7:45pm - MondayMon 13th FebruaryFeb 2012
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Ashford Town (Middx)
Ashford Town (Middx)

Monday night's county cup tie

Brian Caffarey
7:23pm, Sun 12th Feb 2012
Woking v Ashford Town (Middx)
Surrey Senior Cup Quarter-Final
7.45pm on Monday 13 February 2012

The Cards will be hoping that the Kingfield pitch defrosts in time to allow players a competitive run-out on Monday evening before next Saturday’s big game against Dartford. Keep an eye out for further announcements.


With the postponement of the home game against Dorchester Town and the away trip to Weston-super-Mare it’s now a couple of weeks since Garry Hill’s side played their last match, their 2-1 away win at Boreham Wood.

No doubt Garry would have liked to have built on that victory and maintained momentum, especially ahead of the vital game against the Darts, but at least the enforced rest ought to have helped the recovery from injury of Mark Ricketts, Dale Binns, Jay Davies and Paris Cowan-Hall. It would be a considerable boost if any of this quartet were available for the Dartford clash.

Progress so far in the Surrey Senior Cup has seen the Cards gain a 2-0 home win over Merstham and a 3-0 away win at Ash United. The winner of Monday night’s game will be at home to either Carshalton Athletic or Metropolitan Police in the semi-final.


Ashford Town play in the Southern League Division One Central, where they currently sit in 12th position, with nine wins, nine draws, ten defeats and 40 goals scored and 40 conceded. Like Woking, they have not played for a couple of weeks, their last game ending in a 1-0 home win over Leighton Town.

Ashford Town’s progress so far in this competition has come through a 4-0 away win at Egham Town and a 2-1 win at Walton Casuals.

The Tangerines’ squad includes a number of players who have come through their youth set-up, including striker Mark Bitmead, whose goal tally this season is bettered only by Dan Brown, who joined Ashford from Sunday football last summer.


Adults £8
Concessions £4
U16s £2

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Make sure you’ve got next Saturday’s home fixture against second-placed Dartford firmly in your diary!

Cestor settles cup tie

Bob Cumming
9:09am, Tue 14th Feb 2012
Woking 1 Ashford Town (Middx) 0
Surrey Senior Cup – Fourth Round (Quarter Final)
Monday 13th February 2012

After a bright opening twenty minutes, during which the Cards shook off the icicles of their enforced lay-off, the old frustrations of not taking chances then laid heavily and they laboured to break down a very bright Ashford Town outfit.

Andy Little was preferred in goal, Joe McNerney moved to right back to replace Adam Newton, with Mike Cestor (pictured) in his familiar left back spot. Adam Doyle returned to partner Alan Inns at the heart of the defence. Keiran Murtagh, Jack King and Abdallah (Mo) Shariff formed the midfield partnership, whilst Moses Ademola provided the right-sided supply for the double spearhead of Wayne Gray and Elvis Hammond.

In front of 317 supporters the Cards eased Dale Binns and Jay Davies back from injury, but the heavy pitch was too much to allow Paris Cowan-Hall to risk his hamstring, and in the end the protection of Moses Ademola’s (ankle) and substitute Jay Davies’s (calf) injuries meant early baths for both players.

The opening exchanges saw the Cards exhibit some superb interplay and approach work as the midfield trio provided a continual succession of passes, crosses, chips, flicks and lobs, but the front line, despite some intricate weaving and possession play, could not get sufficient power into shots or get them on target.

After only four minutes Woking had a good opportunity after Mo Shariff was brought down in full flight on the edge of the box. The ex-Slough Town and QPR loanee hit a weak free-kick straight at the keeper. Minutes later Elvis Hammond went on a solo run in which he beat at least seven players before crossing straight to a blue shirt. Wayne Gray had a firm squared pass deflected agonisingly wide of the goal by defender Bairoh Conteh.

As the game settled Keiran Murtagh exuded quality with an array of passes and chips that just cried out for someone to finish them off, and he managed to maintain this level of play throughout the game to earn my ‘man of the match’ award. Jack King also had a confident and productive first half. Mo Shariff was lively throughout, gaining possession and skipping past the opposition, and with more luck could have provided a killer pass. However, with so many chances not taken it was not long before Ashford’s confidence improved and the lively, diminutive Pietro Palladino provided a string of opportunities.

Andy Little blocked a Mark Bitmead effort on 20 minutes after Doyle failed to control in the box, and minutes later Ashley Lodge slammed the ball against the corner of the upright and the bar after Alan Inns’s headed clearance dropped invitingly at his feet.

Probably the best Woking chance fell to Wayne Gray, who was set free in the box by a glorious through ball/chip by Jack King, but as the ball dropped Gray hit his first-time effort over the bar. On 29 minutes another excellent King penetrating pass set Elvis Hammond free. He ran into the box, steadied and drove the ball inches wide of the post.

On the half hour Gray set Murtagh up for a curled effort from the edge of the box, which the keeper at full stretch eventually grabbed, and five minutes later good work by Shariff on the left flank set up Murtagh to return the honours with a pass deftly slipped into the stride of Wayne Gray, who scooped his shot wide.

The first half closed with Woking, who should have been ahead, desperately defending as Palladino prompted several Ashford raids with nippy, darting runs and firm crosses.

Half-time: Woking 0 Ashford Town 0

Jay Davies, himself returning from injury, replaced Moses Ademola, who was protecting an ankle injury, at half-time. Shariff moved to the right side of attack with Wayne Gray on the left.

Within three minutes Mike Cestor had picked the ball up in centre midfield, took two strides forward and unleashed a shot that clipped Ashford captain Candeton on the head and flew into the net. Cestor will rightfully claim this one.

Two minutes later nearly brought a second own goal as a Wayne Gray lofted cross was returned into the melee by the head of Joe McNerney, and an unsuspecting Ashford defender sliced the ball just wide of the post.

With the game losing tempo in the second half, Woking made a 66th-minute double substitution and brought on Ola Sogbanmu, returning from his loan period at Farnborough, for the struggling Jay Davies, and Dale Binns, who made a welcome return, replacing Wayne Gray.

Murtagh was still probing with tempting passes and chips and almost set up Sogbanmu for a quick goal but he failed to make contact and nod into the open net.

Adam Doyle was booked on 74 minutes for a second scrappy challenge on the edge of the box, and Bitmead curled the resulting free-kick inches wide. As the game closed Ashford raised their efforts and Bitmead , the tenacious Dan Brown and Ashley Lodge all had chances.

Elvis Hammond showed considerable determination as he chased a deflection into the box and came out of a scrappy challenge with the keeper with the ball at his feet, but his momentum caused him to stumble with an open goal beckoning.

A closing effort by Lodge was held well by Andy Little to defuse a nervy last few minutes.

This game should have blown the cobwebs away and provided the perfect preparation for Saturday’s table-topping match against Dartford here at Kingfield. Woking now entertain either Carshalton Athletic or Metropolitan Police at Kingfield in the semi-final of the County Senior Cup, a competition that all of the senior clubs seem to be taking seriously this year.

Woking: Andy Little, Joe McNerney, Mike Cestor, Keiran Murtagh, Alan Inns, Adam Doyle, Wayne Gray (Dale Binns 67’), Jack King, Moses Ademola (Jay Davies HT’ [Ola Sogbanmu 66’]), Elvis Hammond, Mo Shariff.

Subs not used: Paris Cowan- Hall, Derek Duncan

Goals: Mike Cestor 48’

Cautions: Adam Doyle 76’

Ashford Town (Middx): Paul McCarthy, Harry Knock, Ed Thomas, Russell Canderton, Bairoh Conteh, Jim Mann (Jack Mullan 76’), Mark Bitmead, Ashley Lodge, Dan Brown, Pietro Palladino (Kofi Lockhart-Adams 58’), Alex Duffy

Subs not used: Josh Andrew, Peter Lucking, Tyler Tobin

My MOTM: Keiran Murtagh

Attendance: 317

1Andy Little
2Joe McNerney
3Mike Cestor
4Keiran Murtagh
5Alan Inns
6Adam Doyle
7Wayne Gray ('68)
8Jack King
9Moses Ademola ('45)
10Elvis Hammond
11Mo Shariff
12Dale Binns ('68)
14Jay Davies ('45) ('68)
15Paris Cowan-Hall
16Ola Sogbanmu ('68)
17Derek Duncan
Ashford Town (Middx) LINEUP
1Paul McCarthy
2Harry Knock
3Ed Thomas
4Russell Canderton
5Bairoh Conteh
6Jim Mann ('77)
7Mark Bitmead
8Ashley Lodge
9Dan Brown
10Pietro Palladino ('63)
11Alex Duffy
12Kofi Lockhart-Adams ('63)
14Josh Andrew
15Jack Mullan ('77)
16Perry Lucking
17Tyler Tobin

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