Guildford City (1) 1, Woking (0) 2
by Barry Underwood
What a wonderful evening this was at the Spectrum. It had been 52 years since these two local rivals had faced each other in cup action and a bumper crowd of 545 turned up to see if Guildford could broach the four division gap between the sides to claim a place in the Surrey Senior Cup final. Such was the clamour to see the action that kick-off was delayed for ten minutes whilst the large queue outside of the ground was admitted. Woking fielded a strong side. Indeed their first three names on the team sheet had represented England at non-league level. There was of course a large Woking presence on the terrace, but so was there for Guildford, with a large number of locals present inquisitive as to how their side would fare against their more illustrious opponents.
When the match eventually kicked off Guildford made a confident start; closing down the opposition at every opportunity and working hard to keep their shape. It was City who had the first sight of goal on 12 minutes. Robbie Mundow’s strong run ended on the edge of the box but the ball fell to Darryl Siaw whose effort on goal was blocked. A minute later a clinical interchange opened up the City defence but Delano Sam Yorke’s shot was saved well by Kallum Lunn. Woking certainly looked pacey in attack and they looked dangerous every time they went forward. From one such move Sam Yorke saw a back flick effort go just wide of the City post. Then to the joy of the assembled home support the deadlock was broken. A City effort on goal was blocked. The rebound was spun wide to Robbie Mundow whose low cross was expertly turned home by Kiye Martin. Soon after Darryl Siaw put Mundow into a good positon but the Woking defence cleared at the expense of a corner. As the half developed the visitors won two free-kicks just outside of the Guildford box. From the second of these Kallum Lunn again saved well with his legs. In retrospect referee Nigel Lugg’s decision not to award a penalty to Guildford on 36 minutes might well have changed the course of the game. Tom Bingham won the race to a bouncing ball on the edge of the box where he seemed to have been clipped by a fast approaching defender. However referee Lugg, usually a Championship linesman, had other ideas and play was waved on. In the final moments of the half Woking had a great opportunity to equalise when Zac Ansah had a one on one but inexplicably he put the ball wide.
Leading at the interval! Could Guildford’s impossible dream come true? The home side were equally determined after the break but the visitors still looked sharp and an equalising goal looked likely. Inevitably on 55 minutes Woking broke through. From a knockdown Charlie Carter fairly smashed the ball home from close range. To their credit Guildford held their nerve and didn’t capitulate as they might have done. Both Bobby Dormer and Dan Akinwande were excellent in a screening role in front of the defence, which in Dormer’s case was incredible seeing that he had been removed from the pitch on Saturday by ambulance. Capitulate they did not and they nearly hit back in impressive fashion when Tom Booth found the lively Evander Lopes whose low effort from 30 yards was saved at full stretch by Brandon Hall. Lopes was buzzing and minutes later he picked the ball up deep in his own half before embarking upon a 60 yard run which saw him eventually brought down on the edge of the Woking box. There was excitement at both ends as both sides went for the win. Kallum Lunn saved brilliantly with his face (!) at point blank range and unsurprisingly needed treatment afterward. Meanwhile from an excellent free-kick Tom Bingham just couldn’t get the ball down in time when in space in the box. If Woking had thought that they would be facing a long ball side, they were given good evidence on 73 minutes that this wasn’t the case. An exquisite move involving Lopes and Mundow in the middle of the park saw City break forward at speed but sadly the final ball to Dan Akinwande was slightly over hit. City were tiring as the clock ticked round to 90 minutes and with extra-time looming Woking scored their winner. Kallum Lunn initially made a quite fantastic save to keep out a fierce effort from an angle. The ball bounced out beyond the far post where Delano Sam Yorke acrobatically fired home a match-winning goal. A final free-kick into the box from City came to nothing in stoppage time, and the home club’s run in the Surrey Senior Cup was over. Good luck to Woking in the final where they will face either Dorking Wanderers or Merstham.
Team: Kallum Lunn, Tom Booth (David Koduah 90), Darryl Siaw (Lewis Leonetti 56), Greg Haydon, Nemo Adams, Dan Akinwande, Robbie Mundow, Bobby Dormer, Tom Bingham (Matt Brown 74), Kiye Martin, Evander Lopes. Unused sub. Matt Petts.
Referee: Nigel Lugg
Attendance – 545