Date: Monday 18th November 2019
Velocity Trophy Group Two

Allsopp 15'
Boakye-Yiadom 50'
Attendance: 74
Venue: Parkside
Current form:
Starters: Montel Joseph, Ricky Tarbard, Jack Roult, Sam Owusu, Jack Hayes, Daniel Flemming (C), Johnny Ashman, Steven Sardinha, Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Eddie Allsopp, Junior Dadson
Substitutes: Rob Brown, Michael Dixon, Abs Seymour, Emmanuel Ighorae, Max Bradford
67' Brown Allsopp
69' Ighorae Dadson
82' Bradford Sardinha
88' Seymour Owusu 
Yellow cards: Roult, Owusu, Sardinha, Seymour
Red cards: None


Barring a massive defeat in our last game against Romford next Wednesday Barking are through to the last 32 of the Velocity Trophy.

We made four changes to Saturday’s starting line up with Steven Sardinha making his first start and Rob Brown also made his Barking debut as a second half substitute.

This result would definitely put us through with four wins but unfortunately in the game against Brentwood we fielded Jordan Peart who had already played for Heybridge Swifts in this competition and therefore we were deducted three points.

We have already won at Parkside in August as the home team in a FA Cup and this win continued Justin Gardner’s good record against his former club and we went into the game in fine form winning our last four league and cup games scoring 14 goals. 

Barking started on the front foot and with just three minutes Nana Boakye-Yiadom’s pass found Johnny Ashman but unfortunately his short is easily saved by David Hughes in the Aveley goal. Three minutes later Junior Dadson cleverly collects the ball and works his way inside but his well struck shot clears the bar. There is no messing around when with 15 gone Eddie Allsopp collects the ball and he is allowed to run towards goal before unleashing a thunderbolt giving Hughes no chance and making it five in five for the Charlton loanee. After that is was a case of both defences being on top and any threat to either goal being effectively nullified before the keepers were called upon. Towards the half time break Aveley seemed to have the upper hand and enjoyed the lion’s share of the possession and on 42 a dangerous cross flashed across the Barking box but thankfully there was no home player in a position to take advantage.

The second period started well for Barking and in the first minute Allsopp set Dadson away and his cross met by Boakye-Yiadom but his connection was too firm and the ball flew over the bar. Five minutes later the miss was forgotten as Allsopp found Ashman this time and from his cross Nana Boakye-Yiadom made no mistake to put Barking two goals to the good  This was Nana’s first goal since August 23rd when he scored our second goal against… Aveley and it was our 50th league and cup goal of the season. The game then resumed the pattern of the first half with both defences dominating and neither attacking unit being able to find the required edge to break through with Aveley having a couple of penalty shouts but the referee Mr Heron showed no interest in any of them. As the game entered its final stages things opened up slightly: nine minutes from time another Ashman cross found Boakye-Yiadom but his effort was just wide and then sub Emmanuel Ighorae in his return from injury had a free kick which dipped and swerved but ultimately cleared the bar. In the first minute of added time Montel Joseph who had enjoyed a quiet evening was called into action diving full length to turn away a shot and from the resulting corner made a follow up save to preserve the clean sheet and that was effectively the end of the action.  

Following this we understand the current table is:

# Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 BARKING  4 4 0 0 11 1 10 9*
2 Aveley  5 3 1 1 10 5 5 9
3 Grays Athletic 4 2 0 2 5 6 -1 6
4 Brentwood Town 4 2 0 2 6 8 -2 6
5 Romford 4 2 0 2 6 7 -1 6
6 Waltham Abbey 5 0 0 5 4 12 -8 0
*Three points deducted for fielding an in eligble player

The criteria to determine the highest placed team is accordingly to the competition rules is:
 - Goal difference
 - If teams have the same goal difference, then on goals scored
 - If teams have the same goals scored, then on matches won
 - If teams still have the same identical record, then the side with the better result in their head to head matches

The final group game is next Wednesday (November 27th) against Romford and as our goal difference is superior by eleven goals lets hope it doesn't come to not conceding a hat-full of goals, but seems this group could go down to the wire.

Another tough game on Saturday as we return to both league action and Mayesbrook Park when we take on Bracknell Town who currently are seventh in the table with the usual 3pm kick-off.

Report source: Terry Gilbert/Barking FC

Please note that the opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to Barking Football Club.

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