Cards try one-way system

Alan Barnes
6:06pm, Wed 4th Nov 2015
Woking 10 Sutton Common Rovers 0
Surrey Senior Cup 2nd Round
3rd November 2015

Woking went into this cup tie having won only once in the last nine matches. Their opponents were currently ninety-five places below them in the non-league pyramid and struggling in the lower reaches of The Combined Counties Premier Division.

The visitors did their best to try to stem the tide and also made the odd trip into the Woking half, but they were totally out-played over the ninety minutes. Credit to them, however, they kept going right to the end and never resorted to an over-physical approach even when they were well and truly out of the game.

The first goal of the night came when Jake Caprice set up Jimmy Keohane and he volleyed home.

The same pairing set up number two on eighteen minutes.

Caprice then ran into the box on twenty-four minutes, the ball slipped from the grasp of the visitors' 'keeper Leigh Bowden, allowing Holman to tap home.

There were a number of near misses before a loose ball in the box was thumped home by Keohane on thirty-eight minutes for the fourth.

Just before the break the home side added a fifth, the overworked Bowden stopping a Dan Holman shot before Keohane netted via a deflection.

Half-time: Woking 5 Sutton Common Rovers 0

If the visitors were hoping for a better second period, things did not get off to an auspicious start for them. Straight from the kick-off , a number of Woking passes found Holman free inside the area for an easy finish to make it six.

The visitors then managed a shot that was easily spotted through the slowly descending mist by a now very chilly Jake Cole in the home goal.

Goal number seven quickly followed. Substitute Bruno Andrade hit a long ball into the box, which was retrieved by Cameron Norman on the right and his cross set up Adam Cunnington for a tap-in on the line.

In the seventieth minute Andrade got on the scoresheet to make it eight.

When the Rovers did get the ball, they were always surrounded by a host of Woking players and unable to find a way through, emphasising the gulf in class between the leagues.

With time running out, substitute Giuseppe Sole decided to get in on the act when he found himself totally in the clear to bag the ninth.

For a little bit of self-respect, it would have been good for the visitors to keep the damage in single figures, but alas it was not to be. Bowden slipped when making a clearance, the ball went straight to Kadell Daniel about twenty-five yards out and he banged it home for one of the best goals of the evening.

It will no doubt have been good for the team's confidence to find the back of the net so frequently during the course of the ninety minutes and also to have a good run-out this week in the absence of a match this coming Saturday. The management and players will be under no illusions as to the step-up in performance which will be required, however, when they return to league action at the Laithwaite Community Stadium next Tuesday night against high-flying Braintree Town, who will be looking to do the double over the Cards following a 2-1 victory in Essex earlier in the season.

WOKING; Jake Cole, Jake Caprice, Brian Saah, Joey Jones, John Goddard, Matt Robinson (Godfrey Poku 46), Kadell Daniel, Dan Holman (Giuseppe Sole 60), Brian Keohane, Adam Cunnington, Cameron Norman (Bruno Andrade 60)

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