Woking v Knaphill
Surrey Senior Cup Quarter-Final
7.45pm on Tuesday 21 February 2017
Garry Hill made it clear following the draw against Southport on Saturday that he would be putting out a side of first-teamers for this fixture on Tuesday and that he was intent on winning the competition. Why not pop down and see the Cards play their near neighbours?
In spite of Garry’s concerns about the draining effect on his players of the heavy pitch at the Laithwaite Community Stadium, he is plainly intent on fielding a strong side on Tuesday. No doubt priority will be given, though, to giving a run-out to those players who have had less game time recently, including some or all of keeper Brandon Hall, Nathan Ralph, Charlie Carter, Max Kretzschmar, Dennon Lewis, Connor Hall and Macauley Bonne. It would be good if the last two in particular had a chance to bag a few goals to give them confidence for the vital league games to come. He will presumably want to ensure that Keiran Murtagh doesn’t pick up his 10th yellow card in this match.
Woking have won this competition on 12 occasions, most recently in 2013-14 when they beat Metropolitan Police 6-0 in the final. Last season they lost in the semi-finals to Merstham, who had Fabio Saraiva and Charlie Penny in their side.
In the previous rounds of this year’s competition the Cards have beaten Walton Casuals 4-0 and Leatherhead 2-0, both at the Laithwaite Community Stadium. Merstham and Guildford City are both already through to the semi-finals. Chertsey play Dorking Wanderers on 28 February in the remaining quarter-final.
The Knappers, managed by Keith Hills, presently sit in 9th place in the Combined Counties League Premier Division, with 45 points from 30 games, having won 14 games, drawn three and lost 13, with 58 goals scored and 56 conceded. They have had a poor run recently, having lost their last three games, most recently last Tuesday, 3-0, at home to Hartley Wintney in the Aldershot Senior Cup.
They had a particularly successful season last year, finishing 5th in the league and reaching the last 32 of the FA Vase.
In the Surrey Senior Cup this season they beat Ashford Town (Middx) away in the 2nd Round and then Tooting and Mitcham away in the 3rd Round, both by 1-0.
The Knaphill squad includes several former Woking players, including George Frith.
The Cards travel to Forest Green Rovers next Saturday. The Cards Trust is definitely running a coach, so ring or email the Club Shop to book, or email Alan Barnes on firstname.lastname@example.org. The Cards’ next home game is an equally tough encounter against high-flying Dover Athletic at 7.45pm on Tuesday 28 February.
Come on, you Cards!