FOOTBALL: WOKING fired their way into the second round of the FA Trophy with a battling 2-0 win over Eastleigh on Saturday afternoon.
Piloted by Josh Payne’s man of the match performance and wing man Jack Marriott – who doubled Payne’s opener in the second half – the Cards secured safe passage to a New Year’s tie with Conference North side Oxford City.
Blowing away the cobwebs of that rudderless 2-1 league defeat – played in hurricane conditions – at Forest Green Rovers four days previously, Payne and his team-mates had to dig in during this dogfight of a cup tie against a spirited Spitfires side.
Steve Thompson is a name synonymous with Wembley days at Woking, with the now assistant boss having played in the Cards’ 1997 win.
Thompson is in fact a two-time FA Trophy winner: his first medal coming during a Conference and FA Trophy double winning season with Wycombe Wanderers – a feat he believes this current Kingfield crop can replicate this term.
“If you’ve got anything about you then you should want to win the FA Trophy, it’s the Non-League FA Cup,” Thompson said.
“I don’t think the FA Trophy gets in the way of the league at all. We’re out of the FA Cup, we’ve got no Surrey Senior Cup games to play, so it’s not a problem in terms of games.”
“Most of the players may not be as aware but the fans remember. The desire to get to Wembley may put the pressure on but they’re good enough to handle it.”