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Cards reach last eight of County Cup

Alan Barnes - 15th January 2014

Cards reach last eight of County Cup Chipstead 2 Woking 6
Surrey Senior Cup 3rd Round
14th January 2014

Despite the recent bad weather, the pitch was in surprisingly good condition for this Surrey Senior Cup match as Woking took on Chipstead, who are currently languishing in 22nd place in the Ryman League Division One South. Given the recent lack of activity for the first team squad, Woking fielded a strong side but the apparent gulf in class was not in evidence initially as a spirited home team took the game to their opponents and deservedly went ahead after thirteen minutes when a mix-up between Sam Beasant in the Woking goal and George Frith, playing in the unfamiliar position of left back, allowed a Chipstead attacker to roll the ball into an empty net.

Woking quickly got down to business after this early reversal and were back on level terms when Giuseppe Sole's shot was spilled by Marshall in the home goal and John Goddard was on hand to tap home. The Cards then took the lead before the interval when Reece Beckles slotted in a loose ball when the home defence failed to clear a cross.

Half-time: Chipstead 1 Woking 2

The second period was played in steady rain throughout as Woking's superior skill and fitness started to tell. Five minutes into the half, Sole finished a sharp passing move to beat the offside trap and coolly slot home before a Kevin Betsy header increased the lead just after the hour mark.

It was now all Woking as Betsy (pictured) added a fifth in the seventy-first minute following a swift move down the right flank before completing a fine hat-trick seven minutes later. To their credit, the home team did not throw in the towel and notched a second shortly after to complete the scoring for the evening.

A straightforward win for Woking, therefore, as was to be expected given the strong side they fielded. It was a useful run-out for a number of the first team squad, however, in readiness for the Skrill Premier fixture at Welling on Saturday. The Kent side will no doubt be doubly determined to perform well given their embarrassment at having become, at home on Tuesday evening, the first team this season to lose to bottom-of-the-table Hyde.

Woking: Sam Beasant, Adam Newton, George Frith, Niall Wright, Adam Brice, Brett Johnson, Anthony McNamee, John Goddard (John Nutter 69), Reece Beckles, Giuseppe Sole (Josh Payne 69), Kevin Betsy

Unused subs: Liam Allen, Joe McNerney

Caution: John Goddard 54


Woking will be at home to Leatherhead in the quarter-finals of the Surrey Senior Cup.
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