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Cards aim to finish on cup high

Brian Caffarey
6:19pm, Sun 6th May 2012
Sutton United v Woking
Surrey Senior Cup Final
Kingsmeadow (AFC Wimbledon’s ground)
7.30pm on Tuesday 8 May 2012

Can the Cards round off a tremendous season by lifting the Surrey Senior Cup on Tuesday evening? Garry Hill’s side enjoyed emphatic wins over the U’s in the league campaign – 5-0 away and 4-1 at home – but it’s hard to believe that Paul Doswell’s side, beaten in the play-off semi-final today by Welling United, won’t push Woking harder in this cup final.


Garry Hill’s squad, in contrast to Sutton's, will be well rested, with over a week having passed since their final game of the season, a highly commendable 3-2 away win at Chelmsford City. Garry will have a strong squad to choose from, although he will be without the loan players, who will have returned to their clubs and – in Tom Davis’s case – been ineligible anyway.

The Cards last won this competition as long ago as the 2003-04 season, when they beat Sutton United 2-1. In all, the Cards have lifted the Cup 10 times, whilst Sutton have 15 wins to their credit, including six in a row in the 80s.

Route to the Final:

R2 Woking 2 Merstham 0
R3 Ash United 0 Woking 3
QF Woking 1 Ashford Town (Middx)
SF Woking 1 Carshalton Athletic 0


Sutton finished in fourth place in the BSBS, with 74 points from 42 games, 23 points adrift of the Cards. In the semi-final play-offs they lost 2-1 on aggregate to Welling United, who meet Dartford in the final. An interview with Paul Doswell in today’s Non-League Paper suggests that there may even have been some relief on Sutton’s part not to have been promoted, given their anxiety about whether they could afford the huge increase in travelling and other costs involved.

Sutton have a large squad with plenty of depth. The experienced Kevin Scriven is the regular keeper. The defence includes player/coach and former Scottish international Paul Telfer and Sam Page, who has League experience with Leyton Orient and also played in the Conference for Rushden and Diamonds. Another former Orient player, Harry Beautyman, has impressed in midfield this season, whilst Tony Taggart is always a danger on the left. Up front, Craig Watkins, who joined the U’s from the Metropolitan Police, has continued to rattle in the goals, notching 16 this season: we clearly did not see the best of him in his spell at Woking. There are plenty of other striking options in the shape of the burly Craig Dundas, Leroy Griffiths, Stefan Payne and Bradley Woods-Garness.

Route to the Final:

R2 Epsom and Ewell 0 Sutton United 1
R3 Sutton United 6 Godalming Town 0
QF South Park 1 Sutton United 4
SF Corinthian Casuals 1 Sutton United 3


Kingsmeadow Stadium
Jack Goodchild Way
422a Kingston Road

By Coach

The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 5.30pm. £10 for members and £15 for non-members. Phone the Club Shop or email to book your place.

By Car

Take the A3 northbound. At the exit for New Malden/Worcester Park, turn off and go left onto the Malden Road (A2043) towards Kingston. Follow this to the next roundabout. Take the first exit onto the Kingston Road (A2043) and Kingsmeadow is a mile on the left.

By Train

Norbiton is the nearest station, within easy walking distance. You can either change at Clapham Junction or Wimbledon. Some possible trains from Woking include: 17.33 (18.22), via Wimbledon; 17.46 (18.37) via Clapham Junction; 18.03 (18.52) via Wimbledon; and 18.17 (19.07) via Clapham Junction. Trains back via Clapham Junction are at 21 and 51 minutes past the hour; at 06 via Wimbledon; and at 36 via New Malden and Surbiton.

Leave the station via the back exit and take the first left onto Norbiton Avenue. Turn right at the end onto Gloucester Road and walk down to Kingston Road. Turn left, and Kingsmeadow is 400 yards on the right.


£8 Adults
£4 OAPs and U15s

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Please support the Woking FC Beer Festival on 18-19 May: see the website for more details.

Woking finish with a Final Win!

Alan Worth
11:44pm, Tue 8th May 2012
Woking 3 Sutton United 1
Surrey Senior Cup Final
8th May 2012

Woking duly completed this wonderfully successful season with a final win and another trophy to add to the league championship. Sutton will be glad to see the back of the Cards, who have now scored twelve times in three matches against their Surrey rivals this season. Despite plenty of possession the “Us� were rarely able to trouble the Woking back line with Andy Little, back at his former club, in fine form in what proved to be a relatively comfortable win.

Woking’s pace up front was always a threat and, as Sutton tired following their two recent play-off games and finally reduced to ten men, so the Cards looked increasingly likely to score. An unusual lapse at a Sutton corner briefly allowed them back into the game but a third goal made the game safe at the death.

Garry Hill played Adam Doyle at left back with Derek Duncan on the bench and Mike Cestor unavailable due to the end of his loan spell. Keiran Murtagh and Jack King were teamed up in the centre of midfield with Tom Davis cup-tied. Man of the Match Kevin Betsy (pictured) started on the right with Dale Binns on the left. Gez Sole and Paris Cowan-Hall were paired together up front.

Sutton sportingly formed a guard of honour to welcome the Champions onto the pitch – a playing surface in excellent condition after a long season and given its use by both AFC Wimbledon and Kingstonian. Following the necessary formalities Woking started brightly with some early pressure but the first real chance fell to Vassell who, played in by McCrae, opened himself up to attempt to find the net from a tight angle. Andy Little, however, was out quickly to smother the ball.

At the other end Murtagh, enjoying the excellent surface, was able to break up play in midfield and slide a pass through to Sole but the Cards’ top scorer saw his left-foot shot saved by Scriven. It was then Sutton’s turn to attack and again Vassell, cutting in from the right-hand flank, brought a fine save from Little, who turned away his fierce, low shot.

After nineteen minutes Woking broke the deadlock. Some excellent approach play saw Betsy play the ball through the legs of a Sutton defender to Murtagh. His shot was saved but deflected to Cowan-Hall, who scored from close range. Cowan-Hall then almost played in Sole with a tremendous cross-field pass that saw Scriven just beating Gez to the ball.

Two further chances now fell to Kyle Vassell but the Sutton forward managed to blaze both opportunities well over the bar. A long Little clearance saw Sole use his pace to almost turn the ball in and, as the half came to an end, Betsy and Sole both had a couple of half chances as Woking finished strongly following sustained pressure on the “Us� goal.

Half-time: Woking 1 Sutton United 0

Sutton manufactured three early chance at the start of the half – Griffiths fired low and just wide from outside the box following a corner, a Craig Dundas long-range effort was straight at Little and Vassell yet again fired wide as the Woking defence called for an off-side.

It was then Woking’s turn. Kevin Betsy burst through the Sutton midfield to blast his shot just wide of Scriven’s post and another long clearance from Little saw both Cowan-Hall and Sole in on goal but unable to turn in a bouncing ball as the United keeper scrambled the ball away for a corner.

But after fifty-nine minutes Woking increased their lead. Played in by Paris Cowan-Hall, Dale Binns raced through the centre of the Sutton defence to lob the ball past the helpless Scriven.

Shortly afterwards Alan Inns was replaced by Moses Ademola, with Binns moving to left back and Betsy crossing to the left side of midfield. Almost immediately Sutton were reduced to ten men as Paul Telfer hauled down Gez Sole, who had used his pace to beat the Sutton defence and was in in goal. Referee Ward had no option but to produce a red card with Sole for once firing the resulting free-kick against the defensive wall and Jack King then hitting the rebound over the bar.

Two more opportunities followed in quick succession – Murtgah firing wide and Betsy, dispossessing substitute Beautyman but unable to get his shot away. Garry Hill then introduced Elvis Hammond and Wayne Gray in place of Sole and Cowan-Hall, with Hammond immediately getting round the back of the Sutton defence, crossing to Ademola, who fired wide. Ademola again combined with Hammond in the box only to see his curving shot palmed away brilliantly by Scriven. With Gray chasing down every through ball and Hammond’s characteristic trickery, the readjusted Sutton back line were finding life difficult.

But against the run of play Sutton had a lifeline. Andy Little had to punch away a dangerous Taggart free-kick and from the resulting corner substitute Craig Watkins headed in at the near post. The ten men were briefly resurgent again with Taggart shooting wide. But as time ran out so Woking reasserted themselves with a Betsy run just averted by a stretching McKimm and Ademola firing over a Murtagh cut-back.

In time added on Wayne Gray sealed the result – latching on to a Betsy pass, he coolly slotted home his goal and the cup was on its way to Kingfield!

Woking were presented with their medals, the trophy and a very welcome cheque for two thousand pounds to finish this wonderful season in perfect style!

Woking: Andy Little, Adam Newton, Adam Doyle, Keiran Murtagh, Alan Inns (Moses Ademola 63), Joe McNerney, Paris Cowan-Hall (Wayne Gray 68), Jack King, Dale Binns, Giuseppe Sole (Elvis Hammond 68), Kevin Betsy

Unused subs: Derek Duncan, Aaron Howe

Sutton United: Kevin Scriven, Paul Telfer, Craig Braham-Barrett, Steve McKimm, Simon Downer (Anthony Riviere 46), Sam Page (Harry Beautyman 48), Tony Taggart, Craig Dundas, Kyle Vassell (Craig Watkins 73), Romane McCrae, Leroy Griffiths

Unused subs: Bradley Wood-Garness, Wayne Shaw

Sent off: Paul Telfer 64

MOTM: Kevin Betsy

Attendance: 917
1Andy Little
2Adam Newton
3Adam Doyle
4Keiran Murtagh
5Alan Inns ('63)
6Joe McNerney
7Paris Cowan-Hall ('68)
8Jack King
9Dale Binns
10Giuseppe Sole ('68)
11Kevin Betsy
12Moses Ademola ('63)
14Elvis Hammond ('68)
15Derek Duncan
16Wayne Gray ('68)
18Aaron Howe
Sutton United LINEUP
1Kevin Scriven
2Paul Telfer
3Craig Braham-Barrett
4Steve McKimm
5Simon Downer ('45)
6Sam Page ('48)
7Tony Taggart
8Craig Dundas
9Kyle Vassell ('73)
10Romone McCrae
11Leroy Griffiths
12Harry Beautyman ('48)
14Craig Watkins ('73)
15Anthony Riviere ('45)
16Bradley Woods-Garness
17Wayne Shaw

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