Saturday 30th September 2017
Bostik League North
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Julius Martin Lane
Attendance: 128
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Jay Knight 18' Penalty

Ollie Bowles

Ricky Tarbard

Gabriel Adelowo 19'

Steve Willis

Tiob Adeyemi

Alan Taylor

Theo Ola 82'

Abs Seymour (C)

Jay Knight 62'

Kreshnic Krasniqi

Sam Shaban

Shomari Barnwell 62'

Akwasi Marfo 19'

Goldy Capela

Dan Gilchrist

Ben O'Brien 82'

Soham Town Rangers 1
Barking 1

Barking frustrated at Soham

It was a tale of two converted penalties as Barking travelled to Soham and came away with a point in a 1-1 draw. The Blues will be frustrated however as they had plenty of chances to put the game away after Jay Knight’s penalty but they were pegged back late on.

Ollie Bowles was the first goalkeeper tested however as he tipped a shot over the bar in the first minute. Steve Willis volleyed wide after a corner but the Blues made the breakthrough after 17 minutes. Theo Ola won the ball back on the edge of the box and played the ball through to Sam Shaban who was bundled over in the box. Jay Knight stepped up and his shot into the bottom left corner was too much for the goalkeeper who dived the right way. Knight had another good chance 10 minutes later and Willis had to be aware at the other end to block a good opportunity. Soham had a period of pressure with about ten minutes of the first half remaining – firstly a half-hearted penalty appeal as Kreshnic Krasniqi blocked a shot and then they hit the woodwork moments later but the assistant referee’s flag was raised for offside. Barking however should have doubled  their lead before half time – Knight found himself through on goal and rounded the goalkeeper – he took one touch too many however and gave a defender time to get block on the line – Knight’s shot was too central and the defender was able to clear the ball off the line.

The second half started scrappily with nothing of note until the 54th minute as Krasniqi blocked a defensive clearance but was beaten to the bouncing ball by the goalkeeper. A minute later and Krasniqi was involved again as he passed to Knight who gave the ball to Theo Ola on the left wing – he cut in and curled a shot which beat the goalkeeper but unfortunately smacked the crossbar. Sam Shaban had his first good chance of the game after 63 minutes but his close range header from Ola’s cross was too close to the goalkeeper. Barking were reminded of Soham’s dangerousness going forward a moment later as a long free kick was headed across goal where the resultant header was on target but Bowles plucked the ball out of the air. Shaban and Ola combined again as Shaban cut inside and attempt to curl the ball around the goalkeeper but it was slightly too close and the ball was palmed away. Barking were punished for the profligacy in front of goal after 86 minutes as Soham were rightly awarded a penalty for handball by Steve Willis and Callum Russell stepped up to send Bowles the wrong way and secure a point for Soham.

Barking again should have scored a second in injury time – only denied by a combination of brave defending and poor finishing as Sam Shaban was denied from close range by the Soham keeper, the ball fell to Shomari Barnwell who’s low shot was cleared off the line by a Soham defender, the ball fell back to Barnwell who tried again but the same defender managed to stretch to keep the ball from going in leaving Barking frustrated.

Report source: Trevor 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.



Soham Town Rangers FC v Barking FC - Saturday September 30th 2017


Our goal scored by Jay Knight from the spot

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