Saturday 9th February 2019
Bostik League North
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Aldiss Park
Nana Boakye-Yiadom 50'
Tobi Joseph 74'
Ben O'Brien 59' (1)
Jack McQueen 59' (2)
Abs Seymour (C)
Rashid Kamara 59 (3)'
Jack Edwards 59' (2)
Ross Elsom 59' (3)
Kemo Darboe 59' (1)
Dereham Town 5
THE DEREHAM STEAMROLLER FLATTENS THE BLUES
A very bad day at the office as Dereham Town who were languishing near the foot of the table, but since their change in management have turned their season around and have taken nine from their last three games, scoring 14 and conceding four took advantage of our defensive frailty and if it not for the acrobatics of Tim Brown and the crossbar it could of been worse, also on another day Nana Boakye-Yiadom could of had a hat trick: such was the attacking intent of both sides. For Barking after the recent run of draws this is a worrying turn of events which no doubt will be rectified in the coming games as we want to be looking up the table and not over our shoulder.
As to be expected Dereham started at pace and an indication of what sort of afternoon we were in for came after only five minutes when Ryan Crisp fired through the legs of Brown to put the home side one up. Barking attempted to get back into the game but as with last Tuesday despite forcing a string of corners nothing materialised. With 34 gone Nana Boakye-Yiadom was through on goal and his lob beat the advancing keeper Elliot Pride but struck the crossbar and bounced to safety. Dereham punished us for this let off six minutes later Adam Hipperson fired home from outside the box, this had been preceded by a fine save by Brown and a corner not cleared properly.
So a two goal deficit at half time and it was important that we scored the next goal, but this was not the case as four minutes after the restart Joe Gatting found himself free and clear and beat Brown for 3-0. However, one of the old football clichés is a team is most vunerable after scoring and this proved to be true as literally a minute later Nana Boakye-Yiadom was put through by Abs Seymour and this time he made no mistake slotting past Pride and reducing the arrears. Back in the game? only for eight minutes as the left side of the Barking defence were absent as Hipperson crossed for Joe Gatting to make it 4-1. Shortly after Justin Gardner made a triple substitution with Jack Edwards, Ross Elsom and Kemo Darboe replacing Ben O'Brien, Jack McQueen and Rashid Kamara to try salvage something from the game if not pride at least. Unfortunately it was not be as with twenty minutes left Rhys Logan robbing a Barking player and striding on to make it five, Gatting was denied a hat trick by the cross bar and Brown produced another fine save. However, we did manage a second goal four minutes when good work by Elsom and Ola Ogunwamide winning the ball back led to Ogunwamide producing a fine cross which was headed home by Tobi Joseph. Boakye-Yiadom had our another chance late on to add to his tally but his footing went from under him as he shot and the effort cleared the bar.
The remainder of thee game was comfortably seen out by Dereham for a well deserved victory - leaving Barking to reflect on their performance on the long journey home.
We are at home next Saturday when we entertain AFC Sudbury kick off 3pm and will no doubt be looking to secure three welcome points.
Report source: Terry Gilbert/Barking FC
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