Date: Saturday 30th November 2019
Competition: BetVictor Isthmian League South Central
Venue: High Road
Starters: Montel Joseph, Ricky Tarbard, Jordan Peart, Max Bradford, Jack Hayes, Jack Roult, Johnny Ashman, Abs Seymour (C), Michael Dixon, Eddie Allsopp, Sherri Artmeladze
Substitutes: Kristof Matyas, Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Rob Brown, Steven Sardinha, Junior Dadson
60' Bradford Sardinha
73' Boakye-Yiadom Artmeladze
89' Matyas Allsopp
Yellow cards: Bradford, Hayes, Roult, Seymour
Red cards: None
BARKING GO TOP OF THE FORM AT CHIPSTEAD
Barking made it five league victories in November and go to the top of the current form table with a tight win away to Chipstead in which both teams played their part.
The playing pack had to be shuffled as Daniel Flemming (injured) and Joe Bruce (unavailable) absent meant a new centre back pairing of Jack Hayes and Ricky Tarbard. Both players contributed significantly and limited the home side to a single strike which came from the penalty spot.
Buoyed by two loan signings from Bromley the home side strived for a breakthrough and on nine from a far post corner only a Jack Roult headed clearance stopped a goalbound header accomplishing their target. Barking for their part began to exert pressure of their own with the returning Sherri Artmeladze and Johnny Ashman causing problems and the best chance came when Artmeladze found Michael Dixon but his shot well saved by Oliver Pain in the home goal. Barking struck first on 24 when winning the ball back from a Chipstead throw Michael Dixon puts his body in the way of a defender and side foots a curling effort around Pain and into the net for his eleventh of the season.
Five minutes later it could have been two following a Blues corner an Artmeladze cross is laid back by Dixon to Eddie Allsopp who shoots and Pain tips the ball over the bar. For the remainder of the half the notable chances went to the home side: on the half hour a cross flashes across our goal, Chipstead recycle possession into another cross and a close range volley is straight at the well placed Montel Joseph and it really should of been the equaliser The last chance of the half also fell the way of the home side but a header from far post corner was wide of the goal.
Chipstead continued to strive for the leveller after the break, but they did not create any clear-cut chances and Barking preserved their lead. An Ashman corner on 54 led to a Max Bradford header but this was saved by Pain, two minutes later we doubled our lead. A short free kick finds Dixon on the left wing and muscles his way into the box to deliver a low near post cross which Jack Hayes flicks home to put us two goals to the good. The wounded home side respond with a near post cross that is collected safely by Joseph. Despite the end to end nature of the match neither side threatened until ten minutes from time when a cross was deemed to have been handled by a Barking player and Daniel Moody sends Joseph the wrong way from the spot to set up a tense finish. In the end Barking held their nerve and sub Nana Boayke-Yiadom had a blocked effort for 3-1, but the Mayesbrook Men claimed the points to move to ninth in the table.
On Tuesday evening we return to the Campus Society Stadium where we suffered our last defeat at the beginning of November to take on Tooting & Mitcham United in the second round of the London Senior Cup.
Report source: Terry & Trevor 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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