Saturday 1st April 2017
Essex Senior League
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Hargrave Park
Current Form: W W L W W D
Liam Burgess 64'
Joe Pearman 86'
Ben O'Brien (C)
Petrit Elbi 55'
Matheus Santos 86'
John Bricknell 55'
Max Watters 64'
FULL REPORT TO FOLLOW - interim report
Barking’s title party delayed by Airportmen
Barking had to put the champagne back on ice as their bid to clinch the Essex Senior League title was delayed by the Airportmen at Hargrave Park.
Held to a point in a stalemate, they need just one more at Burnham Ramblers next weekend to be sure of clinching top spot above Clapton, who are now the only club who could mathematically pip them to the crown.
Joe Staunton went close early on for the visitors after creating space for a shot, but Jordan Westcott saw his effort skim a post at the other end.
Blues had a great chance to break the deadlock when Staunton’s excellent pass found leading scorer James Peagram, but he lifted his shot over the crossbar and then saw Petrit Elbi put an acrobatic effort wide and Joe Pearman fire a low free-kick just past the post.
Staunton and Pearman saw other chances go begging, before Sam Ashford went close with a header for Stansted and Jack Isherwood had a free-kick tipped over, but only a goalline clearance kept another Pearman effort out before the interval.
Elbi had an early chance after the restart, but could not beat Raj Shergill, and the home side had penalty appeals turned down when Ashford went down in the box.
John Bricknell replaced Elbi, having won a league champions medal with Stansted earlier in his career, but home substitute Luke Meadwright went closest when his shot was deflected over.
Liam Burgess made way for English Schoolboys’ international Max Watters as Blues looked for a winner, with Billy Rix and Pearman combining well to force a save from Shergill, before Bricknell put the rebound wide.
Watters then shot just past the upright, while another Barking effort found the side netting in the closing minutes, as Stansted held on during four minutes of stoppage time to keep the champions-elect waiting for another week at least.
Report source: Barking & Dagenham Post website
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