Saturday 12th August 2017
Bostik League North
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Ben O'Brien 16'
Billy Jones 88' Penalty
Will Putt 82'
Ben O'Brien (C)
Arian Retkoceri 63'
Michael Pindy 77'
Alan Taylor 63'
Goldy Capela 77'
Dan Gilchrist 82'Timi Abiola
Waltham Abbey 3
BARKING SUFFER DEFEAT ON BOSTIK RETURN
Barking fell to a 3-2 defeat in their first game back in the Bostik North at the hands of Waltham Abbey. Billy Holland put Abbey in front before an equaliser by Ben O’Brien but second half goals from Darell Russell and Christian Assombalonga put the result away from the Blues before a late penalty from Billy Jones created some nerves.
Abbey saw an early volley clear the bar but Lewis Lockyer was the first goalkeeper called into action as he palmed away a free kick from Abs Seymour after Michael Pindy had been fouled. Bowles was forced into action for the first time after 9 minutes with a routine save but a minute later Barking were a goal down as an Abbey attacker drove down the left wing and powered the ball across goal – Bowles was on hand to palm it away but it fell to Billy Holland who volleyed towards goal where it took a wicked deflection wrongfooting the Barking stopper and giving Waltham Abbey the lead. Barking were level 6 minutes later however – a corner by Abs Seymour to the far post was met by the leaping Ben O’Brien who headed back across goal – an Abbey defender stretched to try and hook the ball away but the ball has crossed the line and the goal was given. The game slowed down with only one other chance of note for either team – just before the half hour mark Seymour chipped a ball over the top of the Abbey defence to find Billy Jones but his volleyed attempt was blocked away. There was a first chance of the game for Waltham Abbey’s Christian Assombalonga but he headed wide from a corner.
Assombalonga started the second half with another chance from a lobbed through ball but he was crowded out and the chance missed. The Waltham Abbey pressure continued and with half an hour left on the clock came close to taking the lead again as a low cross from the right fizzed across goal with Barking relieved to see Ricky Tarbard knocking the ball out for a corner. Abbey continued to have the majority of possession with Barking being equal to the attacks but unable to retain the ball higher up the field. The pressure finally told after 75 minutes as a scuffed ball from the left wing found Darrell Russell who held off a Barking defender placing the ball in the bottom right corner of the net. Goldy Capela was introduced immediately and came close to scoring quickly but was denied by Lockyer making a comfortable save. Left-back Will Putt was taken off and replaced by striker Dan Gilchrist with the Blues moving to a back 3 with Ricky Tarbard moving to centre-back. The move left gaps however and Christian Assombalonga latched onto a long ball before twisting and turning away from Danny Fitzsimons and smashing the ball home with an emphatic finish to make the score 3-1 with only 5 minutes remaining.
Barking did halve the deficit and make for an interesting few minutes as Goldy Capela continued his impressive cameo and won a penalty after being tripped in the box. Billy Jones stepped up to take the penalty and Lockyer the wrong way as he dived to his right and the ball went to his left for Jones first goal in a Barking shirt. The Blues rushed forward in the remaining minutes with goalkeeper Ollie Bowles pushing forward in the last few set pieces but they were unable to grab an equalising goal.
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.