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Celebrate on Wednesday!

Brian Caffarey - 1st May 2017

Celebrate on Wednesday! Woking v Merstham
Surrey Senior Cup Final
7.45pm on Wednesday 3 May 2017

Come down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Wednesday evening to celebrate the Cards’ National League survival and to enjoy a cup final! Winning the Surrey Senior Cup would be a nice way to round off what has been a tough season for everyone concerned with the Club and – if it does prove to be Garry Hill’s last game in charge – an opportunity to thank a great manager, whose affection for the Club is clear to all. And, if you haven’t already handed in your season ticket application, bring it along on Wednesday. The Club’s amazing £99/£20 offer ends on 15 May.

WOKING

There were times this season when even the most optimistic Cards fan must have thought that relegation was looming at the end of the league campaign, but Garry Hill and Steve Thompson continued to believe in their ability to turn things round and gradually moulded a more settled side and instilled greater confidence, determination and team work in a group of players who, though with much individual talent, had hitherto seemed to lack the ability to win when the going got tough. There were still hiccoughs – the potentially morale-sapping defeat at home to Maidstone United is the obvious example – but the Cards’ mid-table form since the turn of the year shows just how much of a turnaround Garry and Steve achieved – and had to do, given the fight which other clubs at the bottom were also putting up.

The Cards can now round off the season with a trophy. The Surrey Senior Cup may not have the allure that it once had but it is a competition with a long and distinguished history. Woking have won the 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: see below.

The Cards’ progress to the Final has been:

Woking 4 Walton Casuals 0
Woking 2 Leatherhead 0
Woking 4 Knaphill 1
Guildford City 1 Woking 2 

MERSTHAM

Merstham ended the season in 14th place in the Ryman Premier League with 56 points from 46 games, registering 15 wins, 11 draws and 20 defeats, scoring 70 goals and conceding 72. Judging from reports of games, their form has been somewhat erratic, mixing fine wins over top-of-the-table teams with under-par performances on other occasions.

Merstham can look back on a very fine FA Cup run, beating Ebbsfleet United at home to reach the First Round Proper before going out at home to Oxford United.

The Moatsiders have also enjoyed another good run in the Surrey Senior Cup, their path to the Final being:

Godalming Town 0 Merstham 1
Merstham 5 Walton and Hersham 1
Merstham 2 Whyteleafe 1
Dorking Wanderers 2 Merstham 3

The Moatsiders’ squad includes the experienced Tutu Henriques, who played over 300 games for Bromley, and tricky winger Alex Addai. Charlie Penny has not featured in recent games, possibly due to injury.


ADMISSION PRICES 

Adult - £10
Concessions/Under 16s - £5 


LAST TIME WE MET

Woking 1 Merstham 3
Surrey Senior Cup Semi-Final
15 March 2016

The Cards went into this match on the back of a poor run, not having won a league game for over two months, and that form continued in a game in which they never really got going. Merstham, mid-table in the Ryman Premier League, defended in depth and broke quickly.

Fabio Saraiva, whose display led to his signing by the Cards in the summer, put them 1-0 ahead before half-time with a characteristically sharp left-footed strike from the edge of the area. The Moatsiders’ lead was doubled shortly after the break when Charlie Penny, also destined to join the Cards’ ranks, thumped the ball home from inside the box from a right-wing cross.

With 25 minutes to go Keiran Murtagh was brought down in the box, John Goddard converting the penalty and Tutu Henriques being sent off.

To cap a miserable evening for the Cards, Callum Willock added a third for the visitors.

Woking: Nick Hamann, Jake Caprice, Brian Saah (Chris Arthur 70) Joey Jones (Bruno Andrade 70), Keiran Murtagh, Giuseppe Sole, John Goddard, Matt Robinson, Joe Quigley (Godfrey Poku 80) Alex Smith, Cameron Norman

Subs not used: Jake Cole, Mark Ricketts

Attendance: 229

Come on, you Cards!
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