Woking v Carshalton Athletic
Surrey Senior Cup Semi-Final
7.45pm on Tuesday 6 March 2012
On Tuesday evening the Cards will be bidding to reach the final of the Surrey Senior Cup, a competition which they last won as long ago as the 2003-04 season. Ryman Premier side Carshalton Athletic stand in their way. Come along to Kingfield and support Garry Hillâ€™s side.
Progress so far in the Surrey Senior Cup has seen the Cards secure a 2-0 home win over Merstham, a 3-0 away win at Ash United and a 1-0 home defeat of Ashford Town (Middx). The winner of Tuesday nightâ€™s game will play either Corinthian Casuals or Sutton United in the final.
Garry Hill will no doubt hope that Tuesdayâ€™s game will help his squad play themselves back into some form after Saturdayâ€™s very disappointing 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Maidenhead United. The Cardsâ€™ strikers in particular could do with regaining some confidence in front of goal after a succession of missed chances. Kevin Betsy is ineligible under the rules of the competition, having been signed too recently, but Jack Kingâ€™s three-match suspension doesnâ€™t kick in till next Saturdayâ€™s game against Havant and Waterlooville and Mike Cestor is available, having completed his one-match suspension.
The County Cup is, unfortunately, a shadow of the competition in years gone by but this year prize money is being made available for the first time, with Â£2k going to the winners and Â£1k to the runners-up.
The Robins, managed by Paul Dipre, sit in 14th place in the Ryman Premier League, having won 11 games, drawn 7 and lost 13. On Saturday they lost 1-0 at home to Kingstonian.
Their progress to date in the Surrey Senior Cup has seen them beat Raynes Park Vale 5-1 at home, defeat Whyteleafe 1-0 away and then overcome Metropolitan Police 4-1 at home.
The Robins have done well in other cup competitions this season, the highlight being their defeat of Lincoln City in the FA Trophy.
Carshalton have some familiar non-League names in their squad, including strikers Paul Vines and Dean McDonald, midfielders Tom Davis and Luke Pigden and winger Tony Finn, although the last-named has missed the last couple of games with an injury. Centre-back Justyn Roberts is suspended. Ex-Card Michael Kamara is also in the Robinsâ€™ squad.
Come on, you Cards!
P.S. Donâ€™t forget that the Cardsâ€™ re-scheduled home game against Dorchester Town is on Tuesday 13 March.