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BARROW 0 WOKING 1

Andy Avery - 4th April 2009

 

The Woking fans walked out of Holker Street with a warm glow and big smiles on their faces. However, this was not due to the sun streaming through the clouds, but due to Liam Marum?s late strike that meant the fat lady was escorted back to her dressing room before she had the chance to perform.

After another turbulent week at Kingfield, the only question on people?s minds was whether Graham Baker could once again pull Woking out of the mire and maintain their Blue Square status for another year?

Barrow have a fairly good record at home whilst Woking?s away record was not particularly impressive so the signs pointed to a home win which would virtually guarantee Barrow would stay up.

Woking started with a 4-4-2 formation that was tested right from the first minute when Walker fired over when clean through. Barrow continued to push forward, and Knowles had to be at his best to push a deflected shot round the post in the 12th minute. The home side had most of the play with only a Matt Pattison header testing Deasy in the Barrow goal.

As the first half came to a close, the rain started to fall and threatened to extinguish Woking?s hopes of survival. The events of the 45th minute seemed to be a defining moment in the game. A Woking free kick was headed behind by Jones in the Barrow defence. The referee, inexplicably, gave a goal kick which was taken quickly and flicked on for Logan to race onto. As he ran through he was fouled by a Woking defender. The referee waved away protests, but the linesman flagged and after a quick chat the referee produced a red card for Colin Miles, prompting scenes of chaos as it appeared that Lorraine was the main involved. The resulting free kick came to nothing and Woking were grateful for the half time whistle.

Half time Barrow 0 Woking 0

The sun came out at half time and it was the team in yellow that started the second half the brightest. Woking seemed livelier with 10 men then with 11 and had much more possession, although they created little. As the sun disappeared and the wind got up, Barrow stepped a gear and dominated the game with Knowles having to be at his best and the Woking defenders being pegged back.

The game dragged on and Barrow pushed more players forward as they looked the only side who would win the game, but it meant there was a lot of space behind their midfield for Woking to try and exploit, which they did in the 87th minute to win the game. A ball forward was misjudged by Jones leaving Marum (who had played well since coming on as a sub) to race on to the ball. He cut in at pace, along the edge of the penalty area, past the first challenge. As a second defender came to him, Marum placed the ball with precision rather than power, past Deasy and into the net off the inside of the keeper?s right hand post. It was a very well taken goal and Marum deserves a lot of credit for the way he took it.

In typical Woking fashion, immediately after the goal they gave a free kick away in a very dangerous position. Ever Woking fan was thrilled to see the ball not only clear the goal, but also fly out of the stadium and the chance was gone. In the four minutes of stoppage time, Lambu battled well and came close to scoring a second but his half volley flew over the bar from a tight angle. It didn?t matter as the referee?s whistle blew sparking wild celebrations both on and off the pitch.

Full Time Barrow 0 Woking 1

Whilst Woking are still very much in the relegation dogfight, the confidence gained from this win will surely help. If they can follow it up with a win at Northwich, then suddenly staying up will look possible. They battled well even with 10 men and showed they do have the ability to win games ? they just need some consistency over Easter and they may just make it.

Man of the match : Danny Knowles. He was solid in the Woking goal and is a reassuring figure for the whole team. Special mention to Liam Marum who, after a difficult few days, was willing to stand up and be counted and showed the talent he has.

Woking:

Knowles, Konan, Miles, Lorraine, Anderson, Lambu, Bozanic, Vernazza (Sintim 74), Pattison, Bossman (Moone 58), Domoraud (Marum 68).

Subs Not Used: Worner, McNerney.

Sent Off: Miles (45).

Booked: Pattison.

Goals: Marum 88.

Att: 1,424

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