Saturday 18th November 2017
Bostik League North
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
' Abs Seymour 20'
J.J. Da Cruz
Abs Seymour (C)
Dan Gilchrist 83'
Kiernan Hughes-Mason 88'
Akwasi Marfo 77'
Ryan Reed 83'
Tiob Adeyemi 88'
Theo Ola 77'
Canvey Island 0
BARKING LEAVE CANVEY ISLAND STRANDED
Barking produced another fantastic rear-guard action as they took all three points against title contenders Canvey Island with a 1-0 victory at Mayesbrook Park. A free kick by Abs Seymour in the first half was enough as Barking took the points.
Barking were the better side in the early running but it was Canvey who had the first chance after 15 minutes as some pressure led to a far post cross from the left wing but it was headed over from close range. Barking took the lead however after 20 minutes after Dan Gilchrist was fouled on the edge of the box. Abs Seymour stepped up and curled the ball around the wall – Ashlee Jones in the Canvey goal scampered to try and keep the ball out but he couldn’t get across quickly enough to scoop the ball away and Barking had the important first goal. Barking nearly doubled their lead minutes later as a corner evaded everyone before rebounding back into danger off a defender before being cleared. The second half of the first period passed without note as Barking kept Canvey to nondescript long range efforts.
There was an early penalty appeal for Canvey but the second half started as the first ended with little in terms of goalmouth action and it took until the 64th minute for the first shot on target as a free kick led to an effort which was comfortably collected by Ollie Bowles at his near post. Seymour had a chance to double his tally for the game after 71 minutes but his shot skidded into the hands of Jones. Canvey ramped up the pressure and the tally of corners seemed to be mounting up but it took until the 84th minute for the next moment of note as another hopeful Canvey penalty appeal, this time for handball, was denied. Canvey should have had their equaliser at the 90 minute mark as a left wing cross found an unmarked attacker at the far post but he nodded the ball wide with the goal at his mercy.
There was time for one final chance as the ball was again headed wide from a left wing cross but Barking held on for another impressive three points and kept their clean sheet run going.
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
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