MATCH REPORT: Cards held by battling Barrow
The Laithwaite Community Stadium
30 January 2016 3:00pm
Woking twice came from behind to earn a point, but once again missed out on the chance to move into the play-off places.
The Cards were looking to bounce-back from midweek defeat at Altrincham which ended their nine-game unbeaten run.
Barrow's life on the road has been woeful, having won only three games and conceding 37 goals - the most in the division. They scored twice in the second-half last week at struggling Welling to win 2-1.
The Vanarama National League might not have a more bizarre opening minute this season. Linesman Matthew Rushton was on the receiving end of a ball to the face and was momentarily knocked out. After a 12 minute delay, the fourth official stepped in as replacement linesman with a Woking fan taking up the responsibilities of the fourth official.
Within six minutes of the restart, Barrow were infront and it was a nightmare start for debutant Scott Griffiths. The on-loan full-back from Luton headed into his own net under no pressure.
Four minutes later, Woking levelled through John Goddard, firing into the roof of the net for his 14th goal of the season.
But the dramatic start continued as Andy Cook nodded in his 15th league goal to restore Barrow's lead.
Goddard tried his luck from distance, his shot narrowly going wide as the fourth official indicated a minimum of 15 minutes of added time.
Barrow centre-back Danny Livesey saw his header saved by Jake Cole before Cook should have hit the target with his headed effort.
The first-half looked to be petering out until Griffiths made up for his own-goal, laying the ball into Giuseppe Sole, who finished first time. It was Sole's 110th Woking goal of his career, the 9th highest scorer in the club's history.
Jordan Williams had a good chance for Barrow after half-time but he couldn't direct his strike on goal.
Goddard, causing problems again, shifted one way and then the other before shooting wide.
Sole then had a goal ruled out for offside when he broke clear of the Barrow backline.
Dan Pilkington's free-kick for the Bluebirds went over as did Andy Haworth's effort moments later.
The introduction of playmaker Keiran Murtagh prompted a late Woking bombardment but Barrow managed to hold on for the draw.
The Cards remain in 6th, a point off Tranmere in the play-offs.
Woking host Conference South Oxford City next week (6th February) in the FA Trophy third round.