Date: Saturday 27th April 2019
Competition: Bostik League North
Venue: Wallace Binder Ground
Starters: Tim Brown,Ricky Tarbard, Jordan Peart, Ben O'Brien (C), Jack McQueen, Ryan Cosson, Tobi Joseph, Ross Elsom, Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Rashid Kamara, Ola Ogunwamide
Substitutes: Abs Seymour, Alex Teniola, Chinedu Osadebe, Billy Reynolds, Henry Fisher
58' Seymour Elsom
59' Osadebe Kamara
72' Teniola Ogunwamide
Yellow cards: Tarbard, Seymour
Red cards: None
SEVENTH HEAVEN FOR MALDON
Not the finish to the season we were looking for and certainly not the note we wished to end the season on and go into the summer break with.
As with our previous heavy defeat against Bowers & Pitsea it was the clinical nature of the finishing involved with some of the players involved more suited to a higher level than the Bostik North and expose our defensive vulnerabilities.
With virtually the first attack of the game Nana Boakye-Yiadom was through on goal but his effort was two close to Maldon keeper Ben McNamara and managed to push the shot away, a couple of corners followed as Barking tried to push home the early advantage. Maldon then moved into gear and found their passing range and the visitors were saved twice as the home side had the ball in the net only to be denied by the assistant referee’s flag. However, there was no mistake on eleven minutes as the Barking defence cleared a cross only for Percy Kiangebeni to accurately place the ball past Tim Brown and into the net. Brown then made a good save from a Billy Roast header and although the Maldon player following up scored, it was disallowed again for offside. On 17 there was a chance of an equaliser Boakye-Yiadom was away and bearing down on goal when he was cynically tripped by Maldon’s Billy Roast and although off balance he still managed to get a shot away. However, his reward for staying on his feet was absolutely nothing. Eleven minutes later Tariq Issa made it two nil when a one-two opened up the Barking defence and he slotted home and it got worse on the half hour when Issa turned provider for Rob Girdlestone to make it three. Two minutes before the interval Nana Boakye-Yiadom reduced the arrears with an excellent finish from just inside the penalty area - but on reflection from what was to follow in the second half this was just a consolation and as good as got for Barking.
After the interval neither side made any real inroads into either reducing or adding to their score - but on 58 Maldon went further in front when Jorome Slew’s initial effort bounced back off Jack McQueen only to set him up nicely to fire the ball into the back of the net. As with the first half Barking were hit with two goals a few minutes apart and Eddie-Louis Dsane made it five when he fought off McQueen and slip the ball past Brown. Dsane made it six with thirteen remaining when possession was surrendered in midfield and although Brown rushing from his goal beat Slew to the ball only to inadvertently play to the Maldon number 10 who sublimely lobbed the home over the head of Ryan Cosson. A Maldon free kick was swept in and well met by Maldon sub Lewis Dark but Brown made a superb save to prevent a certain goal. However, it did not prevent a seventh goal as with 90 minutes and elapsed after an extensive passing move Slew completed the misery despite appeals for offside and literally seconds after the restart the referee blew for time.
In terms of the season overall we finished in twelfth place with a record of P38 W13 D8 L17 and a final points tally of 47. The club will not be idle during the summer as we have ground improvements being carried including a new playing surface.
We will return in July to begin our pre-season programme in anticipation of a better campaign in 2019/20.
Report source: Terry 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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Our goal scored by Nana Boakye-Yiadom
Videos courtesy of Ashley Hanson