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Barnet were held to a goalless draw against Woking in the Skrill Premier
10:05pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Sport
Barnet were held to a goalless draw at Woking in a game that will not live long in the memory of Bees supporters.
A Keanu Marsh-Brown shot from distance that went wide was the best effort on goal from Barnet in the first half but they should have gone ahead in the second when Harry Crawford shot over from eight yards.
Woking applied late pressure and only a terrific reaction stop from Graham Stack to deny Joe McNerney ensured the Bees left the Kingfield Stadium with a point.
There were three changes to the Barnet side that drew with Welling United on Saturday. Elliot Johnson, Harry Crawford and Anthony Acheampong all came into the starting XI.
The opening 45 minutes was devoid of chances. Kevin Betsy and Curtis Weston exchanged shots from distance that missed the post before Stack pushed a shot from Gavin Williams wide.
The home side came close when Josh Payne’s half volley flashed just over the crossbar and then Jack Saville did brilliantly to turn a goal-bound effort from John Goodward wide.
Barnet threatened sporadically and their passing game lacked urgency. Their best effort on goal came from a predictable source.
Marsh-Brown collected the ball 20-yards out but his shot curled away and clear of danger.
The Bees improved after the interval and should have gone ahead as a cross from Marsh-Brown found Crawford in the penalty area. However, the striker was unable to keep his shot down and the chance was wasted.
Barnet kept the hosts quiet at the start of the second period and Marsh-Brown had a shot deflected clear and Saville had a header easily stopped.
Edgar Davids decided to make a change and replaced Marciano Mengerink with youngster Iffy Allen.
The winger made an immediate impression. He skipped past two challenges and crossed low into the penalty area.
Marsh-Brown collected the ball but saw his effort blocked and Kieran Cadogan’s rebound was deflected wide of the post.
A second Barnet change was made. Luisma Villa on for Harry Crawford. It meant the visitors played without a striker, Marsh-Brown led the Bees attack.
It almost proved the right switch. The Spanish midfielder collected the ball in midfield and played a clever pass through to Marsh-Brown. He poked a shot past the goalkeeper but the assistant referee flagged for offside.
Woking maintained a threat during the half and they pushed forward in the closing minutes.
Stack had to produce an instinct save to deny McNerney from close range and the resultant corner was headed just over by Jack Parkinson.
Barnet gave away needless free kicks and it nearly proved costly. A cross to the back post found McNerney.
His header back across goal escaped the reach of Stack but Allen hooked the ball clear.
The last chance went to Barnet. A long pass forward from Stack was flicked on by Acheampong but the defender’s header was easily stopped.
The game will be instantly forgettable many fans but Edgar Davids felt his side were worthy of a point and was pleased the backline kept their first clean sheet since August.
Woking: Beasant; Newton, McNerney, Nutter, Parkinson; Ricketts; Goodard (McNamee 74), Payne, Betsy (Cestor 85); Williams, Rendell.
Woking substitutes: Howe, Sole, McNamee, Cestor, Frith.
Barnet: Stack; Acheampong, Stephens, Saville, Johnson; Casabella, Weston; Marsh-Brown, Crawford (Villa 82), Cadogan; Mengerink (Allen 68).
Barnet substitutes: Jupp, Abdulla, Davids, Allen, Villa.
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