner, Woking.

30:38

Foul by Osayamen Osawe (Southport).

30:38

Scott Rendell (Woking) wins a free kick.

30:05

Foul by Scott Brown (Southport).

30:05

Josh Payne (Woking) wins a free kick.

29:49

Attempt blocked. Scott Brown (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

26:27

Attempt saved. Joe McNerney (Woking) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Joe McNerney.

26:20

Joe McNerney (Woking) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Josh Payne.

25:48

Corner, Woking.

25:24

Foul by Scott Brown (Southport).

25:24

Kevin Betsy (Woking) wins a free kick.

24:27

Attempt saved. Josh Payne (Woking) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

22:45

Attempt missed. John O'Sullivan (Southport) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

16:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southport. Matthew Challoner replaces Matthew Flynn because of an injury.

13:59

Attempt blocked. Jack Marriott (Woking) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

10:06

Offside, Southport. John O'Sullivan tries a through ball, but John O'Sullivan is caught offside.

8:24

Corner, Woking.

3:37

Attempt missed. Karl Ledsham (Southport) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by John O'Sullivan.

3:10

Corner, Southport.

1:42

Offside, Southport. Danny Hattersley tries a through ball, but Danny Hattersley is caught offside.

0:43

Foul by Mark Ricketts (Woking).

0:43

Danny Hattersley (Southport) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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