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...then we'll be on our way to Knaphill!


On Tuesday we have a second attempt at playing our county cup tie at Knaphill.

Simon Grier looks forward (once again) to our first ever meeting with Knaphill. Hoping that 20ft of rain doesn't fall on the day like last time...

The town: Village on the north-western outskirts of Woking. It was known for Inkerman Barracks, originally a prison before being converted for military use in the 1890s. It was a military hospital during WW1 before eventually being redeveloped as housing in the 1970s.

The ground: Redding Way, Knaphill, Woking GU21 2AY. Nestled on the eastern edge of Brookwood Country Park it looks like a neat but basic Combined Counties Ground with 100 seats in two small stands. The club's website boasts of a 'superb playing surface' although it didn't stand up to relentless November rain when the game was originally due to be played.

Directions: Driving from Kingston in the evening could easily take an hour, with Google suggesting that heading down the A3 to Burpham and then north through the countryside via Jacobs Well would be better than dealing with the traffic via Byfleet and Woking. By public transport it's a mile's walk from Brookwood station (25 minutes from Surbiton) along the Basingstoke Canal and through the park, or from Woking you can get the Max 34, Max 35 or 91 buses. Our record there: A new opponent for Ks but our last visit to Woking Borough in the Surrey Senior Cup was arguably the club's best moment of the last 17 years - the win over AFC Wimbledon in the 2006 final.

Players to watch: Nathaniel Thomas is top scorer.

Recent form: 14th place in the Combined Counties, including a painful 6-0 defeat to Southall, ought to point to a similar gap in class to that against Camberley who we overpowered 5-0 in the last round but Ks have been upset by opponents at this level before.

Crowd: Hard to find details online of how big a crowd to expect.

Drinking: The Rowbarge in St John's, about a 20 minute walk or short bus ride from the ground, has just been taken over by a Ks fan so you'll be sure of a warm welcome along with pub food and a wide range of drinks. If coming from Brookwood, gastropub The Nags Head is a short detour from the most direct walking route.

Food: Apart from the pubs there is little around the ground other than a Subway inside an Esso station halfway between Brookwood station and the ground.

Published Friday 4th January 2019