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Woking
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Egham Town
Egham Town

Cards target Surrey final

Brian Caffarey
9:06am, Mon 24th Mar 2014
Woking v Egham Town
Surrey Senior Cup semi-final
7.45pm on Wednesday 26 March 2014

On Wednesday evening the Cards will be attempting to reach the final of the Surrey Senior Cup. Come on down to Kingfield to cheer them on to victory.

WOKING

The Cards have had a week’s rest since their superb win at Luton Town and will no doubt be eager to get out onto the pitch again. Wednesday’s game, in addition to offering the opportunity to end the season with a trophy, looks to be a useful means of dealing with any rustiness before Saturday’s important league fixture at home to Wrexham. Presumably, Garry will give priority, however, to outings for those first team squad members who’ve had less time on the pitch in recent weeks, including Gez Sole, Mike Cestor and Anthony McNamee.

The Cards’ progress so far in this competition has been:

Woking 5 Lingfield 2
Woking 3 Walton Casuals 2
Chipstead 2 Woking 6

The winners of Wednesday’s semi-final will play one of Metropolitan Police or Ash United – who still have to play each other in a Quarter-Final tie – or their semi-final opponents, Merstham, in the final of the competition.

Woking last won the competition in 2011-12 when they beat Sutton United 3-1. Last year Woking went out at the Quarter-Final stage to the eventual winners, Godalming Town.

EGHAM TOWN

Egham Town sit mid-table in the Calor League (Southern League) Division One Central. On Saturday they lost 3-1 at league leaders Rugby Town, which ended a ten-match unbeaten run during which they had kept eight clean sheets.

The Sarnies’ squad includes several players who’ve played at a higher level in non-League, including defender Ryan Lake and strikers Mo Harkin and Reis Stanislaus. There is at least one ex-Card in the shape of former Academy player Jake Galbraith.

Egham Town’s progress so far in this competition has been:

Egham Town 1 South Park 0
Egham Town 5 Horley Town 0
Walton and Hersham 0 Egham Town 2

Egham’s victory at Ryman League South side Walton and Hersham was particularly notable, enabling them to reach this stage of the competition for only the second time in their history.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £5
Children U16: FREE

NEXT UP

The Cards are at home to Wrexham on Saturday 29 March, followed by another home game, v Forest Green Rovers, on Tuesday 1 April. These two home games will be crucial in determining whether Garry Hill’s side can make a late-season push up the league table, so make sure you’ve got the dates firmly in your diary.

Come on, you Cards!

Cards cruise into Surrey final

Alan Barnes
9:53am, Thu 27th Mar 2014
Woking 7 Egham Town 1
Surrey Senior Cup semi-final
26th March 2014
 
Egham Town sit in mid-table of the Calor League (Southern League) Division One Central. As such, they would have come into this game as very much the underdogs against opponents who, nine days earlier, had majestically seen off the runaway leaders of the Skrill Premier on their own ground in front of the TV cameras. To compound the visitors' problems Woking, in preparation for a tough fixture at home to Wrexham this coming weekend, elected to field virtually their strongest side as they had seen no competitive football since their heroics at Kenilworth Road.

The pitch was wet after heavy afternoon rain and there was a small amount of water visible on the playing surface. Unsurprisingly, the home side was soon into its stride and Kevin Betsy in particular was quick to show the gulf in class between the two sides. The first goal duly arrived in the thirteenth minute when Giuseppe Sole (pictured) fired home from close range.

The visitors were looking a little overwhelmed in the early stages but after twenty minutes they finally put a meaningful move together but this was snuffed out by captain Mark Ricketts.

Back came the Cards, who stamped their authority on the game with two further goals, from Scott Rendell and Betsy to make the tie virtually safe by the interval.

Half-time: Woking 3 Egham Town 0

It had been an excellent effort for the visitors to reach this stage of the competition so no doubt damage limitation was as much as they could expect as they lined up for the second half. However, within ten minutes of the restart they found themselves a further two goals behind as first Sole, and then Rendell, added to Woking's tally. Sole then completed his hat-trick in the seventy-sixth minute when substitute Reece Beckles unselfishly played him in. Another replacement, Adam Brice, completed the scoring for the home team with eight minutes remaining.

To their credit, Egham battled away gamely and were rewarded with a late goal in stoppage time which was greeted by the ironic and amusing chant of 'easy, easy' from the small band of away supporters.

A far harder task awaits the Cards this coming weekend against Wrexham as they look to push further up the Skrill Premier table but this game provided some useful match practice for the team. Why not come on down to Kingfield on Saturday to see our local heroes take on the team who not too many years ago were dumping Arsenal out of the FA Cup!

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, John Nutter, Mark Ricketts (Joe McNerney 46), Brett Johnson, Joey Jones (Reece Beckles 18), Kevin Betsy, Keiran Murtagh, Scott Rendell,(Adam Brice 65), Giuseppe Sole, John Goddard.

Unused subs: Niall Wright, George Frith
 
My Man of the Match: Giuseppe Sole
       
Attendance: 124
WOKING LINEUP
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
3John Nutter
4Mark Ricketts ('45)
5Brett Johnson
6Joe Jones ('18)
7Kevin Betsy
8Keiran Murtagh
9Scott Rendell ('70)
10Giuseppe Sole
11John Goddard
BENCH
12Joe McNerney ('45)
14Reece Beckles ('18)
15Adam Brice ('70)
16Niall Wright
17George Frith
Egham Town LINEUP

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