Brian Caffarey
12:00am, Tue 4th Mar 2008
Woking 3 Sutton United 1
Surrey Senior Cup, Quarter-Final
4 March 2008

Woking ran out 3-1 winners against Sutton United this evening but the game wasn?t made safe till the 88th minute when Jason Norville stooped to head in the Cards? third goal of the night. Woking will now host Whyteleafe in the semi-final, with Kingstonian and Tooting and Mitcham fighting it out in the other tie.

Frank Gray made the expected changes to his line-up, bringing in those first-teamers who had not played a full 90 minutes at Rushden on Saturday. Nick Gindre was in goal; the back four were Damian Batt, Matt Ruby, Jay Gasson and Danny Bunce; the midfield comprised Goma Lambu, Bradley Quamina, Jerome Maledon and Adam Green; and Giuseppe Sole and Jason Norville started up front.

Woking got off to a flying start when, in the 10th minute, Gez Sole chased a ball ?over the top?. He beat the keeper to it on the edge of the box, clipped it over him and then dived full length to head home.

The Cards began to play some nice passing football, with Goma Lambu and Adam Green finding plenty of space on the flanks and with Damian Batt making several incisive forward runs. Jay Gasson got a couple of headers in from corners and also had a shot blocked.

From about midway through the first half, however, Woking seemed to begin to lose the plot as passes went astray and moves broke down. Sutton, gaining confidence, began to apply a bit more pressure, with Liam Wright and Jermiele Johnson threatening the Woking penalty area. In the 35th minute the speedy Johnson was quicker to react than the Woking defence to a ball pushed through the back line. Outpacing the defenders, he rounded Nick Gindre and slotted home with his left foot to even the scores. On the stroke of half-time Sutton came close to adding a second as Craig Dundas stuck out a boot and deflected a shot just past the post after more good work by Wright.

Half-time: Woking 1 Sutton United 1

Tom Hutchinson replaced Matt Ruby after the break but the decisive substitution was that of Marvin Morgan for Danny Bunce seven minutes later. Adam Green moved to left back and Gez Sole replaced him on the left of midfield. With only his second touch of the ball Marvin put the Cards ahead two minutes later. Skipping past a defender in the area he somehow squeezed the ball past the keeper with his left foot from what looked a very narrow angle.

In a sudden flurry of goalmouth activity, Adam Green let fly with an excellent 25 yard shot which went narrowly wide before Gez Sole put the ball in the net after a fine move. Unfortunately, Gez had strayed offside as the final ball came across.

It was not all one-way traffic, though, as Sutton continued to work hard and they always looked capable of getting a goal back if they were able to get the ball in behind the Woking defence and use their pace.

Tom Hutchinson went close with a flick from a corner in the 71st minute before, four minutes later, Gez Sole missed a great chance to claim his second goal of the night. Jason Norville played in Marvin Morgan in the box. As the latter was tackled the ball ran free to Gez, some five yards out. His side-footed shot was lifted over the keeper but, unfortunately, over the bar too! In the 77th minute Jason Norville rode four tackles before hitting a post. There was a scare at the other end as Nick Gindre badly fumbled a long-range shot but, thankfully, no Sutton player was following up.

Marvin Morgan went close again twice as he burst through the Sutton defence, lashing a fierce effort into the stand and seeing a goalbound shot deflected by his strike partner?s heel. But it was Jason who wrapped the game up in the 88th minute, stooping to head home a corner from a few yards out.

In the end this was a fairly comfortable victory for the Cards against a spirited Sutton side but Woking ought really to have capitalised on the fine start provided by Gez Sole?s goal instead of letting the U?s back into the game.

Woking: Nick Gindre, Damian Batt, Matt Ruby (Tom Hutchinson, 46), Jay Gasson, Danny Bunce (Marvin Morgan, 52); Goma Lambu, Jerome Maledon, Bradley Quamina (Matt Gray, 80), Adam Green; Jason Norville, Giuseppe Sole

Unused subs: Matt Pattison, Liam Marum

Booked: Goma Lambu, Damian Batt

Attendance: Not announced

My MOTM: No outstanding performer (apart from Marvin Morgan once he came on) but Adam Green probably contributed as much as anyone, in attack and defence.

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