Saturday 25th November 2017
Bostik League North
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Ben O'Brien 10'
Kiernan Hughes-Mason 87'
Timi Abiola 68'
J.J. Da Cruz
Abs Seymour (C)
Dan Gilchrist 73'
Kiernan Hughes-Mason 89'
Ryan Reed 73'
Sam Shaban 89'
Akwasi Marfo 68'
BARKING TAKE ALL 3 POINTS IN LOCAL DERBY
Barking were victorious against local rivals Romford thanks to a scrappy 2-0 win. Barking opened the scoring early on thanks to Ben O’Brien but were pegged back until Kiernan Hughes-Mason made sure of the points late on. The win keeps Barking impressive unbeaten run going and it is also another game where Barking have kept a clean sheet.
The Blues had the early running of the game and came close after seven minutes when Kiernan Hughes-Mason saw his volley clear the bar but three minutes later they had the lead, Ricky Tarbard floated a cross from the right wing and it found Ben O’Brien who leapt highest to flick the ball on into the bottom left corner of the net. Hughes-Mason went close to doubling the lead just 8 minutes later as he latched onto a long ball but his shot was well saved by Janata in the Romford goal.
Both sides failed to create another further chances until the second half and it looked like Romford had an equaliser after 50 minutes as a low cross from the right wing was prodded home but to the relief of Barking’s fans and players the offside flag had been raised. Romford were not deterred by this setback and became the better in the second half with the Blues struggling to retain possession. Romford went close again after 67 minutes as a free kick from the left wing was headed over at the near post but it was Barking who struck the final blow after 87 minutes as a counter attack saw a precise cross-field ball from Albert Levett to Ryan Reed. Reed lifted the ball over the remaining defenders to leave Hughes-Mason in on goal against the goalkeeper. Kiernan Hughes-Mason dutifully rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home to secure all three points for Barking.
There was still time for one final chance for Romford but it was comfortably collected by Bowles. Barking will be happy with the three points but perhaps would have preferred to do so in more convincing style.
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
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