Tag: Woking

FA Cup Match Of The Midweek: Woking 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion (Brighton Win 3-0 On Penalties)

Kingfield looks decidedly Dickensian this evening. Fog hangs low in the air, silently and slowly covering in a fine mist of moisture. An hour before kick-off, it even feels as if this evening’s FA Cup replay might be in jeopardy, and it wouldn’t be difficult to imagine that at least Brighton supporters wouldn’t be too unhappy if this match were to be put off by a few days or so. A fortnight ago, the Seagulls were, to coin a cliché, flying high. Unbeaten in the league since August and eight points clear at the top of League One, they could perhaps afford to rest a couple of players for a home match against mid-table Blue Square South side Woking… couldn’t they? Well, the answer to this turned out to be a reasonably resounding “no”. The two sides played out a tepid goalless draw a week ago on Saturday, both managing a half-chance upon goal each, so here we are this evening for the rematch. Moreover, Brighton’s unbeaten run in the league came to an end last Saturday at Hartlepool United – the blitheness of a minority of Brighton supporters, who claimed not to care if their team got knocked out of the FA Cup, is starting to feel just a little misplaced now. It has been a jolt to the system, and it places a little more importance upon...

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Video Of The Week: Non-League Special

We’re returning this week to a theme that we touched on a couple of weeks ago, with highlights from some of the matches played in the non-league game over the last few days. We kick off with a top of the table local derby from the Ryman League Premier Division that was played last Tuesday night between Sutton United and Kingstonian. A crowd of not far short of 800 (a remarkable statistic, if we stop and consider that this is being played in effectively the regional seventh division of English football) turned out for this match, with Sutton three points clear at the top of the table and with a chance to extend their lead. Our second match sees us stay in Surrey, for Saturday’s match from the Blue Square South between Woking and Chelmsford City. Both of these teams have had curious seasons so far. Woking could be forgiven for being distracted by their forthcoming FA Cup match against Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday night, with a match against FC United of Manchester being the reward for the winners of that match. For all of their success in the FA Cup this season, however, Woking have stalled in the league so far and sit in a lower mid-table position at present. Chelmsford City are already in the Second Round of the competition and will travel to Wycombe...

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FA Cup Match Of The Week Part Two: Brighton And Hove Albion 0-0 Woking

The dark clouds on the horizon look threatening and not just in the sense that, in the uncovered South Stand at the Withdean Stadium, we’re going the get soaked to the skin at some point this afternoon. Ticket prices have been cut to just ten pounds and this has pushed the crowd for this match up to almost 6,000, but the nagging suspicion is that only the 900 or so Woking supporters away to our right are the only ones that really want to be here this afternoon. For Brighton & Hove Albion, eight points clear at the top of League One, the First Round of the FA Cup is something of a distraction. They have been in outstanding form recently and a home match against a non-league side is a “no win” fixture for them. It’s not a great fixture for Woking either, in all honesty. They’ve been drawn away to the best team in the competition at this stage, but they don’t get the relative compensation of a visit to a nice, shiny modern stadium. Rather, their “big day out” is to a barely converted athletics track with no pubs nearby and no cover in the event of adverse weather. Still, a no-win fixture for one team is a no-lose fixture for their opposition, so the pressure is off Woking this afternoon and may prove to be...

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Videos Of The Week: FA Fourth Qualifying Round Highlights

We’ve got something a little different for our Video Of The Week this week. Match Of The Eighties will be back later on in the week, but for now it seems like as good an idea as any to ease ourselves into Monday morning with some highlights from this weekend’s FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round matches from the weekend just passed. We’re starting off with FC United of Manchester, who were at home yesterday afternoon against Blue Square Premier side Barrow. With the draw for the First Round Proper already having been made, United already knew that their reward for winning this match would be a local derby against Rochdale if they could get past a team two divisions above them. The second match takes us off to The Camrose, where AFC Wimbledon were away to Blue Square South club Basingstoke Town. Wimbledon have made the First Round Proper of the competition for the last couple of years in a row, but haven’t managed to beat a Football League club once there yet. Basingstoke Town, meanwhile, did provide a surprise in the competition in the 2006/07 season, when they beat Chesterfield at Saltergate in the First Round. Wimbledon, for the purposes of clarity, are playing in white. Last but not least, we can stop off at Kingfield for the all-Blue Square South match between Woking and Eastleigh. Woking, of...

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Something Personal About Colin Lippiatt

We didn’t quite realise just how much of an event it was until we arrived at the ground itself. St Albans City had finished in second place in the 2005/06 Blue Square South table behind big-spending Weymouth, but the team had hardly set the local populace alight (the average home crowd for that season remained less than 600 and the club didn’t record a home crowd of over 1,000 people for the whole of the season). The possibility of promotion to the Blue Square Premier, the highest level of football that the club had played at since its formation in 1908, seemed to be an acquired taste for local people and it still felt a long way away, even on the day of the play-off final itself. The opposition, Histon, were a village team from near Cambridge. We even wondered aloud on the way to Stevenage for the match whether the crowd for it would attract many more than 1,000 people. Colin Lippiatt’s team deserved better than this. They might have ended the league season as runners-up to Weymouth, but they ran them close, eventually effectively ceding defeat in the championship race only after a narrow 3-2 defeat at The Wessex Stadium with just a couple of league matches of the season left to play. That the team should be anywhere near the top of the table in the...

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