THE STORY SO FAR…
Woking joined the Specsavers Surrey Senior Cup, in round two, in November 2016. The Cards got off to a great start, with a 4-0 home win over Walton Casuals. Fabio Saraiva (Former Merstham player, who played for the Moatsiders in the SSC final last year) found the net 3 times, and Delano Sam-Yorke scored too, to make it four.
A 2-0 win over Leatherhead in January, saw The Cards progress to the next round. In the quarter-final, goals from Connor Hall and Charlie Carter, gave Woking a comfortable 3-1 win over local-rivals Knaphill, who play in the Combined Counties Premier Division.
In their first away game of the competition, Woking went behind on twenty-three at Spectrum Football Ground. Charlie Carter, however once more found the back of the net for his team, to score his fifth of the competition. It was a devastating blow for the Combined County underdogs, who hadn’t beaten Woking since 1965 (6-0 in the FA Cup), when Sam-Yorke netted a ninetieth minute winner, to secure The Cards a place in the 2017 Surrey County Cup final.
As for Merstham, their second round 1-0 victory over Godalming Town also got them off to a good start. In round three, they upped their game, scoring five passed Walton & Hersham. Four different Merstham players signed their names of the score-sheet; Bennett, McDonald (Two converted penalties), Henriques and Hall. Two goals for Walton, one in their own net and one in the oppositions, saw the game finish 5-1.
Goals from McDonald and Kavanagh ensured Merstham’s 2-1 win over Whyteleafe in the quarter-final, on Valentine’s Day.
It was an entertaining and exciting game at Westhumble in the semi-final. Ryman South promotion-chasing Dorking Wanderers (now promoted), were on good form, having only lost 1 in 10 across all competitions prior to this encounter. Within the opening five minute, it was a goal-a-piece, as Dan Bennett and Giuseppe Sole both found the net. Merstham however, proved to be the better team on the day, and their 3-2 victory secured their place in the final.
This year is Merstham’s third consecutive final, in the Specsavers Surrey Senior Cup. Last year the Moatsider’s lifted the trophy, after a 4-1 win over Godalming Town. In the year previous, they were runners up to Metropolitan Police after a 2-0 defeat. In 2007/08, Merstham lifted the trophy for the first time, following their 3-2 win against Whyteleafe.
As for Woking, the National League side are 12 times winners and 16 times runners up of the Surrey Cup, and last won the competition in 2013/14 after beating Metropolitan Police, 6-0. In 2011/12, The Cards also lifted the trophy, after beating Sutton United 3-1.
Despite being separated by 50 league positions, and having an inferior cup record, Merstham will fancy their chances, because in the 2015/16 semi-final, they defeated Woking at the Laithwaite Community Stadium to progress to the final.
Woking | Brandon Hall, Jake Caprice, Fabio Saraiva, Terell Thomas, Joey Jones, Nathan Ralph, Kieron Murtagh [C], Kane Ferdinand, Chigozie Ugwu, Delano Sam-Yorke, Max Kretzschmar. Michael Poke, Charlie Carter, Connor Hall, Luke Kandi, Declan Appau.
Merstham | Josh Smith, Simon Cooper, Anton Douglas, Kershaney Samuels, Marc Okoye, Tutu Henriques, Alex Addai, Tom Kavanagh [C], Dean McDonald, Dan Bennett, Reece Hall. Omar Folkes, Kristian Campbell, Zavier Vidal, Michael Abnett, Yannick Makiese.