Casuals have half an eye on history

First published in Football Your Local Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Corinthian Casuals may have set up a Surrey Senior Cup semi-final clash with Sutton United, but boss Kim Harris has insisted it is no more important than any other game.

Casuals came from 1-0 down to beat Walton & Hersham at Stompond Lane on Tuesday night thanks to two goals in the last 15 minutes from Steve Barilli and Paul Honey.

Harris's men, who beat League Two AFC Wimbledon in the previous round, are comfortable in mid-table of the Ryman Division One South and are eyeing a defence of the cup they won by beating Leatherhead in last season's final.

But the King George's Field chief has warned his players they will be playing a dangerous game if they get too far ahead of themselves.

"We want to win league games, but at the same time I don't think we are in any danger of going down," he said.

"We want to win every game we play but it is dangerous to make winning the cup a target.

"Nobody has ever retained the Surrey Senior Cup, so when you think of all the big teams that are in the competition and have won it, that would be a massive achievement.

"It is going to be a massive ask for us to beat Sutton, but I never thought we had a chance against Wimbledon so you never know."

Honey, who hit Tuesday's winner from the penalty spot, could line up against his former club and his contribution, since returning from a broken arm, was not lost on his manager.

"Paul was the difference," said Harris.

"He is so good. Once we got the penalty I knew he would score.

"I know he'll want to be fit to face Sutton, so I think he'll be going on a diet to make sure he isn't embarrassed on the night."

Sutton triumphed 4-1 at South Park with goals from Harry Beautyman, Craig Watkins and Matt Reece - plus an own goal.

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