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In form Cards aiming for three in a row against play-off chasing Barnet

Glen Harrington
6:22pm, Sun 8th Mar 2020
Woking vs Barnet
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 10th March 2020


The Cards will look to win three straight league matches for the first time since August on Tuesday evening, as they entertain Barnet at the Laithwaite Community Stadium, in what is manager Alan Dowson’s 100th competitive game in charge.

It’s been a very good week for Woking with consecutive 2-0 victories at home to Maidenhead United and, even more impressively, away to FC Halifax Town – who had sat third in the table at kick-off. Last time out, goals from Max Kretzschmar and Jake Hyde (yes, really), secured all three points for Dowse’s side and took them up to eighth in the table, outside of the play-off places on goal difference alone. It was Woking’s first away win in the league since November and a first away clean sheet since the opening day of the season when Dagenham & Redbridge were beaten by the same scoreline. The Cards will now look to take that momentum into back-to-back home matches against Barnet and Dagenham next Saturday.

Barnet might be five places behind the Cards in 13th but, make no mistake, the Bees are still more than capable of gate-crashing the top seven and, with so many games in hand on those around them, will have a big say on the play-off places either way. A series of postponements, as well as an FA Trophy run, have left Barnet as many as four games behind those around them. They currently have 51 points from 34 games, four points and three games adrift of Woking. Their recent form is not the best, with just one win in five in all competitions, with that coming against bottom of the table Chorley. However, they are consistently proving themselves hard to beat, with just one league defeat since mid-November, a run of 12 matches. Their last two games have both ended in draws against play-off chasing teams, 2-2 at home to Boreham Wood and 1-1 away to Stockport County.

This is a great time to come and watch the Cards in action so please come along if you can and cheer on the team!

Woking Team News

The Cards were without a number of players against Halifax – Alex Wall dislocated his shoulder against Maidenhead and was subsequently sidelined, whilst Matt Jarvis was supporting his wife who had gone into labour shortly before the game. Godfrey Poku and Manny Parry also remain out. That meant a place on the bench for 16-year-old academy striker Jayden Wareham who made his second league appearance for the club as a late substitute.

Dowse could well stick with a winning team which, other than up front, has remained settled for several weeks – although it will be interesting to see if the boss chooses to rotate after the quick turnaround between Saturday and Tuesday.

Barnet Team News

Against Stockport, the Bees started with the experienced Scott Loach in goal, the former Watford, Ipswich Town and more recently Hartlepool United stopper. In defence was former Aldershot Town full-back Cheye Alexander, long-serving academy graduate Elliott Johnson, who at 25 is already approaching 250 games for the club, ex-Peterborough United man Ricardo Santos, plus one-time England C international Dan Sweeney, who played under Dowse at Kingstonian and Hampton.

In midfield was James Dunne, a summer addition from Swindon Town, Harry Taylor, who had a loan spell with the Cards last season, Dan Sparkes, who Woking fans will be familiar with from Braintree, Torquay and Dagenham, alongside Wesley Fonguck, who like Sweeney spent time on loan at Hampton in 2017. Up front was Simeon Akinola, who has 16 goals in all competitions this season, and the dangerous Paul McCallum, on loan from Solihull Moors, who was lethal for Eastleigh last season as he netted 26 league goals. He has 12 so far this campaign.

Last Time Out

Barnet 2-2 Woking – National League (12th October 2019)


There was heartbreak for the Cards as the home side equalised with virtually the last kick of the game, seven minutes into stoppage time, well beyond the allotted time. Ben Gerring had earlier given Woking the lead, which debutant Mark Shelton doubled ten minutes into the second-half; Mauro Vilhete pulled one back before Ephron Mason-Clark grabbed the home side a point. These two teams last met at the Laithwaite back in November 2014 when the game finished 1-1, Mike Cestor scoring at both ends, with Barnet going onto claim promotion to the Football League.

Admission Prices

• Adults £18
• Over 65s £13
• Disabled (Including carer) £13
• Students (Under 19) £5
• U16s £5

Tickets are available on the turnstiles or in advance online. Remember, our matchday programme will also be on sale for £3. Don’t forget to grab your copy on the way in! You’ll then be able to visit the club shop for more great offers.

Next Up

The Cards next game is at home to Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday. That’s followed a week later by a trip to neighbours Aldershot Town.

Barnet Walker way with 3 points

Liam O'Sullivan
12:00am, Wed 11th Mar 2020
Woking 1 Barnet 3
Vanarama National League
10th March 2020

Woking were looking to regain a play-off place as they welcomed Barnet to the Laithwaite Community Stadium, in a fixture which was Alan Dowson’s 100th competitive game in charge at the club. The Cards were unchanged from their brilliant win at FC Halifax on the weekend, and in a highly anticipated game against playoff chasing rivals, a third win in a row would’ve been massive for the Cards in their chase for a spot in the top 7. A momentous occasion for the Woking manager didn’t turn out as planned however, as Barnet took away all 3 points on a rainy evening at Kingfield, thanks to a goal from Paul McCallum and a double from substitute Josh Walker.

The opening 5 minutes of the match saw Woking’s defence instantly under pressure, when successive attacks gave Barnet a corner, which was cleverly delivered onto the edge of the box. An unmarked Cheye Alexander met the ball with a volley after running from deep, but he was denied by one of the numerous red and white shirts on the goal-line, preventing the visitors from taking an early lead.

Woking responded well though, and enjoyed a spell which presented them with many goalscoring opportunities, including a defended cross which fell kindly to Dave Tarpey (pictured above) on the volley but was deflected, and narrowly missed the target denying the ex-Barnet player a goal against his former side. Minutes later, sharp and precise touch passing from the right flank led to a fantastic opportunity for Woking, when Tarpey found Woking’s top goal scorer Jake Hyde on the edge of the 6-yard box. Hyde couldn’t repeat a goal from the weekend however as his shot on the turn was crucially blocked.

The best chance in the first half for the home side came inside the 17th minute, when Jamar Loza excellently cut inside of Alexander on the left-hand side, and instantly put in a wicked cross with his right foot. The winger’s fantastic play should’ve resulted in a goal when his cross met the head of Kane Ferdinand, but the midfielder mistimed his header and fired it just wide of the post.

The Cards would rue this missed opportunity as the game’s momentum turned once again. This began when a beautifully timed sliding challenge from Moussa Diarra only moments after, stopped a dangerous 1-on-1 situation for Barnet’s top scorer Simeon Akinola.

It was inside the 26th minute when the visitors opened the scoring. Tutonda carried the ball in a rare attack coming from Barnet’s left-hand side, and played a through ball to Paul McCallum who timed his run to perfection, despite pleas of offside from Woking assistant manager Ian Dyer. Ross almost saved the striker’s 1-on-1 effort, but couldn’t get enough contact on it and instead the ball trickled into the back of the net.

For the remainder of the first half, Barnet showed a professional display, defending resiliently and retaining possession well, with captain James Dunne dominating the midfield and keeping it ticking for the away side.

A succession of chances came Woking’s way however in the final minutes of the half, with the first of which coming from a thunderous strike from distance by Tarpey, which took a huge deflection, but goalkeeper Scott Loach adjusted his feet well and got strong hands behind the shot, forcing a corner to Woking. Moments later, another good move fell on a plate for Hyde once again after a teasing cross from Tarpey was cushioned on the volley by the number 9, but somehow the target was completely missed.

James Dunne’s dominant display in midfield was topped off right before half time, when another brilliant Tarpey cross was heroically headed away by the Barnet skipper and kept the score at 0-1 going into half time.

Half-time: Woking 0 Barnet 1

The Bees carried their solid first half performance in the second half, limiting Woking’s attacks and causing the home side to often play route 1 football. Woking kept it a 1-goal deficit thanks to brilliant last ditch defending from Cook and Diarra, denying fantastic chances for substitute Josh Walker on 2 separate occasions.

Just before the hour mark, a silky turn from Tutonda inside Barnet’s half initiated a counter attack for the visitors, which ended up presenting Dunne with a marvellous opportunity in the 18-yard box to double Barnet’s lead, but surprisingly the Barnet captain missed the target with his effort whistling past the right post.

It was evident the visitors were hunting for a 2nd and it was proving to be very difficult for Woking to find their stride. However, great defending from Woking, particularly from Moussa Diarra, was making it a difficult task for Barnet in finding a break through.

With 20 minutes left, the games momentum had turned once again in favour of the Cards, and substitute Matt Jarvis was showing real threat coming off the bench. Inside the 76th minute, the former West Ham man made a darting run down the left flank and whipped in a dangerous cross which had beaten the outstretched Loach. The ball looked as though it would fall perfectly to Loza in a goal-scoring position, but Sweeney intervened crucially which was greeted by cries of handball by the Woking fans.

Referee James Bell saw nothing wrong with the challenge, and almost immediately after, a long ball forward which looked like it would be dealt with by Diarra, was completely missed by the centre back, and gifted a 1-on-1 for Walker. The substitute delicately chipped the ball over Ross, doubling Barnet’s tally in style. This was a cruel moment for Diarra, who was having an exceptional game at the back.

This goal could’ve easily disheartened this Woking side, but they responded well, and with 5 minutes of the 90 left on the clock, Jarvis once again made a powerful run on the left and put in a phenomenal delivery into the penalty area. The towering Jack Cook met it powerfully with his head, and thundered it past Loach to bring it back to 1-2. Hyde was claiming a final touch, but it looked as though the goal belonged to the right back.

With players committed forward, Woking desperately looked for an equaliser, and looked to replicate Barnet’s comeback in the reverse fixture in October, where the Bees snatched an equaliser in stoppage time after being 2-0 down. Instead, despite the Cards’ best efforts, they were caught on the counter attack with so many players forward, and it was once again the substitute Walker who finished it off, placing it into the bottom corner and securing the 3 points for Barnet.

It was a frustrating night for the Cards, and one which could’ve quite easily gone differently had Woking taken their chances in the first half. However, they return to Kingfield this Saturday to face a struggling Dagenham and Redbridge, and keep their promotion chase alive.

Woking: 13 Craig Ross, 2 Jack Cook, 3 Josh Casey ©, 5 Ben Gerring, 6 Moussa Diarra, 7 Dave Tarpey (11 Matt Jarvis 57’), 8 Kane Ferdinand, 9 Jake Hyde, 10 Max Kretzschmar (20 Josh Neufville 68’), 18 Ben Dempsey (23 Jayden Wareham 79’), 22 Jamar Loza

Unused subs: 25 Adam Guest, 16 Shaun Donnellan

Goals: Cook 85’

Bookings: Gerring 65’

Barnet 1 Scott Loach, 2 Cheye Alexander, 3 Elliott Johnson, 5 Ricardo Santos, 6 James Dunne ©, 14 Simeon Akinola (22 Josh Walker 45’), 15 Paul McCallum (8 Charlee Adams 85’), 16 Harry Taylor, 18 Wesley Fonguck (27 Ephron Mason-Clarke 53’), 23 David Tutonda, 26 Dan Sweeney

Unused subs: 11 Dan Sparkes, 20 Mauro Vilhete

Goals: Tutonda 26’, Walker 77’, 94’

Bookings: Walker 51’

Referee: James Bell

Attendance: 1,486 (120 away)

Sponsor’s Man of the Match: Ben Dempsey – picked up many second balls and kept possession well for the Cards.
WOKING LINEUP
13Craig Ross
2Jack Cook
3Josh Casey
5Ben Gerring
6Moussa Diarra
18Ben Dempsey ('79)
8Kane Ferdinand
10Max Kretzschmar ('68)
22Jamar Loza
7Dave Tarpey ('57)
9Jake Hyde
BENCH
25Adam Guest
16Shaun Donnellan
11Matt Jarvis ('57)
20Josh Neufville ('68)
23Jayden Wareham ('79)
Barnet LINEUP
1Scott Loach
2Cheye Alexander
3Elliott Johnson
5Ricardo Santos
23David Tutonda
26Dan Sweeney
6James Dunne
16Harry Taylor
18Wesley Fonguck ('53)
14Simeon Akinola ('45)
15Paul McCallum ('86)
BENCH
8Charlee Adams ('86)
11Dan Sparkes
20Mauro Vilhete
27Ephron Mason-Clark ('53)
22Josh Walker ('45)

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