Marc White's side showed their resolute qualities and were certainly good value for their lead
Match report by Dan Stobbart
Marc White said The Wanderers "were punished again for ill-discipline late on"
Woking 0 Dorking Wanderers 1
SURREY SENIOR CUP 11 February 2020
Dorking advanced to the semi-finals of the Surrey Senior Cup after defeating Woking 0-1 in an entertaining affair at Kingfield. Just like last Tuesday, Jack Barham was the match winner, converting a first half penalty after Cards skipper Josh Casey had fouled Matt Briggs.
Marc White named a strong side for the game, and made a trio of changes from the weekend, as Luke Moore, Tom Richards and Elliott Buchanan came in for Dan Gallagher, Niall McManus and Jimmy Muitt.
Wanderers started the game brighter and would carry on looking to get on the front foot throughout the half, Matt Briggs the chief instigator, causing continual problems down the attacking right. He won a succession of corners inside the opening quarter an hour, but it would be Isaac Philpot who had the first real opportunity at goal. Following an impressive burst forward, a swift one-two on the edge of the area with Jack Barham proceeded the defender side-footing narrowly over the bar.
Out of nowhere, Briggs found himself in the thick of the action at the wrong end of the pitch, as his misplaced pass had put Jayden Wareham directly through on goal, but Slav Huk got down rapidly to deny the forward getting a shot off.
Coming up to the half-hour mark the man of the moment Briggs would get reward for his work down the right. Receiving the ball in the area from that side, he looked to quickly turn Josh Casey, which led to a clumsy challenge from the Cards captain and a penalty awarded. Jack Barham stepped up, and firmly placed it to Sam Howes right.
Straight up the other end, Huk had to contend with an awkward wind-assisted long ball, managing to tip it onto the bar. The resulting corner was met by a combination of head and shoulder by Moussa Diarra, the centre half nudging the ball over the bar.
Dorking's good passing and link up's traded off against the more direct approach of the hosts as the game opened up a bit more in the run up to the interval. Max Kretzschmar dispatched a couple of dangerous set pieces from the right side, one flagged for offside, one headed over the bar by Alex Wall. Wanderers would register the better efforts though, after a tantalising cross from Briggs somehow evaded a contact, Tom Richards would then find Jack Barham at the near post, his deft flick well met but caught steadily by Howes. Spurred on by the crowd when in space, James McShane fired a great effort just over the right stantion, before Briggs would again race beyond Casey, but struggle to wrap his foot around his eventual strike, sending it wide.
Half-Time: Woking 0 The Wanderers 1
Jimmy Muitt and Niall McManus came on for Matt Briggs and Luke Moore at half-time as Marc White looked to protect niggles and knocks, whilst Woking manager Alan Dowson looked to turn the game round with the introduction of defender Manny Parry, and more regular first team attackers Jamar Loza and Dave Tarpey.
The latter two set about doing just that as their pace and movement ignited the Cards, and had Wanderers under the cosh right up until the hour mark. The pair had shots blocked ahead of Max Kretzschmar getting down the left and cutting back for Wall, who looked set to tuck the chance away in space, but got underneath the ball, and it flew over the bar. A let off. The storm continued to be weathered, with no let up as balls kept coming in from both channels, and there was a scare when Kretzschmar pressed Huk's play-out from the back and won the ball, but again the stopper reacted quickly to prevent further damage being done.
Elliot Buchanan and Jimmy Muitt both had chances go wide from distance, but save for a couple of through balls not quite coming off from Muitt and Jake Gallagher, it continued to be the hosts who looked the more likely to get a goal, as Dorking's sharpness on the ball had dropped off. The back three remained resolute though, having held out in the early part of the half and sustained that with impressive recovery challenges, the door began to get frequently knocked again as we entered the last ten minutes.
Loza would curl one straight at Huk, Casey's pinpoint delivery found Wall in the middle of the area but he nodded wide of goal, and Kretzschmar struck wide after benefitting from a breakdown in play by Wanderers down the left trying to get out. Tarpey had a shot blocked before feeding Wall who again in a bit of space squandered a good chance, blasting wide.
Woking's recently named 'player of the decade' Gez Sole came off the bench towards the end of the game for Ed Harris, who looked to have picked up a knock, Jake Gallagher dropped into defence for the remaining minutes. Sole received a great reception from home and away supporters alike.
In a nervous final couple of minutes McShane went down under challenge right on the edge of the box, penalty appeals waved away, and the last moment of game saw a final headed opportunity for Woking loop over the bar from a corner kick.
Following the FA Trophy exit at the weekend, the Surrey Senior Cup is very much the last cup competition standing for Wanderers this season. From the selection and performance tonight, they mean business, and despite having to shield a rallied response from Woking in the second half, Marc White's side showed their resolute qualities and were certainly good value for their lead in the first half. In the first ever meeting between the sides, the result adds another National League Premier scalp to the wins against Bromley and Stockport earlier this season in the Trophy. On to the semi-finals, with the opponents to be confirmed in due course, but next up, it's the return to league action as Chelmsford City visit Meadowbank on Saturday.
Woking: 1 Sam Howes, 2 Jack Cook, 3 Josh Casey (c), 5 Ben Gerring (4 Manny Parry 45'), 6 Moussa Diara, 10 Max Kretzschmar, 18 Ben Dempsey, 19 Jayden Harris (7 Dave Tarpey 45'), 20 Josh Neufville, 23 Jayden Wareham (22 Jamar Loza 45'), 27 Alex Wall
Unused Subs: 13 Craig Ross, 8 Kane Ferdinand
Yellow Cards: Wall 20', Kretzschmar 53'
Dorking Wanderers: 1 Slav Huk, 2 Issac Philpot, 3 Sam Beard, 4 Ed Harris (c) (19 Gez Sole 81'), 9 Jack Barham, 10 Elliot Buchanan, 11 James McShane, 14 Jake Gallagher, 15 Matt Briggs (17 Jimmy Muitt 45'), 18 Luke Moore (8 Niall McManus 45'), 20 Tom Richards
Unused Subs: 6 Dan Gallagher, 12 JJ O'Sullivan,
Goals: Barham 28'
Yellow Cards: Harris 23', Beard 65', McManus 84'
Referee: Jonathan Creswick