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Match Preview and Guide | Barnet (A)

William Bewsey
4:50pm, Thu 17th Aug 2023
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Barnet v Woking
Vanarama National League
19th August 2023
15:00 Kick-Off

Woking will take on another side who finished in last season's playoffs when they travel to the Hive to face Barnet.

Following a dramatic 3-2 win over Rochdale on Tuesday, the Cards now have one win, one draw and one loss after three games, having scored five and also conceded five. News will be awaited on the fitness of Josh Casey and Rohan Ince, as both missed Tuesday night's game, whilst the likes of Luke Wilkinson and Manny Oyeleke will hope to be back in and around the squad after injury problems of their own.

Opposition Watch
Familiar foes Barnet have had somewhat of a resurgence under Irishman Dean Brennan in the last couple of years, with an 18th placed finish in 2021/22 put completely behind them last season, as the Bees finished 5th, losing to Boreham Wood in the playoff eliminator.

Brennan has strengthened his side over the summer, with additions including young defender Adebola Oluwo from Chelmsford City, experienced left back Ben Coker from Solihull Moors and potentially the most exciting coup, midfielder Zak Brunt, on loan at Boreham Wood from Sheffield United last season. However, Barnet once again sold a key player to Peterborough United, with midfielder Ryan De Havilland joining the League One Posh.

A last minute equaliser on Tuesday night saw Barnet blow a 3-0 lead to Eastleigh at the Silverlake Stadium for their first dropped points of the season, with the Bees winning two and drawing one of their first three games, scoring eight goals and conceding five. Barnet’s top scorers are former Card Nicke Kabamba with two in three games and Idris Kanu, who scored two at Eastleigh to move joint with Kabamba.

However, both are narrowly behind centre back Danny Collinge in the top scorer charts, who has scored three in three matches, with one goal in each game thus far.

Last Time Out
A 1-1 draw between the sides at the Laithwaite in March failed to tell the full story, as Rhys Browne cancelled out Harry Pritchard's first half opener, but Browne had two penalties saved by Laurie Walker towards the end of the game.

In the last fixture at the Hive between the sides, goals from Ryan De Havilland and Ben Wynter gave the Bees a 2-0 win in mid August, which was the same scoreline inflicted by Woking on their hosts in March 2022, when goals from Moussa Diarra and Jamar Loza gave Ian Dyer his only away win as interim manager.

Around the Ground
The Hive Stadium is a short walk from Canons Park tube station, which is situated on the Jubilee Line towards Stanmore, and is served by regular Underground trains from Waterloo.

Car parking is available at the ground, however this is £8 per car.

The closest pub to the ground is Moranos, which is a short walk from Canons Park after turning right out of the station, whilst there are other establishments along the Jubilee Line. There is also a bar in Stand 66, called Bar 66, and food and drink options are available in the away end.

Ticket details can be found here.

Match Report | Cards second best against Bees

William Bewsey
4:55pm, Sat 19th Aug 2023
Barnet 2-0 Woking
Vanarama National League
19th August 2023

Following their first win of the season on Tuesday night against Rochdale, Woking faced one of their toughest away trips of the season when they made the short journey to the Hive to face Barnet. The Cards’ task was made more challenging by the loss of Reece Grego-Cox and Jim Kellermann to injury suffered after Tuesday night, and both were replaced by Charlie Wakefield and Dennon Lewis, the pair of which were making their first starts of the season.

Barnet kicked off towards the car park at the Hive, with Woking shooting towards the boisterous Cards fans behind the goal. The opening ten minutes were fairly even, with no chances for either side, as Barnet looked to play through the midfield, whilst the Cards were looking promising with balls in the channels.

However, with 15 minutes gone, good link up play from Idris Kanu and Zak Brunt saw the latter side foot the ball into the bottom corner to give Barnet the lead. With Barnet tails up, a superb move saw last ditch action needed to prevent Nicke Kabamba before a great save by Joe Day from a deflected shot stopped the Bees again.

Rhys Browne showed what he can do with half an hour gone, great control giving him the chance to turn and shoot. His effort looped off the top of the crossbar, with Dean Brennan visibly furious about the space that the striker managed to create.

Brunt came inches away from scoring a second when his first-time curler agonisingly hit the outside of the post and bounced away, as Barnet looked to up the ante just before half time.

The half time whistle went shortly after, a half in which the Cards looked bright in spells but risked being played completely through by a superb Barnet midfield.

Half-time: Barnet 1-0 Woking

Sarll responded to the first half by bringing on Robbie Willmott and Nana Boateng for Lewis and Wakefield, but five minutes after the restart, Brunt got his second. An outstanding curler into the top right corner gave Joe Day absolutely no chance.

Day then had to prevent Reece Hall-Johnson’s cross from reaching a Barnet man at the back post, before Cuthbert followed up with a strong block.

After much of the half was dominated by the Bees, Woking finally had another chance on 77 minutes, when a Robbie Willmott corner was met well by Cuthbert, but thundered against the bar.

With the game fading away without a trace despite six added minutes, not much could be said other than that Woking were second best for most of the game, and several players given chances by the Cards’ injury crisis failed to take them.

Woking will hope to get bodies back ahead of a long and challenging trip to Gateshead next week.

Woking: Joe Day, Dan Moss, Scott Cuthbert, Greg Taylor, Tunji Akinola, Padraig Amond, Matt Robinson (Korboa 75’), Rhys Browne, Charlie Wakefield (Boateng 45’), Dennon Lewis (Willmott 45’), Sam Habergham.

Unused subs: Jaaskelainen, Casey


Bookings: Taylor 82’
Barnet: Laurie Walker, Reece Hall-Johnson, Ben Coker, Danny Collinge (Wynter 76’), Nicke Kabamba, Idris Kanu (Gorman 65’), Harry Pritchard, Anthony Hartigan, Adebola Oluwo, Finlay Potter, Zak Brunt (Barratt 90+2’)

Unused subs: Armstrong, Stead

Goals: Brunt 15’, 50’


Referee: Wayne Cartmel

Attendance: 1596 (358 Woking fans)
1Laurie Walker
2Reece Hall-Johnson
3Ben Coker
4Danny Collinge ('78)
22Adebola Oluwo
30Finley Potter
14Harry Pritchard
18Anthony Hartigan
33Zak Brunt ('90)
9Nicke Kabamba
11Idris Kanu ('67)
21Ben Wynter ('78)
5Marvin Armstrong
8Dale Gorman ('67)
25Sam Barratt ('90)
10Callum Stead
1Joe Day
16Tunji Akinola
28Sam Habergham
4Scott Cuthbert
5Greg Taylor
2Dan Moss
12Matt Robinson ('75)
19Charlie Wakefield ('46)
11Dennon Lewis ('46)
14Rhys Browne
10Padraig Amond
22Will Jaaskelainen
3Josh Casey
8Robbie Willmott ('46)
7Ricky Korboa ('75)
15Nana Boateng ('46)

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