Tuesday 29th January 2019
Bostik League North
Kick off: 7:45pm
Abs Seymour 7'
Jack Edwards 92'
Tobi Joseph 83'
Abs Seymour (C)
Chinedu Osaebe 56'
Ben O'Brien 92'
Ola Ogunwamide 56'
Ross Elsom 83'
FAR FROM BORE DRAW AT PARKSIDE
Justin Gardner continued his unbeaten run of games against his former club with a well earned draw which means he has gone three games without defeat against Aveley since taking the reins at Mayesbrook Park.
Having lost on Saturday by a single goal to Bowers & Pitsea promotion chasing Aveley were keen to make amends as early as possible and only the chest of Tim Brown and some sharp defending stopped them. However, it was the visitors who went ahead on 7 minutes when Tobi Joseph won the ball, played a one-two with Rashid Kamara, passed to Darelle Russell and his clever flick found Abs Seymour in space and he fired home via a deflection. The home side continued to press forward and on 24 Tom Richardson fired past Brown to equalise. Aveley pushed on and Alexander Akrofi had an excellent chance to put Aveley ahead but fired wide when well placed. Aveley continued to push forward but the yellows held firm with Darelle Russell going close and Ricky Tarbard making a goal saving tackle to ensure it ended one all at half time.
As the continous rain turned to snow the second half began the same pattern as the first but it was Tobi Joseph who came closest when his shot was blocked by home keeper David Hughes. However, there was a major let off for Barking when an Aveley forward missed from close range when it seemed easier to score and Brown was not fooled by Richardson's attempted lob. The game took a dramatic turn with 20 minutes left when Seymour won the ball in midfield and as he powered towards the penalty area was bundled over by Hughes outside the box. The Aveley keeper was shown a red card and replaced between the sticks by Harry Gibbs who apparently is normally a centre half and the resulting free kick was fired over by Ryan Cosson. However, Aveley decided at this point that attack was the best form of defence and with Barking trying to exploit their man advantage it lead to an exciting last quarter of the game. Barking tested Gibbs with various efforts from Kamara and Russell but he was equal to them all and as much as Aveley pushed on they could not find a way past Brown and his defenders - Ola Ogunwamide probably had our best chances but fired wide on both occasions and so a enjoyable game ended all square.
Weather permitting we return to Mayesbrook Park on Saturday to take on Great Wakering Rovers who parted company with manager Gary Kimble on Tuesday.
Report source: Terry Gilbert/Barking FC
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