Saturday 15th December 2018
Bostik League North
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Ram Meadow
Darelle Russell 36''
Jack Edwards 85'
Abs Seymour (C)
Daniel Cheema 45'
Ola Ogunwamide 57'
Michael Mignot 85'
Rashid Kamara 57'
Gary Cohen 45'
Bury Town 2
BARKING NOT QUITE MAULED IN THE LIONS DEN
In the build up to this game Barking manager likened visitiing Bury's Ram Meadow to a visit lion's den. However on a day with freezing wind and heavy rain the home side triumphed with two first half Ollie Hughes sandwiched by a equaliser from Darelle Russell who scored for the third game running and took his league and cup total to eight.
It was a fairly even start to the game with Tim Brown making an early slip but receovering just in time and Ola Ogunwamide and Jordan Peart making progress down Bury's left wing as the visitors tried to force the issue with the home defence. Barking's Brown was the first keeper to be tested as he made a smart stop to deny Cemal Ramadan giving Bury the lead, but Darelle Russell produced a similar effort shortly after but Bury keeper Luis Tibbles was equal to it. Barking fell behind on 25 when from a corner Ollie Hughes headed home for one nil - however they struck back to equalise on 36 following a throw in the ball was moved across the pitch and Abs Seymour freed Darelle Russell who slotted home. With the 45 minutes being up it was a case trying to hold what we had until the interval, but literally as the board went up indicating an additional minute Bury broke down our right and the cross although intially too long was played back to Hughes who easily beat the exposed Brown to make it 2-1 and change any half time team talk for either manager.
After the break the weather deterioated and we could not get a real grip on the game despite defending well and in the process surviving a couple of penalty appeals: one where Ryan Cosson although stretching clearly won the ball and the other for close range hand ball. Bury also missed an excellent chance to extend their lead but the effort was fired wide at close range. Brown made another excellent save to turn a shot away from goal and onrushing attackers. Our best chances for a second equaliser came with Abs Seymour's shot from distance but Tibbles acrobatically turned it away and a Rashid Kamara shot just clearing the bar. However, Bury managed out the game with a succession of free kicks around our penalty area, the "Lions" took home the three points and all Barking had to look forward to was a wet journey back to Essex.
Next Saturday sees our final home game of 2018 when we play another Town: Brentwood a team who we have yet to beat since our return to the Bostik league.
Report source: Terry Gilbert/Barking FC
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