Tuesday 22nd August 2017
FA Cup Preliminary Round Replay
Kick off: 7:45pm
Venue: Catons Lane
Dan Gilchrist 40'
Abs Seymour 45+1', 65'
Billy Jones 81'
Akwasi Marfo 46'
Ben O'Brien (C)
Billy Jones 89'
Dan Gilchrist 59'
Timi Abiola 89'
Brian Okwera 46'
Goldy Capela 59'
Saffron Walden 3
Barking advance in pulsating tie
Barking progressed to the First Round of Qualifying in the FA Cup since 2006/07 thanks to a 4-3 victory over Saffron Walden Town. The Blues didn’t make it easy for themselves, coming back from behind before being pegged back twice before finally Billy Jones found the net in the last ten minutes to set up a tie with Gorleston. The Blues will be looking for revenge after being knocked out of the FA Vase last season by Gorleston.
Alan Taylor was the first to test the goalkeeper after seven minutes as he shot from long range but his swerving attempt was too close to the goalkeeper who collected comfortably. The game struggled to get going but Theo Ola nearly saw red for a dangerous tackle after 25 minutes but the referee only brandished a yellow. Saffron Walden then scored slightly against the run of play after 31 minutes – a run down the left wing saw a low cross fall to Charlie Portway – Ricky Tarbard managed to block the first goal bound attempt but the rebound fell again to Portway who made sure the second time as he powered the ball home. The goal sprung Barking to life and the lead only lasted nine minutes – a low left wing cross from the edge of the box by Akwasi Marfo evaded everyone before landing at the feet of Dan Gilchrist who took a touch before poking the ball past O’Sullivan in the SWT goal and finding the bottom right corner of the net. Walden nearly regained the lead immediately as Barking lost the ball in midfield, a Walden striker managed to capitalise and round Ollie Bowles but Bowles forced him wide and he was able to recover to block the shot. Just when it seemed the sides would go in level Barking were awarded a soft free kick on the edge of the box when Billy Jones was adjudged to have been fouled. Ola ran over the ball leaving for Abs Seymour to take and his low free kick creeped through a gap in the wall and with the goalkeeper seeing it late he could palm the ball into the roof of the net to give Barking the lead at half time.
It was probably the plan for Barking to keep it tight after the restart but the lead only lasted three minutes as a cross from the left wing found Crane at the far post who smacked his volley home to level the scores. Barking went close a minute later as Ola’s right wing cross found Gilchrist but he couldn’t direct the ball goalwards. Barking upped the tempo and were only denied the lead after 56 minutes by some fantastic defending – Ola’s dinked cross found Billy Jones who headed towards goal but was denied by a good save by O’Sullivan – the ball fell to Dan Fitzsimons who attempted a powerful volley but his effort was denied by a flying block. Barking took the lead for the second time after 65 minutes – Ola was fouled 25 yards from goal. Abs Seymour again stepped up and this time curled the ball high over the wall – catching the goalkeeper out who was off his line and again finding the net to make the score 3-2 to Barking. Walden were resilient however and went close five minutes later – Bowles didn’t clear a cross fully and the resultant rebound fell to a Walden player who attempted a looping volley but could only find the top of the crossbar. The Thurlow Nunn side did get their equaliser two minutes later as from a central attack the ball fell to Ollie Emsden on the right edge of the box who launched a stunning pile driver which arrowed across Bowles and into the top left corner leaving him with no chance. It was a not a night for defending and both sides pushed forward but again it looked like Barking were going the closest to scoring as both Taylor and Capela had good chances but couldn’t find the net. Barking got their reward for some lovely football after 81 minutes, Jones was tackled on the edge of the box with the ball falling to Capela – he set the ball wide to Taylor who all the space to slide a low ball across the box where it found Billy Jones at the near post who gratefully leaped at the chance to side foot the ball home to give Barking a 4-3 lead. The mood was somewhat tempered a minute later as Ben O’Brien saw red after his involvement in a tackle on the right wing – there was initially some confusion and Alan Taylor was first shown the red card but thankfully the referee settled on only sending one Barking player off.
There was time for a few late chances for Walden as a corner to the near post was sidefooted wide and another corner in injury time had to be headed away from immediate danger by Willis but it was Barking who take the spoils and the prize money and will try to grab some revenge for last season against Gorleston.
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
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