Tuesday 12th September 2017
Velocity Trophy First Round
Kick off: 7:45pm
Venue: AGP Arena
Ricky Tarbard 8'
Steve Willis 82'
Ben O'Brien (C)
Dan Gilchrist 76'
Kwabena Asamoah 62'
Akwasi Marfo 82'
Darius Izukanne 62'
Alan Taylor 76'
Billericay Town 5
BILLERICAY TO HOT TO HANDLE
Barking were knocked out of the Velocity Sports Trophy after a 5-1 loss to a strong Billericay side – but the score line does not tell the full story as Billericay had Alan Julian in goal to thank for making some fantastic saves. Julian was in fact awarded MoTM for his efforts. Ricky Tarbard did manage to beat Julian as he scored Barking’s equaliser after they fell behind early on.
It looked like it was going to be a long evening for the Blues as Joe Ellul headed home from a corner after two minutes to give Billericay the lead. Julian provided his first breathtaking save as Theo Ola had seemed to pick out the top corner with a curling effort only for a stretching Julian to palm the ball round the post. Barking did have an equaliser two minutes later as Paul Konchesky failed to clear Ola’s cross and the ball fell to Ricky Tarbard who shot low and hard past Julian’s right hand. Dan Gilchrist squeezed a shot through defenders after 15 minutes but Julian was equal to it. Billy Bricknell nearly gave Barking a taste of things to come after 21 minutes he failed to control a long ball over the top and Ollie Bowles collected the loose ball. Bowles was forced into his first good save as Jeremy Lynch played Bricknell through on goal but Bowles was equal to his powerful effort. Steve Willis was penalised for a foul after 35 minutes and Jermaine Pennant stepped up to take the free kick – the effort was blocked and Barking managed to counter attack through Gabriel Adelowo and Ola saw his backheel go wide. Billericay controlled the play in the first half and then struck Barking with a double sucker punch just before half time. The first goal saw Barking fail to deal with Paul Konchesky’s free kick and Dan Walker was there to head home. Walker got a second a minute later – Barking put players forward and Billericay countered – Ricky Tarbard managed to read a dummy to intercept the ball but it fell to a Billericay player leaving the left wing exposed with the ball being crossed to Walker who slotted home to make it 3-1 at half time.
Billericay started the second half comfortable and dominant in possession and Bowles was forced into another save after 55 minutes as he tipped over a free kick. Barking finally had another sniff at goal after 66 minutes as Gilchrist headed onto the roof of the net from a short corner. Two minutes later and Barking were scratching their head as to how Julian pulled off another save as Gilchrist put Goldy Capela through on goal, Julian did well to save the initial effort which left the ball looping in the air – Julian scrambled back as Capela won a header that seemed to be going in before Julian somehow clawed the ball away. The importance of the save was emphasised minutes later as Toib Adeyemi couldn’t stretch far enough to clear a cross and Bricknell capitalised to drive the ball home. Bricknell had another chance five minutes later but brave blocking by Willis and Ben O’Brien denied him another goal. Barking could do nothing a minute later however as Billericay turned on the quality – good work by Paul Konchesky and Ricky Modeste gave Bricknell space in the box and he dutifully drove the ball home for a 5-1 scoreline. Barking didn’t give up however and Darius Izukanne intercepted the ball as the game entered the last ten minutes but he shot just wide. Two minutes later and Goldy Capela had another chance but it was too close to Julian who gathered comfortably.
With the game entering injury time Sam Shaban was again denied by a fantastic save by Julian as he went one-on-one with the goalkeeper with the rebound falling to Capela but he was denied by a brave defensive block.
The full-time whistle blew with Barking disappointed at the score line but can hold their heads up high at the performance and the chances they created against a Bostik Premier side.
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
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