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Woking Match Preview

28 February 2014

Stats, news and information ahead of Saturday's match at The Hive against Woking.

General Information

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Introduction

• Barnet host Woking on Saturday as they aim for a sixth consecutive Skrill Premier win. 

• The Bees are currently third in the Skrill Premier after taking 12 points from their four matches in February. 

• If Barnet beat Woking and Cambridge United fail to beat Kidderminster the Bees will end the day in second place. 

• The Bees will however be without Jake Hyde and Luisma Villa who are both set for extended spells in the treatment room. 

• Woking currently sit 15 points behind the Bees in 17th position. 

• Last time out Woking were beaten 2-0 away to Kidderminster Harriers. 

• The Cards have won three and lost three of their last six games, a run which includes an impressive 2-0 win over Gateshead and a poor 5-1 defeat to Dartford. 

Background

• Woking have never beaten Barnet in the league, with their three wins coming in the FA Cup.

• The Bees are unbeaten in nine against Woking, with the Cards’ last win coming in the FA Cup on 21 November 1995.

• That win saw Woking knock Barnet out of the FA Cup for a second consecutive season.

• The last seven encounters between the two sides have ended level.

Team News

Barnet Football Club

• Jake Hyde is unavailable after being ruled out for between four to six weeks.

• Luisma Villa and Roberto Casabella are also unavailable due to injury. 

• Harry Crawford and Luke Gambin have returned to training but it is too early for them to be involved.

• Charlie Adams returns to the squad but Graham Stack does not as he continues to regain fitness.

The Opposition

• Woking FC formed in 1889, they play their home matches at the Kingfield Stadium which has a capacity of 6,036. 

• Woking’s main rivals are Stevenage and Aldershot Town but in recent years they have also shared a rivalry with both Farnborough and Crawley Town.

• Woking have finished second in the Conference on two occasions. They have lifted the Conference Cup once in 2005 and won the FA Trophy on three occasions in 1994, 1995 and 1997.

• The Cards are managed by Gary Hill. Hill has progressed through the non-league for over a decade managing the likes of St Albans City, Dagenham & Redbridge, Weymouth and Rushden & Diamonds.

• Hill helped Woking return to the Conference as Conference South champions during the 2011/12 season.

• Woking shot to prominence in the 1990/91 season when they got the third round of the FA Cup.

• After beating three Conference teams they drew West Bromwich Albion, narrowly losing 1-0 to a Kevin Sheedy goal.

• The following season they were promoted to the Conference by winning the Isthmian League title in early April.

Last Time Out

25 February 2014
Skrill Premier
Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Barnet
Barnet: Jupp, Stephens, Gjokaj, Abdulla, Yiadom, Weston, Cadogan, Vilhete (Johnson 88), Byrne, Hyde (Marsh-Brown 23), Lopez (Mengerink 74).
Subs not used: Saville, Lowe.
Goals: Byrne 1, Lopez 43. 

25 February 2014
Skrill Premier
Kidderminster Harriers 2-0 Woking
Woking: Howe, Nutter, McNerney (Brice 85), Cestor (Sole 10), Goddard, Payne, Murtagh, Betsy, Ricketts, Marriot, Rendell.
Subs not used: McNamee, Beasant, Beckles.
Goals: n/a

Previous Meeting

8 October 2013 – Woking 0-0 Barnet

Woking remain in the bottom four in the Conference Premier after being held to a draw by out-of-form Barnet.

The hosts created the best chances and went close in the first half through a low Gavin Williams strike, which was tipped around the post by Graham Stack, and Josh Payne's fierce shot.

After the break Stack also saved well from Mark Ricketts and Joe McNerney.

At the other end, Woking defender Adam Newton made a fine double block from Keanu Marsh-Brown and Kieron Cadogan.

But the home side were the more threatening side and will rue a number of missed opportunities.

The Bees, who have now won just one of their last eight games, are still only three points off the play-off spots after a fine start to the season.

Woking missed the chance to climb out of the relegation zone.

Report from BBC Sport 

Woking: Beasant, McNerney, Newton, Nutter, Parkinson, Williams, Payne, Goddard (McNamee 75), Ricketts, Betsy (Crestor 87), Rendell.
Subs not used: Sole, Frith, Howe.

Barnet: Stack, Stephens, Acheampong, Johnson, Saville, Cadogan, Marsh-Brown, Casabella, Weston, Crawford (Villa 83), Mengerink (Allen 69).
Subs not used: Abdulla, Jupp, Davids.  

Last Six Meetings

8 October 2013 Woking 0-0 Barnet
8 January 2006 Woking 1-1 Barnet
2 October 2004 Barnet 2-2 Woking
1 January 2004 Barnet 0-0 Woking
26 December 2003 Woking 2-2 Barnet
21 April 2003 Barnet 0-0 Woking

Overall record v (all competitions) W 2 D 11 L 3

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