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Cards still searching for overdue league win

Glen Harrington
8:15am, Sat 20th Feb 2021
Barnet vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Saturday 20th February 2021

Woking will be aiming for a first win in eight National League games in a run stretching back to the win over Hartlepool United in mid-December.

The Cards struggled once again on Tuesday evening, as they were comfortably beaten 2-0 by play-off chasing Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground, the fifth time in the last seven league outings that they’ve failed to score a goal. With just five points now separating the Cards from the relegation zone they’ll be hoping that the prospect of a match with one of their fellow strugglers will provide them with a timely boost to move away from trouble.

Barnet have endured a horrid season having picked up just 12 points from their 19 matches and conceding 45 goals. Since losing 4-1 at the Laithwaite Community Stadium in November, they have lost nine out of 11 matches in all competitions, including a 3-1 defeat at Dorking Wanderers in the FA Trophy, a 6-0 thrashing at Chesterfield, and a surprise 3-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Dover Athletic. However, they were able to chalk up an overdue win on Tuesday evening, when they won 2-1 at home to FC Halifax Town. They remain six points adrift of both Weymouth and King’s Lynn Town, but two points ahead of Dover.

Woking – Team News

Dowse will be desperate for good news on captain Josh Casey, who has now been absent for a month, whilst John Goddard is also sidelined. The likes of Malachi Napa, Jamar Loza, and Jonté Smith could start after coming off the bench on Tuesday, with the boss no doubt hoping to restore some confidence to his attacking players ahead of another challenging run of games.

Barnet – The Boss

The Bees are managed by former Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, and England goalkeeper Tim Flowers. He joined the club in mid-December, replacing Peter Beadle, who managed just 16 games in charge. Flowers previously managed Solihull Moors between 2018 and 2020, guiding them to second place in the National League in 2019. Last summer he joined Macclesfield Town, but the club was wound-up before playing a game with Flowers as boss.

One to Watch

Canadian international Michael Petrasso has been Barnet’s standout player this season. The former Queens Park Rangers academy graduate, who had loan spells with the likes of Oldham Athletic, Coventry City, Leyton Orient, and Notts County earlier in his career, is currently on loan from Canadian Premier League club York United. He has scored five goals in 12 appearances so far this season, including three in the last four matches, and one against Woking back in November.

Last Time Out

Woking 4-1 Barnet – National League (21st November 2020)

The Cards put in a scintillating performance as Kane Ferdinand’s stunning opener and an own goal by Jerome Binnom-Williams put the home side firmly in control. Charlie Cooper’s first-half red card threatened to derail their momentum but Max Kretzschmar made the game safe just after the hour mark and Dave Tarpey added a fourth, before Petrasso’s late consolation from the penalty spot.

Next Up

The Cards' next match will be the FA Trophy tie at home to Torquay United next Saturday.

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12:00am, Sat 20th Feb 2021
Barnet 0 Woking 2
Vanarama National League
Saturday 20th February 2021

Woking produced an all-action performance to secure a first Vanarama National League win since December thanks to goals from Jamar Loza and Moussa Diarra.

The Cards took the lead through Loza’s first goal since his return to the club this season, dispatching a 20-yard strike midway through the opening half, before Diarra’s second goal since his own return made the game safe in the second half and sealed a league double against Barnet.

The win marked Woking’s first league victory in over two months to move up to 16th in the table and ends a difficult string of results outside of the promising run in the FA Trophy, which resumes next Saturday against Torquay United.

Alan Dowson made three changes to the starting line-up which fell to defeat at Wrexham during the week, with a refreshed attacking trio of Jonte Smith, Malachi Napa and Loza coming in for Ben Dempsey, Jayden Wareham and Matt Jarvis. Club captain Josh Casey remained out of action through injury, with Craig Ross once again taking the armband.

Despite both teams having struggled for form in recent weeks, the game started at an encouraging tempo with attacking intent from both sets of players. The home side carved out the first effort on goal but Anthony Wordsworth’s back post header on eight minutes nestled safely in Ross’s arms.

Woking’s first spell of sustained pressure resulted in the opening goal, with Diarra seeing a header cleared off the line by Barnet defender Liam Daly, but Woking retained possession with Loza who cut in from the left wing to unleash a right-foot curling effort from the edge of the box that nestled into the bottom right corner. 0-1.

The Cards sustained the pressure from the restart, with Loza going close again with a shot inside the area well blocked by Themis Kefalas, before Ben Gerring picked up a booking for stopping a counterattack.

Barnet continued to probe in the closing minutes of the first half but the visitors stayed resolute to take a merited lead into the break.

Half-time: Barnet 0 Woking 1

With Barnet fired up by manager Tim Flowers, the home side’s aggression spilt over with Courtney Baker-Richardson booked for a foul on Kyran Lofthouse. The extra impetus lost Barnet their discipline, as Woking began to dominate possession.

It resulted in the best period of the match for Woking, with a slick move involving five players resulting in Smith’s half-volley being well saved by goalkeeper Scott Loach. Woking maintained the pressure, as Barnet cleared a goalmouth scramble and Diarra header, as chances stacked up for a key second goal to take control of the game.

After weathering a brief period of pressure from the home side, Woking duly found their second goal through Diarra who poked home from close range after Charlie Cooper’s inviting free kick rebounded off of the far post.

The visitors continued to probe for a third goal, while credit should be given to each team for the high tempo the game was played at throughout the 90 minutes, considering the events off the pitch during the week.

Woking had the best of the chances late on when a pinpoint cross by substitute Matt Jarvis found Max Kretzschmar in the box but his shot was blocked by Daly.

With the midweek home game against Dover Athletic postponed due to the Kent side putting its team on furlough, Woking now have a week to prepare for the FA Trophy quarter-final tie against Torquay at Kingfield.

Barnet 1 Scott Loach; 6 James Dunne ©, 10 Michael Petrasso (14 Muhammadu Faal 70’), 11 JJ Hooper, 15 Themis Kefalas, 19 Xander McBurnie (27 Ephron Mason-Clark 60’), 20 Courtney Baker-Richardson, 26 Jerome Binnom-Williams (7 Alexander McQueen 35’), 29 Myles Judd, 38 Liam Daly, 40 Anthony Wordsworth

Unused subs: 14 Muhammadu Faal, 24 Aymen Azaze

Bookings: Baker-Richardson 53’, Mason-Clarke 78’

Woking: 13 Craig Ross; 16 Kyran Lofthouse, 5 Ben Gerring , 6 Moussa Diarra, 2 Jack Cook; 4 Charlie Cooper, 8 Kane Ferdinand, 10 Max Kretzschmar; 20 Malachi Napa (18 Ben Dempsey 82’), 9 Jonte Smith, 26 Jamar Loza (11 Matt Jarvis 72’)

Unused subs: 12 Nathan Collier, 21 Tommy Block, 23 Jayden Wareham

Goals: Loza 27’, Diarra 67’

Bookings: Gerring 37’, Ross 83’

Referee: Karl Evans

Man of the Match: Moussa Diarra – A superb team performance, highlighted by resolute defending and the vital second goal from the centre back.

1Scott Loach
38Liam Daly
15Themis Kefalas
26Jerome Binnom-Williams ('35)
29Myles Judd
6James Dunne
10Michael Petrasso ('70)
19Xander McBurnie ('61)
40Anthony Wordsworth
11JJ Hooper
20Courtney Baker-Richardson
24Aymen Azaze
4Tyrone Duffus
7Alexander McQueen ('35)
27Ephron Mason-Clark ('61)
14Muhammadu Faal ('70)
13Craig Ross
2Jack Cook
16Kyran Lofthouse
5Ben Gerring
6Moussa Diarra
10Max Kretzschmar
4Charlie Cooper
8Kane Ferdinand
20Malachi Napa ('82)
26Jamar Loza ('73)
9Jonté Smith
12Nathan Collier
21Tommy Block
18Ben Dempsey ('82)
11Matt Jarvis ('73)
23Jayden Wareham

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