Tuesday 10th October 2017
FA Trophy Preliminary Round Replay
Kick off: 7:45pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Jay Knight 80'
Theo Ola 90+2'
Abs Seymour (C)
Sam Shaban 75'
Dan Gilchrist 72'
Goldy Capela 60'
Kiernan Hughes-Mason 72'
Jay Knight 60'
Theo Ola 75'
OLA STEPS UP LATE ON FOR BARKING
A late Theo Ola free kick secured Barking’s passage into the First Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy as they mounted a late fightback to win 2-1. Sam Bell gave Chipstead the lead with 30 minutes to go before Jay Knight equalised and then Theo Ola struck with the hammer blow.
Barking went close in the first minute as Abs Seymour fizzed a corner through the box which Sam Shaban got closest to but unfortunately couldn’t make contact with. Chipstead’s first chance came five minutes later as a striker poked a right wing cross over the bar. Ollie Bowles was forced into his first save after 14 minutes as a right wing counter attack saw Leon Lalor-Dell through on goal but Bowles was able to deny him at his near post. The resultant corner was headed back across goal with Bowles forced into an acrobatic save to tip the ball over the top. A minute later and it was Barking’s chance to force the goalkeeper into a save as Seymour fought to win the ball off a defender before finding Dan Gilchrist but his shot was tipped over the bar. The game tightened up and it took until the half hour mark for another chance as Toib Adeyemi found Alan Taylor in space who opened his body up but he fired over. With half time approaching Albert Levett saw his powerful effort palmed away while Taylor’s shot from a narrow angle was comfortably smothered by the Chipstead stopper.
The first action of the second half occurred after 51 minutes as Dan Gilchrist was fouled – he stepped up to take the resultant free kick but the effort was blocked and he put the rebound wide. Goldy Capela had his first chance of note after 56 minutes but his header crept wide. It was Chipstead who took the lead after 61 minutes however as Lalor-Dell jinked past Seymour before playing Sam Bell through on goal who slotted home. Barking had no choice but to push on and did so thanks in no small part to sub Jay Knight who had his first chance two minutes after the goal but after jinking past two his shot was off target. Knight should have scored five minutes later – Taylor powered into the box and squared the ball to Knight who looked like he had an easy finish from yards out but a bobble helped sky the ball over the top. Knight found himself through on goal but his touch was too big and the goalkeeper was able to smother but the ball found its way to Taylor who again skied the rebound. It looked like the equaliser would never come but after 80 minutes Jay Knight beat his marker to a near post corner by Seymour and flicked the ball home.
The game then looked to be heading for extra time until Theo Ola won himself a free kick on the edge of the box. Theo Ola stepped up himself to power the ball over the wall and past the desperate dive of the Chipstead goalkeeper to give Barking a late victory.
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
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