Saturday 6th October 2018
Bostik League North
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Ben O'Brien 21'
Darelle Russell 97'
Abs Seymour (C)
Afolabi Obafemi 63'
Ola Ogunwamide 72'
Emmanuel Ighorae 72'
Larry Akanbi 63'
Rashid Kamara 97
Dereham Town 0
Barking worked hard and showed resilience as they took home all three points by one goal to nil to end a difficult period. Before the game centre halves Ryan Cosson and Joe Bruce were unavailable and we were dealt a further blow by losing another centre half Gary Cohen in the warm up to a calf injury
This meant Justin Gardner had not only to reshuffle the team but the formation by fielding a back three containing a centre midfielder (Jack Edwards), a right back (Ricky Tarbard) and 17 year old centre back Jack McQueen making just his fifth appearance. Darelle Russell replaced Cohen in a unfamiliar wing back role.
With both sides struggling for form and the game played in continual torrential rain it was not going to be a classic.
Emmanuel Olajide provided a vital early save early on but it was Barking who continued to push forward and took the lead after 21 minutes as Ben O’Brien marked his return to the team and his 352nd senior appearance rose home to nod the ball home from Ricky Tarbard's cross.
The second half was a slightly more cagey affair as Dereham pushed forward, but Barking looked dangerous on the counter attack including a Daniel Cheema shot which skimmed the post and a Larry Akanbi effort which hit the side netting which some home supporters thought to be a goal. Dereham finished the game with ten men due to injury and even though there was more than seven minutes of added time neither side could add to the score line.
Post match Barking manager Justin Gardner took to Twitter to say: "I am a very confident person but will be honest I was very worried, we only go onto win the game but also keep a clean sheet, in terms of what I had available to me today I will say its up there with one of the best wins of my career."
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
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