Saturday 8th April 2017
Essex Senior League
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Leslie Fields
Current Form:L W W D L W
Petrit Elbi 15, 31, 87' Pen
Billy Rix 29'
Joe Pearman 51' Pen
Brad Ling 58'
Ben O'Brien (C) 60'
Steve Willis 46'
Paul Oshin 60'
Ashley Wackers-Kyriacou 58'
Jay Taylor 46'
Burnham Ramblers 0
Five-star Barking secure title in style
Barking secured the Essex Senior League title with a five-star display against Burnham in their top-v-bottom battle at Leslie Field.
Petrit Elbi fired a hat-trick for Blues as they put the hosts to the swords to finally be crowned champions, a week on from securing promotion to the Ryman League.
The visitors could have opened the scoring inside the first 20 seconds, but James Peagram saw his shot deflected over.
But they took the lead after Joe Pearman headed wide and Peagram fired into the side netting, as Peagram burst into the box and saw his shot saved for Elbi to tap home his first goal of the afternoon.
Blues doubled their advantage when Billy Rix fired a low drive into the corner of the net and it was 3-0 when Elbi latched on to a long ball and rounded the Burnham keeper before slotting into an empty net.
Peagram and Elbi went close to further goals before the interval, while Brad Ling had a header tipped onto the crossbar.
But it was 4-0 early in the second half when Pearman scored from the penalty spot, having seen Elbi go close at the near post moments earlier.
And Barking added their fifth with another penalty, stroked home by Elbi to complete his treble.
Victory took Blues to 94 points, eight clear of second-placed Clapton who have only two games remaining.
And they will hope to end their title-winning campaign on a high, with matches still to play against Sporting Bengal, Southend Manor and Stansted over the next three weekends.
Report source: Barking & Dagenham Post website
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