Tuesday 23rd April 2019
Bostik League North
Kick off: 7:45pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Tobi Joseph 74'
Abs Seymour (C)
Rashid Kamara 69'
Alex Teniola 85'
Ross Elsom 74'
Ola Ogunwamide 69'
Billy Reynolds 85'
AVELEY TO HOT FOR BLUES
In what was our last senior game on grass at Mayesbrook Park before our new playing surface is laid in the summer it was the visitors in the form of Aveley who came away with the points in their quest to secure second place in the table and win as many points as possible to ensure should they win the play-offs they do actually go up. Our nemesis Sam Bantick who earlier in the season had scored two goals in two appearances for Coggeshall Town added two more to his tally to secure the points for the visitors.
The game started with a lot of high energy play from both sides on a dry and dusty surface which provided some uneven bounce in places. On 13 a potential opening for the home side was snuffed out when Ben O'Brien and Alex Teniola played a slick one-two but the final ball was intercepted by Aveley's Conor Mead and the danger was cleared. Aveley went close on 22 when a shot by Connor Witherspoon tested Tim Brown but the Barking keeper was equal to it. Seven minutes later the visitors went in front when a cross field ball from Alex Akrofi found the head of Sam Bantick to put Aveley a goal to the good, but Bantick appeared to push Jordan Peart out of the way to get to the ball. However, despite appeals from the Barking players and management the referee was not convinced and the goal stood. Barking fought back and an excellent run by Jordan Peart ended with a cross into the box leading to a scramble that both Abs Seymour and Alex Teniola tried to force the ball home but eventually Aveley keeper David Hughes grabbed the ball. Three minutes before the break Aveley took a major stride to securing the points when Jack McQueen and Jordan Peart converged on an Aveley player and this resulted in a penalty. Up stepped Sam Bantick and confidently sent Tim Brown the wrong way for 2-0 to the away side. In the time remaining there was one last chance for Barking as a Seymour free kick was met by Tobi Joseph but although the contact was firm the ball curled wide of the goal.
The second half was very similar to the first with both sides pushing on in an effort to score but in the main there was no real end product, Barking’s main threat coming from set pieces but any corners, free kicks and long throws were comfortably dealt with by the visiting defence with Barking also holding firm at the other end. It was a stalemate that suited Aveley who were playing within themselves but the suspicion was even if Barking did manage a breakthrough they had another gear or two to step up - but it would have been interesting from a home perspective to have tested this theory. In the closing stages sub Ola Ogunwamide did provide some threat: on 79 Nana Boakye-Yiadom was set free down the Barking right and his cross found Ogunwamide whose header flashed wide when an on-target effort would of definitely tested Hughes. Ogunwamide then nearly turned provider two minutes later when he managed to find space wide out left and his pacy cross was deflected wide for a corner with Barking players lurking. Unfortunately it was not meant to be and Aveley deservedly took the points in their effort to join Bowers & Pitsea in the Bostik Premier division.
As for us we are twelfth in the table but defeat to another play-off team Maldon & Tiptree on Saturday in the final match of the season and other results going against us could mean a drop to thirteenth. Let’s hope we can end the season on a high note and go into the summer on a positive.
Report source: Terry Gilbert/Barking FC
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