Saturday 4th November 2017
Bostik League North
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Plantation Sports Centre
Alan Taylor 60'
Ben O'Brien (C)
J.J. Da Cruz
Alan Taylor 90'
Jay Knight 83'
Dan Gilchrist 75'
Akwasi Marfo 83'
Kiernan Hughes-Mason 75'
Eusebio De Silva 90'
Norwich United 1
BARKING AND NORWICH BATTLE FOR DRAW
It was not a classic for the ages as Barking travelled to Norwich United and returned with a point in a hard-fought 1-1 draw. Norwich took the lead in difficult conditions in the first half thanks to Adam Hipperson before Alan Taylor scored an equaliser for Barking in the second half.
It took 15 minutes for the first chance on a skiddy pitch as Ricky Tarbard conceded a free-kick in a dangerous area but the resultant shot was wide of the target. Both sides exchanged half chances without really testing either stopper but it was Norwich Utd who took the lead after 31 minutes as ball from the left wing evaded everyone but it looked like it would be cleared by Tarbard before a slip let in Adam Hipperson who powered the ball into the roof of the net from close range. It was nearly 2-0 minutes later but Ollie Bowles in the Barking goal made a vital save from a driven shot from the left wing that went across his body. Norwich went close again after 36 minutes as a corner met a head at the far post but cleared the bar. It took until the 41st minute of the game for Barking’s first real chance of the game as some good interplay between Timi Abiola and Theo Ola found Ola in some space on the edge of the box but his side foot attempt was over the bar.
With what could be imagined some choice words ringing in their ears Barking emerged for the second half the much stronger team and seemed camped in the Norwich half. They got their reward after 60 minutes – some quick football between Ola and Gilchrist led to a through ball for Alan Taylor who poked the ball home to level the scores. Barking thought they had a winner after 80 minutes as Jay Knight volleyed home from a cross by substitute Kiernan Hughes-Mason but it was disallowed as Hughes-Mason was adjudged to have fouled the defender before he crossed the ball. It seemed a harsh call with Hughes-Mason making fairly minimal contact with the defender but the foul was given and the score stayed level. There was time for one final chance for substitute Eusebio De Silva, making his debut after impressing in the reserves, but he couldn’t direct his header from Tarbard’s cross on target.
Norwich United nearly grabbed a winner in injury time despite being outplayed for the majority of the second half as their striker found himself through on goal but Ollie Bowles narrowed the angles to produce a vital save and keep the scores level at full-time – leaving each side with a point.
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
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