SSC (R2)
7:45pm - TuesdayTue 18th JanuaryJan 2011
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Cards try again in county cup

Brian Caffarey
7:01pm, Mon 17th Jan 2011
Whyteleafe v Woking
Surrey Senior Cup, 2nd Round
7.45pm on Tuesday 18 January 2011

Assuming someone’s around to take charge of the team (!), and the Whyteleafe pitch isn’t waterlogged, the Cards travel to Whyteleafe tomorrow (Tuesday) evening in their fourth attempt to play this Surrey Senior Cup tie, their first outing in the competition this season. We are likely to see a young side in Woking colours, with a number of first teamers rested following tough games at Dover and AFC Wimbledon. It appears too that Reiss Noel is ineligible to play, having not been signed in time for the original date for this fixture. So, we can probably expect to see a good number of Woking’s promising youngsters such as Matt Pegler, Josh Watkins and Charlie Turnbull in the Woking line-up.


The Surrey Senior Cup isn’t exactly at the forefront of everyone’s minds at present but it would be good to put out a side capable of beating the ‘Leafe and taking the club into the next round of the county cup. So, a leavening of a few first team regulars, such as Sam Hurrell, who missed Saturday’s game, and Craig Faulconbridge, Alan Inns and Dave Gilroy, who haven’t had much time on the pitch recently, might be a useful precaution.


The ‘Leafe lie one off the bottom of the Ryman League Division One South, having won five, drawn three and lost twelve games, scoring 26 goals and conceding 42, but they have games in hand on most of the clubs above them. In the previous round in the Surrey Senior Cup they beat Banstead Athletic 3-1 away from home. The ‘Leafe went out of the FA Cup at the first attempt, losing 4-3 away to Chipstead. In the FA Trophy they did well to draw 0-0 away at Bognor Regis Town but then crashed to a 6-1 home defeat in the replay. A week ago they lost 3-2 at fellow strugglers Corinthian Casuals, who, as it happens, will be at home in the next round to the winners of Tuesday night’s tie.


Whyteleafe FC
Church Road

Directions, from Whyteleafe’s official website, are as follows:


From Junction 6 of the M25 head north along the A22 (signposted to London, Croydon and Caterham). At Wapses Lodge Roundabout, where the Ann Summers building is clearly visible opposite, take the third exit. Take the first left adjacent to Whyteleafe South railway station and cross the level crossing. Fork right after 200 yards into Church Road. The ground is a quarter of a mile down the road on the right.


From Purley Cross (where the A23 crosses the A22), head south signposted to Eastbourne and the M25. Pass 'My Old China' (Chinese restaurant) on your right and continue under a railway bridge. Follow the A22 through Kenley and into Whyteleafe. At the first roundabout (with Whyteleafe Tavern opposite), turn right and cross a level crossing adjacent to Whyteleafe Station. Take first left into Church Road keeping St Luke Church to your right. The ground is a quarter of a mile up the road on the left.


Due to developments within the ground, on-site parking is now significantly more limited than in the past. There are no parking restrictions along Church Road – however, please have consideration for local residents. In addition there is a large car park at Whyteleafe Railway Station but please do check for charges made by Southern Railway.


Trains leave Woking for Whyteleafe South station at 12 and 46 minutes past the hour, with a change at Clapham Junction. Journey time is around an hour. Alternatively, trains leave at 22 minutes past the hour, changing at Clapham Junction and Upper Warlingham.

Trains leave Whyteleafe South for the return journey at 21.42, 22.12 and 22.41, with changes at East Croydon and Clapham Junction.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. If you’re not travelling to Whyteleafe why not pop down and see the Youth Team take on Harrow Borough in the Ryman Youth League? Kick-off is at 7.30pm and admission is £4 for adults and £2 for concessions. But check that the game is on first! [LATER: THIS GAME HAS BEEN POSTPONED]

Woking bow out of county cup

5:04pm, Wed 19th Jan 2011
Whyteleafe 3 Woking 1
Surrey Senior Cup 2nd Round
18 January 2011

Report by Alan Barnes

This was the fourth attempt at getting this match played, due to a long spell of bad weather. Whyteleafe are currently the lowest level side that we have played this season in competitive football. They are twenty-first in The Ryman League Division One South. The next lowest are Bishops Cleeve, who are sixteenth in a comparable league. This has been a busy month and it was expected that we would use some of our squad players and some youth players in the line-up for this match.

It is not far from Kingston to Whyteleafe in miles but in football terms it is light years away. Only one player who started against Wimbledon was named in the squad at Whyteleafe and only one name in the programme appeared on the night. Around 10 Woking fans attended on a Tuesday evening and they saw Whyteleafe cruise to a comfortable win. I would also hazard a guess that the home goalkeeper was under five feet tall. Instead of celebrating a great win against AFC Wimbledon we are once again surrounded by chaos.

The only plus of the early part of the game was that Pegler was kicking well but no one ever got on the end of his clearances. The shots from both sides were always either wide or too high. Hurrell managed a few runs down the left but nothing came of them.

After twenty-two minutes the overall ‘man of the match’, O’Flaherty, had a good run down the right, easily cut inside and crossed. The first shot hit the post but Gnamore was first to the rebound to slot home to put the home side ahead. The second goal, six minutes later, was almost a carbon copy. Pegler stopped the first shot, with Stripp reacting first.

Half-time: Whyteleafe 2 Woking 0

Woking started the second period better with Blatchford almost turning in a long free-kick. Next Hurrell was in on goal but lost the ball before getting in a shot. Faulconbridge reduced the arrears, but it was a false dawn as the home side got a third.

Around the hour mark Woking strung together nine passes but this was the exception rather than the rule in this match. Woking had two good penalty appeals turned down.

During the latter stages I found myself reading the programme. They had produced a copy of a Committee meeting from 1964. Some items I feel are worth repeating. Headed ‘Friday Nights’, they go on to say: The Darts section may use the club on some nights for matches but must check with the Bingo section first. Another item states that a letter would be sent to the Riding Stables regarding not keeping the toilets clean. It did not say if the problem was the riders or the horses.

Due to circumstances beyond their control this was a difficult night for the Woking players. Therefore they did well to put in any sort of performance at all. I would like to thank Graham and Jimmy for their efforts on our behalf. But all true Woking fans must now get fully behind the players for the rest of the season.

Woking: Matt Pegler, Josh Watkins, Anson Cousins (Aaron Gough 73), Tom Topham (Gavin Miller 65), Callum Eagle, Chris Richards, Jack Blatchford (Josh Griffiths 79), Craig Falconbridge, Charlie Turnbull, Sam Hurrell

Unused subs: Rob Carr, Alfred Ajani

My MOTM: Matt Pegler (pictured)

Attendance: 55

Whyteleafe LINEUP
1Matt Pegler
2Josh Watkins
3Anson Cousins ('73)
4Tom Topham ('65)
5Callum Eagle
6Chris Richards
7Sean Bradley
8Jack Blatchford ('79)
9Craig Faulconbridge
10Charlie Turnbull
11Sam Hurrell
14Gavin Miller ('65)
15Rob Carr
16Aaron Gough ('73)
17Alfred Ajani
18Josh Griffiths ('79)

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