Cards stung by the Bees in midweek battle. 11th March 2020
Woking 1 Barnet 3
Vanarama National League Tuesday 10th March 2020
Peter Moore at the Laithwaite Community Stadium
Barnet made it another miserable midweek result for Woking after a brace from substitute Josh Walker and a Paul McCallum strike was enough to take the points at the Laithwaite.
In Woking Manager’s Alan Dowson’s 100th game in charge of the club, the Cards gaffer named an unchanged starting line-up, as Woking looked to make it three straight league wins for the first time since August.
Tonight’s visitors to the Laithwaite Barnet came into the game on the back of an impressive run of just one league defeat since mid-November, a run of 12 matches.
With a swirling wind and heavy rain falling it meant tricky conditions for both sides. The cards had the first chance of the evening when Dave Tarpey’s shot from outside the area took a deflection for a corner. Tarpey was quickly back in the action again, this time laying the ball for Jake Hyde in the box who swivelled around and sent a first time shot that was blocked.
Jamar Loza was finding plenty of space on the left flank and whipped in a first-time cross which found an unmarked Kane Ferdinand inside the six-yard box, but his header went wide of the mark.
With Barnet’s first real attack in the game the Bees opened the scoring in the 26th minute when David Tutonda fed McCallum through on goal with his shot squeezing into the back of the net despite Craig Ross getting a touch, for the Solihull Moors loanee’s 13th goal of the season.
The former Barnet man Tarpey was denied a goal when Bees keeper Scott Loach parried away a deflected shot from the striker. Fellow Cards striker Hyde went close moments later after meeting a cross from the right hand side, but sent his effort wide of the near post.
Barnet were hampered on the stroke of half time when their leading goal scorer Simeon Akinokla limped off and was replaced by Walker, as the Bees took a 1-0 lead going into the break, with the Cards unfortunate to go into the break a goal down.
The Bees looked a different side in the second half and doubled their advantage in the 76th minute following a defensive error from Moussa Diarra who let in Walker to find himself one on one with Ross. He had it all to do but calmly dinked the ball over the Woking stopper.
Jack Cook managed to get on the end of a fine cross from Matt Jarvis with five minutes remaining to set up a grandstand finish. With five additional minutes added on the Cards piled on the pressure with Josh Neufville volleying over.
With time running out and Woking throwing everybody forward, the Bees counter attacked in devastating fashion with Walker grabbing his second of the night after coolly slotting the ball past Ross to claim all three points for the Bees with three clinical finishes.
Picture. Credit: David Holmes