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Match Preview | Cards aiming for back-to-back league wins

Glen Harrington
9:15pm, Thu 17th Mar 2022
Barnet vs Woking
Vanarama National League
Saturday 19th March 2022

Woking will be seeking consecutive National League victories for the first time since early October when they travel to Barnet on Saturday afternoon.

The Cards continued their recent improvements under caretaker manager Ian Dyer last weekend, when Nicke Kabamba’s first Woking goal secured a 1-0 win over Maidenhead United, ending a nine-match winless run. It was also the first time since March last year that the Cards have recorded back-to-back league clean sheets following Tuesday’s goalless draw with King’s Lynn Town.

A second-string Woking side, including a mix of youth players and those who have been on the fringes of the starting eleven in recent weeks, were beaten 2-0 at Chertsey Town in the Surrey Senior Cup in mid-week, but Dyer will likely revert to a full-strength team for their trip to the Hive. Kyran Lofthouse and Jermaine Anderson are the only players currently sidelined through injury.

Opposition Watch

Barnet are currently one point and one place above the Cards in the league standings, with 38 points from 32 games, already seven points more than they recorded in the whole of last season. They have been in reasonable form of late, winning both their games this month, thrashing bottom club Dover Athletic 6-0, before upsetting play-off chasing Boreham Wood 1-0 last time out. Last month however, they won just one of seven, against Aldershot Town, and went five games without a win.

They are managed by Dean Brennan, the former Hemel Hempstead, Billericay, Kingstonian, and Wealdstone boss, who has been in charge since September following the departure of Harry Kewell after just seven games. After several months as caretaker boss, in February he officially stepped back from his Head of Football role to become Head Coach on a permanent basis.

His squad includes a couple of familiar faces – Harry Taylor and Reece Grego-Cox, a recent addition on loan from Crawley Town, have both had short spells with the Cards. Their top scorer is striker Adam Marriott, who has nine this season, including both goals in the reverse fixture in November.

Recent Meetings

• Woking 1-2 Barnet – 27th November 2021, National League (McNerney)
• Barnet 0-2 Woking – 20th February 2021, National League (Loza, Diarra)
• Woking 4-1 Barnet – 21st November 2020, National League (Ferdinand, Own Goal, Kretzschmar, Tarpey)
• Woking 1-3 Barnet – 10th March 2020, National League (Cook)
• Barnet 2-2 Woking – 12th October 2019, National League (Gerring, Shelton)

On the Day

Ticket information can be found here. Away tickets can be purchased in Stand 66, to view this stands availability please click it after following the link. The price is £22 for adults, £14 for concessions and £5 for under-17s.

'Deja vu' as Diarra and Loza see off Bees at the Hive

William Bewsey
5:15pm, Sun 20th Mar 2022
Barnet 0 Woking 2
Vanarama National League
19th March 2022

The last time Woking travelled to the Hive, the game finished 2-0, with goals from Jamar Loza and Moussa Diarra securing all three points. Not many people would’ve predicted the same scoreline and the same goal scorers on this sunny March afternoon in North London.

Ian Dyer made just two changes from the dramatic 1-0 win against Maidenhead United the week before, with George Oakley and goal scorer Nicke Kabamba replacing Jamar Loza and Inih Effiong, who dropped to the bench. Dean Brennan’s Barnet had recorded an excellent 1-0 win over Boreham Wood on Tuesday night, however, former Woking forward and in-form Bees striker Reece Grego-Cox missed out through injury having got off to a flyer in North West London over the last couple of weeks.

On a glorious afternoon in Edgware, Barnet started the brighter of the two sides, with Ephron Mason-Clark trying to set the tempo. After being played through on goal with just six minutes on the clock, the England C international’s low shot was excellently saved by the feet of former Bees keeper Craig Ross. Following a succession of corners, Woking managed to counter, and Tyreke Johnson drove towards goal, unleashing a fierce shot which had to be tipped over by Aymen Azaze for the Cards’ first corner of the game.

Max Kretzschmar’s delivery to the back post caused chaos as Azaze lost out to Oakley in the air, and the ball fell to Diarra, who poked the ball into the back of the net to spark jubilation from the Woking fans assembled behind the goal.

A few minutes later, Ryan De Havilland’s shot from yet another Barnet corner flew wide, and the midfielder was at it again minutes later, his delivery from a free kick almost finding Jamie Turley at the back post. Barnet were consistently getting free kicks just outside the box, and the experience of Tom Champion and Diarra appeared to be showing on many occasions.

Mason-Clark was first into the book just past the half hour mark, his late challenge on Kretzschmar earning himself a yellow card, and the forward tested Ross in the Woking net again with a low drive a minute later.

As half time edged closer, a poor clearance from Azaze saw Johnson find Rohan Ince, but his shot following a neat turn was well blocked by Stevenage loanee Ross Marshall. Half time came shortly after, with Woking quietly content with their 1-0 lead.

Half-time: Barnet 0 Woking 1

After half time, it took both sides a bit of time to get up the pitch and attack, with the game turning into something of a midfield battle.

However, with ten minutes of the second half gone, Barnet saw Mason-Clark finally put the ball past Ross, only for the referee to signal for a free kick to the Bees on the edge of the box instead following an earlier foul. Rob Hall was over the free kick, but the former Oxford United winger was denied by Ross, who parried the ball away from danger.

Johnson made way for Jamar Loza with almost seventy minutes played, with Barnet also making a change, Hall being replaced by Louis Walsh, as Dean Brennan looked to find the X Factor needed to draw the Bees level.

But it was Woking who had the chance to kill the game with 15 minutes left. Loza was found from the left, and his run saw him one on one with Azaze, but he dragged his left footed shot straight down the keeper’s throat.

Loza tested Azaze again minutes later, with his shot being turned around the post by the Barnet stopper. Sam Beard’s free kick diverted off a Woking player and could’ve gone anywhere, but luckily, the ball nestled into the arms of Craig Ross.

That would prove to be Barnet’s last chance to equalise. Brilliant work by substitute Inih Effiong found Loza, and this time he drove into the box and calmly slotted the ball past the dive of Azaze. The Jamaican and his teammates rushed towards the opposite goal to celebrate with the travelling Woking fans, and relief was felt through the away end, as the Cards looked set to take all three points back to Surrey.

Jamar Loza shoots and scores the second
Jamar Loza shoots and scores the second
Phil Fiddes

There was still time for one more Barnet scare, as Beard’s shot took a deflection before hitting the crossbar, but full time came shortly after, with Woking registering their first away win since a 3-2 triumph at Weymouth in late November.

This was a performance full of grit and determination, and Ian Dyer will be delighted with the way that his players have responded in recent games, to pull Woking clear of the bottom 3 and back towards mid table safety. Fans and players celebrating at the final whistle together showed that the Cards are finally out of the barren spell that caused such frustration during a tough winter.

Woking: 13 Craig Ross, 3 Josh Casey ©, 4 Tom Champion, 6 Moussa Diarra, 8 Solomon Nwabuokei, 10 Max Kretzschmar (Oliver Pendlebury 90’), 11 Tyreke Johnson (Jamar Loza 65’), 14 George Oakley (Inih Effiong 71’), 18 Nicke Kabamba, 22 David Longe-King, 24 Rohan Ince.

Unused subs: Louie Annesley, Tarryn Allarakhia

Goals: Diarra 16’, Loza 86’

Bookings: Kretzschmar 58’, Longe-King 84’

Barnet 25 Aymen Azaze, 5 Jamie Turley ©, 6 Ben Richards-Everton, 7 Rob Hall (Louis Walsh 71’), 8 Ross Marshall (Teddy Howe 78’), 11 Ephron Mason-Clark, 14 Adam Marriott, 15 Reiss Greenidge, 23 Sam Beard, 28 Sam Woods, 33 Ryan De Havilland.

Unused subs: Jake Askew, Serhat Tasdemir, Wes Fonguck

Bookings: Mason-Clark 33’

Referee: Thomas Kirk

Attendance: 1501 (290 Woking)

Man of the Match: Moussa Diarra was part of a defence that registered its third clean sheet in three games, whilst scoring a crucial goal, an impressive display alongside Tom Champion at the heart of defence.
25Aymen Azaze
15Reiss Greenidge
23Sam Beard
5Jamie Turley
6Ben Richards-Everton
8Ross Marshall ('78)
33Ryan De Havilland
28Sam Woods
11Ephron Mason-Clark
7Robert Hall ('71)
14Adam Marriott
24Jake Askew
3Teddy Howe ('78)
18Wesley Fonguck
20Serhat Tasdemir
9Louis Walsh ('71)
13Craig Ross
22David Longe-King
3Josh Casey
4Tom Champion
6Moussa Diarra
24Rohan Ince
8Solomon Nwabuokei
10Max Kretzschmar ('90)
11Tyreke Johnson ('65)
18Nicke Kabamba
14George Oakley ('71)
16Louie Annesley
27Olly Pendlebury ('90)
17Tarryn Allarakhia
7Jamar Loza ('65)
9Inih Effiong ('71)

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