Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Bostik League North
Kick off: 7:45pm
Billy Jones 11'
Abs Seymour 73' 77'
Ben O'Brien 80'
Abs Seymour (C)
Dan Gilchrist 76'
Kiernan Hughes-Mason 72'
Jordan Peart 80'
Martin Tuohy 72'
Albert Levett 76' .
BARKING VICTORIOUS AGAINST TILBURY
Barking grabbed a vital win in horrendous conditions against a strong Tilbury side. With swirling rain and a biting wind Barking took the lead early on through Billy Jones before being pegged back after half time by Toby Aromolaran. A quick-fire double by captain Abs Seymour was enough to secure the three points for Barking.
Both sides had chances after six minutes – early Tilbury pressure led to a corner and then another one as Emmanuel Olajide did well to tip over the header. The resultant corner was cleared and the ball fell for a Barking counterattack but Kiernan Hughes-Mason couldn’t get his effort on target. Barking grabbed the lead minutes later – Dan Gilchrist’s through ball seemed to be bobbling through to Bogard in goal for Tilbury but Billy Jones rushed him down and managed to block the ball and with an open goal slid the ball home through the mud. The goal stood despite appeals for offside and handball against Jones – the offside decision perhaps more controversial than the handball. The lead was nearly doubled minutes later but as Hughes-Mason beat the offside trap this time but his shot crept wide. Hughes-Mason was creating issues for the Tilbury defence and he forced Bogard into an unconventional save as his shot from outside the box bounced off the face of Bogard who then recovered the ball. Tilbury managed to grab a foothold in the last 15 minutes as they produced a good block from Ricky Tarbard from a volley and Olajide comfortably saved a long range shot.
A moment of controversy after a minute of the second half bought the game to life as a Tilbury striker seemed to be through on goal with defenders rushing back as Olajide rushed out of the box. There was a collision between the players that left a Tilbury striker in a heap in the box but the referee adjudged the foul to be outside the box and Olajide to be the culprit leading to a Tilbury free kick and a caution for the Barking stopper. The free kick itself was over the bar but it set the tone for a sustained period of Tilbury pressure. A cross from the right winger a few minutes later caused danger for Barking but the shot flashed wide of the target. Tilbury were the better side with most of the possession but it took until the 61st minute for their next chance as the ball scrambled around the box before Barking eventually cleared. The resistance was broken three minutes later as Olajide’s goal kick only found a Tilbury midfielder – his through ball put Toby Aromolaran through on goal and he slotted home to level the scores. Tilbury should have taken the lead after 67 minutes as the ball smashed against the crossbar, Barking could only half clear their lines and Tilbury seemed be through on goal again but for a vital last ditch tackle by Toib Adeyemi. This seemed to finally spark Barking into life and they found themselves with an unlikely lead after 73 minutes. Tarbard was fouled on the right wing and Abs Seymour stepped up to curl the free-kick into the box and it found its way into the net thanks to a big deflection. Abs Seymour doubled the lead and his tally 4 minutes later as Tilbury pushed forward leaving themselves vulnerable – Barking countered through Alan Taylor and his through ball found Seymour who had beaten the offside trap and with all the time in the world he advanced on goal and lifted the ball over Bogard and into the net.
The two quick goals were a sucker-punch for Tilbury that took the wind out of the last 15 minutes as Barking closed the game out to secure a three points that looked unlikely for most of the second half.
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
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