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Match Preview and Guide | Barnet (H)

William Bewsey
9:20am, Thu 14th Mar 2024
Woking vs Barnet
Vanarama National League
Saturday 16th March 2024
15:00 Kick-Off

Woking return to the Laithwaite on Saturday to host Barnet, following back-to-back away games in the North West.

After late defeat at Rochdale, Michael Doyle will hope to have players back with his injury list mounting. New signing Finn Delap, on loan from Burton Albion could make his debut after Scott Cuthbert completed back-to-back 90 minutes, whilst Dion Kelly-Evans will be suspended after he saw red at Spotland on Tuesday night.

Jayden Luker, who missed the last two games with a knock, could be back in contention, whilst news will be awaited on the availability of Ricky Korboa, Tunji Akinola and Manny Oyeleke. Charley Kendall, with four goals in his last five, will hope to continue a rich vein of form against the Bees.

Opposition Watch
Dean Brennan’s Bees have built well on last season’s fifth placed finish, occupying a space in the top three for most of the season. However, recent injuries, namely to former Card Nicke Kabamba, who has 19 league goals so far this season, have derailed the promotion push somewhat.

A disappointing FA Trophy defeat at Bromley last weekend highlighted a recent wobble, as three defeats in their last six games has opened the door for the chasing pack below. However, Callum Stead has stepped up and has six goals in his last seven games, which has softened the blow of losing Kabamba.

Barnet currently sit second, two points ahead of Bromley in third, but with no chance of winning the league. In fact, a Woking win and a Chesterfield win at Oldham on Saturday would win the Spireites the title already. They have 68 points from 37 games, and have scored 69 goals and conceded 51.

Last Time Out
A Zak Brunt double gave the dominant Bees all three points at the Hive in August, a 2-0 scoreline flattering Woking on that occasion.

It was the same scoreline at the Hive in August 2022 as well, although Woking were unlucky to be held to a 1-1 draw in March 2023, with Laurie Walker’s heroics twice denying Rhys Browne from the spot.

Overall, in 18 meetings between the sides since 2003, Woking have won four times, Barnet on five occasions, and there have been nine draws.

Around the Ground
Ticket information is available here.

M25 Closure
Please note, due to the closure of the M25 between junction 10 (A3 Guildford) and junction 11 (Chertsey), the recommended route to the ground will be via the M3 at Lightwater. This will be very congested during the weekend.

Luck of the Irish
We will be celebrating the St Patrick's Day weekend with some special offers and an exclusive giveaway.

Every attendee to the match will be entered into a draw for a FREE 2024/25 Season Ticket!

Guinness will be added to the ever-popular pre- and post-match Happy Hour offerings.

Ireland vs. Scotland in the Six Nations will be shown LIVE in Cardinals Bar.

Match Report | Cards win battle against Bees

William Bewsey
5:00pm, Sat 16th Mar 2024
Woking 1-0 Barnet
Vanarama National League
16th March 2024

Michael Doyle made four changes to the side defeated late on at Rochdale on Tuesday night. Josh Casey, Rohan Ince, Dennon Lewis and the suspended Dion Kelly-Evans made way for Luke Wilkinson, Kevin Berkoe, Jayden Luker and Alfie Pavey, with only Ince remaining in the matchday squad.

After a cagey opening ten minutes, a fantastic pass from Timi Odusina found Jermaine Anderson down the right hand side, and his low cross just evaded Pavey in the middle. More good play, this time from Kendall, after 20 minutes saw him drive down the right and feed Anderson, who was denied by Anthony Hartigan as he looked to pull the trigger.

After Curtis Edwards’ corner was only half cleared with 35 minutes gone, the ball fell to Luker on the volley, but flew just wide of the far corner. The first attempt on goal for the Bees saw Jerome Okimo nearly find the top corner from distance, only to be denied brilliantly by Will Jaaskelainnen, who tipped the ball behind for a corner.

Brilliant work from Edwards and Odusina saw the latter fire a cross into the back post, where the awaiting Pavey was just unable to convert. Although the sides went into half time level, the Cards had been on top, playing some nice football and getting in behind the Bees’ high line.

Half-time: Woking 0-0 Barnet

Eight minutes into the second half, great work from Berkoe down the left hand side saw him drill a cross onto the head of Pavey, but his cushioned header just crept wide of the far corner. After a spell of pressure from the Bees, a freakish goal gave the Cards the lead in the 61st minute. Great work from Kendall saw his cross loop towards goal, coming back off the post. Luker’s follow up was then blocked but only into the path of Berkoe, who smashed home to break the deadlock.

A superb run and cross from Berkoe met Pavey with 80 minutes gone, but his header just went over the bar. Barnet had the ball in the net three minutes later, but after Kabamba had converted Dale Gorman’s cross, the linesman’s flag went up straight away.

Minus that little scare, the Cards saw it out comfortably to make it three home wins on the bounce. A determined performance from Doyle’s men, and fully deserving of all three points.

Next up is a trip to Roots Hall to take on Southend, and Woking will be full of confidence with four wins in their last five games.

Woking: Will Jaaskelainen, Dan Moss, Kevin Berkoe, Timi Odusina, Jermaine Anderson (Ince 79’), Luke Wilkinson, Scott Cuthbert, Alfie Pavey (Delap 91’), Curtis Edwards, Charley Kendall, Jayden Luker

Unused subs: Osew, Smith, Andre Jr

Bookings: Pavey 2’, Luker 15’, Edwards 31’, Wilkinson 48’, Ince 90’

Goals: Berkoe 61’

Barnet: Josh Keeley, Reece Hall-Johnson (Gorman 68’), Ben Coker, Jerome Okimo, Callum Stead, Jordan Maguire-Drew (Collinge 80’), Anthony Hartigan, Gaitlin O’Donkor (Kabamba 68’), Ben Wynter, Adam Thompson, Zak Brunt

Unused subs: Walker, Cropper

Bookings: Brunt 43’, Hartigan 89’

Attendance: 2544

Man of the Match: Scott Cuthbert led the team brilliantly as stand in captain
25Josh Keeley
2Reece Hall-Johnson ('69)
3Ben Coker
21Ben Wynter
6Jerome Okimo
23Adam Thompson
18Anthony Hartigan
33Zak Brunt
15Jordan Maguire-Drew ('81)
10Callum Stead
19Gatlin O'Donkor ('69)
1Laurie Walker
4Danny Collinge ('81)
32Jordan Cropper
8Dale Gorman ('69)
9Nicke Kabamba ('69)

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