Date: Tuesday 17th September 2019
BetVictor I Isthmian League South Central

Artmeladze 27'
Artmeladze 35'
Mallett 85'
Attendance: 71
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Current form:

Starters: Montel Joseph, Ricky Tarbard, Jordan Peart, Sam Owusu, Daniel Flemming, Joe Bruce, Jack Roult, Abs Seymour (C), Dumebi GB-Dumaka, Sheri Artmeladze, Johnny Ashman
Substitutes: Donnell Anderson, Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Jack Hayes, Junior Dadson, Ryan Mallett
67' Anderson Seymour 
68' Boakye-Yiadom Tarbard 
83' Mallett GB-Dumaka
Yellow cards: Artmeladze, Flemming
Red cards: None


For the first 45 minutes all was rosey for Barking, they had overturned a single goal deficit and were leading at the break for the first time this season. Then three second half goals turned the match on its head and despite a late rally, it was not enough to salvage a point.

You would've guessed this game would have goals in it as our last two meetings with Waltham Abbey in season 17/18 yielded nine goals, now make it 16 in three games and we have two more games to come later this season.

As expected from Saturday’s game there were changes made and in fact they totalled six with three being new signings. Firstly Jordan Peart returned from Heybridge Swifts and Dumebi GB-Dumaka made his Barking return and first appearance for us since the 14th of December 2013. The third and final player was Shermadin Artmeladze or ‘Sheri’ as he is more commonly known was our mystery pre-season trialist scoring four goals and generally impressing all round. We were able to include him for the first time as the necessary clearance was finally received and he marked his senior debut with two well taken goals.

Barking started on the front foot and in the third minute a low Ashman cross from the left was missed by GB-Dumaka but found Sam Owusu who could not keep his feet stretching for the ball and the chance was gone. Abbey hit back themselves when an effort from Nathan Koranteng canonned back off the post with Montel Joseph clawing at thin air. The first goal arrived on 17 for Abbey through a former blue in Junior Appiah when the ball rebounded kindly for him in the penalty area and he duly obliged to put the visitors one up.Barking hit back through a Ashman free kick which bounced over the bar with Daniel Flemming unable to get the vital touch and Ricky Tarbard putting Ashman clear but despite his twists and turns his final shot was deflected away for a corner. The equaliser arrived on 27 when persistent hassling from Jack Roult chasing down the Abbey keeper and Abs Seymour winning the ball: this time it rebounded kindly to Sheri Artmeladze who advanced into the area and calmly slotted home his first senior goal. It got better eight minutes later when again Abbey were hassled and harried into surrendering the ball to Seymour who set up Sheri Artmeladze and from his own half with several players in pursuit he sold a defender and the keeper and excellent dummy before planting the ball in the net. Two minutes a Roult cross was met by Dee Dumaka but his header under pressure went over the bar.  

So we led at the break and all was well, but football has a habit of kicking you in the teeth when you least expect it.

With just two minutes of the second half gone Appiah floated in a cross and with Joseph in no-man’s land Leonne McKenzie headed the equaliser and suffered an injury in the process. It got worse for Barking on 57 when a long throw was nodded on to Billy Holland at the back post and he put Abbey back in front. The best Barking could manage in response was when Roult played in Owusu with the option to either shoot or cross but an outstretched leg denied him. The visitors effectively sealed the points on 63 when Seymour tried to clear a corner while falling to the ground his header looped back towards goal and the outstretched hand of Montel Joseph palmed the ball into the net for an OG. As to be expected the home side pushed on in search of goals and Nana Boakye-Yiadom made his return from injury replacing Ricky Tarbard and Nana nearly brought us back into the game but his effort was scrambled away. With five minutes left sub Ryan Mallett gave Barking hope when he met Ashman’s cross in a move which was started with a clever ball from another sub Donnell Anderson. Boakye-Yiadom nearly snatched the equaliser but he was denied at close range by Abbey keeper Curtis Jackson. In added time Montel Joseph came up for a corner to try and score at the right end but unfortunately he never got near enough to the ball to do a “Jimmy Glass” and then with the last kick of the game Roult was through and clear - the decision: shoot or pass? He decided to shoot and Jackson blocked it and the final whistle went straight after.

After the luxury of a home game we hit the M25 again on Saturday to take on opponents from our Essex Senior League days: FC Romania with the usual 3pm kick off.

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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