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Oh Yes, thank you to"Al" without whom.......that is all
FA Cup 1st Round - Saturday 12th November 1994 - Att 3,14
Half time three nil down and out, but its is often a game of two halves
Half Time I was sipping a lager and looking intently at a large Rum &
Black chaser in the warmth of the Durham Suite reflecting on how was
it possible that the fourth placed team in Division 3 could be 0-3
down to a Vauxhall Conference side in the FA Cup. I have never ever
walked out of a football ground, featuring my beloved team at half
time in disillusionment but that warmth and those refreshments were
very enticing at that precise moment. My £8.00 space on the East
Terrace would be uncomfortable but thankfully I endured the
FA Cup memories of the encounters with Chelsea the previous season
were still very fresh in the minds of Bees fans and we wanted to
taste that glory again. A home draw to start the new campaign was
Woking started the game at a super fast pace with Gary Phillips
called upon early to make a fantastic stop to deny Scott Steele. Then
after 12 minutes the Cardinals went one up through a Colin Fielder
header. Ex Chelsea starlet Clive Walker soon began to run the show
and his rasping drive three minutes later rebounded off the post and
fell invitingly to Lenny Dennis for 2-0. After 34 minutes it was 3-0,
Walker ingeniously skipped through the Bees defence and let fly to
give Phillips no chance.
Primus once told me that Ray Clemence’s team talk at the interval
broke the sound barrier and allegedly could be heard in the stand
above the dressing rooms. Clemence replaced Mark Newson with Paul
Wilson and it turned out to be an inspired substitution. 'Wils'
proved that afternoon that he truly did have amber blood in his veins
giving what was arguably his best performance in a Barnet shirt.
Hoddle, Lee Hodges and Dougie Freedman then began to come to life and
Barnet replied with two goals in a five-minute spell. Wilson’s
determined run and cross reached Gerard McMahon who stabbed home from
close range. Freedman and Hodges magically created space for a cross
which found Mark Cooper free on the near post, 2-3.
then regained their two-goal advantage as a result of a bizarre
incident. A poor Phillips drop kick fell to Steele. His powerful
effort ricocheted off Hodges and onto the cross bar before bouncing
and screwing back into the net like a snooker ball!
Batty in the Woking goal made a string of fine saves as the Bees
created chance after chance. Eventually on 75 minutes Hoddle’s
pinpoint cross found Hodges to head in Barnet’s third. With ten
minutes remaining justice was done as Cooper’s shot on the turn
incredibly levelled the scores at 4-4 to earn the team a replay at
Kingfield the following Tuesday evening.
Gary Phillips – David McDonald –Alan Walker – Carl Hoddle –
Mark Newson (Paul Wilson 45) – Linvoy Primus – Gerard McMahon –
Dougie Freedman – Lee Hodges (Micky Tomlinson 88) – Mark Cooper –
Peter Scott. Sub not used Paul Newell.