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7:45pm - TuesdayTue 8th JanuaryJan 2013
Merstham | Att: 125

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Fourth time lucky?

Brian Caffarey
7:30pm, Mon 7th Jan 2013
Merstham v Woking
Surrey Senior Cup 2nd Round
7.45pm on Tuesday 8 January 2013

On Tuesday evening the Cards make their fourth attempt to begin their Surrey Senior Cup campaign with a trip to Merstham. The Moatsiders currently lie in 14th place in the Ryman League Division One South. With Woking not having had a game at the weekend, this fixture gives a good opportunity for players to get some time on the pitch in advance of next Sunday’s important league game against Ebbsfleet United.

WOKING

Garry Hill’s side should be in good spirits after a heartening 3-1 win over Luton Town on New Year’s Day. There’s been a boost too in the news of the signing of John Nutter and the extended loan of Billy Knott.

The winners of Tuesday’s tie will travel to Farnham Town in the next round.

MERSTHAM

The Moatsiders, much like Woking, don’t seem to have much difficulty in scoring goals but seem to find it hard to keep a clean sheet. So far, they’ve scored 42 goals in 21 games but have let in 44. On Saturday they drew 1-1 at home to Burgess Hill Town, with the goal coming from Lee Newman. Merstham had mixed fortunes over the holiday period, grabbing a fine 4-2 win at Tooting and Mitcham on Boxing Day but then losing at home to local rivals Chipstead 4-1 on New Year’s Day.

Familiar names in the Merstham squad include striker Mark Nwojeki, who has scored against us for Staines and AFC Wimbledon and is on loan to Merstham from Kingstonian; central defender Tutu Henriques, who made over 350 appearances for Bromley; and former Dover striker Luke I’Anson.

GETTING THERE

Merstham FC
Moatside
Weldon Way
Merstham
Surrey
RH1 3QB

Tel: 01737 6444046
Website: www.mersthamfc.co.uk

The Cards Trust is not running a coach to this game.

By car

The AA recommended route is as follows. Leave the M25 at J8 (signposted Reigate/Redhill) and join the A217. Then turn left again after about 700 yards onto A242 and then left again onto A23 (London/Croydon). After about 800 yards turn right onto Station Road South (signposted Station). Continue forward onto School Hill (look for the brown information sign) and then turn left onto Bletchingley Road. Turn right onto Worsted Green and then right onto Weldon Way. The clubhouse and a small car park are just over 100 yards on your right.

By train

You can either change at Clapham Junction or travel via changes at Guildford and Redhill. Look up www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com for more details. Leave Merstham station by the main entrance (using the footbridge if necessary) and take the road to the left (Station Road South). Go to the top of the road and turn left down School Hill. Take 5th right (Weldon Way).

NEXT GAME

The Cards take on Ebbsfleet United at 1pm on Sunday 13 January. All U16s will be admitted free to this game, so spread the word!

Come on, you Cards!



Woking finally get past Merstham

Alan Worth
11:15pm, Tue 8th Jan 2013
Merstham 2 Woking 5
Surrey Senior Cup Round Two
8th January 2013


After a dreadful start and going two goals behind, Woking at last got their collective act together to score five answered goals and so progress to the next round of the County Cup.

Merstham finally managed to stage this second round fixture after three previous postponements. Woking, with Steve Thompson looking after the side in Garry Hill’s absence, fielded a relatively strong side, with Aaron Howe in goal, a back four of Griffiths, McNerney, Johnson and Cestor, a midfield comprising Parkinson and Frith with Bubb and McCallum on the flanks and Pires partnering Stockley up front.

On a bumpy pitch a good first touch was vital and all too often this seemed to let the Cards down. The hosts were clearly intent on playing football and their pacey forwards led by the diminutive Mark Nwokeji quickly had the defence in trouble. 'Man of the match' Jack Parkinson had to intervene to break up an early attack before Nwokeji was almost through on goal. A last-ditch challenge from Johnson cleared the danger.

But after twenty minutes Merstham took the lead. Fabio Saravia whipped a shot in from the left edge of the box that flew past Howe and into the far corner of the net.

And five minutes later the hosts had doubled their lead. This time it was Nwokeji, played in past a static Cards defence, who looped his shot over Howe and into the net.

Six minutes later Woking managed to pull a goal back. Josh Griffiths’ long cross-field ball was headed back across goal by McCallum for Pires to tap in from close range. But Merstham continued to expose the Woking defence and should have scored a third when Nwokeji yet again was played in behind the Cards’ defence only to blast his shot wide.

On the stroke of half-time Woking were level and they had Mertham’s keeper to thank for the goal. A Mike Cestor header found Jayden Stockley with his back to goal. He turned to smash a volley straight at Anderson but the unfortunate keeper allowed the ball to slip through his fingers and into the net.

Half-time: Merstham 2 Woking 2

No doubt with Steve Thompson’s half-time talk still ringing in their ears, the Cards started the second half on the front foot and continued to control the majority of the remaining forty-five minutes.

George Frith won the ball on the edge of the Merstham box and poked the ball forward to Bubb, who fired home for Woking’s third and the lead within four minutes of the start of the half. A Stockley header following McCallum’s corner was against the post and cleared before McNerney from a further corner headed just over.

Woking added to their lead after sixty-nine minutes. This time, following confusion in the Merstham box after a Parkinson header almost found the net, McCallumn was able to tap home from close range. A fifth followed when substitute Mark Ricketts blasted home a shot from well outside the box and through a crowded defence after yet another Woking corner had been half cleared.

The home side continued to play the ball to feet but were now far less of a threat as Woking continued to dominate possession. A win, a good workout for the side but Bradley Bubb limping off holding a hamstring won’t have helped. This was a far from fluent Woking performance that will need to improve considerably if the Cards are to see off local rivals Ebbsfleet on Sunday.

Woking will now play Farnham Town away in the next round of the Surrey Senior Cup.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Josh Griffiths, Mike Cestor, George Frith, Joe McNerney (Mark Ricketts 68), Brett Johnson, Loick Pires, Jack Parkinson (Adam Doyle 68), Jayden Stockley, Bradley Bubb (Jack Mazzone 78), Gavin McCallum

Unused subs: Kevin Betsy, Liam Allen


Merstham: Lloyd Anderson, Adam Moriarty, Peter Wedgeworth, David Graves, Justin Hemmings (Dean Gunner 61), Tutu Henriques, Troy Williams (Kevin Tauta 72), Dominic Ogun, Mark Nwokeji, Joe Holland (Jack Macleod 61), Fabio Saravia

Unused subs: Elliott Jones


Attendance: 125


MOTM: Jack Parkinson – total commitment, effort and desire from the start.

Merstham LINEUP
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
20Josh Griffiths
3Mike Cestor
5Joe McNerney ('68)
16Brett Johnson
22George Frith
8Jack Parkinson ('68)
9Bradley Bubb ('78)
19Gavin McCallum
7Loick Pires
25Jayden Stockley
BENCH
Liam Allen
6Adam Doyle ('68)
4Mark Ricketts ('68)
11Kevin Betsy
21Jack Mazzone ('78)

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