Barratt headed this chance narrowly off target. Photo: Darren Woolley.
Sam Barratt has admitted Saturday’s lethargic second half showing against Woking may have been a result of the side’s wearying trips to Stockport County and Wealdstone the previous week.
But he was glad to see them dig deep to get the job done and hopes they can lift their tired bodies and minds once again for tomorrow’s visit of Weymouth.
United looked to have the points in the bag after Danilo Orsi-Dadomo’s first half brace seemingly put the hosts into cruise control.
But Kane Ferdinand’s goal out of the blue moments after the restart handed the inexperienced visitors a lifeline which they very nearly took as they seized the momentum in the second half.
On a sweltering afternoon, the goal appeared to sap the life from the Magpies’ players legs, but they continued to work hard and a solid defensive display limited Alan Dowson’s side to half-chances at best.
They held on to register back-to-back victories, lifting them to 12th in the table and within seven points of the play-offs ahead of tomorrow evening’s game against the Terras.
“We gave away a sloppy goal right at the start of the second half,” said Barratt. “It’s been a tough week with long travel to Stockport and it might have caught up with us a bit. It would have been good to have made it easier for us in that second half. We didn’t, we made it harder for ourselves, but we got the three points and that’s all that matters.
“We’ve got to play Saturday/Tuesday until the end of the season. It’s going to be tough but hopefully we can get a good run going. They’re (Woking) the games you want to get the three points in. It was a hard-fought win, but it keeps us rolling onto the next one.”
The Magpies have lost twice to the Terras this season, 3-2 in the FA Trophy and 2-1 in the league over the recent bank holiday weekend. The second of those was rather unjust, with the Magpies leading through Barratt’s goal direct from a corner before Manny Parry’s dismissal precipitated a 2-1 defeat.
They’re likely to be without the central defender again this week after he suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder in the closing stages against Woking.
“On Tuesday we’ll have a freshen up and try to get another three points,” he said. “It’s a strange old season, everyone can beat everyone.
“We need to get our own back on them. We haven’t played too well against them, but in the recent league game we didn’t deserve to lose. It didn’t work out in our favour with the red card, but we can get our own back and hopefully come out of the dressing room smiling.”