Tuesday 24th October 2017
Bostik League North
Kick off: 7:45pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Kiernan Hughes-Mason 48'
Abs Seymour 85'
J.J. Da Cruz
Abs Seymour (C)
Sam Shaban 68'
Dan Gilchrist 90'
Kiernan Hughes-Mason 82'
Theo Ola 82'
Tiob Adeyemi 90'
Jay Knight 68'
FULL REPORT TO FOLLOW - Interim report
Blues come from behind to beat the Millers
Barking came from behind to take the spoils at home to Aveley in the Bostik North with a 2-1 in an emotional encounter for Blues manager Justing Gardner, who came up against his former side.
Gardner enjoyed a four-year spell with the Millers, becoming their longest serving manager before leaving last year.
It took Aveley just seven minutes to break the deadlock as they looked adamant to spoil Gardner’s return. Ross Gleed took advantage of a poor clearance from Barking debutant JJ Da Cruz and lofted the ball over keeper Ollie Bowles into the corner to finish from close range.
New signing Da Cruz atoned for his error by winning every aerial battle following the goal.
Barking felt hard done by the manner in which they conceded and began to push forward immediately from the restart.
Kieran Hughes-Mason went close with a threatening header that would have ripped a hole had it found the net; unfortunately his effort ricocheted off the crossbar.
Blues captain Abs Seymour’s free kick called Aveley goalkeeper Rhys Madden into action after half hour, and the Millers stopper was at full stretch to pluck out the goal bound effort.
Barking picked up right where they left off and three minutes into the second half Kiernan Hughes-Mason got up well to head in an equaliser this time coming off the right side of the bar and going over the line.
Aveley pressed on to regain their lead and their best chance came when Bowles managed to keep a long range effort from 35 yards out, which would have certainly crept in under the crossbar had it not been for the outstretched hand of the Blues stopper.
But it was Barking who came out on top, taking all three points by netting the winner with five minutes left to play.
Jay Knight showed great work ethic to win what looked like a lost cause, before picking out Abs Seymour on the edge of the box.
The Barking skipper turned his marker on a sixpence and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner, leaving Madden with no chance and getting the winner against his former club.
Barking will now face Beaconsfield Town at home in the FA Trophy on Saturday.
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.