Saturday 8th December 2018
Bostik League North
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Darelle Russell 22'
Ola Ogunwamide 65'
Chinedu Osadebe 92'
Abs Seymour (C)
Daniel Cheema 90'
Ola Ogunwamide 82'
Michael Mignot 92'
Jayden Charles 82'
Billy Willis 90'
Grays Athletic 1
A dogged clinical display from Barking got them back to winning ways against playoff contenders Grays Athletic as they ran out 2-1 victors. On Thursday Grays Manager Jamie Stuart won the Bostik League North manager of the month for November and this could be considered par for the course or curse dependent on your point of view.
Barking's own manager Justin Gardner had to shuffle his pack due to players being unavailable for various reasons and felt pre-game that his side might be physically small of stature compared to their Grays counterparts but in the end each player stood tall and played their part to ensure the three points were won.
Of the players on view for Barking Chinedu Osadebe made his first start in a Barking shirt and on the bench Jayden Charles son of coach Julian made his first appearance s the second half as did defender Billy WIllis and Ross Elsom was an unused sub after his first appearance on Tuesday.
The game started off fairly equal apart from an early Grays chance as Kieran Bishop found himself through on goal only to be denied by Barking keeper Tim Brown. However, It was Barking who took the lead on 22 minutes as a neat little pass from Ola Ogunwamide found Darelle Russell who sidefooted the ball perfectly home. Grays looked dangerous from set pieces and just before half time a corner was flicked towards goal from point blank range for a certain equaliser only for our Tim Brown’s hand to come from nowhere to palm the ball away for an unbelievable save.
Grays started the second half with a aerial bombardment which consisted of a succession of corners and long throws and corners but they were made to pay on 65 for pushing forward as Jordan Peart sprinted the length of the field with the ball before squaring to Ola Ogunwamide who powered the ball home. Grays finally beat our man of the match Brown thanks to Bishop header on 73 to set a nervy final fifteen minutes but Barking held on despite a deflected effort hitting the top of the bar to claim all three points.
Next up is a trip to Suffolk next Saturday where we take on Bury Town.
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
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