Tuesday 31st October 2017
Bostik League North
Kick off: 7:45pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Theo Ola 9'
J.J. Da Cruz
Abs Seymour (C)
Dan Gilchrist 73' (2)
Jay Knight 73' (1)
Theo Ola 92'
Akwasi Marfo 92'
Kiernan Hughes-Mason 73' (1)
Sam Shaban 73' (2)
AFC Sudbury 0
FULL REPORT TO FOLLOW - Interim report
Theo Ola’s early goal proved enough for Barking to beat Sudbury on Tuesday
Blues got off to a blistering start, creating an array of chances before Theo Ola opened the score inside nine minutes with a peach of an effort, cutting in from the left flank and rifling a shot into the bottom corner.
Sudbury keeper Paul Walker did well to keep out Abs Seymour’s effort from all of 40 yards after he received the ball from Jay Knight in acres of space.
The visitors’ best chance to level came with their first chance of the half but Ollie Bowles did well to deny Max Booth.
With a quarter of an hour played, Ricky Tarbard kept out a good move from Sudbury with some last-ditch defending keeping out goalbound shots from close range.
Barking pressed forward and Ola played through Timi Abiola on the left but for the fourth time in the first half Paul Walker got down well to pull off an excellent save and keep his side in the match.
In a well contested second half Barking again had the lions share of position but Walker drew the plaudits, coming to Sudbury’s rescue on more than four more occasions.
With 20 minutes left to play Dan Gilchrist and Knight shared a neat exchange on the edge of the box, with Knight playing through Seymour who called on Walker to display more of his first-half heroics to save at his near post.
Moments later Ola found space on the wing and played a ball into the six-yard box where Kiernan Hughes-Mason got the final touch but once again Walker produced another important save taking the full force of the shot with his face.
Ola showed great intelligence on the ball with a lung-bursting run on the left leaving his marker for dead, but Hughes-Mason and Barking were denied again by Walker as he took the man of the match award.
Barking assistant manager Andre Thomas said: “In the first half we weren’t happy. We did score very early on but I think we were a victim of our own success because we went away from what the game plan was and what brought us success to get that goal.
“There was a bit of frustration with that but we spoke to them at half time and emphasised what we really wanted them to do and felt they came out in the second half and tried to apply that a bit more. Overall we’re happy with the three points.”
Manager Justin Gardner added: “I said to the boys, I think we’ve lost a lot of games this season playing much better than we did today.
“I wasn’t happy with the performance but sometimes you’ve got to win ugly. It’s a cliche in football, we scored too early because I think we took our foot off the gas after we scored.
“But at the end of the day it’s a massive win because they’re in and around us [in the league] and I think we’ve gone up to 13th now. All in all we can’t complain and we go again on Saturday away to Norwich United.”
Report source: Moises Kalukembi/Barking & Dagenham Post website
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.