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]

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