Saturday 25th March 2017
Essex Senior League
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Current Form: L W W W L W
Joe Pearman 59' 75'
Ben O'Brien (C)
Liam Burgess 80'
Petrit Elbi 63'
John Bricknell 50'
James Peagram 50'
Matheus Santos 63'
Ashley Wackers-Kyriacou 80'
Eton Manor 0
Barking make the grade against Eton Manor
Barking moved within one win of the Essex Senior League title thanks to a 2-0 victory over a robust and organised Eton Manor side. It took until the final 30 minutes for the Blues to find the net but Joe Pearman grabbed a brace to move the Blues ever closer to the league title.
The first chance fell to the Blues after five minutes after some good football as Petrit Elbi found John Bricknell but he skied his effort over the bar. There were half chances of little note for Ben O’Brien and Joe Pearman but it was Eton Manor who went closest after 28 minutes as an out swinging cross from the left wing was headed just wide by a Manor striker. Manor managed to limit Barking’s chances thanks to an organised back line who managed to push up when necessary and catch the Blues offside when they attempted to break the defensive line. The last 5 minutes of the first half saw both sides go close however – Manor found themselves with a dangerous free kick on the edge of the box but this was deflected into the hands of Barking stopper Rob Hatton. Barking managed to finally get in on goal over the top minutes later but Petrit Elbi volleyed the ball just wide of the goal.
The second half was as tight as the first – it took until the 58th minute for the first chance and it was another Eton Manor set piece – this time an out swinging free-kick was headed into the ground and over the bar. Billy Rix came close a minute later from outside the box as Eton Manor failed to properly clear a corner but his shot was over the bar. A minute later and this was forgotten however as Brad Ling cut the Eton Manor defence in two with a splitting pass which found Peagram through on goal – Peagram was unselfish however and played a simple pass to Joe Pearman who had an easy tap in to give the hosts the lead. There were vociferous protests to the assistant referee and referee that either one or both of the attackers were offside but neither were moved and after a short discussion the goal was given. Barking midfielder Joe Staunton nearly doubled the lead as he won the ball off a Manor defender in their own box with his low shot squirming under the goalkeeper before being cleared away before it could cross the line. Barking did double their lead as the game entered the last 15 minutes after some good interplay between Joe Pearman and sub Matheus Santos – Pearman played Santos down the right wing who returned the favour by cutting the ball back inside to Joe Pearman in the box who shot low at the near post of the goalkeeper who was wrong-footed and could only watch as the ball found the net for 2-0. Santos nearly had a goal himself minutes later as he was found by a Pearman cross but his lifted effort was headed off the line by a Manor defender.
James Peagram was unlucky not to score as Pearman again attempted to turn provider as he cut the ball back from the left wing to Peagram who stretched and saw his shot hit the post – it was déjà vu two minutes later with a similar move but this time Peagram was thwarted by a bobble in the box with his effort clearing the stand. Barking held out for the final ten minutes with no chances for either side to get within touching distance of the Essex Senior League title.
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
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