Saturday 21st October 2017
Bostik League North
Kick off: 3pm
Dan Gilchrist 5' 79'
Ben O'Brien 90'
Abs Seymour (C)
Jay Knight 87'
Alan Taylor 79'
Sam Shaban 87'
Goldy Capela 90'
Theo Ola 79'
Waltham Abbey 2
GILCHRIST DOUBLE NOT ENOUGH FOR BARKING
Barking took the lead twice in blustery conditions thanks to goals from Dan Gilchrist but they were pegged back twice by a resilient and dangerous Waltham Abbey side as both sides took a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw.
Barking were under the cosh from the first minute as a goal line clearance prevent Waltham Abbey from taking the lead but it was Barking who found themselves in front after four minutes as Jay Knight found Albert Levett on the wing – his powerful cross found Dan Gilchrist at the far post who nodded past Lockyer at his near post to give Barking a 1-0 lead. Alan Taylor came close to making it 2-0 moments later as he blocked a defensive clearance but his attempt to chip the ball over the goalkeeper was too high. Waltham Abbey had their equaliser after 11 minutes – a lofted free kick caught the wind and held up – leaving Barking ‘keeper Ollie Bowles caught out as the ball was headed down to Darrell Russell to tap in to the goal. Barking were not deterred and should have retaken the lead 5 minutes later – Knight was through on goal but was denied by Lockyer before a rebound close to goal fell to Taylor who should have scored but instead skied the rebound. There was a half chance for Waltham Abbey from another free kick after 25 minutes but the ball was headed onto the roof of the net. The game slowed but Barking had two great chances to take the lead at the end of the half – firstly Knight cut inside the box but saw his shot smack against the crossbar in the same manner as against Dereham – unfortunately this time no one was able to convert the rebound. Knight had another chance a minute later as he broke the offside trap – unfortunately his shot was straight at Lockyer and the rebound was deflected wide from goal by a defender.
The conditions were causing issues for both sides but it was Waltham Abbey who had the first good chance of the second half after 53 minutes as Bowles was alert to turn a goal bound shot around the post. The strength of the wind forced both sides into long ball tactics that were easily defended and this was the only chance until the 72nd minute when Ricky Tarbard lifted the ball over a defender to put Knight in a dangerous position who attempted to lift the ball over Lockyer but only found the roof of the net. Barking did regain the lead after 79 minutes as a long ball caused Lockyer to leave the area to head the ball away – it fell to Levett who crossed back into Dan Gilchrist who attempted an acrobatic shot which was on target but seemed to comfortably collected by Lockyer but the ball squirmed away from him and he could only watch on in horror as the ball found the net.
Lockyer was to have a reprieve of sorts five minutes later however as Barking failed to hold onto the lead after some pressure from Waltham Abbey as a dangerous corner found Steven Sylvester who headed home to give Abbey a draw – it was perhaps a result Barking would have taken before the match but they will find the manner of the result disappointing.
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.