Saturday 15th April 2017
Essex Senior League
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Attendance: 98
Current Form: W W D L W W

James Peagram 12'

Joe Pearman 25'

Rob Hatton

Ricky Tarbard

Ashley Wackers-Kyriacou

Paul Oshin

Billy Rix

Jay Taylor

Joe Pearman 51'

Ben O'Brien (C)

James Peagram

Max Watters 60'

Petrit Elbi 54'

Matheus Santos 51'

Timi Abiola 54'

Joe Staunton

Glen Golby

Brad Ling 60'

Barking 2
Sporting Bengal United 1

Barking victorious against Sporting Bengal

Two first half goals were enough to give Barking all three points on a sunny day which also the town’s Mayor at Mayesbrook to present the Essex Senior League trophy to the club and to fundraise for Richard’s House Hospice. A goal each for James Peagram and Joe Pearman were enough despite Bengal halving the deficit for a 2-1 score line at half and full time.

It seemed Barking were to take an early lead as Petrit Elbi was bought down in the box with a sliding tackle but despite the defender getting nowhere near the ball the referee waved play on. A minute later and Max Watters was clean through on goal but his shot across goal was too close to the goalkeeper who was able to palm away. The ball was quickly moved up the field but Rob Hatton was comfortably equal to the attempt on goal. Barking did take a deserved lead after 12 minutes – Joe Pearman took a short corner to Petrit Elbi – who played a tight ball back to Pearman on the goal line. Pearman played the ball back in the box to James Peagram at the penalty spot who shot through a row of bodies and into the net. Joe Pearman turned from provider to scorer after 25 minutes as a long ball by Billy Rix was headed past defenders by Paul Oshin to Joe Pearman who cut inside from the left wing of the box and unleashed a thunderbolt which flew past the goalkeeper and into the net. Peagram had the chance for his second a few minutes later but he volleyed wide after finding space from a ball over the top. The chances continued to flow for Barking – a 33rd minute free kick skimmed the post before Joe Pearman saw his shot deflected onto the post where it rebounded back off the back of the goalkeeper and just crept wide of the post. The 43rd minute saw some good interplay between Watters and Tarbard who crossed the ball to Petrit Elbi but he saw his shot denied by the goalkeeper. It was Bengal who found themselves a way back into the game just before half time however – Hatton palmed a pile driver from long range over the bar, only for a short corner to be crossed to the far post where it was headed back across goal and found Yaya Embalo who tucked the ball home.

The 50th minute saw Hatton again deny Bengal – he palmed away a shot as his near post before seeing a header from the resultant corner wide of the post. The game took a dramatic turn after 57 minutes as Billy Rix was fouled – he reacted badly and the resultant mini-fracas led to him and Embalo (who had fouled him to begin with) being sent off. This led to a reshuffle – Max Watters was taken off for Bradley Ling to partner Jay Taylor at the back. The game calmed down and it took until the 68th minute for Barking’s next chance as Taylor saw his header blocked en route to goal. There were two chances for Barking in the 77th minute – Peagram saw his free kick blocked before Taylor shot the rebound just wide. There was one last chance in the 80th minute as Peagram found space through on goal but he slid the ball wide of goal.

The final whistle blew to push Barking onto 97 points and after the game they were presented with their individual tankards for winning the Essex Senior League by Chairman Robert Errington as well as the trophy presentation by the Town Mayor.

Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC

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.


Barking FC v  v Sporting Bengal United FC - Saturday April 15th 2017

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