Saturday 16th February 2019
Bostik League North
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Ross Elsom Penalty 88'
Ross Elsom Penalty 90'
Joe Bruce 83'
Abs Seymour (C)
Kemo Darbo 74'
Tobi Joseph 77'
Ola Ogunwamide 74'
Ross Elsom 83'
Sahr Kabba 77'
AFC Sudbury 1
SUDBURY PAY THE PENALTY AS ELSOM IS JUST AWESOME
It was a tale of three penalties for Barking as they halted their winless run with a 2-1 victory over AFC Sudbury. As Tim Brown has been ruled out with a knee injury we welcomed Montel Joseph between the sticks and he proved to be a more than capable replacement. In the end it was Sudbury's keeper Paul Walker who stopped the home side from scoring several goals prior to the late penalty drama.
Barking nearly found themselves a goal down after 30 seconds as goalkeeper Joseph palmed a cross into the box but recovered well to save the rebound. Joseph made another vital save with 20 minutes on the clock as he saved a powerful volley with his feet from Phil Kelly. Barking first chance came five minutes later but Abs Seymour could not capitalise on a poor Sudbury free kick and his shot went wide. Sudbury took the lead after 32 minutes as a powerful low cross from the right wing was bundled home by Paul Hayes as the Barking defence were caught out and Joseph was left helpless as the Sudbury forward walked the ball into the net. Barking got their first penalty minutes later as Kemo Darboe was fouled in the box following a Seymour corner but Joe Bruce saw his effort saved by the feet of Walker. Nana Boakye-Yiadom saw his on-target shot saved and also the rebound as Barking strived for an equaliser which wasn't forthcoming.
The second half saw pressure from Barking but not much in the way of chances but those that did fell to Boakye-Yiadom: from Tobi Joseph's ball he found himself free but his shot was gathered by Walker, his run ans shot with the ball was saved and then Tobi Joseph's powerful cross was directed just wide of the goal. It began to look as thouigh it would not be our day and then in the 88th minute a second penalty was awarded as Tyler French misjudged a Ricky Tarbard cross into the box and handled the ball. Sub Ross Elsom who only five minutes earlier had replaced the first penalty taker Bruce stepped up and struck the ball into the bottom left corner of the net for one apiece. Near enough straight afterwards Sudbury had a dangerous free kick which was put wide of the goal. Then, in stoppage time, as Ogunwamide managed to connect with Boakye-Yiadom's dinked ball over the top but was wiped out by Walker and as the ball ran wide of the goal it resulted in a third penalty. Ross Elsom stepped up and put the penalty in the same place to secure the win for Barking. The celebrations saw Edwards sent off for an incident with Walker, but this had no real effect as we held out for the remaining few minutes to claim the points.
Next Saturday we hit the road as we travel Felixstowe & Walton United FC hoping to capitalise on this win.
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
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