Cards target cup final

Brian Caffarey
4:41pm, Sun 13th Mar 2016
Woking v Merstham
Surrey Senior Cup Semi-Final
7.45pm on Tuesday 15 March 2016

On Tuesday evening Garry Hill’s side will hope to set aside their recent poor form in the league and reach the final of the Surrey Senior Cup. With no fixture next Saturday, and the side struggling for confidence, Garry can be expected to field a strong side. Come down to the Laithwaite Community Stadium to cheer on the Cards!


The Cards’ 4-0 defeat at league leaders at Cheltenham Town, their sixth straight league loss, was made even harder to take by the fact that Dan Holman scored all four goals against his former club. Woking were well in the game for the first half hour or so but two quick goals before half-time finished the side’s chances of getting anything out of the game and, as so often recently, the scoreline would have been much worse had it not been for some inspired goalkeeping from Jake Cole.

Saturday’s match saw the return of Bruno Andrade but he went off with an injured foot in the second half. Keiran Murtagh will be available for selection, having served out his one-match suspension for his two yellow cards at Eastleigh.

The Cards have reached this stage of the competition as follows:

Woking 10 Sutton Common Rovers 0
Westfield 1 Woking 4 (played at the Laithwaite Community Stadium)
Molesey 1 Woking 3

The other semi-final is between Sutton United and Godalming Town. The winners of the competition receive £2,000 in prize money, with £1,000 going to the runners-up. Losing semi-finalists receive £500.

Woking have won the competition on 12 occasions, most recently in 2013-14 when they beat Metropolitan Police, current holders, 6-0 in the final.


Merstham, last season’s losing finalists, sit 14th in the Ryman Premier League with 49 points from 39 games. They were promoted last season from the Ryman League Division One South through the play-offs, having been promoted from the Combined Counties League at the end of the 2007-08 season.

On Saturday they lost 1-0 away to struggling Needham Market.

Their progress to this stage of the competition has been as follows:

Merstham 3 South Park 0
Badshot Lea 1 Merstham 5
Leatherhead 0 Merstham 4

The Moatsiders have won the competition once, in 2007-08, when they beat Whyteleafe 3-2 after extra time.

They are managed by Hayden Bird and their best-known player is former Bromley stalwart Tutu Henriques, who also coaches the side.


The Cards don’t have a fixture next Saturday, their home game against Grimsby Town having been postponed to Tuesday 19 April. Their next game is on Saturday 26 March when they are at home to Kidderminster Harriers.

Come on, you Cards!

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