Woking News & Mail

Cards aiming for back-to-back wins despite tricky home form

Glen Harrington
12:25pm, Fri 26th Nov 2021
Woking vs Barnet
Vanarama National League
Saturday 27th November 2021

Woking will be looking to record back-to-back league wins for the first time since early October as they entertain Barnet at the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Saturday.

The Cards suffered a second straight home defeat last weekend as they lost 2-1 to Stockport County, but as has often been the case so far in this campaign, they bounced back in style by winning 3-2 away at Weymouth, building upon an increasingly impressive record away from home. A ninth win of the season this weekend could propel Alan Dowson’s side into play-off contention. Dowse and his team are currently five points adrift of seventh place with a game in hand.

The boss will hope to have goalkeeper Craig Ross available again after the stopper missed Tuesday’s win through illness – although understudy Mark Smith was excellent in his place. Dowse will also be sweating on the fitness of top scorer Tahvon Campbell, who scored two more on Tuesday to take his tally for the season to 13 but limped off in the closing stages with a possible calf injury. The Cards are at least back to full strength in defence, with Joe McNerney returning to the starting line-up against the Terras, with Tom Champion dropping to the bench.

Opposition Watch

Barnet are in their fourth season back in non-league after their relegation in 2018 – the third time they have dropped out of the Football League since the turn of the century. They were given a notable reprieve last season after enduring a disastrous campaign, scoring just 31 points across their 42 games, to leave them bottom of the table. With no relegation, the Bees were given a second chance, and optimism was high following the appointment of Harry Kewell as the club’s new manager, but no wins and five defeats in his first seven games ensured the Australian’s reign was a short one.

Dean Brennan remains in caretaker charge and has steadied the ship with 17 points from nine games, leaving them 16th in the table. Since taking the hotseat Brennan has delivered wins against Weymouth, Dover Athletic, Stockport County, Aldershot Town and, last time out, Torquay United, whilst his only defeats have come against Boreham Wood (in the FA Cup), Wrexham, and Wealdstone.

Their current squad includes former Woking midfielders Josh Payne and Harry Taylor, a loanee from Barnet in the Cards’ National League South promotion season. They also boast striker Adam Marriott, who scored 66 times in two-and-a-half years with King’s Lynn Town but has netted just twice for the Bees. Their top scorers are former Leyton Orient defender Josh Widdowson and forward Mason Bloomfield, part of promoted Hartlepool United’s side last season, both with three.

Recent Meetings

• 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)
• Barnet 2-1 Woking – 7th February 2015, National League (Odubade)

On the Day

Ticket prices are £18 for Adults, Concessions £13, Students and Next Generation £10 and £5 for 16-year-olds and under – click here for more information and to book your tickets online.

This match will be segregated, with Barnet fans being allocated the Chris Lane Terrace and some seats in the Seymours Community LGS.

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