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Cards looking to cement position in top seven

Glen Harrington
8:15am, Sat 21st Nov 2020
Woking vs Barnet
Vanarama National League
Saturday 21st November

Woking will look to make it two National League wins on the bounce this afternoon when they host a struggling Barnet side at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

The Cards returned to form in emphatic style on Tuesday evening when a brace from Kane Ferdinand, plus goals from Josh Davison, Max Kretzschmar and Slavi Spasov, saw them record a 5-1 away victory at Dover Athletic, the first time Woking have scored five goals away from home in a league match since December 2015, when they beat Gateshead by the same scoreline. The result ended a run of four league games without a win for Alan Dowson’s side and saw them rebound into the play-off places, currently sitting sixth with 14 points. The Cards will be confident of producing another positive result this afternoon. They remain unbeaten at home this season, having won two and drawn two so far, whilst opponents Barnet currently sit just a point above the relegation zone after back-to-back league defeats.

The Bees have taken seven points from seven games so far, with two wins, one draw, and four defeats. Last time out they suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat at home to King’s Lynn Town, with former Card Jamar Loza grabbing a brace, just as he did against Woking last month. Their only positive league results this season have come in narrow wins against Weymouth and Dagenham & Redbridge, plus a goalless draw against Wrexham. They have however made impressive progress in the FA Cup, knocking out League One side Burton Albion two weekends ago, winning 1-0 despite having a man sent-off at the end of the first-half. They’ll be hoping to see their cup form translate into success in the league soon, particularly after finishing in the play-off places last season, taking seventh spot on the points-per-game method before being knocked out at the semi-final stage by Notts County.

Woking – Team News

Dowse made just one change on Tuesday evening with Dave Tarpey coming in for Slavi Spasov. The boss will likely be tempted to stick with the same starting line-up that performed so well at Crabble, but he does have options in the squad should he want to freshen up the side, with the likes of Ben Gerring and Matt Jarvis fit again, whilst Tommy Block is also thought to be close to a return. Malachi Napa remains the only long-term absentee.

Barnet – The Boss

Peter Beadle took over as Barnet boss in the summer following the departure of former manager Darren Currie. A former Football League striker, who played for the likes of Gillingham, Bristol Rovers, Bristol City, and Barnet before ending his playing career in 2005, his first major managerial appointment was at Newport County where he coached between 2005 and 2008. From here he managed the newly formed Hereford FC, guiding the club to three successive promotions before being sacked with the club 12th in National League North. He took close to two years out of the game until joining Barnet in August.

One to Watch

Forward JJ Hooper is a real dangerman having scored four goals already this season, including a brace in a 4-2 defeat against Notts County. The former Newcastle United academy graduate has got an enviable record at National League level having also scored regularly for Bromley and Wrexham in recent seasons, whilst he has Football League experience from his time with Port Vale and Grimsby Town.

Last Time Out

Woking 1-3 Barnet – National League (10th March 2020)

This was the Cards’ final game before the first national lockdown brought a premature end to the 2019/20 season. David Tutonda and Josh Walker fired the visitors into a two-goal lead, Jack Cook pulled one back after heading in a Matt Jarvis cross, before Walker made the game safe with his second deep into stoppage time. The result was a crucial one for the Bees as it ultimately propelled them into the play-off places.

Next Up

The Cards have a week off next week due to Macclesfield Town’s demise before the start of the season. Our next game is at home to Sutton United next Tuesday evening. That’s followed by a tough trip to Notts County the following Saturday.

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Woking deliver second straight thrashing to sting Barnet despite early red card

Haydn Cobb
12:00am, Sat 21st Nov 2020
Woking 4 Barnet 1
Vanarama National League
Saturday 21st November 2020

Woking produced another stunning performance to thrash Barnet at Kingfield, despite seeing Charlie Cooper sent off after half an hour, and climb – temporarily - up to second in the Vanarama National League table.

An early goal from Kane Ferdinand and an own goal by Jerome Binnom-Williams gave Alan Dowson’s team control, but the game was shaken-up when Charlie Cooper picked up two yellow cards in the space of three first-half minutes, the first for stopping a Barnet counter-attack and the second for a foul.

Woking withstood Barnet pressure either side of halftime and struck back to make the game safe through goals from Max Kretzschmar and Dave Tarpey, with Michal Petrasson giving Barnet a late consolation from the penalty spot.

At fulltime Woking had moved up to second in the league, five points behind early pacesetters Torquay United, but were pushed back to third following the late game between Sutton United and Wealdstone.

Dowson will be delighted with his team’s turnaround in form, having lost three and drawn one game in all competitions before Tuesday night’s win over Dover Athletic, while Woking have hit a rich form in front of goal by netting nine goals in the space of two games.

The Cards were able to name an unchanged starting line-up from the impressive 5-1 victory away at Dover last Tuesday, with both Ben Gerring and Matt Jarvis on the bench again.

In a frantic opening few minutes, the visitors fashioned the first attempt on target, but Ephron Mason-Clark’s effort, cutting inside on his left foot from 25 yards out, was comfortably held by Craig Ross.

But it was Woking who took the lead, with smart play to catch the Barnet defence off-guard. Josh Davison won a freekick in the middle of the pitch which was quickly chipped over the Barnet backline by Kretzschmar to Ferdinand who kept his composure to get the ball under control before picking his spot to give goalkeeper Scott Loach no chance.

Ferdinand’s third goal in two games gave Woking the early ascendancy as Barnet struggled to find any rhythm.

Despite Woking’s confident start, it was Barnet’s own poor play which provided the home team’s second goal. After Barnet failed to clear a long throw-in from Jack Cook, the resulting corner from Cooper was headed into the net at the back post by Barnet’s Jerome Binnow-Williams under seemingly little pressure.

The two-goal cushion didn’t stop Woking’s intensity, aside from an Alex McQueen freekick that was held by Ross, but the Card’s afternoon became trickier following a frustrating three minutes.

Cooper was shown a yellow card for stopping a Barnet counterattack, but his game would be over on the half-hour mark when he picked up a second yellow card for a controversial foul in a 50-50 tackle given by referee Sunny Gill. Both sets of players argued the foul could have been given either way, but the referee ruled in Barnet’s favour and duly gave Cooper his marching orders.

The red card handed momentum to Barnet but Woking weathered the initial storm to make it to halftime with a clean sheet intact.

Half-time: Woking 2 Barnet 0

Having recharged and reorganised, with both Tarpey and Kretzschmar dropping slightly deeper to track the full-backs, Woking held a resolute backline while still offering attacks when the opportunity came.

This tactic provided Woking with their third goal of the game when Barnet’s defensive frailties were exposed again.

After conceding a corner from a threatening freekick, the ball was cleared to the edge of the box by Barnet, but they were powerless to stop Kretzschmar from collecting the loose ball, beating a defender and volleying home to give Woking a comfortable advantage with a little under 30 minutes left to play.

To the opposition’s credit, Barnet continued to fight, and were unlucky to not get one back on 65 minutes when an in-swinging freekick from Mason-Clark was flicked on by Anthony Wordsworth but the ex-AFC Wimbledon player’s header rebounded off of the far post and into the arms of a thankful Ross.

In these COVID-19 times, the game became a kind of a milestone given the same fixture last season was Woking’s last before the campaign was ended prematurely by the pandemic.

While the chance of a latecomer to the game was impossible within the ground, any fans tuning into the live stream late could easily make the mistake that Barnet were the team a player down.

Woking’s authority on the game and the score grew as the second half wore on and their last goal was the best of the game as Tarpey grabbed his first of the season.

Tireless work by Kretzschmar to cut inside from the right flank, beating two defenders in the process, allowed him to manufacture space on the edge of the box and find Tarpey cutting in from the left. The Woking forward beat the final defender and delivered a powerful strike to beat Loach to make the game safe.

Dave Tarpey fires home Woking's 4th; pic: David Holmes

A coat of gloss was taken off the result by a late consolation goal for Barnet, with substitute Petrasson converting a penalty on the 89th minute. Kyran Lofthouse, who had been outstanding all game, appeared to trip Xander McBurnie inside the box, but play was allowed to continue with the ball falling to Muhammadu Faal whose shot was saved by Ross.

But referee Gill called play back to award Barnet a penalty, much to Ross’s frustration who was booked for his reaction, with Petrasson converting to deny Woking the clean sheet.

Despite the small blemish, Woking still ended the game worthy winners and deserve full credit for keeping their heads after the red card.

With Woking originally scheduled to face Macclesfield next weekend, they now have 10 days to prepare for home game against Sutton United, aiming to avenge the pair of defeats suffered over their local rivals over last season’s Christmas period.

Woking: 13 Craig Ross; 3 Josh Casey ©, 2 Jack Cook, 6 Saul Shotton, 16 Kyran Lofthouse; 4 Charlie Cooper, 18 Ben Dempsey; 7 Dave Tarpey, 8 Kane Ferdinand, 10 Max Kretzschmar; 25 Josh Davison (14 Slavi Spasov 77)

Unused subs: 5 Ben Gerring, 11 Matt Jarvis, 12 Nathan Collier, 23 Jayden Wareham

Goals: Ferdinand 7, (OG) Binnom-Williams 17, Kretzschmar 63, Tarpey 83

Bookings: Cooper 28, Ross 89

Sent off: Cooper 30

Barnet 1 Scott Loach; 3 Jack Conners (10 Michael Petrasson 55), 7 Alex McQueen (33 Anthony Vasiliou 78), 11 JJ Hooper, 16 Harry Taylor; 18 Wesley Fonguck (14 Muhammadu Faal 72), 19 Xander McBurnie, 26 Jerome Binnom-Williams, 27 Ephron Mason-Clark; 31 Ben Nugent, 40 Anthony Wordsworth

Unused subs: 24 Aymen Azaze, 35 Loic Hernandez

Goals: Petrasson (pen) 89

Referee: Sunny Gill

Man of the Match: Max Kretzschmar – set up two goals and scored another, he was a pain to Barnet’s defence throughout while also providing cover once Woking were reduced to 10 men.

13Craig Ross
16Kyran Lofthouse
3Josh Casey
6Saul Shotton
2Jack Cook
18Ben Dempsey
4Charlie Cooper
8Kane Ferdinand
10Max Kretzschmar
7Dave Tarpey
25Josh Davison ('77)
12Nathan Collier
5Ben Gerring
11Matt Jarvis
14Slavi Spasov ('77)
23Jayden Wareham
1Scott Loach
7Alexander McQueen ('78)
3Jack Connors ('55)
31Ben Nugent
26Jerome Binnom-Williams
16Harry Taylor
18Wesley Fonguck ('72)
19Xander McBurnie
40Anthony Wordsworth
27Ephron Mason-Clark
11JJ Hooper
24Aymen Azaze
35Loic Hernandez
33Antonis Vasiliou ('78)
10Michael Petrasso ('55)
14Muhammadu Faal ('72)

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