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Marc Brewer3 Feb - 00:01
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Bridge over the water for depleted Dial against Thames

Dial boss Steve Brown will be hoping the wave of good fortune will continue this afternoon (3 Feb) when his side travel to Thames United in the quarter-finals of the county cup.

Although it will be the first meeting between the two sides, Dial were scheduled to play United in a league game back in December 2020 before the Guildford and Woking Alliance League was declared null and void due to the pandemic.

Since then, the Worcester Park based side have played in three different leagues and currently top the form guide in the Kingston and District Saturday League Premier Division, having amassed 36 goals in six fixtures; 23 of which have come in their past two league outings.

Similarly, Dial remain unbeaten in league and cup competitions since 25 November 2023, and still have an opportunity to win the treble if they can hold their nerve against United today.

Dial have already beaten Barnes (9-2), Shottermill & Haslemere (3-2) and Tongham (5-1) en route to the quarter-finals, while Thames have edged past Knaphill Athletic (2-1) Manorcroft United (3-2) and Addlestone (1-0), so it’s all to play for at Goals Tolworth at 2pm.

Brown will be without Matt Bunyan, Jordan Carter, Finley Rose-Davies, Connor Auns, Noel Fortune, Harley Rogers, Dave Porcher and Arnie Linturn for today’s county cup clash.

However, the Dial boss remains optimistic that his squad will still have enough strength and depth to put on a solid performance.

Speaking with ahead of the match, Brown said: While it’s unfortunate that we are playing Thames when we're down on personnel, that’s why it’s important to have a strong squad.

“It’s an opportunity for players that haven’t had as many minutes as they would have liked to come into the side and stake a claim for a shirt.

"The players have prepared well for this fixture. Bunners [Matt Bunyan] took the training on Tuesday; it was hard and conducted at a high tempo, so hopefully it will stand us in good stead.

“I’m expecting a tough game against Thames, but we still have enough quality to give a good account of ourselves," added Brown.

For Fans travelling to Goals Tolworth by train, the nearest rail station is Tolworth, which is a few minutes walk from venue. Please check South Western Railway’s live timetable here prior to departure.

For those travelling by car, there is parking available at the venue and along Old Kingston Road.

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