Date: Wednesday 27th November 2019
Velocity Trophy Group Two
Current form:
Attendance: 84
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Starters: Montel Joseph, Ricky Tarbard, Jack Roult, Kristof Matyas, Jack Hayes (C), Sherri Artmeladze, Emmanuel Ighorae, Steven Sardinha,
Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Max Bradford, Junior Dadson
Substitutes: Donnell Anderson, Joe Bruce, Eddie Allsopp, Rob Brown, Johnny Ashman
29' Bruce Dadson
46' Brown Artmeladze
75' Anderson Sardinha
90' Allsopp Ighorae 
90' Ashman Matyas 
Yellow cards: Roult
Red cards: None


This was our final Velocity group game which in an effort to get it played was switched to Mayesbrook Park, and prior to kick off after much head scratching and debate it was decided that for our double figure goal difference to reduced sufficiently in Romford’s favour we needed to lose by six clear goals.

As it transpired despite a lot of huff and puff and some excellent defending from both sides meant neither team claimed the three points and we lost the additional point penalty shoot-out 4-3 with former Blue Theo Ola scoring the decisive penalty and both Nana Boayke-Yiadom and Donnell Anderson having their spot kicks saved.

We were without the ineligible Jordan Peart and both Abs Seymour and Sam Owusu were suspended after picking up bookings in the Aveley game. Newcomer Kristof Matyas made his debut, initially at centre half as Joe Bruce was running late and in total there were five changes to Saturday’s starting eleven.

The match was played on a heavy playing surface that had taken a battering from the recent rainfall but the game went from end to end and it was surprising there were no goals. Barking’s first effort of note took until the fourteenth minute when Steven Sardinha set Junior Dadson away and his cross found Emmanuel Ighorae but his shot was wide. A blocked Ricky Tarbard cross fell to Max Bradford putting in another good performance decided to run and run across the box but his shot was wide. At the other end only an excellent interception by Jack Hayes on 32 prevented a Romford attacker from a clear run on goal. As the minutes ticked down Sherri Artmeladze set Nana Boayke-Yiadom free but only a great tackle by Joshua Exley Banks stopped him. On the stroke of half time a Ighorae run ended with a shot that was saved by Manny Agboola in the Romford goal. Shortly afterwards the referee’s whistle meant we had safely made it to the halfway mark.

The opening passages of play after the break were typified by a number of misplaced passes from both sides and on 53 a good move ended with a powerful Sardinha shot which was on target but was well saved by Agboola. Just after the hour Adam Morgan had the first of two chances to put Romford in front but his effort was wide and on 74, he appeared to have a better chance but again fired wide - the two efforts were sandwiched between one from Barking when Matyas found Ighorae but he fired over. Eleven minutes from time Boayke-Yiadom was through on goal but Agboola denied him and then on 85 he was through again but this time thwarted by an excellent challenge from Tambeson Eyong. Barking made a couple of late substitutions bringing on Eddie Allsopp and Johnny Ashman - no doubt with one eye on the spot kick decider for an extra point.

For the record Romford went first and the sequence went:
Adam Morgan (scored), Joe Bruce (scored), Adam Cunnington (scored), Rob Brown (scored), Dominic McHale (scored), Eddie Allsopp (scored), Freddy Moncur (missed - shot over bar), Nana Boayke-Yiadom (missed - keeper saved), Theo Ola (scored), Donnell Anderson (missed - keeper saved)

We now move onto a last 32 game in the first knockout stage at home to Cheshunt on a date to be decided.

With one game left in the group (Brentwood v Grays which is being played on December 2nd) the group two table is now:

# Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 BARKING  5 4 1 0 11 1 10 10*
2 Aveley  5 3 1 1 10 5 5 9
3 Romford 5 2 1 2 6 7 -1 8
4 Grays Athletic 4 2 0 2 5 6 -1 6
5 Brentwood Town 4 2 0 2 6 8 -2 6
6 Waltham Abbey 5 0 0 5 4 12 -8 0
*Three points deducted for fielding an in eligble player

Barking’s next match is on Saturday when we travel to Chipstead in a league fixture and where we hope to continue our climb up the table.

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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