Woking 3 Knaphill 1
Surrey Senior Cup Quarter Final
21st February 2017
A much changed Woking side made hard work of beating resilient Combined Counties outfit Knaphill, in front of 484 spectators, on what was a fairly mild night at the Laithwaite Community Stadium. Woking - having won 4 and draw 1 of their last 7, only losing to high flyers Tranmere and Lincoln - went into this game as strong favourites and the divide of 4 leagues was to be reflected by the final score, though a determined Knaphill team at times scared Woking, coming off a poor 0-0 on Saturday. Knaphill made Woking work hard for their goals and looked good coming off a 4-match winless run in the league, giving their large away following a goal to savour in what was the first competitive match between the two sides.
Woking made 9 changes to the side that faced Southport, only retaining Crawley Town loanee Chris Arthur and Max Kretzschmar in the starting eleven. Used substitutes Connor Hall, Dennon Lewis and Macauley Bonne and unused substitutes Charlie Carter and Brandon Hall from the dull stalemate all made the line-up, with Woking fans happy to see the return of defensive brick wall Brian Saah from injury. Knaphill managed by Keith Hills, made 4 changes to his starting eleven that lost to Hartley Wintney bringing in Shelley, Norman, McKinley and Close.
Woking kept possession early on until, after just 90 seconds, Knaphill produced the first half chance of the game, but no Knappers players could reach the swinging cross from the left hand side. Woking endured a relaxing spell of possession and after being awarded a corner which was cleared well by a Knaphill defence that was sitting deep, conjured up the first goal of the game with just 5 minutes on the clock. As the ball was smuggled to a well-positioned Kretzschmar on the edge of the box, Connor Hall cleverly waited on the six yard line and was there to break the deadlock, slotting into the corner after a good save was pushed into his path.
Woking were already beginning to pick holes in the defence and just two minutes after the goal created another clear cut chance, which was unfortunately wasted. After clever build-up play, the ball was put into the path of Connor Hall who squared to Bonne but - with the goal gaping in front of him - could only put it wide for what would have been his first goal for the club. Woking looked in control and continued to put pressure... [ Read More