Epsom: 1 (Midmer)
Saturday 1 October: Epsom hosted local rivals Woking in their opening Surrey / Hampshire 1 league game at Therfield School. Woking played in South Prem 2 last season and, as always, were a strong, well-organised outfit. Sean Pearcy flicked them ahead at a 5th minute short-corner and was on 10 minutes was on hand at another short-corner to make it 2-0. Epsom gradually scrapped their way into the game and some chances and short corners were engineered, but Woking’s ‘keeper and defence held out strongly. Epsom started to much better in the second half with some decent possession hockey and more organised pressing. Woking’s defence again proved resilient but the visitors now started to concede a steady stream of short corners. With 10 minutes to go James Midmer deflected home a well-worked routine for 2-1 and Epsom now pressed hard for an equaliser. At another short corner in the closing stages Scott Jones’ reverse stick shot drew a superb save from Woking’s keeper, ultimately protecting the win. Having played some nice stuff, especially in the second half, Epsom were disappointed to lose but Woking showed ruthlessness and defensive resilience and will surely be a force at the top of the league.