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'
BARKING LEAVE AVELEY FEELING BLUE
A late goal from Abs Seymour was enough for Barking as they came from behind to beat Aveley now under the management of James Webster. Aveley took an early lead through Ross Gleed but second half goals from Kiernan Hughes-Mason and Seymour turned the game on its head as the Blues secured all three points.
Aveley had an early free-kick smothered by Ollie Bowles but they took the lead after seven minutes as JJ Da Cruz attempted to head a long ball back to Bowles but Ross Gleed sneaked in and poked the ball home. Barking went close to an equaliser after 15 minutes as a corner by Abs Seymour flicked off the head of Ben O’Brien before ricocheting after Kieran Hughes-Mason and hitting the crossbar. Barking forced Rhys Madden in the Aveley goal into his first save after 34 minutes as Sam Shaban was fouled – Seymour stepped up to take the free-kick and his effort was goal bound before he was thwarted by Madden. The first half ended with Aveley on the front foot and with two dangerous set pieces of their own but they failed to create any further chances
It took just 3 minutes of the second half for Barking to equalise – Ricky Tarbard curled a ball in between the Aveley defence and goalkeeper and Kiernan Hughes-Mason pounced to nod the ball home before Madden could react. Barking came close to a second five minutes later as Shaban forced a mistake from the goalkeeper and found himself through on goal thanks to a through ball from Hughes-Mason but his low shot was too close to the goalkeeper. Aveley started to get a foothold back in the game – forcing Bowles into two good saves just before the hour mark. Aveley found the roof of the net with a header after 69 minutes but it was Barking who went closest shortly after – resilient work by Timi Abiola created a good chance for Dan Gilchrist but his chance was over the bar. The game seemed to be heading for a draw until the 85th minute Jay Knight managed to pick a long ball out of the air and set the ball to Albert Levett – he was tackled with the ball coming back out to Ben O’Brien who played a simple pass to Abs Seymour who took a touch before driving the ball low and hard past the flatfooted Madden to give Barking the lead.
There was time for one more Barking chance as Knight jinked his way past two defenders but Madden this time was equal to it with a strong hand to palm the ball away. Barking kept it tight at the back for the remaining minutes to secure a vital three points at Mayesbrook Park.
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
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