Saturday 9th September 2017
Bostik League North
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
' Jay Knight 18'
Theo Ola 23'
Dan Gilchrist 56'
Jay Knight 67'
Kreshnic Krasniqi (C) 75'
Alan Taylor 70'
Ernest Okoh 70'
Goldy Capela 67'
Darius Izukanne 75'
Grays Athletic 1
FULL REPORT TO FOLLOW - interim report
Barking took the spoils to register their first league victory of the season in a coming-of-age performance after falling agonisingly short in their opening three league encounters.
The visitors looked set to add to the Blues league misery when they opened the scoring after five minutes when goalkeeper Lamar Joseph’s long throw seemed to evade everyone before being picked up by an unmarked Sulley Zuhdu whose shot took a deflection on its way in for an own goal.
But Barking, coming off of the back of a big 4-0 FA Cup win at Gorleston, were not disheartened and battled to find an equaliser.
Jay Knight went close, seeing his shot slip just wide of the post, as Barking continued to ask more questions of the visitors defence.
And the hosts were rewarded when Jay Knight was again put through on goal and opened his body up well to keep the ball under control and place a shot across the face of Johnson and into the far corner just after the quarter of an hour mark.
Barking piled on more pressure and a neat give and go between Timi Abiola and Theo Ola managed to pick out Knight on the edge of the box only to be brought down.
Theo Ola stepped up to curl the free kick into the top corner and give Blues the lead on 22 minutes.
Grays came out after the interval all guns blazing, with Zuhdu again powering through only to snatch his shot wide.
When the barrage of Grays attacks fell silent Ola popped up with a mazy run, carrying the ball forward 40 yards from well within his own half and weaving past four defenders to unselfishly spot the run of Dan Gilchrist who only had the keeper to beat to extend Barking’s lead.
Grays mounted efforts to pull a goal back with substitute Kiernan Mason-Hughes seeing his far-post effort come off the woodwork and a well-struck effort from Kieran Bishop being saved by Ollie Bowles, but it wasn’t to be as Barking came away with an emphatic victory.
Report source: Moises Kalukembi/Barking & Dagenham Post website
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.