SSC (Final)
7:45pm - WednesdayWed 30th AprilApr 2014
Kingfield | Att: 832

6 - 0

Met Police
Met Police

Cards target silverware

Brian Caffarey
6:49pm, Mon 28th Apr 2014
Woking v Met Police
Surrey Senior Cup Final
7.45pm on Wednesday 30 April 2014

Can the Cards round off another successful season with some silverware? Come down to Kingfield on Wednesday evening to cheer the team on. It’s a great opportunity too to thank Garry, Steve and the squad for all their hard work and good football this season.


The Saturday Senior Cup, as it is formally known, has a venerable history, with the first competition being played in 1882-83 when Reigate Priory beat East Sheen 2-0. In its early days other winners included Guy’s Hospital, Royal Scots, Townley Park, Nunhead, Metrogas and Summerstown.

Woking first contested the final in 1897-98 when they lost 4-0 to Weybridge. They lifted the trophy in 1912-13, beating Metrogas 2-0, and have since gone on to record 10 more victories, some way behind Sutton United, who have won the competition 15 times, including six wins in succession in the 1980s.


The Cards are in a very upbeat mood following their 4-2 win at Tamworth on the closing day of the league season, which lifted them to 9th place in the table: a terrific achievement, especially when you take into account the side’s slow start to the season.

Woking will be missing Mark Ricketts, whose three-match suspension includes this game (although it doesn’t count towards the three matches!), and Joey Jones, who is recovering from an appendix operation.

The Cards’ progress to the final has been:

Woking 5 Lingfield 2
Woking 3 Walton Casuals 2
Chipstead 2 Woking 6
Woking 7 Egham Town 1

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.


The Met Police finished in 17th position in the Ryman Premier Division, with 58 points from 46 games. On Saturday they lost 1-0 at fifth-placed AFC Hornchurch. They were promoted to the Ryman Premier Division at the end of the 2010-11 season, having lost in four previous play-off finals.

The Met Police’s progress to this final has been:

Met Police 3 Guildford City 0
Dorking Wanderers 0 Met Police 2
Met Police 3 Ash United 0
Met Police 2 Merstham 0

Met Police have won the competition once, beating Dulwich Hamlet 2-1 in 1932-33. Their only other appearance in the final was in 2006-07 when they lost 4-1 to Tooting and Mitcham.

The side is managed by Jim Cooper, who has been with the club for over 10 years. The squad includes former Cards Dan Sintim and Will Salmon.


Adults £10
Concessions £5

The Leslie Gosden Stand will be open and Seafare will be serving up their delicious fish and chips!

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Please support the Woking FC Beer Festival on 20-21 June.

Fine End To A Great Season

Alan Barnes
7:23pm, Thu 1st May 2014
Woking 6 Metropolitan Police 0
Surrey Senior Cup Final
April 30th 2014

Woking ended the season on a high note by winning the Surrey Senior Cup for the twelfth time. The only teams to have bettered this achievement are Dulwich Hamlet (16) and Sutton United (15). Woking also equalled the best score in a final matching Weybridge, who beat West Croydon by a similar scoreline in 1894-95.

The Cards were clearly taking this match very seriously indeed as they fielded their best available side, the only absentee being club captain Mark Ricketts,who had been given his marching orders (for the first time in his career) in the recent away league fixture at Forest Green Rovers. Although Woking were the clear favourites against their Ryman League Premier Division opponents, particularly given their home ground advantage for the final, the Police started brightly against a somewhat lackadaisical Woking side. However, the Cards took the lead on the quarter hour when Scott Rendell steered home a Josh Payne free-kick at the near post. The goal settled the team down and there was only ever going to be one winner thereafter.

Ten minutes later a neat move ended when Kevin Betsy was brought down in the penalty area and Rendell powered the penalty home with the 'keeper going the wrong way. A number of other chances came and went before Giuseppe Sole tucked away a shot five minutes before the break to give Woking a commanding lead.

Half-time: Woking 3 Metropolitan Police 0

The second half was only a few minutes old when a loose ball just eluded Rendell who was looking for an early hat-trick.

The next goal was not long coming, though, as a cross from the left from substitute Reece Beckles, on for Sole, eluded everyone before nestling in the far corner of the net.
The energetic Beckles then just failed to get on the end of a great cross from John Nutter to add to his tally.

To their credit, the Police did not throw in the towel and produced a number of promising moments which might well have seen them on the score-sheet but Sam Beasant in the Woking goal was on hand to scoop up anything that breached the defensive line in front of him.

John Goddard was next to try his luck but hit a post from an acute angle. However, the Cards rubber-stamped their authority with two further goals in the final twenty minutes. First, Brett Johnson, a second half substitute for Mike Cestor, headed home unopposed from a right wing corner before Kevin Betsy completed the scoring ten minutes from time when he elegantly passed the ball into the far corner from the edge of the penalty area.

So, a pleasing end to a season in a match which was only ever going to end in a comfortable victory for the Cards. But what a season it has been. After a far from promising start, the team has performed magnificently under the expert guidance of Messrs Hill and Thompson. Roll on next season. Who knows what heights we might reach!

WOKING: Sam Beasant, Adam Newton, John Nutter, Joe McNerney, Giuseppe Sole (Reece Beckles 47), Kevin Betsy, Mike Cestor (Brett Johnson 60), Josh Payne, Scott Rendell, John Goddard, Keiron Murtagh (George Frith 60)

Unused subs: Andy Little, Niall Wright

Goals: Rendell 14, 26 (pen), Sole 40, Beckles 63, Johnson 72, Betsy 80

My MOTM: Scott Rendell - scored twice, led the line well and was always a threat

Attendance: 832
18Sam Beasant
2Adam Newton
3John Nutter
5Joe McNerney
15Mike Cestor
20Josh Payne
26Keiran Murtagh
11Kevin Betsy
22John Goddard
21Scott Rendell
10Giuseppe Sole
28Andy Little
6Brett Johnson
16George Frith
17Niall Wright
34Reece Beckles
Met Police LINEUP

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