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.

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