Saturday 23rd March 2019
Bostik League North
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Len Salmon Stadium
Jack McQueen 46' (1)
Ryan Cosson (C)
Jack Roult 22'
Alex Teniola 46' (2)
Ben O'Brien 22'
Abs Seymour 46' (2)
Jordan Peart 46' (1)
Bowers & Pitsea 9
Where to begin commenting on the result and performance witnessed by the Barking supporters at the Len Salmon stadium - first of all congratulations to Bowers & Pitsea on winning the 18/19 Bostik North title as this now seems inevitable being 12 points clear with six games remaining and just seven points needed if Maldon win all of their remaining games. Also with their +63 goal difference it is very hard to see anyone catching them. The clinical finishing they demonstrated against Barking ensured the majority of the 196 present at the Len Salmon stadium went home happy.
As for the match itself it became a story of how many and who would score - in the end the nine goals were spread across five different scorers with David Knight leading the way with four.
It took only four minutes for Bowers to pierce the Barking defensive rear-guard with Bradley Warner firing home and on ten Lewis Manor made it two. Manor added a third on 29 and the goal was initially not given as the assistant referee did not indicate it had crossed the line and run away as if nothing had happened: the goal was finally given after consultation with the referee. Barking started to rally at this point but the grip that Bowers had meant it was hard to make any penetrating runs or passes to create chances and the best effort of the half was a well struck free kick from Rashid Kamara turned away by Bowers keeper Andy Wilton. However, the real action was at the other end of the pitch as the home side turned the screw and Knight scored again on 37 and former Blue Quentin Monville fired home across Montel Joseph on the stroke of half time to complete a thoroughly miserable 45 minutes from a Barking perspective.
Justin Gardner made two changes at half time bringing on Abs Seymour and Jordan Peart for Jack McQueen and Alex Teniola and for the opening five minutes or so Bowers were kept at bay and then on 52 disaster struck: Montel Joseph appeared to have the ball and then dropped it to present David Knight with an opportunity he wasn’t go to pass up. By this point if it had been a boxing match the referee would have stopped the contest so as to not inflict further punishment on an opponent not able to defend themselves - however, Barking did rally again with only pride to fight for and Jordan Peart provided the only real ray of sunshine with his runs and crosses causing Bowers problems with Kamara testing Wilton again and a close effort from Billy Reynolds - but the home side were in no mood to allow for a consolation goal or two. The scoring continued on 69 with Lewis Clark making it seven and as the game began to wind to its conclusion Knight completed his hat trick and then scored his fourth from the penalty spot after a foul by Billy Reynolds. Thankfully Barking were spared the ignominy of conceding double figures in the minutes that remained.
Afterwards club Captain Abs Seymour issued an apology on social media and hopefully there will be a reaction to this next Saturday as we entertain Bury Town at Mayesbrook Park kick off 3pm.
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