Date: Tuesday 21st January 2020
Competition: BetVictor Isthmian League South Central
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Starters: Montel Joseph, Ricky Tarbard, Kevin Songolo, Sam Owusu, Jack Hayes, Joe Bruce, Johnny Ashman, Abs Seymour (C), Michael Dixon, Sherri Artmeladze, Giovanni Palmer
Substitutes: Junior Dadson, Daniel Flemming, Max Bradford, Steven Sardinha, Jordan Peart
54' Peart Palmer
74' Dadson Songolo
84' Bradford Ashman
Yellow cards: None
Red cards: None
BARKING SUFFER AGONY IN INJURY TIME
After looking set for a point Barking suffered injury time agony and a setback for the second game running: on Saturday a dramatic goal line clearance stopped a winning goal and tonight a 92nd minute strike direct from a corner by Mahlondo Martin denied us a point and inflict our first league defeat since early December.
There were five changes to Saturday’s starting eleven with Jordan Peart, Daniel Flemming, Steven Sardinha, Dumebi GB-Dumaka, Junior Dadson missing out and they were replaced by Kevin Songolo, Jack Hayes, Johnny Ashman, Sherri Artmekladze and Giovanni Palmer. For Palmer it was a first start in a Barking which unfortunately ended on 54 minutes when replaced by Jordan Peart after appearing to suffer an injury.
As in common to our previous match the first twenty minutes or so belonged to Barking with nothing hitting the back of the net to enforce the ascendancy they enjoyed. After three minutes Giovanni Palmer was set away down our left-hand side and his low cross was safely gathered in by Uxbridge keeper Paul McCarthy and two minutes later Johnny Ashman made progress down the right and his cross found Ricky Tarbard but his diving header does not unduly trouble McCarthy. Just after the quarter hour a Michael Dixon cross finds Sherri Artmeladze who shoots and with McCarthy in no man's land a defender clears the danger, on 19 the roles are reversed with Artmeladze finding Dixon whose effort fizzes past the post. On 20 Mahlondo Martin who we will hear more of later produces a shoot that only just clears the bar and from thereon was a danger to our goal until the end of the game. Ashman goes down the right again on 34 and again he finds Tarbard but his shot like his header lacks power and is comfortably dealt with. Three minutes before the interval a dangerous Uxbridge cross flies across our goal but thankfully no opposing player can take advantage and on the stroke of half time a Barking corner is flicked on by Jack Hayes to fellow central defender Joe Bruce who stretching cannot make any telling contact and McCarthy collected the ball.
At the start of the second half Uxbridge were on the front foot and Martin was causing problems and after two minutes the Reds were in front when Montel Joseph saved a shot with his feet only for Joe Bruce to inadvertently turn the ball into the net for an own goal. Half time substitute Jack Beadle was through on goal on 51 and looking set to double Uxbridge’s lead but the feet of Joseph denied him in what turned out to be a crucial save as in the next minute Barking were level. A ball forward by Tarbard finds Michael Dixon who strands McCarthy with a clever lob which finds the corner of the net. The game settles into a tit for tat period with neither keeper being seriously challenged and no real chances being created. As the clock began to tick down there was a spell of “pinball football” with the ball flying around the Barking area but thankfully Montel Joseph was on hand to settle our nerves. With five minutes remaining a good pass by Abs Seymour gives Dixon another opportunity to turn provider but Artmeladze can only fire over when well placed. Mark Bitmead for Uxbridge can only do the same when seemly in a good position. In the final minute Beadle fires wide as the Reds seem to be enjoying quite a bit more possession in the closing stages and in added time only the combined efforts of Joseph and Tarbard stop a dangerous opposition attack at the cost of a corner and a fairly costly corner it turned out to be as Martin’s flag kick eluded friend and foe alike to win the game for Uxbridge and leave Barking unable to produce any sort of reply in the short time remaining.
In terms of the league table we are still seventh and with this win Uxbridge move up to fourth and we should also be aware of the clutch of clubs below us with games in hand. It doesn’t get any easier for the Blues as we hit the road on Saturday and travel to Surrey to take on league leaders Westfield in what will be another tough examination of our play-off aspirations.
Report source: Terry 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.
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