Date:Tuesday 12th November 2019
Competition: BetVictor Isthmian League South Central
Dixon Penalty 54'
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Starters: Montel Joseph, Ricky Tarbard, Jordan Peart, Max Bradford, Daniel Flemming, Joe Bruce, Johnny Ashman, Abs Seymour (C), Michael Dixon, Eddie Allsopp, Junior Dadson,
Substitutes: Jack Roult, Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Stuart Collins, Emmanuel Ighorae, Donnell Anderson
74' Roult Bradford
89' Collins Dadson
90' Boakye-Yiadom Allsopp
Yellow cards: Allsopp, Bradford, Flemming, Dixon, Seymour
Red cards: None
BLUES BREAK CURFEWS
The battling Blues of Barking claimed three valuable points in a topsy-turvy match which saw them lead until just before half time and then score three unanswered second half goals to win their third game on the spin.
A win for Chertsey would see them move into second place behind Hanwell Town or top if they scored enough goals and defeat for Barking would keep them entrenched in the lower part of the table.
There was one change in our starting line-up from Saturday’s win over Staines with Ricky Tarbard replacing Jack Roult who dropped to the bench and Emmanuel Ighorae returned from a spell out injured as an unused sub.
There was a 4pm pitch inspection to ensure that the game went ahead after the recent rain and considering the recent weather it held up well.
There was nothing to choose between the teams in the opening exchanges but after six minutes Max Bradford freed Johnny Ashman down the line but his shot was blocked for a corner, Eddie Allsopp’s flag kick was cleared for another corner but this came to nothing. On 15 a foul on Ashman gave Abs Seymour a free kick effort but unfortunately it cleared the bar, but in the next minute the home side edged in front when from out of nothing Eddie Allsopp strides forward, shoots and the ball seems to go through the body of Chertsey keeper Nick Jupp and into the net. This was the third goal in three games for the Charlton FC loanee. Barking were pressing as much as they could to try and give the visitors as little time as possible on the ball, but equally the high line held by Chertsey led to a large number of offside decisions against us. The next real chances for Barking came on 38 when the hustle and bustle of Michael Dixon led to a corner which was cleared or another which came to nothing. Then came the last five minutes of the half from which they had four clear chances and scored two goals. Firstly, a well-placed Jonathan Hippolyte fired the ball over the bar but on 42 the Curfews were level when following a good run down the Barking left Luke Baxter’s shot appeared to deceive Montel Joseph on the way into the net. Chertsey came again and Joseph denied them with a good save. The resulting corner came with literally seconds left of added time and the ball struck the arm of Abs Seymour and the referee Mr Conn pointed to the spot. Baxter sent Joseph the wrong way to complete the turnaround and the visitors went into the break the happier of the two teams.
The opening passage of the second half was pretty even with Chertsey defending what they had and Barking trying to get back into the match. After 53 minutes the game livened up from a Blue perspective: a good run from Dixon and he finds Ashman who is through and then flagged offside. Our fortunes changed just a minute later when Ashman’s cross was handled and Mr Conn pointed to the spot and then went on to explain to the protesting Chertsey players that it was exactly the same as the penalty he gave in the first half. Up stepped Michael Dixon and for a striker who has not scored for a few games confidently and firmly dispatched the ball into the corner of the net and Barking were level. It could of gone away from the home side again but Joseph produced another excellent stop on 57 to prevent Chertsey snatching the lead back. Barking did however snatch it themselves on 66 when Ricky Tarbard produced a defence splitting pass for Michael Dixon who had timed his run and was onside, he rounded Jupp and could not miss from close range to make it 3-2 and on a personal level eight goals for the season. Nine minutes later the up and down nature of the game was shown again: after a spell of pressure from the visitors and Barking being unable to clear their lines properly, from a corner the ball smacks our bar and the ball is cleared to Jordan Peart, he surges down the left wing - stopping at the edge of the box to find Seymour who in turn finds Junior Dadson and he simply was not going to miss for the fourth Barking goal. There was still time for a bit more drama as a Chertsey shot found the bar again and the last word as was with Ashman as he fired over and didn’t get the goal his evening’s efforts deserved.
After two home games we hit the road on Saturday to Reigate to take on South Park and hopefully continue our winning run.
Report source: Terry Gilbert/Barking FC
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.
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