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Brian Caffarey - 3rd March 2008

Surrey Senior Cup, Quarter-Final
7.45pm on Tuesday 4 March 2008

Our next game at Kingfield on Tuesday evening sees us take on old foes Sutton United, fallen on hard times, in the Quarter-Final of the Surrey Senior Cup. Awaiting us in the semi-final, if we can negotiate the U?s, will be Whyteleafe. With reduced admission prices, this game is great value for money, so come on down to Kingfield once more!


Frank Gray will be looking for an improved performance following the disappointing 2-1 defeat at Rushden and Diamonds and some poor league results. Frank was reported in the Non-League Paper as blaming the defence for errors. That was certainly true of Rushden?s second goal but it has to be said that, in the view of most Woking fans present, the principal problem seemed to lie in midfield, where we conceded possession and territory for much of the game. Frank will want to field a strong side against the U?s but will also want to give a run-out to all or most of the players who did not play the full 90 minutes on Saturday. So, we can expect to see Nick Gindre in goal and probable starts for Adam Green, Goma Lambu, Jerome Maledon, Giuseppe Sole, Jason Norville and Damian Batt.


The U?s, managed since last September by former Basingstoke manager Ernie Howe, have quite a few young players on their books, including striker Ross White, formerly with the Woking Academy. More experienced hands include keeper Phil Wilson, captain John Scarborough and long-serving midfielder Paul Honey.

The U?s had taken ex-Card Karim El-Salahi on loan but he has just been recalled by Eastleigh. Striker Warren McBean has also headed south. A few weeks ago Howe signed Ramsgate striker Stefan Ball. Kevin Davies from Hayes joined as reserve keeper, shadowing Phil Wilson. Zak Graham and Lewis Gonsalves were transferred to Carshalton for a small fee, whilst Jason Henry was released.


The U?s are currently bottom of the Conference South table, having amassed only 20 points from 32 games. They had a very poor start, winning only one of their first ten league games and then proceeding to lose the following ten. Results have been slightly better recently, with a win at Thurrock, a draw at home to Eastleigh and, ten days ago, a 0-0 draw at fellow strugglers Dorchester Town. But they had a disappointing 2-0 home defeat on Saturday at the hands of lowly Bognor Regis Town (for whom Saheed Sankoh made his debut following his move from Kingstonian).


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 that day!) 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. In the last round the Cards had an unconvincing 2-1 home win over Walton Casuals, with both goals coming from Liam Marum. The winners of this Quarter-Final tie will be at home in the semi-final to Whyteleafe, who beat Scott Steele?s and Lloyd Wye?s Guildford City 1-0. In the other Quarter-Final ties Tooting and Mitcham, current holders, beat Merstham and Kingstonian beat Redhill, to set up a semi-final of Tooting and Mitcham v Kingstonian on 11 March.

The U?s have had a comfortable passage so far, with 5-0 and 3-0 home wins over Raynes Park Vale and Metropolitan Police.


Adults: ?8
Concessions: ?4
Juniors (U16) and Students: ?2

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

Come on, you Cards!

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