Saturday 11th March 2017
Essex Senior League
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Old Spotted Dog
Attendance: 32
Current Form: W W W L W W

Steve Willis 43'

Joe Pearman 61'

Rob Hatton

Brad Ling

Ashley Wackers-Kyriacou

Paul Oshin 78'

Billy Rix

Steve Willis

Joe Pearman 72'

Ben O'Brien (C)

James Peagram

Liam Burgess 55'

Joe Staunton

Ricky Tarbard 78'

Glen Golby

John Bricknell 55'

Matheus Santos

Max Watters 72'

London Bari 1
Barking 2

Barking scrape past Bari

On a hard and bobbly surface at the Old Spotted Dog Barking scraped past London Bari 2-1 in a match that will not live long in the memory – apart from the three points that take Barking nearer the ESL title. Bari took the lead through Joel Appiah but the Blues (playing in yellow) took all three points thanks to two set pieces as firstly Steve Willis found the net before Joe Pearman got the winner.

There were only two moments of note in the first ten minutes as James Peagram nearly found a route to goal thanks to a long ball but he couldn’t get the ball under control before Barking stopper Rob Hatton had an easy collect from a long shot. Barking’s first real chance came after 11 minutes however as a routine cross from Ben O’Brien was denied by Bari ‘keeper Akbas with the ball falling to Oshin but he was unable to hook the ball towards goal with the effort going wide. Ben O’Brien saw his header go wide before Bari took the lead after 27 minutes as a low right wing cross found Joel Appiah at the penalty spot who low back across Hatton into the bottom right corner of the net to give Bari a surprise lead. The lead lasted for 16 minutes as Barking won a corner. Joe Pearman’s in swinging corner was dangerous and powerful leaving Akbas in no man’s land leaving the unmarked Steve Willis to nod the ball home from two yards to level the game at half time.

The second half was struggled for chances much like the first – the opening 15 minutes saw a Peagram free kick clear the bar before Oshin also cleared the bar with a volley. With the game entering its last half an hour O’Brien was fouled near the right corner of the box with Joe Pearman stepping up to take the free kick. His attempt was evaded everyone but some late curl left Akbas still as the ball found the net – almost a carbon copy of James Peagram’s goal against Tower Hamlets a week previous. Ashley Wackers-Kyriacou helped to keep the lead with a vital block after 68 minutes and the Yellows nearly had a third after 71 minutes after a rare passage of good football but John Bricknell’s effort was wide of the goal. As the game entered its last ten minutes Barking suffered a setback as Wackers-Kyriacou came off worse after a tackle – he seemed unable to continue but unfortunately with all three subs already used he limped on and was pushed further forward. Minutes later and the same fate befell Billy Rix – in the process of making a brave block he was also injured – but again was determined to carry on and limped on upfront with James Peagram falling back to a defensive midfield position as Barking fought to keep hold of the lead. Billy Rix almost scored on one leg as he fought off tackles from two defenders but his shot bobbled too close to the goalkeeper.

There were two late dangerous chances for London Bari from free kicks close to goal but to Barking’s relief the first was blocked by the wall before Hatton comfortably collected the second attempt. Barking were relieved to hear the full time whistle blew as the just about managed to secure the points in a game which looked like a potential banana skin.

Report source: 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.


London Bari FC v Barking FC - Saturday March 11th 2017


Paul Oshin goes close

Steve Willis scores our equaliser

Billy Rix hits the bar but a foul is given

Joe Pearman scores the winner

Videos courtesy of Ashley Hanson

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