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Woking bow out of county cup

19th January 2011

Woking bow out of county cup Whyteleafe 3 Woking 1
Surrey Senior Cup 2nd Round
18 January 2011

Report by Alan Barnes

This was the fourth attempt at getting this match played, due to a long spell of bad weather. Whyteleafe are currently the lowest level side that we have played this season in competitive football. They are twenty-first in The Ryman League Division One South. The next lowest are Bishops Cleeve, who are sixteenth in a comparable league. This has been a busy month and it was expected that we would use some of our squad players and some youth players in the line-up for this match.

It is not far from Kingston to Whyteleafe in miles but in football terms it is light years away. Only one player who started against Wimbledon was named in the squad at Whyteleafe and only one name in the programme appeared on the night. Around 10 Woking fans attended on a Tuesday evening and they saw Whyteleafe cruise to a comfortable win. I would also hazard a guess that the home goalkeeper was under five feet tall. Instead of celebrating a great win against AFC Wimbledon we are once again surrounded by chaos.

The only plus of the early part of the game was that Pegler was kicking well but no one ever got on the end of his clearances. The shots from both sides were always either wide or too high. Hurrell managed a few runs down the left but nothing came of them.

After twenty-two minutes the overall ‘man of the match’, O’Flaherty, had a good run down the right, easily cut inside and crossed. The first shot hit the post but Gnamore was first to the rebound to slot home to put the home side ahead. The second goal, six minutes later, was almost a carbon copy. Pegler stopped the first shot, with Stripp reacting first.

Half-time: Whyteleafe 2 Woking 0

Woking started the second period better with Blatchford almost turning in a long free-kick. Next Hurrell was in on goal but lost the ball before getting in a shot. Faulconbridge reduced the arrears, but it was a false dawn as the home side got a third.

Around the hour mark Woking strung together nine passes but this was the exception rather than the rule in this match. Woking had two good penalty appeals turned down.

During the latter stages I found myself reading the programme. They had produced a copy of a Committee meeting from 1964. Some items I feel are worth repeating. Headed ‘Friday Nights’, they go on to say: The Darts section may use the club on some nights for matches but must check with the Bingo section first. Another item states that a letter would be sent to the Riding Stables regarding not keeping the toilets clean. It did not say if the problem was the riders or the horses.

Due to circumstances beyond their control this was a difficult night for the Woking players. Therefore they did well to put in any sort of performance at all. I would like to thank Graham and Jimmy for their efforts on our behalf. But all true Woking fans must now get fully behind the players for the rest of the season.

Woking: Matt Pegler, Josh Watkins, Anson Cousins (Aaron Gough 73), Tom Topham (Gavin Miller 65), Callum Eagle, Chris Richards, Jack Blatchford (Josh Griffiths 79), Craig Falconbridge, Charlie Turnbull, Sam Hurrell

Unused subs: Rob Carr, Alfred Ajani

My MOTM: Matt Pegler (pictured)

Attendance: 55

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