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Brian Caffarey - 20th January 2008

Surrey Senior Cup, Round 3
7.45pm on Tuesday 22 January 2008

Our next home game on Tuesday evening is tremendous value for money: only ?8 admission for adults, ?4 for concessions and ?2 for juniors. These Surrey Senior Cup games are a good opportunity to see a few players who don?t always make the starting line-up, although the size of our squad is such that we?re bound to field a pretty strong team. We?ve got the prospect of home draws all the way now to the final if we can make it.


We know from Frank Gray?s approach to the last tie against Croydon that he will want to put out a strong side and will concentrate on giving a run-out to those members of the first team squad who, for one reason or another, did not play a full 90 minutes on Saturday at Weymouth. So, we can expect to see Ross Worner in goal, Paul Lorraine (returning from suspension) and loan signing Lewis Christon in defence, Jerome Maledon and Izedin Harusha in midfield, and Liam Marum and Giuseppe Sole in attack.


Walton Casuals, managed by Luke Dowling and with Tony Gale as Director of Football, are currently in 17th place in the Ryman Division One South league, the same league as the current holders of the Surrey Senior Cup, Tooting and Mitcham. Their league record reads:

Played 24, Won 5, Drawn 9, Lost 10, Goals For 34, Goals Against 45, Points 24

The Stags are unbeaten in their last three games, having won 3-2 at Whitstable Town, drawn 1-1 at home to Kingstonian and won away 1-0 at Horsham YMCA on Saturday. Nanu Badu and Jamel Carr are in goalscoring form: in the last five games Badu has netted four times and Jamel Carr.

In Round 2 of the Surrey Senior Cup the Stags beat Horley Town at home 5-0.

The Casuals? squad included two former Woking youth team players in defenders Kevin McLaren and Jake Galbraith. Craig Bradshaw, formerly with Portsmouth and Dorchester, is the regular keeper. Max Hustwick is an experienced central defender, formerly with Kingstonian, Walton and Hersham and Lewes. The best known face in midfield is Craig Lewington, who started off at Wimbledon and Brentford before spending time at Kingstonian among a number of other non-League clubs. Jamel Carr, signed in late November from Corinthian Casuals, has plenty of pace on the right of midfield. Up front the experienced Greg Ball has netted some 70 goals since joining from Kingstonian; Nana Badu joined in the summer from Maidenhead United; whilst Portuguese Cristiano Ferreira is said to be quick and tricky ? let?s hope that he?s not quite as good as another Portuguese Cristiano up at Old Trafford!


The Cards have won this competition 10 times, most recently in the 2003/04 season when they beat a good young Sutton United side 2-1 at Imber Court, with goals coming from Amos Foyewa and Steve Ferguson. (It was interesting to note that Ashley Bayes was preferred in goal to Adriano Basso!) The U?s side included Jon Nurse and Nicky Bailey.

Woking won away 4-0 at Croydon in Round 2 of this year?s competition, with goals coming from Gez Sole, Liam Marum, Joe Gatting (penalty) and Jay Gasson. The winners of the tie on Tuesday will be at home in the Quarter Finals to the winners of the tie between Sutton United and Metropolitan Police (last year?s beaten finalists), being played on the same evening. The winners of the Quarter Final tie will be at home in the Semi-Final too and will play one of Molesey, Whyteleafe or Guildford City. Guildford City, managed by Scott Steele and Lloyd Wye and with Jay Gindre, Nick?s brother, in goal, have already booked their place in the Quarter Final with a surprising penalty shoot-out victory over Carshalton Athletic.

Come on, you Cards!

Please note that the Leslie Gosden Stand will not be open for this match.

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