Merstham v Woking
Surrey Senior Cup 2nd Round
7.45pm on Tuesday 11 December 2012
On Tuesday evening the Cards make their third attempt to begin their Surrey Senior Cup campaign with a trip to Merstham. Thatâ€™s assuming of course that the weather doesnâ€™t supervene once more. The Moatsiders currently lie in mid-table in the Ryman League Division One South. Garry will no doubt give priority in selecting his side to those members of his first team squad who did not get ninety minutes on the pitch on Saturday.
Garry Hillâ€™s side have tasted the ups and downs of football in the last couple of weeks, annihilating Farnborough in the FA Trophy 7-0 just over a fortnight ago before being humiliated by the same scoreline at Hyde a week later. But the team recovered superbly to register a 2-0 away win at in-form Lincoln midweek and then grabbed another vital league win with a narrow but deserved 1-0 victory over Stockport County on Saturday. A notable feature of both games was that the Cards managed to keep a clean sheet: something they had managed only once before in the league.
Itâ€™s now time for cup action, with this Surrey Senior Cup tie at Merstham on Tuesday and a testing FA Trophy tie at Saturday at home to Welling United, who, as usual, are showing up strongly in the BSBS.
The winners of Tuesdayâ€™s tie will travel to Farnham Town in the next round.
The Moatsiders, much like Woking (at least until the last two games!), donâ€™t seem to have much difficulty in scoring goals but seem to find it hard to keep a clean sheet. So far, theyâ€™ve scored 36 goals in 18 games but have let in 37. A few weeks ago they were involved in an amazing 6-6 draw away to Walton Casuals, coming back from 6-1 down to share the points. On Saturday they won 3-0 away at Herne Bay, with former Dover player Luke lâ€™Anson netting two goals.
Other 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; and central defender Tutu Henriques, who made over 350 appearances for Bromley.
Tel: 01737 6444046
The Cards Trust is not running a coach to this game.
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.
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).
Reduced admission prices apply for next Saturdayâ€™s Trophy tie against Welling United. A week later (Saturday 22 December) the Cards entertain high-flying Forest Green Rovers when all U16s will be admitted free. Donâ€™t forget too that there is a big game at Kingfield at 1pm on New Yearâ€™s Day when Woking take on Luton Town.