Date: Monday 4th November 2019
Competition: Essex Senior Cup Third Round
Starters: Montel Joseph, Jack Roult, Jordan Peart, Sam Owusu, Jack Hayes, Joe Bruce (C), Stuart Collins, Max Bradford, Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Eddie Allsopp, Junior Dadson,
Substitutes: Daniel Flemming, Michael Dixon, Johnny Ashman, Sherri Artmeladze, Donnell Anderson
65' Flemming Hayes
69' Artmeladze Collins
81' Anderson Allsopp
Yellow cards: Bruce
Red cards: None
STEADY EDDIE SEES BARKING THROUGH
There is a feeling in Non-League that no two games are alike and this was certainly the case with our latest encounter with our rivals Redbridge at Oakside as it only produced three goals as opposed to nine in our London senior cup tie in September. In the end we qualified for the draw on Wednesday thanks to a superb strike from debutant Eddie Allsopp who is on loan from Charlton Athletic.
Justin Gardner shuffled his pack with Stuart Collins making his first start and Sherri Artmeladze returning to the bench after his hamstring injury.
The match was played in what appeared to be a low lying mist and only a marked improvement just before the start of the second half removed any doubt of an abandonment as had been concern amongst the officials. Although by the end of the game it seemed to be returning with a vengeance.
Barking started well and for the first twenty minutes or so dominated enough of the possession to deny Redbridge any clear sight of Montel Joseph’s goal. As early as the second minute a Jack Roult for a corner which was subsequently worked back to the same player and his on target shot was saved by home keeper Florent Gislette As early as the fifth minute it was plain to see that Eddie Allsopp’s delivery from corners was causing problems for the home defence and from one of these flag kicks he weaved his way into the Redbridge box and fired his shot over. This was a signal of his intent that lasted all the way through until his substitution three minutes from time. Barking’s next best chance came on 22 when Junior Dadson burst down the line and into the area and his shot was saved by the feet of Gislette at the expense of a corner. Montel Joseph entered the game on 28 minutes with a full length save to turn a shot away but in truth this was one of the few things he had to do all game. The goal Barking supporters were waiting for materialised twelve minutes from the interval as a Nana Boayke-Yiadom cross was touched on by Joe Bruce to Junior Dadson who needed no second invitation for his eighth goal of the season. On the stroke of half time an inviting Roult cross went past the goal just begging for a touch to make it two.
At half time Redbridge bought on former Blue Taylor Tombides and within four minutes this move paid off with Barking surrendering possession in midfield and Tom Harvey played an angled pass for Tombides to give Joseph no chance for the equaliser. There was a break in play to treat a head injury to home keeper Gislette and he had to be alert when following a Allsopp run into the area he was forced into a save and Boayke-Yiadom put the rebound wide. Redbridge fought back and only good interception by Jack Hayes stopped a dangerous home and the resulting corner was headed over the bar. The winning goal arrived on 72 minutes when a good passing involving Max Bradford, Jordan Peart and then Sherri Artmeladze found Eddie Allsopp who weaved across the area and his low shot found the corner of the net. Five minutes later Gislette was at full stretch to palm over a Bradford shot and deny him his first Barking goal and seven minutes from time another dangerous Allsopp corner was met by the head of Joe Bruce but he could only find the post and the body of Gislette denied Boayke-Yiadom’s follow up. There was one last scare in added time when a Bruce foul provided Redbridge with a free kick near our area which thankfully from a Barking perspective was cleared and the referee then blew the final whistle.
It’s back to league action with a home double header: on Saturday afternoon we entertain struggling Staines Town.and next Tuesday the current holders of the FA Vase Chertsey Town are the visitors
Report source: Terry Gilbert/Barking FC
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