Date: Tuesday 29th October 2019
Competition: Buildbase FA Trophy First Qualifying Round Replay
Venue: Hartsdown Road
Starters: Montel Joseph, Ricky Tarbard, Jordan Peart, Jack Roult, Jack Hayes, Joe Bruce, Johnny Ashman, Abs Seymour (C), Michael Dixon, Junior Dadson, Sam Owusu
Substitutes: Kenidi Dariri, Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Max Bradford, Stuart Collins, Daniel Flemming
46' Bradford Roult
67' Boakye-Yiadom Seymour
79' Flemming Bruce
Yellow cards: Hayes, Owusu, Tarbard
Red cards: Hayes
BARKING FALL AT THE GATE
Barking’s FA Trophy ambitions are over for another season as they were beaten by two late first half goals at Hartsdown road, as it transpired Saturday’s game was our best chance to beat a team from a division above and we found they were a different proposition on their own patch.
There was one change to our starting line up with Sam Owusu replacing Max Bradford who dropped to the bench. There was an early penalty scare when the ball hit Jack Hayes’ hand but the referee ruled it was accidental and play continued. Barking began to settle into the game and had their best period of the first half as Jack Roult fired over and then on nine minutes Roult and Michael Dixon combined to free Junior Dadson who put the ball in the net only to be denied by the assistant’s offside flag. However, Margate began to exert pressure and enjoyed the majority of possession and in all honesty should have scored more than they did. There was a massive let off on 16 when a foul by Owusu presented Kadell Daniell with an opportunity which he nearly took but the ball smacked the bar and thankfully bounced to safety. The pressure increased as a combination of Montel Joseph and his fellow defenders protected their clean sheet and on 35 the home side they had no better chance when a Owusu challenge was deemed to be a foul and Daniel’s effort was fired wide of the goal, but Joseph was going the right way and may of saved it anyway. It seemed the Barking goal was leading a charmed life but it wasn’t to last as in the 45th minute the board went up to indicate four added minutes and former Blue Adem Ramadam was allowed to run and run down our right hand side, the lack of challenge enabled him to line up a well taken shot across Joseph and into the net. Two minutes later it got worse as an Abs Seymour foul presented Daniel with another set piece opportunity, again he hit the bar and for a split second it looked like we had got off lightly but the lurking Elliott Reeves headed home to put two bars on the Gate.
At half time Max Bradford replaced Roult and his hard work, tackling and distribution immediately made a difference as he set Dadson free but he fired over and then a dangerous low Dadson cross eluded everyone. On 54 Dadson had our best opportunity of the game as he weaved across the box and his on-target shot was palmed away by home keeper Joe Tupper for a corner. We were nearly made to pay on 68 as a mix up led to a dangerous Chris Sessesgnon cross that was just out of the reach of the incoming Reeves. As the match moved into the last quarter Barking came again as a good run and cross by Ashman was too high for the leaping Dixon. Eleven minutes from time Daniel Flemming replaced Joe Bruce and immediately went up front but on 85 Jack Hayes was dismissed for a second yellow card offence and Flemming went back to defensive duties. As with the first half there were four added minutes but Barking could not make the same impression and only an excellent save by Joseph denied Ramadam and Sessesgnon only found the side netting with his follow up.
Margate now entertain Tooting & Mitcham United in the next round and speaking of Tooting they are our next opponents this coming Saturday in our first league encounter since March 2002 and also our first visit to their new home.
Report source: Terry Gilbert/Barking FC
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